I don't know one female gal pal who doesn't use some type of skin care products on herself, do you? It's rare for women not to use skin care products. In fact, personal care products for women, men, babies and kids, can be found just about in any store because these are consumable products that people use on a daily basis.
When it comes to natural, organic skin care products, it's a booming market and steadily rising in recent years. The more people know about the potential danger of using products with toxins which are linked to numerous health concerns, the more people want to switch to natural beauty products. (See Ingredients to Avoid).
This means, if you're wondering if selling natural organic skin care products from home is a profitable business- the answer is absolutely yes! However, there are some important things to consider if you're thinking about selling these products.
There are several ways you can sell natural/organic products from home.
#1 Making your own products
I love the idea of making things myself but the idea of making skin care and personal care products from scratch as a business is a lot of work. There are just too many factors to consider before you can even start selling. You'll need to decide what type of products to make, finding the right labels and packaging, dealing with shipping, taking orders, managing inventory, having enough raw ingredients to make the products, tools, utensils, and having a variety of products to appeal to customers. Those are a few things you'll need. There's also the business side to consider such as marketing your business, where you'll find customers, website costs, etc.
Now, if you're the type that loves making products and prepared to do the work yourself then this would make sense for you. On the other hand, if you're like me who's busy with kids, school volunteering, and after school activities- it would be a lot of work for me to make my own products and attempt to sell and market the business all by myself. There are only so many hats I would be able to wear and do well in 24 hours.
For me, I love working from home and having the flexibility to run a business online, so it made sense to partner with a company that offers natural/organic products that I'm already using and start selling right away.
And that's where the direct selling industry comes in ...
#2 Join a direct selling company
When people think of direct selling they think Avon, Tupperware, and selling to friends and family but direct sales has changed dramatically in recent years with the ease of technology (internet, social media, mobile) that you don't have to sell to people you know in order to be successful. The biggest appeal is the incredibly low cost to get started which gives you hundreds of dollars worth of products and a "business in a kit" to start selling right away.
#3 Affiliate programs
Just about every online company offers an affiliate program these days. It's typically free to join. Then you're provided with banners and a url link that you can post on your blog or website. Whenever someone clicks on your link and buys a product, the company pays you a commission.
The commission varies but affiliate commissions are typically lower than direct selling. You can expect to earn anywhere from 20% up to 50% retail profit with a direct sales company. With affiliates, I've seen around 10% or 15%. Some might pay more or less.
The different choices are up to you and what you're willing to invest in terms of time and money. In my next post, I'll talk more about the advantages of joining a direct sales company vs an affiliate program.
P.S. Find out why this natural skin care company is on the grow and soon to a member of the prestigious DSA (Direct Selling Association) organization. When a company is a member, you can expect it to have more visibility and grow even bigger. Want to be in a position now before this company becomes a member? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.