Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to Start an Organic Beauty Products Business

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If you love organic beauty products like I do, you might have thought about making your own products and selling them yourself. I know I've considered the idea many times. In fact, I love making my own cleaning products because it's so easy using only a few ingredients such as essential oils, vinegar and baking soda. But the idea of actually making a variety of products, packaging them, and selling them is quite overwhelming when you start considering the following factors:

If you start on your own, you'll need to  ...

*buy raw ingredients
*make the products
*marketing to attract customers
*build an e-commerce website
*product labeling and packaging
*shipping products to customers
*keeping track of inventory so you don't have too much or too little
*variety of products to attract customers
*managing the business side such as accounting, taxes, business insurance, licensing, etc

I don't know about you but once I started making this list and I'm sure there are more I haven't considered, I decided maybe there's another way to start a home-based business without doing all the heavy lifting all by myself. Not to mention a financial investment that can be risky. It's a lot of work to go solo and doing it all on your own.

So, what's the alternative for someone who wants to sell organic beauty products as a business? There are two popular methods that might be perfect for you:

#1 Become an affiliate

There's an affiliate natural skin care and wellness company that used to be a direct sales company is now offers an affiliate marketing option. In fact, I was their top direct sales consultant for 3 years until the company closed down the direct sales division late 2014 and re-opened with an affiliate option.

Why would you consider this option for you?

Affiliate marketing is typically free. Instead of getting a consultant replicated website with a direct sales/network marketing company, affiliates are given an affiliate link which they can use to sell products. Anyone who buys products through your affiliate link, you'll earn a commission from the company.

The downside is the affiliate links are not as stable as replicated consultant websites which are provided by the direct sales companies. The retail commission is also lower. Using my former company as an example, I used to earn 30% as their direct sales consultant, but as affiliates the commission is around 15%.

Other companies could be lower as I've seen around 5% to 10%. It varies. There's no sponsoring/team building which is typical with direct sales/network marketing. Affiliates are mainly selling the products for the company. It's straight forward. If that's all you want to do, then maybe this is a great opportunity for you as the cost is usually free to join.

#2 Direct sales/network marketing

With direct sales/network marketing, the similarity with affiliates is that you also earn a commission for selling products. However, you're provided with a consultant replicated website instead of an affiliate link. For example, here's mine with ->NYR Organic Consultant. Some companies charge a monthly fee anywhere from $9.99 a month and upward. Some companies offer free websites.

The biggest differences between affiliate vs direct sales/network marketing are as follows. This is a partial list:

*higher retail profit with direct sales/network marketing
*earning potential from sponsoring/team building
*training and support from your direct team and company support
*vacations, cars, and other bonuses that consultants/distributors can earn through sales and sponsoring efforts
*cost to join when you buy a business kit ($99 and upward)

I think both options are good depending on what your ultimate goals are. If you're looking to sell but also earn an income from team building from sponsoring others to your business, then direct sales/network marketing might be a better fit for you.

Best,

Janette

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