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Career focus: Earn money at your own terms

What better way to earn big money working at your own time, not to forget that you get to be your own boss.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 12:46 IST

What better way to earn big money working at your own time, not to forget that you get to be your own boss. Direct selling has become one of the most lucrative career options for those who want to work from home and also for all those who want to make some extra money giving in some extra time.

The concept of direct selling is simple. You approach a person and talk to him about the product or range of products that you are selling, if he sounds interested, you have bagged a new client. What you need: First of all, you need a nominal amount as your investment in this career.

Then you need an awesome ability to talk to people. Says Harmeet Paintal, MD, Avon India, “You must like to meet and speak to new people all the time. You should be able to talk to people even when you are standing in a queue for movie tickets. Then with that you should have a basic knowledge of how to run a business.”

A sound academic background is not of much use in this line, so it makes a great option for those not-so-good at their studies as well. Direct selling also gives you the advantage of choosing when to work and when not to. You can make it your part-time career or indulge in it as a full-time one.

It has flexible working hours and days. There is no regular office to attend, no fixed working hours nor is it a daily affair as well. Propects: The field of active communication takes a person to a whole new high of self-confidence that adds to his personality. “It helps you to stand out in any field,” says Paintal.

Since the job requires a negligible amount as investment, there is no major fiancial risk involved. Your job is a portable one, you carry your job with you. This gives you a freedom unknown to other jobs. Direct selling is generally perceived as a field to make quick bucks in quick time. Professionals beg to differ.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 12:46 IST