Why I dislike Direct Sales Companies (& Why I signed up with one)

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I recently signed up as a representative for Usborne Books & More!!! Woo-Hoo!

Several people have asked me why I would do this, because I’m generally not a fan of direct sales or MLM strategie.

So, I thought I would take a few minutes and let you know why I made an exception for Usborne Books & More.

Reason #1: Because…Books.

Okay, y’all, I’m a minimalist. Ahem… maybe more in theory than practice, but I’m getting there. Anyway, I have one weakness and that’s books. High-quality books. I am passionate about reading and literacy and getting great books into the hands of children! Usborne books are very high quality in both the physical way they are made and the content.

They win lots of awards. They have a 50% replacement policy for damaged books.

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They have a huge selection that I’m just now learning about with so much to choose from! They have tons of non-fiction great for homeschooling or school children in general. They also have lots more like:

I saw this great graphic recently with a quote from You’ve Got Mail, and it pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter. I loved that movie, just because of Kathleen Kelly’s passion for books.

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Reason #2: Saving Money

You all know that I am one frugal mama! I’m beyond frugal. I pass the cool and trendy “frugal” and into cheap. So, I love a good bargain.

I’ll be completely honest here, though I love books, I rarely buy them new at full price. I love shopping the clearance rack, used book sales, yard sales, and goodwill. If that’s not enough, I have a whole post about ways to save on books through online means, just in case you’re like me and don’t often have access to the traditional savings methods.

However, sometimes I need a book that I can’t find used or on clearance. Yes, it happens.

Being an Usborne independent consultant allows me to save 25% on their great books every single day. I love that, and for a homeschool family that loves books, this is a good thing!

They also have some great specials: 

**Through September, you can join my team for just $25 and save 25% on all Usborne everyday!!! That is a bargain price! Feel free to email me at Crystal (at) Serving Joyfully (dot) com if you have any questions***

Reason #3: The books are reasonably and competitively priced

I know this is similar to #2, but it’s a bit different. See, one of my issues with many direct sales companies is that they are greatly overpriced. You can get similar quality items at your local department store for half the price. That is not good for your customers! I can’t bring myself to promote something to people that I don’t feel is in their best interest.

However, with Usborne, the books are competitively priced. The regular prices of Usborne books and activities are similar to what you’d find at a bookstore, Walmart, Amazon, etc. And in many cases, they are actually less expensive, and a greater quality. That is something I can feel good about sharing with friends and readers.

Reason #4: No minimums

I recently looked into another direct sales company and they stated no minimums. However, once I bought the kit and signed up, I found out that you can only earn commissions if you’re personally buying $100 per month! Wow! With Usborne, that is not the case.

There are truly no minimums and no sneaky tactics. You can sign up just for a the 25% discount, or to sell to friends occasionally if you choose. Or you can sign up and build a business that you can work from home. I don’t do pushy, but I do like being able to offer friends the opportunity to purchase if they are interested. When I first signed up a couple friends told me that their children love the books, but just hadn’t known where to purchase them before. Now they can easily access them.

Don’t forget through Sept. 30th, you can sign up for just $25 if you choose! (They still also have their original $69 and $119 starter kits if you’re looking for a great way to build your personal collection)

Reason #5: Great Hostess Rewards

I love to be able to bless people! Usborne is a win/win/win. I get to introduce amazing books to friends and their children, earn a little money on the side, and get my friends great rewards when they host a party! They offer even better rewards for new consultants to help them get off to a great start–DOUBLE hostess rewards for the first 12 weeks! So, for parties with sales of $250 or more, I can double the rewards through September!

If you’re interested in hosting a party, I’d love for you to contact me at Crystal (at) Serving Joyfully (dot) com.

Bonus: The parties are fun and easy for everyone!


Reason #6: Very Affordable to get started

Most direct sales companies I’ve seen are at least $150-$200 to get started. Usborne offers a choice of 2 start up kits which are $69 and $119 and include some great books, plus all the business materials you need to get started. Considering the 25% commission, I knew 1-2 good parties would earn me back my initial investment and anything else would be a bonus.

Reason #7: Great Support

My leader has a great facebook group with lots of training, tips, etc. This makes it very easy to jump in, even if you’re brand new to direct sales or to Usborne. Usborne provides tons of graphics, training resources, etc. to make it very easy to share and host parties in person or on facebook.

If you have any questions about purchasing, hosting a facebook party, or signing up, I’d love to chat with you! You can message me on facebook, or email me at Crystal (at) Serving Joyfully (dot) Com.


I love to hear your feedback and value your thoughts! All I ask is that we remain respectful and civil, even when we disagree. Thanks so much for reading. I appreciate you!

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