Work from Home Opportunity: Mia Bella Candles
Not all direct sales opportunities are particularly flexible. Most of them rely on parties or a painstaking lead generation process that only rarely leads to any sort of wealth or success. Few of them have any products worth talking about. Some of them do have great products, but those products are bought only once. Once you’ve found that one prospect there’s little chance of building them into a long term customers. Mia Bella, with it’s valuable yet consumable product, means that you can build your business and earn lifelong customers.
Mia Bella actually provides methods of money-making that suit multiple personalities. First, if you like direct sales the party method works just fine. You can mark up your candles retail and sell them. You do need to buy the stock yourself first, and your minimum to participate is joining the “candle of the month” program for roughly $40. You’ll receive a lot of great merchandise doing it that you’ll be tempted to use yourself (and little harm if you do, but you certainly do need something to sell). Another great business model is the fundraiser model. In this model, you partner with local schools, sports teams, and charitable organizations. They sell the candles. You receive a portion of the profits.
This can be a great high volume method–you contact one person, the fundraising director–and receive sales back many times over as a result. If you keep all these fundraising directors together on a mailing list and make it an annual event you can be certain of a sustainable income many times over. Or, you can choose to buy a large stock and go tackle the craft show circuit. Mia Bella is one of the few direct sales organizations that encourages this. You’ll need enough stock to turn a profit at that craft show or flea market, but it has the great advantage of you not having to prospect anybody.
Do be aware of your mark up and your costs and how much you need to charge, + taxes, to actually make a profit (this is true for the direct sales model as well). You can also combine this with other business models. You can also work by recruiting other distributors. This is the method most of your team leaders are going to advocate–they make the most money on your commissions and this is the guaranteed method. If you feel most confident with that method go for it, but note that this is a profit model built on perpetuating a model–a recruitment model–and not on providing value unless you are a skilled team leader and motivator. If you’re this kind of coach then you can provide quite a bit of value indeed–but be aware this is a standard MLM model at that point and isn’t much different than any of the other MLM models out there.
Not that MLM is an instant indicator of a bad business–it’s just that we all know the pitfalls. You can of course, choose to do all of them. The company does provide you with a website, but beware of duplicate content! You’re not going to build any traffic just letting it sit there. Crafting unique articles to drive traffic and building a mailing list, however, might well get you a good follower of repeat buyers. The soy candles and soaps smell beautiful and work every bit as well as the company promises, and are both consumable and addictive.