January is the time of year where Direct Sales consultants either get organized and set their goals for the coming year or December’s “take a break” attitude has trickled into the next month. Everyone is told to set goals, create you vision board, get organized and those are all fine but they are pointless tasks if you have no game plan.

If you really want to take control and start treating this venture as a business there are some things you need to do. If you are just starting out, then hit the ground running. Ask family and friends to help you jump start your business and learn everything you can. The tips below are for people who need a (pardon my saying)…..Kick in the butt. Are you ready to take control? Make decisions? Get moving? Treat this as business instead of some non┬ánonchalant┬áthing you thought would be fun? Then lets get going!!!

1. Your Attitude. If you don’t have a positive attitude and come up with every excuse in the world why your business won’t work it won’t. If you just sit around and wait for things to happen because you have the whoa is me attitude then there is no way you will be able to take control of your direct sales business in 2013. Your attitude determines the success of your business.

2. Get off Social Media. Now this might seem silly considering what I teach is Social Media, but what I mean is to stop wasting your time using Social Media. Of course you need to be on your team pages and in groups to get ideas but you need a plan as how to balance your time. So many direct sales consultants try to convince themselves that all the time they are spending on Pinterest or Facebook is working their business. Unless you are talking to customers who are sending in money for 8 hours a day, it is not working your business. Sitting in groups, talking to directors, chatting on team pages is simply procrastinating doing the things that will bring in money. QUIT STALLING!! Go book parties!!! Go recruit team members!! Get a Social Media plan which lists the amount of time for each platform, work it and get off.

3. Stop ignoring training. Just because you are a seasoned consultant doesn’t mean stop training. Get back to the basics. Start fresh as you would if you were a new consultant. When you do this you are able to teach consultants and you don’t forget what it was like in the beginning.


Follow the above steps and you are guanteed to take control of your direct sales business in 2013. There is no secret to success. It is the basics. People make it more difficult than what it needs to be. Start over, from the beginning, make a plan. Don’t forget the basics and you will be thriving this year. I want to hear all about it. Let me know how these steps CHANGE YOUR BUSINESS IN 2013!!!!

Jill McCarthy has been in the Direct Sales industry for over 14 years. Jill's uncommon strategies shook up the traditional party plan platform when she combined it with what she has learned from some of the best influences in the Social Media industry. She is at the top level in her own Direct Sales Business, has worked with some of the most well known Direct Sales companies out there and appeared in popular publications such as The FlipFlop CEO, and Network Marketing for Facebook. Jill has personally branded herself across all platforms and prides herself on staying "in the know" of what is trending for Social Media for all Direct Sales Consultants. Connect with her on Twitter.