I buy from one direct sales company because i have not been able to find products better than what they sell relating to my health. I was involved with the company from a business standpoint as well, so i ahve a lot of "inside" info I guess, and really trust the products. I'm not longer in the business side of thigns though.
I'm mixed. Part of me doesn't feel like it's a real business if it's direct sales. Having a business of my own that does not involve direct sales, I feel much more confident selling my own things and being responsible for my own business than I do selling for someone else - what woudl you do if you realised the company had lied to you, and as a result, you had lied to your customers? I've seen this happen with other companies, and I had proof of other companies continuing to do this while i was involved in direct sales, and it just made me feel that direct sales businesses just aren't "real" and i do try to avoid them. You have no control over anything but your own end, and yru own end it s teeny tiny peice of the pie compared to the rest of the company. Granted, mainstream "real" businesses do lie too, so you really have to do your research, but when you buy mainstream you aren't responsible for lieing to your own customers, just being lied to. What do you do if customers have repeated trouble with the main company with billing or shipping? You have no control over that end usually. What if the company is driving more and more people away because of their service or product, do you just quit and find another company? Then you're looked upon as a "jack of all trades" and people run when you come near them because they don't want a sales pitch or to hear about the newest business you've just signed up with. lol.
But, and this is just me, I'd rather support a local or small business than a direct sales business if I can. I realise that there are products out there that are unbeatable in direct sales, which is why I continue to buy through one company. But those products are few and few between.
Are direct sales a good way for a mom to make money? It really depends on who you know, how much money the company will require you pay into them to start, and then each month before you get a paycheck, if you really believe in the products, if they're something people are going to come back toyou to buy again and again, if the company is reputable, and what your local competition is in nearby stores. For a hobby, they probably work well. but it takes a really long long time (and a lot of time) to really be successful enough for it to start paying for its self and to build up a solid customer base and all of that. Small businesses take along time to become successful also, and there are expenses involved with them too... So it just depends on the moms situation I guess.