What is Direct Sales?

Direct Sales marketing is a simple and effective way to market products or services direct to the consumer. It involves the sale of a consumer product or service, person-to-person, away from a fixed retail location by an independent salesperson. Products are sold through in-home product demonstrations, parties, group meetings or demonstrations, over the telephone, over the Internet and through one-on-one selling.

Direct selling is a growing industry with sales in the U.S. having doubled in the last decade to nearly $25 billion and are now more than $82 billion worldwide.

Do people purchase products from Direct Sales representatives?

Yes. Direct selling is a rapidly growing industry. U.S. sales totaled $28.7 billion in 2002, up from 26.7 billion in 2001, with more than 55 percent of the American public having purchased goods or services through direct selling. That’s more than the number who have purchased through television shopping and on-line computer services combined. People value the products available through direct selling and 45 percent of Americans want to buy from direct sellers. Those who have purchased by direct selling are exceeded only by the percentage of those who have purchased via retail stores (96%) or through mail order catalogs (83%). As mentioned, worldwide sales are also strong with nearly $85 billion in sales.*

An opportunity for growth is seen with public interest in purchasing through direct selling (38%) exceeding those who have purchased (27%)! Here are a few reasons why consumers enjoy buying from Direct Sales Representatives:

  • Direct sellers can arrange their calls to fit the consumer’s busy schedule and can deliver their purchases directly to them.
  • Direct salespeople are knowledgeable about their products and take the time to personally demonstrate and explain their products to the consumer.
  • Since the products are going directly from the source to the consumer with only the Direct Seller involved substantial savings from advertising, processing and shipping can be passed on to the consumer.
  • Direct sellers build a personal relationship with the Consumer giving them one-on-one-attention.
  • The Consumer knows who to go to with questions and concerns, as well as who to refer friends to, rather than dealing with a company full of unthankful employees.

Coastal Vacations is a direct sales opportunity that promotes the benefits of a vacation lifestyle while developing financial freedom through business ownership.

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Stability and Service

Coastal Vacations continues to offer Membership Benefits and Services that are unparalleled in the industry today. Coastal offers an incredible Vacation Package valued at over $15,000 for just $1,295.   It delivers unbeatable value to the consumer, as well as tremendous financial rewards for the marketing team.  The Coastal Vacations travel package offers a lifetime of vacation savings for less than the price of one family vacation.

Working with thousands of resorts and leaders in the field of travel and leisure, Coastal Vacations pursues this commitment by consistently seeking out the best vacation and travel values in the industry and making them available to clients at rock bottom prices. The Companies chosen to fulfill the benefits and services in our packages are of the highest caliber. Most are publicly traded companies, licensed and bonded, with a track record of 12 years or more. Our Independent shipping facility has 25 years of proven experience in the industry.

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Vacation and Travel is now the third largest retail industry in America!

Trends such as this lead to financial success and define our lives. We either make money or spend money on trends depending on where we position ourselves. A good example of this is Bill Gates, who maintains the elite status of being the richest man in the world because he positioned himself in front of one of these hot trends: The Computer Revolution!

To take maximum advantage of this amazing trend, over eight years ago a Board of Directors committed themselves to researching and building business relationships with travel companies that possess a proven track record of customer satisfaction and industry credibility. The result? Coastal Vacations.

Coastal Vacations continues to offer Membership Benefits and Services that are unparalleled in the industry today. Offering an incredible Vacation Package that has unbeatable value to the consumer, as well as tremendous financial rewards for the marketing team.

Working with thousands of resorts and leaders in the field of travel and leisure, Coastal Vacations pursues this commitment by consistently seeking out the best vacation and travel values in the industry and making them available to clients at rock bottom prices. The Companies chosen to fulfill the benefits and services in our packages are of the highest caliber. Most are publicly traded companies, licensed and bonded, with a track record of 12 years or more. Our Independent shipping facility has 25 years of proven experience in the industry.

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The Journey Into Entrepreneurship: Starting A Small Business

For most of us there comes a day when we toy with the idea of starting a small business; work stress and frustrated career goals can often leave us thirsting for autonomy and starting a small business seems to fit the bill. But for those who are thinking of starting a small business, the road can be one of sacrifice and learning.

Before starting a small business do as much research as possible. Talk to other people who have started a small business and are willing to give you some guidance, read books by people who have a passion for entrepreneurship, and get online to read as much as possible about the ins and outs of starting a small business. On the Internet you’ll also have access to advocacy organizations developed to help those starting a small business; as well as access to chat forums where you can learn from the experiences of others in your situation

Locally there should also be organizations that can help you in starting a small business. Look at the business advocacy groups in your local area that can offer guidance.

Gather as much information as you can and keep careful notes. Remember that this business will be a reflection of you and as such should mirror the philosophies to which you subscribe. Starting a small business is not the same for everyone; take your own special circumstances into account before beginning your journey.

Depending on the business you are starting, it may also be in your best interest to hire legal counsel. A lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of small business ownership and save you time and money further down the road.

Additionally, a lawyer who is well-versed in online commerce can help you establish an online presence if starting a small business for you includes an Internet component.

Also, if starting a small business for you means bringing on employees, a lawyer is essential to your success. Hiring employees opens you up to a whole new set of liabilities; save yourself any complications by having a lawyer by your side to protect you.

Starting a small business can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Put your best foot forward by facing each challenge and arming yourself with knowledge. Careful research and meticulous planning will reward you with success and the greatest possibility of future and continued viability.

To learn more about starting a small business, even from the comfort of your home, go to Start a REAL business for more details

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