I once published a post titled Direct Selling featured in Wall Street Journal and I am glad I did because it is now one of the most visited pages on this blog.

A lot of people are asking questions; possibly seeking new ways to achieve financial freedom and I can say without doubts, that direct selling is one way of achieving your goals. By the way, I am also in this industry, with a company called Natureline Solutions. There are thousands of other companies working hard to put smiles on people’s faces.

Below is an excerpt from “The Original Social Business Model” by Direct Selling News, as published in USA today: (download a copy)

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Every new parent asks himself or herself why children don’t come with a manual. The same holds true for entrepreneurship. If someone penned all the challenges you’d face in this brave new world—the sleepless nights, the messes cleaned up, the tears shed—few would think the benefits outweigh the labour.

That’s right; no one ever said entrepreneurship was easy. But with entrepreneurship comes effort. Effort flourishes with passion. Passion makes work feel like pleasure. Pleasure is the gratification that you’ve worked hard to create something real, important and lasting. And that cycle is one of the many reasons why entrepreneurship remains an enduring ideal in this country.

“The direct selling business model can level the playing field and close the gap between the haves and have-not’s,” says Ray Chambers, world renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. When the economy is uncertain, there’s no better time to create a job for yourself by starting your own business. Not sure it’s for you?

Consider this. You were born to be an entrepreneur, not an employee, says motivational speaker Stedman Graham, author of the New York Times best seller You Can Make It Happen. “At no other time in history has there been a better opportunity for people to create or retain ownership of their lives,” he says. “Our nation and its communities need more entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurialism is not only a pathway to autonomy and financial independence, but also has a macro-level impact on community development and economic growth, providing sources of employment and higher living standards.” Perhaps there is no easier way to embrace entrepreneurship than direct selling.

Below are 7 reasons Why You Should Be an Entrepreneur by direct selling News

1. Job Security

Only a generation or two ago, going into business for yourself was considered risky, and the safest route was to get a good job in a large firm. “That’s what my ‘poor dad’ taught me,” says Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki.

“Now, working for a traditional corporation has become the risky option.”

2. Make More Money

A U.S. Federal Reserve survey shows the average household net worth for entrepreneurs is five-times more than that of the traditionally employed. What that means in this economy is business owners are five-times more likely to come out of the recession in the black because they created income in their own businesses.

3. Freedom

When you are your own boss,you get to choose when you work, how you work and with whom you work. Best-selling author, radio host and wealth expert Dave Ramsey puts it this way: “There’s been a lot of doom and gloom in the media this year. The truth is,many people were laid off from jobs they hated anyway. Many people, instead of sitting homeland sulking, have used the freedom to think about what they really want to do when they grow up. You have ideas—good it!”

4. Discover Your Hidden Potential

“Entrepreneurship is business’s beating heart,” says Virgin mogul Richard Branson.

“Entrepreneurship isn’t about capital; it’s about ideas.Entrepreneurship is also about excellence. Not excellence measured in awards or other people’s approval, but the sort that one achieves for oneself by exploring what the world haste offer.”

5. A Second Career

The nation’s 78 million baby boomers are just starting to reach retirement age, yet they’re realizing that they can’t afford to retire. What’s more,they don’t want to. Rd. Mary Furlong, author of Turning Silver into Gold, says, “Boomers are looking for ways to give back.They are taking the reins of their own futures and redefining their lives. They want work that reflects their values and identity;they want to make a difference.”A landmark study by MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures found that 50 percept of Americans in their 50s and 60swant to do work “that matters.”

6. You’re Sharing, Not Selling

“It turns out [direct selling] may be the best way to sell good sin the developing world where people listen to testimonials not advertisements and retail sales people,” Jim Cramer told his audience.

7. A Life of Greater Impact

“When you’re in business for yourself, you write your own history, you write your own success story, you write your own legacy and most important,you write your own pay check,” says Jeffrey Gitomer, bestselling author of Little Red Book of Selling. “Being in business for yourself gives you the opportunity to work your heart out for something you love.”

Culled from the Direct Selling News

[box]Thank you Matthew Beeman of Direct Selling News for bringing this to my knowledge.[/box]