A career in Direct Sales (DS) can be whatever you want it to be – for some it’s a hobby others a career. No matter what you think of DS companies this summer we took we took the nation by storm and left our mark on the economy in a BIG way!!!  100’s of DS companies held national conferences this summer. Many of us traveled by plane, train or automobile to attend these conferences!  I personally attended a conference in Atlanta where 17,000 consultants took downtown by storm for five days! Wearing pink, carrying our bags and having a great time learning ways to grow our businesses, networking and sharing in a sisterhood!

Several other DS companies held conferences in Columbus, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other great cities all over the US! With millions of women and a few men attending these conferences expenses include: travel, hotels, meals, souvenirs, and more! All a tax expense for our businesses and all in an effort to come home and become more successful! Stats show your business will grow 30 percent or more if you attend a conference!

I’m not sure it matters what you sell or who you sell it for. The motivation, ideas and classes can apply to any business and in a lot of cases your life. It’s a huge commitment for anyone to attend! In many cases you have to make arrangements for your family, convince your husband it’s a worthy cause and make enough money to support your trip! Regardless, it’s really a great experience and well worth any trouble it takes to get there!

In some cases your demographics or region you live in may limit your success no matter how hard you are working. You may not earn the trip or have a $26,000 show (yes one show!!!) but the memories and friendships your making will last a lifetime.

My most memorable moment this year was when Andrea Walters-Downing spoke at our Directors day training. I have watched her from a far for many years. She is an amazing woman. She touched a nerve with me when she referenced a few good books and the endless search for balance. As women, we constantly seek balance in our lives and rarely achieve this goal. She talked about instead of looking for balance, seek MOMENTS! Take advantage of time spent with family and enjoy moments, making time spent with friends, family, and spouse great instead of always trying to balance and be perfect. 

I am trying hard to follow her advice since returning to the farm and I am doing a good job enjoying my family! But tomorrow, when the kids return to school I will find MOMENTS in my office, as I have found many MOMENTS with my kids over the past few weeks!

Amber Davis is a 17 year direct sales associate with The Lonagberger Co. and currently director for at Thirty One Gifts.  Holding a degree in business administration and marketing, she previously worked in the business industry. After the birth of her second child; family took priority over work and she left her full time position. Now a mother of four, she believes firmly in direct Sales and the endless opportunity it provides! “I can’t imagine ever returning to a traditional 9-5 job,” she said. She firmly believes in doing what works for your family. She helps her husband on the family farm and writes her own blog: Adventures in Farm Life. This, she said, is a work in progress and mostly serves to share family photos. In her free time she loves to travel and enjoys volunteering.