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MONEY MATTERS: Moms make extra money with direct sales

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Jackie Kleppe Williams juggles a full-time job, grad school, and taking care of a toddler. Yet, as busy as she is, she still finds time to host the occasional Tupperware sales party.

"I've done it for 8 years, so I started when i was 22 years old."

With her busy schedule, she says the best part of this job is the small time committment. "It only takes a couple hours a week, and I set up the party only when it works for me."

It's especially valuable in times when family spending is a little tighter, and she says it will come in handy over the next month. "Having an extra party brings in a couple extra hundred dollars, so that will definitely help out around the holidays."

But many moms don't sell as just a side-job. Sherrill Yoder's been selling Mary Kay cosmetic products full-time for nearly three decades. "As a single woman it was great, because I could work it around school. Now that I have children and a husband who works odd hours, it works great to work around their needs."

She recommends direct sales to her friends, especially if they're selling consumable items, like makeup. She says even in a failing economy, business has been good.

"They put it on their face, and they wash it down the drain, so they're always going to need more," she said. "It's a great opportunity for women, whether they're single, married, with kids, or without."

Both Yoder and Kleppe Williams say starting out in direct sales can be difficult, but it gets easier as your client base grows.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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