Direct Sales Drive Time

I often hear direct sellers bemoan having to hold home shows an hour away from their homes.  I am not sure when we (as direct sellers) get the message that we should be exempt from commutes in our work. 94% of America commutes to work, we are no different.  It may be helpful to remember that we work FROM home, not AT home.

Here is a little info that might make you feel better about your DS drive time.

According to a national report, the average American spends 25.5 minutes commuting to work each way.  That is nearly an hour a day, barring accidents and construction.  That is nearly 5 hours a week, in their car.  Over 600,000 Americans commute 1 hour each way every day spending 10+ hours a week in their car.

The national annual income average is around  $51000.  That means that each day those workers spend a minimum of an hour in their cars to earn $212.  They also put in an 8+ hour day!

As direct sellers traveling to a home show, we easily earn up to $500 in 3 hours.  So how is it that we feel disadvantaged when we need to drive an hour to a home show?  We make that drive perhaps twice a week putting us under the national average.  We make twice the money per “day” and in half the time. We rarely ever commute in bumper to bumper traffic.   AND we get “paid” 54 cents a  mile.  It is our single largest tax deduction.

My advice, throw in some happy music and drive on!


———————————————- Michelle Archer is a certified coach with nearly 25 years experience in direct sales. Michelle works with companies and individuals to explode their business potential. Connect with her on Facebook Learn more at

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