Originally Posted by gajewelrylady
When "crunching" the numbers on potential commission, be sure you take into account any costs that you must cover out of your commission as the consultant. Typically any company that promotes a commission of 50% passes on at least some, if not all, of the costs for their hostess program to the consultant and that makes your net commission much lower. Also, ask if you commission is paid on full price or wholesale and if you get paid on any half price or hostess purchases.
I would also recommend looking at the average party sales of each company and calculating how long it will take you to make your investment back because you aren't making money until you've accomplished that. You'll also want to take into account the normal expenses of doing business such as catalogs, order forms, etc. Another important thing to consider is whether you can accept credit cards for payment and who incurs that cost, as well as a website for your business.
These are great points. The average sales from a typical party plan company are $450 per party. The company I represent has a national average of $1000. You can see that if two companies pay the same commission, the one with the higher national average will result in more income for you.
Then you need to consider quarterly minimums, hostess reward costs, supply costs (and how frequently they change), how much of the line is retired annually, whether the company discounts pieces on its corporate website, etc. All of those things influence your costs and can have a big impact on your bottom line.