(PRWEB) July 03, 2012
The National Field Sales Association, (NFSA) is turning 25 this year! Since its inception the NFSA has worked to ensure safe and meaningful employment for thousands, in addition to implementing standards and procedures to better serve and protect the public.Door-to-door sales is a multi-million dollar-a-year industry that provides skilled and unskilled workers alike with opportunity that is seldom given in the workforce today. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, door -to- door sales workers earn an average annual income of $27,600 with potential to earn over $45,000 annually. The NFSA has a lot to do with this average as it has fought hard and actively lobbied for this industry’s rights to continue door- to door-sales in communities all over the nation.
Before the creation of the NFSA, the door-to-door sales and traveling sales crews industry was primarily unregulated, had few prerequisites for employment and few standard operating procedures for the individuals in the field. The lack of guidelines for traveling sales crews led to a lot of controversy in the door to door sales field. For example, many door-to-door sales people were mistreated and abused by shady fly by night traveling sales crews companies they worked for, often left stranded in a city thousands of miles from home if they did not meet sales quotas. In the early 1980’s this was the most commonly reported problem in the door-to-door sales / traveling sales crews profession. In fact it was this problem that drove the original board members to come together and form the NFSA.
Since then the NFSA has created a standardized employment screening program which includes mandatory drug screening and background checks for all people who will be in the field doing door-to-door sales. They also outlined standard practices for the traveling sales crews field managers ensuring that members of traveling sales crews are treated fairly and have a way home if the job doesn’t work out for them. The parent companies of all board members are required to comply with the NFSA Code of Ethics and to conduct business in conformity with the spirit of the standards embodied in the Code. This means that consumer complaints must be processed and handled promptly to ensure customer confidence. It has been this self-policing by the NFSA that has made the difference in how this industry is perceived. In fact, had the NFSA not come together to change this industry, the issues of violence, drugs, and abuse would have remained overlooked and chances are there would no longer be a door-to-door sales person or the traveling sales crew profession.
The NFSA has not solved all the problems that plague the door-to-door sales and traveling sales crews profession, but it has provided many solutions and helped open up dialogue among its members and also with the communities it serves.The NFSA has many success stories and has made it a point to continue to provide support to the door-to-door sales person by offering new ways to interact with its board members. The NFSA has recently started utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to encourage sales people to highlight successes and recommend improvements, as well as to help mentor each other to become better door-to door-sales people.
The door-to-door sales community is a thriving one and has helped many people with little or no real world skills learn the fundamentals of business and sales. The traveling sales crews people learn much by canvasing the country and observing how people live in different parts of our nation. They are taught good work ethics, self-reliance, independence, responsibility, loyalty, integrity, confidence, and public speaking just to name a few. This skill set has created countless door to door success stories, and many door-to-door sales people go on to get higher paying jobs, long-lasting careers, or business owners. The NFSA is honored to be a part the door-to-door sales industry and looks forward to the future! Happy 25th birthday to the National Field Sales Association and thank you for helping to make the door-to-door sales industry a regulated and safe one to work in.