|Received:||6/14/2006 8:38:56 PM|
|Organization:||PartyLite Gifts, Inc.|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I want to note my objection and my desire that you would reconsider some of the proposed requirements to regulate the direct sales industry. I have been a PartyLite consultant for 2 years. I began my business to be able to be a stay at home mom. The income that I have earned has helped me to do this and to also contribute to my family income. These rules would drastically impede my personal business as a PartyLite consultant/leader. Especially with the todays problems with identity theft, I would not feel comfortable providing personal information of others in PartyLite, nor would I want my personal information given out freely, for reference requirements. Most potential consultants are energetic to get started immediately and any delay would hender their future business success. I, personally, have had continued success because I immediately started my business within the recommended 2 week timeframe and without delays of reference requirements. The ability to earn income in this timeframe is a great benefit to those wishing to start immediately, especially those in need of immediate income for their family needs. Other consultants that I have known, that did not get off to a immediate start, have had less success or more difficult start, or have failed to be successful altogether. An important element of being self employed is to be able to choose-to choose when they can start to be successful in their new business. I feel good about sharing PartyLite's very real business opportunity with others, and want to continue to easily introduce PartyLite to more people who could benefit as I have. These proposed regulations would hinder the ease to be able to do this, making it more difficult to introduce anyone to PartyLite's business opportunity. I am grateful that the FTC exists to protect all of us consumers, but the proposed regulations in this matter would not protect me or other fellow and future consultants. These regulations would actually work against me/us and make business harder for me/us which in turn would impact my income and my future as a stay at home mom. My husband is active duty military and me being able to be a stay at home mom has made our lives easier, made his job easier knowing I am the one taking care of our 2 children, and has given our children a more stable home environment even though their father is away serving our country or through military relocations and being away from extended family. It has been a win win situation, and I believe completely that being a stay at home mom has been the key to our family's success, my children's well being, and my husband's success as a sailor. Also, the extra income has been a great relief to our family, mainly my husband, while he has been deployed. It allows us to have more choices, relieves financal stresses and burdens, and gives us an opportunity to have a better quality of life, and to maintain that quality of life. Also, as a military spouse, being able to make a contribution to the family income along with giving me a constructive and worthwhile opportunity while my husband is deployed, has helped me be a better person, military wife, and mother. PartyLite has also taught my children that dreams can come true with hard work, and has taught them the positive opportunities of being self employed. This is something that I never had the opportunity to learn, until I took the chance of starting PartyLite. Please reconsider the proposals to regulate legitimate, professional direct sellers as myself. Thank you.