The Traveling Vineyard is an Ipswich, Maine-based company that gives people the opportunity to sell their products as an independent contractor. Called Wine Guides, these independent contractors use direct sales methods to sell Traveling Vineyard’s wines and make money for themselves.
A Wine Guide starts with a Success Kit which includes everything they will need to get started. They also have access to Traveling Vineyard’s “Tasting Room” which is an online training course that teaches them everything they need to know in order to be a successful salesperson. This includes tips on how to expand their business, find new customers, and everything they need to know about wine.
The Wine Guides set up wine tasting events in people’s homes. Everyone gets to sample one of the 5 wines that the Wine Guide Supplies. These events are meant to be fun and informative, without the stuffy air that oftentimes surrounds the world of wine. At the end of the night, the participants of the event are given the opportunity to buy any of the wines they sampled which will be delivered to their door.
One of the best things about being a Wine Guide is that you are completely free to set your own schedule. You can set up as many wine tastings as you please and schedule them at times that work for your schedule and life.
Traveling Vineyard also holds an annual Harvest conference where Wine Guides get to learn more about wine, how to operate their business, and have fun with their associates in the wine industry. Team Leaders of Traveling Vineyard around the United States also hold regional meetings where local Wine Guides can meet each other and get any hands-on training they need in order to succeed with their business.