Business is all fun and games at Discovery Toys. The company
sells educational toys, games, books, and music for infants,
toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. It also
promotes products for children with autism and other special needs.
Discovery Toys markets its products online and through a base of
several thousand independent sales representatives, who host
parties at customers' homes in the US and Canada. The company
was founded in 1978 by Lane Nemeth. It has been owned by
Chicago-based holding company Draupnir since 2008.
Discovery Toys relies on the efforts of its independent sales
force, which includes stay-at-home moms and school teachers.
Interest in independent sales jobs, such as those offered by
Discovery Toys, has increased in recent years amid the
recession and lingering tough economic
conditions. Many Americans have entered the niche
because they need a replacement income stream
-- usually on account of job loss or to supplement their
incomes as raises and bonuses have disappeared. Independent
sales representatives for Discovery Toys are free to set their own
hours and can earn vacations if certain sales goals are met.