This is going to sound awfully snotty, and I can understand your reluctance to tie yourself to some of the big instituions, where you can only sell their products, regardless of how good/bad they are. But I can't help myself.
Anyone have any advice on how one can sell mutual funds to the public without working directly for a company???
1. If you don't know enough to answer this question yourself, you are not ready to be an independent mutual fund salesman/advisor.
2. Suggest you work for a mutual financial institution until you learn enough about the trade to go into business for yourself.
3. If you aren't qualified to be hired by a financial institution, you aren't qualified to go into business on your own.