By Holly Reisem Hanna
If you grew up in the 70s you probably remember the Avon lady coming to your door … Avon calling! Or maybe your mom hosted a Tupperware Party when you were younger. The direct sales industry has come along since then and it can be a great way to earn money from home. If you’re not familiar with this business model, here’s the gist of it.
Direct sales is the process of selling products face-to-face away from a retail store location. Many times this is done through in-home shopping parties, presentations, and/or catalog sales. For a minimal fee, companies give you a starter kit that includes everything that you need to start your own business.
Often times your first prospects and buyers will be friends, family and/or co-workers, you will then build your customer base by getting referrals and marketing your business. Some direct sales companies will even give you a few leads to get started.
As a sales consultant you will be paid a commission on each product that you sell. Some direct sales companies will also pay you a commission on products sales from consultants who you referred into the program. Besides being able to work from home, you will also be able to choose your working hours and the type of products that you sell. Many moms choose to do their home shopping parties at night or on the weekends, when dad can watch the kiddos.
How much money can you make as a direct sales consultant?
The average commission for a direct sales consultant is 20% – 35%; so if you sold $500 in products and your commission rate was 25% you’d earn $125 for a few hours of work. With this said, many direct sales companies offer a tiered commission plan based on your monthly sales, (The more you sell, the higher your commission is).
If you’re outgoing, confident, and are truly excited and passionate about the products you are selling, a career in direct sales may be the perfect work-at-home opportunity for you! Check out the resources below to get started.
Direct Sales Articles:
- Best Products to Sell from Home
- What Do You Do When Your Direct Sales Company Closes its Doors?
- Why the Home Party Plan is an Effective Business Model
- Home Party Business Opportunity
- Direct Sales Consultants: Are You Losing Customers by Doing These 6 Acts?
- Is Feeling Pushy Keeping You From Getting Bookings? Here’s the Remedy…
- Is the Direct Sales Industry a Scam?
- Pinterest for Direct Sales Businesses
- Pinterest is Perfect for Direct Sales Consultants
- What to Look for in a Home Party Business Opportunity
Direct Sales Resources:
- Become a Super Salesperson
- Create a Cash Flow Show
- Direct Sales Aid
- Direct Selling Association
- Direct Selling 411
- Direct Selling News
- Julie Anne Jones
- Party Plan Divas
- World Federation of Direct Selling Associates
Huge List of Direct Sales Companies:
Please be aware that these companies have not been researched by me personally. As is always the case, please do your due diligence prior to enrolling in any business opportunity.
3000BC sells botanical and clinical skin care products.
4Life Research, LLC sells nutritional products and supplements.
5LINX Enterprises, Inc. sells tech services and products.
Abundant Health Ltd sells natural health supplements.
ACN sells communication services.
AdvoCare International sells nutritional and skincare products.
Aerus sells water purification systems, air filtration systems, and safe and effective formulas for allergy and odor control.
Agel sells wellness products.
Aihu sells healing skincare and body products.
All Dazzle sells jewelry.
Aloette Cosmetics, Inc. sells scientifically advanced skin care and makeup with good-for-your-skin ingredients.
AMC sells cookware.
Améo sells essential oils.
AmeriPlan USA sells discount health and dental plans.
AMS Health Sciences/Advantage Marketing Systems sells health and wellness products.
Amway-Quixtar sells health and wellness products.
Any Art is an art dealing direct sales business opportunity.
Arbonne International sells botanical based beauty and healthcare products.
Arova sells handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
Assured Nutrition Plus sells meal replacement shakes.
At Home America sells home décor products.
A to Z Expressions sells art, decor and gifts.
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic sells safe personal care products.
Ava Gray Direct is a social selling company that empowers women through flexible entrepreneurial opportunities. Our any-wear apparel is available exclusively through our Independent Stylists, online and via in-home fashion parties.
Ava Rose Designs sells women’s clothing.
Avon – At a time when opportunities are scarce and finances are tight, you can start an AVON business and EMPOWER your life. As the world’s largest direct selling company and leader in beauty, anti-aging skincare, and fragrances, we make it easy for you to sell and succeed, right from the start. Why Sell AVON? You have your own business, You set your own hours, You determine your family/work/lifestyle balance, Minimum start up investment, No inventory required, and Exclusive Avon Opportunities. See why more than 5 million people around the world are enjoying financial success and personal growth as Avon Sales Representatives. Join today!
Azuli Skye sells jewelry.
Barefoot Books sells award winning children’s books, CDs, and gifts.
beFragrant sells candles, melts, body sprays and more.
BeachBody sells workout videos and home fitness programs.
Bead Retreat sells beads and jewelry making tools.
BeautiControl sells in home spa treatments, skincare and cosmetics.
Beauty Counter sells chic, safe and effective beauty products.
Beauty Society is the only skincare line offering the treasure not trash refill program, where refillable items are sold at a 15% – 30% savings.
Become Beauty sells anti-aging cosmeceutical skin care products.
Bee Smart N Sexy sells adult toys and products.
Bella Branch sells personalized photo jewelry.
Bella Vintaj sells handmade jewelry.
Bellaroma sells candles and scent warmers.
Big Planet sells technical solutions for digital photos and videos.
Black Box Cosmetics sells bath, body, and skincare products.
Body Wise sells meal replacement shakes and nutritional products.
Brightpeak Financial sells financial advice via in home gatherings.
cabi sells high-end, stylish clothing by Carol Anderson.
Carico sells fine china, cutlery, tableware and crystal.
Carin Bracelets sells silver charm bracelets.
Carlisle Collection sells high-end fashion for women.
Celadon Road sells high quality natural, eco-friendly products for everyday needs.
Celebrating Home sells home decor.
Charmsations sells personalized jewelry and accessories.
Chloe + Isabel sells fashion jewelry through social retail. Our handcrafted jewelry is sold exclusively through our Merchandisers, a diverse community of c+i business owners, each building out her resume (+ bank account) through personal styling, social selling, and digital marketing. Our mission is to provide each and every one of these Merchandisers with the training, resources and mentorship they need to achieve their personal and financial goals.
Claudia G Collection sells jewelry, handbags, and accessories.
Clever Container sells organizational solutions.
Cloud 9 Parties sells luxurious lingerie, high-quality spa products and romance gifts.
Close To My Heart sells scrap-booking supplies and products.
Color by Amber sells gorgeous jewelry made from natural materials encapsulated in stunning eco-resin. Each piece of Color by Amber jewelry is a beautiful expression of style, sustainability and social responsibility.
Compelling Creations, Inc. sells inspirational jewelry.
Conklin Company, Inc. sells more than 130 across six major product divisions: agronomics, animal products, building products, health, home and vehicle products.
Creative Memories sells scrap booking products and supplies.
CTBling sells Christian inspired jewelry.
CUTCO sells fine cutlery.
Daisy Blue Naturals sells natural bath and body products.
Dakomoda sells fashionable children’s clothing.
Damsel in Defense sells self defense products for women.
Demarle At Home, Inc. sells cooking workshops.
DeTech sells fire safety equipment.
Discovery Toys sells educational toys.
Do You Bake? sells gourmet mixes, dips, spices, and more.
Doncaster sells women’s apparel.com
doTERRA sells essential oils.
Dove Chocolate Discoveries sells premium chocolate treats and products.
Du North Designs sells affordable women’s clothing.
Ellie Kai sells made-to-order clothing for women and little girls.
emagineGreen sells earth friendly products.
EndlessXpressions sells floating lockets, jewelry, clothes, handbags, personalized items and more.
Epicure Selections sells meal-time solutions for the home chef.
Esbe Designs sells handcrafted jewelry designed by Sara Blaine.
Essential Bodywear sells bras, panties and shapewear.
ETCETERA sells woman’s clothing.
Fashion Scents sells aromatherapy jewelry.
fibi & clo sells shoes and accessories.
Fifth Avenue Collection sells beautiful jewelry – international company.
For Every Body Candles sells warmers, cubes, green cleaning products, candles and more.
For Tails Only sells gourmet pet treats and products.
For You sells hair, body, skin and nutritional care products
Forever Green sells natural energy drinks.
Foru International sells weight loss products, shakes and skincare products.
FreeLife sells Goji juice.
Fuller Brush Company sells cleaning brushes.
Fundanoodle sells early education products for children.
GanoLife Coffee sells enriched coffee
Global Health Trax sells nutritional supplements.
Gold Canyon sells candles and fragrances for the home.
GoldSheild Elite sells nutritional, personal care, and home health products.
Grace & Heart sells faith-inspired jewelry.
H2O at Home sells natural home care products, organic personal care products and natural home fragrance.
Harpers Love Jewelry sells trendy, personalized jewelry.
Henkaa sells convertible, multifunctional dresses and accessories.
Heritage Makers sells scrap-booking supplies and products.
Homemade Gourmet sells gourmet food products.
Hope at Home sells wine, gifts, and other gourmet products, while providing built-in donations for each product to various charities.
HTE Americas sells health equipment and nutritional products.
I Thought of You sells fair trade jewelry and handmade goods.
In a Pikle sells compact organizers for essential convenience items, needed for life’s emergencies.
Initial Outfitters is a Christian inspired direct sales company that sells personalized gifts and jewelry.
Initials Inc sells monogrammed totes, bags, purses, wallets, luggage and storage containers.
Inspiranza sells high quality fashion jewelry.
Integris sells nutritional products.
INVISUS Direct sells personal computer services and identity protection.
Isagenix sells healthy weight loss products.
It Works sells body wraps.
Izigg 90210 is a mobile (SMS or text) marketing business.
J. Hilburn sells stylish men’s clothing.
Jafra sells cosmetics and beauty products.
Jamberry Nails sells fun and fuss-free nail wraps that are available in over 300 designs per season, as well as nail lacquer and other nail care products.
Jerky Direct sells beef jerky.
Jewell Style sells gorgeous handbags and accessories.
Jewelry Candles sells candles with hidden jewelry inside.
Jillian Chase sells monogrammed crystal.
Jolica sells handcrafted jewelry, scarves and leather bags by fairly paid artisans in developing countries.
Jordan Essentials sells bath and body products for adults and children.
Just Jewelry is a Christian-based company selling jewelry.
Juxees and Jewel sells boutique style handbags and fashion accessories.
Kaeser & Blair sells promotional products.
KEEP Collective sells one of a kind bracelets and necklaces that can be personalized. A Stella & Dot family brand.
Kilambe Coffee sells gourmet organic coffee.
Kirby sells vacuums and bags, replacement parts, and cleaning products.
Kokoon sells stylish clothes for women.
Kyani sells a super food juice.
La Senorita Jolie sells clothing and jewelry.
Labella Baskets sells gift baskets.
L’BRI Pure N’ Natural sells natural aloe vera skin care products.
Life Force sells nutritional supplements.
Linen World sells home decor, linens, toys, organizational solutions, and much more. FREE to join.
Living Fresh Collection sells sleep products likes sheets, blankets, robes, mattresses, pillows, laundry detergent, and more.
Longaberger sells baskets and home interior products.
Lularoe sells comfortable and stylish clothing for women.
Lulu Avenue sells jewelry.
Maddy Moo Creations sells custom made totes and bags.
Magnabilities sells customized magnetic jewelry.
Magnolia and Vine sells customizable jewelry and accessories.
Makeup Eraser sells a chemical free makeup removal towel.
Man Cave sells bar ware, meat products and grilling accessories.
Mannatech sells nutritional supplements.
Martha and Mary is a Christian inspired direct sales company that offers a unique blend of business and ministry, selling home decor items and gifts.
Mary Kay sells cosmetics, skin and body products.
Matilda Jane Clothing sells children’s and women’s clothing.
Metrin sells skin-care products.
Mia Bella sells candles and melts.
Mialisia sells jewelry.
Miche Bag sells chic handbags.
Mix Party sells gourmet goodies, sparkling wines, cocktail mixes, and gift sets.
Modicare sells laundry, auto, and personal and home care products.
MONAT Global sells haircare products.
Monet Handbags sells custom handbags and purses.
My Clique Jewelry sells sterling silver, hand-crafted, interchangeable jewelry.
National Companies sells over 30 different products and services.
Nature Unleashed empowers individuals to proactively care for themselves, their environments, and financial futures by providing all natural, safe products for their home, life and those they love. Made in the USA.
Nature’s Sunshine sells health and wellness products.
Nerium International sells science-based skincare products.
NestFamily.com sells animated Bible stories for children.
New Vision sells wellness products.
Nikken sells wellness products.
Noevir sells skin-care, hair-care, body-care and cosmetics.
Northern Clover sells jewelry.
Northern Lights at Home sells candles and home décor products.
Norwex sells environmentally friendly cleaning products and personal care products.
NUMARI sells high quality, made-to-measure women’s work clothes.
NuSkin sells skin-care products.
NYR Organic sells organic haircare, body, cosmetics, aromatherapy, herbal remedies and more.
OGO NY is a social good business, selling high end womenswear, while supporting the Fashion for Freedom campaign.
One2Thrive sells cookware, cutlery, and kitchen supplies.
Origami Owl sells personalized charm jewelry.
Our Hearts Desire sells custom lockets.
Pampered Chef sells high quality kitchenwares and gifts.
Paparazzi Jewelry sells fun and fabulous jewelry for five bucks.
Paris a Vous sells all natural, French specialty foods, wines, linens, and home décor products.
PartyLite sells candles, home décor and gifts.
PawTree sells unique, luxurious and stylish products for your pets.
Pink Papaya Parties sells natural home spa and beauty products that are made in the USA.
Pink Zebra sells candles and home fragrances.
Peach sells lingerie.
PeoplesWay sells wellness products.
Perfectly Posh sells pampering products.
Pierre Lang sells designer jewelry.
Plexus sells all-natural, healthy solutions to help individuals lose weight.
Pola sells cosmetics, skin, hair, and body-care products.
Premier Designs is a Christian inspired company that sells jewelry.
Pre-Paid Legal Services sells pre-paid legal services.
Primerica Financial Services sells financial services.
Princess House sells products for your home.
Purely Gourmet sells epicurean delights.
Rainbow sells home cleaning systems.
Rastelli Direct sells various meats and seafood.
RBC Life Sciences sells nutritional supplements and natural personal care products.
Regal Ware sells stainless steel cookware.
Regal Ware Worldwide sells cookware.
Reliv sells nutritional products.
Rena Ware sells cookware, juicers and water purifiers.
Restaurant.com offers a B2B opportunity, where independent consultants get local restaurants to participate in daily deal offerings.
Rodan + Fields Dermatologist sells dermatology-based skincare treatments for men, women & teens by the doctors who created Proactiv©.
Royal Prestige sells cookware.
Ruby Ribbon sells clothes with built in shapewear.
Saba sells appetite, control and energy supplements.
Sabika sells jewelry.
Saladmaster sells complete cooking systems.
Scentsy independent consultant sells wickless candles.
SendOutCards sells personalized greeting cards and invitations online and prints them, stuffs them and mails them, all for less than a greeting card at the store.
SeneGence International sells long lasting cosmetics.
Seriluna sells spa products.
Shaklee.com sells wellness products.
Signature Homestyles sells home décor and interior products.
Silpada Designs sells sterling silver jewelry.
Silver Icing sells chic and comfy clothes.
Simply Aroma sells essential oils.
Simply Fun sells play products (board games, family games and party games) that bring families & friends together.
Simply Said Designs sells home decor.
Sistaco sells fashionable, affordable statement pieces for all women.
SkinnyBodyCare sells all natural weight loss supplements.
Smart Living Company sells home decor, lighting and outdoor living products.
Socialite Pink sells jewelry.
Soul Purpose sells bath and body products.
South Hill Designs sells custom lockets.
Southwestern Company sells student handbooks, family Bible books, health and wellness books and children’s books.
Soy L Scents sells premium soy bean wax candles and tart chunks with natural botanical oils.
Sozo Global, LLC sells products powered by coffeeberry.
Spa Sensations sells spa products for the home.
Spirit Lockets sells custom lockets.
Sportron International Inc sells wellness products.
Stampin’ Up! sells high-quality rubber stamps and accessories.
Stanley Home Products sells home-care and personal-care products.
Stella & Dot sells boutique-style jewelry and accessories that are available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. The one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in Gossip Girl, In Style and Lucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities.
Style Dots sells jewelry.
Sunrider sells health and beauty products.
SwissJust Corporation sells natural Swiss products for body and mind.
Tahitian Noni sells wellness juice.
Taste of Gourmet sells gourmet food products.
Tastefully Simple sells gourmet foods and gifts.
Tealightful Treasures sells gourmet teas and food mixes.
The Gourmet Cupboard sells gourmet food mixes and coffee.
The Veda Company sells luxury items like soy candles, organic tea, all natural spa products, and eco-friendly home decor items.
Thirty-One is a Christian inspired company that sells bags, totes, purses and back-packs.
THRIVE W sells wellness supplements.
Tocara sells an exclusive line of fine jewelry.
Tomboy Tools sells pink tools and gardening gear for women.
Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry sells high quality, affordable fashion jewelry.
Trades of Hope sells fair trade jewelry made by artisans from around the world.
Traveling Vineyard sells wine.
Tristar sells air purifiers.
TriVita sells herbs and nutritional supplements.
Tupperware sells storage solutions.
Tyra Beauty sells a line of makeup products from runway model, Tyra Banks.
Undercoverwear sells lingerie and adult toys.
Unicity International sells nutritional, personal-care and wellness products.
USANA sells quality nutritional and personal care products.
Usborne Books and More sells children’s books.
Vantel Pearls in the Oyster sells pearls.
Velata a division of the Scentsy Family, Velata sells fondue warmers and delicious fondue chocolate.
Via Strozzi sells high end Italian clothing.
VivI sells designer jewelry.
ViSalus (Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge) sells weight loss and fitness products.
VitaCraft sells stainless steel – waterless cookware.
Votre Vu sells luxury European skin and hair care products at less than luxury pricing.
W by Worth sells stylish clothing for women.
Watkins Online sells home care and personal care items.
Wildtree sells natural gourmet culinary blends, infused grapeseed oils, dressings and sauces.
Wildtree Herbs sells natural food products.
Willa is a direct sales company for young girls. They sell healthy skincare products and makeup.
Willow House sells kitchen, house wares and gifts.
Wine Shop at Home sells wine.
XanGo sells juice and skin-care products.
Yevo sells organic health food.
YOR Health sells nutritional products and supplements.
Young Living sells essential oils.
Younique sells makeup and accessories.
Your Inspiration at Home sells kitchen gadgets and gourmet food.
Yourself Expression sells memory lockets and charms.
YPCK (Yuppy Puppy City Kitty) sells pet treats, pet food, pet toys, pet gear, pet spa products and more.
Zendigo sells tea and accessories.
Zermat International, LLC sells skincare, body care and makeup.
Zrii sells liquid nutritional supplements.
Please be aware that these companies have not been researched by me personally. As is always the case, please do your due diligence prior to enrolling in any business opportunity.
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