By Holly Reisem Hanna
Direct sales is the process of selling products and services face to face, away from a retail store location. Many times this is done through in-home parties, presentations, online and/or through catalogs. Companies offer starter kits that give you everything you need to get started, and they usually have a very low start up cost.
Your first prospects/buyers will generally be friends, family and/or co-workers; you will then build your customer base by getting referrals from these people. Some direct sales companies will give you a few leads to get started.
As a sales consultant you will be paid a commission on each product you sell. Some direct sales companies will also pay you a commission on products from sales consultants who you referred into the program. Besides being able to work from home, you will also be able to choose the hours you want to work, and the type of products you would like to sell. Many mothers choose to present their products at night, when dad can watch the kids.
How much money can a sales consultant make? The average commission that a sales consultant makes is generally around 20% – 35%; so if you were making 20% commission, you would need to sell $2,500.00 in products to make $500.00. With this said, many direct sales companies offer a tiered commission percentage based on your monthly sales, (the more you sell, the higher percentage you will make).
So if you are a self starter, confident, have high energy, 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.
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Direct Sales Resources
Direct Sales Careers offers company profiles; a step-by-step success guide and other helpful direct sales resources, to get you started working from home.
Direct Sales Helper offers tips, resources and free mini courses in direct sales. Sign up for their free newsletter.
Direct Sales Moms has articles, direct sale information and business resources for moms and dads that want to work from home.
Direct Selling Association promotes ethical business practices in the direct sales market. This site offers resources, statistics, history and consumer information.
Julie Anne Jones providing you with the tools you need to succeed in your direct sales – party plan business.
MLM Legal offers multi-level marketing resources and legal advice. This site has online video education, a free MLM startup guide and newsletter.
MLM Woman has ideas, inspiration and articles to help you with your direct sales business. Sign up for their free newsletter.
MLM.com has startup information, tools, and strategies for the direct sales market.
Party Plan Divas offers fresh, new, “no gimmick” training to Party Plan Consultants! Lynsey Jones brings over 12 years of REAL experience at every level of the Party Plan Industry – from Customer to Hostess to Executive National Team Leader.
Sales Mom offers resources, coaching articles, business opportunities and a free newsletter.
World Federation of Direct Selling Associates is a volunteer agency that promotes empowerment and opportunities in the direct sales market. This site offers resources, initiatives, and codes of conduct. See site for upcoming events and meetings.
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.
A Better Chance sells home education programs.
Abundant Health Ltd sells natural health supplements.
Accentz sells jewelry.
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.
Alex + Von sells natural and organic skincare, body care and cosmetics for the whole family.
All Dazzle sells jewelry.
Alliecat Jewelry sells gems that are created out of glass and semi-precious metals.
Aloette Cosmetics, Inc. sells scientifically advanced skin care and makeup with good-for-your-skin ingredients.
AMC sells cookware.
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.
Angela Moore sells jewelry and fashion for women.
Any Art is an Art Dealing direct sales business opportunity.
Arbonne International sells botanical based beauty and healthcare products.
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
Avon sells beauty products.
AyurVida sells natural health, beauty, and rejuvenation products.
Azuli Skye sells jewelry.
B Charmed sells jewelry.
Barefoot Books sells award winning children’s books, CDs, and gifts.
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.
Bellaroma sells candles and scent warmers.
Big Planet sells technical solutions for digital photos and videos.
Blessings Unlimited offers a unique blend of business and ministry, selling home decor items and gifts.
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.
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.
Chloe and Isabel sells dynamic and socially innovative jewelry.
Clever Container sells organizational solutions.
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.
Cookie Lee sells jewelry.
Cloud 9 Parties sells luxurious lingerie, high-quality spa products and romance gifts.
Country Bunny Bath and Body sells bath, body and spa products.
Creative Memories sells scrap booking products and supplies.
CUTCO sells fine cutlery.
Daisy Blue Naturals sells natural bath and body products.
Damsel in Defense sells self defense products for women.
Demarle At Home, Inc. sells cooking workshops.
DeTech sells fire safety equipment.
Dillion Road sells image consulting and clothes for men.
Discovery Toys sells educational toys.
Doncaster sells women’s apparel.com
Dove Chocolate Discoveries sells premium chocolate treats and products.
Dudley Products sells ethnic hair care and cosmetics.
emagineGreen sells earth friendly products.
Epicure Selections sells meal-time solutions for the home chef.
Essential Bodywear sells bras, panties and shapewear.
ETCETERA sells woman’s clothing.
F.A.I.T.H. sells inspirational 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 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.
GanoLife Coffee sells enriched coffee
Gigi Hill sells handbags.
Girly Girl Studios sells custom and pre-made handbags, wallets and purses.
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 Adele a division of the Scentsy Family, sells top bag styles and fashion looks.
Guy & Eva sells jewelry.
H2O at Home sells natural home care products, organic personal care products and natural home fragrance.
Herbalife sells nutritional supplements and healthcare products.
Homemade Gourmet sells gourmet food products.
HTE Americas sells health equipment and nutritional products.
In a Pikle sells compact organizers for essential convenience items, needed for life’s emergencies.
Initial Outfitters sells personalized gifts and jewelry.
Initials Inc sells monogrammed totes, bags, purses, wallets, luggage and storage containers.
Integris sells nutritional products.
INVISUS Direct sells personal computer services and identity protection.
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 nail shields that will give you that high-end salon look in the convenience of your own home.
Jewltique sells jewelry.
Jillian Chase sells monogrammed crystal.
Jockey Person to Person sells versatile, fashion forward styles for women.
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 Add Guests sells gourmet food products.
Just Jewelry is a Christian-based company selling jewelry.
Juxees and Jewel sells boutique style handbags and fashion accessories.
Kele & Co sells fashion jewelery, bags and more.
Kelly’s Kids sells adorable mix and match styles for kids.
Kilambe Coffee sells gourmet organic coffee.
Kirby sells vacuums and bags, replacement parts, and cleaning products.
Kitsy Lane is an e-commerce platform that allows you to create and curate your own online jewelry and accessories boutique all at no cost, completely risk free. Customize your own online storefront, choose pieces you want to sell, give personal shopping advice, and promote fabulous finds across your social networks. With Kitsy Lane, you can earn money by using your fashion sense to build a business for yourself while maintaining freedom over your own time. Earn up to 25% in commission for every item you sell.
Kokoon sells stylish clothes for women.
Kyani sells a super food juice.
Latasia sells jewelry and lingerie.
L’BRI Pure N’ Natural sells natural aloe vera skin care products.
Lia Sophia sells jewelry.
Life Force sells nutritional supplements.
Lindt Chocolate RSVP sells gourmet chocolates for baking, entertaining and gifting.
Living Scriptures sells religious books, CDs and DVDs.
Livinity sells wellness products.
Longaberger sells baskets and home interior products.
Lulu Avenue sells jewelry.
Maddy Moo Creations sells custom made totes and bags.
Madison Handbags sells custom handbags and purses.
Man Cave sells bar ware, meat products and grilling accessories.
Mannatech sells nutritional supplements.
Mary Kay sells cosmetics, skin and body products.
Matilda Jane Clothing sells children’s and women’s clothing.
Memory Works sells scrap booking supplies.
Metrin sells skin-care products.
Mia Bath & Body sells an incredible line of nature inspired, spa-quality products you customize with your own personal scent creation.
Mia Bella sells candles and melts.
Mia Mariu is a social selling company that offers women the opportunity to run their own health and beauty business from home.
Miche Bag sells chic handbags.
Michelle Baratta sells jewelry.
Modicare sells laundry, auto, and personal and home care products.
Moms Flourish sells products for babies and children.
National Companies sells over 30 different products and services.
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 Lights at Home sells candles and home décor products.
Norwex sells environmentally friendly cleaning products and personal care products.
Nu Med sells longevity, nutrition, body development and personal care products.
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.
Origami Owl sells personalized charm jewelry.
Organo Gold sells coffees and teas infused with 100% Organic Ganoderma.
Our Hearts Desire sells custom lockets.
Oxyfresh.com sells health and wellness products.
Pampered Chef sells high quality kitchenwares and gifts.
Paparazzi Jewelry sells fun and fabulous jewelry for five bucks.
PartyLite sells candles, home décor and gifts.
Pink Papaya, LLC sells natural home spa and beauty products that are made in the USA.
Pink Zebra sells candles and home fragrances.
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 sells jewelry.
Pre-Paid Legal Services sells pre-paid legal services.
Prim ‘n Prudy – sells handmade treasures.
Primerica Financial Services sells financial services.
Princess House sells products for your home.
Private Quarters sells high-end bath and bedding.
Purely Gourmet sells epicurean delights.
Quiet Places sells heart, home and mind products.
R2C Couture sells floating charm necklaces and bracelets.
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.
Rendi Style sells custom home decor.
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.
Sashay sells jewelry.
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.
Shure Pets sells products for pets and pet lovers.
Signature Homestyles sells home décor and interior products.
Silpada Designs sells sterling silver jewelry.
Simply Fun sells play products (board games, family games and party games) that bring families & friends together.
Simply Said Designs sells home decor.
SkinnyBodyCare sells all natural weight loss supplements.
Smart Living Company sells home decor, lighting and outdoor living products.
Solutions by TCM sells safe and responsible cleaning and sanitizing products.
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.
SoyL 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.
Spoilt Sleeve sells fashion forward wardrobe essentials.
Sportron International Inc sells wellness products.
Stacy McBride sells jewelry.
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.
Sunrider sells health and beauty products.
SwissJust Corporation sells natural Swiss products for body and mind.
Tahitian Noni sells wellness juice.
TARRAH sells quality skin-care products.
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.
Thirty-One sells bags, totes, purses and back-packs.
Tiens sells health and wellness products.
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.
Traveling Vineyard sells wine.
Tristar sells air purifiers.
TriVita sells herbs and nutritional supplements.
Tupperware sells storage solutions.
U Design Jewelry sells custom made jewelry.
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 at Home sells children’s books.
Vantel Pearls in the Oyster sells pearls.
Vault Denim sells designer denim at a fraction of the cost.
Velata a division of the Scentsy Family, Velata sells fondue warmers and delicious fondue chocolate.
Vessel Scents of Style sells a patent-pending line of customizable jewelry and accessories that hold fragranced inserts, allowing any woman to combine scent and style into a uniquely personal accessory piece.
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.
Willow House sells kitchen, house wares and gifts.
Wine Shop at Home sells wine.
Winnie & Kat sells women’s contemporary clothing.
XanGo sells juice and skin-care products.
YOR Health sells nutritional products and supplements.
Younique sells makeup and accessories.
Your Inspiration at Home sells kitchen gadgets and gourmet food.
Zermat International, LLC sells skincare, body care and makeup.
Zrii sells liquid nutritional supplements.
Zyrra sells custom bras.
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.