By Holly Reisem Hanna
With more and more women wanting to achieve better work-life balance, they are looking outwards for legitimate ways to start their own business. One of the quickest, easiest, and low-risk opportunities available to women is within the Direct Sales arena.
For a small startup fee, women are equipped with everything they need to launch a successful home-based business — all they need to bring is the right attitude. And because many direct sales companies have well known established brands, many consultants spend little to nothing on marketing their business.
With literally thousands of direct sales companies, selling millions of products, who has the best products to sell from home? While it depends on what you’re into and how much you want to earn, here are a few direct sales companies in a variety of categories that have top-notch opportunities for women!
Chloe + Isabel – Don't Want to Recruit a Team?
Featured in Vogue, Glamour, Lucky, and Tech Crunch, Chloe + Isabel is a social selling company that sells artisan designed jewelry. Jumpstart your own business for just $175. Merchandisers can earn 25% – 40% commission on all items sold. Best of all, there's no team building required. Chole + Isabel is currently accepting applications for their next group of Merchandisers.
Stella & Dot – Do You Want to Launch Your Own Fashion Business?
Seen on Hollywood’s hottest celebs, Stella & Dot is so much more than a fashion brand – they are a social selling company geared towards strong women like you! Created and designed by Mompreneur, Jessica Herrin, Stella & Dot is a smart and stylish business that offers flexibility and fabulous rewards. Make 25% – 30% in commission, with startup costs as low as $199 – $699.
Looking for a master list of jewelry companies? Check out this post!
cabi – Do You Have a Passion for Fashion?
I first learned about cabi in 2010 after being invited to their fall fashion show, The Scoop. After getting to fully experience the cabi brand, I was hooked. They have some of the most flattering and stylish clothes I’ve seen for women. Not only are their clothes fabulous, they have one of the highest retention rates in the direct sales industry.
W by Worth – Do You Love Luxury?
W by Worth was started in 1991 by direct sales veteran, Caroline Davis. This luxury brand features collections that are designed in New York City using the finest fabrics. For more information on startup fees and commission rates, fill out their online application for consideration.
Looking for more fashion opportunities? This post has over 20 different companies to check out!
Purses and Handbags:
ClaudiaG – Do You Love Handbags and Jewelry?
Known for their brand of boutique-styled, handcrafted, leather handbags, ClaudiaG also sells versatile accessories and on-trend jewelry. Consultants can earn 25-35% commission on personal sales, and there are no monthly quotas. Starter kits range in price from $199 – $599.
Avon – Start an AVON business and EMPOWER your life. Join the Sisterhood!
Avon Representatives earn 40% on sales in your first 6 orders. Starter kits range in price from $25 – $100. As a leader in beauty, anti-aging skincare, and fragrances, they make it easy for you to sell and succeed, right from the start.
Looking for more beauty, makeup, and skincare companies? This post has a TON of options for makeup lovers!
Dove Chocolate Discoveries – Do You Love Chocolate?
I’m sure you’re familiar with the Dove brand, but did you know that they offer a home-based business opportunity for chocolate lovers? Selling premium chocolate treats, mixes, sauces, and supplies, this is a sweet deal. Startup cost is $115 and earn 40% on each product sold.
Tastefully Simple – Do You Love Simple Goodness?
Delicious, yet simple and easy to prepare, that's the vision behind Tastefully Simple's gourmet food line. Consultants can make money through in-home shopping parties, selling products and sponsoring other consultants. The startup kit is $170 and consultants earn 30% in commission.
Traveling Vineyard – Do You Like a Good Glass of Wine?
What could be more fun that sampling wines with family and friends? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing as a home-based consultant for the Traveling Vineyard. With their exclusive wine training, you’ll be a wine expert in no time. Earn 35% on all sales and startup cost is just $174.
Mix Party – Do You Like to Mix It Up?
Make money by selling wine cocktails, sparkling wine, and gourmet goodies! Mixologists can earn up to 45% commission on personal sales, plus additional commissions for growing and building a team. To get started, connect with the field development to discuss your business goals.
Martha and Mary – Are You Looking to Blend Ministry With Your Career?
Martha and Mary is a Christian-inspired direct sales company that offers a unique blend of business and ministry, selling home decor, jewelry, kitchen and tableware, and gift items. Consultants can earn 25% – 40% commission on sales, plus additional percentages for building a team. Startup costs range between $125 – $175, plus $65 for business supplies.
Thirty-One is a Christian-inspired company that sells personalized bags, totes, purses, jewelry, accessories, baskets, and wallets. Consultants earn 25% commission on personal sales, plus bonuses. Starter kits cost $99 which includes $400+ worth of new products and business supplies.
Looking for more Christian companies? This post has a bunch of Christian-based direct sales companies.
Health and Wellness:
Team BeachBody – Is Your Passion Fitness?
You’ve probably heard of the grueling P90X workout system, but did you know that Team Beachbody offers a whole line of workout programs, shakes, supplements, nutritional bars, gear and much more? With a low startup cost of $39.95 and a monthly recurring fee of $15.95 – this could be a great home-based business opportunity for the fitness enthusiast.
Direct Sales Companies Geared Towards Men:
J. Hilburn – Do You Like a Sharp Dressed Man?
J.Hillburn sells custom shirts, made-to-order suits, and ready-to-wear clothing for men. Earn 28% commission on sales, plus bonuses and additional commissions for team building and leadership roles. The startup fee is $299. J.Hillburn has been featured on Inc., Men's Health, USA Today, The New York Times, Esquire, and NBC.
Man Cave – Do You Like to Grill?
Man Cave sells craft meats like bacon, beer, and cheddar bratwurst and jalapeno and cheddar beef patties (yum, I'm hungry)! There's not a lot of information on their website, but I did find this information on work at home career trends: “Representatives must purchase the startup kit to participate in this program, and this startup kit costs $342. For Man Cave's product, consultants receive a 25% commission for each product they sell.”
Products that Revolve Around Kids:
Matilda Jane – Do You Want Your Kids to Be the Talk of Town?
Selling creative and fun fashion for girls and women, Matilda Jane offers a unique career opportunity for women who love clothing. Women who are interested in joining must first host a trunk show to get a better feel for the company. Once you’ve completed that step you can fill out an online application for consideration. Clothes and accessories range from $16 – $112.
SimplyFun – Educating Kids Through Play!
SimplyFun sells award-winning educational games and toys for toddlers, pre-schoolers, school-aged children, teens, and families. Playologists can earn 25% commission on personal sales, plus bonuses ranging from 3% to 9% based on monthly sales activity and level. The cost to get started is $149.
More more kid-friendly business ideas? This article has a good list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Products for Pet Lovers:
pawTree – Do You Love Dogs?
pawTree sells food, beds, collars, bowls and toys for dogs. Consultants earn 10% – 20% commission on everything they sell, plus bonuses and additional commissions for team building and leadership roles. New enrollment kits are available August 1, 2016.
YPCK (Yuppy Puppy City Kitty) – Do You Love Cats and Dogs?
YPCK sells treats, food, wellness, spa, clothing, and play items for cats and dogs. Consultants can earn up to 50% on everything they sell, plus bonuses for team building and leadership roles. Starter kits cost $99, $298, or $448 depending on the package you select. YPCK is a member of the DSA.
Smart Living Company – Do You Love Decorating?
The Smart Living Company sells furniture, decor, lighting, kitchen, bath and bed, and outdoor items, as well as toys and fashion products. To get started, choose a monthly membership; the premier membership is $5.95 a month with a one-time startup fee of $19.95. The enterprise membership is $9.95 a month with a one-time startup fee of $39.99. The Smart Living Company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
I know there are LOTS more products that you can sell from home, so I invite you to leave your favorite direct sales company in the comment section below with any applicable information, feel free to leave a link to your site or Facebook Page, so that others can find you and your opportunity.
Wondering if you have the right personality for direct sales? Ask yourself these questions to find out the answer!
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Please note that while all companies listed are believed to be legit, you must do your due diligence and research the company and opportunity extensively for yourself. While commission percentages were listed on many of these opportunities, I did not cover the multi-level marketing income potential of many of the opportunities listed above. This list is my own personal opinion and should be taken as such.
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