Do you want more control over your time? Would you like to run a business from home? One of the quickest, easiest, and low-risk opportunities to do this is within the direct sales industry.
For a small startup fee, you’re equipped with everything you need to launch a successful home-based business. All you need to bring is the right mindset and attitude.
With thousands of direct sales companies selling millions of products, who has the best products to sell from home? While it depends on what your passions are and how much you want to earn, here are a few direct sales companies in a variety of niches that have top-notch opportunities!
The Best Products to Sell From Home
If you love jewelry and accessories, there are LOTS of direct sales companies that sell fabulous jewels and gems. Here are a couple of my personal favorites.
Origami Owl sells jewelry and watches that can be customized with adorable little charms. Designers can earn up to 50% commission on sales and unlimited leadership bonuses. Starter kits are only $49. They even offer young entrepreneurs, ages 11-17, an opportunity to join with an adult mentor. Origami Owl has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Stella & Dot is so much more than a fashion brand – they are a social selling company that now allows you to sell all three of their brands under one umbrella, Stella & Dot, Keep Collective, and EVER. Created and designed by Jessica Herrin, Stella & Dot offers you the opportunity to sell jewelry, bags, clothing, accessories, charms, skincare, and makeup products! Stella & Dot Ambassadors earn 20-40% in commission, and startup costs range in price from $59-$399. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn free products from all three brands and receive discounts of up to 25-50% percent!
If you love fashion and clothing, there are some wonderful direct sales companies in the style niche! Whether you want to sell high-end fashion or athleisure, there are options for every taste, style, and budget.
I first learned about cabi in 2010 after being invited to their fall fashion show. After getting to experience the cabi brand firsthand, I was hooked. They have some of the most flattering and stylish clothes that I’ve seen for women. Not only are their clothes fabulous, but they also have one of the highest retention rates within the direct sales industry. With cabi, Stylists can earn 25-33% on personal sales and additional commissions for building a team. Your seasonal inventory is $1,250-$2,500, and according to their website, if you sell 70% of your seasonal inventory at 50% off, you’ll earn $1,750-$3,500 — which would fund your inventory for the next season.
Keylime Athletic Wear started as a brick-and-mortar store in Canada, but in 2012 they launched a rep program in the US, Canada, and Australia. They currently sell women’s tanks, tops, shirts, pants, shorts, swimwear, jewelry, accessories, and a small line of men’s clothing. Your first sample pack is $79 (40% off of retail), and it includes their top-selling products in a variety of sizes that you can sell from home. You’ll also get 20% off of online and in-person orders.
Peach is a lifestyle brand that sells premium athleisure for the gym, work, and play. Stylists earn up to 35% commission on personal sales and additional commissions for building a team. The starter kit is $50 and comes with your website, client management tools, and marketing tools. You can also purchase another 20 samples at 40% off within your first 30-days of joining; after that, your Stylist discount is 25% off.
Sell Purses and Handbags
Personalized totes, bags, and purses have been popular for many years now. If organization, personalization, and style are your thing, check out these direct sales companies that sell handbags and more.
Initials, Inc. sells personalized purses, totes, backpacks, jewelry, and accessories. Consultants can earn 25-35% on personal sales, and payments are made weekly. Startup costs are $29-$199. You can also get discounts on products and earn cashback bonuses and incentive trips. Initials, Inc. is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Thirty-One is a Christian-inspired company that sells personalized bags, totes, purses, jewelry, accessories, baskets, and wallets. Consultants earn 25-35% commission on personal sales, plus bonuses. Starter kits cost $59-$179, including samples, marketing materials, and business supplies. Thirty-One is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Sell Makeup, Skincare, and Beauty Supplies
Makeup and skincare products have been long-time staples in the direct sales industry. In fact, Avon started way back in 1886 and is still running strong today. If you’re a beauty, skincare, and makeup fanatic, here are some good opportunities to check out.
EVER, which is part of the Stella & Dot family, sells clean beauty products, regimens, and makeup. When you sign-up to become a Stella & Dot Ambassador, you’ll also be able to sell products from all three companies, EVER, Stella & Dot, and Keep Collective. Ambassadors earn 20-40% in commission, and startup costs range from $59-$399. EVER has been seen on major publications like Allure, People, and InStyle, and they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Monat Global sells all-natural, salon-quality hair care and skincare products for women, children, and men. Available to US, Candian, and UK residents, Monat Global has starter kits ranging in price from $99-$799. Market Partners can earn up to 40% on personal sales and additional commission for team-building activities. If you’re curious about this opportunity, be sure to check out their before and after photos — people are getting amazing results with these products!
Fair Trade Direct Sales Companies
Do you want to work with a company that makes a positive impact on the world? Here are a couple of Fair Trade companies that you’ll want to check out.
Noonday Collection sells globally-inspired, fair-trade home decor, jewelry, bags, accessories, and gifts. When you sign-up as an Ambassador, you’ll earn 25-30% commission on sales and an additional 5-10% on team sales. Starter kits range in price from $19-$289, and it costs $9.99 a month for your website. Noonday Collection is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, the Direct Selling Association, the Better Business Bureau, and they are a certified B Corporation.
Sseko Designs sells fair trade bags, clothing, footwear, jewelry, and accessories. Their products are made by young women in East Africa, which funds these women’s secondary education. Starter kits range in price from $39-$149.99, and Fellows earn up to 30% commission on sales and up to 11% additional commission on team sales. Sseko Designs is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Remember the days of Tupperware parties? While Tupperware is still going strong today, there are many other direct sales companies that sell pots, pans, serving dishes, bakeware, cutlery, and so much more!
CUTCO sells the most amazing knives and cutlery! How do I know? My boyfriend in college used to sell CUTCO, and during that time, I purchased a couple of steak knives (it was all I could afford back then). Believe it or not, I still have those steak knives today. I love these knives so much that I purchased a full set of knives a few years ago. They are amazingly sharp, and they come with a forever guarantee! I’m not sure how much commission Sales Reps earn, but according to their website, “reps receive a guaranteed base pay when they show CUTCO to a qualified potential customer. So they get paid whether or not the customer purchases.” CUTCO also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they’re a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Pampered Chef sells a wide variety of cookware, bakeware, stoneware, kitchen tools, food items, and so much more. With Pampered Chef, you can earn money online, via in-home shopping parties, and by building a team. Consultants earn 20-33% commission on sales, and starter kits range in price from $99-$269. Pampered Chef has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Sell Food and Beverages Online
Do you enjoy cooking and baking? Or maybe you enjoy a good glass of wine or a cup of tea? Today there are many food and beverage companies to explore!
Steeped Tea sells tantalizing teas, like Almond Chocolate Torte and Apple Crumble, as well as pairings and teaware. Sipologists (Consultants) earn up to 25-40% commission on sales, and the cost to get started is $99. This opportunity is available in the US and Canada, and Steeped Tea is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Delicious yet simple and easy to prepare, that’s the vision behind Tastefully Simple’s gourmet line of food items. Consultants can make money through in-home shopping parties, selling products, and sponsoring other consultants. The startup kits range in price from $25-$99, and Consultants earn 30% in commission. Tastefully Simple is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
What could be more fun than sampling wines with family and friends? That’s precisely what you’ll be doing as a home-based Wine Guide for the Traveling Vineyard. With their exclusive wine training, you’ll be a wine expert in no time. Wine Guides earn up to 35% commission on sales, and starter kits range in price from $59-$179. The Traveling Vineyard is a member of the Direct Selling Association and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Is your faith at the heart of everything you do? Do you want to give back to the community? Then check out these direct sale companies that put a focus on faith and philanthropy.
Crowned Free is a Christian-inspired company that sells clothing, jewelry, gifts, home decor and then donates a portion of their sales to victims and education of human trafficking. Starter kits range in price from $49-$599, and part-time sellers can earn an average of $600-$2,900 per month, and full-time sellers can earn an average of $3,200-$17,000+ a month. Crowned Free has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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 $59-$159. Mary and Martha give back by donating a portion of profits to Compassion International, which helps provide nutrition, education, medical care, and spiritual support to kids in Africa.
Health and Wellness Companies
Is fitness, being healthy, or losing weight your focus? Then check out these three very different health and wellness companies you can join.
If you love whole foods and the healing properties of nature, check into selling essential oils with doTERRA. With doTERRA, you can purchase individuals oils or a kit and your website for an annual fee. It’s not totally clear, but I think consultants earn 25% commission on sales and additional commissions for building a team.
Le-Vel is a lifestyle brand that helps people feel their best through supplements, shakes, bars, and derma fusion patches. Their Promoter opportunity is available in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. Promoters earn 20% of retail sales and can earn bonuses, rewards, and prizes for meeting goals and milestones along the way. Le-Vel has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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 Geared Towards Men
While the direct sales industry tends to be geared towards women, there is one company that focuses solely on men. As I find others, I’ll add them to the list.
J.Hillburn sells custom shirts, made-to-order suits, and ready-to-wear clothing for men. Stylists earn 25% commission on sales, plus bonuses and additional commissions for team building and leadership roles. The starter kits range in price from $199-$500. J.Hillburn has been featured on Inc., Men’s Health, USA Today, The New York Times, Esquire, and NBC.
Direct Sales Companies That Revolve Around Kids
Do you love kids? Want a business that you can do with your family? Check out these fun business opportunities that focus on children.
Selling creative and fun fashion for babies, girls, boys, and women, Matilda Jane offers a unique career opportunity for women who love clothing. Trunk Keepers earn 20-25% commission on personal sales, end-of-the-season inventory, and team-building activities. The starter kit is $1,600 and comes with samples, promotional items, marketing materials, racks, and hangers. To get started with this opportunity, fill out their online interest form.
SimplyFun sells award-winning educational games and toys for toddlers, pre-schoolers, school-aged children, teens, and families. Independent Consultants can earn 25% in profit on sales. The starter kit costs $49-$139 and includes games, training, business supplies, and your website. SimplyFun is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Products for Pet Lovers
If your special friends are furry and fuzzy, there are business opportunities that revolve around your pets! Here are a couple to check out.
Life’s Abundance sells products that help consumers (cats, dogs, and humans) live happier, healthier and longer lives. Field Reps (Consultants) earn commission on products, as well as startup, sales, and team building bonuses. The startup fee is only $40, and there is a $19.95 annual renewal fee. Life’s Abundance has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
pawTree sells food, beds, collars, bowls, and toys for dogs and cats. PetPros (Consultants) earn 10-20% commission on everything they sell, plus bonuses and additional commissions for team building and leadership roles. PetPros can get started for as little as $1 with bigger kits ranging in price from $29.99-$299.99, which includes your website for three months.
Sell Home Decor
If you love decorating and DIY projects, there are some fun artsy and decor business opportunities for you to explore!
Artsy sells DIY wall decor or mobile painting parties for kids and adults. The cost to join is $297 for a one-year membership which gives you training, art instruction, wholesale pricing, and business tools. They also have $25 monthly membership dues. On average, members can earn an average of $200-$250 per event.
Honestly, I didn’t know which category to put Initial Outfitters in. They are a Christian-inspired direct sales company that sells personalized home decor, jewelry, clothing, bags, gifts, and so much more! Consultants earn 20-35% commission on sales plus additional commission on team-building activities. Starter kits range in price from $29-$199, and they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they’re a member of the Direct Selling Association.
I know there are many 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.
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Originally published August 10, 2012. Content updated July 2021.