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, you are equipped with everything you need to launch a successful home-based business — all you 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 percent commission on all items sold. Best of all, there's no team building required.
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 percent 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. With cabi, Stylists can earn 25 – 33 percent on personal sales.
India Hicks – Do You Like a British Flair?
India Hicks, a born and raised Londoner, and Ralph Lauren model, started her British-inspired company back in 2015. This exclusive line of clothing, handbags, accessories, beauty and fine fragrances are designed by India and her team. IH Ambassadors earn up to 30 percent commission on sales, and starter kits range in price from $99 – $749.
peach – Love Functional Fashion?
Peach sells stylish clothes and accessories for the gym, work, and play. Earn as much as 35 percent on personal sales and additional commission on team commissions. The base kit to get started is $99, and you must request additional information via their website if you're interested in becoming a Stylist.
Looking for more fashion opportunities? This post has over 40 different companies to check out!
Sell Purses and Handbags:
ClaudiaG – Do You Love Handbags and Jewelry?
Known for their brand of boutique-style, handcrafted, leather handbags, ClaudiaG also sells versatile accessories and on-trend jewelry. Consultants can earn 25-35 percent commission on personal sales, and there are no monthly quotas. Starter kits range in price from $199 – $599.
Initials, Inc. – Like the Personalized Touch?
Initials, Inc. sells personalized purses, totes, backpacks, and accessories. Consultants can earn 25 – 39 percent on personal sales and payments are made weekly. Startup costs are $99, but you can earn your kit for free through their Host & Join Program. Just host a party and convert your Hostess Rewards towards the purchase of your kit. You can also get discounts on products and earn cashback bonuses and incentive trips. Initials, Inc. is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Are you a handbag lover? This post has a ton of opportunities that revolve around purses and handbags.
Sell Makeup, Skincare, and Beauty Supplies:
Avon – Join the Sisterhood!
Avon Representatives earn 40 percent on sales in your first six 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.
Monat Global – All-Natural, Salon Quality Haircare Products!
Monat Global sells all-natural, salon quality haircare products for women, children, and men. Available to US, Candian, and UK residents, Monat Global has starter kits ranging in price from $99 – $599. Consultants can earn up to 40 percent on personal sales and additional commission for team building activities. If you're curious about this opportunity, be sure to check out individual's before and after photos — people are getting amazing results with these products!
Looking for more beauty, makeup, and skincare companies? This post has a TON of options for makeup lovers!
Sell Food Online:
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 percent in commission. Tastefully Simple is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
The Cocoa Exchange – Do You Love Chocolate?
Formerly, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, The Cocoa Exchange sells premium chocolates, treats, mixes, sauces, and supplies. Startup cost is $129 and Curators earn 25 – 40 percent on each product sold. The Cocoa Exchange is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Looking for more home-based businesses that are focused on food, go here!
Steeped Tea – Tantalizing Tea Conconctions!
Steeped Tea sells tantalizing teas, like Almond Chocolate Torte and Apple Crumble, as well as, pairings and teaware. Sipologists (Consultants) earn 25 – 39 percent commission on sales and the cost to get started is $145. This opportunity is available in the US and Canada and Steeped Tea is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Traveling Vineyard – Do You Like a Good Glass of Wine?
What could be more fun than 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 percent on all sales and startup cost is just $174.
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 percent 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 percent 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 Companies:
Le-Vel – Want to THRIVE?
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 percent 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.
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.
Want to get paid to lose weight? Check out this list of money making ideas!
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 percent 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.
Simple Man – Salon Quality Products for Men!
Simple Man sells salon quality grooming products for men. Consultants earn 25 percent on retail sales, as well startup bonuses and additional commission on team building activities. Interested parties can get started for as little as $34.95 – $199. Simple Man has been featured on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.
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 percent commission on personal sales, plus bonuses ranging from 3 – 9 percent 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:
Life's Abundance – Healthy Treats for Cats, Dogs, and People!
Life's Abundance sells products that help consumers (cats, dogs, and humans) live happier, healthier and longer lives. Field Reps (Consultants) earn commission on commissionable products, as well as startup, sales, and team building bonuses. According to this article, the startup fee is only $29.95 and there are no monthly sales quotas, and your website is free. Life's Abundance has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
pawTree – Pet Supplies for Dogs and Cats!
pawTree sells food, beds, collars, bowls, and toys for dogs and cats. Pet Pros (Consultants) earn 10 – 20 percent commission on everything they sell, plus bonuses and additional commissions for team building and leadership roles. Pet Pros can get started for $125 which includes a free website for six months.
Want more pet loving business ideas? Check out this post!
Sell Home Decor:
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.
Looking for more home decor companies? Check out this post for a huge list of opportunities.
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. This list is my own personal opinion and should be taken as such.
Originally published August 10, 2012. Content updated March 29, 2018.
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