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
Origami Owl sells jewelry and watches that can be customized with adorable little charms. Designers can earn up to 50 percent commission on sales and unlimited leadership bonuses. Starter kits range in price from $49 – $199. 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 Mompreneur, Jessica Herrin, Stella & Dot offers you the opportunity to sell jewelry, bags, clothes, accessories, charms, skincare, and makeup products! Stella & Dot Ambassadors earn 20 – 40 percent in commission, and startup costs range from $99 – $446. You'll also have the opportunity to earn free products from all three brands and receive discounts of up to 75 percent!
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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 percent on personal sales and additional commissions for building a team. Your seasonal inventory is $2,570, and according to their website, if you sell 70 percent of your seasonal inventory at 50 percent off, you'll earn $3,000 or more — which would fund your inventory for the next season.
Peach is a lifestyle brand that sells premium athleisure for the gym, work, and play. Stylists earn up to 35 percent commission on personal sales and additional commissions for building a team. The starter kit is $199 and comes with your website, client management tools, marketing tools, and a $200 product credit. You can also purchase another 20 samples at 40 percent off within your first 30-days of joining; after that, your Stylist discount is 25 percent off.
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Sell Purses and Handbags:
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 obtain 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.
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 – $130, which includes samples, marketing materials, and business supplies. Thirty-One is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
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Sell Makeup, Skincare, and Beauty Supplies:
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 percent in commission, and startup costs range from $99 – $599. 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 – $599. Market Partners 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 their before and after photos — people are getting amazing results with these products! As a side note, I've been using Monat for the past year, and I LOVE it — it has totally changed my hair!
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Fair Trade Direct Sales Companies:
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 percent commission on sales and an additional 5 – 10 percent on team sales. Starter kits range in price from $199 – $699, and it costs $9.99 a month for your website. Noonday Collection is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, the DSA, the BBB, and they are a certified B Corporation.
Sseko Designs sells fair trade bags, clothing, footwear, jewelry, and accessories. All of their products are made by young women in East Africa, which funds these women's secondary education. Starter kits range in price from $99 – $599, and Fellows earn up to 30 percent commission on sales and up to 11 percent 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.
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 couple of 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 – 25 percent commission on sales, and starter kits range in price from $99 – $259. Pampered Chef has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Sell Food Online:
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 kit is $109.90, and Consultants earn 30 percent in commission. Tastefully Simple is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Formerly, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, The Cocoa Exchange sells premium chocolates, treats, mixes, sauces, and supplies. The 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.
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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.
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 15 – 35 percent commission on sales and starter kits range in price from $99 – $179. The Traveling Vineyard is a member of the Direct Selling Association and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Grace & Heart is a faith-inspired company that sells hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry and accessories. Consultants earn 25 – 33 percent commission on personal sales and starter kits range in price from $199 – $699. Grace & Heart 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 percent commission on sales, plus additional percentages for building a team. Startup costs range between $125 – $175, plus $65 for business supplies.
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Health and Wellness Companies:
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.
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.
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Direct Sales Geared Towards Men:
J.Hillburn sells custom shirts, made-to-order suits, and ready-to-wear clothing for men. Stylists earn 25 percent 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.
Products for Kids:
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 commissions 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 – 42 percent in profit and bonuses. The starter kit costs $129 and includes games, training, business supplies, and your website. SimplyFun is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
Products for Pet Lovers:
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 percent commission on everything they sell, plus bonuses and additional commissions for team building and leadership roles. PetPros can get started for as little as $145, which includes a free website for six months.
Sell Home Decor:
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 percent commission on sales plus additional commission on team building activities. Starter kits range in price from $99 – $199, and they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and they're a member of the Direct Selling Association.
The Smart Living Company sells furniture, decor, lighting, kitchen, bath and bed, 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.
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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.
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Originally published August 10, 2012. Content updated October 23, 2019.
Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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