Are you interested in selling products from home? If so, check out this list of the best products to sell to make a profit from home!
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 some direct sales companies in a variety of niches that have high-quality products and top-notch opportunities!
The Best Products to Sell From Home
If you love jewelry and fashion accessories, there are LOTS of direct sales companies that sell fabulous jewels and gems. Here are a couple of my personal favorites.
Think Goodness is a family of brands that includes Origami Owl, Willing Beauty, CMYK Cosmetics, and Intuitiv Wellness. When you join as a Purpose Partner, you can sell all four brands, including Origami Owl’s jewelry and watches that can be customized with adorable little charms. Purpose Partners can earn up to 30% commission on sales and unlimited leadership bonuses. Starter kits are only $23. They even offer young entrepreneurs, ages 11-17, an opportunity to join with an adult mentor.
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
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, t-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.
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.
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.
Trades of Hope
Much more than just a handbag company, Trades of Hope sells Fair Trade jewelry, handbags, gifts, coffee, soap, and apparel. When you sign up as a Partner with Trades of Hope, you’ll earn a 25-35% commission on sales and additional commission when you build a team. Starter kits are only $29.95 and include product, business training, marketing materials, and 30-day access to your technology suite, which includes your website (after that, it’s $9.95 a month). Trades of Hope 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 Mary Kay started in 1963; both are still running strong today. If you’re a beauty, skincare, and makeup fanatic, here are some good opportunities to check out.
Aloette sells skincare, makeup, beauty products, and bath and body products that contain natural ingredients. All of their products are cruelty-free and do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, hydroquinone, or formaldehyde. Starter kits range in price from $16.95-$325 and include products, training, business resources, your website, and 25% sales commission and discounts on products.
Monat Global sells all-natural, salon-quality hair care and skincare products for women, children, and men. Available to US, Canadian, and UK residents, Monat Global has starter kits ranging in price from $99-$599. 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 a 25-30% commission on sales and an additional 5-10% on team sales. Starter kits range in price from $89-$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, and the Better Business Bureau, and they are a certified B Corporation.
Kitchenware Niche Products
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 loved those 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 $39-$239. 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!
Sipology by Steeped Tea
Steeped Tea sells tantalizing teas, like Almond Chocolate Torte and Apple Crumble, as well as lattes, matcha, mixers, and sweets. Sipologists (Consultants) earn up to 25-40% commission on sales, and the cost to get started is $29-$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 $49-$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, candles, and home decor and then donates a portion of its sales to victims and education of human trafficking. Starter kits range in price from $49-$399, 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
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 from $59-$179. Mary and Martha give back by donating a portion of their profits to Compassion International, which helps provide nutrition, education, medical care, and spiritual support to kids in Africa.
Health, Wellness, and Weight Loss 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 individual 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 Toward Men
While the direct sales industry tends to be geared toward 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 a 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. Their starter kit used to be $1,600 and comes with samples, promotional items, marketing materials, racks, and hangers. According to their website, you can get started with a $100 deposit. To apply for this opportunity, fill out their online interest form.
If your special friends are furry and fuzzy, there are business opportunities that revolve around your pets! Here are some 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 $29.99 with bigger kits ranging in price from $199.99-$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.
Another popular product you can sell online is Scensty. Their product line consists of wax melts in a wide variety of scents, warmers, essential oils, diffusers, laundry products, bath and body products, and even products for pets. With Scentsy, you can earn 20-25% commission on sales, and additional commission for building a team. Their starter kit is $99 and comes with three months’ usage of your website. With Scentsy, you can sell products online via your website, using social media sites like Instagram, or by having pop-up parties.
Direct selling is just one way you can make money selling products from home! If you have an interest in making and selling handmade crafts, starting an e-commerce store, reselling on eBay or Amazon, or starting a t-shirt business, there are lots of ways to get started!
The thing I like about the direct sales model is it’s good for beginners since your get training, support, and business tools for one low price.
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.
If you’re interested, here is the 2022 list of Top Direct Selling Companies (based on sales). The Work at Home Woman also has an extensive list of direct sales companies.
Wondering if you have the right personality for direct sales? Ask yourself these questions to find out the answer!
Originally published August 10, 2012. Content updated July 2022.
How do you start selling merchandise and where do you get the stuff to sell?
Holly - The Work at Home Woman
You sign up with a direct sales company and they will ship the products directly to your customers.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thank you for mentioning Avon! I am an Independent Avon Representative and the opportunities with Avon are endless!
Holly - The Work at Home Woman
Love all the information. Does anyone any ideas for at home business or work that does require up front money for a starter kit or product??
Holly - The Work at Home Woman
Check out this post, it contains free business opportunities:
Good luck and keep us posted!
I love your website/blog and have been following you for a number of years first of all. :) I have sold Avon now for almost 20 Years and I also sell Pampered Chef now. In the past I have sold Mary Kay (but didn’t like how expensive everything was) and I have sold Watkins as well. I love the Watkins products, but previously mentioned in a different post that it is hard to compete with Target, Wal-Mart and Menard’s. My favorite company is AVON, I just love all the products and it is so easy to work with. I believe I started my AVON business for only $10 and it is $25 now, which is very cheap! They have loads of affordable products. I am not getting rich or anything, but I do meet new people. I love how when I have my AVON vest on and I always get…..”You sell Avon, I have been looking for a consultant forever”. That makes my day. I have only sold the Pampered Chef products for a while but I really love the products, but the commission is only 20 – 25% … I feel like the products are more expensive, the commission should be higher.
Holly - The Work at Home Woman
Thanks for sharing your experience, Tina!
I think it’s important to mention that when you’re looking at direct sales opportunities — you’ll want to be sure that the products are only available from consultants. Otherwise, it’s too much competition with big box stores and online stores like Amazon that have huge marketing budgets.
Thanks for stopping by The Work at Home Woman!
How often do you update your direct sales lists? These five companies have all closed.
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Holly - The Work at Home Woman
Thanks for letting me know!
I go through it multiple times a year. Companies come and go so quickly nowadays.
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