5 Direct Sales Companies That Are Perfect for Busy Moms

Updated on May 21, 2020
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Kierstin studied business communications at Northwestern Michigan College and is a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters.

5 Direct Sales Companies That Are Perfect for Busy Moms

  1. Fundanoodle
  2. Pure Romance
  3. Thirty-One Gifts
  4. Pampered Chef
  5. Damsel in Defense

When You Want Extra Income But Have No Time

Right now, as I type this, my two-year-old is sitting next to me eating a giant bowl of Cheerios for dinner because I've spent the entire day working from home and still have to start dinner. She's covered from chest to knees in milk that's making its way onto the woven blanket I've carefully tucked around our couch cushions for exactly this reason. So, add "wash couch blanket and the toddler" to my list of things to do tonight, on top of dinner. And dishes.

I'm busy, and I'm tired, and I'm juggling like ten things at any given time while also trying to pull in some extra income. It's a crunch, right? If you've ever thought about joining a direct sales company to help make ends meet but, like me, felt like you didn't have the time (or energy) to take on a time-consuming side hustle, then this list is for you.

Full disclaimer: I do not work for any of these companies; I don't work in direct sales at all. As a business student and busy mom of two, these companies seemed like a solid fit for other women who find themselves wanting to supplement their family's income on a tight schedule.

These companies may be good fits for a mom's busy schedule.
These companies may be good fits for a mom's busy schedule. | Source

1. Fundanoodle

This company, run by another busy mom, offers educational resources for preschool through elementary school, focusing on handwriting, basic math, and sensory-friendly learning opportunities. Products include niche e-books for parents and caregivers like Fun Kinesthetic Games to Improve Gross Motor and Perceptual Skills and The Sensory Lifestyle: How to Create Meaningful and Motivating Sensory Enrichment for Sensory-Filled Days. Whew!

Startup Costs and Quotas

The startup costs seems to range from $115–$175. I can’t find clear information on quotas.

Why It’s Great for Busy Moms

Oh, Fundanoodle! This one makes the top of this list for busy moms because it really is super fun. Personally, no matter how busy you are I think it’s easy to get behind a product you’re excited about. If you’re enthralled with early education and fostering an atmosphere of learning for your kids, this company makes it easy to sell their products as an ambassador.

The website is streamlined, attractive and offers just enough books, games and workbooks to give shoppers a variety without being overwhelming, and the sell themselves so you wouldn’t need to host a party to find interested customers. Grandparents, educators and parents will all appreciate Fundanoodle’s catalog. Here, Fundanoodle ambassador and author of Autistic Mama, Kaylene George breaks down why she joined the company and why it works for her family.

Potential Pitfalls

Some of these products have off-brand counterparts easily accessible on Amazon.

2. Pure Romance

Here we awkwardly jump from educational toys to adult toys. And by that I mean, well, sex toys. Regardless of their direct sales status, Pure Romance is a leader in the adult toy industry, offering trusted toys, lubes, games, and beauty and grooming products. Besides the obvious, their site also boasts sunless tanner, scent diffusers, and linen spray, all of which looks like anything you’d pick up at Victoria’s Secret before grabbing food court Chinese and a soft pretzel the size of your face.

Startup Costs and Quotas

Costs start at $219 and go up to $700. Wowza! It just depends on which kit you choose.

Why It’s Great for Busy Moms

Sure, you could host in-person girls night out parties, but you can just as easily sell in private groups on Facebook, giving customers the options to purchase their products straight through your direct link to the Pure Romance site, that way they can stay anonymous and still browse and buy. Unlike some MLM companies, it’s a good sign that this one has been around since 1993 and sticks to its niche—one that thrives in a direct sales style.

Potential Pitfalls

Your kids find out.

Busy moms can go live on Facebook or Instagram to market their direct sales business even while cleaning up after tots.
Busy moms can go live on Facebook or Instagram to market their direct sales business even while cleaning up after tots. | Source

3. Thirty-One Gifts

Thirty-One specializes in products that help organize everything from your car to your laundry room to your diaper bag in a range of prices and patterns. New moms love the Away For the Weekender bag which can hold a whole weekend’s worth of little baby outfits and diaps, while beachgoers can cram their All-in-One Organizer with beach towels and last year’s dusty sand toys and toss it next to a coordinating Around The Clock Thermal lunch bag packed with bottled water and sandwiches.

Startup Costs and Quotas

$99 to start, and they seem to run specials offering startup kits even lower than that. To stay active with Thirty-One, consultants will need to make a $200 quota every quarter.

Why It’s Great for Busy Moms

You’ll be able to host parties on social media and the products themselves appeal to busy mothers who need to get organized.

Potential Pitfalls

This isn’t a consumable product, even if it is one us moms have a whole closet full of. That means there’s less opportunity for repeat customers and a higher chance you’ll have to seek out a fresh market regularly.

4. Pampered Chef

If you don’t already have a few Pampered Chef gadgets in your own kitchen right now, this company sells everything you could ever need or want to stock your cabinets with. Their top rated products include a tiered cooling rack set, a garlic press and a quaint ceramic egg cooker.

Startup Costs and Quotas

Expect to spend around $160 to get started with Pampered Chef and you’ll need to sell $150 each month to remain an active consultant.

Why It’s Great for Busy Moms

You really don’t have to be a home chef extraordinaire or even a huge fan of cooking in the first place to sell these products. Sure, not everyone is going to appreciate an ice cream sandwich maker or a Make-Your-Own-Chips set, but there’s a whole lot of everyday essentials to be found on the Pampered Chef site, most of which sell themselves. The company equips you with tools for remote selling, like an easy to browse online catalog and the option for customers to create a personalized gift registry for their wedding or shower.

Potential Pitfalls

These are expensive (albeit sturdy) products that can also be found in some form at Target—for half the price.

5. Damsel in Defense

A shiny pink pen with a jagged DNA extracting edge, pepper spray encased in leopard print, and a stun gun that looks like a digital camera circa 2006 are just a few of the self defense items offered by Damsel in Defense. The company specializes in gear to maximize your safety while you’re out and about, including roadside emergency kits and a “Safe Hearts” children’s book series that bridges the communication gap between kids and parents on tough subjects like victim blaming, coercion and firearm safety.

Startup Costs and Quotas

$99 to start and this includes an array of products for yourself. No quotas unless you end up with a downline (other consultants signing up under you).

Why It’s Great for Busy Moms

You can hold parties online and use the current murderino movement to capitalize on these products which honestly, I dig. As someone who has heard every single episode of My Favorite Murder and does housework to the tune of Ashley Flower’s commanding voice, I’m surprised it took me this long to learn about this company. Chances are, if you’re a busy mom like me you’re also always thinking about how to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible on-the-go.

Potential Pitfalls

Not everyone will see the benefit of purchasing and carrying self defense gear (though they should).

Direct sales have changed a lot in even the past few years thanks to social media and technology. These companies give you the opportunity to make extra money from your phone while you wait at the bank or ride to the grocery store.
Direct sales have changed a lot in even the past few years thanks to social media and technology. These companies give you the opportunity to make extra money from your phone while you wait at the bank or ride to the grocery store. | Source

Things to Keep in Mind Before Joining a Direct Sales Company

You Are a Customer

When you sign up, and pay, to become an independent consultant, ambassador, stylist, coach (whatever they wanna sell you as) you’re the first and possibly the most lucrative customer to that company. Make no mistake, even if you never earn a dime from your investment you’ve made the company a little extra money off your hopes and dreams.

You Need to Pick a Company You’re Excited About

One of the reasons I’ve been able to earn an income writing is that it’s something that’s been important to me since I was a kid. Find your niche and run with it. If you join a company hoping to become a fitness expert when you haven’t laced up your running shoes in two years, or you sign up to sell lipstick when it’s all you can do pull a brush through your hair in the morning, then you won’t be a very convincing salesperson and you’ll burn out before you’ve really given yourself a chance to succeed.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Kierstin Gunsberg


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      Phil Ramos 

      14 months ago

      Hi good article and info on some good companies. My business is in health and wellness and is perfect for busy stay at home moms. I have been a busy stay at home dad in direct sales now for 10 years (with other companies) and I share Happy Coffee! It is the only nootropic infused coffee that activates our happy hormones. $99 to join, No starter kits required to buy, No recruiting, No quotas No inventory, No expos, shows, home parties or hotel meetings required. As a matter of fact 85% of the reps in my company are women! I did not add my link at your request.

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      Molly Jordan 

      16 months ago

      KEYLIME Athletic Wear is a new to the US direct sales company. Checkout http://www.keylimeusa.com for more info! 25-40% earnings and free shipping for reps.


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