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5 Direct Sales Companies That Are Perfect for Busy Moms

Kierstin studied business communications at Northwestern Michigan College and is a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters.

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

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

5 Direct Sales Companies That Are Perfect for Busy Moms

  1. Savvi
  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.

1. Savvi

Starting our list off, Savvi is a "newer" direct sales company (full transparency, this company is a rebranding/merger of the former Honey & Lace and Piphany brands) that basically, for lack of a better description, sells the new Mom Uniform—workout wear and the cardigans we throw over them because let's be honest, we're not actually working out.

Their lines are cute. While I usually shop at TJ Maxx or American Eagle for a pair of good spandex, I'm often left sifting through more going-for-a-jog-around-my-college-campus designs when what I really need is a not-dressed-like-garbage-while-reheating-my-coffee look. Savvi provides that in spades with their high-waisted leggings, cropped tops, fuzzy sherpa hoodies and dusters in neutral tones. And yes, if you did decide to take a little jog, these outfits would support you.

Savvi's Startup Costs

$250 – $1,000

Savvi cleverly (or deceptively?) calls their startup tiers "Shopping Spree" which offers shopping credits and retail discounts (you get more the more you pay for) on top of the ability to sell products. Lest we forget that when you join a direct sales business you are the first customer.

Why It’s Great for Busy Moms

A lot of Savvi's reps refer to themselves as Influencers, with Savvi being one of several companies they tout on their social media. If you already have a solid following, marketing these universally attractive pieces will be almost as simple as taking a selfie.

Potential Pitfalls

Like the majority of home-based, direct sales companies, Savvi's prices are double what you can pick up on your Target run.

2. Pure Romance

Regardless of their direct sales status, Pure Romance is a leader in the adult toy industry, offering trusted toys, games, and beauty and grooming products. Besides the obvious, their site also boasts sunless tanner, scent diffusers, and linen spray, all of which look 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 option 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.

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 are 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 personal protection 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.

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.

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, or coach (whatever they wanna sell you as) you’re the first and possibly the most lucrative customer of 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 to 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.

You Must Be Willing to Lose Your Investment

Assume you won't make back what you pay for your "starter kit." Don't put yourself or your family in debt by joining a company that asks you to spend more than you make/can afford. That's not a business opportunity, it's a scam.

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

Comments

Phil Ramos on May 08, 2019:

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.

Molly Jordan on February 19, 2019:

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.