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The 20 Best Direct Sales Company Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

Updated on March 27, 2017
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Kierstin is a mom to two little girls, not a fan of Popples, and is really, really good at removing crayon from practically any surface.

Thanks for all of the awesome and informative comments I've received down below. I'll be expanding and updating this list this year to include new and up-and-coming companies that didn't make the original list.

Also, a reminder: I don't work for any of these companies and never have, so the information I'm giving you is based off of what I can glean from the internet as a potential sales representative. I assure you that short of calling a representative, I've done thorough research to provide the best, most accurate information on each company. If I feel that a company is not being very transparent or not allowing their representatives to be transparent then I will state that. Not as a dig on the company or any individual who works with them, but because I think that anyone who has ever swam the vast ocean of the internet looking for information on direct sales companies can recall, it's a huge pain in the butt to feel like you have to dig through endless websites and questionable testimonies only to find you never really got your answer.

If you feel that I've misrepresented your company please leave a comment down below with clarification. That's what this article is all about: an honest resource to those in the market for income through direct sales.

20 Best Direct Sales Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

Beauty and Skin Care
Kids and Education
Health and Supplements
1. Arbonne
6. Usborne Books and More
9. It Works! Global
2. Watkins Company
7. Matilda Jane
10. Young Living Essential Oils
3. Rodan and Fields
8. Discovery Toys
 
4. Avon
 
 
5. Mary Kay
 
 
Style and Accessories
Candles and Housewares
Food and Edibles
11. Stella and Dot
15. Scentsy
18. Dove Chocolate Discoveries
12. Origami Owl
16. Mary and Martha
19. Steeped
13. Chloe and Isabel
17 The Pampered Chef
20. Wildtree
14. Jam Berry
 
 

Just a Little Disclaimer

I do not work for any of these companies. In fact, as of right now, I've never even worked in direct-sales. So, though I have researched these companies, what I've written here is merely my own observations and opinions and a list of companies I personally deemed the most trustworthy after much time culling the masses. I'm not guaranteeing that anyone will find themselves rolling in sweet, sweet cash by joining any of these companies.

That being said, as a stay at home mom I find myself interested in direct sales companies. Besides the passive income I earn here on HubPages, I'm totally intrigued by the idea of expanding my income while still balancing life at home with my two daughters.

Beauty and Skin Care

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Arbonne

Oh, Arbonne. In the past I have had several friends and acquaintances become Arbonne consultants. Some were successful, some were not. It really came down to the time and energy they were willing (and most importantly, able) to invest in this company. Those with young kids failed. It's time consuming and requires a lot follow up with potential customers.

As with many of these companies I just could not find an absolute starting price for joining the Arbonne team. It looks to be around $80 but there also seem to be a couple of hidden fees in there that will inevitably up the start up cost. It also seems that you must sell $150 in products within your first 1-2 months.

I have tried Arbonne products. They're not life-changing, though I'll admit they're not only beautifully packaged, but they somehow feel extra luxurious in comparison to anything at the drug store. Because of the price, I wouldn't recommend trying to sell to your fellow mommy friends who are probably already feeling guilt about the air-freshener plug-in they bought at Wal-Mart. If you decide to sell Arbonne, branch out to friends and family with older children or even try throwing parties with the high school crowd where everyone gets to experience a facial and a foot soak. That's how you really sell this stuff.

Tip for Direct Sales Success

Consider hosting a fundraiser party for guests. This will introduce them to the product while you get an opportunity to give back through your work.

Watkins Company

This is a personally beloved brand for me. I have always loved J.R. Watkins products and until now didn't even realize they offered direct-sales opportunities.

The Watkins Company sells naturally-based health, body, and food items (like seasonings and extracts) but I'm personally a fan from the limited amount of products they've sold in Bath and Body Works and hardware stores (quite the spectrum, there).

I looked around and couldn't find any solid information on how much it costs to start up with J.R. Watkins or what you must sell to remain active. However, I did find some information that suggests it's $40 just to become a "member" and the price goes up from there for start-up kits. My advice is to visit the site and request information on the appropriate form.

The products themselves aren't very expensive at all so you'd probably have to sell quite a bit to make a profit, and it certainly doesn't look like a get-rich quick scheme. To me, the benefits of being a direct-sales representative for The Watkins Company are A. a discount off your own purchases, and B. the opportunity to sell a cult-favorite that's difficult to find in stores--but familiar enough to be trusted by a wide-range of consumers.

You could certainly throw parties (try a tasting party with J.R. Watkins seasonings) but I also think the body and health items would sell themselves just through word-of-mouth and social networking. Give items as gifts and hook your friends and family.

Rodan and Fields

There are haters and there are devout followers of Rodan and Fields products but it's undeniable that this company is booming. It originated in department stores but was pulled nearly a decade ago and converted to a direct-sales company. If it sounds familiar that's because Rodan and Fields is the same company that created and sold the Proactiv line (which was personally heaven-sent for my crappy post-high school skin. Though I no longer need to use it, I credit the product with my now scar-free skin).

But let's get down to the nitty-gritty. This isn't a cheap product and it's expensive to become and remain a consultant. At minimum it costs $45 to join the Rodan and Fields team but it can cost a much as $995 (yeah, you read that right--almost a thousand bucks) depending on your start up kit. The average kit goes for around $400 so it's no doubt an investment. The compensation guide looks like a science text-book with tons of graphics and colors and numbers. I know from a consultant though that monthly fee includes $25 for your website and $80 for inventory.

This company also offers, among the majority on this list, one of the greatest opportunities for big money. Glassdoor reviewers give it high marks and those I know who sell the product really seem to enjoy doing so. But success with Rodan and Fields absolutely hinges on your ability to invest time, enthusiasm, and of course, money into the product. Social networking is a must. As I've said with a few of the other companies on this list, I also personally see a locale aspect to success in selling this product. I live in a place where most people earn a low-medium income and I know this stuff would be a hard sell--not because it doesn't work, but because most people around here wouldn't be able or willing to spend that much money on skin care. If you're in a predominantly wealthy area and network with people who really care about appearance and skin care (say, in a big city) though, this is a company worth looking into.

Tip for Direct Sales Success

Be okay with losing your investment. Don't expect to lose your investment, but be realistic with the idea that if you don't work hard and you don't network you will lose your investment. Thinking realistically will help you to put forth the effort needed to find success without losing yourself to magical thinking.

Avon

One of the oldest direct-sales companies on this list (it was established in the 1800's!) Avon also sells some of the more affordable beauty products offered by direct-sales companies, including their Mark line, targeted specifically at consumers in the 16-25 age range.

Here's the thing about Avon though--there are a lot of hidden seller costs, from the catalogs to the packaging you'll use-- while the start up fee at the moment appears to be only $15 (!!) I can't find anything on monthly fees or quotas. I do think there's opportunity for a small passive income with Avon, but anyone considering selling Avon would do best to research personal experiences and decide from there.

Mary Kay

Mary Kay needs no introduction. The make-up and skincare company has been an icon of American direct-sales for the last five decades. While a quick Google search brings up a smattering of both disappointed and dedicated independent consultants, success with Mary Kay seems to really come down to your interest in both selling and using the product.

Initial start up costs are $100 plus "shipping and handling" and consultants do seem to have a quarterly selling quota.

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Usborne Books and More

Ugh! THIS is a company I absolutely adore. As a former homeschool-kid I grew up with these awesome books and can personally vouch for the products offered by Usborne. From educational sticker-books to baby board books, Usborne is loved by both kids and parents.

A benefit to becoming a consultant for Usborne books in the US is that the company is based out of the UK and their product is not available in the states except for the limited titles found in brick and mortar book stores and the small (outdated) selection on Amazon. So by being a direct-seller of this product, you have a leg up on the retail competition as you'll be offering new titles at the best possible price.

Mini-starter kits cost about $70 and the full starter kit is somewhere around $120 plus tax. There is no inventory to stock so beyond the initial investment you're good to go and at the time that I'm writing this there appears to be no monthly minimum fee to remain active. In the past this fee was small.

Some options for selling Usborne books are home parties (which average only $100 in sales per party) and book fairs at schools (which have some real cash-earning potential). Needless to say, this isn't exactly a get-rich-quick company and the niche is small--not everyone needs or wants children's books! But for the right momma with the right circle of friends I think this would be a great company. You could also consider throwing Facebook parties around the holidays for extra sales and homeschool stock-up parties each season.

Matilda Jane

Straight up this is some pretty cute but pretty expensive boutique-style children's clothing. And Matilda Jane is another company I can't get an easy answer from regarding start-up costs. I do find that disappointing when a company doesn't lay it all out there for potential sellers, but I guess they want to get you working from the start.

From what I gather, to become involved in Matilda Jane, you've gotta host a Trunk Show--another name for the parties that most of these companies require to make money.

Considering the price and niche consumer market required to spark interest in the product, this is a company best suited for moms who are passionate about children's fashion, and who have the the right social-circle to sell to.

Sellers also receive a discount once they've sold a specified amount of merchandise.

Tip for Direct Sales Success

Hosting sales parties via Facebook is a great way to involve others in the product you're selling, whether or not they think they're interested in the first place.

Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys sells a variety of brightly colored toys aimed at sensory discovery and education through play (their products include toys and games designed for autism and special needs). If you have young kids or you homeschool then selling for Discovery Toys could prove dangerous--there's a lot of cool stuff here.

Start up costs are around $150 and there is a quarterly sales quota of $150. You don't have to keep inventory though it would be a good idea if you do decide to host home parties.

Health and Supplements

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It Works! Global

You've heard of those wraps right? The ones you wrap around your post-partum stomach that magically transform your doughy middle into bikini-ready MILF abs? They're sold by It Works! Global and their team of distributors. Also available are supplements and health-shakes.

I can't get a super clear idea of how much it costs to sell for the company but it appears that packages start around $100 and can go up to $400 (UPDATE 3/2017 - It Works! representative Angela commented below suggesting that the startup costs are $99, not $100, however I still can't find a definite price on startup costs on the official It Works website and have since seen on other blogs that the costs can actually go up to more like $499. If someone can find a link from the official It Works website I'd love if you could post it below for clarification!)

After reading through reviews written by former and current distributors and users of the products it's clear that the products work--if only temporarily--and that selling for It Works requires an intense amount of motivation and work, without which you'll surely fail. This is more like a Work-At-Home career choice than a stay-at-home mom hobby. There seems to be an opportunity for serious cash here, but there's also opportunity to fail and lose money.

I'm personally not that motivated by health and fitness (I'm proud if I make a smoothie for myself in the morning and consider hauling my toddler up and down the stairs exercise enough...) so I don't think this would be the right company for me. But for someone who values those things and has the tenacity to truly sell and stand by this line of products, this looks like a great route. You may not need to throw parties to succeed (it's even suggested the you lose money at parties since you'd have to let guests try out the expensive products you've purchased yourself) but you'll stay plenty busy networking, advertising, and fulfilling orders. This is also a product you definitely need to go out of your own social-circle to sell. I live in a snowy, middle-sized town where my friends are much more likely to drop a hundred bucks on a pair of Patagonia gloves than a toning-wrap.

Priorities.

So, networking and social-media savvy are musts with this company.

Tip for Direct Sales Success

Give yourself space to work. Carve out a corner of your home just for you and your endeavor. Make it kid- and partner-free and fill it with whatever inspires you to work towards your goals.

Young Living Essential Oils

Young Living Essential Oils offers just what you'd expect--essential oils, in all forms (from roll-ons to droppers for diffusing).

Start up costs range from $40-$150, depending on which kit you go for. I can't find anything about monthly costs or quotas.

Personally, this is a company that piques my interest for three reasons--I myself use essential oils, many of my friends use essential oils for their families, and finally, this particular company is sought-after for their product which hails as one of the more pure and trustworthy essential oil retailers in the U.S. These are products that sell themselves, but they're also not for everyone and you must keep that in mind if you do decide to become a consultant. This is a niche product that appeals to those who really value the benefits of essential oils.

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Stella and Dot

To become a stylist for Stella and Dot, you'll need to put in an initial investment of around $200+ This cost includes the jewelry you'll be putting on display (and hopefully selling) at your initial trunk show (home-party). Stylists earn 25% of their total sales, so if you sell $100 worth of jewelry at your first trunk show you'll take home $25. Given the price of the pieces though, you'll likely make more if you host a large enough show.

Here's the really great thing about Stella and Dot though. From what I've found, at this time, it doesn't seem like they require a sales quota or selling schedule, so your income from this business really would be equal to the time and energy you can put into it each month.

Origami Owl

Founded by a 14-year-old determined to have enough money to buy her own car by sixteen, Origami Owl is a jewelry company that allows "independent designers" to throw "Jewelry Bars" where guests oogle lockets, charms, and blingy earrings.

Start costs start at $149 for the basic package and go up to $399 depending on how much you want to invest right from the start. To maintain an active status you must sell $200 worth of wholesale every six months. But at around $60 a pop this shouldn't be too difficult if you can host around two parties a month.

Origami Owl doesn't seem to be a real time-taker-upper and should suit busy or new moms just fine. Honestly, the lockets seem pretty youthful to me and many of them I can't actually see buying and wearing, even at twenty-five (but maybe that's also because my kids would yank that sparkly charm right off my neck) but they'd make a great gift for my middle-school-aged niece and the post earrings would work with my lifestyle. Origami Owl also offers charm bracelets and lanyards (say, for key-cards) and with a product that's so customizable, this would be a great opportunity for fun, bubbly sellers and their friends.

Chloe and Isabel

First off, props to Chloe and Isabel for their super easy to navigate FAQs. It's refreshing to see a direct sales company offering straight forward answers to potential sellers.

Chloe and Isabel is a direct sales jewelry and accessories company. This company intrigues me because most pieces price below $50, are on-trend and are often featured in prominent fashion mags.

Start up costs are $175, this includes the pieces you'll need for home parties. There is no monthly quota, but if you fail to sell for over six months you'll no longer be considered an active consultant.

JamBerry

If you've never heard of Jamberry Nails, the company sells nail wraps--these plasticy things that you melt onto your nails for an instant manicure. They're super cute and supposedly super durable. Perfect for washing dishes, wiping bottoms, and peeling potatoes without ruining your nails.

The wraps aren't cheap though, at around $15 per sheet. The company also sells nail lacquer with a similar durability guarantee for the same price.

The start up fee is $99 and eventually you have to pay a monthly fee for use of your own website. That fee isn't stated.

You could definitely sell this product through social networking. In the end, parties may cost you since you'd have to use the expensive products as demonstrations. I have never used the product myself but I have friends who do and most of them say with a little practice it's easy to apply--though not everyone agrees. Sell this product at your own risk and if it doesn't work out for you at least you have some sweet nail products to keep for yourself.

Candles and Housewares

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Tip for Direct Sales Success

Ask friends who are or have been involved in direct-sales their best advice for breaking even, and if they have any connections they'd be willing to share with you.

Scentsy

You've probably heard of Scentsy -- the direct sales company that offers electric warmers, scented wax, and rooms sprays, among other good-smelly-things.

For me, Scentsy is an obvious and easy sell. Make my house smell like a bakery with the flip of a switch? Duh!

The start-up price is about $100 but you're also required to earn a certain amount of points (from sales, I figure) in a time frame that I don't totally understand because I'm very tired and way too full of mom-busyness to decipher the Scentsy code.

The cool thing about Scentsy is that while you can host Scentsy home parties (and probably should--since this product can't totally be sold without the sniff-test, right?) you could also see some success in virtual parties, especially with repeat customers. And a candle product with no flame appeals to fellow parents.

For a mom with small kids and not a ton of spare time this is a company that appears to fit the bill.

Mary and Martha

This "faith based" home décor company may be kind of a niche market (the majority of it's products are plastered in bible verses and spiritual inspirations) but marketed towards the right social circle, Mary and Martha home parties might appeal to brides-to-be looking to decorate their new abode or you might try throwing virtual parties around the holidays.

Start-up fees are between $100-$150.

Tip for Direct Sales Success

Choose a company that sells products you would be willing and excited to buy. If you can't see you or your family using the product than how are you going to convince anyone else that they need it?

The Pampered Chef

Like Mary Kay, The Pampered Chef is one of those companies that has a cult-following. The start-up fee is $160+ and consultants must sell $150 a month to remain "active" though it looks like that's kind of a loose standard--supposedly you can go six whole months without a sale and still become "reactivated" with $150 in sales.

Because of the popularity of the product though, it looks like this is a pretty time and energy consuming direct-sales job. Consultants seem to do their best work at home-parties. However, there are consumers who seek this product out so hosting virtual parties and keeping an online presence would probably benefit a seller too. It seems that the key to success with Pampered Chef products starts with personality, specifically an outgoing and bubbly one.

Personally, I think it's a good sign that this company not only made it through the recession, but that the company seems to be thriving as a whole.

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Dove Chocolate Discoveries

You don't necessarily need to be passionate about chocolate to sell Dove Chocolate Discoveries. Chances are most people that you'd be selling to already feel pretty great about chocolate. The thing is, you can pick up chocolate at the gas station, so why buy direct?

From my research of DCD, it seems that this is a company and product that would best suit a mom with older kids who can stay behind for chocolate-tasting parties since it seems pretty hard to sell the product through social-networking alone or in your own limited social-circles. I think that some of the products would sell well in an office setting too--say as holiday gifts from the boss at a large company.

Start-up fees are $100+ and to remain an active consultant you must sell $600 in six months.


Steeped

Steeped is a fairly new (2012) company specializing in loose-leaf teas. Of many of the companies I'm writing about here, this is admittedly one of the few I've actually heard of prior to my research. I was invited to a Steeped tea party last month but thanks to debilitating morning sickness (yay) had to decline the invitation. It sounded fun though, a bunch of friends getting together to try flavors like Birthday Cake and Almond Chocolate Torte. The start-up kit is only about $150 but you are required to pay a monthly fee of near $13 to maintain your active consultant status.

Although virtual parties would probably see some sales, this is one of those products you really need to sell at home-parties and through in-person-networking to break even. I personally can't see myself buying a gourmet edible product like this without sniffing it at the very least, and it might be a hard sell if most of your friends are still in the pregnant/breastfeeding stage since many teas and herbs are kind of a no-no during those times.

That being said, I think this product has a lot of potential. Tea and accessories can be touted as perfect Mother's Day and birthday gifts, and these parties would be fun to throw and attend during the cold, blustery winter months post-Christmas when most direct-sales companies are probably experiencing a lull in sales. Plus, on the flip-side of coffee-madness, there's a ton of devout tea-drinkers and it comes with the quiet promise of relaxation and me-time -- a mom's greatest fantasy.

Wildtree

Although I'd honestly never heard of this company before my research, with hard-work and a commitment to tasting parties, it appears to be one of the most lucrative direct-sales companies around. Why? Because Wildtree is offering products that people actually use on a daily basis.

Syrup, gravy, and salsa are just a few of the products offered by Wildtree under the premise that their condiments and spices are, "free of preservatives, additives, fillers and promote a healthier lifestyle." ... which is probably how they can convince you purchase a $12 spice blend. After looking through their product catalog and their business model I do think this looks like a good opportunity for those who have the time and the energy to devote to the company and selling Wildtree products.

Wildtree parties require "tastings" which requires cooking, so if you're not actually comfortable with cooking or making yourself at home in someone else's house (I would be totally freaked out-- ummm can I touch your stove? Is that cool?) this probably isn't the right company for you. You will also need to set up and take down your parties so as not to leave your host or hostess with a mess.

So, if you've got kids in diapers, seriously just move along.

If not, listen up. Wildtree offers a product that others will actually buy without much hesitation. Unlike earrings and body-wraps, you don't need to convince potential consumers that they need food. They do. And though the blends offered through Wildtree can look expensive, in reality it would take far more to create those blends at home. You're also opened up to a greater consumer-base than some companies can reach since men and women of all ages and all walks of life eat and therefore, cook.

The initial start-up cost appears to be $50 but you must meet $350 in sales each year. With the price of these products, this seems reachable after a few good-sized parties.

Do you have experience with any of the companies I've listed or with direct-sales? Share in the comments!

© 2015 Kierstin Gunsberg

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      Lindsay Mercer 24 hours ago

      Ahhhhh! I can't believe Norwex isn't on this list!!

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      jh 4 days ago

      Wildtree was great but they changed their model. You now have to sell $350 every 3 months, so you need to invest some serious time into tasting parties and freezer meal workshops. Not for a casual direct sales seller.

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      Christina McDonough 12 days ago

      Statistics show that Mary Kay Consultants are the highest paid business women in America. 70% of the women in America who make over $100K/yr have a MK business and 2% of Americans are self-made millionaires and of that 2%, 80% are men and 20% are women. Of that 20%, 80% are with Mary Kay. The stats don't lie. They are also one of the ONLY companies that do ALL of their formulating, designing and creating in Dallas, TX. So, American made and all done in-house. They do not pay a third party to create their products for them. Pretty incredible, I'd say. This company also has 2 skincare lines that have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, meaning GH tested it and everything that the product claims, it actually does...how sad that only 1 other skincare line outside of MK can make that claim???!!! REALLY?? Shouldn't ALL skincare lines be able to make that claim?? MK also has the lowest attrition rate of all of the direct sales companies. Let the facts speak!

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      Vickie Frayser 3 weeks ago

      Hello. I have enjoyed reading about all these companies. My question is I went to serveral purse parties. Name brand purses. It was a party no around wanted to miss. But I think the lady passed away, I know she had cancer. But hope shes fine. But I want to do this if you can find out anything. I have tried but I'm not the greatest on a computer. Thank You, Vickie vsfrayser@yahoo.com

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      Kate Brown 3 weeks ago

      What do you know about Beauty Counter please?

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      Justine 3 weeks ago

      Premier Designs Jewelry is also a great company for moms! They offer 50% commission on retail sales, no quotas or inventory and 10% on the downline 3 levels deep!

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      Stephanie 4 weeks ago

      Thank you for the read. I found this article helpful as I search for the right company to invest in.

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      brittany 4 weeks ago

      what about paparazzi?

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      Tania Studer 6 weeks ago

      You should check out SeneGence. The company has been around for about 20 years now, but it is really getting a foothold in the beauty industry now. We have grown 2000% in the last 12 months and are up to over 125,000 distributors now. It costs $55 to sign up and that gets you a 20-50% discount on the products, based on cumulative sales each month. The opportunity to make money is great, as you can make money on retail sales and commissions (straight commission and group sales volume bonus). Worth a look!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Jessica, I will totally check out Thrive :)

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      Jessica Willden 7 weeks ago

      Hi,

      You definitely forgot Thrive by Le-Vel. Premium nutritional supplement line. Weekly commission, no promoter fees, free cloud office, training at your fingertips, free customer accounts, great demand for health right now more than ever. I have never felt better in all my years as a mom. I decided to promote because of the product and how it made me feel. Though all teams within the company may not be as great as my team, it is a wonderful company! My team...we are like family. Always there for each other. I love promoting Thrive!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 8 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Mae, thank you for taking the time to comment with this information! I'll update this article asap :) It's awesome to know that you don't actually have to cook at parties to sell the products because I think that for some people that could get really tricky, so I'll make sure to update with that information as well.

      I love your name, by the way, it's oldest daughter's middle name. So pretty.

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      Mae Ryan 8 weeks ago

      I am a Wildtree representative. I just wanted to let you know that we don't actually have to cook anything at the tasting parties. We have sample packets that we provide to the host/hostess ahead of time and they prepare the food. If a host/hostess wanted us to prepare something to show how quickly and easily you can make a healthy dinner with Wildtree, I don't think anyone would say, "No." but I've been doing this for over 3 years and I'm yet to cook in a kitchen during a party. We also provide meal planning and meal prep/freezer meal parties. No cooking, just planning and prepping. I just don't want anyone who was considering Wildtree to be scared away with that information. :)

      The requirements to stay active have actually changed as of January 2017. It's $350 every 4 months. 1-2 parties in that 4 months and you will meet the requirements. There is also a monthly fee to have your website active. It's $12.95 a month.

      Thanks for looking into all of these companies. I am a stay at home mom of an almost 4 year old and a 1 year old. I started with Wildtree when my oldest was 9 months old and I get out of it what I put into it. Some months work out well to do parties and work harder on my business. Other months, my family needs more of me and my business goes on the back burner...and that's okay. People are still using the products, therefor running out, and reordering more.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Angela! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :)

      First off, I think it's awesome that you and your friends are earning so well with It Works! As I mentioned in my post "selling for It Works requires an intense amount of motivation and work, without which you'll surely fail. This is more like a Work-At-Home career choice than a stay-at-home mom hobby. There seems to be an opportunity for serious cash here, but there's also opportunity to fail and lose money." It sounds like you've been diligent to work hard, hustle your products, and really own this business and that's the energy and effort it takes to make big bucks in any selling career. I did use the word "fail" but the context was in a person not applying themselves to the product. I think you would agree you've had to apply yourself because that's the nature of marketing and selling.

      I have an acquaintance who sold It Works! for a couple of years and she did an amazing job updating her social media daily, answering questions, and offering deals. She is actually the person who (though she probably doesn't know it) really inspired me to write this post because she was so enthusiastic she made ME curious about the company and the products, and other direct-sales opportunities.

      I'm sorry to hear that you're disappointed in this post, however the idea behind this article was actually to come from the perspective of a stay-at-home mom so it is indeed an opinion and not necessarily a "fact based" article. You're right, from what I can find currently, the startup price to join It Works! is $99, not $100. I will update that in my article. I found that information on an unofficial It Works! blog called WrapItLoseIt.net where I read that the best starter package retails for $499. When I checked out the official It Works! website I was unable to locate any information directly from the company that indicates the actual startup costs of joining the company which I find frustrating as I'm sure others do as well. Would you mind posting a link to that here so others can find quick and clear information on It Works! without having to dig?

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      Angela 2 months ago

      Im not sure where you get your information but you are wrong on It Works. I have been with thr company 3 years now and have paid off all my credit cards and paid off my car in full. The start up cost is only $99 which you would know had you actually reasearched and looked at the site. Your comment about being sure to fail is way off. I haven't failed, my team hasn't failed and neither have those that I know personally making $100,000 per month. It Works is a Billion Dollar DEBT FREE company. Our CEO is awesome. Had you done full research, you would see the truth about how great of a company this is. Like ALLLLL DS companies, you get out of it what you put into it. If anyone says you're sure to fail, they failed themsleves, the company didnt fail them. Im very disappointed that this type of blogging isnt fact related but simply opinion bases.

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      Julia Ryan 2 months ago

      What a great article! Never in my life would I have considered joining a MLM because of the shady practices of some companies in the past but I have been blown away by the legitimate companies who have embraced this sales model in the last five years.

      I'm a Senior Manager for Beautycounter, a company devoted to providing high performing and SAFER personal care products. Makeup, sunscreen, body wash and skin care shouldn't been full of harmful ingredients.

      We've just celebrated our Four Year Anniversary this month and are already getting major recognition from Vogue, NY Times, and have partnered with Target and J.Crew! Our other mission is transparency--both in our products-- in our mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone--and in our sales model. Every single cost and detail is laid out on the website!

      I'm happy to share any other information if anyone is curious about the for real absolute legit costs and profit potential :)

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      Briana 2 months ago

      Hello Kierstin!

      I love the article. I actually am an owner of a new direct sales company, we have just over 200 consultants and I would love to speak with you. Could you please send me an email?

      Brianaculver@marlyray.com

      I look forward to hearing from you!

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      Jess Miller 2 months ago

      Thank you for the read. Insightful, fair and comprehensive. Avon reps - if you could share about hidden fees I'd love to hear more. I've seen this in a few articles and would like to know more before committing.

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      Honey Halley 2 months ago from Illinois

      Great article! Tons of valuable info to get people going. My daughter recently became a Young Living Essential Oil Representative and she loves it so far. Her sons have autism and the oils work great to help calm them down and also she rubs some on the belly of the one who has gastrointestinal problems and it helps him so much! My daughter made an awesome explanatory video about two of the start up kits. One was 160.00 and the other was 200 and something. I can see the difference in my daughter and my grandson who both smile a lot more. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kelly H. 2 months ago

      Just an FYI, Usborne Books has a branch here in the USA, based in Oklahoma, called Usborne Books and More. Great company. Great people running it!

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      meredith 2 months ago

      loved your notes..... great opportunities are for everyone and anyone. It's not about being black or white, rich or poor, fat or thin, educated or dropping out, it's about taking a chance on yourself, ......ask questions, make friends, get new fun experiences and earn a few extra dollars too. I tried a few, stuck with mary kay 12 years....when I worked, it worked,.....when I did nothing....well you know. Pray and ask GOD where you need to be.....you can do anything.

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      vicki ingram 3 months ago

      Has anyone had experience selling L'Bri or used it? It's been around for many yrs. It's skin care/cosmetics/bath and body products that have aloe vera as their 1st ingredient in all products. I'm contemplating becoming a consultant. Seems like reasonable prices, great products and a good company. Anyone???

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      Cari Flynn 3 months ago

      Norwex is only $9.99 (nine dollars and 99 cents) to join and is practically recession-proof, because when people tighten their belts on other luxuries, they still have to clean! Since Norwex microfiber cleans and removes up to 99% of bacteria with just water, it is perfect for those on a budget! Cari Flynn - Norwex Independent Sales Consultant

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      miguel 3 months ago from seattle

      Hi

      thanks for this article. I want to share

      another great company for direct sales and make good commission is

      Legging Army.

      Really good stuff for women and kids leggings.

      check it out:

      http://leggingarmyshop.blogspot.com/

      You can promote anywhere, especially Social media like Fb or Instagram. No inventories required.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 3 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, MLHP, I'm working on it :) Specifically, what aspects do you find outdated?

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      MLHP 3 months ago

      Very outdated, I know this site said is was being updated...when is the timeline for the update? Thank u!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      This comment came from Bethany Raymond last month regarding Pampered Chef:

      What a fun post! I loved reading your perspectives about all the companies and reading through all the comments. I found you while doing internet research on "best direct sales companies."

      One year ago, I would have told you I wouldn't be interested in or successful with a direst sales company. Like, AT ALL. I've had quite a few friends post TONS on their Facebook profiles about their businesses, and while I root for them and am happy to support them if they have a company with a product I could use, I'm just not one for tons of "have a party with me" calls or FB posts. Plus, I have five kids and we homeschool, so extra time isn't really in spades around here.

      However, I have been a Pampered Chef customer on and off for over fifteen years, and when I saw a few products online last June that I was interested in, I messaged the only consultant I knew (met once several months before) and had a online party. Then, on a whim, I signed up. Not because the consultant badgered me (barely even mentioned it). But when I realized the starter kit came with everything I needed (including catalogs and paperwork) and that there were no hidden penalties or fees if I didn't sell "enough" I though I'd try it for the summer just for fun. I had zero parties lined up and I decided ahead of time that I was going to make ONE post to Facebook about it and not rely on family members to make my business happen. And I'd just see from there. Seriously nothing to lose except the kit fee, which I got product for, at least. (side note: new kits came out recently and cost between $109 and $249, depending on which you choose. Plus, you can get $25 or $50 credit toward your kit when you host).

      Six months later, I seriously am astounded at my business (or even just the fact that I have one, since I only intended it as a hobby for sixty days or so). I've made at least $300 each month since I started, and three of those months I made over$1,000 (not to mention bonuses and free products). I am so not spammy, I'm not into begging or pressuring people to have parties, and I still don't even consider myself a sales person. I do love helping people connect with products that will help them reach whatever their goals are in the kitchen (from heating up canned food, to creating a beautiful charcuterie platter). I find that I don't have to sell the products, really - guests share with each other when they talk about what they use and love. And mostly, my bookings come from my parties. (I got four new bookings from the last party I had this month. I guess people have fun!)

      How about the time factor? Well, so far it's working great for me. I do a combo of online and in-home parties - and both are really successful. I like that I don't have to leave home for online parties and I can have them with people far and wide, not just local. But I love in home parties for the face-to-face fun. Within the company, we have lots of people who exclusively hold online parties - even high-level leadership - which is doable and successful when you aren't spammy and have a good outline (I make my own outline each month and share it with my team members).

      And did you see that? Team members? I'm about to promote to Director in the next month - just six months after starting. And again, not because I've been badgering people to join, just because I'm connecting with people who love the products and, for whatever reasons, want to become a consultant. I have one team member who has a $150/month deficit in her current budget, but she is a single mom and need something she can do on her own timing. Another wants to learn to cook better and loves the products. Another lady just retired and needs some extra income and wants to get out and meet people still. I'm super grateful for the team I signed up with as well. They've been great to work with, super helpful, and don't pressure me to do anything other than reach my own goals.

      I think with direct sales, the most important things to consider are: (1) research into the company, it's policies, fees, and requirements; it's history and reputation (2) connecting with a team that will help you and cares about your own goals for your business, not their goals (3) finding a company that you are excited about and have confidence in the product and mission.

      Thanks, Kierstin, for your post - and for inviting us to share our experiences!

      For follow up questions, you can reach me at

      bethanywithpamperedchef (AT) gmail.com

      [Unfortunately I have to leave out Bethany's direct PC link because that's what's getting caught up in the spam filter but I'm sure if you're interested in signing under her, her Gmail account would be a good place to get in contact with her about joining.]

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Unfortunately, some GREAT and informative comments are not making it through our spam filter here so I'm going to copy and paste them individually so others can learn from them :)

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      Renee H 4 months ago

      Scentsy consultants need to maintain a minimum of $150 sales in a rolling 3 month period. A company called "Perfectly Posh" is straight commission based on however amount of sales you have. There is a quota to meet but it is based on $300 in sales over 6 months. And I believe it's a total of $300 over 6 months. Where as a direct sales like Scentsy requires $150 in sales total for 1 month. Total sales cannot equal $150 in sales done within 3 months. Gotta love these quota rules, they'll get cha every time. One way or another..

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      Jennamarie3 4 months ago

      I sell Pink Zebra which I would like to add to the list. Our signature item is our scented soy wax "Sprinkles" (melts) and we have much more. Our products are different than others on the market, trendy and unique home decor. The sign-up goals are attainable and worth it! You can move up quickly and there are many incentives to succeed. Customers love the wide variety of products we offer and also the versatility. You can mix Sprinkles together to create your own unique scents. Curious? Here's my website: http://www.pinkzebrahome.com/azpzsprinkles

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      LactConnect 4 months ago

      For nursing mamas wanting to dip their toe into direct sales, Amamante Nursingwear​ offers risk free Nursing Pajama Party Packs. Here is the link: http://www.amamante.com/wholesale-direct-sales.htm

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      Mindy Wofford 4 months ago

      You should check out Le-Vel. It's a vitamin supplement company that has revolutionized the health industry with their simple 3 step program. They have been featured 3 years in a row in Success magazine.

      There are no start up costs and customers and promoters get a free website.

      Customers and promoters can earn free products by referring 2 people who place orders on autoship.

      Promoters can earn fast start bonuses in the first 2 weeks and the company has 3 amazing trips you can earn throughout the year. No inventory required. To stay active, you must have $100 in sales each month but that also includes your own personal orders too.

      As with any direct sales company, your success will depend on your effort but the support from this company is amazing!

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      miguel 4 months ago from seattle

      Thank you for sharing this article, very informative,

      I understand, that there is not get rich quick path,

      any company you join, will require effort, persistence, time and investment.

      But I think it is worthy, better than 9 - 5 job.

      I have not seen nobody mention the company I joined some time ago, it has great line of products, and you can join as member to order at whole sale price or become distributor to pursue your dream. I am talking about Herbalife.

      You might check us here as well:

      becomeherbal-lifemember.blogspot.com

      Any question please reach me: mikirguaman@yahoo.com

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      Cheryl P 4 months ago

      I have been with Premier Designs Jewelry for 2 1/2 years. They are a biblically based company founded 32 years ago. Our commission is 50% commission, no quotas or inventory. $195 to get started. A great business for single, married, moms, college, retirement age! Something for everyone!

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      Chris 4 months ago

      My wife has been a Mary Kay consultant for a little over a year and loves it. It does cost $99 for a starter kit, which is a one time purchase, and an order of $225 in inventory once every quarter to stay active. Staying active means keeping a 50% discount on any inventory you order. This means a 50% commission on anything you sell. Compared to a 25% commission selling Rodan & Fields. I am not bashing Rodan & Fields I was just using them as a comparison. I see a lot of negative opinions about direct sales companies and even sites devoted to bashing Mary Kay and I just don't get it. If you decide Mary Kay is not for you for any reason they will buy back all unused inventory you have a home for 90% of what you paid for up to a year. In what other business in the world can you risk so little for a possibility in a new career or part-time income. I have sifted through online comments from new Mary Kay consultants giving up completely after one party gets cancelled or doesn't go well. When you join Mary Kay you become a small business owner. People need to do their research and not be so bitter when they themselves fail or give up.

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      KiaReid 4 months ago

      Hi Kiersten,

      Thanks so much for the article. I've dibbled and dabbled in direct sales for a few years, but never truly found any company that I was passionate about. Like a few others have posted already, you really need to pick a company where you can stand behind their product.

      After months of research, I finally decided on Fundanoodle and became a Fundanoodle ambassador. Fundanoodle is an education readiness program (selling activity books and games) geared towards 3 - 7 years olds to develop motor skills and prepare them for success in school. The products were designed by pediatric occupational therapists and elementary school teachers. This product is a hit with the homeschool crowd, and many parents with children with special needs especially ASD have found these products to be very useful. However, Fundanoodle products are designed for all little learners!

      Before I made a commitment to the company, I tested the products and activity workbooks on my four year old to see if liked them. Not only did he like them...he loves them! That made my decision easier. It's not a get rich quick, you have to put in some work. But as an educator, former tutoring company owner, and a mom, I really wanted a quality product to sell with a small monetary investment. An important thing about Fundanoodle is the support from the company's owner and the other Fundanoodle ambassadors. I've have never witnessed a more kind and supportive group of ladies that want everyone to succeed.

      Perhaps you'll be able to add Fundanoodle to your 2017 list.

      myfundanoodle.com/KiaReid

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      Suzanne 4 months ago

      I've been with Young Living for 2.5 years and thankfully have not experienced anything like what Beth posted above. My team is incredibly supportive and willing to share and help. You technically do not ever have to make a purchase after your initial purchase. However, to remain an active member to receive the wholesale discount, you need to make a $50 purchase within a year of your initial order. Of course there's more to it than ordering $50/year if you want to build a business, but there aren't any secrets or hidden fees.

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      Fashionably Frugal 4 months ago

      Hi Kierstin, this is a great list of DS companies. I researched a lot of these before signing up with Lilla Rose, whom I have been with for 18 months now. I just couldn't make myself pay a company for a website or have to sell a minimum quota each month regardless of my real job. I am a single mom with a full time job and two little ones (really little) so I wanted something that I would actually use and could sell to people with the purpose of sharing something that I genuinely think is awesome. Some months, I didn't have time to promote my product so I wanted a company where I didn't have to sell a minimum amount or have to maintain a website

      I am over a year in and I am making almost half my income with this little hair jewelry company. A word of warning to others though, DS is not a get rich quick scheme. I put in about 15-20 hours a week after my kids go to sleep promoting this product. It is a job. A job that has made it possible for me to pay the bills and spoil my kids a bit, but yes, a job.

      My advice to someone looking into DS is to find something that you actually love and know that you could share with other people, not sell it to them, but share with them why you love it. I do fairs and events and I share with people how amazing these little hair clips are. I get excited about them and it shows. 90% of the women who try them on, end up buying them because they love them. So find something you LOVE and not something just to sell.

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      AmberTinetti 4 months ago

      Wonderfully written article with fair points! I love that you didn't have any investment unto these companies before providing your insight.

      I too have been struggling with which MLM company to join and after much research has successfully started my next chapter with Usborne Books & More! The low startup fee of $75 with no monthly commitment had me hooked. This company has longevity and has not saturated the market with consultants, such huge opportunities to introduce this brand to new customers!!

      I'd love to show others the benefits of this company and how easy it is to earn a monthly paycheck! To start, all consultants earn 25% commission off their sales right off the bat!

      https://1110386.myubam.com/?page_id=68

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      Mandi 4 months ago

      I was a DS consultant for Perfectly Posh for a few years. It's a great company, the products are INCREDIBLE and you don't have to pay anything monthly anymore to upkeep your website and stay active. You just have to sell $300 every six months. I'm just not good at direct sales lol

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      dcharcloud@yahoo.com 5 months ago

      I have sold Tupperware, Quixtar, ACN, SPRINT, Advocare all with varying success but spent everything I earned on fees or product.

      I know direct sales is the way to go and have finally found a company with products and a compensation plan that provides results and real income....Plexus! $34.95 to start up/annual fee with no quotas, no minimums, no inventory, no parties. All products have a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee, but less than 1% ever do, because the products work!

      There are 11 ways to get paid on all natural, vegetarian, gluten free health and wellness products that have been clinically tested and work! Plexus products work to put your body back in balance, the signature product was developed by an endocrinologist to help diabetics balance their sugars, lipids and cholesterol levels, but found weight loss to be a side effect for most. At the lowest level, Ambassadors average $400 or more per month income by directing customers to order through your website.

      I would be happy to answer any questions you have or you can visit my website www.shopmyplexus.com/debbiechar

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      Monica Faircloth 5 months ago

      Hi Kierstin, thank you for writing this, it was very thorough and well thought out! I am an Independent Watkins Consultant so I wanted to share some information about the company. The current fee to join is $19.95, however starting January 1, 2017 the fee will go up to $29.95. This is an annual fee but will include a J.R. Watkins e-Consultant website where you can send your customers to shop directly from you online, which is a very nice bonus! Currently the website costs $65 to set up plus $19.95 a month so this change will result in a huge savings for consultants.

      I am a big fan of their products too so joining as a consultant just made sense for me. Some of my family's favorites are the lemon scented foaming hand soap, the grapefruit body wash, the raspberry lip balm, the lavender hand cream, the clothes soap, the taco seasoning, the salsa mix, and of course the cinnamon and their famous vanilla! I think it's important to work with a company that has products that you love and can be proud to share with others, so I'm happy that I've found this with Watkins. Their products are natural, affordable, every day products that every family can use.

      Another reason I chose Watkins is that there are no auto ships or sales quotas required to stay active, so you have the flexibility to do as little or as much as you want. Additionally, to earn from your team you only have to use or sell approximately $100 in products each month, which is very doable.

      I would be happy to answer any questions you might have, or you can visit my website to learn more www.TrustedNaturals.net

      Thank you! :)

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      SKWills 5 months ago

      Hi. I've had direct sales experience with 2 of the above companies, and it was SO bad, I feel I must share.

      The first was Mary Kay. A retired exec from my company bumped into me and asked if I would be willing to act as a model for products. I agreed. Long story short - after 2 "gigs", it became,very clear I was being pressured to join her team. It was expensive, sneaky, and,heavy handed.

      The second was Arbonne. Very expensive to start up, and my sponsor I signed under said although I was partly disabled, she would take care of getting my customers for me. After 5 shows and about $1,000 out of pocket personally, I saw her plan. She had large demo parties, but wasn't knowledgeable about makeup. Do my job was to do demos and show application tips individual to each person. Ladies loved it, and it was fun. But after each one where I had spent hours setting up and working with clients, my sponsor took credit for all sales, and added and new consultants under her or her daughter. Likewise, she said it was a Christian group of women, yet each time I was around her, she was cussing and yelling at her children.

      It has made me untrusting of ALL direct sales groups!

      Oh, and another friend tried to get me unto a vitamin/supplement group, admitting he needed both me and my husband to sign so he could get a higher commission. No Thank You!!!!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey Rebecca, thank you for the Mary Kay information! I will use it to update this post :)

      I did the same thing with Younique- signed up for the personal benefits it would give me to buy the products. I have a good friend who sells Mary Kay and I really love their products. I especially liked a line that I don't think is available anymore ... Mary Kay @ Play? It was perfect multi-use, compact, throw-in-your purse makeup, however my oldest used it for an...art project, haha!

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      Rebecca Lynn Kohl 5 months ago

      Just a note about Mary Kay. I am currently a Mary Kay consultant and can confirm that the start up is $100 plus whatever your state tax is, and a flat rate shipping fee of 9.35. However there is no quarterly quota. There are incentives for hitting certain amounts in sales per quarter, but there is no mandated quota that you must sell. It only takes a minimum order once a year to stay with the company, and that minimum is low enough that many ladies who love the products join just to order once or twice a year for themselves! I have a couple of "personal use consultants" on my team. They just order once or twice a year and maintain their status as a consultant and stock up on the products they love and get the 50% discount. My personal opinion after learning about so many other direct selling companies, is that Mary Kay is one of the easiest to work with. The company takes care of us well, when there is an issue, we just call them and they fix it without issues. There are no hidden fees that you only find out about later on, and if you don't meet that minimum annual order amount, you don't get penalized. But just like any other DS company, you do have to work your business. Sharing the product, the opportunity, and offering quality customer service will build a solid business.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hey everyone!! Keep those comments coming! I'll be working over the holiday break to add, edit, and update this list with more companies like PawTree, Princess House, Younique and more thanks to your awesome suggestions.

      I'd also love to hear Direct Sales Success Stories! Specifically how you got involved with a company, what your favorite part about selling the product is (and what your favorite products from the company are) and the biggest lessons you've learned along the way.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi, Paula! No complaints, just trying to help those who are searching for a direct sales company that fits their lifestyle to be able to find all of the information that they would want to take into consideration before committing to a company. That information usually includes the cost of joining the company as well as the price range of the product they will be selling. It's different for everyone :)

      While the cost to join an MLM is almost always much, much lower than starting your own business from scratch, investing in an MLM is not at all the same as investing in your own business from the ground up. In the MLM model the company directly benefits from you joining and paying startup and monthly fees whether you earn a profit or not. Until you earn a profit, you are that company's customer. I think that's a very important and realistic fact to keep in mind when considering which company is best suited for each person.

      I agree, hard work and a positive attitude are key to selling anything whether it's products through an MLM business or a brand new Mercedes on the dealership's shiny floor.

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      Paula Hrankowski 5 months ago

      wow.. your main complaint is that it costs money to sign up and there are not get rich quick schemes. These are all businesses. All businesses require some sort of start up fee. But MLM companies, as opposed to franchises, have reasonable start up costs. I've been involved with a company for 10 years and have seen it all: those who bail after one day saying "it doesn't work" and those who stick it out. Hard work and a positive attitude and perseverance is all it takes.

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      Sandra Pererson 5 months ago

      try jewelry in candles it is very good company and low start up! you can also join for free!

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      Kara 5 months ago

      I enjoyed this article for sure! So many great companies to join. I have been with SeneGence for a while, its a 55$ start up cost and the products are to die for! Granted, you're not going to sell something you don't support, however I have been with other DS companies and nothing has been quite as rewarding, not just financially but the people I have met are absolutely WONDERFUL! I am always looking for team members and we help have help every step of the way with any business idea's

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 5 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Jess and Brit, I do see how my descriptions may have come off as biased or incorrect but I wrote this article for and coming from the perspective of any mom sitting at home during nap time Googling work-from-home sales job opportunities. Though I'm glad that those who are already in the MLM business are also reading, this was written for those who haven't jumped in yet. Whatever information I was able to glean from these companies, I shared - honestly. Some of them including Arbonne and It Works! didn't clearly state their startup rates and I wanted to make sure I addressed that because I've found that many mothers (myself included) value straight forwardness from direct sales businesses, especially if they're about to invest any sum of money.

      Britt, it's wonderful that you're doing so well with It Works! and if you feel inclined I'm sure that readers would love a few tips on how you've been able to earn nearly $2,000 a month and for how long you've been able to do that for :)

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      Britt 5 months ago

      I don't know how accurate this information is because I have been with It Works for over a year now and the description is completely wrong. It costs $99 to sign up, and there is a $20 a month maintenance fee for your website and back office. It does require a lot of motivation, as with any other network marketing firm, but it does not require an insane amount of time. I literally work for maybe an hour or two a day and I make almost $2,000 a month from this business. You also do NOT need to invest a ton of money throwing parties either. Any products that people try at the party should be offered to purchase, otherwise they don't need to try the product. This article is completely biased and the description for It Works is written in a negative and sarcastic tone compared to the other companies listed here. I'm really disappointed.

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      Jess 6 months ago

      Arbonne is $95CAD to sign up, I know MANY moms with young kids that have been successful, and there is NO requirement on how much you need to sell. It is about what you would like to do and how much you would like to put into it.

      A list like this is awesome, but it should have correct information, not guesses at information.

      Also, Arbonne (and many of these companies) is not considered a Direct Selling Company, but rather, a Network Marketing Company.

      The difference in possible income between these two types of companies is DRASTIC!

      Network Marketing provides a much larger income potential.

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      Kristin 6 months ago

      Thanks so much for putting this list together! I've always wondered about the other MLM and direct sales companies out there and how they compare in start up costs, comp plans, etc. I love that I don't have to carry inventory or meet a monthly sales quota in order to pursue financial freedom. The idea of residual income intrigues me. I have really enjoyed networking in my previous jobs and am loving to continue to network as a stay at home mom who is teaching people about a chemical free, toxin free lifestyle using essential oils! I did research the essential oils companies before I ordered a starter kit and I use and love Young Living Essential Oils! Did you ever do any more research about Young Living? I'd be happy to answer any more questions for you!

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      Jennifer 6 months ago

      I just came across your site and read this article. It was honest without an agenda! I worked for 12 years with a home decor company (Home & Garden Party /Celebrating HOME) that has since closed. I was so glad to have had that business in my life not just for extra income but for the friends, travel and personal development. You are right when you have little children it is hard to run a direct sales business and I left about a year after my 2nd child was born, it was just too hard to balance and the time and inventory wasn't worth the money.

      I think that opportunities come in our lives when we need them and just after the time I decided direct sales wasn't a fit anymore, a friend shared some information on a consumer direct marketing model, not MLM that made total sense for us! It helped me be a smarter shopper and safer consumer. Wellness has been my passion my whole life (I am a health educator) and I loved the idea of helping others do the same. Getting paid to market for a manufacturer and their store and not have to sell product, carry inventory or meet sales quotas brings alot of time freedom.

      By the way, Usborne book are great! I have gotten a few for my son when I've met vendors passing through fairs.

      Great article, thanks for sharing Kierstin!

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      tonyac 6 months ago

      I love doing direct sales i started in march of this year with a new company called pruvit. it is blessing me daily my team has grown leaps in the last few months. it is truly a company that cares about their consultants what i like besides my commissions is pruvit is a free to join company no website fee no monthly quota no kit to purchase. direct sales are not for everyone and one key point is that you must be willing to work it like its a job with a boss besides yourself so you don't get lazy.

      www.tonyachadwell.pruvitnow.com

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      Rosaleigh G. 6 months ago

      I loved this article! I love hearing (or reading) honest opinions from other moms about these kinds of things. I sell Scentsy, so I'm obviously glad they made your list! :)

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      ChrissyB 7 months ago

      Thanks for this! I sold Mary Kay for YEARS and while I love love LOVE the products, I never really excelled at it. I'm thinking of Mary and Martha, I'm very active in my church community and would have a natural niche group, and as a minister it's a natural offshoot of what I already do. Good luck to you!!

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      Nadia Taylor 7 months ago

      Thanks for the article! I love direct sales. I believe it is truly the wave of the future. It is a growing industry and will continue to grow. Companies are looking to downsize and if they can sell products/services by using direct sales and it works rather than TV/radio advertising, then they will continue to do so.

      Personally, I've partnered with 5Linx: http://www2.5linx.net/premierservices/about/. We offer essential services: including technology services, services for home and business, as well as wellness products. I like that the business attracts both women and men. Privately held company handing out stock options to those who are able to build a significant business.

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      Trudy Bates 7 months ago

      I have really enjoyed reading this thread. All the different companies, products and compensation plans fascinate me. I am a big believer in direct sales and in home parties so I try to keep up with what's available.

      I'm so thankful that I found my niche. It has been a blessing to me. I live in the BUCKLE of the Bible Belt where any kind of discussion of what goes on in the bedroom is strictly taboo. There was a need for education. I started doing in home parties for women almost TWENTY years ago!

      I never dreamed when I bought that starter kit in Feb 1998 that it would turn into a lifelong career. I just wanted to make $200 a month to cover a bill that I was struggling to pay. In all these years I have not only been able to educate and entertain women of all ages and backgrounds, but I have also been able to change the lives of hundreds of women through the business opportunity. My family and I am forever thankful for Pure Romance. www.passionexpert.com

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      Encarnita 8 months ago

      No Nerium International? We're in the billion dollar anti-aging market and DSA Direct Selling Association named us a top 20 company. In 2015 we were #1 in consumer products and services in INC 500 fastest growing companies. Lots of stay-at-home moms have had success with Nerium! Check out this link for more info: encarnita.successtoday.com

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      Joanne Albrecht 8 months ago

      Hey Ladies! I started Jamberry nails just a few months ago and i absolutely love it! For one.. it's not plastic it's vinyl and no it doesnt' melt to your nails. The sets are $15 but you get 2 manis, 2 pedis and 8 accent nails with that... So in the end it's only $3.75 per set which is actually cheaper then the cheap walmart set... plus they always have a buy 3 get one free deal which makes it $11.25 for the set of wraps.. With the proper application an nail prep. these nail wraps work super well and they have over 300 designs. and now you can design your own nail wraps on nial art studio and if someone else buys them you get paid for it... It's so much fun and i don't have to keep any of inventory.. Praise the Lord..All you need is your starter kit and you can start selling.... I love it!. I get to help women show off their own personal style through Jamberry nails! I teach them how to apply them and then they are able to do it at home.. Plus they become recurring customers... Check out my page if you'd like to learn more.... https://joannemalbrecht.jamberry.com/us/en/

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      Camille Nelson 8 months ago

      There is also a company called Blackdiamondshairco that offers a direct selling opportunity with make up and hair and also teach you how to blog and make more sales via social media you should check out their program they even have Kylie kits they gave out to their contractors for referring friends to the business opportunity you save on hair at the same time if your a registered member online.

      Creating a business at home is hard i liked avon but the fees where to high and the area i live in the stores for avon people own make $$$ so its hard to do that one but Stella and dot is a good one they are doing good in the world these days thanks for the post !

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      Kristy 8 months ago

      I've always been drawn to the direct sales and network marketing industry. I really believe that you don't have to be salesy and pushy to get results. That being said, I've started out slowly with my Watkins business and I'm focusing my efforts on using attraction marketing to bring interested clients to me instead of chasing after them and hounding my friends and family.

      It was $19.95 to startup with Watkins and I am able to focus on sponsoring others, making sales, or both. (I do a little of both)

      My grandmother used Watkins products so when I was reintroduced to them it was a very nostalgic experience and I think that holds true for a lot of people. The best things I like about the company are their very thorough training site that all consultants have access to AND that there are no quotas. You will never get kicked out of the business for under or nonperformance.

      And Kiersten, it's funny that you mention how you love their bath and body products. You wouldn't believe the number of people who think Watkins is all about spices and vanilla. It's so much more than that! I say if you cook, eat, clean your home or practice personal hygiene then Watkins has something for you. Plus people don't have to feel guilty when they buy from Watkins because they're just doing the household shopping.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 9 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Michelle, maybe! Haha, but it's a good habit, in my opinion :) Some of my favorite makeup products have come from Younique! Although ironically, not the mascara. I took my daughter to a doctor's appointment yesterday and it was falling into my eyes as I was trying to talk to the pediatrician. Yikes. I even bought the starter kit for a super deal on some things I'd wanted to try but I honestly don't have the time to sell it. I think that's the most important thing to keep in mind when you decide to join an MLM company -- you really HAVE to put the work in to see the benefit, just like any other job. I've put the hustle into writing and am seeing the fruits of my labor and if I could be as passionate about selling makeup I know I would there too.

      I love the idea of Paparazzi Accessories! I remember buying trinkets and gifts as a kid with my pocket change - what a fun idea!

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      Beth 9 months ago

      An FYI- Young Living Essential Oils- tried it for 6 months. If you live in an area with few, if any, who sell, or, know a lot of people interested in oils- it is not worth the investment(s) or the time. Unlike DS companies like Mary Kay- where you have a sense of camaraderie even with the competition- YL has so many "teams" who -unless they decide you're worthy- will not help new distributors and everything is top secret. It took me 3 of the 6 months to educate myself- because no one on my "team" helped. The company seems to always be in a fight with another essential oils DS company- and honestly- the drama alone will make you run.

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      Billie Tekel Elias 10 months ago

      I started selling Discovery Toys when my son was an infant. Twenty-two years later, he's a recent graduate of MIT. Was it the toys? Was it seeing/hearing me conduct business from our living room? Was it that I carved out plenty of time to play with him? Probably all that and more. And along the way, I trained hundreds of people to do what I was doing. Plus, I earned off of their sales! www.toysofdiscovery.com

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      Lisa 12 months ago

      This was a great article and thanks for sharing! I decided to go for NYR Organics and I'm so happy I did!! I feel good about sharing producta that are organic and toxin free. Especially with all the GMOs and talk about how many chemicals are in our foods and skin care products, i feel i am doing my part in making a change too! https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/lisakidder

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      emilysa 17 months ago

      Thank you for the read! (:

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      Tillie 17 months ago

      I have joined and sold for Pampered Chef, Silpada Jewelry, and Traveling Vineyard Wines. With PC I made a little money and got a lot of great stuff for my kitchen; with Silpada, I got good costume jewelry and about broke even; with TV (a newer company), I lost about $400. I am now a distributor/member of Young Living Essential Oils, which you mention in your review. I am sorry that Lucy (in the comments) feels that MLM Essential Oil companies have "shady practices" but that has not been my experience at all and I believe perhaps she simply ran into the wrong distributor.

      The reason you cannot find anything about quotas and required sales is that there are none. We have many members who use them solely for their own families and never share with others nor build a business. Regardless of business-building aspirations, a good team leader will support you in your level of desire for knowledge in how to successfully use essential oils and products to your health and that of your family. Similar to a warehouse club membership, you need only make one $50 purchase a year to maintain your 24% wholesale discount for oils. Should you choose to pursue an income, it is possible, even with small children. I have six homeschooled kids from ages 2-16, with #7 due in April. Until last March, my husband was active duty military and very rarely home. I was able to build up a team of 400+ people and now have residual income that, when combined with his pension, covers our groceries and bills so we can both stay home and work.

      I do not do home parties, because it is not the type of product where you'll benefit from a one-time-use application and I want to help people get information about changing their health for the better! I do information and introduction nights in my home - this allows me to have my kids present, to let other moms bring their children if they choose, and to still get together with people who appreciate the products as much as I do.

      Specific companies aside, a good book for ANYONE who would like to pursue Network Marketing/MLMs as an income producing journey look up the book Four Year Career by Richard Dick Bliss. It will change your entire perspective on building a business from home.

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      Lucy 17 months ago

      I never really wanted to get involved with MLM companies. I use essential oils too but stay away from the MLM essential oil companies and their shady business practices (although I do have a few blends from Doterra that I love).

      And then I found Usborne and it rocked my world! I am a homeschool mom and children's literacy has always been my passion. Their books are so educational and fun, it has really sparked the love for reading in my son.

      I signed up as a consultant mainly for the discount and the books. Realy there is nothing to lose.

      They never promised I was going to get rich (although some people do really well) and they really are a stand up company. The books sell themselves

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      Marla 19 months ago

      I have tried so many companies. I absolutely love Advocare. There are not any minimums and no quotas. Free website. You have to have a good team though.

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      TiannasCafe 23 months ago

      This is a nice list of companies to choose from. I would add that anyone interested in joining a DS company make sure to know all about the fees and requirements in advance. I was with Purium, which has very nice products, but they have an autoship requirement. Like a lot of companies they say this is to make sure their reps are using the products, but personally I don't trust any company that forces you to purchase their products. Especially if they are on the expensive side. Now I'm with Jewelry In Candles, Linen World, and Gemnora and love them! They are all low cost or free to join, with very low if any quotas. I'm also a part of Diplicious which is a new company getting ready to launch too soon. I can't wait!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      here, Mary Kay , Avon and Tupperware are well known to housewives doing sales.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      kschimmel, for years in middle school my neighbor was an Avon Lady. I LOVED ordering makeup and silly things from her catalog. Lots of fun =)

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      Kimberly Schimmel 2 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Avon is tried and true for generations of women. I still have fond memories of the "Avon Lady" who visited the house when I was a little girl.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 2 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      BraveWarrior, thanks so much for the recommendation to check out CopyPress!

      I did look into direct-sales (which inspired me to write this) but ultimately decided that for right now it's just not for me. I'm a writer and I'm inherently shy and enjoy my alone time. So using my spare time to pursue sales would exhaust me! However, I have several friends who have found success with direct sales (especially Rodan + Fields!) so I thought I'd make a list of the companies that seemed the most lucrative/stable at the moment.

      I was just talking to my husband about it and the only company I would feel really passionate about selling for is Usborne. I AM actually considering joining Usborne in the next couple of years as we begin homeschooling because their products rock, but I'd probably just be in it for access to the catalog, ha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Kierstin, once upon a time ago I tried the direct sales route. When Amway developed their online store, Quixtar, I went to a promotional party put on by a friend of mine. I thought it sounded promising. However, in order to gain points, I found most of the purchases were made by me and they were quite cost prohibitive to say the least. I dumped the project after a year and had the products for much longer. At least I saved some pennies there!

      I looked into J.R. Watkins. I used to get their catalogs in the mail. I don't remember what the costs and provisions were to sell their products, but I decided it wasn't cost-worthy. Anyway, you can find the information on becoming an associate thru their catalogs.

      Most of these at-home businesses require a lot of your time in addition to start-up costs. Young moms don't have that time, nor the funds. Not to mention the fact that many of the products are not environmentally safe or use oils from animals that are captured for science and retail markets. (Have you ever researched what goes into creating makeup? You'd be shocked!)

      I would suggest you look into writing sites that pay and divulge the clients for whom you are writing. You can choose the days you're willing to work, earn a set rate per word, and in some cases gain a byline to boot. If you love writing, try that. You make your own schedule. The site I recommend is CopyPress. It's not a pay per click site and they pay twice a month.

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