The Mommy Lyfe: The Best Direct Sales Company Jobs for Stay at Home Moms


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 daughter and soon-to-be second babe.

Beauty + Skin Care



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.

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.

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.


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.

Kids+ Education


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.

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 + Supplements


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.

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.


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

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.

Style + Accessories


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 + 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.


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 + Housewares


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


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.

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.

Food + Edibles


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 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.


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!

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bravewarrior 21 months 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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Kierstin Gunsberg 21 months ago Author

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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kschimmel 21 months 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 21 months ago Author

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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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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TiannasCafe 16 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!

Marla 12 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.

Lucy 10 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

Tillie 10 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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emilysa 10 months ago

Thank you for the read! (:

Lisa 5 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!

Billie Tekel Elias 3 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!

Beth 2 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.

Michelle 2 months ago

Wow, is it a habit if I purchased from 7 of the companies listed? LOL I love direct sales and love to support my friends who are in the direct sales industry. I believe in the system. I don't feel that I will become a millionaire instantly but do believe I am on the path to financial and time freedom. I am an Independent Consultant for Paparazzi Accessories, home of the $5.00 accessories. Finally! A company that fits all budgets! LOL I've had young children purchase a beautiful necklace for their mom for Mother's Day or a retirement home resident who bought the biggest bling ring! The smile on her face was amazing. I feel awesome because they can afford it without breaking the bank. We have a great support system from everyone; from the Founders to a new consultant. Plus the accessories are gorgeous! The same quality as any of your favorite mall stores. The small investment needed to start a direct sales business is so worth it! You will make your investment back quickly and more!

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Kierstin Gunsberg 2 months ago Author

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!

Kristy 7 weeks 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.

Camille Nelson 7 weeks 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 !

Joanne Albrecht 6 weeks 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....

Nikki 5 weeks ago

Hi i do a company called sassnfrass, its an online boutique that has a wide verity of different items.

hope maybe you would take a look and maybe add it to the list ;)

Encarnita 3 weeks 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:

Trudy Bates 2 weeks 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.

La'Toya Freitas 10 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it brought a bit of perspective! I am a newer consulant with Rodan + Fields and I absolutely love it! I was brought to this page as I was wondering if it would be beneficial to add another MLM company to my resume. I'm not sure if I want to add another one now because I would not want to take away from or devalue my R + F business. I believe in the company and the products and I know that it will take time a dedication to get where I want in this business. We also have a fast start program which allows you to earn back your initial investment. All you have to do is sponsor two consultants who sell $600 worth of product in your first 3 months. If you sponsor 3 consultants who do the same thing, you get your kit reimbursed twice! So, yes its a bit pricey for startup, but the company cares about the success of their consultants and wants to help us become successful.

I do agree though, if I ever decided to add another MLM, it would probably be Usborne. I've never heard of it until today but i will definitley keep it on my radar!

Thanks for the tips. If anyone is ever interested in Rodan + Fields, feel free to check out my website at or

Nadia Taylor 10 days 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: 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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