If you are looking to work from home, you have no doubt come across Direct Selling businesses.
These take a number of guises, and some have good reputations and others not so much. There is a small distinction between direct selling and Multi level marketing, and if it matters to you, you can find out more on this article. In essence they are very similar.
In the interests of you ladies out there, I wanted to put together a comprehensive article on all the direct selling businesses that I DO recommend to give you a headstart into researching the right business for you. My plan over time is to review each one individually to provide you with a full run down of each individual business.
If however, you are still a little unsure about direct selling as a concept but want a foolproof way to make money online, check this out.
Why is this list for women?
Well women are often one of the first demographic groups that are looking for work from home. Maybe they are having a career break, or have kids and are trying to find something where they can fit their business around their kids, and have the utlimate control.
So ladies, I made this list for you as all of these businesses feature products that you, as women might be interested in. With the exception of 1, they are all companies run by women for women. Yeah, high five!
So here are my top 10 direct selling businesses for women, in no particular order:
Chloe and Isabel
Chloe and Isabel is very similar to Stella and Dot in terms of it’s product offering but is perhaps not as well known. The Jewellry offering is perhaps slightly cheaper than that of Stella and Dot, and positions itself as affordable and still fashionable
Started up my Chantel Waterbury, who has extensive experience in Jewellery design and has worked her way up the corporate ladder to use her knowledge to start up Chloe and Isabel. The business model works on an MLM style compensation plan which means you earn commission on products sold as well as recruiting people into your team
Chloe and Isabel embrace the online side of business more than a lot of others including comprehensive training on social media as well as ecommerce. The company does not simply let all applicants join, typically about 20-30% make the grade.
There is only one pack to start and that is $175. This means that everyone gets the same and there are no different levels
Beach body is a really well known brand in the health and fitness industry. If you have ever caught any info-commercials, you are bound to have seem something for Insanity or for T25. These are some of the most famed home exercise programs out there. And this is only the tip of the iceberg, they have MANY more products to choose from.
Beach body has been around since 1998 and is based out of California. Where else but the fitness capital? The business has really high quality products that work for the fitness fanatic.
So if you are into fitness and fancy making a business selling on well established fitness programs, then Beach Body could be for you. There are some female inspired programs such as Brazilian Butt Lift to really get into.
To keep it simple you can start with a one time fee of $39.95, and then a monthly membership fee, at the lowest level, of $15.95 per month.
Stella and Dot
Stella and Dot is a boutique jewellery and accessories company which has been around since 2003. Their range is considered to be of very high quality, and is used by a lot of high profile celebrities and fashion magazines. Great to have this sort of branding when you are selling a product.
The business is a MLM model which means that you can earn money by making a commission of selling the products AND by recruiting people into your team. This is very standard in a direct sales home business.
The business was started by a very savvy lady called Jessica Herrin, and many of the jewellery designers are from New york.
It’s a very credible business to get started with from home. There is a start up fee and ongoing yearly charge but you can find out more about this detail in my Stella and Dot full review. If you are interested in this business, take a look
You can join Stella and Dot for $169 and with that you get $300 worth of free accessories.
Healthy Hands Cooking
This is a great program for women with kids. This business is all about teaching children to cook. The idea here is that they are fighting childhood obesity by teaching children the right way to eat and that cooking can bee fun.
Healthy hands was started by Janet Pinnington when she realised her kids had no idea how to cook and that they were slipping into poor eating habits. She launched the program to help teach families how to teach their children to cook.
If you are interested in children and have a passion for cooking, this could be a great way to set up your own home business.
In order to get started you have to take a qualification course, so that you know what you are doing and then you become a licensed instructor. To get into the business, there is a 1 time fee of $497
As the name would suggest, Travelling vineyard is a wine based direct sales business. Who doesn’t love wine and would like to know more about wine tasting? Whether you know very little about wine or are a wine buff, this could be a great way to start a home business.
The business started back in 2001 and has a strong reputation in the wine tasting industry.
It’s a little different to the standard direct sales business out there, because of the product offering. However, this business is centred around the ‘parties’ as the concept is all about tasting the wines. So have a think about whether this is for you.
To get started to have to purchase the starter kit which comes with tasting sets, marketing materials, sommology kit and more. This is $174.
This is another Jewellery home business but with a twist. The jewellery is vintage, as the name would suggest. Their strapline is ‘love worn jewellery’
This direct sales business is centred around holding parties. Its a fairly new business having started in 2013 but originated from Vintaj natural Brass Co which was founded in 2005. Bella Vintaj positions themselves as a business made by women for women, to help them fit business into your lifestyle. Perfect! This business is a real ‘family venture and the products are definitely different to the normal jewellery offering.
Starter kits start at $99 and go up to $499, depending on what you want to include and the business is keen on letting you build your product range as you see fit.
Younique is all about makeup, but with a difference. Their leading product is something called Fiber Lashes but they do have some interesting products with great results.
The most interesting thing about Younique is that they encourage the use of social media for their reps to drive business and keep a lot of their sales online. This makes it much more appealing to a larger number of people and they are growing quite fast because of it. Having only started in 2012, they are quickly becoming a well known name. But with competitors like Avon and Mary Kay, there is a long way to go.
In fact they use social media to create unique online parties, rather than the real life ones that you may have been to before.
The cost to get started is $99, and you must remain an active member in order to qualify for commissions. For Younique this means either consuming or selling $125 of products every 90 days.
Mary and Martha
Mary and Martha is a direct selling business with a religious edge, where you can combine your faith with the products you sell. The products are home and entertaining products with inspirational messaging. These include paper bakeware, napkins, coffee jars, display plates, puzzles, childrens books, and much more. It’s quite a cross section of a product range.
Mary and Martha focus on home parties and recruiting people to join you to demonstrate how to host a really good event at your home. And if you want to buy some accessories then great, they have some.
This feels like a family business and the message of Christianity is in all the products, so make sure this is your beliefs too.
To get started you can choose one of 2 packs out there priced at $125 or $175.
Pink Zebra’s strapline is ‘change your fragrance, change lives’. They offer home fragrance products such as candles and fragranced products such as simmer lights, soaks and shades. You will have to check out their website for the full run down.
You can create your own fragrance by adding sprinkles to your candles, and there are many other ways to customize the fragrances. Really cool stuff and a great idea for an interesting present.
Pink Zebras candles are special in that they are a special blend of eco-friendly soy wax and paraffin wax candles.
The starter kit is $99 or $199 for the deluxe kit.
The Pampered Chef
The pampered chef are all about cooking, as I am sure you have guessed. All the products included are those that you would use in the kitchen.
As with all these businesses you make money in commission from the sales you make as well as from recruiting people in your team or to become part of your ‘downline’. You are encouraged to sell in a variety of ways, through parties or through a customisable website which you can pay a little extra each month. This is great, because as anyone who has been involved in direct selling knows, the hardest part can be finding people to sell to, so giving your help online is great.
The parties can simply be showing off the cookware or you can set up a cookery demonstration, if you are a little more advanced. The great thing about this program is that everyone understands cooking, you are not selling a health and wellness product that needs explaining first.
To start you can pay $99 (mini kit) or $159 (new consultant kit) for a starter kit which includes enough products to start selling and some marketing materials.
Do you have what it takes to be successful in direct sales?
Direct Selling is a very personal choice of a business enterprise for a work from home opportunity.
As far as I am concerned you have to be a certain type of person to be successful in this type of business. You have to be outgoing, friendly, and I hate to say it, a little pushy. You have to have a thick skin and be ok at taking rejection and be ok to take no for an answer.
With all of these businesses I have outlined, there is an element of selling to your family and friends as well as trying to recruit them into your downline, ie recruit them to become part of the business and be ‘under you’ in your team. In fact it is quite a large element of the business strategy. How you are rewarded for this is known as the company’s compensation plan and varies depending on what business you join.
So something to bear in mind before you get started in any direct selling business, is do you think you are the right kind of person for this? I have seen people be successful, the right kind of people, but sadly a lot fail because they are not the right kind of person, in fact the statistics are the 95% of people fail in Direct Sales. and give up after a year!!
If you are the kind of person who prefers sales to come TO you, to target people who are actively looking for a product and if you aren’t keen on recruiting friends and family, then you might want to try something where buyers come to you rather than you having to seek them out.
Take a look at my no 1 recommendation to build an online business, if you think this sounds more up your street.
I hope you enjoyed the top 10 best direct selling businesses for women, and I hope it has given you food for thought. If you have any experience of any of these businesses I would love to hear it! Please leave a comment below.