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.
Ladies (and gents) all across the country are earning extra income and creating sustainable home businesses for themselves and their families by selling products to their friends, family and community. Gone are the days where we had to rely on a college degree to earn a sizable income. We are now able to start businesses in less than one week if you’re fast. But, if you’ve never done it before, how do you start your own business? And, how do you make your business successful?
Since joining Mary Kay, I’ve met some absolutely incredible women. We’ve shared successes and failures in our weekly meetings. My sales leader has even customized the weekly meetings when I’m traveling so I can meet with my group by webinar. I don’t feel alone as a Mary Kay consultant I know I can reach out to my friends who are also Mary Kay reps, whenever I’m having difficulties. They completely understand me and help me get through whatever barriers I’m having in my business.
Appreciate the hard work studying this… Im apart of the #1 company on there Advocare… have been for 7 years and one of the higher paid single guys in the nation… I just have to disagree with “over priced Products” comment. There is a mark up on every product in the world… Our products actually work which is why those endorsers you mentioned turn down high level incomes with other companies to endorse us for a stipend of products per month. Advocare has numerous people making a great profit and even more just enjoying a product they would pay double what they do for to feel the way they do. Success rate isnt low my friend… Its just the quit rate is through the roof. Highly recommend everyone seeing this and you sir to watch “Rise of the Entrepreneur” by Eric Worre on Itunes to get some serious facts about the MLM industry. Thanks for all the research and blessings!
mlw831 thanks for sharing that insight! I'm actually sort of shocked that the Avon model is so...ancient? In my experience buying from direct sales companies, most makeup companies send the product directly to the customer and the representative simply does just that - represent, without holding any kind of inventory or having to do any travel other than parties they can plan in their own time (and they're not even necessary). Good info for anyone considering Avon who may not have the time or energy to hand deliver each order.

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.
It seems to me that in your assessment of the top 25 MLM that you had a preference for one essential oil company (Young Living) over the other (doTERRA) which outranked YL. You give a glowing review of YL and state that they “set the standard” & are a “solid pick”. While you seem to question why people could possibly like doTERRA with comments like “Users swear by the oils, and for whatever reason, people (and not just people in Utah) are strangely passionate about telling their friends about them.” For “whatever reason”??? “Strangely passionate”??? You come across as bias. You also incorrectly state that YL set the standard for quality, while they may have been the first legit EO Co. they didn’t set the standard. Infact their lack of wanting to find the purest most potent EO available (which comes from the country the plants are indigenous to) and having strict testing to ensure the purity and potency is why doTERRA was founded, doTERRA set the standard because YL didn’t want to. And that is why doTERRA is the #1 EO company and why Young Living is not. Not to mention how well doTERRA takes care of the suppliers through Co-Impacting and how they’re improving their lives through The Healing Hands Foundation. The foundation builds wells, schools, provides personal care products as well as many other things. doTERRA is changing lives for the better all around the world so that is one of the “reasons” we’re “strangely passionate” about spreading the good news of doTERRA essential oils. Not only are doTERRA EO more potent and purer making the the “solid pick” they are literally saving peoples lives.
Starting an at-home business is a great way to make some money from home. You can set your own hours, take on as much or as little work as you want, and really have some serious control on your time and income. This is a hugely popular job for stay-at-home moms who are willing to do the research into all the different opportunities. These are just a few ideas to get you started:
To be clear, MLM is a viable home-based business opportunity. Anyone interested in selling a product to generate income has the ability to achieve success. With that said, it is crucial to research and investigate the company and products thoroughly to make sure that it's not a scam, and also, that it's a product and system you feel you can promote. There are many single-level marketing (selling products without a recruiting component) companies where the likelihood of generating income is much higher than typical MLM statistics.
Hi! I didn’t see Legging Army on this list. Legging Army became an affiliate company one year ago in February 2016. We offer quality leggings, fleece, fur leggings, shorts, maxis, skirts, capri’s, hoodies, and more. Our original leggings are 92% polyester and 8% spandex. They are the same material as other companies but for a lower price. Our shipping is free in the US and tax is included in the list prices. Its an amazing company and growing fast. The company gives us our website free and there are no minimums. Start up is a low $10 for no leggings, $19.99 for one pair and $29.99 for 2 pairs. We make 25% commissions, a $5 bonus for signing up affiliates, and 5% sub-affiliate commissions. Join me. It’s an amazing company to work with. Please email if you have more questions. I’d love to help.
Whether you’re looking into multi-level marketing or interested in starting a different kind of business venture, the right education can make all the difference. An online bachelor’s in business administration or online MBA from Rivier University can help you acquire the skills you need to make your mark in the business world. Learn in a dynamic, flexible environment on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.
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
Backstory: Leah discovered Celebrating Home at a school PTO event, while living on Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota. Having just finished chemo for cervical cancer (she's in remission now), she hosted a party for fun. While it was winding down, her husband, David, 32, came in from his second job and said, "You could sell that stuff." Leah laughed it off, but David encouraged her to try. "He felt I needed something positive after being so sick," she says. When offered a start-up kit for half price as part of a special promotion, Leah bought in and lined up events with friends on the base, showing how to cook quick meals and set beautiful tables with the stoneware. 

Perfect reply That’s exactly what gives network marketing a bad name. Sheesh. If you find something you’re passionate about then go for it. But first ask, how many people can you personally find who have replaced their income at such n such a company? I’m grateful to say I have hundreds of dōTERRA advocates who have, and who go about it with integrity. Thanks for all the research, it was fun to read. I’d recommend looking at retention as well sometime.

Staci Cahill runs her Washington MLM company in a way many people can appreciate.  She keeps her personal life separate from her business life by avoiding home parties, offering instead workshops that educate prospects on the products she offers.  “I didn’t want to be that person others hid from because they thought I was going to ask them to host a party.  I like to keep my business life and personal life separate.”

Having studied the psychology and behavior of boomers, this example represents a major shift in my thinking about the industry.  I no longer perceive these types of opportunities as money-making pyramid schemes.  Instead, I now see it as a way to enhance many of the personal aspects of retirement that are rarely discussed let alone planned for, with the added benefit of supplementing other popular retirement income sources such as pension and social security.
She soon found that there were major downsides. The company billed itself as something that could be done on a part-time schedule with very little money down, but Cramer was working around-the-clock and racking up costs, including fees to travel to company meetings and buy new inventory. Earning money required bringing on new recruits, and Cramer felt guilty when an unemployed woman fighting bankruptcy was willing to invest her meager savings in getting started, even though Cramer knew the woman didn't have the skills or temperament to succeed. Cramer eventually soured on the experience and quit. "It cost me about $10,000 by the time I got out of it," she says.
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.
Another thought - this has nothing to do with direct sales but as an RN there are actually some pretty lucrative work from home opportunities that you might want to look into if you're interested in using your education, just not having to deal with the commute. Two of these are working from home as a nurse auditor or a care advisor. Basically, you can use your knowledge to give advice remotely and get paid well to do it. One site I use to look for work-from-home jobs is FlexJobs, but there are SO many out there (and many that don't cost anything- FlexJobs requires a membership). Indeed is another place to look.

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.
Unlike many MLMs that sell products directly to consumers, Digital Altitude sells a business system to entrepreneurs in the form of courses and methods that teach them to effectively market their own companies. While many of the packages can cost thousands of dollars, Digital Altitude offers a $1 trial, making the risk to try its product very low for the consumer.

I also didn’t see the company Le-vel on this long list of other amazing companies. Most people refer to le-vel products as THRIVE! I am a promoter of THRIVE and I am in love I use the product as well. It is FREE to promote you get credits for FREE product. I have also made over $1000 in commission! there are chances to get FREE vacations for two also the more you sell the more you can earn like a FREE car and they make the monthly payments for you! I have lost over 40lbs on this product but also feel amazing. I now get all the vitamins and minerals I need daily, along with cologne, and many many more amazing things check out my website and JOIN today for FREE!! 

Multi-level marketing companies or MLM companies sell their products by hiring a network of members rather than through retail outlets. The direct marketing concept has been used from a long time back to sell products to clients. It has been active for more than 5-6 decades throughout the world. This concept gave birth to the MLM industry later on.
The Internet is an awesome resource for info and advice from experienced sellers. Check out directselling411.com, directsaleshelpers.com and directsalestalk.com. When you've chosen a company, you'll need to buy a start-up kit so you have supplies for your first wave of get-togethers. Plan your first party in your home, then ask friends to host in theirs. They snag freebies while you work the crowd and reap commission, usually around 25% on whatever is purchased, plus extra rewards for meeting sales quotas. Once you're really moving and grooving, recruit new consultants, known as your downline. You earn anywhere from 2% to 5% on what they sell. As sales grow, you rise in rank and earnings.
How MLM companies are NOT considered Pyramid organizations is beyond me! They are all scams by the very nature of their organization structure. Those who start or get in early benefit directly from the efforts of those beneath them, forever. Not to mention the fact that most product sold through any of these MLM organization’s is to the dealer network itself. The top dogs are making money regardless as long as there is new blood coming in. And the best way to keep new blood coming in is to incentivize those at the lower middle and below to continue recruiting to build “a network of their own”. And those on the verge of “breaking through” who have already invested a small fortune in products along the way that are sitting on their pantry shelves NEED to keep recruiting. The very thing that differentiates a Pyramid scheme from an MLM is that an MLM sells an actual product. That is it. It doesn’t determine who that product is sold to as it should since we know that most product is sold to the worker bees and not to the general public for long.
So many great ideas!! I didn’t see Pampered Chef or Lia Sophia though. I don’t see either of those, but know people who do. I am a Team Beachbody Independent Coach – I love it. What better way to get into great health and stay that way – healthy and sustainable! The best part is all the people that you get to meet and getting excited for them when they can do things that they couldn’t do before. Personally, I have Multiple Sclerosis and through the Shakeology and workout programs, I have lost 25 pounds and gained the nourishment that my body needed for energy to get me through the day. MS fatigue is horrid, but Shakeology fights it more than my script for fatigue does. Amazing how I feel. I’d love to help others find their personal best – if any one wants to have one on one support! It’s free for support. :) Just join as a member (there is a free option) http://www.lisalesliefitness.com. Or check out my blog – http://www.lisalesliefitnessblog.com Again, thanks for the post!
Seriluna manufactures spa products for everyday use that contain the safest, most effective ingredients and are meant to restore balance and enhance natural beauty. The starter kits, priced at $99 and $199 contain full-size product samples, brochures, order forms and promotional materials. You’ll also receive a free website for three months, with $10 per month charge after that.
He contrasts these statistics with the failure rates for traditional small businesses, using the Small Business Administration’s statistics for 2008 that found that 44% of small businesses survive at least four years and 31% at least seven years, and 39% of businesses are profitable over the life of the small business. Only 64% of small businesses fail in 10 years.

The Smart Living Company sells furniture, decor, lighting, kitchen, bath and bed, and outdoor items, as well as toys and fashion products. To get started, choose a monthly membership; the premier membership is $5.95 a month with a one-time startup fee of $19.95. The enterprise membership is $9.95 a month with a one-time startup fee of $39.99. The Smart Living Company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.


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.
I’m a Rodan+Fields Independent Consultant. I love the company, as you’re not required to have parties, or carry any inventory!!! The best part, is that the majority of your work is done online through social media!!! The Today Show recently did a segment on Rodan+Fields!!! Check out my site, and feel free to contact me with any questions. The BEST decision I’ve made in a long time ‼️.
If you're a weirdo like me who gets excited about a great deal on microfiber cloths, or feels the warm fuzzies while filling up a rustic galvanized bucket with chemical free suds, then you're going to love Norwex. From dryer balls and mattress sprays to chenille mop pads and cutting boards made from rice husks, Norwex's home and personal products offer something earth-friendly for everyone in your green-centric circle.
Let’s put it this way, the early version of “Scentsy”’ is not as virtually hot or trendy, but they are however staying significant.  If you like to have parities or play host to others, you’re better equipped to handle this business “opportunity” than others, because that’s what this game is all about.  While you throw these parties, you also have to encourage your guests to whip out their cash and credit cards to buy, buy, buy. Buy what? Candles…Luckily, there are better opportunities to make extra cash these days.
Odds are, somebody in your life works or has worked for a multi-level marking company, called MLM companies for short. If you’ve ever had a friend on social media invite you to join their sales team or attend an online shopping party, it probably had connections to an MLM company. Some people think of MLM companies as some opportunistic scam, but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Learning a little bit about how these companies can help you understand why they provide a wealth of opportunity for income and professional growth. In fact, you’re probably very familiar with many of the best MLM companies in the business without even knowing it.
Online Tutoring and Lessons — If you know a skill that can be taught in person, it can probably also be taught online over video chats. Offering lessons and tutoring online is a great way to work from home, on your schedule, doing something you know or enjoy. And teaching English online has been experiencing a huge boom in business these past few years. 

It Works is a direct sales company founded in 2001 by Mark and Cindy Pentecost that deals with skin care and nutrition products. The privately owned company got its breakthrough because of its flagship products like the Ultimate Body Applicator and other anti-aging and nutritional supplements designed to make it easy for consumers to stay fit and healthy. The company, which employs over 10,000 people, generates over $500 million in annual revenues annually.
I first learned about cabi in 2010 after being invited to their fall fashion show, The Scoop. After getting to fully experience the cabi brand, I was hooked. They have some of the most flattering and stylish clothes I’ve seen for women. Not only are their clothes fabulous, they have one of the highest retention rates in the direct sales industry. With cabi, Stylists can earn 25 – 33 percent on personal sales.
Rodan and Fields is committed to bringing minimally 1 new product a year to market. With product and market growth, along with global expansion, it is an unprecedented opportunity that is too good to pass up. I mean, you are basically going to be getting paid to wash your face, talk about it, and help other people get the best skincare of their lives. This is the business that could change everything.

Rodan and Fields is committed to bringing minimally 1 new product a year to market. With product and market growth, along with global expansion, it is an unprecedented opportunity that is too good to pass up. I mean, you are basically going to be getting paid to wash your face, talk about it, and help other people get the best skincare of their lives. This is the business that could change everything.


I just wanted to give a shout out to my awesome direct sales company, Premier Designs!! We are a Christian based jewelry company selling high fashion jewelry at an affordable price. We make 50% commission off of every sale, and get paid immediately. We make 10% commission off of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd level downlines. Premier is an amazing company with the best customer service ever. The start up cost is a little higher than some of the other companies listed here, but you make it back within the first few shows. And we offer some of the most generous hostess benefits as well.
MLM has stretched its sticky fingers out into just about every product market out there, so it’s kinda hard to do something new nowadays. But Jamberry Nails did it. Their adhesive, custom nail designs BLEW UP when they hit the direct sales floor. They built up an army of over 100,000 consultants in the time it takes most people to get a mediocre pay raise at their 9-5.

It's only $10 to join, and if you want to buy a kit with inventory the price goes up from there, but not by much, and consultants earn 30% of sales. What I can't tell is whether you're able to sell straight from the site or if you're required to carry inventory, and my honest opinion is that you're not going to make a huge or steady income with this company because the product lines aren't refined enough to garner a cult following like some of the other direct sales companies out there. But I've added it to this list for three reasons:
I learned seo and blogging, failed at that. I learned Facebook ads and email marketing, learned how to target the right demographics for Doterra, now people contact me wanting to know about the oils, then I got present and sign up, this my friend’s is the best of both worlds and what everyone should learn, find your form of marketing, go teach and sign up and leave for friends and family alone, unless you know they’ll want it.
I am currently a pharmacy student with a CRAZY schedule. I recently decided to try out Advocare products and I got AMAZING results! I wanted something to give me energy that didn’t include sodas or coffee so I found Spark! It has completely replaced all other caffeinated products in my house. I no longer experience the crash after too much caffeine and I don’t feel jittery like I would with coffee! When I realized how great Spark was I decided to try out the 24 day challenge and I lost 7 pounds and inches off my waist. I feel so much better and I am finally enjoying a clean, healthy lifestyle!
(Update: In June 2017, the co-founder, Dave Wood, has for the time being stepped down following his check-in into drug rehabilitation and the company no longer exists). I wonder if the buzz of Empower Network will ever die down? This is one of those rare gems of the MLM industry that exploded onto the scene and did not hit a bump in the road by dying out only after a year of being out there.  Although now the company is on decline, and its highly doubtful they’ll make it on any lists in the years to come.
These nonsalaried workers may be stay-at-home parents, college students or part-time workers hoping to make money by selling products such as vitamins and makeup to their friends and family. But experts note that just selling products is typically not enough to make a profit, and workers are encouraged to recruit a "downline," a team of underlings from whose sales they also earn a commission, creating a pyramid-shaped compensation structure.
Selling creative and fun fashion for girls and women, Matilda Jane offers a unique career opportunity for women who love clothing. Women who are interested in joining must first host a trunk show to get a better feel for the company. Once you’ve completed that step you can fill out an online application for consideration. Clothes and accessories range from $16 – $112.
I first learned about cabi in 2010 after being invited to their fall fashion show, The Scoop. After getting to fully experience the cabi brand, I was hooked. They have some of the most flattering and stylish clothes I’ve seen for women. Not only are their clothes fabulous, they have one of the highest retention rates in the direct sales industry. With cabi, Stylists can earn 25 – 33 percent on personal sales.
This one is debatable. Based on my observations, companies tend to do better when they have a physical presence for the corporate team to work. The idea of a “cloud based” office sounds nice, but in my opinion, it’s a little cheap and leads to less production. I think it’s important for executives to provide a consistent environment for people to come together during normal office hours and focus intensely on their duties to the company. There’s value in people coming together daily in a physical environment, sparking ideas off of each other at random times. If there’s no physical location, the company, in my opinion, is typically unable to adapt and change quick enough to stay ahead of the competition.
Scentsy you join $125.77 tax/shipping and all for u kit u have to make $200 in sales to stay active (u buy all ur stuff on the store books sales promotions and testers and more DOES not count as ur $200 goal.) u have to pay $10 for ur website each month and u can join warmer of the month or scent of the month ranging prices between $65-$85 plus tax shipping...(cause its under $200 to gain free shipping) u get no deals for being a scentsy sales person if u personally buy...u pay same as others would 20 pec commission

Timing – The company is at the ground floor! The opportunity is huge for those who join so early! Look at other companies and ask the top leaders when they joined. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! It's only $99.00 to own and operate your own business today! We also have a 30 day money back promise on the business – so U have nothing to lose! 

It looks like the starting price to join is around $200 and since these are products that most of us purchase you won't need to convince your customers that they need them but instead you'll focus on why they need Norwex and though you could probably sell these products through social media, it looks like they do best in home parties. But here's the awesome thing about busy moms selling cleaning products: if you host these parties in your own home, you're getting paid to clean your house. Invite your friends in after you've cooked dinner so they can get the full perspective on how these cleaners and tools work around the house.
Join Le-Vel for FREE today! You have the potential to earn $660 on your first $800 in qualified sales, with no monthly sales quotas and no start-up costs! As a Le-Vel Independent Brand Promoter, you get a free website and back office. Earned commissions are paid weekly, with no need to carry inventory. My husband and I are full time with Le-Vel. We have 3 children in 3 different schools, with 3 different schedules, so having a mobile-based business is key to our success. I love that we can work from anywhere, and not miss a thing with our family!
Great post! I have started with a new company called Sexydivalingerieparties.com. I love it so far. The people are very helpful and they have great incentives. Not only is a ground floor opportunity but we have so many great products from Lingerie, Plus sized lingerie, Adult games and toys. Please feel free to check it out or if you want more info can contact me! Thanks!
Selling creative and fun fashion for girls and women, Matilda Jane offers a unique career opportunity for women who love clothing. Women who are interested in joining must first host a trunk show to get a better feel for the company. Once you’ve completed that step you can fill out an online application for consideration. Clothes and accessories range from $16 – $112.

Our home party concept is exciting, unique and new. We don’t sell anything. We give people money for their unwanted gold. In this tough economy it is a great experience for us to help people sell their unwanted gold in a safe environment at a competitive rate. It’s a win/win for both the customer and hostess…both get cash at the end of the party. Highest commission in the industry, plus monthly incentives, plus annual trip and continued training/support.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading your mlm breakdowns and the comments, thank you Jeremy. Had a successful mlm business but had to make a decision to give it up or have a breakdown due to ongoing upline bullying so at a big crossroads at the minute. being an ‘older’ lady here in the north of England doesn’t bode well for conventional job hunting in the current economic climate so some serious thinking needed on my part and QUICKLY lol. Thanks again Jeremy x
We also offer a monthly prize club subscription. If you subscribe, each month, you are sent a 3 wick candle, with a ring valued at $40, and 2 essential bath bombs (they do not contain jewlery) in addition, you are given a map with a post card and stamp for the state that the candle represents! That is a lot of fun for the family!! Then you are entered into a monthly drawing for a spin on the wheel for prizes!! April’s winner won $1000 gift!
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