She reiterated a common theme I heard throughout the interviews.  “If you treat it like a hobby it won’t pay you like a business.”  She also acknowledged that, in spite of her success, she doesn’t sit around eating bonbons every day waiting for residual checks to hit the mailbox.  “That’s a common misconception,” she said.  “I work hard at my business every day, although it doesn't always feel like work.  Similar to other entrepreneurs who profit from their passion, she says “It’s rewarding because I found a product that has made in difference in how I look and feel… and I love selling it and helping other people start a business.”
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.
As a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope I really think of myself as a storyteller. I am a member of an army of marketers creating living wage job opportunities for women artisans all over the world, telling my neighbors and community about the beautiful things these women create, and expanding their marketplace. Job creation, especially among women in desperate situations has huge potential to break the cycle of generational poverty because when you empower a woman out of poverty she takes 4 to 5 others with her. We are members of the Fair Trade Federation engaging in dignified partnerships with all of the artisans we employ. And the best part? All of our pieces are handmade with a story of triumph, hope, and renewed dignity to tell. And the women behind these pieces blow my mind with their tenacity.
First, Elliot, thank you for this article. Your sense of truly wanting to help comes through and it’s refreshing. Like MommyFinance, I too have suffered PTSD from previous runs at MLM but I have been looking for legitimate ways of making extra income and seems I’m being directed toward trying MLM again. Your article gave me hope that there are some good ones out there. What you said about finding the one that fits me and leaving a legacy for family really turned on a light for me and I greatly appreciate that. A wine business is not quite up my alley but I will certainly direct those who might be interested your way.
I was browsing the web to see what other at home businesses are out there and ran across your post which I enjoyed. I wanted to share with you another opportunity out there called Perfectly Posh which specializes in naturally based, USA-made pampering products. It’s a one time starter kit which is $99 but you get over $150 worth full sized products, plus samples and printed papers to get you started. They have an online academy, tools to help you thrive, rewards and amazing perks. Commission starts out at %20 and goes up as you advance.
You’ve compiled a great list Holly! I encourage you as well as your readers to also check out NORWEX! We are a company committed to reducing the use of chemicals in our homes. Our microfiber stands above and beyond anything you’ve seen before. Plus, there’s a huge advantage to those working from home…everyone needs to clean! Check out my website at http://www.nicolecallahan.norwex.biz and contact me with any questions!
I agree with Jeannie. You can build a solid foundation from your warm market & then it snowballs. It is hard work & not a get rich industry. I to am with dōTERRA which is such a product driven company that 80% of wholesale customers are just customers because the products work. I love how everyone I have interacted with in my Upline are so driven by a purpose much bigger than amassing wealth! After almost 20 years of business experience (corporate sales & real estate), I can proudly say that I’ve never worked in such an edifying & encouraging environment. I can’t remember even 1 of my former bosses sitting down with me to chart a plan to bring me up to their level or even to take their current spot on the corp ladder – too much insecurity in that world & after all only 1 person makes it to the top of that pyramid. I love that in Network marketing you can easily surpass the rank & income of the person above you if you work with great purpose. The mentoring available & the personal development which happens in this environment is incredible!
I'm surprised not to see Perfectly Posh on the list. They offer natural, and vegan skin care and pampering products that are budget friendly. The startup is only $99, no inventory requirements, low 6 month minimums, and a minimum of 20% commissions with reachable promotions in rank and pay. You get a ton of full size products when you sign up, plus a free website, and other marketing support materials. The sisterhood and teamwork is like nothing else I have ever experienced.
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?
Taylor researched the investment required to launch an effective business-building campaign for a recruitment-focused MLM (a company that places compensation and incentives on recruiting a "down-line," as well as selling a product). He estimates a minimum of $25,000 in total expenses that include incentives, products, phone, internet, giveaways, computer supplies, advertising, and travel etc. To come up with this figure, he joined a recruitment-focused company and worked full-time with the business for a year.

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.
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?
It's not deceitful practice - and Im removing myself from this conversation, as I am not one to sit and banter back and forth about who's business does or doesn't do what. I know what I have, and I know what we do - and it is NOT multi-level marketing. I dont have time to waste explaining how wrong you are, and I don't have time to waste on someone who is negative and quick to knock another business down. Not good business etiquette if you ask me.
Direct Sales— This is one of the most common ways of making money for stay-at-home moms. Direct selling is simply selling another person’s product or service to receive a percentage of the sale (commission). This has enormous potential, and can easily help you earn money online. A word of caution though — before you join any business opportunity, investigate the company, make sure the product is available and reliable, and ensure you have a good knack for selling. Stella & Dot is one of my favorite direct sales opportunities.
Carl Rehnborg is credited as having started the multi-level marketing industry back in the 1930s. After learning about the benefits of dietary supplements in China, Rehnborg came back to the United States and started a company called The California Vitamin Company, which was later rebranded to Nutrilite. Six years after that rebranding, Rehnborg reorganized the company’s structure and the way it sold products into what we know as MLM today.

Damsel in Defense is about equipping women with the tools to not only keep them safe but also to give them the confidence to know that they have a way out if they ever feel threatened. We are very excited about our affordable and adorable line of products including stun guns, 18% Pepper Spray with UV Dye, Kubitons, alarm key chains and other survival tools for the home and car. Whether you are at home or traveling, running or celebrating downtown with the girls, Damsel in Defense has the products and fact-based education that can and does save lives.
Peter Castleman, Chairman of Herbalife, will be launching YEVO International on February, 1, 2015. This will be the first business to have dehydrated foods with 43 nutrients we all need in order to live healthy lives. Most of the foods we eat today, whether processed or organic, doesn't gives us the amount of nutrients we need in our bodies. I'm looking for people who will be dedicated to making a difference in people's live as well as their own lives. If you're interested in joining me please do email me at essentialnourishments@gmail.com or essentialnourishments@myyevo.com. Once again my name is Denise Williams.
They’re sliding, though. Revenue is falling in North America and their sales force is shrinking. Revenue slid 19% in 2013 and 7% in Mexico. Skip ahead to July 2015 and revenue is still spiraling downward, with a 17% drop (5). Analysts blame Avon’s failure to maintain a strong identity for its products as well as the strong dollar. Lesson: Always re-create yourself.

Joining the right MLM model will offer you with the opportunity to pull in an additional income, or to focus on making sales and building your down line on a full-time basis. However, choosing a program with low compensations or products that do not meet high quality standards will make it very difficult for you to generate sales and earn an interesting income.
I'm surprised not to see Perfectly Posh on the list. They offer natural, and vegan skin care and pampering products that are budget friendly. The startup is only $99, no inventory requirements, low 6 month minimums, and a minimum of 20% commissions with reachable promotions in rank and pay. You get a ton of full size products when you sign up, plus a free website, and other marketing support materials. The sisterhood and teamwork is like nothing else I have ever experienced.
I think when you made comments about a company you should have kept them neutral or not only commented part of a story. Ambit did have a lawsuit, but it also has several JD Power awards, A+BBB, and many other accolades. I don’t know details of the suit, it may have been 100% justified, but I do know lawsuits are not always justified. Sometimes people are looking to make a buck
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.
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. 

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.
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.
Selling Products — Whether you’re a maker of physical goods or someone who’s more into writing books or putting together digital downloads, you can sell your wares online. Sites like Etsy and eBay are great for selling physical goods, FBA is an interesting way to become a reseller, Amazon is the go-to site for self-publishing and selling your own books, and you can sell digital products on your own website, on sites like Etsy, or even in ClickBank.

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.
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.
Always check the official website of the MLM program you are thinking about joining. You will find some helpful information on compensations and on the products you will be promoting. A high quality MLM program will update its official site regularly, feature their best sellers, provide sellers with helpful resources on how to make sales and build a down line and have an active online community.
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.
I’m with LifeVantage and TeaLife. Both great companies to work with. LV we have 6 ways of being paid..commissions plus residual income on something no one else has. Big pharmacy is trying to synthetically create what we have in drug form that will have side effects. But we are natural. TeaLife is organic loose teas that are so yummy! 30% commissions on teas and 20% tea accessories. I order from both these companies as well because I believe in them 100%. If anyone has any questions please email me: dawnmahaney1@outlook.com
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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! 

doTERRA – Headquartered in Pleasant Grove, Utah, doTERRA is health and wellness MLM company that deals in essential oils. Its product line consists over 100 skin care, nutritional supplement, weight management, and essential oils products. Founded by David Stirling in 2008, the company employs about 1,300 people and well over 3 million independent consultants/distributors. The company generates well over $1 billion in sales annually.
Business Relauncher is on prelaunch  and it will launched to the public in early 2017 which make it big opportunity as we all know in the network marketing industry, the people who join in the biguining all have big advantage as they are considered as pioneer and on the top the line. Business relauncher offer digital maketing such us SEO, PPC Management, Web Development, Email Marketing and more.
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!
Her first class fundraiser was in 2009. With the principal's permission, Darlene sent catalogs and letters to parents, explaining the goal: Sell what you can in two weeks (without kids going door to door, for safety's sake) and all profits will fund field trips and special events. Since she's in Avon's President's Club—a rank achieved when you sell over $10,100 in a year—the class would get at least 40% commission on sales. Her students' parents sold $1,100 worth of products, earning about $475. It enabled them to hear from a bat scientist while studying the book Stella Luna, and visit a nursing home to read to the elderly.
In March I joined an MLM company and I’m lost… my first reaction to network marketing was I’m not a sales person, to which I was told it’s not about sales but about building relationships. The other thing that makes me crazy is I see a lot of folks who appear so fake with their bubbly “everything is coming up roses and bubble gum” that I cringe. I’m honest to a fault and happy but not giddy. I feel like I have writers block in that I’m not sure what direction to take to get my business going, the struggle is real right now… Any thoughts or suggestions I can take away.
Earn what you are worth! Become the first Ava Gray Direct Stylist in your area and launch your pop-up boutique business! New York based, our ground floor opportunity features designer women’s apparel fashionably made in America, machine washable, and includes accessories for a complete look. Visitwww.avagraydirect.com/Jeannette or email avagraywithjeannette@gmail.com
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.
Loved the article! I am an independent representative for Jamberry. I noticed you said they are expensive at $15 a sheet. Many people don't know that one sheet is enough to do two manicures, two pedicures, and accent nails. So really $15 is way cheaper than going to the salon. Also if you buy 3 sheets you get one sheet for free so it's an even better deal! I'm totally addicted to them and so is my little girl. They also carry gel and hand/foot care products. Thanks so much for writing such an informative article.
A few noteworthy points on this list… The only companies considered for this list are U.S.A. based; and if you click on each and every company linked above, what you will not find should be as interesting to you (and as revealing) as what you will find. There are no travel companies, only two technology companies (ACN and 5LINX), just one service company (Legal Shield), and 22 health and wellness companies. Even Amway, whose core product line still includes soap, really got started by way of the wellness revolution! Read this book by Paul Zane Pilzer and you’ll understand why nutrition, weight management, and skincare products continue to drive the trends in the network marketing industry to this day.
Great post! :-) I am with Javita weightloss coffee and have been a customer since oct 2013 and on Dec 28th signed up to be an independent rep- we are an MLM company as well but like the person earlier mentioned it's legit since anyone can surpass their up line you get out of it what you put into it- we also earn residual income once you are at a certain level. My favorite product of the three is the burn & control- as a working mom with a 13 month old it helped me lose those last pregnancy pounds and has garçinia cambogia in it - which appeared on Dr OZ as the best kept secret in Hollywood for weight loss it's an appetite suppressant and increases metabolism also a fat blocker so not suggested for breast feeding/pregnant moms :( just came out with the Green Tea version as well - I am looking for motivated women with the desire to help others in their healthy lifestyle journey to join my team - myjavita.com/jenniferaz would love to share more info with you!
I just started with a business called Country Scents Candles. The start up to join is free!! Yes, that’s right, it’s free. you get a free ecommerce website, the team members are great people to work with. The candles, tarts, and beads are soy based. No chemicals or dyes are used. It’s all natural, long lasting and safe for the environment. There are a wide variety or aromas to choice from. Check it out @

I would be thrilled to answer any follow-up questions from mamas who are interested in doing what I do! The more Compassionate Entrepreneurs there are, the more artisan partners we are able to take on, so if you’re even a tiny bit intrigued don’t hesitate to reach out to me to learn more. The best way to reach me is via email at cejolynntoh@gmail.com, but you can also message me on Instagram @jo.plantinghope or look me up on Facebook.
In this industry, it takes more than an idea to be successful. It takes execution, and execution requires deep vertical knowledge. Vertical knowledge refers to a broad understanding of the nuances in this industry, only obtained through years of experience. Experienced leaders know how to avoid distraction, conserve resources, be encouraging yet firm with the field and, if necessary, know when and how to fight.
Direct Sales— This is one of the most common ways of making money for stay-at-home moms. Direct selling is simply selling another person’s product or service to receive a percentage of the sale (commission). This has enormous potential, and can easily help you earn money online. A word of caution though — before you join any business opportunity, investigate the company, make sure the product is available and reliable, and ensure you have a good knack for selling. Stella & Dot is one of my favorite direct sales opportunities.
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. 

First, Elliot, thank you for this article. Your sense of truly wanting to help comes through and it’s refreshing. Like MommyFinance, I too have suffered PTSD from previous runs at MLM but I have been looking for legitimate ways of making extra income and seems I’m being directed toward trying MLM again. Your article gave me hope that there are some good ones out there. What you said about finding the one that fits me and leaving a legacy for family really turned on a light for me and I greatly appreciate that. A wine business is not quite up my alley but I will certainly direct those who might be interested your way.

Boutique Owners, (that is what we call our consultants) can join FREE through our Work Hard Play Hard program where we match dollar for dollar in jewelry with their Grand opening sales. If someone would like to sell online only, they can join our Fashion Never Sleeps option for $14,95 a month and in minutes will have an online store filled with hundreds of gorgeous products.


Incredible makeup and skin care for everyone…  At LimeLight we empower people to achieve their goals and dreams to inspire others to do the same.  Our family-owned company was founded in 1952 to provide professional makeup to the stage and film industry.  Now we are expanding our reach to help women everywhere look their best every day with our all natural skincare line and personalized makeup pallets.
Long before becoming a billionaire, and even before starting Omnilife, Jorge Vergara sold tacos on the streets of Mexico. He then secretly brought in Herbalife supplements into the country.  While there, he was able to get the Mexican government to change regulations put in place for their nutritional products division.  Talk about a life filled with action…this guy could probably sell his life story and make millions more (he could probably win several awards, side note: he’s actually a film producer casually on the side).
I am with LaBella Baskets..my boutique has a 1,000 gifts including Free Persoanlized for all ages and all occasions. We are offering a signup for just $5 to become a Gift Consultant..all set with a beautiful website and earn commissions and bonuses and so much more. We are an A rated with the BBB! We also are a company who gives back to Single Moms with our Baskets of Smiles program. Look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!!
With such a unique name, this semi-new company that falls into the MLM niche of cosmetics, and it does so stunningly and “Younique-ly”.  Their social media game is also innovative and strong, and not as annoying as some others.  They use real customers as their models and who wouldn’t want the chance at 15 minutes of fame?? This company has become one of those company’s people are buzzing about and they credited as one of the most buzz-worthy MLMs of our time.
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. 

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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