Direct sales is definitely not for everyone. Just as it is with any other type of home business, there is an initial investment and you have to really put a lot of time and effort into growing your business to start earning money.
While it's true there are thousands of people across the country making five and six figures a year through direct sales, it's safe to say there are many more who are not.
Still, if you've ever considered getting involved in direct sales, jewelry companies are pretty popular at the moment. And, as many direct sales consultants will tell you, these products often sell themselves if you make a point to wear the pieces while you're out and about.
Plus, now that social and online sales are such a big thing you no longer have to rely on just your inner circle and acquaintances to make sales.
For today's post, I've made a list of 10 of the most reputable direct sales jewelry companies you may want to consider, if you think you have what it takes to make something like this work:
#1 – Chloe + Isabel – You will earn 20 to 40 percent commission on jewelry sales. The start-up cost varies, but the most recent info I can find is around $170. For this, you get $700+ in free jewelry, a carrying case, marketing materials, and a personalized online boutique. The only quota to remain active is that you have to have at least one personal sale within six months. Commissions are direct deposited to you monthly via a Visa debit card they set up for you.
#2 – Stella & Dot – Consultants for Stella & Dot, also known as “Independent Stylists” earn 35 percent commission on sales. You can get signed up right now for $199 and get $750 worth of products. You receive credit so you can pick your own samples of jewelry. They pay your commissions out weekly to a Stella & Dot debit card. You can read my full review on becoming a Stella and Dot stylist if you want more info on how this works.
#3 – Origami Owl – This company specializes in trendy, completely customizable jewelry. You can earn between 20 and 50 percent commission on jewelry sales. Origami Owl also has three different options for starter kits, ranging in price from $189 to $999. The cheapest kit comes with over $700 worth of products, and the most expensive kit comes with over $4500 worth of products. You can choose between weekly or monthly payments on your commissions.
#4 – Paparazzi – One of the cool things about this company is that all their jewelry is just $5 to buy. After you purchase your starter kit, you earn a flat 45 percent commission on all your sales. There are three starter kits you can choose from, priced at $99, $299, and $499 containing many pieces at a significant discount for you. In addition to jewelry, the kits also come with marketing materials and business tools.
#5 – Silpada – Silpada has a few different ways you can sign up. You can be a “stylemaker” and just sell socially (online) without throwing in-person parties. You'll get something in the mail called a ShopBox filled with pieces to sell or keep. You can send back what you don't sell to people you know, or don't want for yourself. You'll earn 25 to 30 percent commission on sales, and you will get an online boutique so you can sell online. It's $99 to sign up and become a “stylemaker.” You can also sign up as a “representative” for $399 and get 30 to 35 percent commission on sales and get more items in your kit. As a representative, there is more focus on throwing in-person jewelry parties.
#6 – Premier Designs – As a Premier “jeweler,” you'll earn 50 percent commission on the jewelry you sell. The price to sign up will vary depending on what promotions are currently going on, but it's currently $195 to get started and get your starter kit of items.
#7 – Magnolia and Vine – You can get started as a Magnolia and Vine “style consultant” for either $99 or $199, depending on which starter kit you choose. The $99 kit has a retail value of over $360, and the $199 kit has a retail value of over $1,000. They give you a 20 percent commission on sales with a potential to build that up to 25 percent after making $1500 in sales, plus a 50 percent discount on all purchases you make for yourself.
#8 – Color by Amber – This company specializes in eco-friendly, USA-made jewelry with 40 percent recycled content. You will earn between 30 and 40 percent commission on sales, and get an ongoing 25 percent off discount on any jewelry you buy for yourself, and 50 percent off the first month. You can sign up to be a Color by Amber stylist for $99, and get $250 worth of jewelry samples for that price.
#9 – ViVi – This company used to be known as “Cookie Lee.” You can earn up to 50 percent profit on your jewelry sales, and get started for $179. For that $179, you get $350 in jewelry along with lots of marketing and business tools to help you grow your business. Closing Soon.
#10 – South Hill Designs – This company specializes in lockets and jewelry that you can design and personalize yourself (maybe a bit similar to Origami Owl). Earn 40 percent commissions on your jewelry sales, and choose from three different starter kits to get going. This company is one of the least expensive to start with on this list, because the lowest priced kit is just $59. The mid-priced kit is $199 and the most expensive kit is $299.
So that sums up our list! If starting a home-based jewelry business interests you but you can't actually make jewelry yourself, you can take some time and research all the companies above. Browse their websites and products, read about how and why they each got started, see which one has a “style” that appeals to you and people you know. Also, pay attention to the prices of the jewelry and think about what your likely client base can afford.
One advantage to joining any one of these companies is that, even if it doesn't work out, you get to keep the starter kit you paid for and all the discounted jewelry in it. So, you can just look at it like you spent the money to get yourself a nice selection of new jewelry.
Good luck, and please comment if you have any experience with these companies.