Do you dream of owning your own business and being your own boss? Do you enjoy getting out and being the “fashionista” friends say that you are? Do people tell you that you are a natural when it comes to sales?
Well, then keep reading because you are about to be introduced to five direct sales companies, which hire people with these same goals.
Why Would Anyone Want to Join a Direct Sales Company?
Let me begin by saying that there are many opportunities to work from home, and direct sales companies are just the beginning. However, direct sales companies were one of the original opportunities pre-Internet to work from home or have your own business.
While there are probably close to many work from home direct sales companies in the fashion industry, this article will only cover 5 of them. They are:
- Chloe Isabel
- India Hicks
Avon – (see Avon review) – Named after Shakespeare's birthplace (Stratford-On-Avon), this beauty company was founded by David H. McConnell in 1886. McConnell, a traveling book salesman, concocted a free rose-scented perfume to encourage others to buy his books. While his career as a book salesman was anything but successful, his perfume was in constant demand.
Since then Avon has gone on to offer makeup, skin care products as well as a line of clothing and shoes! Today, Avon is one of the best known ways to make money in your own fashion business and certainly one of the most affordable startups.
Go online to opt in or simply follow up with someone you already know who sells Avon. You will be given your own FREE website in which anyone can order from, and you can also advertise on social media.
The initial startup cost to become an Avon representative is a minimum or $25 which includes 10 to 12 brochures, samples, and a few of the most popular products. The kit should arrive within two weeks via UPS. You may also start with a $50 or $100 kit, and you are never required to carry an inventory.
You will earn a commission of 20% to 50% of your total sales, and there are 26 campaigns from which to earn money. A campaign is roughly two weeks, and there are different catalogs for each one. Just mail in the amount of your total wholesale order and keep the remainder for your commission. To remain active, you will need to make at least one sale every other month.
Cabi – This high-end fashion company has created a whole new concept for helping women feel and look their best. Their goal is to help women not only shop for outfits, but be able to accessorize their outfits by creating their own image. This concept has been featured in The Oprah Magazine.
To sign up for this opportunity, you may begin with the free starter kit which includes 30 invitations, an “unveiling” curtain, garment dividers, order forms, and a fashion rack. The next step would be to order your seasonal wardrobe items for $2,570.00 plus shipping and tax. This would be the wholesale price of which you will earn your commission.
Basically, the math for the commission goes as follows: Sell 70% of your seasonal inventory at 50% off (the wholesale to retail price) and you can earn $3,000. If you sell less or more than 70% then the $3,000 would have to be adjusted for your sale.
This may sound a bit confusing at first, but you will get the hang of it as time passes. There is plenty of training available for you as well as opportunities to make additional bonuses and win prizes, incentives, and awards. Sign up with someone you know who is doing this or contact them through their website or even opt for your own personal stylist first.
The Scoop is an online publication, which you will be given access to, so that you can grow your business. Sales are made both online and offline.
Chloe + Isabel – (see Chloe + Isabel review) – Founded by Chantel Waterbury, a veteran jewelry designer and merchandiser, these “high end” costume jewelry pieces have been featured in Glamour, People and Vogue magazines. To sign up for this opportunity, you may do so via another distributor or online. You will then be interviewed to see that you are a good fit for the company.
If selected, selling may be done online or offline with commissions ranging from 25% to 40%. You will also be put on a sales team, where you may receive additional training and skills as well as tips for growing your business.
The startup kit costs $175 and includes $700 worth of jewelry plus marketing materials, a few free pieces for you to wear, and an online boutique (website). You must make one sale every 6 months to remain active.
Featured in Forbes, InStyle, and Yahoo Finance, this company offers beauty products, purses, jewelry, and fragrances all to empower women to become entrepreneurial and build something for themselves. India Hicks is the daughter of designer David Hicks, and she also modeled for Ralph Lauren.
You will earn a 25% commission on all you sell and you can start big or small. You may sell online with your own website or at “Get Togethers” which are held in your home or in a friend's home and made to be as non-intrusive as possible. You will become what is called an “ambassador” and be helped by other ambassadors in your tribe. You will also have access to an online office team, who can also answer your questions.
To get started, go to their website and select your kit. You may start out as a “Big Kuhuna” by selecting this kit at $749 ($2175 in retail value); “Booty Kit” at $449 ($1475 in retail value), or a “Baby Kit” for Business Basics buy-in kit at $99. India Hicks releases five new collections every year, so that you or your customers will ever become bored.
Thirty-one – (see Thirty-One review) – This line of popular lunch bags, diaper bags and tote bags has become both fashion accessories as well as stylish alternatives to practical carry-ons. Items can even be personalized with your name or just your initials. You may sell online via your own website, via social media or via home parties.
To opt-in to this opportunity, you may sign up on the website or via someone you know who is already selling. By hosting a party, you not only earn points to buy the products you may want, but see the company in action and decide if it might be something for you.
Should you decide to sign up, your startup kit is $99 and includes $300 worth of merchandise and business supplies. You will earn 25% commission on all that you sell and all that your recruits sell. Once you collect your total sales, you mail it in via check or credit card. Then the company will figure out your commission and send you a direct deposit.
As with any and all opportunities, it is worth it to do your own research as well. Talk to those who are currently working in the opportunity as well as looking on Glassdoor or Reddit for any company reviews.
Best of luck!