Network marketing companies come in many shapes and forms. Some operate in the health and wellness field, often selling supplements or products for weight loss. Others focus on different areas, like cosmetics, skincare products or even food. (yeah, we've written a lot of theses lists LOL. ==> Here's The Full List of Lists
The network marketing companies on this list are slightly different, they focus on your home & garden. Like Martha Stewart, but direct sales. What this means varies depending on the company. Some of them (like Norwex) emphasize cleaning and making sure your house is a safe environment. Others look at items to decorate your home or products that are functional in nature.
These companies often work well because they provide a wide range of familiar products. There is also high demand, and it's easy to provide demonstrations of why you need this. These products essentially work well in the typical “party” sales method.
Many people want to improve their homes and companies like these frequently provide inspiration as well as products to buy. Distributors often get involved because they’re passionate too. As such, the companies provide the chance to earn from something that interests you.
The list below aims to provide a brief overview of the various companies in this field, along with how they compare to one another. I’m not a distributor for any of them. Instead, I want to provide the information that you need to make an informed decision.
Before you join, consider though that becoming a distributor for any of these companies can affect your family and friends relationship. Selling on Facebook or pressuring people to comes to parties can be a quick way to alienate friends and family. Direct sales thrive on you leveraging your personal relationships to sell products. Just make sure you don't leverage those relationships in an unethical way!
Mary & Martha
- Focus: Faith-based home products
- Minimum Cost: $99 (for a starter kit that has some products and catalogs)
Product Overview: Mary & Martha is a heavily faith-based company, as the name implies. Their products have a strong Christian emphasis. The company acts as a way for people to display their faith and make it a part of their lives. Distributors get to earn some money along the way too.
Many of the products are related to the home in some way. For example, they have trays, tea towels, mugs and dishes for the kitchen. There are plenty of other products too, with options changing as time goes on.
The items tend to be fairly expensive for what they are. For example, their Beauty in Every Moment Trinket Dish costs $24. That’s $24 for a small blue dish with a little bit of writing. This is one of their cheaper products. Some of the others cost upwards of $100.
The prices aren’t necessarily a deal breaker. The products are unusual and the right audience would still be willing to buy them. Plus, many of the individual pieces are unique to Mary & Martha. There are similar products out there, including those from Christian stores and places like Etsy. But, other companies won’t have the exact same products.
Commission Quick View: Like many companies, Mary & Martha relies on parties and sales through catalogs. Parties can be frustrating experiences, often taking considerable time and effort. But, they can be a way to promote sales, partly due to peer pressure.
Distributors earn a base rate of 25% on all sales. There is also a 5% bonus if you can hit $1,200 in sales per month.
This rate isn’t the best in the industry, far from it. But, it’s still a decent amount to earn. Besides, the items are on the pricey side. This helps to increase the amount you earn per individual sale.
To earn further, distributors need to build a team. Mary & Martha uses a unilevel plan for this. With that type of design, people are placed in your downline based on who recruited who. So, a person that you recruit becomes part of your first level, someone they recruit becomes part of your second level and so on. The goal is to progress up ranks. As you do, you unlock the ability to earn more from each level and/or to earn deeper (i.e., from more levels) in your team.
For Mary & Martha, there are six total ranks and just three levels. This is simpler than many other companies, which is nice.
Most aspects of the plan are decent but there is one serious limitation – the ongoing requirements. If you want to earn from your team, you need to hit $800 in personal sales and $3,000 in team sales, every single month. These are excessively high targets, especially as most of the products aren’t consumable (meaning that repeat sales become more difficult).
Final Thoughts: Mary & Martha is a decent enough company if you just want to make sales. But, the ongoing performance requirements make the team aspect seriously concerning. The goals are simply too high for most people.
- Focus: Products for the kitchen
- Minimum Cost: $99 (for a starter kit with a decent range of products)
Product Overview: As the name suggests, Pampered Chef is all about cooking and food. The company offers many different items around this theme, including cookware, bakeware, cutlery, gadgets, food and even items for kids.
They have an impressive number of products to choose from too. At the time of writing, this included 110 items in the $0 to $5 range, 146 in the $5 to $10 range, 241 in the $10 to $25 range and another 193 items above $25. Some of these do include replacement parts and very small gadgets. But, even so, most companies don’t have nearly as many options.
The products do tend to get positive reviews. The biggest complaint is simply that they are expensive for what you receive. For example, a 12-inch Nonstick Skillet costs $200. This price isn’t unheard of for cookware but it’s much more than many people would be willing to pay.
There is also some variation in the products. Many of them are conventional and don’t seem all that exciting. But, there are some more unusual ones in the mix too, including specialized spice mixes and products designed for a specific purpose. These less common items help Pampered Chef to stand out.
One other thing, Pampered Chef does specialize in food. Distributors often use parties as a chance to prepare food for potential customers and show off the various products along the way. The approach can increase costs for distributors but can also help boost sales.
Commission Quick View: Pampered Chef provides between 20% and 25% commission on sales, although it’s not clear how you earn the higher rate. There is also a 2% bonus if you can hit $15,000 in sales across your entire career with the company (which seems unrealistic for most people).
The team aspect is slightly different than normal. Pampered Chef does have multiple generations and ranks, with various commission rates. But, there is no consistency. Each rank offers bonuses on different levels. Some of those are simply based on who recruited who, while others are associated with the ranks of your team members.
The style probably makes sense when you are a distributor (hopefully!) but it is certainly challenging on paper. You’d also need to fully understand it to optimize your sales.
There are also monthly requirements. For the first rank, the requirement is simply $150 in sales every month. At the second rank, you need one active recruit too. The sales requirement then jumps to $750 per month and you need to hit team sales goals too, for the third rank.
So, you need to reach $150 sales every month even if you don’t want to build a team. The target isn’t exceptionally high and you might even meet it with a single sale. But, having to hit the target every month aspect is frustrating. It means that you always need to make some sales, regardless of how busy life gets.
Final Thoughts: Pampered Chef is pretty decent all around. Even their monthly sales requirement is on the low side and there is no need to purchase products yourself. Still, it’s worth being certain that your audience would be interested in the products before you start seriously selling them.
- Focus: Reducing chemicals in the home
- Minimum Cost: $200 (for a starter kit, this can also be earned by hitting sales targets)
Product Overview: Norwex mostly focuses on cleaning products. Their angle is that people use far too many chemicals when cleaning, a process that may put health at risk. To combat this, Norwex produces various cleaning sprays, creams and the like, along with cloths and related items. A similar company is Melaleuca, though they maintain they are not an MLM (hint: they are, so this kind of sketches me out.).
The cleaning cloths are designed to minimize the use of the cleaning products. Some can even be used with just water. There are similar products out there but Norwex is powerful when it comes to marketing. They make their products seem amazing and distributors are able to demonstrate their effectiveness.
This overall style does promote sales. This is one company that I’ve seen in person and a good distributor can be extremely convincing. There is a decent product range too, including some unusual items.
But, there are two key limitations. The first is pricing. The products are very expensive for what you get. For example, the signature EnviroCloth costs $17.99 retail, for a single fairly small cleaning cloth. That’s extremely expensive. Other items are similar.
The second problem is the products themselves. These seem great but most are designed to last. This makes repeat sales difficult. There are some cleaning products as well, which may drive repeat sales. Still, there aren’t many of those and they’re designed to be used slowly.
Commission Quick View: Distributors from Norwex earn 35% commission from sales, which is actually pretty decent. The team aspect is similar to a unilevel plan but a little more complicated. Each new rank changes where you earn money from. Norwex also uses terms like breakaway levels, which make the process more difficult to follow.
Overall, earning from your team feels less powerful than with many other companies.
The plan isn’t all bad. 35% is a decent rate, especially as the products are appealing. Norwex also uses a catalog-based model for sales. This means you don’t have to purchase and then resell products. Customers simply get to order what they want instead.
The ongoing requirements are also relatively low. Norwex requires $250 in retail sales every three months. This is still a significant target but it is lower than many other companies. It isn’t a monthly goal either, which is a serious advantage.
Final Thoughts: If you could make regular sales, Norwex is a pretty decent choice for an MLM. Just make sure you consider your audience carefully. The products are expensive and some people won’t be prepared to pay those prices.
- Focus: Various items for the home and kitchen
- Minimum Cost: $139 (for a starter kit with some products)
Product Overview: Princess House covers a range of different items. But, the general emphasis is on practical pieces, ones that are beneficial around the home. The company breaks these down into five categories.
- Prep + Chop
- Store + Save
- Cook + Bake
- Serve + Entertain
- Organize + Decorate
The names make the categories pretty obvious and most of the items are about what you would expect. So, you’ll see items like frying pans, knife sets and cutlery.
There are some more unusual pieces in the mix, such as serving dishes with interesting designs. But, for the most part, you’re getting conventional products with a slight twist.
Reviews about the products are mixed too. Some people find that they work well enough but the quality doesn’t match the price. That’s always an issue in this industry. MLMs basically mark up their products so that they can pay distributors. But, the quality isn’t typically any better than what you see from conventional companies.
Commission Quick View: Commission from Princess House varies from between 25% to 35%. The rates are based on sales. If you can get enough sales, you could make 35% commission without ever needing to build a team.
Distributors for Princess House do get a replicated website from the company. This allows you to sell online and some training is provided too. A site like this will never be as powerful as building your own but it’s something at least.
While you can sell online, the emphasis is on the party model. Distributors are expected to hold multiple parties a month (ideally more than one every week) and make sales from them. But, parties can be frustrating. They often involve considerable time and effort. In some cases, you might do all of the work and then find that you make hardly any sales.
There is less information about the team aspect. Princess House does seem to have a rank structure and probably follows a unilevel model for team building. But, those details aren’t provided.
Final Thoughts: Princess House has decent enough products and the commission rate isn’t too bad. But, it’s hard to know how effective sales would be. After all, none of the items are especially unique.
- Focus: Baskets
- Minimum Cost: $89 (for a basic starter kit)
Product Overview: Longaberger basically sells baskets, in all shapes, styles and sizes. It seems like an exceptionally odd product choice to me – but the baskets are very popular. Longaberger itself has sold baskets in the United States for a long time. They’ve moved into direct sales fairly recently. That decision was partly because a regular sales model wasn’t working too well.
The baskets are appealing, true. There are also seasonal versions and some unique styles.
But, I’m not personally convinced. One issue is price. Many of the products cost $50 or more – and that’s just for a small and simple basket. The prices increase along with complexity.
The products are likely to be higher quality than normal. Still, how much does that really matter? If you’re just using a basket to hold some pens or as storage, why pay an extra $20 or $30 for it? There are many other brands and products out there to choose from.
Commission Quick View: The compensation plan from Longaberger heavily relies on ranks. The first of these is Home Consultant, which provides up to 25% commission (it’s not clear what the starting commission is). People at this rank also get a personalized website from the company, along with an email service for newsletters.
To build (and earn from) a team, you need to progress to the next rank – Senior Home Consultant. To achieve this, you simply need one or two qualified recruits. At this rank, you get a 1% commission on their sales and 0.5% on their Showroom Sales (which seems to refer to their website). That’s a very low starting team compensation.
You also need $350 in sales per month or one qualified consultant in your downline. You must be qualified yourself as well. Being qualified simply involves making $1,000 in sales (once, this one isn’t a monthly requirement). As always, income increases as you go up the ranks, providing that you can meet the requirements to do so.
The style means that building a team would be tough initially, as you’d have to maintain that $350 per month goal. But, this doesn’t seem to be needed once you get a qualified recruit.
Final Thoughts: The compensation side of things is slightly confusing but it isn’t too bad. The real limitation with Longaberger is the products. Even though they look nice, they simply aren’t competitive.
- Focus: Food storage and related products
- Minimum Cost: $99 (for a starter kit with a decent number of products)
Product Overview: Tupperware doesn’t really need an introduction. Tupperware is already extremely famous and they’re one of the most long-standing direct marketing companies out there. Of course, Tupperware has needed to go through various changes over time, attempting to compete with younger and more exciting companies.
Regardless, Tupperware simply sells items for the home. Most of them relate to food storage or preparation, although there are other examples too.
A key concept is that the products last. The containers will cost more than the market average (like $90 for a set of eight bowls with lids). But, it should be possible to use them for years to come. Tupperware also focuses on some unusual designs to make their products stand out. This includes things like nesting designs, handles for some products and vents in lids for microwaving.
But, of course, none of the items are particularly unique. Other companies have similar ones and people can find Tupperware products online too.
The demand does still exist. If nothing else, Tupperware is a huge brand and people will already trust it. But, as always, scope out your audience first. It’s best to know if they’re interested before you begin. You also need customers who will purchase consistently. After all, Tupperware lasts for a long time, making it more difficult to sell than a consumable product.
Commission Quick View: The compensation plan offers between 25% and 35% commission, based on your sales in the company. So, if you get enough sales, you might be earning 35% commission. The system is catalog-based, which means there’s no need to order products and then try to re-sell them.
The team aspect operates through a fairly standard unilevel plan, so at least it’s not too complicated. Each new rank offers extra bonuses, along with various requirements. Team bonuses start out small and they seem to apply to 75% of the sales from your team, not all of them.
But, those bonuses do add up. If you get a large enough team, the income potential does become more significant.
The main activity requirement is selling $250 of product every four months (so, roughly $60 a month). It’s an easier requirement than most companies, although it does double when you reach the manager rank.
Final Thoughts: Tupperware mightn’t be amazing anymore, but the compensation plan is solid and there are no immediate issues. It might be a good choice, as long as there is enough demand for the products in your area.
- Focus: Containers
- Minimum Cost: $99 (a starter kit with a decent range of products)
Product Overview: The name Clever Container is pretty accurate. The company simply focuses on various types of containers. Some of these are fairly typical, such as caddies and shelves for the shower. Others are more unusual, including cloth bags in bright colors.
The general theme is that the items are unusual solutions in some way. This often means that their design is unusual or developed for a very specific set of needs. For example, they have an Insulated Tote On The Go ($34), which appears to be designed to be stored on the back of car seats or to be an easy container for picnics. Likewise, they have a Heads Up Visor Valet ($15), which organizes various items you might store in your car’s visor, including your mobile phone.
The products are unique enough that they would be appealing. And, there is a decent range to choose from. Many of them are a little more expensive than you’d expect but not excessively so.
There aren’t many reviews for the products but there aren’t many complaints either, which suggests that they’re decent enough. I imagine these would be fairly easy to sell. If nothing else, people get exactly what they pay for. That’s much better than products like supplements, which might do nothing at all.
Commission Quick View: Clever Container starts out at 20% compensation on sales. This permanently increases to 25% once you hit $1,000 total sales.
To stay active, you need to sell $200 of product per month. Clever Container doesn’t specify, but this probably only applies if you want to earn from your team.
The team aspect follows a typical unilevel plan with no significant deviations. The first team rank gives you 3% on your first level, while the second team rank gives you 5% on your first level and 2% on your second level. You can earn up to four levels deep and then you start earning from generations too.
The percentages here are lower than some other companies but they’re not horrible.
As always, your progression is based on ranks. The requirements aren’t unusual. But, they do rely on team volume, team structure and you personally hitting sales goals.
Final Thoughts: Clever Container is one of the better MLMs that I’ve seen. The products are decent and could be easy to sell, while there are no red flags on the compensation plan. The biggest issue is that you can only get 25% commission on sales. But, if you can make enough sales, this may not matter.
- Focus: Bags and storage
- Minimum Cost: $99 (this provides a starter kit with various products)
Product Overview: Thirty-One mostly focuses on purses and bags, which makes it a slightly odd choice for this list. But, they also have a strong emphasis on storage products, which is why we’re highlighting it here.
The idea here is similar to Clever Container. Thirty-One has a decent range of cloth bags, including totes and ones designed to provide specific storage solutions. They even had a section that features products designed for your needs around the home.
Many of the items are pretty typical. A bag is a bag after all. But, others are more specialized. For example, they have caddies with a storage compartment and an item called a Fold-Up Family Organizer.
The appeal of Thirty-One isn’t just their product design. Most of the bags are also produced in multiple colors, with the options varying over time. They can normally be customized too by adding in a monogram of some type. This style allows customers to get matching products, ones that tie into the theme of the home.
While the items aren’t exceptionally unusual, they are popular. Many people find that they always need more organization solutions, especially if they have a large household.
But, there are some limitations. First, the products won’t appeal to everyone. Second, they are on the expensive side for just bags. And finally, the quality isn’t as amazing as it could be. The items are decent enough but some customers find that they don’t last a long time. That’s concerning given that some of the totes cost $50 or more.
Commission Quick View: The base compensation rate from Thirty-One is 25%. There is a bonus of up to 9% on top of this, but the bonus is associated with team building and ranks.
Sales are primarily made through parties, where customers order products and then have them shipped. As such, there’s no need to order products first or to keep stock on hand. Still, many distributors will regularly buy the products. Having a wide range to present at parties can help to promote sales.
You can earn just from sales but most of the income potential comes from building a team. This follows a unilevel structure, where you are earning from different levels under you.
Thirty-One has a reasonable activity requirement, just $200 every three months. That’s for sales only. If you plan to team build, the requirement may be higher and is probably monthly.
Final Thoughts: Thirty-One has a decent compensation plan and product selection, with reasonable requirements. The main limitation is simply being sure you have the right audience. It’s likely that some people will find the bags appealing, while others simply won’t be interested in them.
- Focus: Cookware
- Minimum Cost: Unknown (but, probably high)
Product Overview: Royal Prestige is a second company that focuses on products for your kitchen but they have a completely different angle. Their emphasis is on high end cookware, pieces that are often $800 or more. Distributors often try to get people to buy entire sets as well, which can get expensive fast.
Reviews for the pieces are mixed. Some people claim that Royal Prestige is the absolute best cookware that they’ve ever had. Others find that there are no significant benefits to the items.
There is one other problem. Distributors often rely on scare tactics to try and sell the products. This includes an emphasis on the idea that other product types will poison you or cause cancer. That’s a horrible style, especially if you’re promoting the products to friends and family.
Sales would also be very hard to make. The products are extremely expensive. Most people won’t be willing to pay that much for cookware, even if they could afford it. There are many less expensive products on the market too, including countless high-quality brands.
Commission Quick View: Royal Prestige offers few details about their compensation plan, which isn’t what we want to hear. They don’t specify how much distributors earn from sales or from their team. It’s not even clear whether commissions are earned from every single sale or not.
In theory, the commission per sale should be decent. Even if it is a very low percentage, you are promoting expensive products. Still, making sales would be tough – so you’re not necessarily any better off.
Distributors make many complaints about the company too. This includes a reliance on fake prizes and signup bonuses, along with misleading discounts.
Final Thoughts: I wouldn’t want anything to do with Royal Prestige myself. There is far too much manipulation and it isn’t even clear whether the products are very good. If you want to sell cookware, Pampered Chef is a much more transparent and reliable option.
- Focus: Cookware
- Minimum Cost: ‘Minimal’ (actual cost isn’t stated, but it is likely to cost more than $1,000 to join, based on what Saladmaster considers to be a low price)
Product Overview: Saladmaster is another cookware company, one that generally has a positive reputation. All of the products are made in the United States, which may help to boost sales.
Their main angle is simply that the products are high-quality. The items are meant to be better than other brands out there and are durable. But, Saladmaster is very cagey about their prices. The details aren’t readily available online and distributors often avoid talking about prices for as long as possible.
The marketing suggests that Saladmaster products are somewhere between Pampered Chef and Royal Prestige. Customers probably won’t be paying $800 or more for a single pan, but upwards of $100 is very likely. In fact, some of the sets range from $3,500 to $5,500. Saladmaster does provide financing options but this is still a lot of money to invest in cookware.
Saladmaster is also known for high-pressure sales tactics, which is never a good thing.
Even if the Saladmaster cookware is amazing, you probably won't get consistent sales. Many people won’t have the money. Others simply won’t care about their cookware enough to make the purchases. After all, the investment is considerable and the benefits to cooking aren’t likely to be dramatic.
One other thing to note. Most of the products seem to be sold in sets, not individually. This would mean you’re mostly targeting people who want to restock their kitchens – not those who just need an extra item or two.
Commission Quick View: Saladmaster provides very little information about what you earn or the processes involved. The commission rate seems to be from 10% to 20%, depending on your performance and success in the company.
This is on the low end for the industry. But, you are selling pretty expensive products. This should mean that your commission per sale is still decent – as long as you can actually make those sales.
The team aspect is slightly different than normal. Saladmaster still has various ranks but the emphasis is on your sales and the sales of your recruits, not the rest of your team. For example, the Senior Consultant rank requires you to sponsor two new associates (Associate is the previous rank). You and your direct recruits also need to sell 30 extra sets of cookware, within four months.
That brings me to one other issue, ongoing requirements. Most MLMs require regular sales but Saladmaster has particularly harsh requirements. You need to sell one set of cookware, recruit one new person and host four parties – every single month.
Doing this would involve an extreme investment of time. I’m not convinced you could sell a set of cookware each month either. The kits all seem to be upwards of $1,000 and that’s a lot of money to ask people to spend.
Final Thoughts: Nothing about Saladmaster makes it an appealing company. The products are high priced and of questionable value, while the compensation plan just sucks.
The best choice for you will partly depend on your own needs and which products you like. But, if I had to recommend a single choice, I’d go with Norwex. One reason is that the company is unusual. There are similar products on the market, but few other companies specialize in cleaning to this degree. Norwex also has a decent balance of consumable and non-consumable products, which should help with sales.
Plus, they do have a decent commission rate (35%) and relatively low ongoing requirements. As a result, Norwex is low risk compared to many other options. The main limitation is the price of the products. But, the products are demonstrable. If distributors can convince customers that the cleaning power is amazing, then there is sales potential.
Don't forget! I prefer to market affiliate products through a website. They are free to join, and won't lock you into autoship memberships like many direct sales companies. There are many more diverse topics as well. Of course, there's plenty of home & garden products to promote, but there's also fun stuff like coffee, organic food, pet products, Yoga, & sports.
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