5 Companies That Could Help You Earn Some Extra Cash
For many years, there have been companies that allow you to sell items yourself in order to make a little extra money. As the years have gone by, some of these companies, like Mary Kay cosmetics, have stayed popular, while others have become popular along the way.
These companies are perfect for people in several different situations, including those who work part-time at other jobs, those who primarily stay at home, and even those who work full-time but want to earn a little extra cash. Another bonus about working for these companies is that you can often get a discount if you sell enough. Overall, these companies usually won’t make you tons of money as a salesperson and you have to have a very outgoing and persistent attitude, but the pluses can definitely make the work worth it. Here are five companies, new and old, that you should consider.
1. Mary Kay
You can probably remember back many years to either your parent or your friends selling Mary Kay products. With Mary Kay, you can earn up to 50 percent on everything you sell, as well as rewards and recognition. The products generally have a reputation for being high quality, but like many other sales jobs, you have to find a clientele to sell them to. Top sellers are also rewarded with serious perks, including the use of a Mary Kay Career Car if you qualify, as well as potential trips and several other rewards. Mary Kay products can only be bought through a consultant, which means that if you can find a large enough group of clientele, you have an advantage over some other makeup salespeople.
Avon is another popular brand with a high level of name recognition, which can help you when you want to sell the products (the company has been around for more than 125 years). One huge advantage that Avon has over some of the other similar business is the fact that they sell so many different kinds of products from makeup, to clothes, to jewelery, to bath soap, and even fragrances and home items. Sales representatives are encouraged to make a web page, can take courses, and even play games to gain necessary skills. They also provide marketing materials, incentives, rewards, and recognition. Like many similar companies, you can choose your own hours, work from home, and you can work alone or with a team. You also have no real boss, although of course you are responsible for the items you sell.
3. Origami Owl
Origami Owl is a much newer company started by a teenager who wanted to save enough money up for a car. The company sells jewelery that tells a story, which can appeal to many different customers because it can be so personalized. You can act as a hostess of a party and get discounts or earn free jewelery. There are minimum sales requirements in order to earn rewards, starting at $125. You can host a jewelery bar just by contacting an Independent Designer in your area. You can also become an Independent Designer yourself, which allows you the potential to earn more rewards, but also usually requires more work. You will be paired with a mentor, and receive a business package and access to a training suite.
4. Usborne Books & More
If you enjoy books, or you have a lot of friends or family members with kids, this job might be the right one for you. The company is a division of the Educational Development Corporation (EDC), which has twice been recognized by Forbes as one of the 200 Best Small Companies in America. The books are usually high quality and cover many subjects; there are almost 2,000 in print. Consultants can sell to other customers, at book fairs, and even to schools and libraries if they are registered as an Educational Consultant. You can host a party or become a consultant (it costs $69-$149 to start). The average income of a home show is $100. You can also earn a refund on your initial kit.
Norwex offers another type of product you can sell yourself, and the global mission of the company is “improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.” The company sells cleaning related products, including mops, towels, and so on. You can participate by hosting or by joining. Norwex says that the Norwex Cleaning System decreases cleaning time by 75 percent or more, and that using its products can save up to 90 percent. The best sales aspect of the company is that it focuses on healthy products and helping the environment, which will draw many customers in. Norwex Consultants receive 35 percent commission on personal retail sales, as well as several other potential rewards.
There are many other companies you could consider as well. It’s important to note that many people who work for these companies lose money, so you should only try this tactic for earning extra cash if you really have the drive, the time, and the potential clientele to succeed. Like any business, there is no guarantee for success. In many ways, these sales jobs are more difficult than other jobs because you really have to go out and look for people who are interested, host parties to sell your merchandise, and potentially take a financial hit sometimes. If you do succeed, there are many benefits to this kind of work; you just have to decide if the risk is worth it to you.