Best Home Party Businesses: The 15+ Most Popular Companies

Home party businesses have become a popular way to supplement your income on the side or to invest in running a sales business full time. But, like any money-making opportunity, there are plenty of home party scams out there. In this article we’ve compiled some of the best opportunities to make money with reputable home party companies. Below you’ll find the list of businesses that are legitimate, popular, and potentially a great addition to your monthly income.

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What Is a Home Party Business?

Since the 1950s, home party businesses have been incredibly popular. Though they were originally used primarily for selling household goods like Tupperware, today, you can buy anything from makeup to jewelry to adult toys at a home party.

The basic concept of a home party is as follows: Sales representatives, also called consultants, encourage customers (usually family and friends) to host an event, or a “party,” in their homes. At these parties, the consultant will demonstrate products and take sales orders from guests, for which the consultant receives a portion of the profits. As an incentive for throwing the party, the host is given special gifts and occasionally their own portion of the profits.

For anyone working from home or looking for a side business, becoming a consultant for one of these home party businesses is an option, as coordinating a few of these parties a week can result in several hundred dollars a month.

However, it’s a good idea to reach out to family and friends to gauge their interest in these products before you commit to purchasing a consultant start-up kit. If you purchase the kit first, and it turns out that they don’t have much interest, you might be unable to recoup your costs. So if you want to sell Pampered Chef but your family and friends aren’t excited about cookware, you’re in trouble. Or, if you want to sell Arbonne but your girlfriends are all using Mary Kay, then you’ll be facing stiff competition. But if the people in your life are enthusiastic about buying certain products from you and hosting events, the venture will more likely be profitable!

The Best Home Party Businesses, Home Party Companies to Consider

Below we’ve provided the list of reputable home party business opportunities to consider. The annual revenue for each company is the most recent reported revenue by Hoover’s Inc., a business research company (unless otherwise noted).

Cosmetics, Skin Care, and Personal Care

Arbonne International

  • Website: www.arbonne.com
  • Product categories: Cosmetics; nutrition products; skincare; aromatherapy
  • Startup kit: $79. The kit contains a variety of business materials, training manuals, and product samples. There is an annual $30 renewal fee for every year after that.
  • Commission: 35% on personal retail sales, 15% on “Preferred Client” sales
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $271
  • Number of consultants: 242,000 worldwide
  • Annual revenue: $449,523,000
  • Read more about becoming an Arbonne consultant.

Avon

  • Website: www.avon.com
  • Product categories: Personal care; cosmetics
  • Startup kit: $25-$100. All kits come with full-sized products, skin care samples, brochures for multiple campaigns, and training materials. The least expensive option, the Quick Starter Kit, is worth over $80, and the most expensive, the Premium Starter Kit, is valued at over $400.
  • Commission: 40%
  • Expected payout, after selling first $1,000 of products: $475
  • Number of consultants: 6 million+ worldwide
  • Annual revenue: $7,173,000,000 (ranks #370 in Fortune 500)
  • Read more about becoming an Avon representative.

Mary Kay Cosmetics

  • Website: www.marykay.com
  • Product categories: Personal care; cosmetics
  • Startup kit: $100. Includes a variety of products and samples to share at parties; brochures; and DVDs and other training materials, all in a stylish bag. A business kit is available for an extra cost. This kit includes business cards and a personal website.
  • Commission: 50%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $400
  • Number of consultants: 3.5 million+ worldwide
  • Annual revenue: $3,100,000,000
  • Read more about becoming a Mary Kay consultant.

Younique

  • Website: www.youniqueproducts.com
  • Product categories: Cosmetics; fashion accessories
  • Startup kit: $99. The startup kit contains a variety of full-sized products and samples, catalogs, and a presenter guide. New presenters also receive a free business website and a “PayQuicker Younique” bank account to receive commissions.
  • Commission: 20 to 30%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $151
  • Number of consultants: 120,000+
  • Annual revenue: $39,672,000
  • Read more about becoming a Younique Presenter.

Suggested Article: How to Sell Younique Successfully

Cookware and Household Products

Pampered Chef

  • Website: www.pamperedchef.com
  • Product categories: Cookware
  • Startup kit: $109-249. All kits include business and sales supplies, brochures, catalogs, and training materials. The least expensive option, the Starter Kit, comes with $450 worth of products to demonstrate. The Deluxe Kit ($159), contains $650 worth, and the Ultimate Kit ($249) has over $1,000 worth of products.
  • Commission: 20 to 27%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $91 (given the type of products, it’s often very easy to sell much more than $1,000 at one party)
  • Number of consultants: 60,000+
  • Annual revenue: $195,650,000
  • Read more about becoming a Pampered Chef consultant.

Princess House

  • Website: www.princesshouse.com
  • Product categories: Cookware; home accessories; tableware
  • Startup kit: $139. The starter kit contains $585 worth of products, plus all the business supplies needed to host several parties. Consultants also get their own website, as well as access to the Princess House online training materials and online marketing tools.
  • Commission: 25 to 35%, depending on sales
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $111
  • Number of consultants: 25,000+
  • Annual revenue: $56,128,000
  • Read more about becoming a Princess House consultant.

Tupperware

  • Website: www.tupperware.com
  • Product categories: Household products
  • Startup kit: $79.99-119.99. Both kits contain training manuals, order forms, catalogs, and a variety of products. The Business Kit contains $355 worth of products, and the Executive Kit contains $500 worth.
  • Commission: Up to 35%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $170
  • Number of consultants: 3 million+ worldwide
  • Annual revenue: $2,283,800,000
  • Read more about becoming a Tupperware consultant.

Food

Tastefully Simple

  • Website: www.tastefullysimple.com
  • Product categories: Gourmet food and beverages
  • Startup kit: $109.90-239.95. Consultants purchase either the “10 Meals & More/Entertaining” collection, or the “30 Meals & More” collection, in addition to paying a $39.95 sign-up fee. Both collections come with samples and business supplies, and a two-month free trial of a personal website and access to online marketing tools.
  • Commission: 30%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $130
  • Number of consultants: 23,000+
  • Annual revenue: $64,659,000
  • Read more about becoming a Tastefully Simple consultant.

Candles and Home Fragrance

PartyLite Candles

  • Website: www.partylite.com
  • Product categories: Candles; home accessories; home decor
  • Startup kit: $99. The Starter Kit includes order forms, catalogs, and $350 worth of products. Consultants can also join for free by holding an eligible “Starter Party.” For these parties, a Starter Kit will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost.
  • Commission: 25 to 32%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $151
  • Number of consultants: 600,000+
  • Annual revenue: $490,020,000
  • Read more about becoming a PartyLite consultant.

Pink Zebra

  • Website: www.pinkzebrahome.com
  • Product categories: Candles; home accessories; home fragrance
  • Startup kit: $99-199. Each kit comes with brochures, order forms, catalogs, and a consultant guide. The Starter Enrollment Kit comes with $200 worth of products, and the Deluxe Enrollment Kit includes $425 worth.
  • Commission: 25 to 35%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $151
  • Number of consultants: 27,000+
  • Annual revenue: Not disclosed
  • Read more about becoming a Pink Zebra consultant.

Scentsy

  • Website: www.scentsy.com
  • Product categories: Candles; home fragrance
  • Startup kit: $99. The Scentsy Starter Kit includes 80+ scent testers, demonstration products, catalogs, and business and marketing materials.
  • Commission: 20 to 36%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $201
  • Number of consultants: 181,000+
  • Annual revenue: $560,000,000
  • Read more about becoming a Scentsy consultant.

Purses, Tote Bags, and Accessories

Thirty-One

  • Website: www.thirtyonegifts.com
  • Product categories: Home decor; fashion accessories; paper products
  • Startup kit: $99. The kit includes business supplies and $250+ worth of products. Optionally, consultants may also pay an additional $14.95 monthly for a business website.
  • Commission: 25%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $151
  • Number of consultants: 80,000+
  • Annual revenue: $217,185,000
  • Read more about becoming a Thirty-One consultant.
  • Ready to get to work? Read our fun article covering name ideas for your Thirty-One business.

Nail Accessories

Jamberry Nails

  • Website: www.jamberry.com
  • Product categories: Fashion accessories; nail accessories
  • Startup kit: $99. The Starter Kit comes with 4 nail wrap finishes, more than 40 nail wrap designs, application tools, moisturizing products, and all the business materials needed to start selling.
  • Commission: 30%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $201
  • Number of consultants: Not disclosed
  • Annual revenue: $13,778,000
  • Read more about becoming a Jamberry consultant.

Jewelry

Origami Owl

  • Website: www.origamiowl.com
  • Product categories: Jewelry
  • Startup kit: $159-699.The O2 Starter Kit includes $550 worth of products, while the Signature Success Kit includes more than $1,600 worth of products, and the Ultimate Jewelry Bar Launch Kit comes with more than $3,000 worth. All kits come with business supplies, marketing materials, brochures, and a starter booklet.
  • Commission: 30%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $141
  • Number of consultants: 120,000+
  • Annual revenue: $2,587,000
  • Read more about becoming an Origami Owl Designer.

Stella & Dot

  • Website: www.stelladot.com
  • Product categories: Jewelry; fashion accessories
  • Startup kit: $199-699. All kits include a personal website, online business tools and apps, and training materials. The Essentials Kit includes $350 worth of products, the More to Love Kit comes with $1,000 worth, and the Ultimate Kit has $1,500 worth of products and accessories.
  • Commission: 25%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $51
  • Number of consultants: 50,000+
  • Annual revenue: ~$300,000,000 (according to an interview with Stella & Dot CEO Jessica Herrin in the New York Times)
  • Read more about becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist.

Home Decor and Giftware

Mary & Martha

  • Website: www.maryandmartha.com
  • Product categories: Gift-ware; home decor; jewelry; home accessories
  • Startup kit: $125-175. The Starter Kit comes with a Bible, catalogs, order forms, a “Great Start Guide”, and other business supplies, as well as more than $275 worth of products. The Deluxe Kit comes with the same business supplies and Bible, and more than $425 worth of products.
  • Commission: 25%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $125
  • Number of consultants: 15,000+
  • Annual revenue: Not disclosed
  • Read more about becoming a Mary & Martha consultant.

Stationary and Scrapbooking

Stampin’ Up

  • Website: www.stampinup.com
  • Product categories: Stationery; rubber stamps; scrapbooking accessories
  • Startup kit: $99. In addition to all the business supplies needed to get up and running, demonstrators can customize their Starter Kit by picking $125 worth of any available digital or traditional products.
  • Commission: 20%
  • Expected payout after selling first $1,000 of products: $101
  • Number of consultants: 50,000+
  • Annual revenue: $124,189,000
  • Read more about becoming a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator.

In Summary

There are many scams out there when it comes to the home party business. If you’re thinking of starting your own home party business as a consultant, it’s best to stick with a reputable company. The amount of money you can earn as a home party consultant varies greatly and depends largely on how often you will be able to schedule parties, how successful those parties are, and networking to increase the number of people willing to host a party for you.

Interested in other ways to supplement your income? Check out our article: How to Make Money on the Side: Business Ideas, Jobs from Home, etc.

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