Legitimate Work At Home Businesses

I got an email last week from someone who found me in the search engines asking:

I am a Mom of 3 kids and my husband and I have always been committed to having one parent at home with the kids.

I love being a stay at home Mom but now we need to boost our family income a bit since the 3rd child.
What do you recommend?

When I talk to my family they say that most of the businesses are scams. Are there legitimate work at home businesses or jobs or are they mostly scams?

Legitimate Work At Home Businesses

My first thought when I got the email was…. “I cannot believe that in this day and age people still do not trust the direct sales industry!”

Nicole, there are LOTS of legitimate work from home businesses and work at home jobs that are viable income producing opportunities!
Legitimate Work At Home Businesses
On reflection I realize that there is so much hype about the work at home industry that it isn’t any wonder that some people are still worried about it.

Direct sales IS a viable business model.

There are many direct sales companies that are legitimate work at home businesses. As a direct seller you are an outside contractor for a company that is established with a national or international brand.

This is different than a job in that with a work from home JOB you are an employee of the company as opposed to an independent contractor. There are many legitimate work at home jobs as well.

It is true that going from a stay at home Mom to a work at home mom requires some careful thought. We have several how to guides on the site that will assist anyone considering the WAH option.

Home party plan is simple but it does require some research do before getting started I suggest reading the how to guide on how to start a home party business .

There are many types of direct sales businesses and the commission structure or methods of direct sales is really what separates them from each other.

WAH Does Not Mean Pyramid Scheme

Just because you are working at home or a work at home Mom (WAHM) does not mean you are involved in a pyramid scheme.

A viable direct sales company offers products, opportunities and services and are usually registered with the Federal Trade Commission.

It is important to be able to recognize what is a pyramid scheme.

  • A pyramid scheme only sells an opportunity to sell an opportunity.

Direct Sellers Share!

I have already sent Nicole the resources linked above on this site as well as an answer to her question but we would love to have input from other direct sellers.

  • What company are you with? Put your direct sales link in the URL field in the comments form!
  • What advice and tips would you give to Nicole?
  • How has being a WAH direct seller changed your life?

Please comment below in the comment section with your WAH experiences so everyone may benefit and next time someone asks we can refer them to the words of many with a list of legitimate work at home businesses!


    Shared by: Barb Jones:

    I have been in direct sales for 8 years. What I have learned is that there are some companies in DS that just want to sell you the 89.00 starter kit and don’t care if you succeed or ever sell anything. I would avoid those companies. My business is different you can earn a very real income, and the training and support is amazing. I am in business alone, but am surrounded by a huge support system. Cabi also protects me by not contracting with too many stylists and our market is not saturated. Cabo is growing and getting better every year. We are not a pyramid scheme! Our team building is part ignore business but if you choose not to team build you. An still make a good income. Check us out if you are looking for a real business.

    Shared by: Rebekah Gienapp:

    With any type of work from home (whether it’s your own direct sales business or something else), it’s important to pick something you are passionate about. It’s so easy to get distracted at home, but a true love of what you do can help overcome that.
    For me, that passion is children’s literacy and sharing timeless stories with kids. That’s what led me to become a Barefoot Books Ambassador. I’ve loved being able to build my schedule around the needs of my son (he’s 3 now and was a baby when I started my business.)

    Shared by: Rayner:

    Direct selling is amazing, but its still a job. You will need to work hard, in a relatively unstructured environment, and you are fully responsible for your own success or failure. Your profits are directly related to how much energy you put in (and how smart you are with your energy).

    Most important, however, is to have a product that you believe in and have passion about. This will maintain you through the tougher times!
    Check our company out by clicking my name above and for a look at the leading edge of cognitive enhancement and development!

    Shared by: Marian Fitzgerald:

    Definitely do the research about any company you are interested in. Make sure you agree with all of their philosophy so you are not supporting causes you do not agree with as you will not only make money for yourself but also for that company. Once you have your company and your goal of what you need to make for your family you can figure out how much time you need to set aside to achieve your goal. Being able to be a stay at home mom is one goal to help keep on task.

    Shared by: Nicki Keohohou:

    It is unfortunate that we still get this question. Check the DSA and also the Alliance partners for starters.

    While all direct sales companies do not join – and their lack of membership does not mean that they are a scam. Their membership does mean they are NOT a scam.

    Research or even just talking to others in these organizations can give you a good focus on the legit companies.

    Shared by: Deb Bixler:

    Thanks for sharing, ladies! I want to have a resource to send these kinds of inquiries to read that are not just me talking!

    Appreciate your input!

    Anyone here looking for a legitimate home business opportunity, the comments made by others who work in a home direct sales business are linked to the commenters website. Just click their name.

    I do not offer any WAH business opportunities personally but do support all the direct sales companies. Direct selling IS a legitimate home business.

    Shared by: Deb W:

    Why do I love Lilla Rose?
    1. $49.95 to join – five clips and business supplies (Basic kit)
    2. FREE WEBSITE!!!!
    3. 30-45% commission with NO sponsoring requirements
    4. NO quarterly quotas to stay active–only $30/year.
    5. Can sell handmade products alongside LR at craft shows.
    6. My children are part of my “team.”

    Shared by: Carrie:

    find a product line you love that you can easily share. Research the company, make sure they belong to the direct sales alliance, and find an upline you feel comfortable with. And if you like tea, I’d love to share my Steeped Tea story with you. I am making money with them and will soon be working in my business full time.

    Shared by: Shelagh Borgstede:

    Absolutely do the research! Before I joined The Traveling Vineyard, I researched everything I could find about the field. I also checked the company out with The Better Business Bureau, both nationally and in my state. Just take your time, don’t let your excitement overwhelm you.

    Shared by: Joy Hampson:

    Before joining any company do your research. In Nov of 2013, I worked at home as an independent contractor, and had two at home kids ages 2 and 3 months. I really wanted something more.

    Don’t get me wrong, being able to be at home with my girls has been a HUGE blessing to me, but I get restless. When I started looking for something else to do, I settled on The Pampered Chef pretty quickly, I LOVED the products! But before I joined I talked it over with my husband and spent about two weeks researching the company, asking questions of other reps, and reading books and blogs about direct sales. When I finally did join, I felt like I had a clear understanding of what I was getting into and what I needed to do to succeed.

    Whatever you decide to do, you must do your homework. Research the company and the industry. Ask questions and keep asking until you get an answer that satisfies you. Success takes commitment and it starts BEFORE you sign up.

    Good luck!

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