18 Home Businesses You Can Start For Less Than $59

Home Business Low StartupBy Holly Reisem Hanna

If you’re anything like me, your first experience with the direct sales industry is probably with Avon or Tupperware (both of which are still going strong today).

In fact, our Avon Lady would make the rounds once a month going door-to-door saying, “Avon calling”. My mom would let her in and she’d show us all of her new products and goodies. As a kid I loved looking at all of the makeup, lotions, and perfumes.

Today the direct sales industry has exploded, there are literally hundreds of companies with thousands of products. And women everywhere are cashing in by selling products through in-home parties.

While some of these direct sales companies have significant startup up fees, they are many that you can start for as little as $100 or less — some business opportunities are even FREE!

So if money is tight, here are 18 home businesses that you can start for under $59 — companies are listed from lowest to highest startup cost.

Kitsy Lane

Sells jewelry and accessories via an online boutique all at no cost, completely risk free. Customize your own online storefront, choose pieces you want to sell, give personal shopping advice, and promote fabulous finds across your social networks. With Kitsy Lane, you can earn money by using your fashion sense to build a business for yourself while maintaining freedom over your own time. Earn up to 25% in commission for every item you sell.


Rated the number one direct sales company in the world, with net sales reaching over 11 billion in 2011 alone. Avon sells old time beauty favorite like Skin So Soft and new and exciting skincare products like the ANEW product line. Only $10 to get started.

Jewelry Candles

Sells candles and soaps each with a hidden jewel inside. Startup cost is just $10 and consultants can earn 20% to 25% commission on sales.

Country Gourmet Home

Sells gourmet soup mixes, seasonings, dips and more. The advanced consultant plan is $9.95 plus the cost of your kit (ranges from $6.75 – $69.00). Consultants earn between 20% to 45% commission.

Fuller Brush Company

Sells household and industrial cleaning products, personal care items, and more. Consultants can earn 20% to 46% commission on retail sales. The basic business building kit starts at just $14.95.

Simply Fun

Sells board games, family activities, brainteasers, puzzles, and puppets for all age ranges. Startup cost is just $19 and consultants at this level earn 15% commission on sales.


Sells handcrafted baskets and other home decor items. Startup costs run between $19 for the Easy Starter Kit, or $49 for the Business Basic Kit. Active military and their spouses can sign up for free.


Sells essential oils, diffusers, and other wellness products. Get started for $35. Consultants earn 25% commission on all retail sales.

JR Watkins

Sells natural home care cleaning supplies, gourmet foods, personal care products, and apothecary products. Startup cost is $39.95 and consultants can earn between 25% to 39% commission on sales.

Team BeachBody

Sells the grueling P90X workout system as well as workout programs, shakes, supplements, nutritional bars, and fitness gear. With a low startup cost of $39.95 and a monthly recurring fee of $15.95 – this could be a great home-based business opportunity for the fitness enthusiast.


Sells jewelry and undercover wear like pajamas, lingerie, and body lotions. Just $39.95 to start and consultants can earn 25% commission on retail sales.

Mia Bella

Sells gourmet candles, melts, soaps, as well as a skincare line. Startup costs are $39.95 per month and are open to both US and Canadian residents.

Gold Canyon Candles

Sells candles, scent pods, warmers, diffusers, home cleaning products, and more. Just $40 to get started with next two payments of $42.50 for a total kit price of $125. Or you can get your Business Builder Kit for free if you sell $600 in your first 45 days. Consultants earn 25% to 36% commission. Available for both US and Canadian residents.

Rodan & Fields Dermatologist

Sells revolutionary skin care products backed by science, business opportunity starts at $45.

Mia Mariu

Sells all natural health and beauty products . Earn 50% commission on all sales generated. Startup costs start at $49. Member of the DSA.

Juices Plus

Sells juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. Startup starts at $50 and consultants can make 6% to 22% commission on sales. Affiliated with the DSA and the Better Business Bureau.


Sells innovative, quality skincare products. Business opportunity starts at $57.

South Hill Designs

Sells custom lockets and jewelry. Startup kit starts at $59 and consultants can earn up to 40% commission on sales.

Looking for more home-based business opportunities — check out the best products to sell at home.

Do you work with a direct sales company that you love? Feel free to leave its name and startup cost in a comment below.

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