34 Home Businesses You Can Start For Less Than $50
Are you looking for home businesses with low startup fees? Well, keep reading; I have a big list of business ideas that you can do for $50 or less!
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).
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 hundreds of companies with thousands of products. And women everywhere are cashing in by selling products through pop-up parties, social media, and digital sales.
While some direct sales companies have significant startup fees, there are many that you can start for as little as $50 or less — some business opportunities are even FREE!
If money is tight, here is a huge list of home businesses with low startup fees (companies are listed from lowest to highest startup cost).
Teespring – $0
Okay, not a direct sales opportunity, but this business opportunity is totally free! Teespring is a platform where you can create apparel, coffee mugs, bags, home decor, phone cases, and more! To get started, create a free account and then design your products. Once you hit the publish button, your creations will be featured on their site for sale. There are many factors to figure in when calculating your earnings, from the type and quality of products used to how many sales you generate. Play around with the platform to get an idea of how much you can earn.
Be sure to read our full review on Teesping here.
1. Avon – $0
Did you know that Avon is 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 favorites like Skin So Soft and new and exciting skincare products like the ANEW product line. Avon is currently running a special where you can get started for free; usually, it’s $25 to get started.
2. Boisset Collection – $1
Boisset Collection is a direct sales company that sells wine, accessories, jewelry, and gifts. For just $1, you can sign up with their go-green kit, which includes access to their digital platform, training tools, marketing assets, and website for 90-days (after that, it’s $14 per month). This does not include any wine or stemware, so you’ll want to consider purchasing a tasting kit.
3. L’BRI – $1
L’BRI sells skincare products that are infused with aloe, as well as makeup. For $1, you can join as a virtual consultant, which includes samples, a website for 30-days, and training and marketing materials. Consultants earn up to 30% commission on sales and discounts on personal orders.
4. Magnabilities – $1
Magnabilities sells customized magnetic jewelry. With this business opportunity, you can join the virtual opportunity for just $1, which includes your website for one month. After that, it’s $12.95 a month. They also have a $50 startup kit that contains $300 in products and business supplies. Consultants earn 30% commission on sales and additional commission for building a team.
5. JewelScent – $8.99 a Month
JewelScent sells candles that contain jewelry, bath bombs, bath and body products, melts, jewelry, and more. You can earn up to 30% commission with this opportunity, and you can purchase a virtual business kit for just $8.99 a month! If you decide to build a team, you can make even more money.
6. Chalky & Company – $10
Chalky & Company sells painter’s powder and home decor products. Consultants earn money by hosting painting workshops and selling products. With this business opportunity, you can get started for as little as. $10, which includes your website for three months (after that, it’s $10 per month). You’ll need to email them for information on the compensation plan.
7. JAFRA – $19
JAFRA sells skincare products that contain Royal Jelly, along with fragrance, makeup, and bath and body products. Their business opportunity starts at just $19. Consultants earn up to 50% commission on sales. The JAFRA business opportunity is available in the US, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Indonesia.
8. Aloette – $19.95
Aloette sells skincare products infused with organic aloe, along with makeup and bath and body products. All products are cruelty-free, farm to jar ingredients, and free of harsh chemicals. With this opportunity, you can get started for as little as $19.95. For commission rates and additional information, you’ll need to contact them via email.
9. Grace & Heart – $19.99
Grace & Heart is a direct sales company that sells jewelry. For $19.99, you can purchase the start where you are kit, which includes your website, a pearl necklace and earnings, back-office software, discounts on jewelry, and marketing materials. Consultants earn 25-33% commission on sales.
10. Java Momma – $20
Java Momma sells organic fairtrade coffee, flavored coffee, loose leaf tea, cocoa, and accessories in various flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Mocha and Pumpkin Muffin. Baristas earn 20% commission on sales and additional commissions on team sales. Java Momma offers three starter kits ranging in price from $20-$60. With this opportunity, you’re only required to make one sale every three months, and your replicated website is free.
11. Labella Baskets – $24.95 a Month
Labella Baskets sells gift baskets, personalized gifts, plantable greeting cards, candles, charm bracelets, cookies, and more. You can join this low-cost direct sales opportunity for just $24.95 a month. This fee includes your website, training, back-office, and more. Consultants earn 30-40% commission on personal sales and even more if you build a team.
12. Kaeser & Blair – $25
If you know a lot of business owners who need promotional items, then Kaeser & Blair maybe the perfect low-cost business opportunity for you! With Kaeser & Blair, you can get started for as little as $25, which includes a business manual, samples, and online training. As an independent seller, you’ll earn a 50-65% commission on sales of promotional products. They even have a free trial packet if you’d like to test the waters and see if this is the right opportunity for you.
13. Sabika – $25
If you love all things jewelry, consider joining Sabika for just $25! With this low startup fee, you’ll get a $25 jewelry credit, a digital starter kit, 10 seasonal collection catalogs, and your website free for 30-days ($12.99 a month after). As a consultant, you’ll make up to 35% commission on sales, and you’ll receive discounts on products.
14. WineShop at Home – $25
WineShop at Home sells wine, stemware, gift baskets, and more. With this low-cost business opportunity, you can get started for $25, which includes order forms, a few wine tools, and your website for one month (after that, it’s $19.95 a month). While you can choose the $25 virtual vino kit to host an in-home tasting party, you’ll need wine, so I’d recommend the $99 starter kit, which also comes with a couple of bottles of wine. Consultants earn 20-35% commission on sales and additional commission for building a team.
15. OneHope – $29
If you love wine, check out OneHope. With this home-based business opportunity, you can launch your business for just $29 with their virtual kit. Your website will cost an additional $12 per month or $99 per year. As an OneHope cause entrepreneur, you’ll earn 20-25% commission on sales and additional commission for team building activities. With OneHope, 10% of your qualified event proceeds go to a non-profit of your choice.
16. JR Watkins – $29.95
JR Watkins sells natural home care cleaning supplies, extracts, spices, seasoning mixes, baking decorations, and cooking spray. The startup cost is only $29.95, and independent consultants receive 35 percent savings off of products.
17. pawTREE – $29.99
pawTREE sells seasonings, food, treats, supplements, toys, and accessories for cats and dogs. Pet Pros can earn up to 35% commission on sales and additional commission for team building activities. For your $29.99 starter fee, you’ll get a variety sampler kit, access to all their training, and your website free for three months!
18. doTERRA – $35
doTERRA sells essential oils, skin care products, diffusers, and other wellness products. You can get started for as little as $35 for the Product Guide Enrollment Fee, and your website is free (products cost extra). Consultants earn 25% commission on all retail sales, and you can earn more for building a team.
19. Perfectly Posh – $35
Perfectly Posh sells a wide range of pampering bath and body products, as well as supplements. Consultants earn 15-40% commission on sales (based on personal volume) and additional commission for building a team. Their starter kit is just $30 and contains business supplies and samples.
20. Team Beachbody – $39.95
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.
21. Life’s Abundance – $40
If you’re into healthy living for yourself and your pet, then look into Life’s Abundance. Selling clean beauty, body, and supplements for people, food, treats, supplements, and products for cats and dogs, it’s only $40 to get started! There is a $19.95 annual renewal fee, and you’ll earn commission on your personal sales and sales from your team.
22. Nature’s Sunshine – $40
If you’re into healthy living and organic products, check out Nature’s Sunshine. With this low-cost home business opportunity, you can set up shop for just $40! Consultants earn commission on sales and team building activities, receive discounted products, and training and support. This business opportunity is open in North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
23. Unicity – $40
Unicity sells nutritional, personal care, and wellness products globally. With this business opportunity, you can purchase just the digital getting started guide without products for $40. They also offer a risk-free trial where they will refund the starter kit’s cost within 30-days if you decide it’s not for you. If you choose to purchase products, they’ll refund 90% of unopened products.
24. Tocara – $42
If you love sterling silver, stainless steel, and 10K gold jewelry, check out Tocara! With this low-cost direct sales opportunity, you can get started for as little as $42! This petite kit comes with 5 pieces of jewelry, catalogs, and 2 months of your website (after that, it’s $8.99 a month). Consultants earn 25-40% commission on sales and get heavily discounted jewelry. This business opportunity is available in the US and Canada.
25. Crowned Free – $49
Crowned Free sells women’s clothing, t-shirts for kids, jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more. For only $49, you’ll receive $400 worth of products, postcards, order forms, flyers, and business opportunity packets. Consultants earn 25-30% commission, and they get paid every two weeks. Crowned Free has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
26. Jordan Essentials – $49
Jordan Essentials is an affordable business opportunity that will cost you only $49 to get started. Selling healthy skincare and life products, consultants earn a 25% commission on sales. Your starter kit includes products, samples, tools, and your website for three months. Jordan Essentials is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
27. Lemongrass Spa – $49
Do you love all-natural bath, body, and beauty products? With Lemongrass Spa, you can start your own business for just $49! With their low-cost social selling kit, you’ll get body care essentials, catalogs, and promotional materials. As a consultant, expect to earn 25% commission on sales, additional commission for building a team, product discounts, bonuses, and prizes for meeting and exceeding milestones.
28. Origami Owl – $49
Origami Owl sells personalized charm lockets, watches, and other pieces of jewelry. With this opportunity, you can get started for just $49, which includes a $50 jewelry credit, free shipping on your first order, a personalized website, training, and more. Designers can earn up to 50% commission, plus additional perks.
29. Red Aspen – $49
If you love makeup and nail dashes, check out the Red Aspen business opportunity! With your $49 enrollment fee, you’ll receive an onboarding checklist, welcome letter, products, and your website, free for 3 months. Brand ambassadors earn up to 35% commission on sales, plus you can build a team and earn even more.
30. SimplyFun – $49
If you’re looking for a low-cost opportunity that revolves around kids and fun, check out SimplyFun. For just $49, you’ll get two games, online training, business supplies, a branded tote, and your website. Consultants earn 25-42% commission on sales, plus bonuses and rewards! This business opportunity is only available to US residents.
31. Tastefully Simple – $49
Are you a foodie? If so, check out the direct sales company, Tastefully Simple! With their starter business blast off kit, you can get started for just $49! Kit includes a welcome booklet, meal kit, party food kit, catalogs, brochures, and your website for 2 months. Consultants earn up to 40% commission, and you can build a team for even more earnings.
32. Tula Xii – $49
Tula Xii sells customizable lifestyle organizers. For just $49, you’ll get one planner, inserts, supplies, and your replicated website for one month. After that, your website is $8.95 a month. Brand Ambassadors earn 25% commission on sales and 10% in sales bonuses. You can make even more for building a team.
33. Willing Beauty – $49
Willing Beauty is part of the Origami Owl family, and they sell makeup and skincare products for teens and women. Their products are free of parabens, sulfates, DEA, phthalates, mineral oils, chemical sunscreens, and synthetic fragrances. And for only $49, you can start your business with Willing Beauty. With this fee, you’ll get a $49 product credit, wholesale discounts on products, and a three-month subscription to their Maven App so you can sell products.
34. Yanbal – $49
Available in the US, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, and Bolivia, Yanbal sells bath and body, skincare, makeup, fragrances, and jewelry. Style advisors can get started for $49 and earn 20-50% commission on sales and additional commission for building a team.
Final Thoughts About Businesses with Low Startup Fees
So there you have it, a bunch of home businesses with low startup fees! While these are good budget-friendly options, if you don’t have a passion for the products you’re selling — you will have difficulty convincing others to purchase them from you. And honestly, why would you want to sell something that you yourself don’t love?!
If there is a direct sales company that you LOVE, keep tabs on their business opportunity page. Oftentimes companies run specials where you can sign-up for a discounted rate, or you can earn your kit by hosting a qualified party. I’ve also seen a couple of direct selling companies that offer payment plans too; so keep your eyes open there are lots of ways to sign-up with a company you’re passionate about.
Do you know of another direct sales company that offers low startup fees? We would love to know about it — drop us a note below, and we’ll consider it for our list.
Originally published January 10, 2014. Content updated February 2021.
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