I researched many home business and affiliate opportunities and I found that Mary Kay had the best commissions by a long shot for the new consultant with minimal startup and minimal requirements!
Their website: http://www.marykay.com/
It was about 50% discount, which is fantastic in comparision to many other similar style companies, and the minimum requirement was around $250 in products per year (I assume that was at the disounted rate, so aprox $500 retail? )
This would be a great way to get your products at discount if you were a Mary Kay user.
The downfall for me was that the market is very saturated with Mary Kay reps. It seems like there is one on every street, but with the good commissions and a product that keeps people coming back, there is still good opportunity for growth.
The website a consultant can purchase for minimal cost (I believe it is around $25 a year?)
is just wonderful. It is lovely, easy to navigate, rich in soft colors.
Their media is professional and beatiful. The products are guaranteed to the customers and all and all a very high quality company.
It is a Christian based company with references to God in some of the catalogs, but not in all of them...moreso just a brief reference in the intro to Mary Kay section for new members.
The consultants are asked to wear dresses and to look nice at all times, wear makeup etc, which seems a bit old school to me (the dress part) but makes sense considering they are selling an image with this company.
So my own view (and keep in mind i Have no real experience as I decided not to join after I researched several companies) was that this has great potential, especially if you have a good starting base of friends/family/co-workers/neighbors.
BUT that it will take some work!
I have no idea how career advancement works at MK and I'd love to hear more on that from some of you!