Mary Kay, Amway, Avon, Pampered Chef and Etcetera are reputable direct sales companies. Forbes advises people interested in direct sales to select companies that sell quality items and have rigorous training programs.
Amway, Avon and Pampered Chef are multi-level marketing direct sales companies. These companies reward their sales consultant with commission from their recruit's sales and their recruit's recruit's sales, as well as other bonuses and other incentives. Multi-level marketing direct sales companies are not necessarily "pyramid schemes," which are deliberately designed to defraud customers. Direct sales consultants earned an average of $2,400 in 2011. Many work less than 10 hours per week, and some join the business only to buy products at a discount.