J. R. Watkins: A WAHM's Guide


J R Watkins is a natural apothecary manufacturer that has been in operation since 1968. It is one of the most trusted natural-products manufacturing company in the US. They only use natural ingredients to create personal and home care products, organic seasonings and remedies for certain health problems.

Their mission is "To be the most trusted natural products company". The company also believes in supporting the community. They are the largest employers in Winona, Minnesota and offer home business opportunities that are ideal for WAHMs.

Starting Out

To start off, you should visit the J.R. Watkins website and purchase the Watkins membership package for $39.95. This is a one year membership plan that includes a basic starter kit with catalogs and instructions to help you start work as an independent associate. Once you've made up your mind about the marketing method you want to use, you will have to purchase one or all three business assortment kits.

In order to join the company, you will have to fill out their New Associate Account Setup form online and enter all relevant details like you shipping and billing address, your SSN and other personal details. Since you also need to purchase the starter kit along with an assortment package, makes sure you find out more about the products included in each assortment before making a choice.


The company offers different incentives and rewards to their top achievers. As an associate, you can earn 25 to 39 percent on retail sales and a 5 to 10 percent bonus on the total sales of your team. The company also has a training system in place to help you manage your business more efficiently.

Thriving as an Independent Associate

After joining the company you can download forms, fliers and other training material to expand your business and reach your goals. The three kits that are available include the Gift Certificate Assortment that costs $129, the Living Naturally Upgrade Assortment that's available at a price of $69.95 and the Watkinize Your Home Assortment that's offered for a price of $349. The more expensive the assortment, the better the products and bonuses offered.

Although you can take a look at all their products online, you could also review their catalogs by ordering a one year subscription for $13.

Is It for You?

As an independent Watkins associate, you get to earn income and fix your own hours of work. You also get to decide how you want to market the company's products. You could either host group presentations to market your products to a number of people at the same time or use trade shows, fairs and public events to do the same. Alternatively, you may choose to work online or meet with individual clients according to your own schedule.

Noteworthy Information

The company believes in giving back to the community and supports nearly 32 foundations. They not only make charitable donations, but also partner with companies that have like minded values.

Have more questions about this company? Visit our JR Watkins discussion page

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