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People are allowed to have their opinions. Beyond that ,I suspect its a free country. They put the time into getting the items, they can do what they want with it. I was on CNBC earlier this week to discuss battered retailer JC Penney, commenting that the company "is on an express train to oblivion. If you are buying to resell that means you are trying to conduct a business and therefore need to have a valid re-sale permit and claim on your taxes. Give it away to people who need it!! If someone is having to clear out their stockpile regularly by putting on a garage sale then that person is abusing the sales, leave some for the rest of us!

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So invest in yourself and in your training and keep going until you ARE successful. If it takes 10 years to have a passive income of 3x your salary, is it worth it?!? I think it is!

So the key is persistence! Do you have social media to follow other articles of yours? Hey Jeremy, I thought this article was fantastic. I have experienced more than a product, I have been able to share the gift of health and the gift of the business itself. I absolutely love it and people who join me in this mission are as passionate as well! I believe when we look at really loving people where they are and actually caring, success will come and not the other way around.

Any who, thanks for the tips! It comes down to leadership and the individual. I even changed teams to find the right mentor and coaching when I knew I was struggling.

I found a team that trains people to be some network marketing professionals, and really the math is simple and anyone can make residual income if they do it correctly. The problem is people sign everyone up they can and then most drop out.

You only want to work with those that are committed to do the work and be able to work closely with them until they are a developed leader.

In all actuality ssigning everyone up as an associate is against the rules and a big no no. What is a network marketing professional? Tell me what that is. A person who can approach well-dressed people in Wal-mart and hand them their MLM business card? Check out the book Go Pro by Eric Worre.

The answer to what a network marketing professional is a combination of many things, but I think this book does a great job of explaining it. Great article and thanks for taking the time to write this..

Yes you need to be self motivated but you also need to be a supporter too. Networking also eliminates the need to do constant appraisals. Networking is not for everyone… but where else can you invest for such a small amount and have all the other aspects of business done for you and all you have to do is go get customers and recruit more customer finders and have no ceiling on being paid for that.

As for the product you promote.. My original passion as a woman was make up so I joined that type of business. Got so passionate I qualified as a beautician and onto other certificates then I discovered essential oils.. Mlm on the other hand was order as my demands and finances could afford.

So my interest in mlm grew. Now I would not go back to traditional office work. All you have to do is recruit. This article was really informative and honest! Its becoming constant, and I am not on social media to make money.

Roden and Fields, shakeology, some girl I went to high school with is now trying to get me to buy leggins from her. I have a cousin that I actively avoid now because he is constantly steering every single conversation to Herbellife and why I NEED it to be healthy.

Its just enough already. But I could not imagine alienating or even just annoying friends and family in order to make an extra dollar. They make it seem as if they are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, when really the actual motivation is line their own pockets with more money, because the more people you recruit for your team, the more money you make. That feels dishonest and slimy to me. Really enjoyed your writing and I also like that you are so responsive in the comments!

Definitely will keep reading! Averagely, your cost with MLM in a single bottle will be around 25xx more. So it is not the cost; but the business set-up packaging, presentation, etc. Your analysis is spot on. However, a closer look at retention rates for each company might give you another perspective on the value proposition of any given company. Thanks for the feedback — retention rate would be a good metric to dial in on. Might have to reflect that in future updates.

Hi Jeremy, Cool article! Very real what you say here. Thanks for promoting what I feel is a great industry that changes lives on both sides, seller and consumer. Thank you for your article. I am also with doterra and I never in my life thought I would do something like this.

The reason I started was because of health issues that led me to the oils. I have been an RN for 23 years and I feel more free and excited to share about health than ever. If you are going into something to get rich quick, I think that is the wrong attitude.

I think most of my fellow doterra wellness advocates, have come to the same realization as me. I believe most of us started out trying to help ourselves and our families. I left my nursing job of 17 years in Feb, not because I am making enough money to replace my past income, but because I truly love helping others and I love the company and what it stands for. Maybe I am wrong to think that way.

Thank you again for your information and your viewpoint. I think you missed one: I am an independent agent of Plexus Worldwide. We sell all natural health and weight loss supplements, including our signature product, Plexus Slim aka The Pink Drink. Plexus Worlwide is ranked by Inc. And at a consumer friendly price point. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more info. Sounds like you went from telling us what it was to slyly throwing in a pitch.

But its those exact tactics that make the industry distasteful. I originally got into network marketing because I was persuaded by my sponsor and convinced it was the only way to get what I want in life. After bothering old friends and family unsuccessfully I got out. I learned seo and blogging, failed at that. But first ask, how many people can you personally find who have replaced their income at such n such a company?

Thanks for all the research, it was fun to read. So at what monthly income will you feel that you have made it? As my Dad always told me, the journey is the destination. Thats the most important part of being in business for me. Hi Mr Page, please, when you have a chance, check out this new mlm where the product is basically your own savings account accruing daily interest from profits made in the google-type advertising business.

My website link will get you in for free to look around. Do you not consider us to be a mlm or do you think that we are that bad? I just posted about the same thing sorry I missed this one.

But finally found one that works for me and everyone below me. Though I am all fired up and have a decent amount of knowledge about the industry I am confused which company to join as I reside in India? Maybe you could help suggesting?

Any wise advise would be really life changing and helpful!! Thanks for this article! Maybe do a comparison in your next article?? It is all built on big bloggers. The company itself has great customer service, but try to reach compliance or tell them that your uplines are making fake accounts or ordering off multiple people in the downline just to ensure they make bonuses and NO ONE listens.

Hi Jeremy, Thank you for this article! I just wanted to use the product. I love working for this company!! Hands down its the best!! Great article and I hope you choose to delve deeper into this with future blogs.

I was laid off from my corporate VP job when I turned Some team members make more, some less. MLM has such a bad rep and with all things, only the negatives come to light. Thank you for sharing objectively. I agree with Jeannie. I love how everyone I have interacted with in my Upline are so driven by a purpose much bigger than amassing wealth!

We see published compensation plans of MLM companies and I guess the commissions and discounts created this impression of lucrative margins of the products, and hence overpriced. But comparing to an equivalent product sold on retail front, there are monies spent on national advertising, branding campaigns, celebrity endorsements, other costs in supply chain, say supermarket stocking cost which I thought might be no less than the MLM commission. If that being the case, how is an MLM product overpriced an equivalent sold on shelves?

Have you got any statistics on that? As a business owner and entrepreneur, there is often a lot of noise from many sources about what is the best way to grow and be of importance. One of the things I have learned and continue to learn is that we must really love what we do, believe in our offering, whether is it a product or service, and listen closely to our gut instincts. A business coach of mine once said being a prism is beautiful, but it is scattered light, focus on what you love.

Another important thing to know for yourself , is that there are different learning styles. If you choose to join any company, MLM or otherwise, be clear with yourself how you best learn and thrive. Getting swept up in the cheering may feel good, and it may keep you motivated on some level, however, be clear on how do you retain knowledge and use it.

If a company has a one size fits all approach, be very careful that you do not get swept away. Thank you again for sharing this information. It has helped me have another look at my goals and how to continue focusing on what I love to do.

Excellent read, and posts! I just wanted to raise awareness in what they could do and help with for individuals and families, as they did me and mine. In fact, many of my friends are now distributors not under me. Not at all, in my book. More power to them! What about Watkins Products. Our company has been in business almost years. The First Direct selling company. I have been with them for 25 years and would never trade them for anything else.

I see Melaleuca on here. I see that as both good and bad. They are an awesome company with a great compensation plan. However, they are not an MLM. They are not even listed with the federal agency that oversees those companies. They are a Consumer Direct Marketing company. How does that differ? The idea is that the product goes to the consumer only.

Can you shed any light on why you think they are an MLM? Some other direct sales companies are in there as well. I started with Melaleuca 10 years ago. I would continue to purchase even if I never got paid a cent from them. I just love the quality of the products.

They are not MLM!! Have you bothered to take a look at the compensation plan??? We thought it was until we looked closer.

Opening Online Shopping Accounts! In just 30 years, Melaleuca has grown from a little startup in rural Idaho to a billion-dollar enterprise doing business in 19 countries around the globe.

It has become one of the largest catalog and online wellness retailers in North America. And it is the largest manufacturer of consumer packaged goods in the Northwest. Today, more than a million customers shop with Melaleuca every month.

The company contracts with independent marketing executives who refer customers to Melaleuca that purchase its various lines of nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, household cleaning, and pet care products.

They also offer travel, phone and credit card services. Customers receive discounts if they order a minimum monthly product supply, but are not required to maintain an inventory of products.

OK here is the difference Steve. If you quit any of these MLM companies for a whole year, Continue buying product but help no one set up a shopping account, even 2 years, will you continue to get paid by the company?

So Steve, as a Director with Melaleuca you helped 8 people total set up a shopping account. There is no Direct or multilevel sales in that, and if they shop you earn commission on their shopping. You will not know what they shop for and thats ok cause its private. Oh and yes, I took over a year off of inviting people to see what Melaleuca was, and still received my residual check every single month.

It is against company policy to sell Melaleuca products. I only came on here to see who was on the list. I do agree with the findings though. Great feed thanks Jeremy. I realized my email address was incorrect. Bonnie, you make a decent point, but these rankings are sincere. Alotta people dig the style. Why do you think Juice Plus did not make the list for top MLM companies when they have been around for over 20 years with rock solid products?

What made the decision to not include them? You come across as bias. You also incorrectly state that YL set the standard for quality, while they may have been the first legit EO Co. The foundation builds wells, schools, provides personal care products as well as many other things. Yes, people with biases tend to publicize information that says the product they secretly dislike outranks one they actually do like.

Do you realize how incredibly ignorant that sounds? That is what you just took 30 lines to say…. There is a mark up on every product in the world… Our products actually work which is why those endorsers you mentioned turn down high level incomes with other companies to endorse us for a stipend of products per month.

Advocare has numerous people making a great profit and even more just enjoying a product they would pay double what they do for to feel the way they do. Success rate isnt low my friend… Its just the quit rate is through the roof. Thanks for all the research and blessings! When you peddle and become a disciple of someone elses product and dream, are you really an entrepreneur though?

I found your article interesting. My wife and I have been involved with AdvoCare since November Even if I never make another dime in AdvoCare, I will continue to use the products because they have worked and continue to work for us. What I find interesting is the statistic that the majority — What is the context of that statistic? That would mean A: I believe that C is the right answer. I do agree there are flaws in the MLM industry just as there are flaws in every industry.

However, I believe that the MLM industry has made huge improvements in recent years and we do have a better way. People are the variable. When you have a great product, a passion and purpose that drives you everyday, are teachable and coachable, and love others as much as you love yourself, you can be successful in this business. Through the process of investing in your own personal development and learning to serve others, you are able to lead others to do the same.

I look forward to reading more from you in the near future. Great breakdown of the top companies. Even cooler to realize my wife and I are building 2 in the top 7!

Hey Jeremy, you rock and an inspiration to all the dry bloggers out there who sound the same! Jeremy, Love your passion for this industry. I agree with most of what you shared here. You are right in that most MLM have monthly dues and have high entry fees to be distributors or consultants. You are also right in that most MLM companies focus on recruitment and not product sales.

Product loading is prohibited. Not only that consultants can will their business down 6 generations, and the Mercedes incentive is for a purchase, not a lease. We do look to grow our network, but we emphasize this takes hard work and is not a get rich quick scheme. While you hit the nail on the head with most MLM businesses, there are MLM businesses like Arbonne who are a cut above the rest and who are in the habit of not putting pressure on anyone attending to either purchase or join as a consultant.

We only want the best in our network and we have thousands of examples of very successful men and woman to show for it. I am very surprised that Plexus Worldwide did not make your list.

I really did enjoy the article as I am a multi MLM participant. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your mlm breakdowns and the comments, thank you Jeremy. Had a successful mlm business but had to make a decision to give it up or have a breakdown due to ongoing upline bullying so at a big crossroads at the minute.

Thanks again Jeremy x. The secret is to listen to the right people. Here is your more sustainable, more lucrative alternative. I enjoyed this post and spent too many hours reading all your other posts and watching your videos.

You have some excellent real life experiences to share and glad I found this blog. Do you think blogging would work with this type MLM? I have only had success using Instagram and Facebook. My wife joined to get a discount on wraps and now this insane looking chart pays the bills. I want to take it further just keep searching for a good way to do so.

Maybe blogging is the answer? Blogging would be the only way I rock an MLM. However, I still think your blogging could be used in a better and more lucrative way. Hi Jeremy, I have just one question. If you really believe what you are saying about MLM, why would you even list any MLM companies in your article, then rank them? Why not just soley promote what you are doing? And two, because it allows my audience to be significant. Great article with non-biased perspective and discussion.

Would you provide your thoughts, synopsis, and ranking of Team National? There was a lot of hype but I made enough money to achieve several of my more modest financial goals. I went on to use some of what I learned to make extra money in various ventures and eventually started a small business out of my home. The business grew until mainstream retailers began offering the same product I was selling at comparable prices.

The MLM as a learning tool has some value as long as the product is decent. I am selective about what I spend my time and effort on. They say their social retailing model is new and unique to them. If 18,, Americans consider MLM their careers, yet only 0. I was part of team Tupperware decades ago because I wanted to buy Tupperware for my home for less. I live in rural America where so many fall to MLMs attempting to climb out of paycheck to paycheck living very few good jobs like the saved into a baptismal pool.

MLMs are just not thriving here. I see MLM victims everywhere. This is so true! I see this everyday as my Facebook feed changes from an influx of Lularoe to Rodan and Fields now to Lipsense. You can only recruit so many people under you in a small town and then who is left for you to sell to. But they keep on trucking, going from one MLM to another hoping that this is the one that makes them tons of moolah.

With social media, you can recruit worldwide. I still see lots of the older companies still ranking and banking. I was actually suprised u put EN up there in top three in the mlm world. EN has brought lots to the table but there are some huge shakers out there. I give them props for being so internet-centric and for going against the prospecting, 3-way calls and approaching family and friends, though.

I truly enjoyed reading an open minded and fair opinion on mlm. I currently do mlm part time with an mlm which has so far been working wonderfully. I am on the cusp of relieving myself from my 9 — 5. I agree with most of what you posted. They apply the incorrect philosophy and it becomes a recipe for disaster. But with correct leadership that problem could be averted.

That is precisely why I love my company. It has the best leadership in my opinion and they properly train their agents. The pros are definitely there. The odds of clearing 6 figures in mlm with the same work effort as my regular job are definitely higher. I have a product that I truly believe in. Rex, you seem like a cool cat just by reading your commentary — and I agree with almost everything you said.

It worked well until other down-liners thought I had an unfair advantage over them and the company prohibited me from selling the product without starter kits and recruiting a down-line. So, I refocused and taught myself how to build web-sites and sell simple web sites to people who want one.

You broke through the MLM curse of approaching family and friends by finally figuring out an outlet — in this case, websites — to sell your product. How can someone look in the mirror and call themselves an entrepreneur if they are being controlled on how to peddle the product?

FLP may not be the wealthiest MLM on this list, but they deserve a spot because of their long-term dedication to the aloe vera plant and products made from it.

There are over 4, real employees with literally millions of independent business owners in more than countries. Hi, I enjoyed your article and agree completely. This was a good late-night read…thank you for sharing your insights! This was a good read. They are fairly new and have a rapid growth and sales rate. There is nothing new about people failing; yes, they fail — at lots of things. We could spend months trying to discover why people fail in their marriages, school, jobs, etc.

MLM is a business and not everyone will succeed. Do I feel bad because I make a commission. EVERY business owner makes money off their employees — other wise they would not be in business. Do Brick and Morter Business Owners feel bad that they are making millions and they are paying their employees minimum wage??? That is just the nature of business. Did you tell your recruits that they could do what you did to make money? Those people will fail every time when they listen to such lies.

I agree with you that much of the industry is flawed, but what about an MLM that has a service rather than a product such as electricity. I can honestly say that I cannot stand most MLM companies because regardless what you believe or how much you like the product, if you have to try to convince someone else to use it then inevitably the system is flawed and eventually your residuals will dry up. Seemed like the perfect product at the time, but deregulation meant cheaper and cheaper prices and left no room for comp in the end.

Same is happening to power. Thanks for this post. I do like direct sales; one reason for this is that it helps keep alive that age-old tradition of people interacting face-to-face rather than mainly through texting and social media. Granted, one can indeed go to the website and buy directly from the company if they do not want to become a Preferred Customer. Only if they do not want to commit to the minimum monthly requirement for Preferred Customers. Public, keep this in mind!

I have been a Tupperware consultant for about 6 months, and I have found it to be extremely difficult to keep business going. The directors training me have said that Tupperware is the second most widely recognized brand name in the world, second only to Coca-Cola.

If that is the case, why is it so hard to find people willing to host Tupperware parties? Why does it seem so hard to sell? Your own answers can be found in Part 2 of this post: Just wanted to point that out. And whether you want to make it your full time job or just dabble, so long as you find a product and company you love, it can be a great way to diversify your income streams. Some of the companies are moving away from the door to door type sales models and putting a lot more emphasis on team building and adding value.

And many companies are also discouraging distributors from spamming on social media- again- it comes down to the individual and their own business acumen. But the Internet has changed that up, and now most businesses can be started by quick feedback loops see: Facebook ads that validate ideas before investing thousands of dollars into them. I totally agree, Mary. You can lose soooo much more just by opening up a small storefront business.

I was in the Spa Industry and then the economy tanked in late I did not renew my lease in Lost my several hundred thousand dollar build-out. Lost so much more than taking an MLM business seriously. Even if I would have front loaded on a ton of product, I still would have been better off.

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