I hardly feel like I chose Trades of Hope at all. It more or less chose me. I was a stay at home mom to two baby girls – ages 3 and 9 months at the time – when I started to feel like I hit some sort of wall. You know the one where you realize you haven’t changed your shirt in an insanely long time or had a conversation with an actual adult? I had graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English & Sociology with a concentration on Race Relations three years prior, and although I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to “be” I would often tell my husband that I just wanted to be an advocate for someone. Never in a million years did I think I would find my calling in Direct Sales. When I came across Trades of Hope at a church fundraiser I was taken with their mission, and it didn’t take very long for me to realize that this was exactly what I’d been looking for – a way to do what so many of us want to do – stay home to raise my babies while making an impact on things that were making me sick inside, like sex trafficking, poverty, lack of education for girls worldwide, etc. And I was going to get paid for telling these incredible stories, educating the public on fair trade, and wearing beautiful handmade jewelry?! I was instantly in love with it. My husband was a little bit nervous that this was too good to be true, but two years later, he is high-fiving me in the hallway when I hit my career goals (yes I said career!), and sending me off to Haiti this October to meet my artisan partners there.
Great list with a lot variety, Holly! I’m an independent consultant with Jamberry Nails – http://katiemboehm.jamberrynails.net. We offer a heat activated, vinyl nail shield that lasts for 2 weeks on fingers (6 weeks on toes). It isn’t nail polish based, so there is no dry time, flaking or smudging! Even better, it is non-toxic, water tight and made in the USA.
When you’re asking people to volunteer their time to sell a product or service, the experience needs to be fun. As adults, we all feel tremendous pressure in multiple areas of our lives. If a network marketing company starts to feel stale, unappreciative and a little corporate-y, consumers will invest their energies somewhere else. As Millennials hit the scene, it’s important to understand that they’re placing less emphasis on financial metrics. Companies need to always maintain a sense of humor and constantly show appreciation for their sales force. When a company starts leading with an iron fist and sends out warnings to fence in a sales force, it almost always backfires. People need to have fun with the brand and fun sharing the brand with others. If it’s painful, forget about it.
An analysis of 32 income disclosure statements from direct selling companies by TruthInAdvertising.org found that 80 percent of distributors, or people selling their products, grossed less than $1,200 per year before expenses. At about half of those companies, the majority of distributors made no money at all. "Given that context, any income claim that expressly states or implies that this is a way for someone to gain financial freedom, to become wealthy, travel the world, become a stay-at-home parent is just false and deceptive," says Bonnie Patten, executive director for TruthInAdvertising.org.
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I believe the ones that don’t make it in the industry (if they chose a good one) don’t give it enough time (like you said they quit before a year is up) and commitment to doing what it takes to grow. I don’t spam FB and only 2 family members order product but I have at least 100+ home school moms making >$2000/mth. Some team members make more, some less. It’s what they put into it (business wise not monetary)
I think when you made comments about a company you should have kept them neutral or not only commented part of a story. Ambit did have a lawsuit, but it also has several JD Power awards, A+BBB, and many other accolades. I don’t know details of the suit, it may have been 100% justified, but I do know lawsuits are not always justified. Sometimes people are looking to make a buck

I would really like to find a profitable at-home business opportunity, but selling is difficult. The family, friends and coworkers I have watch their money and won’t spend money on items that are very expensive, such as crystal, Pampered Chef, Yankee Candle, etc. Most people I talk to want low-cost items they can use everyday, ranging from house goods, food and clothing. I prefer catalog sales since it’s easy to bring with me anywhere I go. Although I do have a full time job, I’m looking to create a 2nd income so I can pay off some old debt and rebuild my credit again. If anyone can help, please let me know! I’m not looking to shell out money for kits that are very costly. Thank you! Please email Brian at briguyct at gmail.
But let's get down to the nitty-gritty. This isn't a cheap product and it's expensive to become and remain a consultant. At minimum it costs $45 to join the Rodan and Fields team but it can cost a much as $995 (yeah, you read that right--almost a thousand bucks) depending on your start up kit. The average kit goes for around $400 so it's no doubt an investment. The compensation guide looks like a science text-book with tons of graphics and colors and numbers. I know from a consultant though that monthly fee includes $25 for your website and $80 for inventory.

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You’ve probably heard of the grueling P90X workout system, but did you know that Team Beachbody offers a whole line of workout programs, shakes, supplements, nutritional bars, gear and much more? 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.


We proudly said no to Network Marketing for 23-years because of the way it was done by others. When we finally chose-- we chose carefully and try to lead gracefully in the 32-countries we support. This truly is a profession of the future. It will be anazing to see who aligns themselves in upcoming years to build retirement. With 49% of people in the US alone living paycheck to paycheck, this profession is on the verge of exploding.
I thought That your article was very good. My wife recently joined this company called World Ventures and me being me I figured it would be like some of the other companies that she has joined. You know a bunch of women companies scentsy, 31, etc but the reason I took notice is when she made 500. I know it’s not much but i know if she can make that faster than she has with some of the others she has joined without my help then maybe this thing is the real deal. What do you know about it? I have met some of the people and they seem genuine unlike some of these others like Amway and I don’t feel like it’s all about freaking selling like most of the others. Just shoot it to me straight.
I’m an Independent Consultant for Thirty One Gifts. Absolutely the best direct selling company I’ve been a part of. We celebrate women as well as family. The company also gives to charities. The incentives for New Consultants are wonderful! Please take a moment to check it out. $99 special to join with extra incentives going on now to help with the Holiday cash flow for you and your family. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at dwawhi@aol.com.
Lu La whaaa? If you love bright, flashy and fun leggings then take a look at Buskins Leggings which sells patterned leggings for a fraction of the price of other MLM clothing companies and offers customers the opportunity to find and buy their favorite prints from the your own personalized Buskins website. That means you don't have to spend days sorting through inventory and creating outfits out of mismatched patterns and sizes and hope that they catch one of your FB friends' eyes and budget before shipping off bundles of product. You're busy. You don't have time for that. (Time is money, remember?)

Some 20.5 million people were involved in direct selling in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Direct Selling Association, the national trade association for companies that market products and services directly to consumers through an independent sales force. (While many direct selling companies use an MLM model, not all do, according to the DSA.) Recruits pound the pavement hawking everything from candles to essential oils and weight-loss drinks. Some popular, newer companies include Rodan + Fields (skincare products), LuLaRoe (apparel) and Scentsy (scented products).
I do not work for any of these companies. In fact, as of right now, I've never even worked in direct-sales. So, though I have researched these companies, what I've written here is merely my own observations and opinions and a list of companies I personally deemed the most trustworthy after much time culling the masses. I'm not guaranteeing that anyone will find themselves rolling in sweet, sweet cash by joining any of these companies.
I can not believe no one has mentioned Tupperware! I even read through every comment before saying this! I am a Tupperware consultant and we have been around for 60 years! Start up is $99 and you ear 25% commission with tons of bonus opportunity including car perks! It is a great company to work for. Check out my website my2.tupperware.com/laurenbrady
Kali is a 100% certified organic, chemical-free tampon and pad subscription service. Kali is a known household name, which in turn helps you, as an affiliate, make more money! By referring the Kali Organic Tampon Subscribtion you are helping women get connected with better quality tampons and also earning referrals. Host parties about this product, mention is on social media with your affiliate code, and tell your friends and family.
Hi Everyone! I am so excited to share this!! I just started selling a great new hair care line and thought I’d share it with all of you! It’s called Monat. ColleenMiller.mymonat.com It is an amazing product for kids, men and women! Our products promote hair growth, is gluten free and has so many more great benefits! Please feel free to contact me if you are interested!!
Hello. Excellent list! I didn’t see BeautiControl or Thrive by Le-Vel listed.. BeautiControl is a skincare company that’s been around for 33 years, with a great skincare line, bath and body, and make up.. Thrive by Le-Vel is a nutritional supplement company that has a super simple system without the restrictions and requirements you typically see in a nutritional system.. http://Www.Dani_marie2003.Le-Vel.com
We've just celebrated our Four Year Anniversary this month and are already getting major recognition from Vogue, NY Times, and have partnered with Target and J.Crew! Our other mission is transparency--both in our products-- in our mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone--and in our sales model. Every single cost and detail is laid out on the website!
Looking compliant is easy. Building a CULTURE around compliance is hard. Building a culture requires doing more than paying lip service to compliance. It requires full buy-in at the corporate level to teach and enforce the important policies. It requires field leaders committed to responsible growth, and corporate leaders that avoid saying things like “the lawyers make us do this.” And finally, it requires constant investment.
These things require capital. I would say that the BIGGEST mistake startup entrepreneurs make when they start a network marketing company is the failure to appreciate the amount of capital required. They do the simple math, add up a few known expenses, and assume the company will be profitable within the first few months. Capital allows the founders to be patient and focus on longer term goals, which leads to healthier companies. Desperation for money has led countless entrepreneurs to make catastrophic mistakes. And be wary of companies listed on exchanges as penny stocks — I’ve seen very few network marketing companies navigate those waters successfully without defrauding investors.
That being said, I think this product has a lot of potential. Tea and accessories can be touted as perfect Mother's Day and birthday gifts, and these parties would be fun to throw and attend during the cold, blustery winter months post-Christmas when most direct-sales companies are probably experiencing a lull in sales. Plus, on the flip-side of coffee-madness, there's a ton of devout tea-drinkers and it comes with the quiet promise of relaxation and me-time -- a mom's greatest fantasy.
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Scentsy you join $125.77 tax/shipping and all for u kit u have to make $200 in sales to stay active (u buy all ur stuff on the store books sales promotions and testers and more DOES not count as ur $200 goal.) u have to pay $10 for ur website each month and u can join warmer of the month or scent of the month ranging prices between $65-$85 plus tax shipping...(cause its under $200 to gain free shipping) u get no deals for being a scentsy sales person if u personally buy...u pay same as others would 20 pec commission
if it was possible to identify difference in price for goods on amazon to ebay ,then why hasnt ds domination or anyone really had software created to simplyfly things,I put this to ds domination and got no reply,seaching for these price arbs is time consuming and quite often fails to get a result,can imaging its good to get sign ups but I think the idea to trade on these price variations does not work
I have had the pleasure of being a designer with origami owl for almost a year and it has truly been a blessing. The product sells itself. The startup fee is a low $150 and you make that much if not more on your first jewelry bar. You make an amazing 30-50% profit on the product which is unheard of. If you have any questions feel free to email me deedeeslockets@gmail.com or check out my website Deedeeslockets.origamiowl.com
A few noteworthy points on this list… The only companies considered for this list are U.S.A. based; and if you click on each and every company linked above, what you will not find should be as interesting to you (and as revealing) as what you will find. There are no travel companies, only two technology companies (ACN and 5LINX), just one service company (Legal Shield), and 22 health and wellness companies. Even Amway, whose core product line still includes soap, really got started by way of the wellness revolution! Read this book by Paul Zane Pilzer and you’ll understand why nutrition, weight management, and skincare products continue to drive the trends in the network marketing industry to this day.
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First, it's $99 to get started. That includes everything you need to get your business up and running, including catolog and products to try yourself or sell. In order to stay an active consultant, you must be active ($200 in sales) one month in a revolving 3 month period (ex: if you were active in July, you would have to have another active month by the end of October at least). And after your first 3 months, it's $15 a month to keep your website up.

The Smart Living Company sells furniture, decor, lighting, kitchen, bath and bed, and outdoor items, as well as toys and fashion products. To get started, choose a monthly membership; the premier membership is $5.95 a month with a one-time startup fee of $19.95. The enterprise membership is $9.95 a month with a one-time startup fee of $39.99. The Smart Living Company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Im not sure where you get your information but you are wrong on It Works. I have been with thr company 3 years now and have paid off all my credit cards and paid off my car in full. The start up cost is only $99 which you would know had you actually reasearched and looked at the site. Your comment about being sure to fail is way off. I haven't failed, my team hasn't failed and neither have those that I know personally making $100,000 per month. It Works is a Billion Dollar DEBT FREE company. Our CEO is awesome. Had you done full research, you would see the truth about how great of a company this is. Like ALLLLL DS companies, you get out of it what you put into it. If anyone says you're sure to fail, they failed themsleves, the company didnt fail them. Im very disappointed that this type of blogging isnt fact related but simply opinion bases.
Nikken is an MLM company created in 1975 by Isamu Masuda with the main goal of producing effective wellness solutions. Its first product, The Magstep, was focused on solving body fatigue and sore feet problems. In 1989, the company expanded to North America and has since entered new markets (countries) all around the world. The company makes about $9 billion in revenues annually. 

Natura Cosmetics – Natura Cosmetics is based in Brazil and is considered the only South American MLM company to enter the top 10 list of MLM companies. The company boasts of more than $2 billion as its annual revenue. The company mainly deals with personal care, fragrances, cosmetics and other personal hygiene products. They have a worldwide presence of members to sell their products to a worldwide client base. The company is considered one of the best pay masters among the multi level marketing companies in the world.
My wife has been a Mary Kay consultant for a little over a year and loves it. It does cost $99 for a starter kit, which is a one time purchase, and an order of $225 in inventory once every quarter to stay active. Staying active means keeping a 50% discount on any inventory you order. This means a 50% commission on anything you sell. Compared to a 25% commission selling Rodan & Fields. I am not bashing Rodan & Fields I was just using them as a comparison. I see a lot of negative opinions about direct sales companies and even sites devoted to bashing Mary Kay and I just don't get it. If you decide Mary Kay is not for you for any reason they will buy back all unused inventory you have a home for 90% of what you paid for up to a year. In what other business in the world can you risk so little for a possibility in a new career or part-time income. I have sifted through online comments from new Mary Kay consultants giving up completely after one party gets cancelled or doesn't go well. When you join Mary Kay you become a small business owner. People need to do their research and not be so bitter when they themselves fail or give up.
Oh I understand it. No different than mine...except we are not capped at 180,000 a year. Our commissions are not capped at all...only our bonus cycles. Those are capped at $624,000 per year per business center. there are still levels...you get your two people that is level 1 they get their two people that is their level one your level two. Volume flows up 100 percent...well that is only fair. Who would want to be part of a MLM where everyone didn't have an equal opportunity to succeed and earn. Your earnings should be able to exceed that of your sponsor....if they can't, then it isn't really your own business is it? The thing is...my company doesn't promote deceitful practices...like telling people it isn't a multi level marketing business when it is. You can't earn unless you create one level (that is your two coaches) they can't earn unless they create one level....this creates many levels/layers. Call it what you want, but it is what it is and we do not deny it!
I am with LaBella Baskets..my boutique has a 1,000 gifts including Free Persoanlized for all ages and all occasions. We are offering a signup for just $5 to become a Gift Consultant..all set with a beautiful website and earn commissions and bonuses and so much more. We are an A rated with the BBB! We also are a company who gives back to Single Moms with our Baskets of Smiles program. Look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day!!
The Isreali immigrant brothers turned entrepreneurs behind Seacret Direct managed to take a cliche mall kiosk (you know, the ones that bother the crap out of you while you’re trying to shop) and turn it into a multi-million dollar global direct selling ccompany. Skincare products are pretty yawn-worthy nowadays, but Seacret’s dead sea products come with a 5,000 year history and a lot of fanfare.
First, Elliot, thank you for this article. Your sense of truly wanting to help comes through and it’s refreshing. Like MommyFinance, I too have suffered PTSD from previous runs at MLM but I have been looking for legitimate ways of making extra income and seems I’m being directed toward trying MLM again. Your article gave me hope that there are some good ones out there. What you said about finding the one that fits me and leaving a legacy for family really turned on a light for me and I greatly appreciate that. A wine business is not quite up my alley but I will certainly direct those who might be interested your way.
Thanks for this list. Loved seeing Monat as #1! I am a Market Partner for this company and the money is crazy good because the products are awesome. I was disappointed to see Plexus at #28 and I wasn’t impressed by what you had to say about them. Plexus is NOT a weight loss company. Their products promote a healthy gut and they are clinically proven to decrease inflammation and balance blood sugar. Weight loss is a natural side effect of body balance. The products work and there are a lot of people I know personally making good money with Plexus.
I love love love this article! I’m a business growth coach who works with small business owners and often leaders from other MLM’s. From time to time I’ll get someone who has been struggling significantly even getting started and I find that it’s sheer absence of knowledge of the numbers. They are still under the impression that if I get three, and they get three then we’re all going to be millionaires. It’s very sad but the truth is not being told. Being in an MLM is hard. But it is very doable. I have had significant success in the past, while I am not in an MLM now. Nor do I want to be, you must be all In to make it work. Thank you for sharing this. I would love to interview you on one of my webinars
Multi-level marketing companies or MLM companies sell their products by hiring a network of members rather than through retail outlets. The direct marketing concept has been used from a long time back to sell products to clients. It has been active for more than 5-6 decades throughout the world. This concept gave birth to the MLM industry later on.
Hi there Jesse. I am Michael. Just wanted to ask you about DSD and Digital altitude. First off I have attempted Amway before and nothing wrong with them other than it relys heavily on meeting new people constantly and at the moment I do not want to do that. I am a current full time student and I work as a contractor when ever I want or can. I would like to replace my current job with either DSD or DA and see where it takes me. But would you even recommend this for me with my kind of time constraints or do I need to make more time for it?
I am a Founding Consultant for a wonderful new ground floor direct selling company that is currently wide open in the US. The company has been in prelaunch for over a year and during that time has had great success testing their products in several locations in the US. The company was able to create a wonderful new training program and website that makes it so simple to provide training to you and your downline and serve your customers. If the idea of being in business, being the first in your area, and selling upscale products that are guaranteed to be the best in quality and workmanship sounds like something you might like to do. Then, we should talk. I always ask my customers one simple question, “Where can you find the perfect gift for every occasion, have it personalized at no extra charge, gift wrapped and delivered for you and you never have to leave your home to do it?”
On a side note, I started using doTERRA about five years ago and love the oils! I didn’t join them to sell, or make money. 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). Lost opportunities? Not at all, in my book. More power to them! Back to R + F, and a little more insight from you would certainly scratch an itch.
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I’m with LifeVantage and TeaLife. Both great companies to work with. LV we have 6 ways of being paid..commissions plus residual income on something no one else has. Big pharmacy is trying to synthetically create what we have in drug form that will have side effects. But we are natural. TeaLife is organic loose teas that are so yummy! 30% commissions on teas and 20% tea accessories. I order from both these companies as well because I believe in them 100%. If anyone has any questions please email me: dawnmahaney1@outlook.com
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Daria M. Brezinski Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and former marketing director for a multi-level marketing magazine, echoes these sentiments.  “Many people don’t realize that multi-level marketing companies are successful because they help people satisfy a number of important human needs, including feeling significant, having connections, learning something new, and making a difference.  I have heard people in network marketing say again and again, ‘I’m doing this because I’m meeting amazing people … making so many connections … and I feel so good about myself.’”

You also need to make sure the program you are interested in was evaluated by someone who actually tested it. If you find affiliate links in the review of an MLM program, the website that published the review is probably earning revenues by referring new sellers and you should understand that it might not be in the interest of the site to present the program in a neutral manner.


Simply You touts itself as a fun, fashionable, affordable jewelry company. With a $199 starter kit, you’ll receive goodies that value over $1,000, including 20 pieces of jewelry, your own website, online retailing, e-newsletters for customers, annual national convention opportunities and ongoing training programs. You can also get an additional supplement kit with 9 pieces of jewelry for $99. 
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