Tracy Willard of California began her MLM career out of necessity.  “Prior to getting involved in my business, I told my friends to never let me join one of those things… but when our family was hit by the mortgage crisis I had to do something different.”  She started her business with the intention some retirees may also find themselves.  “I started with the idea that I just needed to make my month easier.  My company helped me figure out what I needed to do in order to make an extra $500 per month.”

Seriously? MLMs are a plague on society. They’re dishonest & predatory in every way. They ruin lives, relationships & finances. If you’re going to promote such an awful choice, then you should share some REAL FACTS about the companies instead of just the positive. Actually there is NOTHING positive about any mlm. If you read something positive about them, it’s probably a lie posted by a hun trying to get sales. Why don’t you share the income disclosures if these companies are so great that you would actually suggest to people work for them? Look at the income disclosures of ANY MLM & you’ll see the FACT is that around 99% of every person who joins any MLM will lose money! They are pyramid schemes with an irrelevant, overpriced product to make it legal. Shame on you! I hope if anyone reads this awful article they do some real research before joining any of these scams!
Taylor researched the investment required to launch an effective business-building campaign for a recruitment-focused MLM (a company that places compensation and incentives on recruiting a "down-line," as well as selling a product). He estimates a minimum of $25,000 in total expenses that include incentives, products, phone, internet, giveaways, computer supplies, advertising, and travel etc. To come up with this figure, he joined a recruitment-focused company and worked full-time with the business for a year. 

Two of the most important things you’ll need for MLM is passion and determination. Many people start working for an MLM company because they think it’s the next get-rich-quick scheme, and they’ll be able to make money without any effort. While MLM is an excellent way to work smarter rather than harder, it does still require effort on your end. To establish a strong team of downline distributors, it’s critical that you demonstrate a passion for the company and its products.
Your comment and it’s militant nature are the EXACT OPPOSITE of what I believe the doTERRA culture is founded upon. I hope anyone reading this thread choose to look past your article and it’s attack on YoungLiving when basing their decision as to which company they choose to go with. I want them to know that the manner in which you needlessly attacked them is in no way a representation of all the other reps nor the company itself.
I think with direct sales, the most important things to consider are: (1) research into the company, it's policies, fees, and requirements; it's history and reputation (2) connecting with a team that will help you and cares about your own goals for your business, not their goals (3) finding a company that you are excited about and have confidence in the product and mission.

If you enjoy a glass of wine, meeting new people, and would like to learn about wines from around the world, your dream job is here! Traveling Vineyard offers a flexible, fun, and rewarding income. No sales quotas, no deliveries, and no inventory. Say yes to unlimited income potential, discounts on wine, travel incentives and much more! I lead a nationwide team of successful men and women that are wine enthusiasts, not experts, that know there is no better way to learn about wine then at FREE in-home wine tasting events! Take the next sip and contact me for more information on this top rated DSA company!


Pink Zebra is an amazing new company. They sell 100% soy candle wax that come in the form of small balls like dip and dots. You can make your own candles or burn them in warmers. I love this product and the fragrances last forever. I have so much fun with this company, and they have two different start up kits, $99 and $199. You should really come check out our company. http://www.pinkzebrahome.com/ForSchure or like me on Facebook and I can help you out https://www.facebook.com/SprinklesForSchure . They also sell lotions, hand soaps, patent pending diffusers, simmer pots and regular candles. They also offer fundraising options. Consultants make 25% and can make more as they move up.


This company also offers, among the majority on this list, one of the greatest opportunities for big money. Glassdoor reviewers give it high marks and those I know who sell the product really seem to enjoy doing so. But success with Rodan and Fields absolutely hinges on your ability to invest time, enthusiasm, and of course, money into the product. Social networking is a must. As I've said with a few of the other companies on this list, I also personally see a locale aspect to success in selling this product. I live in a place where most people earn a low-medium income and I know this stuff would be a hard sell--not because it doesn't work, but because most people around here wouldn't be able or willing to spend that much money on skin care. If you're in a predominantly wealthy area and network with people who really care about appearance and skin care (say, in a big city) though, this is a company worth looking into.
Appreciate the hard work studying this… Im apart of the #1 company on there Advocare… have been for 7 years and one of the higher paid single guys in the nation… I just have to disagree with “over priced Products” comment. 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. Highly recommend everyone seeing this and you sir to watch “Rise of the Entrepreneur” by Eric Worre on Itunes to get some serious facts about the MLM industry. Thanks for all the research and blessings!
Here we’ve got a throwback to network marketing’s roots (Remember Tupperware parties? No? There’s a reason for that). Kitchen products, cooking demos, and mommy bloggers galore. Stay-at-home-moms looking for some flexibility are still a HUGE target demographic for MLM, so it’s no surprise that Pampered Chef has done so well that Warren Buffett decided he needed a piece of the action.
Hello I'm working with the company called Javita Coffee Company. I'm with the company for just 3 weeks. The industry is can be Health and wellness, can be coffee, can be in weight loss industry. My favorite product is everything because the coffee - energy and mind, depression, stress, anxiety, memory, epilepsy, Alzheimer. The coffee burn and control, can burn fats fast, metabolism, fats convert to energy. Lean and green tea, deabetes, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and more. The cleansing tea it will cleanse your body! The reason I choose this company is about their healthy products and of course, a lot of people are drinking coffee, 90% of the people in the united state drinking coffee. I like their compensation plan too, it's really good and equal. No, I just market one company, just Javita Coffee Company...
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.
My advice to someone looking into DS is to find something that you actually love and know that you could share with other people, not sell it to them, but share with them why you love it. I do fairs and events and I share with people how amazing these little hair clips are. I get excited about them and it shows. 90% of the women who try them on, end up buying them because they love them. So find something you LOVE and not something just to sell.
My wife and I spent the last 2 days reading your reviews on the DSD business and we are really interested in this. Both of us have been in the MLM business (corporate) for years and feel like it’s time to get away from the usual 9-5. Would you mind emailing me a complete compensation plan (rank & pay-out, active level requirement, etc.) as well as some of the must-do items in the first 30,60,90 days period?
Tastefully Simple is a food product business for easy cooking. Every food product in here requires 3 or less ingredients! And most of the time it’s things you already have in your cabinets/ ice boxes. What I like most about tastefully simple is its SIMPLE. I don’t cook and I promise you that! Tastefully Simple is the easiest and yummiest way to get dinner on the table. We have Drink buckets for the summertime parties – Just add Vodka or Tequila. You can also just make them into kid’s drinks, the alcohol is not added ‘til you add it! We also have our famous Beer Bread that you don’t have to necessarily use “beer” you can use soda pop also! We have soups, spices, and delicious desserts for you, your family, or guests at a party! http://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tlapoint for more info!!!
Younique is also a fairly new beauty direct sales company. Starting in September of 2012 Younique offers a variety of high quality, all natural makeup supplies that last for months! Their most popular product is their 3D Fiber Lashes. It’s a new type of natural mascara that uses fibers and multiple layers to enhance your look. This mascara also lasts up to 4 months! Check it out at https://www.youniqueproducts.com/rachelhedrick

As far as the retirement saving crisis is concerned, more and more people are coming to terms with the fact that they probably aren’t going to be able to save enough money to just sit around and slowly deplete their nest egg from age 62 to 100.  With the average 50 year-old estimated to have less than $50,000 in retirement savings, there is an obvious need to find alternative ways to either save more or generate supplemental income starting now, and continuing throughout retirement.  Moving beyond just the dollars and cents, boomers are growing tired of feeling guilty or bad about their past savings habits and are interested in moving towards possible solutions.
This is such a cool website! I love interior decorating and clothes. Have you heard of shop Stevie? I just tried to get info on becoming a sales rep for them, but they don’t have the option right now in my area. I’m also a part time school teacher, just looking to make some extra money on the side while I’m at home with my kids. I would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks!
Mary Kay is changing the lives of millions of women worldwide. I'm very proud to be an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay because the company has such an outstanding focus on empowering women and truly changing lives. I became a beauty consultant after spending thousands of dollars on Mary Kay products in my lifetime and finally decided that I should make the leap to start my own business selling the products that I enjoy wearing and rely on for my daily beauty routine.
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 2008. I did not renew my lease in 2009. 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. People spend $750 and get some business cards then do nothing and blame MLM.
love the info. I am in direct sales and love what I am doing. I am a indeendent director with thirty one gifts. before thirty one i did not believe much in my self but through this company i have found the true me i am putting my self through higher edu with out have to take money away from my house hold. i have doing direct sales for 2 years and wish i would have started sooner. i am trying to find ways to build my team with other’s in other states that have not heard of thirty one any and all sugestions would be great on how to do this besides going on a road trip. thanks in advance tonya if any one would like more about thirty one my web page is http://www.mythirtyone.com/25039
I’ve been a representative of juice plus for several months now. I love their product line of organic fruits, vegetables and grains made into super convenient capsules, gummies, shakes and bars. They make adding so many healthy foods into our bodies so easy and fun! I love seeing the outcomes of people who purchase and use juice plus. It makes them happier and healthier overall! Valerieneaves@juiceplus.com
mlw831 thanks for sharing that insight! I'm actually sort of shocked that the Avon model is so...ancient? In my experience buying from direct sales companies, most makeup companies send the product directly to the customer and the representative simply does just that - represent, without holding any kind of inventory or having to do any travel other than parties they can plan in their own time (and they're not even necessary). Good info for anyone considering Avon who may not have the time or energy to hand deliver each order.

I have been with Skinny Body Care for about 4 months now and have been able to realize a pay check from the beginning and it is growing as the months progress. We offer amazing all-natural weight management, sleep and burn and skin care serums! No Inventory as monies are collected via your website and products shipped directly from the company. Best part from a business standpoint is the opportunity to build a huge money making business and the fact that we are GLOBAL!
First of all, Avon “has” been. Second, Avon really needs to work on their appeal to a younger generation. Third, Avon makes it difficult for representatives to make any money unless you are purchasing a ton of catalogs and knocking on doors. The company really needs to allow representatives to advertise online, and I don’t mean spamming friends on a Facebook or Twitter feed.
Well think of your grandma, remember her perfume or hand cream…chances are she probably got it from Avon and that’s kind of their reputation.  But don’t misjudge the number of grandmas that bought from Avon.  This company is the one that approached the yearly revenue of Amway with a cool $5.7 billion dollars.  But what goes up must come down…their sales have been declining over the last 5 years, and this company just sold their North American branch after quite a few years in the business.
Thank you for this article! I’m with Doterra, like a lot of other people I didn’t start out selling. I just wanted to use the product. But, when you see such great results you can’t help but tell people. I love working for this company!! I have worked for Tupperware, Amway, Jafra, It Works, I never made money like I am with doTerra. Hands down its the best!! I’m working hard to build my business and it is paying off and I’m reaping the benefits for my health. God’s Design for our Natural health care is top notch! I give God all the glory and I couldn’t do this without him.
Damsel in Defense is about equipping women with the tools to not only keep them safe but also to give them the confidence to know that they have a way out if they ever feel threatened. We are very excited about our affordable and adorable line of products including stun guns, 18% Pepper Spray with UV Dye, Kubitons, alarm key chains and other survival tools for the home and car. Whether you are at home or traveling, running or celebrating downtown with the girls, Damsel in Defense has the products and fact-based education that can and does save lives.
These nonsalaried workers may be stay-at-home parents, college students or part-time workers hoping to make money by selling products such as vitamins and makeup to their friends and family. But experts note that just selling products is typically not enough to make a profit, and workers are encouraged to recruit a "downline," a team of underlings from whose sales they also earn a commission, creating a pyramid-shaped compensation structure.

Hi! I didn’t see Legging Army on this list. Legging Army became an affiliate company one year ago in February 2016. We offer quality leggings, fleece, fur leggings, shorts, maxis, skirts, capri’s, hoodies, and more. Our original leggings are 92% polyester and 8% spandex. They are the same material as other companies but for a lower price. Our shipping is free in the US and tax is included in the list prices. Its an amazing company and growing fast. The company gives us our website free and there are no minimums. Start up is a low $10 for no leggings, $19.99 for one pair and $29.99 for 2 pairs. We make 25% commissions, a $5 bonus for signing up affiliates, and 5% sub-affiliate commissions. Join me. It’s an amazing company to work with. Please email if you have more questions. I’d love to help.
Thanks for looking into all of these companies. I am a stay at home mom of an almost 4 year old and a 1 year old. I started with Wildtree when my oldest was 9 months old and I get out of it what I put into it. Some months work out well to do parties and work harder on my business. Other months, my family needs more of me and my business goes on the back burner...and that's okay. People are still using the products, therefor running out, and reordering more.

When I first joined I only planned to be a consultant until we got back on our feet after my husbands job loss. But, I fell in love with the mission of the company, the products, and all of the friends I had made along the way. Plus no 9-5 job can compare to the flexibility of direct sales! Now, I have an amazing team who is truly helping make a difference in the world.
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