Hi Jeremy great article. Here’s my take for what it is worth,after working 50 years for the bank making not so much money,having to accommodate there time schedule ,negotiated vacations and seeing very few people advance to 6 figure incomes,I’m somewhat intrigued by the idea of using my retirement years looking at mlm as a part time endeavour . Obviously I put a lot of blood sweat and tears into my previous job,so I’m not expecting to make my millions in a couple years in mlm, but I like the (do it in your own time) idea. If I find a product I like and would use anyway why not? I also like the idea that the potential is there biased on your own efforts. Am I wrong What do you think?

I thought I would include Alliance in Motion because it has the most votes by the public over at BusinessForHome with 10,308 votes, but not only that, I want to include this company because it’s based out of the Philippines, which is the fastest growing country for MLM, with 31.3 percent growth and 1.0 Billion in sales based on data from MLMLeads.com.


My name is Erin Pyka and I joined this new company all because I received a sample of the product and loved it! I am married to my amazing husband and we have two busy daughters who love being involved in dance and cheer. I also help take care of my grandparents and was a labor and delivery nurse working 12 hour shifts, so the idea of doing a “side gig” didn't sound appealing.
When you think about making money from home, one of the first things you need to decide is how much you want to make and how much time you have to give it. There’s a big difference between looking a full-time at-home job, running your own business on your own schedule, and doing one-off tasks that pay a little bit here and there. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do at each of these levels of “commitment.”
Hello Holly, Like the list a lot many great companies but I did not see Arbonne. If you like Health care and wellness as well as beauty and skin care we sell it all for the whole family, Every thing is botanical and vegan. 100 % natural,make money having fun selling and free trips, as well as earning a Merzades Benz, start up cost is 80.00 Contact Elsie at elsieglodek@yahoo.com
You, not stats, dictate your success. Like most things in life, success or failure mostly relies on the individual. Certainly, the MLM industry has a vast sea of reps who don't make much money or who quit, but there are reps who are meeting their income goals and some (a small few) are rich. The same could be said about bloggers and most other entrepreneurial ventures. 

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.
People who wonder why network marketing doesn’t work have likely also never joined the best MLM for them at the time or had great upline support and a team around them to get through the often frustrating first few months. Opportunities abound – even publicly traded multi-level marketing companies, who you would think are these huge businesses that give you no attention, have small teams and wonderful leaders to join. It’s just a matter of finding the top teams in the company you’re looking at.

I found your article interesting. My wife and I have been involved with AdvoCare since November 2011. 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 – 99.7% in MLM actually “lose” money. What is the context of that statistic? That would mean A: the majority of MLM companies don’t have a buyback or return policy B: people that get started with MLM’s have to take on much more inventory that they are able to sell or C: this statistic is not accurate. 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. Thanks again. I look forward to reading more from you in the near future.
Reason I joined: I have been waiting for a MLM that was all about healthy food to appear and I was very familiar with the owner of the company Peter Casleman, and all his business success. I am a Life Coach and my motto is "Helping the world be a better place one person at a time" and Yevo's motto is "Helping the world be a healthier place one meal at a time" and it resinated with me deeply.
Many reps struggle because they don't treat their MLM like the business it is. For some reason, many MLM businesses are viewed and treated differently than a traditional business, which is a problem. It doesn't matter what business you start, if you don't market, sell, and do the activities that make money on a consistent basis, your business will fail. 
If 18,000,000 Americans consider MLM their careers, yet only 0.3% actually succeed beyond average corporate America wages, do people realize that means there are barely more than 50,000 Americans “living the MLM dream” and almost 17,950,000 who just help the 50,000? Sad. I was part of team Tupperware decades ago because I wanted to buy Tupperware for my home for less. It took me about 14 months as a stay at home mother (never recruited, never pressured, my distributor didn’t like my attitude) to accomplish that task and then walked away. 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. “Disciples” is the perfect word. MLMs are just not thriving here. How many Americans can one recruit/sell to for building a business in a rural county with less than 20,000 other Americans of which 75% live below the poverty line? I see MLM victims everywhere.
I'm sorry to hear that you're disappointed in this post, however the idea behind this article was actually to come from the perspective of a stay-at-home mom so it is indeed an opinion and not necessarily a "fact based" article. You're right, from what I can find currently, the startup price to join It Works! is $99, not $100. I will update that in my article. I found that information on an unofficial It Works! blog called WrapItLoseIt.net where I read that the best starter package retails for $499. When I checked out the official It Works! website I was unable to locate any information directly from the company that indicates the actual startup costs of joining the company which I find frustrating as I'm sure others do as well. Would you mind posting a link to that here so others can find quick and clear information on It Works! without having to dig?

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.
Good morning! I work for an ID company called ITWORKS. a lot of people know them for the wraps that help lose belly skin that is left from pregnancies and loss of weight. I am big on selling the greens because they detoxify and also alkalize your body to prevent cancer cells from producing. the products are wonderful and its only 99 to sign up. business is booming and the commission plan is amazing. caitlinoliviaowens@gmail.com if you want to talk more,
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 just started selling for one of the top 15 and I went in knowing that this was just supplemental cash and nothing that would support my family. I spend 15 minutes (mostly from my phone) a day on my business and am happy with what I’ve done thus far. If it covers groceries and some extras like clothes or shoes, I’m good. If I start to become even more successful, great. It’s my competitive nature to want to out rank others, so I find it to be more of a personal challenge than thinking I’m going to get rich and stay rich. I appreciate the article and the no BS attitude.
Well it seems like forever, but isn’t that how long ago 1993 feels? That’s when this MLM popped its head onto the scene and they haven’t gone anywhere since.  This is how you build a company from the ground up. Step 1: trustworthy name brand and Step 2: strong foundation. With these solid steps businesses can go anywhere, and a half billion in yearly sales won’t hurt either.
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.
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!

Timing – The company is at the ground floor! The opportunity is huge for those who join so early! Look at other companies and ask the top leaders when they joined. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! It's only $99.00 to own and operate your own business today! We also have a 30 day money back promise on the business – so U have nothing to lose!
They were hot. These guys caught some shade for over-inflating their health products, but what health MLM doesn’t inflate their prices “a tiny bit” so they can dish out those juicy commissions? Well, their fiber product was 900% more than “leading alternatives” and their Trioten protein blend was 600% more expensive than Herbalife and Shaklee proteins. Ouch.
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. 

You need to follow what you are passionate about. For me, that is literally about changing lives…team mate lives & customer lives. I work with 2 different companies…both for improving wellness on every level ( from doing trade shows I have learned that nearly everyone wants relief from pain,anxiety,depression,sleep deprivation)…so that is why I carefully chose the products & company comp plans that I did. One of the the companies is at the ground level in pre launch (I have dreamed about having this opportunity for a long time) It is fda approved & will be the only product of it’s kind available over the counter…basically the fountain of youth and proven results over the last 13 years studies. That goes public in August 2018 for customers to purchase, right now only us distributors have access. Let me know if you want info & private access….happy to help make decisions and see options. Also for me the comp plans need to be over the top in order to get on board. Just follow what speaks to you…you need to be a product of the product & have a genuine story…be authentic, humble, and surround your self with only positive uplifting people…your vibe attracts your tribe!
To be clear, MLM is a viable home-based business opportunity. Anyone interested in selling a product to generate income has the ability to achieve success. With that said, it is crucial to research and investigate the company and products thoroughly to make sure that it's not a scam, and also, that it's a product and system you feel you can promote. There are many single-level marketing (selling products without a recruiting component) companies where the likelihood of generating income is much higher than typical MLM statistics.
A big hello to everyone! I just launched a home based biz last month that had tremendous success my first month!! It was founded in 2005, but is mostly based on the east coast and just now moving west. When I came upon the website I was mesmerized that women could custom design their own handbags. To think that they could walk away from a party with a custom item to their taste and be proud of it was really appealing to me. In addition, all the handbags are made in the USA one purse at a time so it supports our economy. In my first month I was #3 in personal sales in the company and two women joined me. I believe that’s a true testimony to this ground floor opportunity and that women love customizing handbags. Please visit my website madisonhandbags.net/janagates/ I would love to answer any questions for you and help you in being the first to launch your market area as well. : )
Awesome benefits to Distributrs like monthly gifts, travel and vacation incentives. I am bold to say that Swissgarde is the best MLM business in Nigeria. A lot of pyramid schemes come into this country and promise get rich quick compensation plans. No wonder they fizzle out in a short period of time after swindling people of their hard-earned money. Swissgarde has been here for over 16 years, with effective herbal products for health and beauty. The monthly pay out is so transparent that you can easily calculate your take home even before it arrives. Distributors get lots of incentives even while making money for themselves. It's an awesome opportunity for anyone who loves network marketing. You can contact me for more information. 

My Gorski Wellness team represents Shaklee nutrition. We work with others to help them navigate their way through the supplement world and natural health choices. Shaklee provides an opportunity to join my team and help others with their health all while working around the schedule of a busy family. You can make a difference in someone’s health and build a future for yourself and your family.

We have the best natural products which has melaluca oil check the site out and become a member to sell and get paid staring from $500. Folks I have started working for the firm and it is the best company to work for, they pay you well and the products are amazing. If you would. Like to know more email me at salti1960@yahoo.com and I can give you more info or have you talk to my mentor. The site is melaluca.com check it out and call me at 512-221-9066 for more info.
I was browsing the web to see what other at home businesses are out there and ran across your post which I enjoyed. I wanted to share with you another opportunity out there called Perfectly Posh which specializes in naturally based, USA-made pampering products. It’s a one time starter kit which is $99 but you get over $150 worth full sized products, plus samples and printed papers to get you started. They have an online academy, tools to help you thrive, rewards and amazing perks. Commission starts out at %20 and goes up as you advance.
Norwex is also a great company to do direct sales with. Based out of Norway, the company has been around for over 20 years. They produce high quality microfiber cloths that can be used to clean your entire house with only water. Their mission is to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. 35% commission. No monthly dues or sales goals. They’ll send you your starter kit at no cost. All you have to do is sell $2000 in your first 90 days. If you don’t meet that goal you do have to pay $200 for your starter kit, but there are no other obligations. Lots of great incentives
Good question, but the precise answer is unknown. It is a unknown because every week, some companies go out of business and others launch. There is no up-to-date listing of them all. Any list you may find excludes companies in business and includescompanies that are no longer in business. I have heard over the years that there are between 700 and 1,500 active MLM companies in the USA. If you are thinking about joining a company as a representative, read this…
Apparently, he did everything he was asked, from buying monthly training products to attending conferences, which can get expensive. Today, those costs are greatly reduced. The Internet, online training, flat-rate long distance and/or cell phone service, and free and affordable online marketing have made building any business, including MLM, much more affordable. 
It's not deceitful practice - and Im removing myself from this conversation, as I am not one to sit and banter back and forth about who's business does or doesn't do what. I know what I have, and I know what we do - and it is NOT multi-level marketing. I dont have time to waste explaining how wrong you are, and I don't have time to waste on someone who is negative and quick to knock another business down. Not good business etiquette if you ask me.
I have been running a home based business for 2 yrs now and want encourage any woman or man out there thinking about it to stop thinking and take action now. Because truly deserve the financial freedom. I agree that finding right product to get into key to your sucess, am currently selling unrefined shea butter, african black soap and coconut oil online and within my community. And I must say the begining was hard but with determination I’ve been able to make it and I know that you will also. If any one is interested in some of my amazing products please visit, http://www.rgnaturalz.com. thanks and happy to help anyone with tips help you suceed. Thank you.
Life's Abundance sells products that help consumers (cats, dogs, and humans) live happier, healthier and longer lives. Field Reps (Consultants) earn commission on commissionable products, as well as startup, sales, and team building bonuses. According to this article, the startup fee is only $29.95 and there are no monthly sales quotas, and your website is free. Life's Abundance has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
It's a typical workday in the Fiscella home: Ginny, leader of Silpada jewelry company's top sales force, makes phone calls in her home office, while husband Doug handles her administrative tasks from his laptop in the kitchen. The arrangement gives him time with daughters Caroline and Molly and frees Ginny to focus on what she does best—selling, recruiting, and motivating her team.

I sell for a company that is literally sweeping the nation. Senegence is provides long lasting water proof cosmetics with a whole line of skin care. Our primer product is LipSense. It is a long lasting wear that smudge proof, kiss proof and water proof. It is “wowing” women every where! It has caught the attention of Hollywood movies stars, famous models, and beauty queens near & far. There is a $50 application fee and sales and commission are phenomenal. Go to the website and Check us out. If u are interested use distributor number 180815

Usborne Books is an America-based direct sales company established in 1989 and is an extension of Usborne Educational Development/Publishing Corporation founded in 1973 by Peter Usborne. Usborne Books has been recognized a couple of times as one of the best small companies in America. Its mission is to provide economic opportunity while nurturing family values and to deliver educational excellence. The company generates about $9.6 million in revenues every year.
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.
Melaleuca – Multi-level company Melaleuca is an American-based enterprise that does business in 17 different companies around the world and specializes in health and wellness. Melaleuca has over 1 million customers, and its mission is to enhance the lives of people so that they can reach their goals. The company generates over $1 billion dollars in revenue annually. Founded by Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca has been in the wellness and health business since 1985 and is headquartered in Idaho.
I appreciate this comment. I’m a doTERRA gal. When I signed up I said I’d never sell. I just wanted to buy and use the oils. Then because of my love for them, people started coming to me for education and asking where they could get oils. So now I sell them. I’m not a sales person. I can’t bug my friends about stuff. But I’m growing this business because I truly believe in the products and use them every single day. I may not ever become rich from this and that’s OK with me. I won’t consider it a failure. Every person I help is a success in my book!

Primerica Financial Services – This is the only financial services company to be listed under the top ten MLM companies in the world. They have an impressive track record in the industry. The company is mainly active within the North American territory. Primerica Financial Services does over $2 billion on an annual basis. It is one of the top MLM companies in the world.
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. being an ‘older’ lady here in the north of England doesn’t bode well for conventional job hunting in the current economic climate so some serious thinking needed on my part and QUICKLY lol. Thanks again Jeremy x
Melaleuca – Multi-level company Melaleuca is an American-based enterprise that does business in 17 different companies around the world and specializes in health and wellness. Melaleuca has over 1 million customers, and its mission is to enhance the lives of people so that they can reach their goals. The company generates over $1 billion dollars in revenue annually. Founded by Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca has been in the wellness and health business since 1985 and is headquartered in Idaho.
Hello everyone! I’m an affiliate with a fairly new company called Sparckily Apparel. We sell leggings, Canadian made clothing, tops and other accessories! This company is based out of St. John’s, Nl! They have very low startup cost which is what attracted me to join them! Leggings are becoming very popular everywhere! My website is http://www.sparckily.ca/#cozylegsboutique

As I write this I'm just a couple of weeks away from beginning our first year of homeschooling and I'm so excited. Why? Because learning toys and activities are even more fun when you're almost 30, apparently. Fundanoodle is a company that gives busy moms like homeschool moms the chance to earn some extra income selling products they themselves use every day, including interactive books and activities that give kids a chance to practice their reading, spelling and writing skills along with other important developmental goals.
Martket America/Shop.com is a great home based business. We are independent distributors who have many product lines to select to represent. If someone is interested in cosmetics we have the Motives line and Motives by LaLa. We have a Health and Wellness line. There are over 3500 exclusive line products to build a business. We also have a shopping portal at Shop.com where people can sign up as a preferred customer for free and earn cashback shopping online at the stores they already shop at including the major anchor store chains. There are over 3000 partner stores on the portal. Low start up costs. We are celebratin out 20th anniversary this weekend and entering the next phase as leaders in the social shopping revolution!!!
I just wanted to give a shout out to my awesome direct sales company, Premier Designs!! We are a Christian based jewelry company selling high fashion jewelry at an affordable price. We make 50% commission off of every sale, and get paid immediately. We make 10% commission off of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd level downlines. Premier is an amazing company with the best customer service ever. The start up cost is a little higher than some of the other companies listed here, but you make it back within the first few shows. And we offer some of the most generous hostess benefits as well.
It’s so mom friendly, almost every consultant is a mom because they fell in love with these books for their kids!  Moms bring nursing babies to our annual convention, they bring babies to parties, etc.  But the best part is, it is what you make of it- if your kid is sick and you can’t focus on the business for a few days, okay, you’ll do it when you can.
Joining the right MLM model will offer you with the opportunity to pull in an additional income, or to focus on making sales and building your down line on a full-time basis. However, choosing a program with low compensations or products that do not meet high quality standards will make it very difficult for you to generate sales and earn an interesting income.
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