Before launching Omnilife and becoming a billionaire, Jorge Vergara sold street tacos in Mexico, smuggled Herbalife supplements into Mexico, and sweet talked the Mexican government into changing their regulations in the nutritional products sector. This guy could make a movie about his life and it would probably win an Academy Award (he’s actually a major film producer on the side, casual).
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.
Something multi-level marketing as well as network marketing companies are poised to capitalize on.  As a result, the industry could soon experience larger than life growth, spurred by baby boomers looking to adjust their retirement feelings and plans.  Whether you're interested in starting your own business for retirement income or helping others explore this entrepreneurial path, download our free guide:  How To Start a Business For Retirement Income here

Hey Jesse, you forgot about Primerica! My brother makes a lot of money with them and he’s only been there 6 years and he makes $8-10 Grand a month now! Kindve wish I would’ve started with him when he first joined because the company does have great concepts and just recently was named one of Forbes top 50 trustworthy companies! That’s awesome! I didn’t have the time to commit then but I just got rolling 2 months ago and I’ve made $900 this month and will be over a grand once I help this next family get a policy in place! I so wish I would’ve got started years ago!
Then what? Carrie recruits new hostesses and consultants at every event and saves customers' sizes for easy reordering. She now works three nights a week, typically two at parties and one on coaching calls, encouraging her team to set tangible personal earning goals. Her own income goes toward her mortgage, saving for her kids' college tuitions and charitable donations. "It helps to sell something that every woman needs," Carrie says. "Bra measurement is a dying art." One customer was so thankful to find a good-fitting bra that she bought six. "I never really thought of myself as a salesperson, but magic happens when you find a product you completely believe in."
http://www.idahofallsmagazine.com/2014/12/demystifying-Melaleuca does NOT fit any of the descriptions about multi-level marketing. Best double check. 😀 We had to. We thought it was until we looked closer. Opening Online Shopping Accounts! Not a “home parties” company, no inventory, and no delivering of products. Just a website! Best HOME BASED Business we have ever found. And we have been LOOKING! Thanks.
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.
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.
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.
It all sounds good on paper, yet there is a seemingly endless debate over whether these companies and programs are legitimate business opportunities or not, so I dug in and got the real scoop.  As a result, I believe that the entire industry is poised for explosive growth and can be one of the most significant solutions to America’s current retirement savings crisis.
I have totally fallen in love with the personal connections you make at home parties and the far-reaching “ripple effect” of sharing our mission through the home party model (which is hilarious because I never even used to go to home parties). It’s also a super predictable way to conduct business since you generally know that if a hostess has 10 people show you’ll be walking away with a $700 or more party (that’s been huge in making this sustainable for my family). But I love that when a month is a little slower on the home party front that I can put together a couple of quick online shows or dig up a vendor event to make some fresh contacts. There are so many ways to work this business.

Right now, as I type this, my two-year-old is sitting next to me eating a giant bowl of Cheerios for dinner because I've spent the entire day working from home and still have to start dinner. She's covered from chest to knees in milk that's making its way onto the woven blanket I've carefully tucked around our couch cushions for exactly this reason. So, add "wash couch blanket and the toddler" to my list of things to do tonight, on top of dinner. And dishes. I'm busy, and I'm tired, and I'm juggling like ten things at any given time while also trying to pull in some extra income. It's a crunch, right? If you've ever thought about joining a direct sales company to help make ends meet but, like me, felt like you didn't have the time (or energy) to take on a time-consuming side hustle, then this list is for you.

MLM and direct selling programs also offer very low barriers into entrepreneurship, often providing training, support, and ample encouragement along the way.  As retirees begin to realize they need activities that keep them busy, relevant, in good health, and connected to others, the time, energy and cost to participate in these kinds of companies make them very appealing to large segments of the population caught up in these dynamics.


Well they were hot…this company was caught in the act and had some shade thrown their way after they were found to have been over-inflating their health products for consumer purchase.  But really though?  What company do you know that doesn’t do this in the MLM health industry? It seems like a common practice, even if its “just a bit,” so they are able to pay out commissions made.  Some perspective for the shade…their fiber product was 900% more costly than “leading alternatives” and their Trioten protein blend was 600% more pricey as well when comparing their products to companies such as Herbalife and Shaklee.

What a great list! Thank you for compiling it and adding frequently. :) Oh, did you know that Creative Memories is back again? They are a direct sales company for quality scrapbooking supplies. The best part is you can make a decent commission and it is only $49 for an entire year. No minimum requirements to maintain your status as an advisor and no requirements to keep inventory! It is a passion of mine and I’d love to talk to about it. Check it out at https://www.creativememories.com/user/cm_preservingmemoriesthroughscrapbooking You get your own website for the entire year too…


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. 

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.
This is a wonderful list! My husband and I are independent consultants for Paparazzi Accessories. It is a huge blessing to be able to work from home or pretty much wherever we choose to work from for the day. Everything is sold for $5.00 and as a consultant you make 45% of that, plus commission from your free website, and bonuses for those that sign up under you. We offer beautiful, high-quality rings, bracelets, necklaces, head bands, hair clips, earrings, and lanyards for women of all ages. As a party host you can earn free jewelry. If you would like more information, feel free to contact me and if you would like to join the team feel free to visit http://www.paparazziaccessories.com/34435.
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.
Hi Holly! Have you considered adding Paparazzi Accessories to your list? They are a new company (only 3 years old) and still growing but with great $5 jewelry and accessories I can’t keep enough in stock! Women just love to buy and wear it. Kits start at $99 and go up to $499. If you would like more info, let me know! Thanks for another great article!

They’re sliding, though. Revenue is falling in North America and their sales force is shrinking. Revenue slid 19% in 2013 and 7% in Mexico. Skip ahead to July 2015 and revenue is still spiraling downward, with a 17% drop (5). Analysts blame Avon’s failure to maintain a strong identity for its products as well as the strong dollar. Lesson: Always re-create yourself.
Rodan and Fields is committed to bringing minimally 1 new product a year to market. With product and market growth, along with global expansion, it is an unprecedented opportunity that is too good to pass up. I mean, you are basically going to be getting paid to wash your face, talk about it, and help other people get the best skincare of their lives. This is the business that could change everything.
I recently made the decision to become part of the PerfectlyPosh team, and I’m ecstatic I did. The brand is visually appealing, with their quirky-unique products names and creative designs, as well as being an overall quality product. This product suited me perfectly because I put my hands through rigorous hand washing and frequent alcohol based hand rubs. That is to be expected, as I am a practicing registered nurse. The natural based product delivers a level of healing that exceeds that of the well known brands we all know today. This company is very new, being several years old; so, there is much room for opportunity. Take so time to click on my link and discover for yourself what it means to be PerfectlyPosh. Indulge in the product, or make the move to become part of a fast moving team!!! perfectlyposh.com/ekellyRNBSN
I thought this article was fantastic. I currently work with an MLM and love it, but I definitely can see why MLM’s would have flaws. However, I also know for me it wasn’t about selling as much as it was SHARING. 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. That’s the only way I’ve been able to see it happen! Any who, thanks for the tips!

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. : )
Great post! :-) I am with Javita weightloss coffee and have been a customer since oct 2013 and on Dec 28th signed up to be an independent rep- we are an MLM company as well but like the person earlier mentioned it's legit since anyone can surpass their up line you get out of it what you put into it- we also earn residual income once you are at a certain level. My favorite product of the three is the burn & control- as a working mom with a 13 month old it helped me lose those last pregnancy pounds and has garçinia cambogia in it - which appeared on Dr OZ as the best kept secret in Hollywood for weight loss it's an appetite suppressant and increases metabolism also a fat blocker so not suggested for breast feeding/pregnant moms :( just came out with the Green Tea version as well - I am looking for motivated women with the desire to help others in their healthy lifestyle journey to join my team - myjavita.com/jenniferaz would love to share more info with you!
I think that all the suggestions you made are great – however there is one I believe was overlooked, such as ‘promote other people products’. In this new generation of online technology, there are several ways to make money online. The great thing about this is that all you need is a blog and then you sign up for free accounts at clickbank and commission junction. Once you do that you can simply choose products to promote on your blog for free and if someone purchases the product you get a good portion of the sale. It’s definitely an option to look into being that you don’t need any money to get started.
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.
And did you see that? Team members? I'm about to promote to Director in the next month - just six months after starting. And again, not because I've been badgering people to join, just because I'm connecting with people who love the products and, for whatever reasons, want to become a consultant. I have one team member who has a $150/month deficit in her current budget, but she is a single mom and need something she can do on her own timing. Another wants to learn to cook better and loves the products. Another lady just retired and needs some extra income and wants to get out and meet people still. I'm super grateful for the team I signed up with as well. They've been great to work with, super helpful, and don't pressure me to do anything other than reach my own goals.

I do make money writing these articles and you're welcome to join HubPages and give it a shot too! Unlike direct sales, I won't make any money for referring you and I won't try to sell you anything but I think you would do really well here because you seem to like writing and researching. You can join for free and then if at any point you want some guidance you can ask the community for help. We all work together here! It's an awesome platform and even if a reader is unhappy with your work you still get paid so it's a solid situation.


Hi Kierstin, this is a great list of DS companies. I researched a lot of these before signing up with Lilla Rose, whom I have been with for 18 months now. I just couldn't make myself pay a company for a website or have to sell a minimum quota each month regardless of my real job. I am a single mom with a full time job and two little ones (really little) so I wanted something that I would actually use and could sell to people with the purpose of sharing something that I genuinely think is awesome. Some months, I didn't have time to promote my product so I wanted a company where I didn't have to sell a minimum amount or have to maintain a website
This can seem like an overwhelming task initially. Just because of the sheer volume of direct sales companies that are out there. Let's break it down into an easier task. I've found over the years from my own personal experience, as well as talking with 100's of other men and women in direct sales that by asking yourself certain questions, you can narrow down your search immensely. And take your time – mull it over. Sleep on it.
If you love luxuriously soft bedding and appreciate organic materials, SOL Organics Bedding may be the perfect fit for you! Earn up to 14% commissions on sales you refer using your affiliate link. You can earn commissions by referring sales in person or online. Host a party with SOL Organics and showcase their luxurious bedding. Earn commissions on all sales you generate using your affiliate link!
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Keeping with the trend I have here, yes this is another MLM company operating under the nutritional niche; and it comes to us from Utah.  They have a specific product that’s help made them well-known: seed nutrition and the “black cumin seed,” which evidently is very potent for helping fight cancer cells and encourages anti-oxidant benefits, among other things.
I’ve also learned to lead in Mary Kay and become much more empowered as a woman. I’ve got a business I can do from anywhere, and one I’m proud to share with my friends and family. I’ve learned to help other women start their own businesses and share tools and tricks that have helped me have success. My unit grows as a team and works toward becoming a successful group of Mary Kay consultants. The Mary Kay products are known and loved by many so it’s fun to share all the new beauty and skincare lines as well as the cherished standbys that customers love.
Hi Holly! Have you considered adding Paparazzi Accessories to your list? They are a new company (only 3 years old) and still growing but with great $5 jewelry and accessories I can’t keep enough in stock! Women just love to buy and wear it. Kits start at $99 and go up to $499. If you would like more info, let me know! Thanks for another great article!
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…
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.
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.
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
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’ve been with Amway for almost a year and I believe it’s the best direct selling company there is! There are over 450 products and something for everyone. This includes Artistry skincare and makeup line which is in the top 5 of skincare in the world; Nutrilite vitamins and supplements, the #1 selling vitamin brand in the world; and Legacy of Clean products which are extremely safe yet effective cleaning products, to name a few. You don’t need to keep inventory on hand and you don’t need to have parties, but you can if you want. You can choose however you’d like to run your business. Plus there is a 180 day money back guarantee on all products, except 90 days on some skincare, which is still a long time. Check out my website: http://www.Amway.com/chelseyphipps. Or feel free to email me! Chelseyphipps@outlook.com
doTERRA – Headquartered in Pleasant Grove, Utah, doTERRA is health and wellness MLM company that deals in essential oils. Its product line consists over 100 skin care, nutritional supplement, weight management, and essential oils products. Founded by David Stirling in 2008, the company employs about 1,300 people and well over 3 million independent consultants/distributors. The company generates well over $1 billion in sales annually. 
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