The top 10 best home jewelry MLMs of 2017

Jewelry still hasn’t reached the levels of nutrition and cosmetics in the MLM world, but it’s getting up there.

A lot of the latest MLMs with all the buzz are home jewelry companies.

So have I been promoting any of them?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here are the top 10 best home jewelry MLMs of 2017:

#10. Magnabilities

Magnabilities is still coming in at around the $5 million mark, which shows potential, but it’s nothing that impressive. They’re like the lemonade stand of MLM. With a unique, customizable product (magnetic jewelry and charms you can design yourself), I’m seeing a bright future for them…if they can figure out how to hit their target market.

#9. Vantel Pearls

Forget your typical costume jewelry MLM – if you’re feelin’ fancy, this is a good choice. Vantel Pearls imports oysters all the way from Japan and then lets you harvest your own pearl, which they’ll then mount on a custom piece of jewelry for you.

Pearls aren’t so popular with younger crowds, though, which could present a problem for them. But this company is leveraging social media in a very creative way. They’ve got distributors doing home parties via Facebook Live, and it’s shaking things up so much the Boston Globe is writing about it. [1]

#8. Origami Owl

This home jewelry company BLEW UP in 2013. The sentiment behind the company – to create jewelry that helps customers cherish their most favorite memories – is really a big reason for their success. The living locket was a huge crowd pleaser. Unfortunately (notice the past tense), they’re not such a hit anymore. Origami Owl’s popularity has sunk quite a bit. However, they’ve still got a solid foundation to work from, so there’s a chance they could make a comeback.

#7. Traci Lynn

This Florida-based jewelry MLM has been around for a while (since 1989), but they tanked back in the 90s. Traci Lynn decided to give it a second go, given the knowledge she gained from the first time around, in the mid-2000s. Now, they’re seriously underrated when it comes to jewelry MLMs.

Launching the company with a smaller, more local flair, Traci was able to build something up with solid foundations and a loyal following. They’re known for having a great comp plan and one of the best company cultures – Traci Lynn’s retention rate is over a 50%, one of the highest in the game. They just expanded to Puerto Rico and Canada, and they’re well-positioned to go global.

#6. Paparazzi Accessories

Sometimes the biggest success stories happen on accident. What started as a fun hobby for sister-duo Misty and Chani ended up growing a whopping 900% in its first 6 months. They’ve got a pretty creative premise for their business – every single piece of jewelry is $5. Compared to the many MLMs with massively overpriced products, there is definitely a need for this. You can also sell online instead of boring all your friends to death at home parties, and their commission rate is a very generous 45%.

#5. Touchstone Crystal

Say goodbye to Forever 21 and hello to high fashion. Touchstone Crystal partners with famous Austrian crystal designer Swarovski to design exclusive, boutique collections for their Glambassadors to sell. As a subsidiary of Swarovski, they’re also part of a business network that does over $3 billion in sales each year.

#4. Premier Designs

Premier Designs is one of the vets. They’ve been around for over 30 years, and they’ve got a massive inventory of over 500 different pieces. Something for everyone. You also get 50% commission on personal sales as a distributor, which is up there with Mary Kay. Pretty much as high as it gets. This is one of the few MLMs that still offers a wealth of support and training to their reps, evidenced by the glowing things that Premier Designs Jewelers have to say about the company.

#3. Sabika

Most jewelry MLMs have some cute “founded in a basement by two best friends” story, but not this one. Sabika was founded by fashion maven Karin Mayr – she’s worked with Armani, Donna Karen, and Banana Republic, just to name drop for a minute here. They’re also pushing $20 million in sales and showing about a 60% growth rate every single year, which is mind boggling. This is a good MLM to hit up now while they’re on the upswing.

#2. Stella & Dot

This San Francisco-based start-up was one of the most hyped MLMs of 2014, 2015, and 2016, and it’s still going strong in 2017. They’re trendy, they’ve got great products, and they’re rebranding everything in MLM that’s old and tired, right down to calling their home parties “trunk shows”.

Not surprising, as founder Jessica Herrin is a serial entrepreneur worth $135 million and counting. This woman dropped out of none other than Stanford Business School to start founding successful companies instead. When you’ve got better things to do than go to one of the top business schools in the world, you know you’re on your A game.

#1. Chloe + Isabel

A lot of MLMs fall into the same easy pattern, chug along for 5 or 10 years, and then collapse – not Chloe + Isabel. These guys (or should I say gals?) are disrupting MLM like Airbnb disrupted the hospitality industry back in 2012. CEO Chantel Waterbury raised a whopping $37 million in investments for the company within its first few years, and now they’re valued at over $100 million.

Social media, blogging, pop-up shops, internships for colleges students, and a 15% acceptance rate for distributor applications (yes, you even have to apply) are just a few things that set this MLM apart from the rest.

Recap

If you’re all about the jewelry products and you have a lot of people to sell to, joining a home jewelry MLM might not be a bad way to go.

Just don’t expect to get rich or make enough money to quit your job.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways than peddling cheap jewelry.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/best-home-jewelry/

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The top 10 best cosmetics MLMs of 2017

Cosmetics is a huge market, and it’s only getting bigger with the growing popularity of beauty bloggers, makeup vloggers, and lifestyle Instagrammers.

There’s a lot of money to be made here.

MLMs know it, and although cosmetics was one of the first niches for MLM, it’s only gotten more popular. Of course, not all MLMs are created equal.

So have I been promoting any of them?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here are the top 10 best cosmetics MLMs of 2017:

#10. J.R. Watkins

This company is probably better known for their home cleaning products and kitchen goods, but they actually have a pretty extensive line of face and body care products as well.

The reason they’re on here is that their vintage charm and focus on all-natural, quality products could really help them grow their space in the cosmetics niche over the next few years. These things are trending hard, and few MLMs are doing them well.

Not too long ago the FDA banned a longgg list of chemicals and ingredients that are often used in body and beauty products. Almost every major company had to quickly reformulate their products to comply, but J.R. Watkins products never contained those harmful ingredients in the first place. They’re one of the most trusted names in MLM.

#9. Oriflame

Oriflame is huge, and they want to be even bigger. In fact, their goal is to beat out rivals Avon and Mary Kay to become the top beauty MLM in the entire world.

Looking at their numbers, they could do it. They’re already hitting $1.5 billion a year in revenue, and they’ve got 3.6 million consultants worldwide (more distributors than Mary Kay, actually).

This Swedish MLM may not have the hold on the U.S. like Mary Kay and Avon do, but they’re taking over virtually every other part of the globe: Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America. Plus, Avon recently lost their hold on North America anyway. Watch out ladies, Oriflame is coming through.

#8. Avon

It’s no secret that Avon has been struggling in recent years. In fact, they announced the closure of all their North American operations recently, which is a huge blow. Their revenue has fallen from $10 billion in 2013 to just over $5 billion in 2016. That’s an impressive drop.

That being said, a lot of MLMs tanked around that time, and Avon is still ranked #2 in the world. That’s gotta stand for something, right?

#7. Perfectly Posh

This is a beauty MLM with a twist: instead of making women feel like crap about themselves, which cosmetics companies do all too often, they focus on lifting women up and making them feel better. Their M.O.? Self-care.

Self-care is a HUGE trend right now, and Perfectly Posh is Perfectly Positioned to leverage the hype. They seem to already be doing so. In 2014, they reported sales at $50 million, and I’m sure they’re even higher now. The company has been getting new distributors so quickly they can’t keep up – they’re now at over 45,000. Distributors are also not required to keep any stock on hand, which is a huge plus.

#6. Mary Kay

Every last one of us knows about the Pink Ladies in their Pink Caddies. Mary Kay is legendary. When it comes to cosmetics, they’re arguably on top. Avon may be ranked a few spots higher in terms of revenue (Avon is #2 in the world and Mary Kay is #5), but to be honest, the future is looking much brighter for Mary Kay, and their revenue hasn’t taken nearly such a harsh blow in recent years as Avon’s has.

They’re one of the pioneers, and they’re not going anywhere. With a 50% commission rate, their distributors aren’t going anywhere either.

#5. Younique

If you’re looking for a hot, new, trendy cosmetics MLM, this is it. They certainly live up to their name. For one, they’ve sworn off auto-ship and home parties (as every MLM should by now) in favor of using social media marketing to sell their products. Welcome to the 21st century MLM. *slow clap*

They also use their own consultants as models in their catalogs rather than professional models, which is pretty cool. The company is very into empowering women with their product and income opportunity.

On top of all of this, their products are trendy and well-liked by customers. Their flagship product, the 3D Fiber Lashes, quickly became one of the most popular mascaras in the entire cosmetics world, not just MLM. Because of it, their sales have been off the charts, and new distributors have been joining left and right. Younique has been named one of the fastest growing companies in Utah and the greater United States more than once, and in 2015, the company announced that they’d started topping $3 million in revenue per day. 

To back their valuation, conglomerate Coty bought a majority stake in Younique earlier this year for a whopping $600 million. [1] Expect to see big things from them.

#4. Belcorp

While they haven’t quite made the name for themselves in the U.S. that other cosmetics MLMs have, this beauty MLM (creators of cosmetics line L’Bel) is taking over Latin America. In fact, they’re currently the 3rd largest cosmetic company in all of Central and South America. They also produce a couple other lines, like Esika and Cyzone.

Although they’re a private company, and thus don’t have to disclose their revenue, here’s a hint: their president recently appeared on the Forbes Billionaires list. Yeah. [2]

#3. Arbonne

Arbonne is pretty much a household name by now. They’ve been around for over 4 decades, and their focus on cruelty-free, botanical, sustainable products has really increased their popularity as of late. In fact, Arbonne has been pushing cruelty-free, naturally-based products since way back in the 80s – long before it was the new trendy thing to do.

All their products are now shipped carbon neutral, their packaging is recyclable, ingredients are largely biodegradable, and they use soy-based ink.

All their products are now shipped carbon neutral, their packaging is recyclable, ingredients are largely biodegradable, and they use soy-based ink. We’ve all witnessed the crazy growth that companies like LUSH have seen in recent years – could Arbonne become the LUSH of MLM?

#2. SeneGence

I’m not sure what happened over the past year, but this company is on FIRE. They’ve been all over social media, trending like crazy, and I’ve seen people get sucked into selling for them left and right. Their famous long-lasting lipstick line, LipSense, clearly has something to do with the crazy hype.

If they can sustain this, SeneGence could really become one of the greats. They’ve already been ranked #47 on the Direct Selling Momentum Ranks, so they’re well on their way.

#1. Amway

Amway isn’t just the #1 cosmetics MLM…they’re the #1 MLM period. They have been for years, and their domination isn’t taking a break anytime soon. They do a whopping $8+ billion a year in revenue…their competition, #2 Avon, does only around $5 billion a year.

To give you an idea of just how massive these guys are…Sephora, the massive makeup store to end all makeup stores where pretty much every beauty blogger gets their gear does just $4 billion in annual revenue.

Recap

While it’s definitely possible to make money slinging cosmetic products, that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to quit your 9-to-5 job and travel the world.

The fact is that it doesn’t really matter what the MLM is, you’re still selling an opportunity, and many times the opportunity is shut down within a few years.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways than peddling cosmetics.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/best-cosmetics/

The top 10 best skincare MLMs of 2017

Skincare is still a largely untapped market in the MLM space.

Although you’ve got hundreds, if not thousands, of MLMs that sell skincare products (often right beside their miracle diets and nutritional pills), very few do it well.

But skincare is a massive, global market, and people are willing to shell out HUGE amounts of money for products that work (see #1 for proof).

So have I been promoting any of them?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here are the top 10 best skincare MLMs of 2017:

#10. Pure Haven Essentials

Pure Haven Essentials screwed up big time when they first started. Formerly, Ava Anderson, they got majorly busted by the USDA for making false claims about their products. According to them, their products were naturally based and free of harmful chemicals. The USDA actually found more than one toxic chemical in their formulas…yikes.

But hey, sometimes you have to mess up big to learn big. To make sure their products fall in line with regulations now, they’re one of the few skincare MLMs that’s actually legit certified organic by the USDA. Their current interim CEO has already grown the company from $15 million to $20 million in annual revenue, so things are looking promising.

#9. Seacret

You know the crazy hype over dead sea skincare products that was taking over a few years back? These guys basically started it. The founders, two brothers who immigrated to the U.S. from the dead sea itself (well, from Israel), have managed to grow Seacret into a billion dollar company with a massive network of over 12k distributors. They’ve gone totally global and are landing features in Business Wire and Business2Community because of it.

#8. Nu Skin

Trust and MLM aren’t exactly two words I’d use in the same sentence, but Forbes Magazine called Nu Skin one of the “100 most trusted U.S. companies”, so I’ll take their word for it. They do regularly rake in over $2+ billion in annual revenue, and they’ve been around for over three decades.

25% commission isn’t anything special, but they still manage to pay out a little over 40% of their profits to their distributors. Because they’re one of the originals, they also still train their distributors pretty well when it comes to sales and marketing.

#7. Nerium

These youngsters have been around for 6 years, but it only took them 1 year to be ranked in the top 100 MLMs by Direct Selling News (#86, then #54 the following year). Their sales quickly shot up to $100 million after launch, and a year later they doubled to $200 million. The growth these guys experienced in their first few years is enough to make your head spin.

While it’s slowed down a bit, they’re still going strong. Their anti-aging products are a favorite, and they seem to actually work. Plus, distributors can unlock some pretty sweet bonuses, including a $50,000 Live Better Bonus (no, that isn’t a typo…5-figures).

#6. Oriflame

Oriflame is the industry vet of skincare MLMs. While they can’t top the giants (hats off to Mary Kay and Avon), they’re well on their way.

Oriflame has been around since the 60s, and they’re publicly traded on the NASDAQ. This Swedish MLM sees a whopping $1.5 billion in sales each year, and they’ve got millions of consultants in over 60 countries worldwide. It’s also free to join Oriflame, which is a huge anomaly. I can only think of a very small handful of MLMs that don’t make you pay anything to become a distributor, and none of them are as big as Oriflame.

#5. Mary Kay

There’s really no doubt out there that Mary Kay is one of the Greats when it comes to cosmetics and direct sales. Here are just a few numbers to consider: 5, 3.5 billion, 3.5 million, 50.

That’s a #5 ranking on the Global 100, topped only by 4 other MLM giants, $3.5 billion in annual sales, 3.5 million distributors worldwide, and a 50% commission rate. Mic drop.

Skincare is actually one of their largest product categories, as well. Their age-fighting moisturizer is a best seller, and it goes for $24. This isn’t dirt cheap, but it’s way less than the sticker price at a lot of other skincare MLMs. Their hand cream is only $10 and has rave reviews.

#4. Jeunesse

Even though they’ve been around less than a decade (launched in 2009), this has been one of the most hyped up skincare MLMs in recent years. And for good reason.

By 2016 they’d already climbed they’re way up to the top 20 on the DSN Global 100. That’s insane – they’re ranked higher than a mountain of MLMs that have been in the game for decades.

Dr. Nathan Newman, the guy behind their wondrous products, is world renowned for his work in science and engineering. He’s created some pretty astounding skincare products for Jeunesse using stem cell technology and antioxidants.

It’s also super cheap and low-risk to join Jeunesse – just a $30 start up investment.

#3. Arbonne

Arbonne may be the poor man’s Mary Kay or Avon, but they’re catching up. For some perspective…Avon and Mary Kay are ranked 2 and 5 in the world, respectively, and both are doing several billion a year in sales. Arbonne is still back at #38 with just half a billion in sales. But they’ve been moving up steadily year by year.

Their focus on younger generations, on cruelty free, all-natural products, and on branding that speaks to the future could really give them a leg up over the course of the next few years. Especially when it comes to skincare. Their skincare products are known for being free of nasty chemicals and fillers that can clog up your pores, and their botanical ingredients are said to be very soothing and healing.

#2. Younique

Younique is one of the most innovative and creative MLMs out there. They’ve also got more buzz than an NBA player’s haircut. You’ve probably seen them flood your Facebook feed.

Just check this list:

  • Named one of Utah’s “emerging elite” in 2015
  • Exceeded $53 million in sales in ONE MONTH
  • Named “fastest growing company in the nation” by Melanie Huscroft
  • 515,000 distributors in over a dozen countries
  • No minimum order requirements and no home parties

That last part is sweet, sweet music to an MLMer’s ears. That’s right – no more stockpiling inventory you can’t sell in your closet, wasting your money on autoship, or holding those god awful, bored to tears home parties. Younique focuses on selling through social media, and they’re a master at it.

#1. Rodan + Fields

The level of domination here is just undeniable. Whenever I ask someone what the most memorable skincare product they can think of in recent history is, the answer is always this: Proactiv.

Well, these guys created Proactiv, along with a whole host of other effective and crazy popular skincare products. That’s because, unlike most skincare MLMs, Rodan + Fields was actually founded by two legit dermatologists: Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Katie Rodan.

Now they’re inching toward doing a billie a year in sales with a year-over-year growth rate of 90%, and they’re considered the #2 skincare brand in the entire United States. Their products are pretty pricey, but people don’t care. They’ll pay up. And you’ll make that much more in commission.

Recap

If you’re set on joining an MLM company, going the skincare route could be profitable if you have a solid warm market to sell products to.

That being said, only a tiny percentage make enough money to quit their day jobs and retire.

You’d be lucky to even hit 5-figures in an entire year with any network marketing opportunity.

The fact is that it doesn’t really matter what the MLM is, they’re not life long income streams.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways than peddling skincare products.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/best-skincare/

Does Melaleuca’s success = distributor success?

Melaleuca is a health and wellness direct sales company founded in the rural state of Idaho.

They skyrocketed years ago, and managed to keep on trending all the way through the 2000s. Recently they’ve hit the coveted $1 billion mark in sales.

So have I been involved?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Melaleuca.

Overview

When Melaleuca got started some 30 years ago, they were just a humble little start-up company in a small town in Idaho.

Those days are long gone. They quickly became a multi-billion dollar company with operations in almost 20 countries worldwide. These guys bring in a million shoppers per month.

And in 2015, their annual sales broke the $1 billion mark. That’s HUGE. They did $1.75 billion in 2016, making them one of the top MLMs in the world.

Their tagline is “The Wellness Company”, and they want all of their endeavors to cover four areas of wellness – a more holistic approach, we’ll say. The four aspects are your physical health, your financial well-being, your overall quality of life, and the greater well-being of the environment.

Frank L. Vandersloot started Melaleuca way back in 1985. He’s been a successful salesman his whole life, but as he started to age, he decided that he wanted to start letting someone else do the grunt work for him. So he built up a team of part-time salespeople and started an MLM. Well played, Mr. Vandersloot, well played.

Frank Vandersloot injects Melaleuca with a refreshing dose of humility and frugality when MLM is known for arrogance, over-the-top events, and fancy car bonuses. He’s known for preaching to his employees the value of living within their means, not going into debt, and not buying cars and houses they can’t afford.

He even discourages his distributors from pushing new recruits into a mountain of debt by purchasing tons of inventory and training programs. I can get behind that.

How much does Melaleuca cost?
There’s a one-time membership fee of $29. You also have to buy about $80 in product each month to keep an active membership and qualify for commission.

Products

Melaleuca health and home products have always been centered around offering environmentally friendly options to everyone. Of course, “environmentally friendly” usually comes with a higher price tag.

The list of Melaleuca products is longer than the line up outside of a Chick-Fil-A drive through at lunch time. Seriously, the amount of products they sell is ridiculous. Then again, they have been around for over 30 years.

Their catalog can be broken up into the following categories: Nutrition, Medicine Cabinet, Beauty, Household, Bath & Body, and Essential Oils. Your one stop shop for all the MLM favorites.

Some of their most popular products include Peak Performance Total Health, a nutritional supplement that supports your workouts and is actually clinically tested (congrats), their Renew intensive skin therapy lotion, and their eco-sense laundry products. The only way to see their prices is to log in to a member account.

They offer a membership money-back guarantee that allows you to terminate your membership up to three months after purchasing it and get your money back, and you don’t even have to give them a good reason. So signing up for their shopping membership is worth a try, even if you end up not really digging it.

Compensation Plan

The Melaleuca compensation plan, also known as their “Business Builders Plan”, isn’t half bad. However, it is way WAY more confusing than it needs to be. Smells like MLM.

Don’t worry, I’ll try to parse out the details and break it down easily for you.

The most important stream of income is the purchases your customers and recruits are making. You get a residual income on all of their purchases, so if they shop on the platform regularly, that can add up. You get 7% of their monthly spend.

If you are the Enroller, you can earn 20% on your new customers first 150 product points purchased, and if you’re that person’s Enroller and immediate Marketing Exec, you can earn 27%.

Your 7% in residual commission isn’t huge, but it stays flat straight through your downline. It doesn’t decrease, which is a pretty good deal. You get 7% off of your 1st generation, 2nd generation, 3rd generation, etc. This goes 7 generations deep.

You can also earn bonuses for enrolling Quality Customers. Quality customers are people who enroll, become Preferred Customers, and make the necessary minimum purchases within their first month.

Weekly Melaleuca bonuses are given out to anyone who has kept their Preferred Customers enrolled through the past 5 months. If you’ve managed to retain 75% or more of your Preferred Customers, you can qualify.

Finally, Melaleuca gives out some pretty good Leadership Development Bonuses for those who are building up a solid team of distributors who sell a lot and move up in rank. Each time one of the distributors in your downline gets a rank bonus or sales bonus, you get a bonus that’s equal to 50% of their bonus.

Like I said, the compensation plan is way too convoluted, lol. Usually, when MLMs do that, it makes me wonder what they’re hiding.

Looks like Melaleuca is hiding their income statistics. If you take a look at them, they aren’t exactly encouraging.

The average annual income of their Directors (and many new reps don’t even make it to Director level), is $2,047. These are distributors who have worked at building their business for quite some time and already have 8 customers or more. Many people won’t even make it that far.

Recap

Melaleuca has a pretty impressive backstory, especially if you remember back to the early 2000s when they really started to take off. But they haven’t slowed down – hitting $1 billion a couple years ago was their greatest milestone yet.

The company might be doing great, but most of their distributors are not. Sorry folks, but the numbers don’t lie.

Of course, if you’re into their products, it could be a fun gig to do on the side. Just don’t expect it to pay the bills.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/melaleuca/

Is Mary Kay still relevant?

Most of us have had a Lady in Pink pull up to our driveway their company Cadillac at some point or another. Mary Kay, we know ‘bout chu already.

When it comes to cosmetics direct sales, Mary Kay is almost #1 (we see you, Avon). Heck, when it comes to MLM, they’re almost #1 (shoutout to Herbalife, Vorwerk, Amway…)

So is Mary Kay a thing of the past or should you get involved?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Mary Kay.

Overview

In case you don’t fully understand the level of dominance this MLM has reached, here are a few stats for you…

Direct Selling News ranks them as the #5 MLM…in the entire world.

They’re in the billion dollar club, and not only that, but their annual revenue for 2016 was $3.5 billion. For some perspective, direct selling GIANTS Herbalife were at $4.5 billion.

Mary Kay has been around for over 50 years, and they’ve got a mega sales army of over 3.5 million Independent Beauty Consultants.

This MLM has created a worldwide name for themselves and has made countless millionaires out of women all around the globe. Not only that, but they also share the wealth through a number of charitable organizations. The Mary Kay Foundation, their charity arm, has a couple humble goals….to cure cancer and end domestic violence. All in a day’s work, you know.

So, there’s no question. Mary Kay is one of the biggest, most successful MLMs out there.

But hold up, wait a minute, don’t start dreaming about that rose-colored Caddy just yet.

How much does Mary Kay cost?
In order to become a Mary Kay consultant, you must purchase a $100 starter kit. Then, in order to remain active and qualified for the commission plan, you have to sell at least $200 in product every 3 months.

Products

We all know what they sell – beauty products. But are they any good? What makes them so special?

First of all, their products aren’t tested on animals, which is huge nowadays.

They’ve spent years testing, researching, and developing cosmetics, so you know their products are top notch. These aren’t just trending favorites, they’re time-tested, proven favorites. Seriously, their product development team is the size of some small countries.

They’ve also got more than just makeup and skincare, although that’s where their products are focused. But you’ll also find body products, fragrances, and men’s products.

Some of their best-sellers include Lash Love Mascara, their TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser, their Mary Kay eyeliner, and their Mineral Powder Foundation. They’ve also released a new line of skincare products called Clear Proof that have been doing really well.

On top of that, their products are very reasonably priced. Compared to most major cosmetics brands, Mary Kay is considered affordable, even cheap. Most of their top products are around $12-$18.

Compensation Plan

When you buy into becoming a Pink Lady, you automatically get the title of Independent Beauty Consultant. If you sell well, you can move up to Independent Sales Director and National Sales Director. This is where the money’s at.

We all know the peons at the bottom of the pyramid don’t make good money…or any money at all. This is especially true of organizations as big and reputable as Mary Kay. They bring in a lot of money, sure, but the longer they stick around, the harder it gets to move to the top.

Anyway, the start up kit provides you with some materials to start – a business announcement eCard, a custom color look, 40% off a business kit (which you’re going to need if you’re serious), and 50% off Mary Kay product purchased online.

Yep, you read that right. 50% off. That means you purchase product at half price, re-sell it for full price. For folks that can count, that’s a 50% commission rate on personal sales. One of the best in the business.

Once you move up in rank, you can start earning 4% on the sales of your downline. If you keep shooting toward the sky, you could reach as high as 13% commission on sales that other people are making for you. Not bad at all.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. But how do I get the free pink car?

This is how their most successful distributors rope in new team members time and time again. They show up to Becky’s engagement party in their shiny new Mary Kay Caddy, and eventually one of Becky’s friends asks how she got it. Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, new recruit.

Anyway, I’m going to give you the good new first, then the bad news.

The good news is that all top sales people have the option of getting the pink Cadillac as a bonus if they can reach about $100,000 per year in sales.

The bad news? You have to hit 6 figures in sales. This is not an easy feat, folks. It’s going to require a lot of spamming your family and losing all your friends.

The extra bad news? Car bonus incentive programs are basically NEVER a good deal in MLM. If you do somehow manage to sell $100,000 and qualify for the Cadillac, you don’t get the car outright – you get a 2 year lease with Mary Kay paying your monthly lease payments for you. However, if you fall below that requirement, Mary Kay stops paying off your lease and you’re left to shoulder the $800+ monthly payments on your own. It’s a good way to rack up some debt.

Recap

If you HAVE to join an MLM and you’re really into makeup, Mary Kay is an obvious choice. They’ve churned out loads of successful sales women.

That being said, for every successful sales woman they made, they made 100 women go into debt buying product they weren’t able to sell.

Yes, Mary Kay might be killing it…for direct sales. But if it’s money you’re chasing, there’s other stuff out there.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/mary-kay/

Could Bode Pro be the next big nutrition MLM?

Bode Pro is a health and wellness MLM founded by BK Boreyo, the guy with over $1 billion in direct sales career earnings with companies New Vision and Vemma.

Vemma was doing hugeee sales at their peak – I’m talking hundreds of millions in revenue. The only thing that could stop them back then was, well, the thing that always stops MLMs: the FTC.

Will Bode Pro suffer the same fate or should you get involved?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Bode Pro.

Overview

Vemma came under fire from the FTC for having a sketchy compensation plan and focusing too hard on recruitment (cough, pyramid scheme, cough). In 2015, the FTC shut them down, and in 2016, Vemma settled with the FTC for a whopping $238 million and an agreement to totally restructure the company. [1] Ouch.

That being said, maybe BK Boreyo learned a worthwhile lesson from all this. He certainly doesn’t let the government bullies knock him out easily. Vemma is back in action, and Bode Pro is looking promising.

Bode Pro started out in the USA and Canada and already expanded to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, with plans to cover all of Europe in no time.

Boreyo has also switched things up since his run-in with the FTC. He’s calling Bode Pro “a fresh approach to direct-to-consumer influencer marketing”. They’ve got their own start-up technology and mobile app now that are designed to help their affiliates become micro influencers and leverage social media marketing – turning their Instagram and Facebook into a social marketplace, and making money in the process.

It’s a pretty smart approach. Influencer marketing is HUGE! According to Forbes, 73% of marketers have an allocated budget for influencer marketing, and 71% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase based on a social media reference.

I’m just not so sure how well combining influencer marketing with MLM will work. It could be revolutionary…but it could also tank. More on that later.

How much does Bode Pro cost?

You have to buy a Bode Pro product first, and then you have to get at least one person to do the same. After that, it’s a one-time fee of $29.95 plus a monthly fee of $9.95.

Products

Bode Pro’s products are “nutritional nootropics.”

If you’re wondering what the heck a nootropic is, first of all, come out from under your rock and join the rest of us. Nootropics have BLOWN UP over the past few years. Even Silicon Valley VCs are backing this stuff.

So what are they?

Basically any drugs, supplements, nutritional substances, etc that are designed to improve cognitive function. None of that diet pill crap – these pills make you smarter.

Pretty cool, if it works. Bode Pro has two flagship products right now: Bode Happy and Bode Strong.

Bode Happy

Bode Happy supplements are nootropics, so basically, they’re supposed to improve your focus, productivity, and energy. It’s marketed as a pill that gives you a mental advantage when it comes to multi-tasking and balancing the different aspects of your busy life.

1 packet of the stuff contains 24 servings and costs $53.95. At over 2 bucks a pill, you’d better hope it works. It’s a little steep, but if you’re replacing your morning coffee with this stuff, it’s probably comparable in price.

Bode Strong

Bode Strong is more like your traditional nutritional supplement. It’s meant to help you bulk up, cut fat, have more effective workouts, and boost your physical energy.

They’re set to launch a handful of other similar products with different benefits, but for now they’re just focused on the two. It’s a pretty limited range of products, but it’s kind of refreshing to see a new MLM focused on getting a few products right instead of trying to do 100 things at once and not really mastering any of them.

Compensation Plan

Their compensation plan gets you both retail profits and unilevel commission that pays down to 7 levels deep. You need to maintain at least 50PV in sales each month to qualify for the compensation plan.

Interestingly, 25 out of that 50PV must be in plain old retail sales to an actual customer rather than your downline. You can already tell they’ve strayed away from the pyramid scheme plans.

Your retail commission starts at 15%, which is pretty low. However, as you move up in rank, you can earn 20%-25%.

In order to qualify for affiliate commission, you need to be a Platinum ranked influencer or higher. It’s not too hard to do, but at least half your GV needs to come from retail sales, so you do have to actually sell product to real customers.

Residual commission pays out 7 levels deep on the following structure:

  • Platinum Influencers get 5% on their levels 1-3.
  • Star Platinum get 5% on levels 1-4.
  • 1 Star Platinum get 5% on levels 1-5.
  • 2 Star Platinum get 5% on levels 1-6.
  • 3 Star Platinum get 5% on levels 1-7.

If you rank Star Platinum or higher, you get a 5% matching bonus on the sales of your personal recruits. Move up, and that matching bonus can extend up to 4 levels deep.

They also offer pretty generous leadership and rank bonuses.

Recap

It’s still a little early to tell what’s going to happen with Bode Pro, but things are looking promising. I expect you’ll hear a lot more from Boreyo for years to come in the MLM world.

If you’re really into their products, getting in on the ground level could be a fun gig. Their compensation plan looks legit, and I don’t foresee them having major issues with Bode Pro like they did with Vemma.

However, I also don’t see too many people getting rich off this gig.

They’re trying to leverage the popularity of influencer marketing and social media, which sounds good, in theory. The problem with trying to mix influencer marketing and MLM is this: you have to already have a massive following to make any money in influencer marketing.

People trust influencers who have been around for a while and have made a name and a brand for themselves. People DON’T trust MLM, and that’s just a fact. Coming in as a nobody and spamming your friends and family on social media isn’t going to get you rich, it’s just going to get you blocked.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/bode-pro/

The fatal flaw of NHT Global

NHT Global is an MLM that pretty much has it all: the experience, the trusted name, good products, steady growth, a solid compensation structure, qualified and talented upper level management.

If you were to describe an archetypal MLM, they would be it.

So have I been involved?

This video explains everything:

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Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on NHT Global.

Overview

NHT Global, also known as National Health Trends Corp, has been around since 2001. They’re a subsidiary of parent company Natural Health Trends Corp, which has been around for about 25 years now.

So, these guys are no newbies. Sitting at #54 on the DSN’s list of the top 100 MLMs in the entire world, they’re in it to win it.

Headquartered in California, this company expanded globally pretty quick. Within less than a year in operation they’d already moved into Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand. Now they’re  in over 40 countries worldwide.

Chris Sharng, the President of NHT Global, is pretty impressive. He’s held numerous high level positions with some of the biggest corporations in the world, including Vice President of International Finance at Mattel. Scott Davison, their CFO and Senior VP, has been with NHT for 13 years and counting. Before that, he worked for communications giants such as IP Communications and Celion Networks. He holds a Masters degree in Professional Accounting from the prestigious University of Texas at Austin.

NHT Global is a member of the Direct Selling Association, and they have an A+ rating with the BBB. They are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange as NHTC.

Unlike a lot of older MLMs that peak and then plateau for a while, NHT Global’s growth hasn’t stalled. In fact, it’s skyrocketed.

Just in the past two years, this company has managed to grow exponentially. Their stock shares are now worth around $28.8. Back in January of 2014, they were worth just $3.2. The company peaked in late 2015, with their stock reaching over $50 a share.

They’re pulling in great numbers lately, hitting $287.7 million in annual revenue in 2016. [1] It’s pretty obvious that NHT Global isn’t going anywhere.

How much does NHT Global cost?

You need to buy a Business Builder Pack to enroll, which will cost you $100. There’s also an annual fee of $50/year.

You’ll need to make your first order in order to activate your account. To qualify for the entire compensation plan, you’ll then have to sponsor two direct recruits who enroll and activate their accounts.

Products

NHT Global does general eCommerce, which means they sell a little bit of everything: beauty products, nutritional products, skin creams, you name it.

However, their products can generally be broken up into three main categories: NHT Global Beauty, NHT Global Herbal, NHT Global Wellness, and NHT Global Lifestyle.

NHT Global Beauty

Their beauty products don’t consist of cosmetics so much as skincare products. They’ve got items like a Botanical Hand Protector, an Age Defying Hair Mask, and their Skinindulgence line of anti-aging creams.

NHT Global Herbal

Their herbal supplements include LivaPro is for liver support and detoxification, Cordyceps  Mycelia is for kidney function and sleep improvement, and Purus supports heart health.

NHT Global Wellness

This category is where most of NHT Global’s products fall. They’ve got probiotics, stem cell supplements, omega-3 fatty acids, noni juice, fiber supplements, energy boosters, and more.

NHT Global Lifestyle

NHT Global only has two lifestyle products, but they’re pretty unique. LaVie is a red wine alternative made from red grapes from the Bordeaux Region as well as aloe very and raspberries. It’s meant to provide you with the health benefits of drinking a glass of wine a day without having to consume alcohol. ALURA LUX is one of their top-selling products. It’s a paraben-free lubricant with menthol and L-arginine.

Compensation Plan

NHT Global calls their compensation plan “the most retail-oriented compensation plan in history”.

I don’t know about that, but it is definitely more retail focused and less recruitment heavy than a lot of plans out there.

You get retail profits with NHT Global, which means that you purchase their products on wholesale at discounted prices, and then you sell them individually at marked up retail prices. You get to pocket the difference. The exact markup isn’t specified.

Based on your sales numbers, you might also qualify for extra bonuses.

The two-team infinity compensation system is the binary portion of their compensation plan, which lets you earn a commission on the sales of your stronger leg ranging from 5% to 20% depending on your rank.

Generational Bonuses at NHT Global are decent. They let you earn residuals off the sales of your direct recruits, up to 3 levels down, and they range from 3% to 18%. They also offer matching bonuses up to 3 levels deep, depending on your rank.

Recap

Look – there’s nothing wrong with this company.

But there’s nothing new and exciting about NHT Global. There’s no oomph. There’s no hype. There’s no…potential to win big $$$.

Just look at their earnings disclosure statement. Only 41% of their distributors were even eligible for commission in 2016. That means that over half of them didn’t earn a single penny, let alone pay back their initial investment. Only 1% made over 25,000 for the entire year, which is barely over minimum wage in some places.

Joining NHT Global might get you a little extra cash here and there if you’re lucky, but you’re never going to get wealthy with them. You’re highly unlikely to even earn enough to cover your phone bill.

If it’s financial freedom you seek and you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/nht-global/