Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How O.J. Simpson proves that Juice Plus claims are bogus

juice plusWild health claims, miracle fruits, and paid celebrity endorsements are par for the course when it comes to nutritional MLMs.

They’re all a part of Juice Plus, although the company had some pretty unfortunate luck when it came to the last one…paying O.J. Simpson to endorse their product right before he was tried for the murder of his wife. OOPS.

Obviously they bounced back, because they’re still around.

So should you get involved?

Product-wise this company might be legit, but if you’re just interested in the business opportunity, there are better options out there…

Click here for my #1 recommendation

Either way, here is the full review on Juice Plus.

Overview

Juice Plus is owned by National Safety Associates (NSA) out of Collierville, Tennessee. The company previously produced unrelated products, such as water filters and fire protection equipment, but branched into nutritional supplements in 1993 with the creation of Juice Plus.

Within its first year, Juice Plus achieved $6 million in sales and become NSA’s best selling product. [1] By 2008, the product was nearing $300 million in annual sales, according to the company’s VP John Blair. [2]

Of course, this is MLM, so they haven’t been around for over 2 decades without their fair share of controversies.

Both consumer watchdogs and government agencies have criticized the company for making health claims with absolutely no scientific backing and employing deceptive marketing practices, but more on that later. [3]

Perhaps the most publicized of the company’s controversies happened after they selected O.J. Simpson to provide them with a celebrity endorsement. He signed a six-figure contract with the company in January 1994. Of course, Juice Plus never could have known what would happen 6 months later (O.J. Simpson’s wife was murdered in June 1994 and he was accused of the murder)…but it gets worse than unlucky PR.

While endorsing Juice Plus, O.J. Simpson claimed that its major benefit was helping with joint pain, inflammation, and arthritis. He’s videotaped at a big Juice Plus conference in March 1994 claiming that Juice Plus completely cured him of his arthritis, allowing him to stop taking harmful anti-arthritic drugs and to start golfing again. [4]

Well, during O.J. Simpson’s controversial murder trial, he defended himself by saying that he was physically incapable of murdering his wife due to his arthritis and showed proof that he’d been taking the anti-inflammatory drug sulfasalazine. [5]

So, not only does the company lack real scientific evidence to back its claims, but endorsements can’t even be trusted.

How much does Juice Plus cost?

The start-up fee to join Juice Plus is $50.

Products

Juice Plus sells fruit and vegetable-based nutritional supplements and drinks. The whole idea behind Juice Plus is based on the fact that most Americans don’t consume enough fruit and vegetables (true).

Juice Plus products were designed to solve this problem by providing consumers with convenient ways to get their daily fruit and vegetable needs in. They sell convenient products (capsules, juice, bars) that contain concentrated fruits and vegetables.

Produce is dried and reduced to powders (with unnecessary salts, sugars, and most of the calories removed). Additional fiber and enzymes are added, and then it’s all placed in capsules for quick and easy consumption.

Orchard Blend Capsules, for example, contain berries, apples, cranberries, oranges, papaya, peaches, and pineapple.

Garden Blend Capsules contain barley, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, oats, parsley, spinach, and tomato.

Better Bars contain real fruits, oats, bran, and “a host of other natural ingredients”.

Juice Plus+ Lite is a 110 calorie meal replacement shake containing 12 essential vitamins and minerals.

No where on these packages or on the Juice Plus website does the company explain the quantities of each ingredient. Presumably, a single capsule isn’t going to adequately cover your body’s fruit and vegetable needs. This is especially true because a big part of your body’s need for produce is due to the fiber it contains (which is removed during the reduction process) and the healthiness of having a balanced diet. Capsules are not meal replacements and don’t affect your daily dietary choices.

Furthermore, study after study has shown that supplements in general can never provide the full range of benefits that a balanced diet can.

Tests from ConsumerLab have proven that Juice Plus supplements don’t contain anywhere near enough of your daily vitamins and minerals to have a significant impact on your health. A test done on their Garden Blend supplement showed that it contained only 76.4% of the calcium it claimed to contain, which amounted to less than 4% of the recommended daily value per serving. [6]

Benefits:

Benefits are completely based on anecdotal claims, as there aren’t really any legitimate studies (i.e. studies that AREN’T funded by Juice Plus themselves) to back them up. Claims include that Juice Plus:

  • improves mood
  • improves overall health
  • increases energy
  • cures arthritis
  • clears skin
  • prevents illness
  • improves sleep quality
  • decreases inflammation

Side Effects:

Reported side effects associated with Juice Plus are pretty gnarly, and include:

  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • irregular menstruation
  • rash
  • bloating
  • stomach cramps
  • excessive gas

Compensation Plan

All distributors make retail profit off their personal sales, which is the difference between the retail price and the wholesale price that they’re paying.

As you move up in rank, you can access additional commission bonuses. These include 6%-22% commission on your downline once you start hitting monthly sales requirements and recruiting consultants to your team.

Once you hit the 3rd rank and up, you access a 5% Performance Bonus. After that, a 4% “Promote Out Bonus”.

The highest ranks access a 20% Business Incentive Bonus of up to $500-$1,500 per month.

Consultants at the highest level, National Marketing Directors, also get to access a benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance, disability, life insurance, prescription coverage, tuition reimbursement, and a holiday bonus, which is pretty awesome.

Of course, almost no one makes it that far.

Recap

They actually have a pretty generous comp plan, and it’s not overly complicated.

But the product has come up against a LOT of controversy, even for an MLM (see: DS Domination, Creative Memories, or Silpada). The benefits seem to pretty much be the placebo effect, and the potential side effects are pretty nasty. Who’s going to keep buying a pill that makes them cramp, vomit, and poop uncontrollably? Good luck keeping up your sales numbers.

Look, I’ve been involved with network marketing for over ten years so I know what to look for when you consider a new opportunity.

After reviewing 200+ business opportunities and systems out there, here is the one I would recommend:

Click here for my #1 recommendation


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Monday, July 24, 2017

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:


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/

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:


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:


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:


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:


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/