Peace. Not at all, in my book. your comments made me laugh, Arbonne an established company of more than 3 decades??? I was also shocked they didnt make the list since they have the most 6 and 7 figure income earners of ANY company not just MLM’s. That feels dishonest and slimy to me. Not sure its making waves, but I’ve seen the offices. Have you got any statistics on that? R+F probably should have made the list. It remains to be seen whether those changes will negatively or positively affect the company overall. Just wanted to point that out. Like Ambit Energy, it uses an MLM model to sell electricity and gas service. One of the things I have learned and continue to learn is that we must really love what we do, believe in our offering, whether is it a product or service, and listen closely to our gut instincts. Or naming rights to an NBA arena. Thanks for the opinion and research. Why is Rodan & Fields not listed. Excellent read, and posts! In 2016, the number of consultants fell by 7 percent to 3 million. But it still took the number one spot on Direct Selling News’ Global 100 list. They are a rebrand of Neways. I loved this article, lots of great info! In 2016, the company had revenues of $3.41 billion. Hi, I enjoyed your article and agree completely. I’d have them ranked worse now to be honest. According to Forbes, the company started with 1,350 consultants. Although technically not an MLM, Wealthy Affiliate offers hosting and a solid digital product lineup that draws comparisons to other MLM digital product companies (see: Digital Altitude, Tecademics, MOBE, MLSP, Empower Network). If there is a ranking for who blows up my Facebook and Instagram timeline it would be the Rodan+Fields people. Terry, your situation is not that unique. Jeunesse Global is an amazing company, thank you for the nice comments. Interesting. Although younger than Young Living, doTERRA has more distributors (3 million as of June 2016). Natura had revenues of $2.86 billion in 2016 and a market cap of $3.5 billion. However, as Part 2 of this guide explains, MLM still has it’s flaws, and I wouldn’t ever recommend it as a means to replace your income. I originally got into network marketing because I was persuaded by my sponsor and convinced it was the only way to get what I want in life. When you have a great product, a passion and purpose that drives you everyday, are teachable and coachable, and love others as much as you love yourself, you can be successful in this business. Best HOME BASED Business we have ever found. Sure. Nicole, you make some good points – thanks for commenting! I hope you will take Usborne Books & More into consideration for your 2017 rankings. And that if we based it on the industry standard of 12 months our retention would go up to 85%. Used for wellness, cleaning and beauty, essential oils are natural, have few side effects, and hundreds of home applications. I’m a bit older and more mature and level headed. In 2016, Mary Kay Cosmetics had revenues of $3.5 billion. However, I believe that the MLM industry has made huge improvements in recent years and we do have a better way. keeps you wishing the post to go on forever and that’s a gift. From what I’ve seen in my experience and others as well, this is very accurate. Can you shed any light on why you think they are an MLM? that is not MLM. Thanks again Jeremy x, Hi, Jeremy Page, Enjoyed your post, and you right, MLM only favours peeps at the top, while peeps at the downline are not making a dime, but when i saw your article, i was surprised by, what I saw, which is, you said you have a platform better than MLM, Bro I need it, cos I have tried MLM and it didn’t pay me. Okay, I just put my tea down and left the Buddha bar, no more conscious rants, I promise lol. That is precisely why I love my company. The company is totally debt free and averaging 1 distributor for every 5 customers – thats HUGE for an MLM. We do look to grow our network, but we emphasize this takes hard work and is not a get rich quick scheme. The anti-aging skincare products company is active in more than 88 markets around the world. If you find something you’re passionate about then go for it. I’ve signed up for a handful of companies over the years, and just endes up consuming my starter packs. We rep Over the counter Human Growth Hormone Gel. Caroline, the short answer(s) to why MLM hasn’t worked is because the industry is flawed. I do like direct sales; one reason for this is that it helps keep alive that age-old tradition of people interacting face-to-face (rather than mainly through texting and social media). LOL. Again an extremely well written article. Kidding, kind of. doTERRA is changing lives for the better all around the world so that is one of the “reasons” we’re “strangely passionate” about spreading the good news of doTERRA essential oils. I couldn’t have said it better! “An oil for every household, a drop to change a life”. I don’t think I made a conscience decision not to include them, just think there are thousands of multi-level marketing companies and this list only had space for 25. I agree with most of what you posted. You don’t work you don’t get paid. The foundation builds wells, schools, provides personal care products as well as many other things. . And why I always say there’s a better way. This was really good. I’m a business growth coach who works with small business owners and often leaders from other MLM’s. What other 50 year-old beauty business wins “best website” and “best Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube” awards? Then, the company takes it away from you. Building my business was/is a LOT of hard work but I took what I poured into my 12hr day/6 days week corp job & worked my business. I quit my job for mlm i mean why not recommend MLM when you can make 10X the more money than you can at any stupid corporate america job..Working for people are for losers and i will defend mlm for the rest of my life bro you need to get your facts straight and look on youtube to see people buying new mercedez benzs and rolls royce working with mlm, MaryAnne, I would recommend finding a product that you LOVE, a product that you feel can benefit the people around you and who you feel integrity with. I think Amway has the only break away stair step system – meaning if you make more than your upline then you get more then your upline. “I do agree that most people fail but I wouldn’t blame the business model.”. Specifically now that distillers will sell directly to small businesses with very minimum amount, your $100 will buy you a lot actually. Great article! Quite savy. Had a good run, hope he can shake off whatever he is going thru. “Disciples” is the perfect word. I believe when we look at really loving people where they are and actually caring, success will come and not the other way around. In 2016, Jeunesse landed in the 481st spot on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies. Give ’em credit, though…they’re still one of the bigger digital communities in 2018. – i am really interested in ur local league marketing though – how would I find out more about this. You want to find their products useful so that you will feel good about buying them every month and want to share them with other. Customers receive discounts if they order a minimum monthly product supply, but are not required to maintain an inventory of products. Thanks for the feedback – retention rate would be a good metric to dial in on. You know what to do when it becomes important to you. Although the company’s revenue has steadily increased each year since 2011, in 2016 it did dip slightly, due to a bump in energy prices. I’m all for empowering people, and I love the idea of earning an additional income to take care of your family or yourself. Brand upside for Amway? Oh yeah the FDA lawsuit against Young Living joined by the state of California. And many companies are also discouraging distributors from spamming on social media- again- it comes down to the individual and their own business acumen. If revenue numbers were all that mattered, Amway is #1 or #2 (behind Avon). In India if you want to start a business or want to join a company you need to be familiar with Pan ( Permanent Account Number ) which gives individual the approval from government authorities to do financial transactions, Pan Card is the laminated plastic card consist of ten digit numbers which is allocated to pan card applicant. Thanks, so much! Nice, glad you’re seeing some success there. It’s important to consider these factors and others when joining a company so that you don’t just jump into it because of hype. Considering their products are botanically based with an ingredient policy that prohibits many of the chemicals and fillers Mary Kay and Avon still use in their own products, I’d say they’ve established a business for men and woman who are truly serious about the health of their skin, not just the evenness of their complexion. Still, they’re not as hot as they were 5 years ago, and it’s tough to say if they’ll be on this list 5 years from now. You only want to work with those that are committed to do the work and be able to work closely with them until they are a developed leader. That’s super cool, I can respect that. The industry is flawed. Thanks! https://www.rodanandfields.com/images/Archives/RF_Future_Growth.pdf. hoilictictouch.com Get Oiled! Much love, Erik. Definitely will keep reading! I don’t have to buy product and sell it to people. Oh right and 7 of their oils being found having LEAD in them. In 2016, its sales continued to fall, to $8.8 billion. With such rapid growth did they at least break even or profit? They’ve got badges to prove their worth: Inc. 500, DSA membership and some meh sponsorships. Savage AF? Lost so much more than taking an MLM business seriously. Correct answer: A bunch of internet marketers get rich. When you peddle (and become a disciple) of someone elses product and dream, are you really an entrepreneur though? (MLM sponsors hate it, but at least it tells the truth). That is just the nature of business. Kay, Good insight but you lost me at “however i can see why your business didn’t fly as you had hoped…”, It was actually more than I hoped ($6k/mo) but the problem was exactly what you said: “but where else can you invest for such a small amount…and all you have to do is go get customers and recruit..?”. Still, like Nu Skin, trends would show they’re past their glory days. It’s very sad but the truth is not being told. I’d be interested in seeing how they stack up. The company really needs to allow representatives to advertise online, and I don’t mean spamming friends on a Facebook or Twitter feed. I had no idea what mlm was before I got my product. Maybe blogging is the answer? Primerica is a direct selling company that offers insurance and other financial products. I think blasting your social media feeds with join links is a bad look. It’s no different then working with programs like amazon. I think it is! Excel Telecom anyone? It is hard work & not a get rich industry. But its those exact tactics that make the industry distasteful. USANA had 2016 revenues of $1.01 billion, putting it in position 20 on the Global 100. Got so passionate I qualified as a beautician and onto other certificates then I discovered essential oils.. Of Course Not. Def one of the better cosmetic MLMs. I’ll take another look. Its all about the new sign-ups. Highly recommend everyone seeing this and you sir to watch “Rise of the Entrepreneur” by Eric Worre on Itunes to get some serious facts about the MLM industry. As a business owner and entrepreneur, there is often a lot of noise from many sources about what is the best way to grow and be of importance. Am I wrong What do you think? Considered them, though. Bonnie, you make a decent point, but these rankings are sincere. Sales were up 3 percent. In 2016, 649,075 people worked as consultants with the brand, according to its Facebook page. I know, go high-five your fifty-something aunt right now. Great article and I hope you choose to delve deeper into this with future blogs. Glad I could provide some LOL in your life. Good insights to know about these companies which most consumers have totally no idea about. For that reason, I think MLMs should target the lonely Millennials. yeah – I’m a Melaleuca customer and director – it’s definitely MLM – MLM payplan, same MLM recruiting techniques, pitches, etc…. Hello! At the end of 2015, it was number 341 on the list of best employers. MLM is more risk-adverse than brick and mortar businesses, sure. Ambit Energy is a gas and electricity supplier that happens to use an MLM model. EN has brought lots to the table but there are some huge shakers out there. Find $$$ Website Design Jobs or hire a Website Designer to bid on your Website Design Job at Freelancer. I’m looking for a company with staying power. Do income producing activities daily, even if it’s 30 min a day, and don’t give up and you will be one of those few successful mlm’ers. That’s why its hot and will probably stay hot for awhile. And if it’s not for you, cool. Think about it, if you pay a mil or two for a Macca’s franchise you are going to commit a lot more than spending $150 on a mlm kit, am I right ?!?! Nobody really wins when you have to resort to bashing and name-calling to try to get your point across…We will succeed in spreading the word of essential oils and doTERRA by proving how great of a company we are and how well OUR products work. We thought it was until we looked closer. I truly appreciate your article. The OnPassive website currently has an Alexa ranking of over 1 million and falling. I still think there are better ways to make money online than network marketing. Really enjoyed your perspective and the research you’ve done. They apply the incorrect philosophy and it becomes a recipe for disaster. I’ve been through several mlms for the wrong reason. I enjoyed this post and spent too many hours reading all your other posts and watching your videos. This is so true! Maybe a bad sign? Surprised to see Tupperware on this list? And two, because it allows my audience to be significant. Have there been some with shady business practices? What are your thoughts on Senegence? Will they continue to re-create themselves? The page you need to see before joining any MLM, http://www.idahofallsmagazine.com/2014/12/demystifying-Melaleuca, https://www.rodanandfields.com/images/Archives/RF_Future_Growth.pdf. I’m not mad, it’s actually brilliant. I disagree with that jeremy i would recommend MLM over working a Corporate 9 t0 5 $300 weekly paycheck job anyday. Amen . The next largest network marketing company is another oldie. They are fairly new and have a rapid growth and sales rate. If you really believe what you are saying about MLM, why would you even list any MLM companies in your article, then rank them? Have you heard of it? I have been in WorldVentures for less than 2 years. The cool thing is so is my team. The company also operates in Japan. While I am required to purchase a certain amount each month, that’s all I need to purchase. being an ‘older’ lady here in the north of England doesn’t bode well for conventional job hunting in the current economic climate so some serious thinking needed on my part and QUICKLY lol. What’s the secret of making a big army? A little research goes a long way. I digress… An exact figure isn’t available, but the company claims that it has millions of distributors. Trending and a product that works really, really well? Thank you for sharing your perspective on the Direct Sales/MLM companies. Kay, you don’t need a lot of money to buy essential oils, NOT AT ALL! Market capitalization is the product of the value of a company’s outstanding shares multiplied by the cost of its shares. I am prepared and ready to continue my journey thus I’ve done my own “direct marketing” in previous years. If you’re doing it for the money, odds are you’ll make around $1,833 per year (17). Here’s my take for what it is worth,after working 50 years for the bank making not so much money,having to accommodate there time schedule ,negotiated vacations and seeing very few people advance to 6 figure incomes,I’m somewhat intrigued by the idea of using my retirement years looking at mlm as a part time endeavour . It’s not that I’m a hater, and I never felt bad for making money. They also did $157 million in revenue, and they’re just starting to pop off. Here is your more sustainable, more lucrative alternative. My comment is that MLM is similar to “homeopathic” or ” natural remedies” , in that for those people for whom “it” works, “it’s” touted as perfect, wonderful, that everyone should be involved. It also employees 19,000 people, landing it in the 29th spot on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Compared to the other companies on this list, Team Beachbody doesn’t have the most impressive revenue. Any wise advise would be really life changing and helpful!! Great listing and especially the honest look at what being in an MLM means. No glitz and glamour, just practical savings. It is still seeing strong growth, hitting $1.5 Billion in revenue for 2017(as stated at the top, we haven’t counted this since not all companies have release their earnings.). You have some excellent real life experiences to share and glad I found this blog. At the start of 2017, Herbalife reported that it had exceeded expectations for the first quarter. That’s why I feel there is a better way to kill your day job. Really like what you’re doing for the industry as a whole. Younique blew up in Utah the last few years, cornering the market with cosmetic home parties for women who want empowerment. A word of advice before we move on though: Just because these are the largest doesn’t mean that they are the best mlm companies to join. Your analysis is spot on. The compensation plan is most likely fair since it’s been around for quite a while(not necessarily though). OK here is the difference Steve. In 2014, it had more than 61,000 total distributors in the US. I’ll keep them on my radar. Required fields are marked *. You are also right in that most MLM companies focus on recruitment and not product sales. We just felt called to them. I still see lots of the older companies still ranking and banking. That is not true if the services they have and the downline builder elements are sufficient to warrant the people at the bottom line to keep paying their $25 a month. I was curious why they didn’t make your list? Great feed thanks Jeremy. Don’t think “rural America” should inhibit your success in MLM in 2017. Wealthy Affiliate seems to stay strong – hope you find success in their community. 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