It was the only direct selling company to do so. They’re dazzlingly-sweaty workout DVDs sold via network marketing thanks to BeachBody. Thank you for sharing objectively. yeah – I’m a Melaleuca customer and director – it’s definitely MLM – MLM payplan, same MLM recruiting techniques, pitches, etc…. You are really correct on the over-priced product that you probably would not buy if you weren’t in the company to make money. Nor do I want to be, you must be all In to make it work. Genuine lasts and is successful, companies like Avon and Mary Kay have been around for generations because people love their products. About the author: Today, this actual minute that I’m taking the time to reply to your comment, is “it”. Customer service and support: This functionality consists of a set of tools that allows you to cater to customers' needs by tracking their interactions with your company to focus on creating the best possible customer experience for each individual. If you quit any of these MLM companies for a whole year, Continue buying product but help no one set up a shopping account, even 2 years, will you continue to get paid by the company? Probably top 3. The unofficial Pampered Chef guide to recruiting: Step 1: invite your friends to come over and watch Scandal, Step 2: ask them to watch a presentation afterwards and pull out their credit cards. I still plan to sign up again when I can afford it (long story–I’ll spare you). For one, I over-deliver with value and help people make a better decision. I have been in a lot of MLM’s over the years and out for the last 15 years. Jeunesse is sold on Amazon…. It remains to be seen whether those changes will negatively or positively affect the company overall. Maybe a bad sign? Every person I help is a success in my book! It’s not bad. It began life as a brand that was sold in high-end department stores. If revenue numbers were all that mattered, Amway is #1 or #2 (behind Avon). Arguably the most rational comment in this thread. We thought it was until we looked closer. Just sayin. In 2016, 649,075 people worked as consultants with the brand, according to its Facebook page. Good news: They’ve recently settled with the FTC and agreed to pay back $200 million to former distributers (6). They have a patent on blood sugar level reading coming out in q4 2017. Not only are doTERRA EO more potent and purer making the the “solid pick” they are literally saving peoples lives. Product is innovative.  Powerful messaging that works. You’ve probably heard of P90X and Insanity workouts, right? If you really believe what you are saying about MLM, why would you even list any MLM companies in your article, then rank them? With over 6 billion in revenue in 2015 plus worldwide recognition, they’re already in the MLM hall of fame. Hum forgot to mention the his. Thank you for sharing this. They don’t have the sponsorships like Advocare, but maybe that can be used to say they pay out more to distributors? Thanks for the feedback – retention rate would be a good metric to dial in on. You can only recruit so many people under you in a small town and then who is left for you to sell to. Have you got any statistics on that? And if it’s not for you, cool. The company operates in some regions of the US, where utilities have been deregulated, opening up the markets to smaller businesses. Always wondered why Vandersloot and most of the company says it’s not – they’ll almost “fight to the death” in debate over this issue. Just curious. Great stuff man. We were somewhere in Paul Orberson’s dowline, below an AR kid making $80K+/month. I even changed teams to find the right mentor and coaching when I knew I was struggling. Despite its billions in revenue, Vorwerk has a small distributor network. I still see lots of the older companies still ranking and banking. It’s not a scam. Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies, 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America, sales force of more than 3 million people, number 107 on the list of largest employers, Top 10 MLM Health & Wellness Companies 2021, The Big pyramid scheme company list – updated for 2021, Top 15 Makeup & Cosmetic MLM Companies 2021, The 19 Fastest Growing MLM Companies in the world 2021, 14 Network Marketing Millionaires & Top Earners 2021, The 12 Most Common MLM Compensation Plans 2021. Chris Record’s new venture is an “online internet marketing education” that’s still being cooked up, so it’s the calm before the storm. “Another opportunity to get in at ground level,” the masses think, and artificial demand is created. Specifically now that distillers will sell directly to small businesses with very minimum amount, your $100 will buy you a lot actually. Oh yeah the FDA lawsuit against Young Living joined by the state of California. Indeed, it highlights the sustainability problem – where do you get your leads if you’re not a big blogger? I’m all for empowering people, and I love the idea of earning an additional income to take care of your family or yourself. How many Americans can one recruit/sell to for building a business in a rural county with less than 20,000 other Americans of which 75% live below the poverty line? And we have been LOOKING! I’m working hard to build my business and it is paying off and I’m reaping the benefits for my health. They are not MLM!! (Less competition, unlimited scale, and 100% owned by YOU). We are North America’s 4th largest and fastest growing premium skincare company, but we’re not in stores, the top 3 — Clinique, Lancôme and Estée Lauder. I really want to help you. I agree with most of what you posted. MLM isn’t perfect, It’s just a better option as Eric Worre says. The only MLM to rival Amway’s fortune, fame, and size is Avon. While you hit the nail on the head with most MLM businesses, there are MLM businesses like Arbonne who are a cut above the rest and who are in the habit of not putting pressure on anyone attending to either purchase or join as a consultant. They are BY DEFINITION, a MLM…. Your email address will not be published. That screams longevity over the other hundreds of other “full service wellness” companies. Only the top people bear the fruits of labour. What you might not be aware of is the true nature of this business model. However, I believe that the MLM industry has made huge improvements in recent years and we do have a better way. Staying present. About 18 percent of distributors had made it to the business builder category while the majority were customers. The anti-aging skincare products company is active in more than 88 markets around the world. I see this everyday as my Facebook feed changes from an influx of Lularoe to Rodan and Fields now to Lipsense. I want them to know that the manner in which you needlessly attacked them is in no way a representation of all the other reps nor the company itself. “Disciples” is the perfect word. I just wanted to raise awareness in what they could do and help with for individuals and families, as they did me and mine. And why I always say there’s a better way. -i didn’t believe in the product. Do I feel bad because I make a commission. When you have a life altering experience it’s hard not to share. The start up cost is only $34.95. I have a product that I truly believe in. I think they’ll make the list on future years. Although that number is a decline of 7 percent from the previous year, it still landed the company in the number two spot on the Global 100 list. Overwhelming-positive product reviews on Amazon, a solid comp plan and strong sales make this a top-15 lock for 2018. I live in Panama, Central America and the fever in there is a company called Zrii, which is also a Utah’s based MLM. Great article with non-biased perspective and discussion. I’m a new Advocate with doTERRA, as is my wife. Each event we host regularly ends with most if not all attendees becoming a preferred client for $20 joining fee for the first year and a $15 renewal every year with no monthly expectation and a guaranteed minimum of 20% off of all stock at all times and 40% off of all packages at all times. I also thought you might find these statistics from Euromonitor to be a value when you assess Rodan + Fields. Very helpful. What are your thoughts on Senegence? It is the #1 Multi-level Marketing company in the world. But when other people say “It didn’t work for me” the zealots come out fighting to defend their side . Maybe I am wrong to think that way. Can you elaborate a bit more on why R + F didn’t make your list this year? Can you do a review on a new travel company called Surge365. Huge success here, with annual sales topping $502 million. You also incorrectly state that YL set the standard for quality, while they may have been the first legit EO Co. they didn’t set the standard. Great article! Lotta work, but it was fun. Would you provide your thoughts, synopsis, and ranking of Team National? Never had a lawsuit and have been green for a long time. 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. MLM is more risk-adverse than brick and mortar businesses, sure. Thanks for all the research, it was fun to read. I am a single mother with a 6 figure income because of MLM, nearly twice that when I’m actively working my business with both of the companies I represent, and while not everyone has the skill set to succeed in this business, the potential is certainly there, for those that do. Wish you continued success, Erica. You don’t have to build two different legs like you do with most MLM companies…. Interesting list. That’s why its hot and will probably stay hot for awhile. I have been bombarded on my facebook, and other social media from people I haven’t spoken to or seen in years. I am prepared and ready to continue my journey thus I’ve done my own “direct marketing” in previous years. And that is why doTERRA is the #1 EO company and why Young Living is not. Great article and I hope you choose to delve deeper into this with future blogs. With revenues of more than $2.2 billion in 2016, the company made it to the 10th spot on the Global 100. Although younger than Young Living, doTERRA has more distributors (3 million as of June 2016). Like Ambit Energy, it uses an MLM model to sell electricity and gas service. It’s my competitive nature to want to out rank others, so I find it to be more of a personal challenge than thinking I’m going to get rich and stay rich. Awesome, it’s refreshing to hear stories like yours. Yes, this ranking is based on speculation, but Tecademics would be on my short list of MLMs to consider in 2017. The company operates in more than a dozen countries, including the US, UK, New Zealand, Japan, and Belgium. I’d be interested in seeing how they stack up. I don’t have a monthly quota to meet. With social media, you can recruit worldwide. BBB Business Reviews : Also advocare just settled a 2 mil lawsuit due to improper MLM system. I listen to the nightly calls and her passion for this.. sometimes their are frustrations and down days, other days she’s excited to how many times she’s cycled. Ambit has hit the Inc 5000 for 3 years in a row (9), and they seem to keep trending. Here’s the top 25 multi-level marketing companies based on products, trends and your ability to make money in 2020: #25. They were the #1 fastest growing Direct Selling Association company on the Inc 500 and poached Alex Morton months before Vemma went under in 2015. I still think there are better ways to make money online than network marketing. By 2016, it had 150,000. The rest will happen! Concept makes too much sense. 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. How does that differ? You get paid a commission for a new member, like you would with any other affiliate program. It’s time for the battle of the essential oil selling network marketing companies. Anyone with the know how do build other leaders can create such a network in very little time. Ok, how?? Some other direct sales companies are in there as well. So my interest in mlm grew. Building an army shouldn’t be a priority. Neither in sales or recruiting. 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.). A lock to consider for skincare companies. Their science is tight, management is blue chip, and products are continually renewed and upgraded for new generations. Arbonne represents the best of what other science MLMs should hope to be. I have been a Tupperware consultant for about 6 months, and I have found it to be extremely difficult to keep business going. Still, you’d think more MLMs would catch on to Instagram-centric campaigns. Tacky or not, it seems to be working. Really like what you’re doing for the industry as a whole. Empower Network was cult and their message was unapologetic: “Don’t be a damned wussy and buy all the products”. When I know when I apply myself I can exceed what ANY employer thinks I’m worth keeps you wishing the post to go on forever and that’s a gift. An exact figure isn’t available, but the company claims that it has millions of distributors. Hi, Jeremy! My wife and I have been involved with AdvoCare since November 2011. An MLM that offers wellness products and anti-aging skincare, it had revenues of $2.2 billion in 2016. I know, go high-five your fifty-something aunt right now. But they keep on trucking, going from one MLM to another hoping that this is the one that makes them tons of moolah. However, I also know for me it wasn’t about selling as much as it was SHARING. I am a retired Commercial Refrigeration Technician and do this just for fun and a little income. I can’t say I’m passionate about MLM, more passionate about teaching people a way for passive income (that’s not MLM). My wife however left corporate America and a past colleague of hers sold her on Isagenix. I’m surprised Rodan and Fields didn’t make the list, considering they are the fourth largest premium skin care company with the top three being 50+year old companies, Estée Lauder, Lancôme & Clinique. Make a sale as an associate with amazon, you make a commission… same thing with Wealthy Affiliate. What happens when you create an e-learning personal development program focused on digital business for budding entrepreneurs? Natura had revenues of $2.86 billion in 2016 and a market cap of $3.5 billion. Nice, thanks for the recommendation – and the compliment. They are still under the impression that if I get three, and they get three then we’re all going to be millionaires. I have worked for Tupperware, Amway, Jafra, It Works, I never made money like I am with doTerra. How much do you know about it? The company also has a market capitalization of $6.44 billion, according to Business for Home, making it the direct selling company with the highest market cap. Just felt bad that most people under me (and in the company, too – so don’t come at with that “you must have been a terrible leader” nonsense) weren’t seeing any success. A little research goes a long way. I currently work with an MLM and love it, but I definitely can see why MLM’s would have flaws. They’re still one of the hottest network marketing companies, although I’m not sure what makes them different from all the other nutri-MLMs out there. What about Watkins Products. You see, there is a difference in selling a product to a customer and telling a person they can “get rich quick” and do nothing to get there. Please contact me for more info. I give them props for being so internet-centric and for going against the prospecting, 3-way calls and approaching family and friends, though. Now I’ve hopped back into mlm with a product that I truly love and understand and I definitely believe it is extremely beneficial to people. Aside from that I am glad to see there were not much comments about Amway it shows we know our worth and business potential. I see MLM victims everywhere. I hope I never feel like I’ve “made it”. Jeremy Page created Multiple Streams for big thinkers and online business owners. Their lavender fields are famous and they control every aspect of production from planting to bottling so quality is a big deal with this line. Founder Gary Young is famous for setting quality standards for the entire essential oils industry. I agree with most of what you shared here. Erica, Well said…I couldn’t have said it any better! They are evil. A recent third-party survey (13) said 9 out 10 people that live in the Eastern USA have never heard of “doTERRA”. Another winning product line here. The reason I started was because of health issues that led me to the oils. I’ve signed up for a handful of companies over the years, and just endes up consuming my starter packs. I do agree that most people fail but I wouldn’t blame the business model. I thought this article was fantastic. Don’t get me wrong I do not believe anything in the media BUT when you think about it, MLM is just a business model, so it make sense that it is not an industry. Back to R + F, and a little more insight from you would certainly scratch an itch. Like Ambit Energy, it uses an MLM model to sell electricity and gas service. What’s the secret of making a big army? If I was an MLM I’d still want to make my list. I was interested to know why It Works Global isn’t on the list when their sales were higher than 2/3rds your list. Of Course Not. If you have to buy a bunch of product to join an MLM, thats a problem. I’ll take another look. Oh and yes, I took over a year off of inviting people to see what Melaleuca was, and still received my residual check every single month. This is so true! There’s no downline with Wealthy Affiliate. 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