When we’re engaged by direct selling companies one of the first questions we hear is “Should we go international immediately?” This is an understandable question to ask because the internet has changed the way we do business. Clients who are selling services can offer those services globally in a seamless fashion.

Obviously, more challenges occur if they are selling tangible products because of the required approval process. There are customs issues, tax issues, etc. Our answer to companies, as a general matter, is that they need to consider the cost and expense of international expansion. Some companies will say, “We can’t hold off the sponsoring of distributors around the world.” And, some companies decide they really can’t afford the cost, saying “We’re just going to invite distributors from other countries to come to our website and sign up here in the U.S. We’re not going to deal with the tax issues, compliance issues, etc. We’re going to just try to stay below on the radar.” But is that practical? Practically, if you were to ask us for the right answer, this isn’t the right way to address international expansion since every country – just like the United States – has its own compliance regulations.

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Empower Network – Empower Network offers three core products. The first is The Empower Network Blogging System, which is a turnkey blogging solution that helps capture more leads and build your business faster. The second is The Inner Circle Mastermind Membership, which is an audio training package that offers interviews from industry experts, and more. The third is The Costa Rica Mastermind Intensive, which is an 11 hour video serious (filmed in Costa Rica) that helps you understand how to build a viral marketing machine.

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Can you make it just by starting small, or do you have to start big? The fact is that the most successful direct selling companies all started out small. That’s why we have hosted more than 60 Starting and Running the Direct Selling Company Conferences, with over 5,000-6,000 attendees who have attended our event.

We’ve worked with companies that have started with nothing to companies that are now doing $5 billion or more.  Look at the history of some MLM leaders, perhaps a company like Amway, which does five, six, seven billion dollars a year around the world.  This company was started by owners who began by mixing biodegradable soap in their bath tub.

Doris Christopher started Pampered Chef, spending the first few years in her basement.  Of course, later on it bought by Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway for a fortune.

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Expert MLM Attorney Jeff Babener has just released a new video titled Unauthorized Medical Claims and FDA Issues. In the video, which took place at an MLM company compliance training event, Attorney Babener discussed the harm that can come from distributors who make unauthorized medical claims about the products that they sell.

Unauthorized medical claims, such as selling a product based on its ability to “cure cancer” is harmful to customers, the company and other distributors. Mr. Babener discusses the FDA’s perspective and the ramifications of making false claims, one of which is bringing harm to oneself and others. Watch this video to learn what claims you can and cannot make about the products you sell.

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Have you ever wondered if their is a recipe that successful MLM, direct selling, network marketing, and party plan companies have that make them a success? Expert MLM Attorney Jeff Babener knows the recipe for success for executives in network marketing. He shares a few in his new video: Factors that Make an MLM Company Successful.

More new videos are available directly on the MLMLegal.com homepage. Experienced MLM Attorney Babener offers many tips to emerging and startup companies on his website. The article “MLM Consulting: How to Build a Successful Direct Selling Company” and the FREE MLM Startup Manual offer additional information on achieving success in the competitive world of network marketing.

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What MLM, direct selling, network marketing, party plan companies have the most name recognition out of Direct Selling News (DSN) list of the Top 100 Direct Selling Companies in the World? We’ve picked ten companies that we believe people in the MLM industry will most likely recognize in the United States. If you think we need to add or remove a company from this list, let us know by commenting on this thread!

We can’t imagine that anyone that hasn’t heard of Avon. Avon is our first pick because of their massive annual net sales in the billions and the fact that the company has been around since the 1800s. Not only are Americans today aware of Avon, but so were the generations before us. Avon has become symbolic of the direct selling industry. Here is Avon Products’ statistical information provided by DSN:

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