Jeffrey Babener’s – Editor of MLMLegal.com and MLMAttorney.comYoutube channel has surpassed 80,000 views! As the leading MLM industry expert, Jeff Babener has launched over 80 educational and informational videos for MLM, network marketing, direct selling, party plan executives and distributors (consultants, representatives, members, etc.). The videos cover topics from pyramid schemes to recruiting, to MLM success to finding the right product, to legal opinion to compensation plans, etc.

The various network marketing topics discussed on Mr. Babener’s Youtube channel are vast and highly educational. For years he has been compiling educational videos on the direct selling industry as a service to MLM company owners and distributors. Do you have a question about the network marketing industry? Attorney Babener answers your MLM legal questions! Click on the links below to watch his videos!

Do You Ever Wonder What a Real MLM Trial Is Like? Watch one for yourself!

http://mlmlegal.com/trialvideo.html

Executive Interview Forum Questions and Answers (Q&A) NEW!

Executive Interview by the DSWA – “Legal Hotspots for Direct Selling Companies” with Jeff Babener NEW!

Attorney Jeff Babener, Discusses Various Topics in a MLM Compliance Training Session NEW!

Earnings Claims and Consumer Protection Laws

Interviews with Expert MLM Attorney, Jeffrey Babener

Short Course on Network Marketing: Q&A with Jeffrey Babener on Pyramid Schemes NEW!
The Difference between MLM Earnings Calculators and Earnings Claims
From a Legal Perspective: The Difference between a Pyramid Scheme and Legitimate MLM
Compliance Guidelines for Direct Selling Companies and Network Marketers

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And yet another successful network marketing Conference! In our February 2014 MLM Startup Conference we have covered such topics as recruiting, software, legal, technology, capitalization, compensation plans, lead generation, and industry news. Speakers from all across the United States have lectured to entrepreneurs from all over the world. Our attendees have enjoyed learning about the vast and extensive world of starting a network marketing company. For the curious – or perhaps for those who have considered attending in the past – we’ve compiled a few pictures of our 66th national event. Take a look at the venue and check out the room full of MLM entrepreneurs just like you! Enticing? Visit our websites to learn more about the MLM Startup Conference in Las Vegas and to learn how you can attend our next event!

Eager network marketing entrepreneurs listen to industry experts throughout the day.

Las Vegas is a great place for the MLM Startup Conference. Once the attendees are finished for the day, a quick cab ride to the Strip allows for a delicious meal with like-minded entrepreneurs and a few rounds on the slot machines.

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Understanding how to write a complete compensation plan is important for your network marketing company. Step-by-step guides found online are often incomplete and don’t provide you with the detailed information that you need. Understanding the various compensation plans can be confusing and information online can be misleading or completely incorrect from a legal standpoint. Developing a compensation plan, or rewards plan or pay plan, which is right for your situation isn’t as easy as doing a Google search. The structure of your compensation plan is unique to your company and your business plan. Creating a compensation plan that fits your MLM company is complex and generally requires reviewing by a compensation plan consultant and a credible network marketing attorney.

This article will provide you some details of how you can get free and trusted information on how to develop your legal compensation plan. It will provide you with the information you need to easily research active compensation plans being used in the industry right now to compare with your rough draft. It will also provide you with links to online information written by experienced MLM industry experts.

1)      The first step to writing your compensation plan is to understand the various plans that are common in the network marketing industry. The webpage, How to Analyze Compensation Plans (MLM Compensation Plans – What you should know), provides visitors with an easy to understand explanation of typical compensation plans. Learn about

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don't forget to tell us your tips on how you organize and prepare for tax season!

Don't forget to tell us your tips on how you organize and prepare for tax season!

Tax season is right around the corner for direct sellers. Are you prepared?

Consultants, have you kept track of your IRS tax deductions? Did you know that you can deduct such expenditures as meals, entertainment, home office space, and business and travel expenses on your taxes (within reason)?

Network marketing executives, do you know why MLM companies are not excluded from paying sales taxes? What is your approach to collecting sales tax?

The IRS offers a significant amount of advice for direct sellers when it comes to taxes. The IRS defines “direct sellers,” outlines their potential income sources and common expenses, as well as provides many tax tips for those who may need to refresh their memories for the 2013 tax season.

MLM expert attorney, Jeff Babener, discusses the issues of taxes in network marketing in his video: What are the Central Tax Issues for MLM?

Lastly, visit the mlmattorney.com tax page for links to the necessary publications/forms, the IRS withholding calculator, and many other small business resources. And, don’t forget to tell us your tips on how you organize and prepare for tax season!

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Happy Holidays from MLMLegal.com!

Happy Holidays from MLMLegal.com and Babener & Associates Law Office! Keep yourself up-to-date on the network marketing industry through the busy holiday season. Watch our network marketing videos and stay inspired to launch your MLM company or grow your existing business! Request a FREE copy of the Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company manual! Stay current on multilevel marketing law in your state. Take a look at what real MLM trial looks like. Spend your Black Friday learning about hundreds of successful network marketing companies. Catch up on our educational blog posts at mlmlegal.com and mlmattorney.com. Or simply relax, sit back, and get lost at MLMLegal.com. Have a great holiday season!

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February 27th & 28th, 2014 - The MLM Startup Conference in Las Vegas

The next Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference is already scheduled for next year! On February 27th & 28th, 2014 we are hosting the MLM Conference for the 26th year! This is now our 66th annual conference (held almost consistently three times per year over the last 24 years). All executives/owners of MLM, direct selling, network marking, and party plan companies are welcome to attend. This is the original MLM Startup Conference, hosted and perfected by direct selling industry expert, MLM Attorney Jeff Babener.

WHO?

Direct Selling Attorney, Jeff Babener, Founder of Babener & Associates and Sponsor of the MLM Startup Conference, has over 25 years of experience in the industry, representing companies such as Avon, Nikken, Melaleuca, Discovery Toys, Usana, and NuSkin.

MLM Industry Consultant, Mike Sheffield, with The Sheffield Group and Co-Sponsor of the MLM Startup Conference, has helped launch over 800 companies over the last 27 years.

Over the course of two days, you will hear from many leaders in the direct selling industry, who include:

Jeffrey A. Babener, of Portland, Oregon, Conference Chair and Sponsor, www.mlmlegal.com, is the principal attorney in the law firm of Babener & Associates. He represents leading U.S. and foreign companies in the direct selling industry. He has been advisor to such companies as Avon, Discovery Toys, Nikken, Shaklee NuSkin, Excel, Usana, Fuller Brush, Cell Tech, Kaire, Sunrider, Melaleuca, etc. He is a frequent lecturer and has been interviewed on the industry, and published, in such publications as Money, Inc., Atlantic Monthly, Success, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Home Office Computing, Business Start-Ups, Wealth Builders and Money Maker’s Monthly. He is editor of the industry publication, Direct Sales Legaline. Mr. Babener is also the author of the books, Tax Guide for MLM/Direct Selling Distributors, Network Marketer’s Guide to Success, The MLM Corporate Handbook, Network Marketing: Window of Opportunity and Network Marketing: What You Should Know. He is editor of one of most frequented network marketing educational web sites, www.mlmlegal.com.

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Recruit Top Distributors

Your ability to recruit directly equates to your success.

When you are starting your MLM, direct selling, network marketing, or party plan business, you’ll find that recruiting experienced distributors is often essential to your company’s success. And if you don’t have the background yourself as a successful recruiter then you need to budget for a “sales manager” position for an individual who does have that capability to recruit.

Your ability to recruit directly equates to your success. If you have a background in recruiting and a background in direct selling, then your need for capital will be substantially lower. Recruiting top distributors will enable your company to have the capital to stay afloat and even grow. If recruiting is slow then you will need to raise one to three years of buffer capital in order to support your company in the event of stagnation or loss. And remember, the remuneration that is offered to top distributors will be effective in their decision to stay and help grow the business.

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What’s the difference between MLM, network marketing, party plan, and direct sales?

Actually, they all fall under the general umbrella of “direct sales.” Historically, direct selling only involved direct person-to-person sales, often door-to-door. In the 1950’s companies such as Amway, Shaklee and Mary Kay introduced to the direct seller the ability to sponsor other sellers, to build a sales organization, and to receive an override commission on the sales in their sales organization at multiple levels. This is the origin of MLM, multilevel marketing and network marketing, which are all the same thing; i.e., direct sales with a multiple-level

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MLMLegal.com offers over 700 MLM, direct selling, network marketing, and party plan company profiles, highlighting each company’s founding story, impact on the industry, products, discussion of opportunity (compensation plan), and a discussion of distributor base and sales volume in the U.S. and abroad.*

New MLM company profiles are being added and updated all the time, so check back often. We hope that these MLM company profiles help visitors learn more about a variety of direct selling companies. Visit our MLM Company Profile Page to learn more.

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Herbalife: What Short Sellers Missed on the Way to the Press Conference…

The Personal Use Issue in Pyramid Analysis; Who is an Ultimate User?

An excerpt from the article and link to the full article at www.mlmlegal.com

Déjà vu, all over again … Yogi Berra

History repeats itself.

The 2012 billion dollar short seller attack on Herbalife, a 32 year old NYSE listed direct seller of nutritional products in 80 plus countries with annual sales in excess of $3 billion, is akin to a replay of seminal challenge to the MLM/Direct Selling model, won by Amway in 1979. In the Matter of Amway, 93 F.T.C. 618 (1979).

In the 1970’s FTC challenge, the criticism went to whether or not the core of the MLM referral selling model was a “deceptive” way to market. In the 2012 short seller attack, along with other criticisms, a principal complaint is that evidence of “substantial personal use and consumption” of company products by distributors themselves, renders an MLM/Direct Selling model inherently deceptive and an illegal pyramid scheme.

Memo to short sellers and algorithmic financial bloggers:

It may be time to reassess.

Some very salient facts and cases may well have been missed in the rush to challenge direct sellers.

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