Will the stock market rise tomorrow? Who will win the Kentucky Derby? If one knew the answers these questions, he or she would be rich beyond imagination. How much one might earn in a compensation plan is subject to too many moving parts to make any sort of accurate prediction: the compensation plan itself, percentages paid on product, profit margins of product, personal sales, down line sales, the factors are endless. Two important resources are available that will give you a good place to start on this arithmetic: (1) leading companies post average earnings disclosure charts which indicate the average earnings for consultants at various levels and stages of their direct selling program; (2) many companies provide online earnings calculators which allow consultants to plug in their own assumptions on their personal and group sales and activity, which are then used to calculate the payout based on their expected sales performance. These aren’t fool-proof tools but they will give you realistic expectations on potential earned income.

It’s important to be honest with yourself as well. Very few consultants make it ‘big time’ in direct selling, and that is because sales is hard work, difficult work and many give up shortly after running through their warm market (friends and family). But if you’re the type that loves to sell to every person that you come across in your daily life then you may be a great candidate for a consultant who earns really high auxiliary income.

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This blog post is the companion post to the video: Role of Compensation Plan in a Successful Direct Selling Company. The following is the transcript of MLM Attorney Jeff Babener’s own words:

Hi, I’m Jeff Babener of MLMLegal.com. I’d like to talk to you today about the compensation plan. It better be good.

Does a compensation plan make or break a startup MLM company? History suggests that a good compensation plan is helpful and absolutely necessary. Does it drive financial success? Probably not. Will a bad compensation plan contribute to failure? Probably, together with other unlucky breaks. As industry expert Michael Sheffield notes with respect to a good compensation plan, “Its absence will be noted more than its presence.”

Is there anything new under as far as compensation plans are concerned? Probably not. The goal is always the same regardless of the type of compensation plan: motivate varying behaviors of distributors, ranging from direct sales, to building wide to building deep, to supporting a downline, to maximizing sales volume production and retention.

It is of key importance is that the compensation plan is easy to explain to recruits and that it is perceived as fair and balanced.

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