Due some due diligence before joining a MLM company.It is not required that you consult with any particular person prior to joining a network marketing company. However, it is a good idea to perform some due diligence. Check to see if the company has a good reputation online. Do a search to see if there is generally a good buzz surrounding the company and its operations. You can also check the DSA’s website to see if the company is a member. If the company is a member of the DSA then it abides by a code of ethics that are ethical industry wide.

Other to do items: Talk to others in the business. Talk to customers. Do a Google and Google News search. Do an online blog search. Watch YouTube videos. Look to websites such as www.mlmlegal.com that profile companies. Attend a business

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Jody (Coughlin) Greene argues in her Forbes article titled “Is MLM a Bad Word?” that MLM has had a bad reputation because its structure is similar to pyramid schemes and its negative image isn’t deserved.

Not only is network marketing a proven business, being one of the longest-running business models in the United States, but its marketing strategy has also proven successful. Distributors create income through their personal sales and the sales of those who they’ve recruited in their downline. Because of its pyramid-like structure, MLM has in some cases gotten a bad name.

Ms. Greene explains just some of the criticisms faced by network marketing companies:

Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes (hence the “scheme” reference), price-fixing of products, high initial start-up costs, emphasis on recruitment of lower-tiered salespeople over actual sales, encouraging if not requiring salespeople to purchase and use the company’s products, potential exploitation of personal relationships which are used as new sales and recruiting targets, complex and sometimes exaggerated compensation schemes, and cult-like techniques which some groups use to enhance their members’ enthusiasm and devotion.

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