In everyday life, roughly nine out of ten successful people had a mentor.

In everyday life, roughly nine out of ten successful people had a mentor.

Multilevel marketing companies are built on the mentorship model where top-tier salespeople recruit salespeople below them to sell products and services. The top-tiered salesperson makes a commission on the products and services that they sell, as well as on the sales of those in their downline. This model encourages recruiting of new salespeople, while also allowing new recruits to have a mentor who will answer questions and provide examples of success.

In everyday life, roughly nine out of ten successful people had a mentor. Whereas, those who don’t have strong mentors in network marketing are those whom are more likely to fail or quit. Therefore, when it comes to choosing a sponsor/mentor, the best thing to do is to look for one that is seasoned, successful and willing to provide the critical network marketing mentorship that you need to be successful. And when it comes time for you to sponsor and mentor, be sure to train your recruits in the successful ways that you’ve been taught. Their success equates to your success.

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Most direct selling, network marketing, MLM companies will be lucky if they can retain 15 to 20 percent of their recruited consultants on a long-term basis. Therefore, MLM company owners and their consultants should consider this information of great importance.

How do you retain your distributors? Special treatment can make all the difference in whether a consultant or customer stays or leaves the company. It’s important to encourage upline distributors to give their downline consultants and customers attentive treatment and service in order to ensure that they will stick around. The handling of people through quality service is priceless where advertising and marketing costs may not produce the same effect.

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According to an article at MSN’s website titled “Queen Elizabeth’s eating habits revealed,” former royal chef Darren McGrady states that Queen Elizabeth enjoys a bowl of cereal every morning topped with fruits or nuts from her garden, which are stored in one of the most popular direct selling products, Tupperware. Perhaps even the Queen of England owning and using Tupperware products shouldn’t be a surprise considering Tupperware was ranked the seventh largest direct selling company in 2010, with $2.3 billion in net sales.

As one of the largest MLM companies in the world, Tupperware operates in over 100 countries and has over two million salespeople. Tupperware’s top five consumers are Germany, America, Mexico, France, and Australia. The company itself was founded in 1945 by Earl Tupper and grew to be quite competitive with its “burping seal” technology.

The top ten largest global direct selling companies include 1) Avon Products, Inc., 2) Amway,

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The question below is taken from one of Mr. Babener’s client’s distributors’ Q&A pamphlets:

Q: My friends and relatives often ask me if direct selling/MLM/network marketing is a “real business”… I would like to give them something meaningful to consider … your take?

A: People have always asked that question… and it is a fair question. Keep in mind we have nearly 16 million people in the United States selling consumer products and services in the range of $30 billion and more than 90 million people around the world doing this with sales exceeding $150 billion. This activity penetrates the fabric of our society. Earlier statistics, presented by the Direct Selling Association, have indicated that, perhaps, one in ten households have somebody who is doing this part-time.

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People have always asked the question, “Is this industry for real?” “Is MLM a real option for individuals out there?” Keep in mind we have about 15-16 million people in the United States, and more than 60 million people around the world involved in MLM.  Statistics have indicated that perhaps one in ten households have somebody who is doing multi-level marketing part-time.  Again, 90 percent of the people who are in network marketing are looking for auxiliary income.  This isn’t the industry to be looking for a full-time job, although many people have been successful in that way.  What we noticed recently is a change in the industry.

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Distributors have various reasons for joining a network marketing opportunity. According to one website, 90% of direct sellers join because they like and believe in the product. 73% join because they like being their own boss. 64% join because they like working at home. 54% join because the harder they work, the more they make. And, 49% join because they enjoy selling.

And yet, according to another website, 51% join to earn supplemental income. 35% join to earn full-time income. 8% join so that they can purchase products at a discounted price. 4% join because they love to be recognized for their accomplishments. And, 25% join because they like to meet other people.

So, what are your reasons for joining an MLM, network marketing, direct selling, party plan company?

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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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MLMLegal.com has worked since 2009 to research, write and collect information on MLM, network marketing, direct selling, and party plan companies in order to compose the “MLM Company Profiles” webpage. To date, there are over 700 active MLM company profiles at MLMLegal.com. The editors of MLMLegal (the website hosted by long-time MLM Attorney Jeffrey Babener of the Law Office Babener & Associates) are constantly updating the profiles, removing companies that have gone out of business and adding newly-launched network marketing companies. Hundreds of MLM companies have come and gone throughout the years, but many have proven they have the longevity to succeed. Visit http://www.mlmlegal.com/profiles/index.html frequently to see for yourself.

We’ve taken the time to organize the hundreds of MLM companies alphabetically and by products sold. Each company profile contains a logo, a brief description of the company’s history, its impact on the industry, an overview of its products, a discussion of the opportunity, and a discussion of the sales and distributor base (if that information is available). These profiles offer a quick way to compare compensation plans between companies or to find a company that offers a unique product that is perfect for your taste. Our research has also shown that no product is immune to direct sales (unless the company has no tangible product at all, in which then you should consider reading about illegal pyramid schemes). MLM companies are selling everything from medical marijuana to maternity products.

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Recently, the Direct Selling Association released its U.S. Direct Selling in 2011 Fact Sheet [PDF] which provided statistics for the percentage of direct sellers in the United States over the last five years.

In 2007, there were 15 million direct sellers. 15.1 million in 2008. 16.1 million in 2009. 15.8 million in 2010. And, 15.6 in 2011.

For more quick facts on the direct selling industry, visit mlmlegal.com or mlmattorney.com.

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What parts of the country do you think have the highest MLM sales? Recently, the Direct Selling Association released its U.S. Direct Selling in 2011 Fact Sheet [PDF] which outlines the total percent of annual sales by direct sellers in 2011. Here is an overview of their findings:

- 17.1% of sales come from the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii – the “West”

- 7.5% of sales come from the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico – the “Mountains”

The combined sales of the Western states are 24.6 percent.

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