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An Introduction to MLM Companies

Jul 19, 2008
There always seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding MLM companies. For example, whether you ask family members, friends or good old Wikipedia you will probably encounter voices for and against the organizations and their products.

How are MLM companies different from other companies?
Multi-level marketing companies are different from other businesses in market in several ways. For example, rather than having other stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and local grocery stores stock and sell their goods, MLM companies usually only sell their products through their own distribution centers, websites or distributors. This means that MLM companies rely heavily on their distributors to spread the word about the company and its products.

Multi-level marketing companies also have a different method for compensating their employees. Rather than giving distributors a regular salary, the MLM company rewards them for the sales they make and for the new people they sign up as distributors instead.

In general, MLM companies manufacture wellness, beauty and skin care products like make-up, creams, lotions, and dietary supplements. Unfortunately, these products also tend to very expensive. As a result, several consumers sign up as distributors just to qualify for a wholesale price on the products.

How to Research MLM Companies?
Having a basic understanding of MLM companies won't help you know whether to get involved financially involved though. If you are interested in a business opportunity and making money as a distributor, you should research each company one at a time and look for the percent of employees who actually make their living selling products. You also need to be confident enough to approach strangers and friends about the products.

On the other hand, if you are interested in the products rather than selling, most MLM distributors are more than willing to give you free training and samples so that you can decide for yourself whether they are worth the price. You can also look for scientific studies on the products that analyze the ingredients the company uses and the effects that they produce. Don't necessarily trust the word of Olympians or other celebrities since they are often sponsored by the MLM companies. What you want is an unbiased opinion.

MLM Entertainment
As the focal point of so many different opinions, MLM companies are a perfect target for critics who use stereotypes and parodies to give an opinion on the company's structure. Whether you are a fan or foe of MLM companies, you'll find that an entertaining MLM DVD can bring laughter into your home or office.
About the Author
Believe Ventures has put together a very entertaining and insightful MLM DVD. If you want to view the trailers and learn more about the plot, visit their website at http://www.believethemovie.com/. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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