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MLM companies of sustainable products
Multi-level marketing is both a loved and hated approach to business. Some make it work and many are sold a bill of goods. But some companies do offer personal service and quality products.
Having fallen prey to an MLM offering years ago just as my husband and I were setting up our household and needing to make a little extra money, I empathize with people who are looking for a "second job" that helps families work together at home and in their communities. However... It's important to realize that sales work is sales work and not everyone is cut out for sales. One good thing to look for are products that you use yourself -- because you might end up with a closet full!
Now that I've given you the benefit of my experience, I'll also say that personal sideline businesses can be rich training grounds in entrepreneurship, working together as a family, and learning new skills that apply throughout your career. Sales skill is important whether you're selling your own artworks or your own inventions. Or even selling your boss on giving you a raise!
This article will try to track some of the quality companies offering "sustainable" products that support our natural infrastructure of quality air, water, food and health...and separate out those that focus on fads, hard sell, etc.
Legitimate personal sales companies focus on the products and services the offer -- not on building a "downline" of distributors. They offer quality. They offer money-back guarantees. And they encourage legitimate, ethical sales practices.
Here are the current listings ... come back because we will be adding to this list as we discover new players. If you know of personal sales companies (MLM) that have products you appreciate, please let us know about them and we'll consider adding them to this list.
Amazon Herb Company was founded in 1990 by John Easterling, who explains that he discovered herbal remedies for his own health ailments while searching for treasure in the Amazon rainforest. Easterling decided to formulate and package some of these remedies for his friends. The idea caught on, and Amazon Herb built an MLM network of thousands of distributors throughout the U.S. and beyond.
Idaho-based Melaleuca has employed its own version of multi-level marketing (“consumer direct marketing”) since 1985 to sell health, personal care and household products based on natural ingredients. The name Melaleuca was borrowed from an Australian plant that produces essential oils found in many of the company’s products.
Before making a committment to an MLM company, you might want to check out the company in resources such as Pyramid Scheme Alert newsletter, or the Secretary of State website for your state -- who usually follow business schemes closely.
It's worth the effort, because this newsletter reports that the vast majority of new recruits actually lose money before bailing on the marketing proposition.
MLM companies that want to succeed these days have to live up to high standards of ethical conduct in order to gain the trust of consumers. Then and only then can such businesses begin, in the words of Dr. Shaklee, “to do good by helping others be well.”