This article popped up in my newsfeed today: Multilevel-marketing companies like LuLaRoe are forcing people into debt and psychological crisis and I was surprised for many reasons. Not all MLM companies are the same and I was shocked to see that LuLaRoe requires you to buy thousands of dollars of stock to sell while preaching empowerment for women. I love leggings, a lot, I literally wear them everyday year round, but you know what? I probably only buy leggings once or twice a year as they wear out and I need new ones. I don't understand the business model of pushing something that at best customers only buy a couple times a year. Some MLM's just do not have sustainable opportunities.
Now wait you say, "isn't Young Living a multilevel-marking company too?" Yes, it is a MLM company... Their business model is pretty different that the likes of LulaRoe insofar as you do not have to buy any stock to sell. Anything I purchase is for my own personal use and the occasional sample. There are no monthly sales quotas either. If you don't want to do the business side of it, you don't have to and if you can't do it all the time, that is no problem either. I've seen friends get burned by other MLM's due to startup costs and quotas.
Outside of kit sales, Young Living's model is built on residual income based on the people in your downline. If you have say 10 people in your downline and each spends $100 a month, you get a percentage of that and future sales. Again, no one is required to do the business side of the company. But wait, who buys essential oils every month? Well, Young Living carries a lot more than just essential oils - you can purchase all sorts of products from laundry detergent to vitamins and supplements to shampoo and conditioner and now even makeup. Those are things that people buy every month. More to the point, is that those things that I buy through Young Living were once things I'd pick up at the drug store, grocery store, or upscale cosmetics stores.
Young Living has been around for over twenty years and they own their own farms and their "seed to seal" standard ensures that they grow, harvest, and process all of their oils. While they may be a MLM company, they are not a fly by night scam. There seems to be a popular mode of thought that all MLM companies are pyramid schemes selling worthless stuff or products that don't work and no one really makes money by doing them. In some cases, this is most definitely true but I am intelligent enough to avoid that stuff like the plague. I made sure that if I were to be involved with Young Living that they were different and that I wasn't going to be hemorrhaging cash in the process. Yes, I have bought and replaced many essential oils, but I use them everyday for multiple purposes. I diffuse them, I use them in my daily skincare routine, I use them for cleaning and more. That money I have spent, is money that used to go into by chemical laden products at retail stores.
What do you have to do to "sell" through Young Living? Most people just talk about their experiences in person or on social media or like me have a blog. Some occasionally hold in person or online classes or make & takes. It is a pretty laid back approach. That is pretty much it in a nutshell.
I love their essential oils and other products - especially exploring and making my own DIY products for myself and my home. If you know me, you know that when I am passionate about something, I talk about it on Facebook or in person. Usually, in person I talk about it if someone brings it up or it is relevant to the conversation. Oh and you know what I hate after working retail sales - anything that comes across and "too salesy." I am not going to beat anyone over the head with a kit sale, if you are interested, great!, if not, no worries.
When my sponsor/enroller approached me about the business aspect, she just said since "you are pretty much doing it anyways", you might want to get involved on the business side of things. Again, no commitment, I did my research and held a few online classes and make & takes, which I liked doing, but am taking a break from right now. I'd much rather talk one-on-one with someone interested in essential oils and to make some samples for them as well.
Do I have any delusions that I am suddenly going to be making $10,000 a month? Of course not! It is possible, but I also work at an awesome job that I love. You get out of an MLM like Young Living what you put into it and MLM's aren't for everyone. Don't fall for any upline ploy about making mad cash right off the bat. If you aren't comfortable - don't do it. Do your research!! Look into the company, ask around with other "sellers" to get a better handle on what they do. Luckily, with my Young Living group they have a Facebook group with 1100 members who are doing the business who give honest advice, share their experiences, and their monthly commissions.
Owner, Restorative Aromatics and NAHA Certified Aromatherapist Level One. This blog focuses on aromatherapy education and other essential oil related topics.