Multi-level marketing companies provide you with the opportunity to direct-sell products to your customers for a markup. You earn a profit on the item itself and can build a business with a MLM solely by selling products. However, most MLM success stories are built around the downline, or new sellers you recruit to the MLM. When you bring a new seller on board, you earn a commission on their sales and the sales of their recruits. Most MLMs do not charge a sign-up fee but will require the purchase of a product kit you can use as samples or starter inventory. 

Multi-level marketing companies provide you with the opportunity to direct-sell products to your customers for a markup…

You earn a profit on the item itself and can build a business with a MLM solely by selling products. However, most MLM success stories are built around the downline, or new sellers you recruit to the MLM. When you bring a new seller on board, you earn a commission on their sales and the sales of their recruits. Most MLMs do not charge a sign-up fee but will require the purchase of a product kit you can use as samples or starter inventory. 

There are MLMs in industries ranging from health and fitness to makeup. You can sign up as a Beachbody Coach and market Beachbody programs and Shakeology health products for an initial $39.95 fee followed by a $15.95 monthly charge. Also in the healthy lifestyle range is the MLM mainstay Shaklee where an I Want It All starter pack of supplements costs $1,000 compared to $49.95 for a brochure-only registration. Getting started with makeup and skincare MLM Rodan & Fields requires a minimum $45 Business Portfolio purchase with starter packages ranging from $395 for the Personal Results Kit to $995 for the Ultimate Kit of full skincare lines and product samples for potential customers. 

It will be easier for you to achieve success in a MLM enterprise if you have an established network to locate customers and potential members of your downline. Other considerations will be start-up costs and your ability to motivate others. To find out if a MLM opportunity is right for you, take this quick quiz.