Welcome to my post, the top 43 network marketing books (MLM Books) of all time.
Let me begin by telling you that putting this list together was fun and challenging. I love MLM and I love to read. I’ve read so many great MLM Books in the past 20-years that it’s hard to narrow it down to such as short list. With that being said, I’m going to give it my best shot.
Top MLM Books of All Time
For the purpose of this post, I am ONLY including books that are specifically about network marketing. Self-help, business, and personal development books are not part of this. I hope you enjoy my list of the best MLM Books. At the end of the article, feel free to share your own thoughts.
I had to put The MLM Road Map on my list because I really LOVED the sample classified ads in the book. The book itself has some good points, but the ads make it worth the price tag. If you’re thinking about using classified ads to grow your network marketing business, you should definitely pick up a copy of The MLM Road Map.
Chicken Soup for the Network Marketer’s Soul is part of the Chicken Soup series. It’s a collection of short stories written by successful network marketers. Each person shares some of their personal experiences in their business and provides tips for success. They also talk about their struggles and provide hope for new and unsuccessful networkers. There are a few really good nuggets in this book.
Russ Paley is one of the top earners in Melaleuca. Network Your Way to Millions is a great MLM Book, especially for someone who is new to the network marketing industry. He shares his journey about what he did to become successful in Melaleuca. My favorite part of the book is the interviews he did with his successful team members. There are some really golden nuggets in those interviews. He also interviews a CPA (at the end of the book) who shares some good tax tips about owning a home-based business.
# 40: How to Prospect and Recruit Using Postcards for a MLM or Network Marketing Business by David Williams
How to Prospect & Recruit Using Postcards is a MUST-MUST read. It’s the only book I’ve found that is designed to teach people how to build their network marketing business with postcards. Most people are obsessed with building their business online, but they don’t realize how much potential there is with direct mail. There’s also a lot less competition with direct mail. What makes this book so brilliant is the strategy he provides to show you how to use postcard marketing effectively.
Paula Pritchard is a legend in the network marketing world, having built teams of more than 200k distributors. In fact, she’s been a top earner in several different companies. Her no non-sense type writing style in Owning Yourself is fun to read. She’s on topic and to the point. She teaches you the basics about getting started right, getting your team to grow, assuming leadership responsibilities, and setting a good example for your group.
Network Marketing for Dummies is written for the new distributor. Learn whether or not MLM is right for you, how to evaluate a company and their management team, setting yourself up for success, what to do after you sign up, the art of prospecting, creating satisfied loyal customers, duplicating your business, characteristics of successful distributors, ten things you can do to take your business to the next level, and so much more. What I like about the book is that it is well organized, very insightful, comprehensive, and full of great tips.
I’m a big fan of Gerald Peters. He’s one of those successful guys that most people have never heard of. What I like about this book is that it is unlike most other network marketing books. It talks about building your business through the mail, having your own system, and having multiple streams of income. He talks about why so many people fail in our industry and what you can do about it.
# 36: How to Create a Recruiting Explosion by Tom Schreiter
Big Al is one of the most respected trainers in our industry. He’s been doing MLM longer than I have been alive. If you are trying to recruit LEADERS into your network marketing business, this is the book for you. His humorous writing style makes his books enjoyable to read. This one is a quick read but he covers tons of different creative tips you can do to find quality people to recruit into your team. I’d order a few extra copies to give to your serious people as well.
Networking: The Natural Extension of You is written by a couple that has earned more than $30 million in the industry. They are top earners with Nu Skin and have achieved tremendous results through the years. This book shares their story, provides success tips, teaches you how to find the right company, and what you need to do to get started. It also talks a lot about the mindset of the top earners.
# 34: How to Build MLM Leaders for Fun and Profit by Big Al Tom Schreiter
This is another great MLM Book by “Big Al” Tom Schreiter. It teaches you how to find leaders for your business and how to build your business using direct mail. The book is entertaining, funny, and loaded with great content. I really enjoy Big Al’s writing style. The bottom line is if you want more leaders in your team, you should definitely check out this book.
# 33: The Business of the 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
The Business of the 21st Century is the best MLM Book on this list to give your prospect. This book talks about why network marketing is such a powerful business model. It covers the power of network marketing, residual income, leverage, the low start-up costs, the business school aspect of network marketing, and so much more. You should have 10-20 copies of this book on hand to give to your prospects who are “unsure” of network marketing.
The Skinny on Direct Sales is action packed. It’s actually in cartoon format. It’s designed for the brand new person in our industry. It will help them develop the right mindset, have realistic expectations, and know what to expect. The book is humorous, easy to read, and loaded with great tips. It’s a quick read. Heck, you can probably read it in an hour. And I think that’s the beauty of it.
The Wave 4 is loaded with tons of great wisdom. He shares several good success stories, teaches you how to evaluate compensation plans, explains how the industry has changed during the past fifty years, and he tells you what to expect in the future. Learn how to pick a good company and learn the tips to succeed in the industry. As I see it, the best part of the book is the stories he shares of people who are successful in the industry. They talk about their struggles and successes, and how everything fell into place. It’s a must read.
The beauty of Duplication is the simplicity. It is just 48-pages long and it’s a very quick read. This is the book you could give your brand new distributor, so they could learn what they need to do to grow their business and get started right. It’s short, to the point, and loaded with great information. It has a lot of good reviews on Amazon. The bad ones are because of how short the book is, but I think that’s the strong point myself. Eric is a well respected consultant and the book is co-authored with Judy O’Higgins, a top producer in our industry.
# 29: MLM Magic: How an Ordinary Person Can Build an Extra-Ordinary Network Marketing Business from Scratch by Venus Andrecht
MLM Magic is an old school MLM Book and I think that’s what I enjoy about it so much. Venus is such a down to earth lady and her writing style is really easy to follow. I found out about this book on Amazon. It’s old and out of print, but you can still pick up used copies on Amazon. One of the biggest takeaways I got from the book was the importance of having a monthly newsletter to stay in touch with your leads, customers, and distributors. There are also tons of other great tips in the book that I know you will enjoy.
Network Marketing for Facebook is a great book for any network marketer looking to build their business on Facebook. It’s loaded with simple, yet effective tips that you can do to generate leads and build your brand. My favorite part of the book is the interviews he did with other network marketers who used Facebook to build their business. These interviews were with six and seven figure earners and many of them shared their best tips. My copy of the book has so many underlined passages that I found helpful.
# 27: Making the First Circle Work by Randy Gage
Making the First Circle Work focuses on the most important part of network marketing – YOU. Randy Gage teaches you how to make your first circle work, so you are a person worth following. Learn how to be a good example for others to follow. Discover how to be the person that naturally attracts quality people into your business. It is a quick read, but is absolutely loaded with great tips.
The Recruiting System gives you practical, non-conventional ways to recruit people into your network marketing business. Not only is the book loaded with great tips, but the stories are funny and entertaining. I really like Big Al’s humorous writing style. It’s great to learn and laugh at the same time. “Big Al” is a legend in network marketing and this book is a must read for any network marketer. The book is really a fast read. I’ve read it several times now and learn something new every time I reread it.
# 25: Residual Millionaire by Steve Fisher
Here’s another great book from a top earner in our industry. My copy of Residual Millionaire has so many highlights and underlined phrases in it. It’s worn out because I’ve read it a few times and it’s just loaded with great success tips to take your network marketing business to the next level. Steve Fisher is a legend in our industry and he definitely knows what he is talking about. His advice is practical and helpful. It definitely had to make my list of top MLM Books.
# 24: The 7-Step System to Building a $1,000,000 Network Marketing Dynasty: How to Achieve Financial Independence through Network Marketing by Dr. Joe Rubino
I really enjoyed Joe Rubino’s MLM Book. I first read it way back in 2006. Dr. Rubino is a great writer and he has two books on my list. This book covers vision, planning, prospecting, enrolling, training, personal development, and stepping into a leadership role. This book is content rich and has plenty of great stories in it too. I think The 7-Step System would benefit novices and experienced distributors alike.
The Ultimate Guide to Network Marketing is the second MLM Book on this list by Dr. Joe Rubino. It covers the stories and success tips of more than 30 top earners from different companies. You will learn about everything from following up, to direct mail, to working the numbers, leveraging the party plan, motivating others, etc. What makes it really special is that there are so many different perspectives in it. Each person shares their personal success story and lessons. My copy has hundreds of highlighted quotes and dog eared pages. It is a must read!
# 22: Power Multi-Level Marketing by Mark Yarnell
Mark Yarnell has THREE books on this list, more than any other author. He has had more influence than anyone else in my network marketing business. Power Multi-Level Marketing is for someone who wants to be a heavy hitter and make millions. Mark holds nothing back. Once again, this book is ONLY for someone who is truly serious. Mark earned more than $30 million in our industry before he passed away a few years back. What I admire about him is that he holds nothing back. He is a man’s man and calls it like it is.
I am a huge fan of Randy Gage. This guy has been there and done that. He is a highly respected distributor, trainer, coach, author, consultant, and entrepreneur. He is a man’s man. How to Build a Multi-Level Money Machine is incredible. It’s now in its fourth edition. In the book he shares so many practical tips that every network marketer needs to know. It is huge, but practical and to the point. His writing style is easy to follow and his knowledge is amazing. Make sure you add this one to your personal collection.
How to Build a Big Multi-Level Marketing Business is an old out of print book that many of you have probably never heard of. It’s more than 25 years old and I found it on Amazon by accident. Even though the information is old, it is still very relevant. It shares tons of success stories (my favorite part of the book) plus plenty of real world tips you could follow to build a successful business. David Roller provides plenty of tips on retailing, recruiting, team building, training your team, duplication, and much more. It’s well written and organized and definitely worth buying.
# 19: Raising a Giant by Robert Crisp
Former Amway Triple Diamond Bob Crisp spills the beans in this masterpiece. Many top earners have called this the best book about the industry! I don’t think it’s the best book, but it is wonderful. Bob has a great writing style that is humorous and to the point. My copy of this book has about 400 highlighted and underlined passages. It’s filled with little golden nuggets of wisdom. Bob shares his journey in Amway from humble beginnings to success to failure.
Robert Butwin is a legend in the network marketing industry. Street Smart Network Marketing is a practical guide any network marketer can follow to build their own dynasty. He shares his best tips for success, how to get started right, and how to work in depth. It’s an easy read. It’s well organized. And the content is great. Street Smart Network Marketing was first published back in 1997, but the information is still very relevant.
Gabi Steiner is a legend in our industry. She’s also a dynamic trainer and speaker. She is the top earner in her company (Lifeplus) and she’s an amazing leader. From Person to Person is loaded with her wisdom. There are so many nuggets and practical tips you can use and apply in your own network marketing business. Overall, I give the book a 10 of 10 and consider it a must read.
# 16: The Most Important Minute in Your Network Marketing Business by Ken Dunn
I am a big fan of Ken Dunn. I learned about him from the MLM Mastermind Event. The Most Important Minute in Your Network Marketing Business is a masterpiece and should be one of the first reads for every new network marketer. It is about getting started right and helping your people right out the gate. It is a fairly quick read, but well worth the small investment. Ken is a great writer and it’s hard to put this book down. It’s loaded with great tips and my copy has so many passages underlined. Order a copy for every new person you sponsor and let this be their getting started manual.
# 15: The Four Year Career by Richard Bliss Brooke
The Four Year Career covers the myths and facts about network marketing. It is jam packed with great success stories and is a quick read. It is inexpensive to purchase and is a great prospecting tool to give to your prospects. It provides a 101 overview of MLM and also gives you some Golden Nuggets you can use to grow your business. You can also have a custom edition made for your MLM Company. It’s the only MLM book of its kind that I know of that lets you do that.
# 14: Best Worst First: 75 Network Marketing Experts on Everything You Need to Know to Build the Business of Your Dreams by Margie Aliprandi and Martha Finney
Best, Worst, First is amazing. It’s a collection of tips from 75 successful network marketers. These are all top earners in their respective companies. They share their best tip, their worst mistake, and what they recommend you do first in your business if you want to be successful. Each story is about 4-5 pages long. It’s well written and fun to read. There are so many different viewpoints. I think the book is a must read for any network marketer.
# 13: Relationship Marketing-View From the Top and What It Really Takes To Get There: Network Marketing Guide to Massive Success! by Steve Thompson
Relationship Marketing is a conversation with a top earner who has been there and achieved HUGE success himself. He’s one of the top earners in the entire industry. The book focuses on the personal development and the person you need to become if you want to make it big in network marketing. I really enjoyed this book. If you were to look at my personal copy, you would see TONS of highlighted passages and dog eared pages.
The Greatest Networker in the World is one of the first network marketing books I ever read, when I first joined the industry back in 2002. It is in a parable format and covers a struggling network marketer who is about to give up and quit the industry for good. Before throwing in the towel he gets to connect with a very successful distributor and learn the ropes of network marketing. Needless to say, this is a must read. It covers the emotional roller coaster that most network marketers go through, and it is also loaded with great tips. Best of all, the story is fun and entertaining.
# 11: Go Pro: 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional by Eric Worre
I’m a big fan of Eric Worre. He does a TREMENDOUS amount of great things to help others and to improve the reputation of our industry. He is the creator of Network Marketing Pro® quite perhaps the most popular MLM website online. When he announced that he was going to publish a book, I immediately purchased it. Go Pro! is simple to read and full of great information about prospecting, showing presentations, following up, and getting customers. His writing style is very enjoyable and very easy to follow. This is a must read book for any novice or experienced network marketer who wants to be a Network Marketing Professional. It’s also a great gift idea to give to everyone you sponsor.
Dang, I love this book. Mike Demetro is a sponsoring machine and he provides a blueprint you can follow to be an exceptional recruiter. I love the part about creating a tracking system for your business. He also gives tons of great advertising tips and sample ads and teaches you what to say when you talk to people on the phone. I knew about this book for several years before I purchased it and read it, and I’m sure it cost me a lot of money by waiting to buy it! Get a copy of this book on Amazon and study it, especially if you don’t know what to do in your business.
# 9: Recruit & Grow Rich by David Ward
Recruit & Grow Rich is a hidden gem. It talks about the importance of recruiting and also provides tons of tips on how to do it effectively. David is a six figure earner in his company. He’s personally recruited hundreds of professionals into his business. My copy of Recruit & Grow Rich has so many quotes and passages underlined. I learned about this book while surfing on Amazon. I read the great reviews and decided to purchase it. Order a copy and study this book. He has another great book called “Recruiting Up.” Check out my review of Recruit & Grow Rich.
# 8: Your First Year in Network Marketing by Mark Yarnell
I read Your First year in Network Marketing when I first joined Amway in 2002. I remember picking up a copy at local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Mark Yarnell is a HUGE success story and his book is loaded with great information about how to get a team going, how to get started right, how to train your team, and much more. Every successful distributor I know has a copy of this MLM Book in their Leader’s Library. So should you! This is one of the best-selling MLM books of all time.
# 7: Beach Money by Jordan Adler
Beach Money was written by a guy who failed for 10-YEARS before he started achieving any type of success in MLM. In fact, it took him 10-YEARS to sponsor his first person. Today, he is one of the most respected trainers and speakers in the network marketing industry, plus he has a team with tens of thousands of people in it. What makes this book so unique is that Jordan Adler shares his actual story in network marketing. He shares his successes and failures with a nice personal touch. I absolutely love Beach Money.
This is a wonderful and classic MLM Book about how to connect with people and share network marketing with them in a non-conventional, but practical way. Don Failla has been in our industry nearly 50-years now and he has approximately one MILLION people in his downline, so he definitely knows what he is talking about. This is a book you should give to every person on your team. It’s also great to give to your prospects. I have worn out my copy and I re-read it a couple times every year.
# 5: Your Best Year In Network Marketing by Mark Yarnell
I just read Your Best Year in Network Marketing for the first time in November 2014. Dang! That’s all I can say about it. I had to revisit this page and update my list. His other book, Your First Year In Network Marketing also ranks high on this list, but this one is even better. Mark Yarnell tells you the truth about what it takes to succeed in this industry. He talks about numbers and tells you the lies about duplication. He talks about the importance of developing your own system and your own daily method of operation, rather than doing what your upline does. This book is for the newbie and experienced distributor alike. Get a copy and read it! Study it!
Magnetic Sponsoring changed my life. I read it back in 2009 for the first time. I’ve read it about 100 times since. Magnetic Sponsoring teaches network marketers how to use attraction marketing to grow their businesses online. Mike teaches people about online lead generation, funded proposals, self-liquidating offers, building a list, positioning yourself as an expert, and countless other subjects. Just about everything I know about online marketing and attraction marketing I learned from this book. Even if you have no desire to build your MLM Business online you can still apply many of these lessons in your business offline. This book is easily a 10 of 10 and a must read for every serious network marketer.
# 3: Building an Empire by Brian Carruthers
I would have added Building an Empire to my list sooner; however, I only recently learned about it. have tremendous respect for Brian. He has personally recruited over 1,000 people into his business and he consistently recruits 10 people or more every single month. He is a million dollar earner with his company and he is a highly respected leader in our industry. This is quite perhaps the most comprehensive network marketing book on this list. Order 10 copies and give a copy to each of your serious team members.
# 2: Six Figures in Six Months by Clay Stevens
It teaches you that sponsoring a lot of people is not enough. It talks about attrition and how to deal with it. I just learned about this book in January 2015, even after spending nearly 13-years in the industry. Six Figures in Six Months is definitely a game changer. Buy 20 copies and give them to your team! You will be glad that you did.
# 1: Guerrilla Multilevel Marketing: 100 Free and Low-Cost Ways to Get More Network Marketing Leads by Jay Levinson
After you read the book, you will have an arsenal of ideas you can use to grow your network marketing business. This is the perfect gift to give every serious person on your team. It’s loaded with the “how to” of network marketing. This is the “tactical” information you can use starting today to sponsor new people and find new customers. It would also be a great training manual for every new person on your team. Once again, this is my favorite MLM Book of all time because of how practical it is.
Must Read Books
There are also HUNDREDS of life-changing books that are great for network marketers, but aren’t specifically about network marketing. Some of those titles include:
- The 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn
- All You Can Do Is All You Can Do and All You Can Do Is Enough by A.L. Williams
- Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David Schwarz
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
These titles have influenced my life in a positive way. I consider them must read books.
I hope you have enjoyed my list of the top MLM books of all time. I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite MLM Book on this list? What is your favorite MLM Book of all time? Furthermore, what MLM Book did I leave off that I should have added to the list? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.