Should You Join or Promote Multiple MLM Companies at the Same Time?

Should you join multiple or promote MLM Companies at the same time?  That’s a question that one of my website visitors asked me today and I thought it would make a great blog post.

Generally speaking, and in probably 99.99% of the cases, I DO NOT recommend joining more than one network marketing company at a time, AS A BUSINESS BUILDER.  On the other hand, joining several companies as a retail customer or wholesale buyer is something completely different and is perfectly fine.  It makes sense to support the industry.

Let’s be real with you for a moment; building one SUCCESSFUL network marketing business is time consuming and hard work.  It takes focus, discipline, commitment and YEARS to do. Building two or more companies at a time is next to impossible to do for most people.

I personally think it’s much better to invest 100% of your focus and efforts into one business opportunity.  I can speak from personal experience and tell you that when you try and do too many things at once, you aren’t anywhere near as productive as you would be if you just focused on one thing.

As I see it, it’s easier to earn $3k per month in one company than it is to earn $1500 per month in two separate companies.

For example, I now own two large websites.  At one time I had four large websites.  Knowing what I know now, I would have only done ONE website and focused 100% of my time on that. Because I have multiple websites, I have to split my time up between them.  Even though I’ve gotten good results with each one of my websites, I would have done much better if I only had one to focus on.  Does that make sense?

Another problem with joining multiple MLM Companies is that most prospects won’t take you as seriously.  I personally would never partner up with someone building several different MLM Businesses at once.  After all, if the company they are trying to sell me on isn’t good enough for them to do it exclusively, why would I join it?

When you promote multiple companies, you also lose some of your credibility.  It’s really hard to get people to take you seriously.  Many of your prospects will ask you why you don’t just do one company.

Promoting multiple companies at once also confuses your downline.  They see you doing two companies so they think they can do the same thing.  Here’s what happens.  You promote companies A and B.  Your newest distributor joins you in company B and then also joins company C.  Your other team members in company A join company D.  This keeps happening throughout your organization.  Before you know it you have hundreds of distributors in hundreds of different companies and you earn NOTHING from their efforts.

Another problem with promoting more than one MLM Company is that it’s actually prohibited and typically not allowed (in many companies).  Read almost any distributor agreement and you will quickly discover a non-compete clause which prohibits you from promoting several different MLM Companies at once.  Or, they prevent you from joining a company with similar products.  Some companies allow it, but most don’t.

And whatever you do, cross-recruiting people from one of your companies into another company is always prohibited.  

If the parent company finds out you are in multiple opportunities, or cross-recruiting, they can they will more than likely terminate your distributorship.  So, if you are still thinking about joining more than one network marketing company, make sure you read the distributor agreement or talk to a lawyer first.  Educate yourself so you don’t get yourself in legal trouble.

Exceptions to the Rule

There are three exceptions to this rule that I should address.

The first reason to promote several MLM Companies at the same time would be if you were NOT recruiting anyone, but you were just retailing products.  In this example, it might make sense to have several different product lines to offer your retail customers.  I personally wouldn’t see a problem with doing that.

The second example would be if you have a large online presence.  Maybe you own several email lists or several successful websites in different niches and you want to have specific product lines to promote to your audience.  For instance, if you have a blog about coffee and one about weight loss, I could justify being in a coffee and weight loss MLM Company at the same time.

The final example would be if your current MLM Company does not let you build an international business!  In that case, it would make sense to switch companies or join a second company.  Let’s face it, we live in a global economy with nearly 7 billion people.  If you are limited to only one or two countries you are really missing out.

Once again, these are the only three exceptions that I can think of.

Final Thoughts

Here’s the bottom line.  Find one good company and sell out to it!  Don’t try to do so many opportunities at once that you dilute your efforts and overwhelm yourself.  It’s much easier to build one successful business than it is to go out and try to build two, three or four successful businesses at the same time.

Of course, this is just my opinion.  I don’t expect you to agree with me on this one, but I would love to hear what you think about this subject.  Should people join and promote multiple MLM Opportunities at once?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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8 thoughts on “Should You Join or Promote Multiple MLM Companies at the Same Time?

  1. Greg Boudonck

    I also am in full agreement with this post. There is a case where multiple can be good, if you are able to manage it all. As in Tee\’s case, just using them for the products they offer and not sponsoring other distributors, I believe would be fine. But if you want to go 100% in, you just can\’t with two MLMs.I was always taught to not put all my eggs in one basket, but there is also the common sense side too. We need to take a look at the whole picture. Chuck is giving the whole picture in this post.

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  2. Tee

    So, basically I should focus on one company when building a team, but as far as the retail side, it’s good to be with multiple companies? I want to start a health blog and I would like to introduce my readers to great products I use from multiple companies.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Tee,

      That’s just my personal recommendation. It’s just really time consuming to build one big downline. Making the time to do two is next to impossible. But if you are primarily just retailing products, I don’t see too many downsides of working with multiple companies. The only downsides would be if you had to do a monthly autoship for a bunch of different companies, or there was a no-compete clause that prevented you from being in two different MLM Companies (most MLM Companies have this in their distributor agreement so please check). I hope that helps.

      Chuck

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      1. Greg Boudonck

        I could see where if you were selling products that go hand-in-hand with each other, having two, or three MLMs could actually be profitable. Someone isn’t interested in the jewelry, but wow, they sure like that cologne. Or no, I don’t need those vitamins, but I have been looking for a water purifier. It could be an advantage in some ways, but you would need to manage it carefully.

        I still think one is best.

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        1. chuckholmes Post author

          In a few rare cases, it might work. But it’s hard to focus and get massive results if you are doing too many different things at once. Plus, some of your prospects won’t take you very seriously.

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          1. Greg Boudonck

            For many of us, our MLM is just a part time business anyway. My first priority is my freelance business and that takes up much of my time and energy. I know that I often have a difficult time providing for the one MLM I am in, so I really wonder how anyone could manage successfully with more than one MLM business.

            Now I do know one person that retails products from both Avon and Amway and does quite well, but she just retails and in less someone falls down screaming about wanting to be a distributor, she doesn’t seek them. Her priority is retail.

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