The Future of MLM: A Must Read for Every Network Marketer

Today, I want to talk about the future of MLM, as I see it.  I should start out by stating that I am a big advocate for the industry and I love the industry.  The industry is still growing every year and millions of people around the globe participate in our business model.

I think the future of MLM is good, especially in this tough economy.  More and more people are realizing that finding and keeping a good job is hard to do.  People realize that there are fewer jobs to go around and even more people to compete with for those jobs.  In addition, more of the high paying jobs are going away and many people are under-employed, only making a fraction of what they should be making.

As a result, more and more people are open minded to non-conventional ways of making a living (other than a job).  They’re looking at different business models to find out what their options are.  Some of those business models include traditional businesses, online businesses such as eBay, affiliate marketing, freelancing, or blogging, and network marketing,

Because of our low cost barrier to entry, many people who would like a traditional business, but can’t afford it are turning to our industry to pursue their dreams.  In addition, many people don’t want the headaches of a traditional business (employees, large inventory, large monthly overhead), so they see network marketing as a good alternative.

Unfortunately, we’re also attracting a lot of unemployed folks and financially destitute folks who are looking for magic dust to get them out of their financial rut.  These are the folks who will try out our industry for 30 to 90 days and then say they were scammed because they didn’t make millions of dollars in a few months.

I think that MLM will continue to grow in 2014 and beyond.  Even with the high failure rates, negative stuff on the internet, and the large number of new companies entering the network marketing world, we will continue to grow.

For most people there aren’t a lot of good alternatives.  Even if you have a good education and lots of work experience, it’s still hard to find work that pays you a decent wage.  In addition, many people are tired of hopping from job to job, having long commutes and work in jobs that do not fulfill them.

Many people value the cottage industry; the ability to work from home.  I can’t speak for you, but I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle for any 9 to 5 job.  Even though I earn less than I did when I had a traditional job, my quality of life is 10x better.  No commute, no boss, work in my pajamas, wake up when I want to, etc.

While franchises and traditional businesses sound sexy on paper, most people do not have the working capital to get involved. This leaves them with very few choices, other than network marketing and several other home businesses.

Here’s the question you need to ask yourself.  What other business model has leverage, residual income, you can get started for less than $500, not need employees, have a free mentor, work from home, start out part-time, and have no risk?  If you can name even one other business model that offers all of these things, please tell me more about it in the comments section.

Final Thoughts

In summary, MLM will continue to grow in the future.  Some people will earn huge fortunes in our industry, many others will supplement or replace their income, and most will earn little to nothing.  Don’t let that scare you off though.  The opportunity to succeed is there if you embrace it and get to work!

What are your thoughts?  Tell me what you think about the future of MLM!  Leave a comment and let me know.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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49 thoughts on “The Future of MLM: A Must Read for Every Network Marketer

  1. Brie

    I agree with some of the posters here that traditional companies need to adapt. Unfortunately, people are always under the impression that what worked yesterday will work forever and ever. I read an article that stated there were more distributors coming into the network marketing arena, but the number of customers was staying stagnant. That is a definite sign that things need to change. But I don’t think MLM is going anywhere it still represents the possibility of dreams being achieved.

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  2. Gerald

    Since our economy is so bad, I don’t see the industry taking a big hit. Many folks are hungry for an opportunity since it’s so hard to find a good job and keep one. I do admit that the internet has really tainted the industry, but many folks are still receptive if you paint the picture for them.

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  3. Lenny

    Hopefully, this industry will get shut down by the FTC in the future. Any industry that requires 90% or more of the people to fail for a few to make it big is a PONZI scheme.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      I’m sorry to feel you hear that way, Lenny. It sounds like you had a bad experience in the industry. I agree that many distributors do lose money, but it’s a proven fact that 9 out of 10 businesses fail in EVERY industry, so the numbers are no different.

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  4. longchamps

    You make some excellent points, Chuck. I don’t think MLM itself is going away any time soon, but it sure has changed in recent years. Companies need to learn how to adapt with all the changes in the internet. Otherwise, they will get left behind.

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  5. Francine

    I think the future of MLM in America is still dying a slow death, but it is growing in popularity in many other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. So even if you struggle building a team in the USA, it’s possible to do it overseas.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Very good point, Francine. Many distributors from some of the biggest companies (Amway, Nu Skin, Herbalife) focus most of their efforts on building their business overseas.

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  6. Dana

    I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years now and it has had its ups and downs. That is normal for any industry. Cycles go up and down. I don’t see the industry going away any time soon. I do believe that the internet has made it harder to get customers and sponsor distributors because anyone can purchase the products they want on Amazon or eBay for a cheaper price than you can sell it to them for.

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  7. Sheila

    Great post. I can definitely see a shift to the big ticket programs. Making a few bucks per person on your team simply doesn’t cut it. When you have to have a team of several hundred people to make a couple grand per month, it’s just too much work. You could make more money in part-time job for the number of hours you invest. The big ticket programs let you make $500 or more per sale, and sometimes several thousand dollars per sale.

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  8. Monica

    The future of network marketing will be a lot like the past. Some companies will come and go. Others will thrive. New companies will launch. Successful companies need a good, unique product line that people want, and at a fair price. I can see the weight loss and beauty industries thriving for many years to come.

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  9. Ron

    I can see the industry growing and becoming popular in every country in the world. Wouldn’t that be great if people in third world countries had the opportunity to start their own business at a very low cost, and take control of their own financial future.

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  10. Sonya

    I think this is really a great post. When times change you have to adapt. For anyone with a traditional MLM Company with a consumable product or service, I feel your pain. Amazon and eBay have crushed you. Selling your product to others will be very tough to do when they can buy it cheaper online and not be on auto-ship. The sooner you jump to a big ticket item the better off you will be.

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      1. Eva

        From the way the current economy is, I’d say the MLM Industry is in good shape for the future. Most folks realize there is no such thing as job security. Heck, it’s even hard just to get a job. More people are looking to be their own boss, to work from home, and to start a business with a low cost of entry. That makes MLM very appealing.

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  11. Zeb

    All I can say is hold on tight. The future of MLM is going to be a roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs. If you love the industry, stick with it and you will make it.

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  12. Ben

    I believe the industry will continue to grow. Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of opportunities out there in the job market. Many folks are forced into entrepreneurship. And of all the business models out there that I can think of, MLM is hands down the cheapest and easiest one to get involved with.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Good point, Ben. Whenever the economy is down our industry grows leaps and bounds. Many folks are looking for a better way, and for some folks, this is the best thing for them.

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  13. Jody

    MLM will continue for many years to come. Low cost of entry, little overhead, work from home, residual income and many other factors make it very appealing.

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  14. Dan

    I think the future of MLM is as good as ever. The economy sucks. Job security is gone. People are tired of long commutes and bad bosses. The days of working until you are 65 and retiring comfortably are pretty much over. As I see it, MLM is the only real option for a lot of folks.

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  15. Jerry

    I don’t think the future of MLM is going downhill. Yes, the internet has changed things, but the best companies will find ways to adapt and stand above the crowd. I think that distributors need to develop an online presence but still focus on building relationships.

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  16. Derek

    The internet has definitely hurt the industry. I think few people will disagree with that. There is so much information and misinformation online that most prospects will end up not joining your team because of something they read online.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      I agree with you Derek that there is a lot of bad stuff about our industry online. Even worse, you can buy products on Amazon and eBay for a cheaper price than the distributor price. This makes acquiring customers next to impossible.

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  17. Lance

    With the economy in shambles, I don’t think the future of MLM is bad. More and more people are looking for extra ways to earn money. And they always will be. I do believe the internet has really HURT the industry, but I don’t think it is going away any time soon.

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  18. Lucas

    I think the future is very bright. People need a business that is affordable to start, provides residual income, and helps save people money on taxes. Does everyone succeed? Of course not. But it is possible for people who are willing to do whatever it takes.

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  19. Al

    I’m not sure what the future of the MLM Industry is, but I believe that it won’t be as popular or big as it was in the 1980s and 1990s, before the internet came around and ruined things.

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  20. Gus

    You hit the nail on the head, Chuck! I like your idea about promoting top tier programs. I’ve finally decided to do that myself and for the first time in my five year network marketing career I am actually making money.

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  21. Bernice

    I think the future of MLM will shift and more people will start joining top tier companies, just like you talked about Chuck. The days of working hard to build a large team and only earn $1 to $2 per month per person is really just a complete waste of time.

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    1. Kikso

      I’m pretty sure this industry will be shut down by the FTC within a few years. To many folks lose money. I think it’s a scam and I can’t wait for the industry to go away.

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  22. Lucy

    I agree with you that the MLM Industry is definitely in trouble. The Internet has practically ruined the industry. Distributors will have to get with the times and come up with a new game-plan to grow their business.

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