Welcome to my post, the top 40 network marketing and MLM books of all time. Let me begin by telling you that putting this list together was fun and challenging. I’ve read so many great MLM related books that it’s hard to narrow it down to the 40 best ones.
For the purpose of this post, I am ONLY including books that are specifically about network marketing. I hope you enjoy my list. At the end of the post, feel free to share your own thoughts.
I had to put this book 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 business, you should definitely pick up a copy of “The MLM Road Map.” Read my review of “The MLM Roadmap.”
This book 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. Read my review.
Russ is one of the top earners in Melaleuca. This a good book, especially for someone who is new to the network marketing industry. He shares his journey about what he did to become successful in his primary company. 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. Check out my review.
# 40 How to Prospect and Recruit Using Postcards for a MLM or Network Marketing Business by David Williams
This is really a unique book. 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. Read my review about the book.
Paula 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. Here no non-sense type writing style is fun to read. She’s short 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. Check out my review of her book.
This book is really 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. Read my review.
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. Read my review.
# 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 fun to read. This one is a quick read but he covers tons of different creative tips you can do to find quality people to bring into your team. I’d order a few extra copies to give to your serious people as well. Read my review.
# 35 Networking: The Natural Extension of You by John and Giselle Sexsmith
This book 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. Read my review of the book.
This is another great book by “Big Al” Tom Schreiter. This book teaches you how to find leaders for your business and how to build your business using direct mail. The books 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 you should definitely check out this book. Read my review.
# 33 The Business of the 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
This is the best 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. Read my review.
This book is really unique. 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. Read my review.
This book 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 great book. Read my review.
The beauty of this book is the simplicity. The book 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. Read my review of Duplication and decide for yourself.
This is really and old school 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 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. Read my review of MLM Magic.
# 28 Network Marketing for Facebook by Jim Lupkin and Brian Carter
This 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. Read my review of Network Marketing for Facebook.
This book focused on the most important part of network marketing – YOU. Learn 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. Learn how to be the person that naturally attracts quality people into your business. The book is a quick read, but it is absolutely loaded with great tips. Read my review of Making the First Circle Work.
This book 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 his humorous writing style. It’s great to learn and laugh at the same time. “Big Al” is a legend in network marketing is 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 read it. Read my review of Big Al Tells All.
Here’s another great book from a top earner in our industry. My copy of this book 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 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 top 20 list! Read my review.
I really enjoyed this 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 this book would benefit novices and experienced distributors alike. Read my review.
This is an awesome network marketing book. It covers the stories and success tips of more than 30 top earners from different companies. You 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! Read my review of the Ultimate Guide to Network Marketing.
# 22 Power Multi-Level Marketing by Mark Yarnell
Mark has THREE books on this list, more than any other author. He has had more influence than anyone else in my business other than Jordan Adler. This book 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 really serious. Mark earned more than $30 million in our industry before he passed away a couple 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. This book is incredible. It’s now in its fourth edition. In the book he share so many practical tips that every network marketer needs to know. The book 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. Read my review of How to Build a Multi-Level Money Machine.
This 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. This book 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 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. Read my review to learn more.
Former Amway Triple Diamond 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. Read more about Raising a Giant.
Robert is a legend in the network marketing industry. This book is a practical guide that any network marketer can follow to build their own dynasty. He shares his 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. It was first published back in 1997, but the information is still very relevant. Read my review.
Gabi Steiner is a legend in our industry. She’s also a dynamic trainer and speaker. She is the top earner in her company and she’s an amazing leader. This book is just loaded with great wisdom. There are so many nuggets and practical wisdom that 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. Read my book review of From Person to Person.
# 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. This book is a masterpiece and should be one of the first reads for every new network marketer. This book 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 really 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. Read my review of the book.
This book covers the myths and facts about network marketing. It is jam packed with great success stories and is a quick read. This book is really inexpensive to buy 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. Read my favorite quotes from the Four Year Career.
# 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
This book is really awesome. 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, so I think the book is a must read for any network marketer. My copy of the book has hundreds of quotes underlined. Read my review.
This book 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, really enjoyed this book. If you were to look at my personal copy, you would see TONS of highlighted passages and dog eared pages. Read my review of Relationship Marketing.
This is one of the first network marketing books I ever read, when I first joined the industry back in 2002. The book 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. Read my review of the Greatest Networker in the World.
# 11 Go Pro: 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional by Eric Worre
I’m a big fan of Eric Worre. This guy does a TREMENDOUS amount of 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. The book is very simple to read and full of great information about prospecting, showing presentations, following up and getting customers. His writing style is very enjoyable and every easy to follow. This is a must read for any novice or experienced network marketer. It’s also a great gift idea to give to everyone you sponsor. Read my review of Go Pro by Eric Worre.
Dang, I love this book. This guy is a sponsoring machine and he provides a blueprint you can create to be an exceptional recruiter. I really 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 ever 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. Read my review.
# 9 Recruit & Grow Rich by David Ward
This book 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 the book has so many quotes and passages underlined. Get a copy and study this book.
# 8 Your First Year in Network Marketing by Mark Yarnell
I read this book when I first joined Amway in 2002. I remember picking up a copy at a 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 of has a copy of this book in their Leader’s Library. So should you! This is one of the best-selling MLM books of all time. Read my review of Your First Year in Network Marketing.
This great book was written by a guy who failed for 10 YEARS before he started achieving any type of success in MLM. 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 shares his actual story in network marketing. He shares his successes and failures with a nice personal touch. I absolutely love this book. Read my review of Beach Money.
# 6 The 45 Second Presentation by Don Failla
This is a wonderful and classic book about how to connect with people and share network marketing with them in a very 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 a worn out my copy and I re-read it a couple times every year. Read my review of the 45 Second Presentation.
I just read this book 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 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 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! Read my review.
This book 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. This book is easily a 10 of 10 and a must read for any serious network marketer. Read my review of Magnetic Sponsoring.
# 3 Building an Empire by Brian Carruthers
I would have added this book to my list sooner; however, I only recently learned about it. I 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. 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. You will be glad that you did.
# 2 Six Figures in Six Months by Clay Stevens
This book is epic and completely life changing and it comes in a VERY CLOSE first place on this list. It really is a blueprint about what it takes to succeed in our industry. It is a parable in a fiction style format, so it’s really fun to read. It talks about so many life changing concepts about why people fail in our industry and what to do about it. It’s designed to teach you how to teach your new people to succeed, so they can start right and get a PREDICTABLE results. 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. It’s definitely a game changer. Buy 20 copies and give them to your team! You will be glad that you did. Read my review.
# 1 Guerrilla Multilevel Marketing: 100 Free and Low-Cost Ways to Get More Network Marketing Leads by Jay Levinson
This is my favorite MLM book of all time. This book is loaded with great strategies to take your MLM Business to the next level. The book is loaded with innovative ways to grow your network marketing business, such as how to advertise in newspapers, have home parties, leverage trade shows and flea markets, and so much more. 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, or new 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. Once again, this is my favorite MLM Book of all time because of how practical it is. Read my review of Guerrilla MLM!
Must Read Non-MLM 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 Scwarz
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
These titles have really influenced my life. I consider them must read books. Here is a complete list.
I hope you have enjoyed my list of the top 40 network marketing and MLM books of all time. I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite book on this list? And what book did I leave off that I should have added to the list? Leave a comment and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
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