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  • Personal Development Week:

    State of the Industry
  • August 25, 2021

    Maria Osipova on Digital Transformation in Direct Sales

    Did you get a chance to look at Penny’s report on digital transformations happening around the direct sales industry? The information they revealed was so fascinating, we had to get them on the podcast to talk about it. We wanted to know how they conducted their survey, who responded, how they worked t... Read more ›

  • August 18, 2021

    Building strong communication with your direct sales consultants

    How is your communication? Is there harmony between your headquarters and the field? Do your direct sales consultants trust you? Do they feel supported and are they getting the training they need? If not, you might be losing consultants and sales to your competitors. Your consultants might be feeling ... Read more ›

  • August 3, 2021

    Direct Sales Online Revolutionized the Industry

    Over the last ten years, the world of direct selling turned upside down. Direct sales moved online and now everything is different. It happened so quickly, some of you reading this slept through it. You woke up on your head, and you’re rubbing your eyes wondering what exactly is going on. If you’re... Read more ›

  • September 1, 2021

    Record breaking Q2 2021 direct sales

    Recently we’ve been blown away by the sales numbers of MLM companies. 2020 was a good year for direct sellers—especially those in the United States but for the global industry as well. And with Q2 2021 results from direct sales companies, the good news keeps coming. On the podcast we’ve talked about... Read more ›

  • September 8, 2021

    SCOTUS decision against FTC disgorgement—Spencer Reese weighs in

    Have you read about the recent Supreme Court decision to stop FTC disgorgement? Are you curious what it means for the direct sales industry? Satisfying that curiosity was the impetus behind this episode. Our guest is Spencer Reese a top lawyer in the direct sales industry. On the call we discuss: S... Read more ›

  • August 11, 2021

    The Relaunch of MLM.com with Mark Rawlins

    The MLM.com Podcast has been on hiatus for two years. Today, we relaunch with a new series of podcasts bringing you information and insights about the world of direct selling. Whether you’re new here or a long time MLM.com reader, we want to welcome you to join our new host, Nancy Tobler, as she digs i... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    Compensation Plan Design
  • February 13, 2018

    Compensation Plan Payout

    Compensation plan payout is one of the biggest factors that contributes to the success or failure of a direct selling company. The companies who achieve long-term success have a sound plan that pays the right people. Plans that are not well designed fail to motivate distributors and ultimately stall company g... Read more ›

  • August 13, 2015

    MLM plans: the Three Types

    There are three common types of MLM plans: breakaway, unilevel, and binary. With a unilevel plan, distributors can put a lot of people on their first levels and they can build as many legs as they want. With a binary plan, distributors can only have two legs. In a breakaway, rather than legs, you build a team... Read more ›

  • January 9, 2018

    What’s a Breakaway Compensation Plan?

    Breakaway compensation plans are the oldest of the three common compensation plan types. They’ve been around since the 1970s. To this day, they’re the most popular compensation plan among party plan companies. A breakaway compensation plan uses two primary bonuses and two defined sales force classificatio... Read more ›

  • January 22, 2018

    What’s a Unilevel Compensation Plan?

    The unilevel compensation plan was the first plan to challenge the dominance of the breakaway plan. It came on the scene in the mid 90s, and its inventors intended it to be a simpler and fairer plan that was easier to understand. But over the years, unilevels have come to be just as complex as breakaways. Th... Read more ›

  • January 29, 2018

    What’s a Binary Compensation Plan?

    The binary compensation plan is the newest of the three common plan types. When it arrived on the industry scene, this type of plan was the complete opposite approach to commissions than existing plans. The difference was night and day. Before the binary emerged, every other compensation plan relied on the fo... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    International direct sales
  • March 4, 2019

    What This Shanghai-Based Lawyer Wants American MLMs to Know About China

    Is Your China Strategy Too Reckless? Too Timid? Nonexistent? There’s good money in selling to Chinese consumers but the People’s Republic of China restricted direct sales to single-level sales commissions. The Chinese economy is growing. Consumerism is on the rise. Word of mouth marketing is king in... Read more ›

  • January 14, 2019

    China 2019: Still Open for Network Marketing Businesses

    Despite gloom in the global economy and fears of a US-China trade war, growth in China’s retail sales (and direct sales in particular) remain robust.   Chinese culture lends itself to the proliferation of network marketing models as it is very much a network culture where word of mouth marketing is kin... Read more ›

  • February 25, 2019

    International Expansion for Network Marketing Companies

    These days, a lot of network marketing companies are in a rush to expand internationally. Markets outside the U.S. are gathering steam and technology is making the leap easier and easier. My first experience working with an MLM company that was going international was nearly thirty years ago. Back in those d... Read more ›