If you found this post, you may be someone who is interested in working from home and are thinking of joining a multi-level-marketing opportunity, like Youngevity.
Or perhaps someone working with Youngevity has been trying to recruit you and hoping you’ll sign up.
Multi-level-marketing businesses like this, have often been accused of being Pyramid schemes and I will explain why in a moment.
In an MLM business, you get rewarded not just for sales you make directly, but for bringing other people into the business opportunity.
You also then get paid a percentage of what your recruits are paid and this usually goes on, for several levels deep.
Problems arise, when the sole focus of distributors, no longer becomes about making direct sales to real customers – but solely in recruiting people into the business.
In some cases, a large majority of direct sales end up being between distributors themselves and not people that really want to buy the products.
This is when an MLM can collapse into an, (illegal) Pyramid Scheme.
Because of the way MLM businesses are structured, there is often the risk of this occurring.
Useful post – MLM’s & Pyramid Schemes Explained.
Before I start, I just want to say that Youngevity is considered currently by law to be a *legal* MLM business and not a Pyramid Scheme.
That being said, I have read some very interesting things about Youngevity, so stick with me and please do comment if you would like to share your experience with this business.
What Is Youngevity? When Did It Start?
This company was founded in 1997 by Dr Joel Wallach.
Dr Joel Wallach is a Naturopath and Veterinarian – although, if you’re interested in some more info on Joel; I did discover this fascinating article.
In which he claims that the average lifespan of an MD is 58, (and that’s just one of the interesting claims that he makes).
You can see a snippet of the article below. What to you make of it?
Anyway…. moving on…
Youngevity is primarily in the health & wellness niche, although they actually have a very large amount of products.
From vitamin supplements and meal replacement shakes, to pet products, jewellery and even coffee.
They have managed to grow into a Worldwide business, with over 30,000 distributors around the globe.
How Much Money Can You Make With Youngevity?
I initially saw reports that you could make a standard 30% commission on initial sales, which is actually pretty good.
But, when I dug deeper, it appeared this wasn’t accurate information.
I believe the basic commission is 8% on PQV at the time of writing.
In order to qualify for up to 30%, you must personally purchase 100 PQV a month – which is around $150-$200 worth of product.
You can then qualify for their quick-start-bonus, which entitles you to up to a 30% commission, but only for the first 30 days per customer, (see details below).
If that customer stays with you, after that initial 30 days, you drop back to 8%, if you’re a brand associate or above.
I guess this is some an incentive to constantly bring in new customers, (and new potential distributors).
Some Of The Bonuses Available:
Quick Start Bonus:
If you’re a brand associate, (meaning you have purchased 100QV in volume or calendar month), you can qualify for the quick-start bonus.
You can get this for new members who make purchases in their first month and this is where you can earn that 30%, (26% to be precise).
There is also the opportunity to earn an additional 4%.
You need to get your new recruits to purchase a CEO *Pak* when they join – and you get $100 each time you do that.
At 8-levels deep, you can earn between 8-2% commission on the bonus volume (BV) that your distributors make, (or their distributors beneath them).
How much you can earn will depend what level you’re at.
For example; to be at the level of Senior Associate, you need to be purchasing a minimum of 200QV personal order each month – PLUS…
- you need at least 3 brand associates or preferred customers who ALSO purchase at least 100QV per month.
- You need a minimum of 1000QV on orders of your first three downline levels within one month.
There are several different ranks that you can achieve and all the ranks will have different stipulations for how you can achieve them.
These compensation plans are notoriously difficult to grasp at first, but it’s worthwhile studying it carefully if you actually intend to join the business.
You can find the compensation plan in full here.*
Other big bonus incentives include:
- A car bonus,
- Revenue share opportunity,
- Diamond trip of a lifetime opportunity.
To name just a few!
How Much Does It Cost To Join Youngevity?
It costs $115 to get started, additional $25 fee.
But you’ll likely be encouraged to purchase one of their most expensive packages, to really get rolling and that would cost $499.
Distributors do have an incentive for encouraging you to purchase a more expensive package, so bare that in mind.
As a majority of people that that join any MLM fail, a majority of people will lose this money and won’t recoup their initial investment.
MLMs are strongly criticised for charging too much for people to access the business, many of whom will have no prior experience and generally get minimal support and training.
Is An MLM A Business Suited To You?
The people who are most likely to succeed within an MLM, are people who would already be good in the sales industry, or some sort of public role.
So, if you have some background in that area, or are simply very outgoing, confident and enjoy speaking to people – then you’re more likely to stick with it.
You’d also need a thick skin.
Many people really don’t like the MLM business model – so you will face a lot of criticism, knock backs and rejection.
Again, some people are able to take this in their stride and move on… But many won’t.
Another reason you may choose this particular business, is that you also have a large social circle of people that purchase these types of products.
If you can already envisage how you can make sales and build a team, that would give you the edge.
One of the hardest aspects for people starting, is finding leads and this will be considerably harder, if you don’t know many people to begin with; (let alone anyone who would buy Youngevity products).
The Products – What Is Available?
There are actually tonnes of different products available. So, a big variety to choose from.
For a little list run-down… some of the products include:
- Vitamin/mineral supplements,
- Pet nutrition products,
- Essential oils,
- Home & Garden products,
- Lifestyle related services.
So, if you’re not really interested in those health related products, there are lots of other products you can choose.
However, people largely seem to focus on the health and wellness products and these are also the things that cause the most controversy.
Do Vitamin Supplements Really Work? What Is The General Consensus?
Since Youngevity do have a large focus on health and wellness products, it seems fair enough to wonder whether any of them really work.
Well, it seems a regular feature of the press in recent years to have articles that now say that, (most) vitamin supplements don’t work and are a waste of money.
As a child, I was practically stuffed full of vitamin supplements and homeopathic remedies… Considering I seemed to have a permanent virus, it didn’t appear to help my immunity!
Not that my own case is relevant at all, but my experience taking multiple supplements in the past, did make me more interested in their effectiveness.
Well, some reports have gone so far to say that some supplements can harm you; with some being linked to an increased risk of death.
The advice in recent years…. time and time again is, you should be getting the vitamins you need from your diet.
Easier said than done obviously, many peoples diets are terrible.
But for the most part, people interested in health & wellness related supplements, are already the health conscious type!
The results of this study concluded:
That unless you are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, you should be able to get everything you need in your diet – apart from:
- Vitamin D, which could be worthwhile taking, especially in Winter.
- Folic acid for pregnant women.
- Vitamins A, C and D for children aged 6 months to 5 years.
The supplement industry is worth billions and there appears to be little that’s done to actually police it.
Do you think there should be tighter constraints on supplements?
Many supplements are able to go on sale, without the solid scientific evidence to back them up.
The National Health Institute spent 2.4 billion studying supplements and the ultimate conclusion is, they don’t appear to improve health and can even damage your health in some cases.
Of course, no matter what the *science* says, some people will always have a different opinion.
Supplement taking almost seems to have a religious status of its’ own…
But, while one person may experience a benefit from supplement, another person may experience zero benefit at all.
Unfortunately, you can’t judge whether a supplement works purely on anecdotal evidence and according to many reports, the scientific evidence is just not there.
Youngevity: Pyramid Scheme Scam – Or A Good Business Opportunity?
As I mentioned earlier; Youngevity is currently classed as a legitimate multi-level-marketing business.
It has many thousands of distributors all over the world and many people who have used their products and raved about the health benefits for many years.
It’s far from without criticism however, (both from people purchasing products, distributors and criticism levelled against the founder himself).
Youngevity distributors have been criticised for marketing their products dishonestly – for example; by suggesting they can cure all sorts of ailments and diseases, (with no scientific evidence to support such claims).
Many people have also set out to undermine the legitimacy, claims and research of the founder Dr Joel Wallach and you can find plenty of articles around the web that do so.
One criticism against Dr Wallach, is based on the fact that he is a Naturopath and not a doctor of medicine.
Naturopathy has been criticised on a number of levels and some people feel that Dr Wallach is not qualified to make the sort of health claims that he does.
On Wikipedia, it’s described as being ineffective and possibly harmful by the medical community.
Here is a snip from one article; that attacks the legitimacy of Naturopathy: “Naturopaths: Fake Doctors In White Coats?!”
Ultimately, there is plenty of controversy surrounding Dr Joel Wallach and the suggested health benefits of some of the Youngevity products.
While I’m not a fan of the MLM business model anyway, there are certainly some that I would recommend more than others.
After everything I have read to date… Youngevity is not one of them.
This is just my personal opinion of course.
You’re welcome to leave me a comment below.
All the best,