Hard Facts and Statistics about the Direct Selling Industry – Updated for 2015

Some legal case authorities claim that if a consultant announces that they are going to join another MLM company on Facebook then it’s protected under freedom of expression by the First Amendment. Therefore, a company cannot accuse a consultant of raiding their downline for distributors. Other courts and cases have suggested that consultants separate out their Facebook downline from those of friends and family.The Direct Selling Association released the MLM statistics for direct sellers for 2015. The numbers are riveting:

  • 2 million people were involved in direct selling in the U.S. during 2015.
  • Those people sold an estimated $36.12 billion dollars in retail sales, an increase of 4.8% from 2014.
  • 2015 revenues were higher than any other year in history.

In 2014, 18.2 million people were involved in direct selling. In 2015, that number increased by 11% to 20.2 billion people. Of those people, 28.2% were between the ages of 35 and 44. 24.9% Continue reading

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Hard Facts about a Growing Industry – Updated 2016 for 2014

The U.S. sold $34.47 billion in 2014.Did you know that over *18 million people in the United States alone were involved in direct selling in 2014? The estimated sales of these people are $34.5 billion, which is up 5.5% from 2013. Here are some statistics about the industry, overviewing 2014:

  • In 2009, 16.1 million people were involved in direct selling, compared to 15.8 million in 2010, 15.6 million in 2011, 15.9 million in 2012, 16.8 million in 2013, and 18.2 million in 2014. The increase was 8.3% from 2013 to 2014.
  • In 2014, 74.4% of company distributors were women, and 25.6% were men. In 2013 that number was 74.2% for women, 25.8% for men, and in 2012, 76.6% were women and 23.4% were men.
  • U.S. retail sales were $34.47 billion in 2014, $32.67 in 2013, and $31.63 in 2012.
  • In 2014, 71.5% of direct sales were person-to-person, 22.4% were party plan, and 6.1% were other. Compared to 2013 when 70.2% were person-to-person and 22.5% were party plan.
  • 30% of sales in 2014 were in the wellness product group. Personal care was around 15%. Services were around 22%.
  • The highest sales by region goes to the South, were 37.4% of goods and services were sold. The West sold 24.3%. And, the Midwest came in third at 20.5%

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May 2016 Conference was a Success and Statistics

We pulled off some great numbers for the May 20, 2016 conference! In attendance were over 60 companies and 90 people, representing 18 states, the U.S., Canada and Europe!

May 2016 Conference

May 2016 Conference

We appreciate all the guests in attendance, as well as the lineup of incredible speakers.

If you weren’t able to make the May 2016 conference, no problem! We are hosting the next Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference on October 27 and 28, 2016 in Las Vegas.

We invite anyone who is starting or running an existing MLM company to join us! MLM business owners, executives, corporate staff, you’re invited! The classroom-like setting of the conference promotes education, not selling. We work hard to provide you with a fully credible lineup of expert speakers who advise in the areas of recruiting, legal, compensation plans, Continue reading

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Most Requested Video of the Month – Difference Between Sponsoring and Recruiting

MLMLegal.com’s most requested FAQ this month answered in a video by MLM expert Attorney, Jeff Babener: What is the difference between sponsoring and recruiting?

Although the terms sponsoring and recruiting are often used interchangeably, they are actually have two very different meanings. Recruiting is the act of searching and soliciting for new distributors for the downline sales organization of an existing distributor. Of course, the activity carries important responsibilities, such as compliance with company and statutory guidelines on earnings representations, product representations, and representations as to the business opportunity of the company.

Once a recruit has agreed to join the company, a recruiting distributor becomes a sponsor. Continue reading

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PRWeb (PR) – MLMLegal.com Presents the E-Newsletter: MLM News Global – April 15, 2016

Welcome to the Newsletter: MLM News Global, an industry e-newsletter originating from one of the most trusted and respected direct selling websites, MLMLegal.com.

MLM News Global newsletter offers recent news, videos, company profiles, and timely articles. The e-newsletter contains the top news stories from the network marketing industry, the most recent MLM scam alerts, timely articles on the direct selling industry, and so much more. Keep up-to-date on top MLM news headlines or to hear about the latest MLM scam alerts and pyramid scheme accusations. The timely headline reporting will keep subscribers up-to-date on stories that affect everyone in the network marketing industry. In addition, important press releases, directly from MLM/network marketing/direct selling, party plan companies, keep subscribers current on trends and direct selling company developments.

Subscribe and look forward to exclusive videos that laser-focus on industry-educational topics, such as distributor education, industry Q&A, direct selling executive interviews, MLM startup, and pyramid schemes.

The MLM News Global newsletter features industry-related articles in every issue, featuring MLMLegal.com’s perspective on FTC rulings, Burnlounge, Herbalife, Vemma cases, and more. Continue reading

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prweb (4/14/16) – Renovation of MLMLegal.com- Come Visit the New and Improved Website

MLMLegal.com is Upgraded: Easy-to-Use Navigation Bars, Stylized Images, Organized Landing Pages for Articles, Videos, & MLM Legal

Come visit the new and improved MLMLegal.com! This is the first major renovation of MLMLegal.com. MLMLegal.com’s new face is easy to navigate and full of valuable and educational content, pertinent to direct sellers. And Babener & Associates is working on updating more pages throughout 2016.

A new and easy-to-use navigation bar helps visitors easily find what they are looking for, whether it is the blog, articles, videos, MLM resources, conference pages, or one of the many other resources available on the website for network marketers.

The main homepage image was provided by expert MLM Attorney himself, Jeff Babener, while on a trip to Europe. These beautiful mountains provide the metaphor “Let Us Be Your Guide.” Let the Law Office of Babener and Associates, MLMLegal.com, guide clients through the sometimes difficult MLM industry and its legal climate. As experienced network marketing attorneys, who have been in the industry for over three decades, and who represent companies such as Melaleuca, Avon, Herbalife, NuSkin, USANA, Nerium, Excel, and Team National, our firm has the experience and credibility to help direct selling companies navigate the direct selling industry. Continue reading

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Press Release: Starting and Running the MLM – A Deep Focus Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada – May 20, 2016

MLMLegal.com and Babener & Associates Announce the 72nd National Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company Conference. This one-day, deep focus event has limited seating so register today.

Our last conference boasted 71 companies from 23 states and 8 countries, including Canada, United States, Ghana, Israel, Spain, Russia, China, and Germany!

Our last conference boasted 71 companies from 23 states and 8 countries, including Canada, United States, Ghana, Israel, Spain, Russia, China, and Germany!

The Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company conference will be held May 20, 2016.

For more than 30 years, leading industry experts have educated the executives of starting and existing MLM, direct selling, network marketing, and party plan companies on how to structure their compensation plans, legalize their companies, recruit key employees and top-ranking distributors, develop business models, generate leads, fund their business, establish their website and technology platforms, better understand the direct selling industry, and so much more. Continue reading

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What do Startup Companies Think about Long Term Professional Relationships? Watch the Video!

MLMLegal.com and Babener & Associates have had long term professional relationships with many direct selling companies, from startup to stable. We were involved in early stages of a number of leading MLM companies, including some traded on the NYSE.

We aren’t just lawyers. We often know more about the direct selling business than most of our clients. In many ways we have become partners with our clients since we’ve been in the industry for such a long time. We often take on a significant role as both a legal and business advisor for our clients. Continue reading

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Limited-Seating, One-Day MLM Startup Conference – May 20, 2016

LIMITED SEATING – CALL AND REGISTER: 800-231-2162

Limited, One-Day Only Event

May 20, 2016 – Las Vegas, NV

Friday: 9am-5:30pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm one-on-one with the speakers

The 72nd National Conference of:

Sponsor and Chair:

MLMLegal.com and MLMOne.com

Conference Chairperson: Jeff Babener, Babener & Associates

Babener & Associates Law Firm

Conference Co-Chair: Michael Sheffield, The Sheffield Group

Learn it all from those who have advised (and started many), including Avon, Herbalife, Amway, USANA, Melaleuca, Nerium, Excel Telcom, ACN, Team National, Shaklee, etc.

Seven hours of Seminar – 30 hours of one-on-one consultation.

Each Attendee Recieves a Free MLM Startup Manual: Continue reading

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What are the most important things to remember when you host a distributor recognition event? New Video

First, we must note that this is a bit out of our area. However, we have attended many such events and been involved in meeting planning from hotel logistics to program to meeting planners. And we have done this scores of times with many of the leading direct selling companies. Continue reading

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