Every Facebook feed has at least one of them, the friend who posts once a day (if you're lucky) about the amazing new product they discovered and how it's changed their life.
Not only have the [dietary supplements, skin regimens, essential oils, kitchen gadgets, clothing lines] improved their [health, appearance, confidence, cooking skills, style], but the "extra income" from selling the product really helps, as evidenced by the recent vacation pics from the Bahamas.
But how much money do you really make selling [dietary supplements, skin regimens, essential oils, kitchen gadgets, clothing lines]? The answer, as with most things, is complicated.
In multilevel marketing (MLM) companies, sellers make money two ways: from selling the product and from the sales of the people that they recruit to sell the products. Not every MLM is a scam, but even the legit ones don't usually make you rich.
Claire Shook, a young mother of four from Pennsylvania, started selling Rodan + Fields skin care about a year and a half ago after buying one of the products from a friend and liking the results. Rodan + Fields, like most MLM or "direct sales" companies, gives discounts to sales representatives, and Shook admits that the dermatological-grade skin treatments were pricey.
"If I was going to keep using it, I wanted a consultant discount," says Shook. "But then because I thought it was a good product, I wanted to try selling it, too."
Shook signed up as a Rodan + Fields sales consultant with modest income expectations. She wanted to sell enough cover the cost of the products that she herself was using and to hopefully make a little extra cash, too.
"I never wanted to be pushy, though. I'd post on Facebook and if people showed interest, I'd follow up," says Shook. "But I wasn't calling and messaging people, 'You should do this!'"
Shook says that even at the height of her activity with Rodan + Fields, she was only putting in four or five hours a week, but it was enough for her to earn back her investment on the enterprise. Shook declined to say exactly how much she made selling Rodan + Fields, citing a company policy against disclosing income, but says she was "never in the red."