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Network Marketing & Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

The ads are certainly enticing - the idea of making money right away without any special skills or major investment appeals to the immediate need, while the promise of residual income appeals to the desire to not end up in your current financial position ever again. Then there's the down side... do you really want to pitch this to all your friends? But many successful companies have been built on this business model. Here are some resources to find legit opportunities and to decide whether they're right for you.

The Real Problem with Network Marketing and MLM
It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing. So what's the problem?

The Real Problem with Network Marketing and MLM
It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing. So what's the problem?

Network Marketing News
While it no longer appears to be being published, the archive of past newsletters provides dozens of articles about network marketing from those who practice it. It includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Too Good to Be True? 7 Questions to Ask
If you're considering an MLM (multi-level marketing), CDM (consumer direct marketing), or network marketing opportunity, ask these seven questions to determine whether that "income opportunity" is worth your while (and your money).

MLM Woman
This is an extensive, up-to-date resource focused on women in MLM. It includes classifieds, forums, a large distributor list, and a newsletter archive of over 200 articles. Men may find it useful, too!

Top 10 Ways to Choose a Great Network Marketing Opportunity
There are a few network marketing opportunities that are just scams. There are far more that may be well-intentioned, but have a poor track record, for any number of reasons. So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Here are ten tips to help you pick the right network marketing opportunity for you.

MLM Survivor
This site has a clearly negative view of MLM, but it's a must-read for anyone considering getting involved in it. It has up-to-date references about lawsuits, Federal Trade Commission actions, and other complaints against a whole host of MLM distributors.

Lessons Everyone Can Learn from Network Marketing
In 2000, 55% of American adults reported having, at some time, purchased goods or services from a direct selling representative. Although the industry has a high turnover rate among reps, the practices of those who are successful at it provide lessons for all of us, regardless of our business. See what the top network marketers can teach you about your business.

MLM Law
This site is a one-stop legal resource for those in the network marketing and multi-level marketing industry - companies, representatives/agents, and customers. They emphasize preventative law to help teach people what legal issues they may face and how best to deal with them.

Reports on Network Marketing
This is a well-researched collection of reports from Dr. Jon Taylor, President of the Consumer Awareness Institute, who spent two years researching MLM as both a distributor and an independent researcher. He presents his first-hand experience, as well as unbiased research about network marketing payouts. His "12 Tests for Evaluating a Network Marketing Opportunity" is a must-read.

Reports on Network Marketing
This is a well-researched collection of reports from Dr. Jon Taylor, President of the Consumer Awareness Institute, who spent two years researching MLM as both a distributor and an independent researcher. He presents his first-hand experience, as well as unbiased research about network marketing payouts. His "12 Tests for Evaluating a Network Marketing Opportunity" is a must-read.

MLM Law
This site is a one-stop legal resource for those in the network marketing and multi-level marketing industry - companies, representatives/agents, and customers. They emphasize preventative law to help teach people what legal issues they may face and how best to deal with them.

MLM Survivor
This site has a clearly negative view of MLM, but it's a must-read for anyone considering getting involved in it. It has up-to-date references about lawsuits, Federal Trade Commission actions, and other complaints against a whole host of MLM distributors.

MLM Woman
This is an extensive, up-to-date resource focused on women in MLM. It includes classifieds, forums, a large distributor list, and a newsletter archive of over 200 articles. Men may find it useful, too!

Network Marketing News
While it no longer appears to be being published, the archive of past newsletters provides dozens of articles about network marketing from those who practice it. It includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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