Rankings: 50 best network marketing companies of 2018

This is the ultimate list (updated for 2018).

Here are the best network marketing opportunities of 2018 based off of trends, speculation and your ability to thrive.

Before diving in, you should watch this video. It quickly covers the MLM industry:

Here we go:

#50. Herbalife

Herbalife probably has the FTC on speed dial, but they’ve managed to settle things for now.

It remains to be seen what a less pyrmaid-esque version of Herbalife yields, but I’m gonna bet better than 99% of MLMs based off brand awareness.

Most people know that Herbalife is a company that sells nutritional stuff (their presence in latin countries is bonkers!), and thats enough to make them play with the big-leagues.

#49. Bode Pro

This is a new venture that hits this list because we know the masses from another MLM will follow over to Bode Pro. You see, this is BK Boreyko’s company, the same guy who just got handled by the FTC at Vemma. Woudn’t doubt him to make another splash.

#48. Forever Green

(May 2017 update: did this go under?) The sign up cost will make you do a triple take (almost four figures), but you get to set your own retail price on every product you sell. If you’ve got the skills to make people cough up the cash for their products (which, btw, are pretty legit), you could definitely make that money back. They’ve also been winning plenty of awards (even a growth award from the Direct Selling Association themselves).

#47. Beachbody

P90x and Insanity workouts were the craze. They’ve fallen off a bit, but Beachbody is still a household name. They’re so product-centric, few people know they’re actually a network marketing company. Probably a good thing for company longevity, but they’re definitely not one of the “hot offers” to promote.

#46. ACN

Anyone involved in network marketing in the early 2000’s know ACN was “the ish”. Fast-forward to today, the telecommunications venture has seen steady declines the last 5 years, but $800+ million in annual revenue still isn’t bad. Still, they’re easily a “has been” and have failed to re-invent themselves.

#45. Youngevity

One of the trending anti-aging schemes, Youngevity touts “selenium” as the mineral to help several immune system and thyroid functions. The company has seen steady growth (revenue up to $156 million annually, up 16%), but they’ve failed to corner the market. Too many other hot players (see: Nerium, Jeunesse)

#44. It Works!

Body shapers and nutritional products. And a “greens line” as well. It Works! caught some flame in 2015 but have since fallen off a bit. Distributors have to sell $112 per month to get those commissions, so it was harder for most to keep up. “Yo, Grandma, you like these body shapers? Imma use your credit card cool?” Imagine? Lol.

#43. NHT Global

They were hot. These guys caught some shade for over-inflating their health products, but what health MLM doesn’t inflate their prices “a tiny bit” so they can dish out those juicy commissions? Well, their fiber product was 900% more than “leading alternatives” and their Trioten protein blend was 600% more expensive than Herbalife and Shaklee proteins. Ouch.

#42. PartyLite

The old-school version of “Scentsy” is not as nearly hot or trendy, but they’re staying relevant. The whole game to this “opportunity” is to host parties and then get ’em to pull out their credit cards and buy some candles. Luckily, there’s way better ways to make side money these days.

#41. USANA

These guys shouldn’t be on this list. In fact, they shouldn’t even be in business after the smackdown that was handed to them by the SEC and FBI in 2007. Yet they managed to make a massive comeback. The proof is in the income disclosure statement – $76k per year for full-time, well-established associates.

#40. Melaleuca

When you hit over a billy in annual sales, that’s reason enough to be on the shortlist. On top of that, they’ve been in the MLM game for over two decades, and they’re now the “largest online wellness shopping club” (basically just sounds like a fancy way of saying they sell a lot of miracle diet pills).

#39. Seacret

The Isreali immigrant brothers turned entrepreneurs behind Seacret Direct managed to take a cliche mall kiosk (you know, the ones that bother the crap out of you while you’re trying to shop) and turn it into a multi-million dollar global direct selling ccompany. Skincare products are pretty yawn-worthy nowadays, but Seacret’s dead sea products come with a 5,000 year history and a lot of fanfare.

#38. Jamberry Nails

MLM has stretched its sticky fingers out into just about every product market out there, so it’s kinda hard to do something new nowadays. But Jamberry Nails did it. Their adhesive, custom nail designs BLEW UP when they hit the direct sales floor. They built up an army of over 100,000 consultants in the time it takes most people to get a mediocre pay raise at their 9-5.

#37. World Ventures

Breaking into the world of travel bloggers, hotel hoppers, and digital nomads with #wanderlust was one of the best ideas MLM ever had. Everyone out there wants to work remotely nowadays, and a huge portion of those people want to do it so that they can travel. So, a remote income opportunity with a travel MLM just makes sense. WorldVentures is hitting this niche hard, having been named one of the Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies twice in a row.

#36. Natures Sunshine

One of the rare true pioneers in MLM. Herbal supplement capsules are EVERYWHERE now, but the husband and wife duo behind Natures Sunshine were the first to do it…ever. A visit to your local health store (or your astrology-loving yoga friend’s medicine cabinet) will show you just how popular their invention has become.

#35. Kyani

Another nutritional MLM selling another magical superfruit with a marked up price tag. So what? Their story might not be interesting, but their bottom line is: they’ve expanded to 44 countries and counting after just over a decade in operation. On top of that, they provide extensive sales training and good commission rates to their reps, which is pretty rare nowadays.

#34. Rain

Rain is another nutritional MLM outta Utah (yawn, right?) but these guys do have an angle: seed nutrition and the “black cumin seed”, which is apparently more potent for fighting cancer cells and promotes good anti-oxidant health benefits and stuff.

For whatever reason, the black cumin seed has trended well in recent years:

#33. Market America

Market America is just as known for their massive discounted products portal as they are for their crazy rich CEOs. I’m talking Forbes list, mansion in Biscayne Bay and penthouse in Manhattan, celeb bffs, and giant yachts rich…all thanks to MLM. They’ve hit their fair share of SEC-shaped road blocks, but Market America is still going strong at #29 on the DSN Global 100.

#32. Ambit

They’re a long ways from becoming “the finest and most-respected retail energy provider in America,” especially after getting smacked with a class action lawsuit a few years ago. But what’s a lawsuit when you’ve got a global revenue of $1.5 billion?

#31. Wealthy Affiliate

An MLM without the Facebook stalking, 3-way calls, and autoship? Welcome to the future, network marketing, it’s about time. Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate opportunity for people who want some solid digital marketing training, and they’ve even got a free trial option.

#30. Pampered Chef

Here we’ve got a throwback to network marketing’s roots (Remember Tupperware parties? No? There’s a reason for that). Kitchen products, cooking demos, and mommy bloggers galore. Stay-at-home-moms looking for some flexibility are still a HUGE target demographic for MLM, so it’s no surprise that Pampered Chef has done so well that Warren Buffett decided he needed a piece of the action.

#29. 4Life

These guys trended for a long time and then flattened out a bit, but they’re still pretty huge. They push their immunity-boosting nutritional products in over 50 countries to date, and they’ve actually got some pretty fantastic reviews from both former and current associates. Commission isn’t great, but at least the reps are happy?

#28. Plexus

Fad diets are the neverending story of the 2000s, and Plexus is one of them. Like most miracle weight loss pills, they’ve had run-ins with the FDA, and they don’t fare well with the BBB either. But they’ve managed to trend upwards for 5 years straight regardless, and reps can earn a whopping 50% commission.

#27. Arbonne

Arbonne is a massive MLM in the shadow of two even bigger cosmetics giants (Avon and Mary Kay). However, with their focus on cruelty-free products and au natural ingredients, it’s looking like they could catch up at any minute. Expect to see them in the billion dollar annual revenue club ASAP.

#26. My Lead System Pro

Rob Fore is one of the bigger SEO network marketers in the game, and he still pushes MLSP as his #1 venture. That should say a lot. They’re still hanging around, although not as hot other digital MLM darlings (see: Tecademics, Digital Altitude, Empower Network, Wealthy Affiliate).

#25. Tecademics

Now we’re getting into the real heavyweights. Tecademics is one of the most extensive digital marketing training programs out there, within and outside of MLM. Founder Chris Record started Tecademics after completely crushing it at Empower Network. Their training comes at a steep price tag, although it’s nothing compared to the price of a university degree.

#24. Omnilife

Before launching Omnilife and becoming a billionaire, Jorge Vergara sold street tacos in Mexico, smuggled Herbalife supplements into Mexico, and sweet talked the Mexican government into changing their regulations in the nutritional products sector. This guy could make a movie about his life and it would probably win an Academy Award (he’s actually a major film producer on the side, casual).

#23. Team National

These guys have been pushing their coupon books for decades. It sounds outdated, but they just hit over half a billion in sales, so clearly someone’s buyin’. Founder Dick Loehr is kind of an entrepreneurial genius.

#22. Le-vel

Almost at their 5 year mark, this health and wellness MLM has blown up. They even won the Bravo Growth Award from Direct Selling News Global a couple years back. When you’re young and new, there’s no where else to go but up…until you eventually come crashing down into a million little pieces (and by pieces I mean lost, jobless MLMers).

#21. Lifevantage

Here we’ve got yet another pseudo-science MLM from Utah. But hey, don’t fix it if it ain’t broke? These guys are doing an annual revenue of $214 million, and their distributors are getting access to 6 different pay bonuses.

#20. Purium

Naturopathy is this MLM’s M.O., and all the #cleaneating, medicinal herb drinking, free spirits are loving it. Supposedly, they’ve got “The FASTEST, healthiest, simplest weight loss program on the planet.” Purium isn’t all talk, either – they’ve actually got a line of certified organic products.

#19. Mary Kay

It’s no secret that the ladies in pink from Mary Kay are the Queens of the MLM-World. Just a few spots down from major rival Avon, Mary Kay is ranked as the #5 MLM in the entire world, doing $3.5 billion in annual revenue.

#18. World Global Network

If WGN is looking for world domination, they may be onto something. This company sells every futuristic gadget you can imagine, from space phones to wearable tech to virtual reality. After only a few years in operation, they’re already rising to the top 100 MLMs in the world.

#17. Isagenix

While Isagenix hasn’t quite made it to the big leagues with Advocare, they’re definitely on deck. They’ve churned out a number of millionaires, they have a product with great reviews, and the hype around this brand is insane.

#16. Amway

They’ve been the #1 MLM in the world for years. Their annual revenue can’t be touched by anyone ($8.8 billion). Amway is so huge that their brand is literally synonymous with network marketing – which can be good and bad.

#15. Avon

Avon is the famous old lady brand, but don’t underestimate your grandma. They’re the only MLM that’s even come close to Amway (they’re #2 in the world, and they’ve got $5.7 billion in annual revenue). Of course, nothing lasts forever – their sales have been tanking for 5 years, and they just had to sell off their North American branch.

#14. Nu Skin

From former presidential candidates to the New York Times, these guys have managed to get a lot of high profile endorsements. No Suzanne Somers and Chuck Norris wash ups over here. One slot away from being a top 10 MLM, they’re worth a whopping $3 billion, and the growth rate on their stock will make your jaw drop.

#13. Nerium

Within one year of operation, this anti-aging MLM was already ranked #86 out of 100 by Direct Selling News. They did over $100 million in revenue…in their first year. What have you done in a year?

#12. Modere

This eco-friendly MLM is seriously committed: their headquarters are operated with wind power. They’re pretty future-facing in general, having implemented an innovative social marketing strategy amongst their reps. No one likes to be harassed on Facebook, but Modere’s social media plan is still 10 times more effective than holding home parties (kill me).

#11. Younique

This semi-new cosmetics MLM really lives up to its name. With a genius marketing strategy that leverages social media in a way that’s only moderately annoying and uses real customers as their models, Younique has become one of the most buzz-worthy MLMs of the 21st century.

#10. Motorclub of America

MCA Motorclub might offer services a bunch of other companies already offer for a lot less (AAA), but they’ve actually packaged them with unique services that are super useful. Their CEO has structured their referral plan so perfectly that people keep coming back. Plus, they’ve been around since 1926 – long enough to be an American tradition.

#9. Primerica

For some reason financial services MLMs don’t usually do very well (something about the irony of spending a bunch of money to save money). But Primerica has it figured out after over three decades in business. Their revenue in 2013 was a massive $1.27 billion, so they at least know how to make money for themselves.

#8. Advocare

This is one of those MLMs that’s been around forever (or at least since 1993) and isn’t going anywhere. They’ve really built up a well-regarded brand name and a solid, stable foundation for themselves. It doesn’t hurt that they’re pushing half a billion in annual revenue, either.

#7. Digital Altitude

If you want to learn about the wonderful (and massive) world of internet marketing from the pros, Digital Altitude is where it’s at. Their products might cost up to $10k+, but you’re getting access to a toolbox of pure gold. Then there’s their commission rate…up to 60%. Just take a second to think about what a 60% commission rate on a $10k+ product looks like. Not bad, huh?

#6. Rodan and Fields

One of the best skincare products in and outside of MLM, no doubt. They were founded by a couple dermatologists, and they used to be an upscale department store brand before entering the world of network marketing. Rodan and Fields created Proactiv, which ended up being one of the most famous skincare products of all time (and a hero-in-a-bottle for every middle schooler who’s ever been called pizza-face). Just this one product line is nearing $1 billion in annual sales.

#5. Jeunesse

Who wants to get fit, look younger, and lose weight? Jeunesse, meet your global target market: everyone. With their crazy sales numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are selling to just about everyone in the world. Jeunesse routinely make the list for the top 20 MLMs in the world, and they’re doing about $1.4 billion in annual revenue. Not only are you selling a very well-trusted product, but the sign up cost is also one of the lowest out there ($30).

#4. Young Living

Essential oils are hot, and Young Living is a big part that. They were the first, too. These guys would be on my short list for companies to push based off of industry trends.

Fun fact: Gary Young has built an empire much different than his 1980s blood testing lab in Tijuana that was clowned by the LA Times. Okay, that was decades ago, but still thought that was funny. Sometimes you just can’t take the “hustle” outta people, and I mean that in a slightly good way.

#3. doTERRA

Ah, yes, the “other” essential oils empire. doTERRA is a little younger than Young Living, but they have the momentum in a niche thats arguably the hottest in direct selling.

They have the stay-at-home-mother meets women entrepreneur mixture working for them. What does that even mean? Means they have the practicality side of the company that is off the product and they have the sales, entrepreneur people them promoting it, too. Anyone who follows MLM knows its usually too “product practical” (see: Tupperware, Cutco) or too “opportunity-centric” (see: Herbalife).

doTERRA has a fine balance.

#2. Scentsy

So refreshing to see a direct-selling venture pushing a unique product that people are crazy about without the “income opportunity”.

That doesn’t mean people aren’t making bank on flameless candles.

Just means they’re a product-first company which screams longevity in the network marketing space. They have a product that works, their PR game is strong, and they’re alone in their category.

Translation: exponential growth on the horizon.

#1. Monat

Monat came out of nowhere.

Today (2018), my “Monat” page on this blog gets over 2,500 hits. Per day. This is the hottest I’ve seen a direct sales company in the few years covering this space.

Why?

Their hair stuff works, which is kinda a big deal since most people want the best possible hair.

Sure, some hate the detox phase at first (itchy scalp), but crazy-good results start coming in after using it for 3-4 months.

YouTube stars like Ellebangs have given elegant (but transparent) reviews, giving Monat a “cool” factor that is getting high-end skin creams and hair treatments in the hands of hot mommas all over the USA and Canada.

Products: excellent.

Opportunity: like most MLMs, there are better ways online to make money.

Bottom line: don’t join if you’re doin’ it for the money. Learn about the “big daddy” money stay-at-home Moms are doing with this.

Final word

So, does MLM work?

The short answer: it hasn’t for most.

The intentions are good, but most people do not make money and there’s a good chance that a company won’t be around in 5 years.

If you like the products, great. Buy them. Like Monat. Or doterra. Or Jeunesse. Great products.

Some of the companies above make great products (and I use some of them).

But if you’re doing it for the money, there’s much better ways to make money online.

Meet the Author

JP

JP teaches network marketers how to build a real business. Far from a hater, he still LOLs at 3-way calls and building "downlines". If you like Monday morning conversations with your kids by the pool, you might like this.

44 comments… add one
  • Lisa Jul 8, 2017, 2:45 am

    Interesting article. Have tried Amway and Mary Kay. Certainly never made much money with either.

    So, what is a better way to earn lots of money? Would love to give up my 9 year Companion business. Tired of clients that hire you, claiming they are rich then complain they can’t afford you.

    • Jeremy Page Jul 11, 2017, 9:56 pm

      Feel you 100% Lisa.

      This is the better way.

    • jOhn Feb 24, 2018, 6:37 pm

      Didn’t earn money ? Why ? Becouse it didn’t work ?? 😀 Or you didn’t work ??? There is nothing really worth, without effort. So think about it …

    • Mark Allen Mar 20, 2018, 1:37 am

      I here you Lisa! I hope you are successful so. I will tell you that you need 3 things:
      1 – a debt free company with the right vision
      2 – an easy, “done for you” model where you put your upline to work for you so you can earn while you learn
      3 – a real compensation plan that pays you for all of your work… not just your weakest leg. To quote from above….” and they provide great commission rates which is pretty rare these days”.

      I hope this helps.

      • JP Mar 22, 2018, 11:53 pm

        Agree. Or you can opt out of the industry and build skillsets.

  • mahdi Jul 12, 2017, 8:43 am

    Hi, thanks for your article. I have a question: “why Forever Living is not included in your list?!”

    • Jeremy Page Aug 4, 2017, 12:01 am

      Didn’t make the cut.

  • Jay Aug 11, 2017, 3:46 am

    What about network marketing in India?

    • Jeremy Page Aug 11, 2017, 8:03 pm

      Haven’t looked too much into it. I know India and Malaysia have substantial MLM followings.

  • Christina Sep 20, 2017, 11:22 pm

    Why no Lularoe?

    • Jeremy Page Oct 7, 2017, 9:32 am

      Def could be considered now.

    • Emily Feb 7, 2018, 8:40 pm

      They don’t seem to be doing so great any more. Their retailers are leaving in droves, from what I’ve been seeing and hearing.

  • Maela Bru Nov 13, 2017, 3:26 am

    Senegence had a 700% growth in 2016 and has more distributors than younique now? I feel like they should have placed.

    Leggings companies too.

    • JP Dec 20, 2017, 7:10 am

      Yeah they probably deserve a spot

  • Najam Nov 17, 2017, 3:56 pm

    Hey, why isnt Qnet in the list?

    • JP Dec 20, 2017, 7:07 am

      Sell me Qnet…

  • Jason Jan 16, 2018, 9:27 pm

    I was curious what happened to Vasayo?
    I was thinking of joining that one.

    • JP Jan 31, 2018, 10:39 pm

      Think they’re still doing well.

  • kristin Feb 1, 2018, 4:56 pm

    Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive list. I am a new representative with Juice Plus+ Any idea why this company did not make the top 50 list?

    • JP Feb 2, 2018, 7:30 pm

      Good luck with that. I hear Juice Plus is pretty big.

  • Jo Feb 6, 2018, 3:12 am

    Thanks for this list. Loved seeing Monat as #1! I am a Market Partner for this company and the money is crazy good because the products are awesome. I was disappointed to see Plexus at #28 and I wasn’t impressed by what you had to say about them. Plexus is NOT a weight loss company. Their products promote a healthy gut and they are clinically proven to decrease inflammation and balance blood sugar. Weight loss is a natural side effect of body balance. The products work and there are a lot of people I know personally making good money with Plexus.

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:57 am

      Thats fair.

  • Lauren Feb 7, 2018, 2:29 pm

    This article is hilarious. I can’t tell if your pro or anti MLMs. But feels like you speak the truth in your own sorta way. I like that. Thanks for the giggles.

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:54 am

      I don’t belong to any MLM, so its nice to keep it 100

  • Chrissy Feb 7, 2018, 8:48 pm

    So Monat has numerous people showing it’s ruining their hair.. Herbalifes a huge scam .. thank god lularoe isn’t on this list …

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:53 am

      Well if you’re going off Herbalife being a scam because of the FTC, you gotta pretty much include most MLMs in that category.

      I don’t trust the FTC more than I would any government agency, but their claims against Herbalife can pretty much be made against most MLMs.

      They just had to go after a prolific company.

  • Marie Feb 15, 2018, 4:23 am

    How did you gather stats?…i see Mary Kay on the list with a 6% increase in 2017 but I don’t see SeneGence International (maker of Lipsense) who had a 700% growth in 2017 & still booming. They’ve also been in business since 1999.

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:43 am

      They should have made the list.

      My bad.

  • Wendy Feb 15, 2018, 4:48 am

    Curious where SeneGence would fall on this list…

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:42 am

      They’re up and coming for sure.

      Lotta buzz on Senegence

  • Siobhan Attree Feb 17, 2018, 9:11 pm

    my lead system pro is not an MLM company…its an attraction marketing education platform with single level affiliate marketing program

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:40 am

      All righty…

  • Vivi Karnouzian Feb 21, 2018, 10:12 am

    I have to say, Monat has the best compensation plan I have ever seen and we still in the ground floor face opportunity!! Is only been 3 years and I was able to replace my income and I am now a stay home MOM while working my business from home.
    Thank you so much for putting this article together!!

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:38 am

      Thats impressive – good for you!

  • Heath Mar 5, 2018, 12:40 pm

    Hi JP, Your assessment of Melaleuca stating… “When you hit over a billy in annual sales, that’s reason enough to be on the shortlist. On top of that, they’ve been in the MLM game for over two decades, and they’re now the “largest online wellness shopping club” (basically just sounds like a fancy way of saying they sell a lot of miracle diet pills).” is VERY misleading and inaccurate. They offer “far more” products and services than weight control supplements. I have been a “customer” only of Melaleuca for over 20 years and can attest to the superb quality of their products. Please get your facts correct before posting inaccurate information. 🙂

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:29 am

      I praised the company that you’ve shilled for 20 years, but since I didn’t say it the way you wanted to, you got triggered.

      Ask yourself why that triggered you.

  • Liz Mar 6, 2018, 4:49 pm

    You should really update your information! I am an ambassador with Plexus, and a lot of your information is not accurate. For one we have an A+ rating with the BBB from 2017. We also have clinical trials and research on our triplex combo now.
    The only requirements to earn commission is pay the 34.95 annual fee and have $100 in sales… that’s far less than many other MLM companies!

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:27 am

      Hi Liz,

      Would you like to volunteer on updating every “tweak” with over 150+ MLM companies?

  • Ronda Mar 13, 2018, 2:41 am

    I think when you made comments about a company you should have kept them neutral or not only commented part of a story. Ambit did have a lawsuit, but it also has several JD Power awards, A+BBB, and many other accolades. I don’t know details of the suit, it may have been 100% justified, but I do know lawsuits are not always justified. Sometimes people are looking to make a buck

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:24 am

      That’s fair.

  • Sheryl Mar 20, 2018, 5:03 pm

    Curious why Tupperware isn’t up there. It’s been in the home party business for 70 years. I do 3-5 parties a week.

    • JP Mar 22, 2018, 11:52 pm

      70+ years is impressive. Just not a lot of “buzz” with Tupperware.

  • Stacey Apr 7, 2018, 11:08 pm

    I certainly agree with Monat being #1. The products give real results. The compensation plan is it comparable to any other DS I’ve worked with. In just 10 months of being a Market Partner I have been able to replace my income from full time Law Enforcement job and retire from the time clock. Monat changes lives in so many ways.

    • JP Apr 10, 2018, 2:45 am

      Good to here.

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