Forever Living Products is a company that manufactures and distributes aloe vera based health and wellness products. The company was founded by Carl Jensen and Rex Maughan in Tempe, Arizona in 1978. Forever Living Products uses the multi level marketing model to distribute products and allows anyone to become an independent business owner referred to as “Forever Business Owner’s” or FBO’s.
Name: Forever Living Products
Price: Zero To Sign Up
Owners: Rex Maughan, CEO
This will be a fairly extensive article so I have provided a table of contents.
- The Products
- Start Up Costs
- Compensation Plan
- What To Expect
- My Recommendation
Forever Living Aloe Vera Products
Forever living offers a number of products in several categories.
- Bee Products (Honey based, non aloe)
- Personal Care
- Skin Care
- Weight Management
- Combo Packs (A little of everything)
Forever Living offers the honey we are all familiar with and 3 honey based tablets. Honey based products have become very popular over the last few years due to their “Superfood” status. Personally, I have always found the term superfood to be a bit silly. It’s really more of a marketing term than a real food category.
Forever Living Products Drinks
Forever Aloe Vera Gel is an ingestible aloe gel that you mix with your favorite fruit juice. The others have artificial flavors including orange, apple cranberry and peaches. Forever Living Products also offers an aloe based herbal tea.
Click the above image to see all Forever Living Products nutritional supplements
Forever Living Products offers 15 different nutritional supplements in tablet form. Each one focuses on a different superfood such as:
They also offer chewable multivitamins for kids.
The personal care products include:
- Lip Balm
- Tooth Gel
- Bar Soap
- After Shave
- Lotion for minor skin irritations
- Laudry Detergent
There are 14 different aloe vera based skin products. Lotions, creams, toners etc.
These drinks and tablets are not meant to help you lose weight, but to supplement a healthier diet. Diet and exercise are still the most important factors in weight loss. The chocolate and vanilla pouches are to help make skim milk more tolerable.
Forever Living Products Combo Pak
As you can see, the combo pak has a variety of personal care and grooming products.
What Does It Cost To Get Started?
Forever Living Products has a few different starter kits at different prices. Starter kits are only a suggestion. You do NOT need to purchase anything to get started. However, it’s kind of difficult to sell products that you’ve never tried or know nothing about.
In order to start a Forever Living Products business, you need to have a sponsor. Most people are invited to join and the person who invites you in becomes your sponsor. If you haven’t been invited, or if you weren’t sent there through an affiliate website, you can join through the Forever Living website and you will choose from a list of potential sponsors based on your location.
If you decide to find your own sponsor, you may want to contact them though email (email addresses are provided) and make sure they are still active in the business. A good sponsor will reach out to you and guide through the early stages of starting your business.
The Compensation Plan
What You Should Expect
As a person with experience in MLM’s, I’d like to share a little wisdom with you on what you should expect when building this type of business.
When I joined my first MLM, I was fired up! Excited about my future and all the money I was going to make. When I told family members and my closest friends about my new venture, I was met with skepticism and derision. It really knocked the wind out of my sails!
How could they not see what I was seeing? How could they not see the benefit of getting involved themselves?
I quickly learned by talking with people in my upline that this was to be expected. The fact is, most people won’t share your enthusiasm or even support your decision to be involved with an MLM. Sometimes, some of them will come around. Especially if they see you achieve some level of success. BUT, whatever you do, don’t chase people!
To make money, and I mean serious money, you’re going to need a large network of FBO’s in your downline. That means that you are going to have to present the opportunity to a LOT of people. You are going to get far more nos than yes’s in the process so rejection is something you need to able to deal with on a regular basis.
Even when people do decide to get in, the vast majority of them will do little to nothing. Most people do not have what it takes to build a successful business. That is why most people work jobs.
Prepare To Operate At A Loss
At least in the early stages. I shelled out thousands of dollars over a period of several years on educational materials, tools, seminars and conferences. The thing is, if you’re going to be successful with an MLM, you’ll have to be “all in”. That means spending money even before you’ve earned any. If you don’t have extra disposable income every month, this may not be the right business for you.
Believe me when I tell you that it is much less expensive and much less frustrating to learn how to build an online business.
What Kind Of Tools & Training Are Available?
The Forever Living website has around a dozen training videos shot on location at business conferences. I haven’t watched these videos, nor do I plan to, but you should be able to get training from your sponsor as well. This is a business of duplication so your sponsor needs to train you well so you in turn can train others well. That is the key to success with MLM’s.
Now that the MLM industry has the internet, a luxury we didn’t have in my MLM days, some FBO’s are setting up their own websites to train their downline.
FLP360 is the online back office to your Forever Living business. It helps you manage your customers as well as your dowline. It organizes data in a way that helps you recognize the weak spots in your business so you know what needs improvement.
They claim to give you 4 unique websites but that is not actually true. You are allowed to build 4 unique pages on their website. There is no training for building effective web pages so most people will get no value whatsoever from these pages. This is a subscription service. $20 per month in the US. Prices vary depending on what country you live in.
You are not allowed to sell Forever Living Products on an independent website unless the company approves it. I strongly disagree with this policy. Especially when you are paying for an online presence.
Forever Living Products Gives Back
Forever Living Products supports the charitable foundation Forever Giving to battle world hunger. They encourage FBO’s to give monthly. Their goal is to pack 5 million meals by 2020.
My Final Recommendation
As you can see, Forever Living Products is a legit company and not a scam. Would I recommend getting involved? No. I have nothing against this particular company. I just don’t like MLM’s. I wasted far too much time and money chasing a dream that was never going to happen.
I was ambitious and willing to work hard. But in spite of that, you can’t make your downline do a damn thing!
There is nothing unique about my story. Millions of others have had the same experience as I have.
In the information age, it makes much more sense to build an online business. Get started on your own today for FREE.
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