Nu Skin is like many other companies that sell beauty care products. They use the approach of direct selling to consumers with the use of independent distributors. They mainly target women or stay-at-home moms to fill these positions, with the promises of great earning potential and something that is flexible around their schedule.
But can you really accomplish that dream with the Nu Skin MLM program and should you join Nu Skin’s MLM program? If you don’t have a good understanding of multi-level marketing (MLM), I suggest that you take a look at my linked article. They are all fundamentally the same.
Nu Skin Background Information
Nu Skin was founded in 1984 by Blake Roney and is located in Provo, Utah.
They develop and sell personal care products and dietary supplements in 54 markets and have a network of approximately 1.2 million independent distributors.
Nu Skin has more than 200 personal care products that are marketed as helping people look and feel younger, something that many people want, hence the demand for such products, but the products come with a big price tag.
Seems like a pretty good company, but let’s take a look closer if this is a company that you want to work for.
How Do You Earn Money With Nu Skin MLM Program
Like I have mentioned, Nu Skin sells their products through independent distributors and not in local retail stores.
You can join the Nu Skin MLM program by simply signing up directly on their website, or you can have a sponsor that is recruiting you to become a member.
When you join, there are 5 levels of participation.
- Brand Affiliates – purchase at member price and resale product at the price you wish.
- Qualifying Brand Representative – this is a process of building a consumer group.
- Brand Representative – successfully have completed qualification and not lost your status due to not enough sales.
- Brand Partners – These are Brand Representatives who are leading 1 or more other Brand Representatives (recruits).
- Brand Directors – Brand Representatives leading 4 or more Brand Representatives and 1 or more leadership teams.
There are also bonus opportunities available. Take a look at the chart below.
The commission structure is very hard to understand, just like all MLM companies. To break it down in the simplest form, you purchase products from Nu Skin and sell them to others. The difference between what the product cost you and what you sell it for is the commission that you will make.
You are also supposed to be recruiting others to join the program below you. If you really want to earn an income, this is your best way to have success. Depending on what your ranking is, you can earn between 2.5% to 10% commission on your recruits sales.
You will be responsible for training any new recruits that you bring into the company, so that will take time away from you promoting the products for your own personal sales.
It will cost you a $35 startup fee and an annual membership fee of $20 to join. You are not provided with a website or additional tools to help you sell their products.
Can You Really Earn Any Income With Nu Skin
Maybe, but not much. According to Nu Skin’s 2018 Income Disclosure, the payments are quite low that any Nu Skin distributor makes.
The average compensation paid to U.S. active Brand Affiliates each month was $151.34 or $1816.10 annually. Only 19.38% of U.S. active Brand Affiliates earned a monthly sales compensation payment.
Overall active Brand Affiliates earn a monthly average of $37 or $444 for the entire year, and qualifying Brand Representatives average $120 per month or $1440 for the entire year.
I don’t know about you, but I know that isn’t enough to survive on, nor is it worth my effort to pursue.
Just like other MLM companies, you will be required to have reoccurring sales in consecutive months to be qualified for commission. It is not as easy as having some sales one month and earn a commission. You will need to have sales for 3 months in a row.
Legal Issues With Nu Skin
If the low pay isn’t enough to realize this might not be the opportunity that you were looking for, let me provide you with some legal issues that Nu Skin has had.
In 1992, Nu Skin paid a settlement for deceptive advertising and overstating income earned by distributors.
In 1994, there was a FTC investigation where Nu Skin was required to pay $1 million.
In 1997, Nu Skin was required to pay $1.5 million to FTC for unsubstantiated promotional claims.
In 2016, Nu Skin paid a $47 million settlement for operating a pyramid scheme and $750,000 for bribing an official.
This isn’t a company that I would want to be associated with, nor a company that I would trust after all the legal issues that they have had.
I do not feel the Nu Skin MLM Program is a program that you should join if you are looking to earn some real income. If you are already using the Nu Skin products and you are happy to recommend others to use, you could join to save some money on your purchases and maybe earn a small income.
The Nu Skin products are also sold on Amazon, which means you would be competing with the largest online retail store in the world. That is some pretty big competition.
If selling personal care products is a dream of yours, you could start your own business as a marketing affiliate, and you would be able to sell any products that you are interested in with your own website.
You can learn how to build an affiliate marketing website from a training program that I used when I first stated out.
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