Tag: Income Disclosure Statement

My Daily Choice aka  Hempworx Income Disclosure Analysis

My Daily Choice aka Hempworx Income Disclosure Analysis

Income disclosure statements can help you to evaluate the Hempworx business opportunity. An income disclosure analysis is just one piece of a big puzzle.  Costs and Expenses The My Daily Choice (aka Hempworx) disclosure statement gives a list of expected expenses and the results of […]

It Works! 2016 Income Disclosure Analysis

It Works! 2016 Income Disclosure Analysis

Income disclosure statements help explain how much money It Works pays people enrolled with the company as Distributors. These are released by the company, and don’t tell they whole story. However, they can give some important information to help evaluate the business opportunity. In October […]

Young Living Income Disclosure Statement

Young Living Income Disclosure Statement

Income disclosure statements also known as earnings disclosure statements help to understand the business opportunity selling Young Living. In 2017 Young Living released an income disclosure statement about the commissions and bonuses earned by Young Living members.

Usually, when people think about a good business opportunity, they are thinking about profit. Profit is money earned minus the expenses. The numbers throughout this disclosure don’t take into account any of the costs associated with selling Young Living. To get a better idea of profit we have to subtract any expenses for the year.

Note that the compensation paid to members summarized in this disclosure does not include expenses incurred by members in the operation or promotion of their business, which can vary widely and might include advertising or promotional expenses, product samples, training, rent, travel, telephone and internet costs, and miscellaneous expenses.

2017 Young Living Income Disclosure Statement

This means that if a member is making $0, or a very small amount of money it’s reasonable to assume that they are losing money selling Young Living. This is because their expenses for the above list would exceed their earnings. 

Who is making money?

The disclosure statement makes reference to the vast majority (89.5%) of members who are “preferred customers.” These members have not sponsored anyone. It implies these members are just buying oils, but that isn’t the whole story.

Young Living member “starter kit”

The best news for enrolling members is that choosing between becoming a Preferred Customer or a Business Builder doesn’t have to happen at enrollment! By purchasing a Premium Starter Kit (PSK) and enrolling as a wholesale member, you have 11 of our most popular essential oils to help you get started; your personal journey with Young Living will help you organically find your path as a Preferred Customer or a Business Builder. 

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/opportunity

This really hides the number of people who are working to build a business (selling and recruiting), but didn’t make money in 2017. Instead, it characterizes them as customers. Anyone who has not sponsored someone falls into this group.

We should not assume that most are customers. In 2016, Young Living did not have this “preferred customer” category and their disclosure looked much different. In the 2016 disclosure, 94% of members made a median of $0, with an average income of $1 (not including expenses). This $0 average included distributors focused on selling products instead of recruiting. This change in categorization aligns with the difference in average earnings.

How about the higher ranks?

The 2017 disclosure statement really only describes those who have successfully enrolled another individual. This accounts for 10.5% of Young Living members. One third of those or 3.5% of all members, get paid a median of $15 per month. The next rank, “star,” or 4.7% of all members and they make a median of $58 per month. Finally, the “senior star” rank has a median monthly income of $198 and makes up a little over 1% of all members.

2017 Income Disclosures – Young Living

We looked at medians because the averages indicate that a smaller number of high-commissions are driving the averages up. Medians are a better indicator of what more people are earning for this rank. 

Business building ranks also have requirements though including a 50-100 personal volume requirement. This corresponds to $50-$100 or more in purchase requirements. Some of the “income” in this report really is earnings on these purchases (not sales). Check out the Young Living compensation plan for more information on the rankings.

The annualized average income is misleading because a distributor’s rank can change over the year, a distributor can join or become inactive during the year. In all of those cases the annual earnings are lower.

Conclusion

Young Living’s characterization of some business builders as “preferred customers” and excluding them from disclosures is misleading and hide the whole story. This income disclosure statement only gives an idea of income for those distributors who have already enrolled someone and does not include costs and expenses. Young Living gives a list of expenses that are important to consider.

% of 2017 Young Living ranks and their median “income”

Looking at the 2017 and 2016 disclosures it’s clear most Young Living distributors do not receive income. This is true even without considering the numerous expenses Young Living describes. By and large, distributors and those working hard to sell Young Living are not profitable.

No affiliation with YoungLiving. Please contact us with corrections or questions.
Source: https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/IDSOnlineVersion_PDF_US.pdf

dōTERRA 2017 Earning Disclosure Statement

dōTERRA 2017 Earning Disclosure Statement

No affiliation with dōTERRA. Please contact us with corrections or questions. Source: https://media.doterra.com/us/en/flyers/opportunity-and-earning-disclosure-summary.pdf Income disclosure statements also known as earnings disclosure statements help explain how much money people make selling DoTerra. They also explain which levels make money. The statement doesn’t reference any of the […]

Missing Disclosure Statements

Missing Disclosure Statements

We need your help! We’re looking for earning or income disclosure statements from the following companies: Paparazzi AccessoriesSenegence (Lipsense)Younique These documents do not tell the whole story. However, this data helps people decide if it makes sense to join and sell the products. It is […]

Making Money with dōTERRA – Compensation Plan

Making Money with dōTERRA – Compensation Plan

According to the official dōTERRA compensation plan, advocates make profits on the dōTERRA items sold to retail customers or preferred members. Profits are the amount sold over wholesale costs. Additionally, advocates can make money on bonuses paid based on the wholesale purchase volume of the advocates and teams they sponsor.

The compensation plan is based on sponsor bonuses rank level achievements

To participate in the bonus program an advocate must at least:

  • A qualified LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program) order for $100
    • This means purchasing inventory even if you haven’t sold inventory that month.
  • Maintain some number of personally sponsored qualified advocates or customers (at least 3 per “leg”)
    • To be “qualified” each of these customers/advocates must also be purchasing $100 each month
    • Often, this leads to sponsors encouraging advocates and wholesale customers to purchase month after month
  • Total amounts of team or organization volume sales
    • If the team is under the necessary amount, sponsors will encourage advocates to purchase extra inventory that month even if they cannot sell it

 

At higher bonus levels, there are bigger and bigger requirements to get the bonuses. It becomes harder to continue getting the bonuses each month, and most of the bonuses are based on sponsorship and team building.

An extremely small number of people (almost no one) will get to the highest bonus levels (leadership). People at the highest bones levels make a lot of money. dōTERRA’s own disclosures show that these top earners make up less than 0.5% of the members.

As a matter of fact, dōTERRA only paid bonuses to 25% of members. Most advocates didn’t make any commissions at all.

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/policy-manual-compensation-plan

http://media.doterra.com/us/en/flyers/opportunity-and-earning-disclosure-summary.pdf

 

Consider the following questions:

  • Is your sponsor pressuring you to make purchases you can’t afford?
  • Have you reviewed the dōTERRA disclosures as well as the compensation plan?
  • Are you comfortable with the required investments, risks, and returns you’ve had with dōTERRA? (Ask this question weekly)
  • Are customers ready to buy the products that you’ve purchased wholesale? Can you afford it if no one purchases those products? (Ask these questions with each purchase)

 

Who’s Making Money With LuLaRoe?

Who’s Making Money With LuLaRoe?

Who is getting paid and how? Details! Consultants (bottom level) pay up front costs to sell products and get initial inventory. They then try to sell that inventory (and more) to get back the initial money they spent, and make more. They make less money if the products […]