ForeverLiving Products – A Viable Business Opportunity? Or Much Ado About Nothing?

ForeverLiving was founded in 1978 by Rex Maughan and prior to starting ForeverLiving Rex was already a successful business man, being the vice president of a multi million dollar company in Pheonix Arizona. Then the relatively young industry of Network Marketing caught his Attention because of the ability to provide the opportunity for financial freedom for people regardless of educational background.

ForeverLiving is now the worlds largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of aloe vera and aloe based products. ForeverLiving also produces the world’s largest supply of bee products, with their source in the pollution free Sonoran Desert, high up in Arizona.

Rex has ploughed back the profits of this amazing company into an expanding Resorts Division, including the famous ‘Southfork Ranch’ in Dallas. This means he is underpinning the financial strength of the company which enables established and NEW Distributors to build a business knowing that the company they are with has a sound financial background.

Here’s an interesting quote from Rex:

“One of the greatest sources of illness in the world today is an empty wallet. If you want to decrease the number of stomach problems or the ill effects of a depression, then give a person a chance to earn a living – this is a powerful remedy” Rex Maugham

ForeverLiving has grown into a market leader in its field. Not only in the Network Marketing industry but also in the Health, Nutrition and Wellness field. The company has 9.5 million distributors in 135 countries world wide and their 2008 turnover was $2.5 Billion Dollars, a Truly Global Company with a unique product range.

There are literally 100’s of Health and Wellness Network Marketing Companies in the Industry all claiming to have unique products, some of them based on natural ingredients, some of them even based on a persons DNA. However, what of all these manufactured products? Are they really good for You?

Forever Living’s main product is Aloe Vera not a manufactured product but one that comes straight from nature. Forever’s Aloe Gel, their first product, comes from Forever’s own plantations, in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

They grow all their own aloe so they can be sure it is cultivated in a toxin free environment. They are in complete control of the growing and bottling process adding only berries and fruit to stabilise (patented) the Gel. They are also in control of the distribution of the product making them completely vertically integrated, which means no other company is involved, so no one can hold them to ransom.

This means you can be sure they will still be supplying their distributors with product in 10, 20 or even 50 years time. Long term stability is an important word for Forever.

So why Aloe Vera when there are lots and lots of other supplements that promise better health and well being.

Well the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for thousands of years. Cleopatra used aloe, Alexander the Great conquered an island for it, and Gandhi took Aloe in his long fasts.

Christopher Columbus said “Four vegetables are indispensable for the well being of man. Wheat, the grape the olive and aloe. The first nourishes him, The second raises his spirit, The third brings him harmony and The fourth cures him”.

Known since the beginning of history as one of the most beneficial plants on earth Aloe Vera contains 75 known active ingredients. Also included are 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body and 7 of the 8 essential amino acid, the ones the body can not make itself, as well as vitamins and minerals. — It may be natures most Perfect Vegetable Juice.

So what has this got to do with building a Network Marketing Organisation? Well, quite a lot actually, having a unique product that is so natural, not manufactured, in a form that nature has provided gives a unique opportunity in this era of Network Marketing new start up companies.

31 years of Forever with products that give amazing benefits, a product with a full unconditional money back guarantee, well if the product did not provide consumers with benefits Forever Living would not have lasted 31 weeks let alone 31 years. Need I say more!

So what about the compensation plan? Is it still a way to create long term residual Income?

The forever Marketing Plan (compensation plan) is based on three principles:

1. Use and share Marketing – This is where you use the products yourself and share your experiences with others.

2. Compounding of effort – By giving you the opportunity to vastly increase your earnings by sponsoring others into the business.

3. Being in Business for yourself but not by yourself – Which gives you the support of others who are just as interested in your success as you are.

This Marketing Plan has stood the test of time and is a so called stair step breakaway plan which is easy to understand and simple in it’s implementation.

It offers multiple income opportunities such as retail profit, retail bonus, team leading bonus, leadership bonus, a Gem bonus, an earned incentive program and a profit sharing program.

All of these, with exception of the Gem Bonus, are available to established and new distributors almost immediately. I’ll pull no punches here, as with any business or venture, work is required to succeed however, the Forever Living Training Academy, the Team Trainings and local more Specialist Trainings are second to none.

That means that a new person joining Forever today can complete the basic training over a few days and then have an understanding of what they need to do to succeed.

It is free to join Forever, no fee is charged; the bonuses are based on the retail price of the products (not the wholesale price or even a percentage of the wholesale price). There are no pass ups meaning no one in your team can overtake you, and most importantly, you only need to hit the sales targets once for move up in the plan, you will not revert back, targets are achieved once and that’s it, you’re there for life or excuse the pun Forever.

So coming back to that initial question “Is Forever Living a Viable Business Opportunity or Much ado About Nothing”? I think you will agree Forever is still a viable business opportunity, now more than ever before as everything is in place. Most people have heard about Aloe, and when the benefits are explained properly, will give it a try. This is how successful, lucrative, long term home based business stories start.

Devon Rex – The Facts Every Owner Of This Cat Breed Should Know

Corporate law has a long history in the United States dating back to Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson when the government of our then evolving country was being centralized. With the country growing, it became apparent that decisions were needed pertaining to power within states, citizen involvement, public affairs, and so on. The challenge at that time was that Hamilton strongly believed there should be a central government or industrialized nation. However, Jefferson had a different idea, believing an agrarian nation would work best.

When the Federal Constitution was established in the late 18th century, it had no mention of corporations. During this time, most “corporations” were actually British chartered institutions or those associated with education. However, over the years, financial institutions, colleges, and other new types of corporate entities formed. With no laws in place, states had to fend for themselves, making the best decisions possible, although not consistent among each other. A pivotal moment occurred when a college brought forward a lawsuit to have the right to recognize itself along with the ability to terminate professors. John Marshall, a private lawyer spearheaded the case. This particular case among others helped solidify the need and validity of attorney services.

While a number of other similar lawsuits were filed during the early part of the 19th century, it was during the Industrial Revolution when things really began to change. This era brought with it new ideologies, techniques, and inventions. To protect the rights of these innovations, the need for corporate attorneys rose. Another major change occurred during the Civil War in which manufacturing practices exploded. Again, to protect this massive growth along with the people in power within the corporations, lawyers were kept very busy. The railroad and the significant impact upon transportation and its continuing advances also furthered the need for complex legal support.

In the new and growing world, attorneys enjoyed a position of respect and power. The country was founded by men of law and until the 20th century the profession was honored. Legal professionals were seen as valuable experts.

In today’s world, the nation’s leaders are still by and large men and women of law. However, the public enjoys a love/hate relationship with attorneys viewing them as a necessary evil. What has changed?

In the 18th and 19th century legal disputes were largely confined to business issues. People did not routinely sue one another for personal loss, injury or even divorce. As the law became more accessible to the public at large, the caliber of professionals also changed. Divorce attorneys became reviled for winning large settlements, personal injury lawyers were labeled ambulance chasers and unethical attorneys assisted in black market adoptions. Unfortunately, the entire legal profession suffered from guilt by association.
Billing practices may have also led to the negative perception of attorneys. Hourly billing did not appropriately show clients value but instead set them up to question being on the clock for every phone call and letter written. Being billed by the hour put the client in an adversarial position rather than one of mutual partnership further degrading the view of the legal profession.

Although corporate attorneys do not have as bad of a reputation as trial lawyers do, they too have their battles. In house counsel is often seen as a hindrance to business rather than a partner in the business. Sales teams view the Legal Department as obstructions to closing a deal and even Executives sometimes believe that they must “outsmart” Legal in order to grow the business.

However, Legal does not have to be the enemy! When you consider standard business needs such as negotiations, contracts, pricing structures, and risk management combined with the new challenges brought on by the internet, such as internet fraud, identity theft, and email scams, it is easy to understand the demand and necessity of corporate attorneys. In addition to these business challenges, the law itself continues to change. Bankruptcy is an example. Two years ago, filing for bankruptcy was relatively easy but today, new laws have made this practice difficult. Corporate attorneys must stay abreast of all changes, which can be overwhelming.

Legal counsel does not exist to prevent business but to contribute to growing the business. By making Legal a partner rather than an adversary, you can increase the organization’s opportunities and aggressively drive the business forward. You may even find yourself doing lunch with a lawyer, off the clock of course!

MLM Business – Making It Beyond Year Two

Making it to year two as an MLM business owner may seem to be a daunting task. If you are willing to learn from your mistakes and try other ideas, you can make it. In many cases, networkers seem to be lost and caught in some crazy plans that never work. Running a business does not have to be difficult, it does require some foresight and contingency planning. Opening a business is a great step in the right direction, but to make it successful, you will need to work hard at it. The Internet is crowded with businesses already, and it can be difficult to compete with established lines.

Research and Analyze Established Competition

Sneaking a peek at the competition is not a bad thing; every serious business looks at their rivals. Research your MLM business competitors and examine their angle and content, do not duplicate. Do your research and analyze their ideas and angle, it may help you redefine your marketing strategy and content tremendously? This does not mean to steal ideas, but maybe you can change something that you are doing to herd more traffic to your website. Once you analyze their content, you should be able to reconstruct your plans and create more ump for your marketing

The research and analyzing skills are great to have in case of problems that arise. A baseline performance metric is needed to measure from, and it is wise to create one from prosperous and not so successful content to help you adjust your aim.

Live Fearless and Drive Business

How do you live fearless and drive in the business? Your MLM business website is the gateway between you and your prospects. If you fear to change your tactics, strategy, content or mindset, you will not achieve success. Fear is a huge tyrannosaurus Rex of an obstacle, but with a hardy armor and aggressive spirit, you can knock it out of your life.

The biggest secret is that you have to measure your campaigns and adjust your content to help foster relationships. Sometimes an idea fails for a project, but it does not mean it cannot work later once the kinks are worked out. The point is to keep trying unknown ideas and working on your strategy until it works well.

Once you remove the fear, you can find unused strength to push onward. A business may settle down for a bit as you adjust your framework, but you never know when it may pick up again. Keep the faith.