Multi Level Marketing (MLM) also known as direct marketing or network marketing ranks among the surest ways to get rich quickly. A large number of reputed MLM companies from various countries and indigenous firms offer their products through network marketing.
There are several advantages in joining as network marketer for these companies. You can work full-time or part-time to augment your income or earn a livelihood with a network marketing company.
Word of Caution
MLM companies operate in all sectors- health and nutrition, beauty products and skincare, crockery, cutlery and home appliances, among others. Some of these are permitted to operate in India legally.
However, current rules criminalize selling financial products through MLM unless they are offered by companies authorized explicitly by the Indian government, RBI, IRDA of India and others.
Reserve Bank of India states: “MLM/Network/Chain Marketing/Pyramid Structure schemes promise easy or quick money upon enrolment of members. Income under such schemes majorly comes from enrolling more and more members from whom hefty subscription fees are taken rather than from the sale of products they offer.
It is incumbent upon all members to enroll more members, as a portion of the subscription amounts so collected is distributed among the members at the top of the pyramid. Any break in the chain leads to the collapse of the pyramid, and the members lower down in the pyramid are the ones that are affected the most.”
The apex bank further states: “RBI advises members of public should not to be tempted by promises of high returns offered by entities running Multi-level Marketing/Network Marketing/ Chain Marketing/Pyramid Structure Schemes.
RBI has reiterated that falling prey to such offers can result in direct financial losses and they, in their own interest, should refrain from responding to such offers in any manner.
Acceptance of money under Money Circulation/Multi-level Marketing/Pyramid structures is a cognizable offence under the Prize Chit and Money Circulation (Banning) Act 1978. Members of public coming across such offers should immediately lodge a complaint with the State Police.”
Hence, you need to exert extra caution while selecting an MLM company to work. Below we list top 15 network marketing companies operating in India.
Top 15 MLM & Network Marketing Companies In India
So if are interested to work in an MLM company then try to join one of the below 15 companies.
Hindustan Unilever Ltd
By any standards, Hindustan Unilever Ltd’s initiative to promote literacy and financial independence for women in rural India deserves rich accolades. Hence, we rank this initiative as the topmost MLM company in India.
Hindustan Unilever Ltd is the Indian division of global FMCG major, Unilever. Though HUL does not require any MLM associates to promote its products, the company has launched an excellent scheme aimed at empowering rural women.
The system aims at providing financial security as well as education to rural women of India. This initiative, called Project Shakti aims to “ financially empower rural women and create livelihood opportunities for them.
Project Shakti provides livelihood-enhancing opportunities to women micro-entrepreneurs, called Shakti Ammas, across India. Shakti Ammas are given training for familiarization with our products and basic tenets of distribution management,’ states the HUL website.
The company has a team of rural sales promoters (RSP’s) who coach and help Shakti Ammas in managing their business. This includes help in business basics and troubleshooting as well as coaching in softer skills such as negotiation and communication which enable them to run their business effectively.
In 2010, HUL extended Project Shakti to include ‘Shaktimaans’. Shaktimaans are typically the husbands or other male family members of Shakti Ammas.
They sell products on bicycle in surrounding villages, covering a larger area than Shakti Ammas can cover on foot. Today, Project Shakti has over 72,000 micro-entrepreneurs supported by 48,000 Shaktimaans, states the HUL website.
Tupperware is an MLM company from the US operating in India since nearly 30 years. On its corporate website, Tupperware claims to have a sales force of over three million members in over 80 countries.
Tupperware manufactures all types of cooking, food storage and handling solutions including microwave-safe bowls and plates, non-stick cookware, water bottles, spatulas and servers, among others. Tupperware also retails its products online in India and through traditional brick-and-mortar stores.
Founded in the US in 1886, Avon is a cosmetics brand that also operates through MLM in India. Avon ranks among Fortune 500 companies worldwide. According to the Avon corporate website, the firm has annual revenue of over US$ 9 billion.
It boasts of having over six million direct marketers or ML marketers Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with $9 billion in annual revenue. Avon’s MLM marketers are termed as ‘Avon Sales Beauty and Fashion Advisors.”
Other than India, the company’s products are sold in over 100 countries and include skincare, fragrance, fashion, body and beauty and home products sold under the brand names Avon Color, ANEW, Skin-So-Soft and Advance Techniques.
Founded in 1967 in Sweden by two brothers Jonas af Johnick, Robert af Johnick and their friend, Oriflame is now an international beauty company. Oriflame is very active in India through MLM and direct selling through online stores.
Additionally, Oriflame products can be bought from the company website in India too. Oriflame sells products in over 65 countries worldwide. It has a portfolio of Swedish, natural, innovative beauty products.
These are marketed through a MLM network of over 3.6 million independent consultants. Oriflame’s corporate website states, it has annual sales worldwide of over (Euro) €1.5 billion.
Another network marketing company in India, US-based Herbalife, is a second major player. The company specializes in nutritional supplements and health products that are made with various herbs and fruits. Established in 2980, Herbalife was among the first global nutrition company to enter India.
Herbalife India offers nutritio, weight-management, energy, sports and personal care products. These are sold by MLM marketers called Herbalife Associates. The company operates in over 90 countries.
In recent years, Herbalife has sponsored some 250 world-class athletes, teams and events worldwide. Herbalife India is also associated with various projects in this country for education for children and healthcare for underprivileged sections of the society.
Amway ranks among topmost MLM companies in India. The company was co-founded in Michigan, USA by two entrepreneurs, Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos. In 2016, it ranked as the world’s largest network marketing company.
Amway India sells some 140 personal care, beauty and health products through multi-level marketing. Amway arrived in India in 1995 and began commercial operations three years later. Today, Amway India has a manufacturing unit at Nilakottai in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.
Amway India has nation-wide presence with over 130 Sales offices, four regional warehouses and depots in over 34 city warehouses. The distribution and home delivery network set up with the support of independent logistics partners caters to over 8,900 zip codes across the country, claims the company website.
Forever Living was established in 1978 and is today a multi-billion dollar company with operations worldwide. Forever Living makes and sells hundreds of nature based wellness and beauty products.
A large number of products made by Forever Living are based on Aloe Vera, a herb, of whose medicinal and cosmetic properties are finding wider following worldwide in recent years. Indeed, Forever Living products rightly deserve accolades for bringing Aloe Vera into limelight across the world.
In India, Forever Living products are highly popular. The Indian division of Forever Living is based in Mumbai and the company has dedicated offices in all metros of the country. It serves India through thousands of MLM associates and a network of depots located in capital cities of most Indian states.
DXN is a Malaysia-based MLM company with extensive operations in India. Operating through thousands of network marketing associates, DXN offers in India, dietary supplements, food and beverages, personal care products, skincare, cosmetic, household products as well as dental hygiene range.
All products of DXN are based on Ganoderma, also called Ling Xi in China, which means ‘King of Herbs’. Ganoderma is a mushroom peculiar to Asia’s Far East region and has been venerated for its medicinal and curative properties since centuries.
Some of its popular MLM products in India include nutritional supplements that are safe for patients suffering from diabetes and blood pressure.
US-based 4Life offers food supplements that are claimed as beneficial for “general health and wellness”. The company’s flagship 4Life Transfer Factor products are highly popular in this country for boosting immunity and helping victims regain health after prolonged illness.
4Life offers products that can be used to make healthy milk shakes. Additionally, the company also offers aromatherapy oils and diffuser in the Indian market, for followers of alternative therapies.
4Life has a very well defined compensation policy for its network marketers. Indeed, 4Life’s market in India is showing a growing trend.
K-Link International operates in over 50 countries including India. The company launched its operations in this country in January 2001 and since, has found dedicated following both among the MLM community and customers. K-Link India operates from Chennai and has branches in various parts of the country.
K-Link product range includes nutritional supplements, personal care and hygiene range, body, beauty and skincare essentials as well as organic food and a few Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) items. The company’s popular range in India includes K-Liquid Chlorophyll, K-Flax, Protein Pro and Ayurveda Series range.
Unicity’s is based in Orem, Utah has a history of over 100 years. It is “recognized as one of the Top 500 Privately-held Businesses in the United States, ranked 87th on the national level and First in the state of Utah, Unicity stands as an industry leader for both nutritional supplements and business development,” states the company’s website.
In India, Unicity is among the top foreign MLM brands. The firm offers its Indian clientele, a variety of products. These include natural teas, herbal laxatives, nutritional and dietary supplements, blood purifiers, immunity boosters, skincare and beauty solutions, among others.
Unicity is fast gaining ground for its unique range of products sold in India.
Tiens Group Co. Ltd is the only MLM company from People’s Republic of China that is currently operational in India. Tiens Group is a multinational conglomerate with diverse interests including bio-tech, education, retail, tourism, finance, international trade and e-business.
Other than India, Tiens Group have operations in some 110 countries. Portfolio of products offered by Tiens India includes health food, health care appliances, skincare applications and household products.
The company boasts of catering to over 20 million families worldwide. Tiens India is looking at boosting its operations in this country, despite stiff competition from American and home-grown Indian companies offering similar range of products.
Modicare is India’s homegrown FMCG firm that traces its heritage back to some 150 years. Today the group is a renowned name globally – in a diverse range of businesses. Modicare manufactures and sells a very broad spectrum of products that are best suited for Indian consumers.
Modicare products available throughout India from its MLM force includes personal wellness, nutritional supplements, hair, skin and beauty products, excellent cosmetics, soaps, detergents, cleaning liquids and other household requirements, food and beverages.
The group also has diverse business interests in fields such as education, entertainment, retail, fashion, restaurants, agriculture and travel, among others. Modicare MLM was started with a vision of helping ordinary Indian citizens to become entrepreneurs by earning as part time and fulltime MLM associates.
Vestige Marketing Pvt.Ltd
Vestige Marketing Pvt.Ltd is a major Indian MLM company that specializes in FMCG products. Vestige range includes herbal and inorganic cosmetics, healthcare and nutritional supplements, body, skin, hair care and beauty essentials as well as household requirements.
The company has a wide assortment of excellent food products from biscuits to breakfast cereals and health drinks. These are based on various exotic herbs such as Spirulina and Ganoderma, among others.
High quality dental care products are manufactured by Vestige and are available through its MLM associates in India.
Based in New Delhi, this network marketing company is one of kind in India. Dewsoft Overseas does not sell FMCG items or other popular stuff. Instead, Dewsoft sells computer software and e-learning programs for students and adults through network marketing.
The company is helping millions of Indians gain access to computer education through its Internet based solutions that are marketed by its MLM associates across India. Dewsoft also permits students to earn while learning by encouraging them to enroll as MLM associates and product e-learning products for better scores at exams.
India ranks among the world’s top consumer economies. Increasing number of foreign and Indian firms are now eyeing the Indian market to promote their products. Getting products on shelves on stores in India can often prove ponderous considering massive logistics involved.
Hence, an increasing number of companies now resort to Multi Level Marketing. As the HUL example proves, MLM helps rural folk to better their lifestyle, even as the company makes higher profits.
India is also a huge market for financial MLMs. However, scores of scams and frauds have impeded the growth of network marketing companies that promote savings and other money based schemes.
Millions of Indian investors have lost billions or hard earned Rupees due to these rackets. The market for financial MLM companies is vast provided they get proper clearances from financial regulatory authorities in India.