Anytime you do a little google research on doTERRA you’re going to have good and bad feedback. It is there MLM or network marketing label that either turns people off or on. If there are no obligations and it’s a great product, then MLMs can be great side money.
Some articles exhort doTERRA for having exceptional quality and no obligation to have a monthly subscription. There is no “buy, buy, buy” with doTERRA. You can order as little or much as you like with no penalties. Other posts put doTERRA down for giving people “false hope” stating it’s hard to sell their products for a living. I totally agree with that last statement just from experience.
Even with my own transformation it is hard to convince people to do the necessary health protocols that have similar health concerns as mine (low thyroid, inflammation, water retention, and on and on). It is EXTREMELY hard sometimes to get people to take care of themselves. 😱
People see my before and after photos, hear my testimony, and see the doTERRA supplements I take. People ask how they can buy the supplements. I tell them they can either buy wholesale by paying a wholesale fee of $35 once for the whole year. Or they can buy full price and not join.
You’d be surprised at some of their responses. Some people don’t want to buy just because it’s an MLM, even though there is no monthly obligation. Others rather pay full retail price, even though the wholesale fee is only $35 for the whole year. Even others would prefer to buy doTERRA products on their Amazon Prime accounts.
Side note. Let me tell you why buying doTERRA on Amazon is as dangerous as getting lost in the Amazons. First off, there are a lot of doTERRA “distributers” on several websites not affiliated with doTERRA’s official website. Don’t trust anyone selling doTERRA on their own website. Always buy from www.doterra.com only. Here’s why. If you dig through some of the Amazon reviews, you’ll read several posts like these:
What a lot of sellers on Amazon do is pop the cap off, pour half of the frankincense out, dilute the rest with a carrier oil. Pour the remaining frankincense into a new bottle with a counterfeit doTERRA label. Those little black caps with the tamper seal can be bought cheaply by the dozens. LITERALLY! All you have to do is press it down on the essential oil bottle really hard until it snaps on and voila! It looks like new with an unbroken seal.
Let’s get on to this MLM business…
There are articles like this Motley Fool one that highlights 76% of entry level Wellness Advocates only earn about $46 a year based on the author’s calculations. He states:
The numbers are off and I can tell you why. When you buy from doTERRA, during the check out process you can decide to buy full price at retail or discounted at wholesale. To buy wholesale you can make a purchase of an annual membership fee for $35. It prompts you to join as a customer or sale as a Wellness Advocate. Lastly, the website will ask you which Wellness Advocate referred you. You enter their name. Whether you want to be a wholesale customer or Wellness Advocate, it’s still going to be a one-time yearly fee of $35.
Why the Motley Fool’s numbers are off is that 9 times out of 10 people join as Wellness Advocates even if they don’t plan on selling. There are no sales quotas or penalties if you don’t make any sales so why not join as a Wellness Advocate? The idea is that even if you plan on just buying and not selling you could at least get commission if friends or family decide to buy something and use your name as a referral.
That means most people join as buyers, but enroll as “Wellness Advocates” (sellers). You can’t get commission if you enroll as a Wholesale Customer. So if you make that one or two sales a month to friends or family, then at least you could collect the earnings. It’s a win-win whether you’re a casual seller or not. So of course the numbers of who is actually making money will be skewed if a bunch of people join as Wellness Advocates and don’t plan on selling.
The other flaw with Motley Fool’s math is that the Loyalty Rewards Points aren’t taken into account. Someone may only earn $46 a year as a casual sharer, but earn $100’s in free product. Let me explain. For every purchase you make you collect points back. You can apply those collected points to future purchases. I have gotten over $700 if not $1,000 worth of free products in the last 9 months.
For instance, if someone doesn’t want to join, but would rather buy off of my account and Venmo or Paypal me the money, I get to collect their points. They used my account to purchase instead of opening their own (commitment issues 🤨), then I get to rack of what would be their points. If you do this, make sure to collect people’s money before buying it for them.
My points racked up this way quickly. I got $1,000 worth of free essential oils during 2019. They just absolutely didn’t want to join, but loved the products I would share with them. I was patient and let them order from my account. Some of those people have eventually joined my team. My patience paid off and I capitalized off of their points. Be sure to let people know this downfall of ordering from your account instead of creating their own beforehand.
I’ve been in doTERRA for about 3 years now. It’s only been since the COVID 19 quarantine of 2020 that I have pursued working in doTERRA part-time. Before that I was a happy customer making sales here and there, but I also pursued working for doTERRA less than part-time. I maybe put in an hour a week. Even though I signed up as a Wellness Advocate and enjoyed the idea of selling, I was more of a customer. I have thoroughly enjoyed each package in the mail and how I feel when I take doTERRA’s supplements and oils. No regrets. 🌱
Since quarantine I’ve had some time to think like a lot of people. My upline has had a lot of time to think. So we started doing what a lot of people are doing during this time…Hanging out on Zoom. Except we all came with an essential oil related subject we wanted to talk about. We also invited friends, family and anyone we thought would like to listen.
Turns out it was a great idea. I went from having 1 person in my downline to 6 in a matter of two weeks. People loved coming together during quarantine instead of staying isolated in their homes. Moms loved having someone to talk to that was an adult. I even put together a great PowerPoint presentation on frankincense (my fav oil 💓), which was super informative and engaging.
DoTERRA is not the MLM of the 80s and 90s. ⚡
You’ll get from doTERRA what you put in and the products are amazing. Literally saved my health. Read my other posts to find out how. 💕