Young Living – something we all aspire to, me included. But does that mean that you should buy into the product or the business? I am going to find the answer to my question of is Young Living Essential Oils a scam and is it a business worth pursuing?
To be clear, this review is not about essential oils themselves. Essential oils have numerous positive benefits, but I don’t have any knowledge about oils themselves, so I won’t go into this. I am here to talk to you about the business opportunity
Business Name: Young Living Essential Oils
Website url: https://www.youngliving.com
Cost: $40 minimum
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
My recommendation: Young Living essential oils is your standard direct selling MLM. If recruiting people to join your team, regardless of the product is not your thing, then check out my top recommendation to build a real home business.
What is Young Living essential Oils?
Exactly what is Young Living Essential Oils? Well firstly its a Multi-Level Marketing Business (MLM) scheme which means you can make money in two ways. Either you make money by selling the products themselves.. (essential oils). Or you can make money recruiting other people into the business and you make a commission of the sales THEY make.
If you join this business you can sell a range of essential oils for the home, for wellness, for beauty and for balance.
How do you get started?
You will either have been approached by someone trying to recruit you in to the business or you will have bought the product and fancied setting up on your own. In this instance you will have probably just found the sign up online.
In order to get started, you need to buy a starter pack which you can get for around $40. (Young Living is available internationally). This is the basic package. Or you can choose from a range of prices for a range of different starter kits. Namely they just include more product to sell and more marketing information as you go up the pay scale.
Once you have purchased your kit you are technically ready to go out and sell.
So you have joined. If you have joined through a sponsor, or someone who has recommended you, then you will join their team. If not, you will most likely be allocated to a team nearest to you. Now this really is luck of the draw, and you have no control over this and your team leader decides your route and how you will market your products to a large extent.
This might be a successful path for him / her, but might not be a selling tactic you enjoy. It’s a risk. You could be lucky and land yourself with a winning team or you could end up with a losing team.
For example, if your team leader trains you to sell door to door, this will have to be your tactic moving forward. If your team only sells online, then you follow this line to. If you are required to sell to all your friends and family this will have to be your tactic. (most MLMs require that this is your initial starting base anyway and Young Living is no excption). You get the picture.
How do you actually make money – the compensation plan
Their compensation plan is readily available online. They are not hiding anything which I like, although I have to say, it’s pretty confusing. I have attached a pdf of their compensation plan just as proof that it is there, but I don’t expect you to read it, unless you have amazing eyesight, I just wanted to show you it is there.
However, it’s not easy to understand, so I thought I would include this video which summarises it. If you are really interested in this business, it’s worth a watch as there are a lot of numbers being banded around!
So now that you understand this, hmmmm – Then you know how you can make money in this business? Simple?
Who can be a distributor?
This is one of my big issues with MLMs.
If you read any other my MLM reviews, you will see a similar comment. It’s not even about the product it’s about the business model for me. My problem is with selling to friends and family. With hosting parties where you ‘encourage’ friends to buy from you. Going door to door to sell products. Whatever it might be, it’s hard work and it requires someone with a thick skin and someone who is able to accept rejection.
I have come across numerous forums where people are sharing stories about avoiding their friends who are trying to get them into a certain MLM scheme. Do you want to be THAT person?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid of hard work and to build a business, absolutely, you must put in the hard work, but with the MLM business model, it seems even the hard work isn’t rewarded. Very few people make a success in MLM business, in fact statistics say that 95% of people fail) and those that do succeed, make very much a part time income. There are much better business opportunities out there where hard work can lead to real financial freedom.
Another consideration before you go into a business such as this, you have to ask yourself, are you passionate about the product? To sell convincingly face to face you need to be truly passionate, as this will have to shine through. Its pretty hard to fake it.
A word of warning.
Some Essential Oils, because of their potency are categorised as a drug, so you have to be really careful about promotion of these products or you could get into some real trouble. Recently, Young Living has been associated with some wild claims about how their oils can prevent Ebola! This has been widely dis-reputed by the FDA (the food and drug administration).
It seems it was a tactic by a team who were being creative with their marketing. Scary stuff, to make this kind of claim, with no instruction by Young Living themselves. This is why you have to be careful a) promoting a product which can essentially be classed as a drug, and b) where marketing tactics are not recommended from the brand. If you look around, there are several promoters sites that make claims about how the oils help autism, and cancer and heart disease.
In this article from the FDA, there is a list of distributors making these wild claims that have been taken to task by the FDA.
- If you are interested in essential oils this could be an interesting product to sell
- The product looks high quality
- If you like networking this could be for you.
- It’s a very niche market. You will struggle to find people to sell to. People might buy a bottle here and there but it’s a lot of work for just a few small sales.
- You have to be really careful how you promote this product as you could get into trouble making claims
- The training isn’t substantial to give you the knowledge you need
- You don’t have much control over the way you sell. This is down to your team leader, and this might be a method that you are not a fan of.
- Its not really a HOME business, you will spend a lot of time out and about selling.
At the risk of repeating myself, if you have read any of my other reviews on Herbalife, ACN, or Forever Living, you will see how I feel about the MLM business. Basically, it’s not for me, and it’s not for everyone. You have to be a certain type of person to do face to face selling, day in and day out. Yes you can sell online as well, but they don’t provide adequate training to make this your main income stream and the competition out there from all the other distributors selling online is pretty high.
So, I give this a ‘so so’ rating. IN terms of my question, is Young Living Essential Oils a Scam, the answer is no… It’s a fairly interesting product to sell, if you are interested in that kind of thing, and you can make a little money but you are unlikely to become rich. So many people give up in this business because the rewards just aren’t worth the work.
Please ask me any questions you like about Young living and I would love to know if you think that Young living is a scam?