If you decide to join Naturally Plus, I can almost guarantee that you'll be asked if it's a pyramid scheme. And while it technically is not, the marketing tactics of Naturally Plus push the boundaries between a legal MLM and an illegal pyramid scheme.
This Naturally Plus review will tell you everything you need to know if you're considering joining Naturally Plus. Spoiler alert: most people should pass on this particular MLM. Read to the end for an alternative way to make money outside of the 9-5 world, without joining Naturally Plus.
Naturally Plus MLM
Naturally Plus is an MLM. But before we delve into Naturally Plus, let's address what that even means.
MLM, also sometimes referred to as network marketing, stands for multi-level marketing. It's a method that direct sales companies often use to market their products or services.
People can join MLMs like Naturally Plus as distributors. They make a commission for selling products, and also are incentivized to recruit others to distribute products beneath them. The people underneath them are often referred to as an individual's downline, though Naturally Plus refers to them as partners.
The commission structure differs between MLMs, but the best way to make significant amounts of money from these companies, especially passive income, is to have a large downline that is making money for you.
MLMs have a bad reputation for being scams. They are often referred to as pyramid schemes, which are illegal. However, MLMs differ from pyramid schemes because the recruiters sell products.
There is a fine line between legal MLMs and illegal pyramid schemes, and many MLMs are being investigated by the FTC for their legitimacy. That being said, I have found success in the MLM world, so I am not inherently against MLMs.
I can tell you, however, that I've made significantly more money when I switched to other business and marketing methods. And I'd advise most people to steer clear of Naturally Plus, for reasons I'll get into below.
Naturally Plus Products
You're likely more interested in the business opportunity than the actual products, but if you do opt to join Naturally Plus you'll need to have some idea of what you'll be selling. Naturally Plus partners sell health and wellness products. They have four products: Izimo, Purificar BB, Super Lutein, and Super Lutein Mitro+.
Izimo is hydrogenized drinking water. Selling water with extra hydrogen may be a bit difficult; experts say there may be benefits to drinking hydrogenized water, but they aren't sure if they exceed the benefits of drinking regular water. Purificar BB may be a bit easier to sell, as it is a liquid supplement full of nutrients that women are commonly deficient in.
Super Lutein and Super Lutein Mitro+ are a bit more confusing in their use. Super Lutein Mitro+ claims to be “a product that lets you see the world with clarity and embrace every day in a positive light.” After digging into the product information, it's still not super clear what these two products are used for.
At a glance, these natural products are unfamiliar, which may make them a hard sell. Without the right marketing tactics, they aren't going to sell themselves.
Income Opportunity or MLM Scam?
If you still think that you'll find success with Naturally Plus, let's delve into the commission structure. Before committing to an MLM, you need to have an idea of what kind of money you'll have the opportunity to make (or, in many cases, lose).
The Cost of Naturally Plus
Many MLMs cost money to join. Naturally Plus is no different; to join, you have to buy a starter pack and pay a registration fee.
The most basic starter pack is $180, and you get just one product with it. The most expensive option is $2330 to join, which will get you a 12 month supply with auto-delivery.
To their credit, you don't have to have inventory to sell to others; they take care of shipping products for you. However, the cost of these products is steep, and you still need to purchase them for yourself. And you'll likely need to purchase more than the basic starter pack so you can successfully market products based on your experience with them.
Reading through the Naturally Plus Compensation Plan is a bit confusing, to say the least. With 7 different bonuses, they claim you can be on the path to your dream in 8 “simple” steps. After reading through the document multiple times, I can tell you that the commission structure is anything but simple.
There doesn't appear to be a clear commission for making sales to people who are not interested in joining the MLM as a partner. For those who do join the MLM, you receive a sponsorship bonus based on “points.”
These points amount to $7.50 as the minimum bonus and $90 as the maximum. This means that if you get someone to join under you for $2330, you only get a $90 commission. This doesn't look good, especially since this doesn't even cover the cost of one month of product for you.
Of course, you make a recurring commission for those you recruit. When you get two people to join, who each, in turn, recruit two others, you receive your first bonus.
However, to make just $200 a month, you have to directly recruit ten people. This means that before you can even break even on the cost of the product, you have to get 10 other people to join, which is not an easy feat.
Naturally Plus refers to a “full cycle” bonus as having 25 people total in your downline. You don't have to directly recruit all 25; the people you recruit in your downline can recruit others for you. Once you reach a full cycle, you make another $500 a month.
Once 10 people on your downline reach a full cycle, you make $2000 a month. There are more bonuses with different requirements (which you can attempt to decipher for yourself here), but the gist is this: in order for you to be successful, the people below you have to be successful.
And you'll be hard-pressed to get a large downline, let alone one that is successful. No amount of Googling can help you find an income disclosure statement for Naturally Plus, which itself isn't a good sign. But considering 99% of people who join MLMs lose money, you can assume that the potential to find success as a Naturally Plus partner is slim to none.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't consider Naturally Plus. If you have great marketing skills or are willing to learn about marketing, you may find some success. But from experience, I'd say that you may be better off with a different business opportunity.
A Better Alternative to Naturally Plus
Our concise Naturally Plus review is this: unless you are confident in your marketing skills, you should probably pass on this opportunity. The commission structure makes it almost impossible to make money, and the products seem like they'd be difficult to sell.
Instead of harassing your friends and family into joining your downline, why not make money selling products people are already buying?
In order for you to develop your skills, you should consider taking a free or paid marketing course. There are a variety of digital marketing courses you can take from businesses that can help you enhance your skills. As of writing this, over 80,000 new marketers have taken the Online Business Builder Challenge (only $7), and that might be a good starting place for you as well.