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What is Network Marketing?

Network marketing is a business model where individuals sell products directly to consumers and earn commissions not only from their own sales but also from the sales made by people they recruit into the business.

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How Do You Make Money with Network Marketing?

You can make money with network marketing in two main ways:

  1. Personal Sales: Earn a commission on the products you sell directly to consumers.
  2. Recruiting Others: Earn a commission from the sales made by the people you recruit into the network, often referred to as your “downline.”

A Kenyan Example: Jamii Products Kenya

How It Works:

  1. Personal Sales: You join Jamii Products Kenya and purchase their health supplements to sell directly to consumers. For every bottle you sell, you earn KES 500 commission.
  2. Recruiting Others: You recruit your friend Jane to join Jamii Products Kenya. Jane also starts selling the health supplements. For every bottle Jane sells, she earns KES 500, and you earn KES 100 as a commission for recruiting her.
  3. Building a Team: Jane recruits her friend John. John sells the supplements, earning KES 500 per bottle. Jane earns KES 100 from each of John’s sales, and you earn KES 50 as an override commission.

Earnings Breakdown:

  • Your Sales: You sell 10 bottles in a month.
    • Earnings: 10 bottles x KES 500 = KES 5,000
  • Jane’s Sales: Jane sells 20 bottles in a month.
    • Jane’s Earnings: 20 bottles x KES 500 = KES 10,000
    • Your Earnings: 20 bottles x KES 100 = KES 2,000
  • John’s Sales: John sells 15 bottles in a month.
    • John’s Earnings: 15 bottles x KES 500 = KES 7,500
    • Jane’s Earnings: 15 bottles x KES 100 = KES 1,500
    • Your Earnings: 15 bottles x KES 50 = KES 750
  • Total Monthly Earnings for You:
    • Personal Sales: KES 5,000
    • Commission from Jane: KES 2,000
    • Commission from John: KES 750
    • Total: KES 7,750

This example shows how you can make money through both personal sales and by building a team in a network marketing model.

Advantages of Network Marketing

  1. Low Start-Up Costs: It doesn’t require a large initial investment.
  2. Flexible Work Hours: You can work at your own pace and time.
  3. Residual Income: Earn money from the efforts of your recruits.
  4. Personal Development: Enhance your skills and confidence.
  5. Leveraged Income: Benefit from the efforts of your team.
  6. Wide Product Range: Sell various products.
  7. Community and Support: Enjoy support from your network.
  8. Minimal Overhead: Low operational costs.
  9. Scalability: Easily grow your business.
  10. Access to Training: Receive training and resources.
  11. Work from Anywhere: Operate your business remotely.
  12. Business Ownership: Be your own boss.
  13. Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals.
  14. Low Risk: Lower financial risk compared to traditional businesses.
  15. Potential for High Earnings: Earn significant income with effort and strategy.

Disadvantages of Network Marketing

  1. High Failure Rate: Many people do not succeed.
  2. Requires Self-Motivation: Must stay motivated and disciplined.
  3. Potential for Scams: Beware of fraudulent schemes.
  4. Reputation Issues: Some view it negatively.
  5. Time-Consuming: Requires dedication and time.
  6. Sales Pressure: Pressure to make sales and recruit.
  7. Income Instability: Earnings can be inconsistent.
  8. Dependence on Team Performance: Success relies on your team.
  9. Limited Market Saturation: Market can become saturated.
  10. Initial Investment: Requires an initial investment.
  11. Complex Compensation Plans: Plans can be difficult to understand.
  12. Social Rejection: Potential for social rejection.
  13. Product Overload: Too many products to manage.
  14. Ongoing Expenses: Continuous expenses for materials and training.
  15. Regulatory Scrutiny: Subject to regulatory oversight.

How to Avoid Scams in Network Marketing

  1. Pyramid Schemes: Avoid businesses focused more on recruiting than selling products.
  2. Exorbitant Upfront Fees: Beware of high initial fees with little return.
  3. Fake Products: Ensure products are legitimate and have market value.
  4. Guaranteed Returns: Be skeptical of promises of guaranteed high returns with minimal effort.
  5. Unclear Compensation Plans: Understand the compensation structure before joining.
  6. Pressure to Buy Inventory: Avoid being forced to purchase large amounts of inventory.
  7. Lack of Transparency: Deal with transparent companies that provide all necessary information.
  8. Fake Testimonials: Be cautious of fabricated reviews and testimonials.
  9. Illegal Practices: Stay away from schemes that operate outside legal regulations.
  10. No Refund Policy: Ensure there is a refund or return policy for unsold products.
  11. Unregistered Companies: Verify that the company is registered and recognized by authorities.
  12. Overemphasis on Recruitment: Focus on selling products, not just recruiting new members.


Network marketing can be a viable business model with both advantages and challenges. By understanding how it works, you can make informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls. Whether you choose to participate in network marketing or explore other avenues, the key is to stay informed and proactive.

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