Owner: Roger Barnett
Headquarters: Pleasanton, California USA
Cost to join: $49.95 Distributor Fee OR $150 Qualified Distributor Fee
Shaklee’s purpose is to make the world a better place by improving the environment through the sale of organic, green cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom and by improving people’s health through state-of-the-art vitamins and supplements that have passed rigorous inspections and research. They conduct over 100,000 tests a year on their products to make sure the end consumer is getting a product that is safe and healthy One of their slogans is “Everything we do has been designed In Harmony with Nature”
The sales of their products are conducted through a Network Marketing style of business model where a distributor can join under a sponsor and then purchase and/or sell Shaklee’s array of vitamins, supplements, and green/organic cleaning supplies and earn commission. The distributor can then sponsor other distributors in his or her downline and can earn an override on their sales as well.
4 Review Criterias
What I look for in a Network Marketing company such as Shaklee are the following criteria:
- Does it have a system that I can can follow?
- Will I have the ability to brand myself?
- Will I have a mentor or a support team?
- Does the Company stand the test of time? Have they been around at least 10 years or more?
Does Shaklee have a system that I can can follow?
Shaklee offers its distributors a website where their prospects can shop for products, sign up for autoship, and join Shaklee as a distributor on their downline. Distributors can also log into their back office and complete trainings on Shaklee Products.
As far as a system that distributors can follow that will teach them how to effectively market the products and the business opportunity to others, I feel Shaklee is a bit weak in this. In their trainings they emphasize word of mouth with friends and family to market the products and the business opportunity and do not give any training in online marketing, which is necessary in 2018 if you really want to build your business fast and effectively.
If you were to join Shaklee, I would recommend finding a sponsor who grows his or her business online and can show you the ropes on how to best to that. The best place to find such a sponsor is to look through the search engines. If they rank high, then you can rest assure that they know what they are doing. You can join under them and they can teach you their system.
Will I have the ability to brand myself with Shaklee?
The simple answer to this question is YES. You can brand yourself as a Shaklee Distributor, but Shaklee does not have any infrastructure to help you do that. The website they offer looks just like every other distributor’s website.
You need to learn to brand yourself if you join Shaklee, there are many resources and books that will teach you how to brand yourself. To brand yourself online, you typically need to have your own website aside from the website Shaklee offers, and you need to learn how to stand out from all the other distributors.
Will I have a Mentor or a Support Team with Shaklee?
Your Sponsor should be your Mentor and should teach you how to build your Shaklee business. They should be patient with you as you learn the ropes of marketing your business opportunity and your products. They should offer you support if you have any questions or if you are discouraged with something. Your sponsor should also push you and challenge you to do the hard things that business owners have to do to achieve success.
Be sure to choose your sponsor wisely and avoid those who are only interested in high volume recruiting and not in coaching and mentoring.
Aside from their customer service team, Shaklee itself does not have a distributor support team that can give you business building ideas or teach you marketing skills, that’s why it’s so key to choose a good sponsor.
Does Shaklee stand the test of time? Have they been around at least 10 years or more?
As of the day of my typing, Shaklee has been around for 62 years. They DO stand the test of time and it is highly unlikely that the business would suddenly close its doors. Should you decide to join Shaklee, one thing you can rest assure is that they are “in” for the ultra long haul.
Other Pros and Cons of joining Shaklee
- The products and services are far superior to what you can get at your local store, they are products that you can believe in and proudly promote to your prospects
- The cost to entry is lower than average compared to other MLM companies
- You will become healthier and feel better because as a business owner you will be your own customer and will be consuming their vitamins and supplements
- Company has been around a very long time and is well established
- Unlike other opportunities, you don’t need a whole bunch of active sponsors in your downline to make a decent amount of money. If you have a mere handful of active business builders who are on monthly autoship and are meeting their PV (point value) requirements, you can make a nice amount of money each month.
- Some of the products are quite expensive, and although they are far superior to what Wal-Mart offers, some prospects may struggle to grasp this concept.
- The Compensation Plan is somewhat complicated and some prospects may be turned off by this and the compensation plan is a huge factor for some prospects.
- You must be willing to spend more for your vitamins and supplements than you did before, although you get what you pay for, if you’re on a tight budget you may struggle until your business grows large enough
- You have to meet your minimum required PV of 100 to qualify for commissions. This is roughly $150 per month.
- For some people, Shaklee has that multi-level stigma that other early MLM companies such as Amway and others have, and some people may immediately run for the hills at the mention of Shaklee because of memories they had of early days when distributors had to buy a bunch of products up front and then turn around and sell it only to have a garage full of products that they couldn’t sell.
So, there is my review. Shaklee is legit and is a good company, but it lacks certain keys that are necessary for success in the 21st century. Word of Mouth alone does not cut it for most people today.
If you are really into Health and Wellness as your niche, and you can find a sponsor who will train you to build your business online, then go for it.
However, if you are looking to start an online business and you want a compensation plan that’s very simple and easy to understand, where you can brand yourself and have an easy to follow system, with no PV requirements to get paid, I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate. You can read my Dead Honest Review of Wealthy Affiliate here for more details.