I was just checking my email and someone sent me a link for this.
It’s a new health and wellness MLM program called Now Lifestyle that has been in the pre-launch phase since about a year ago. Besides the fact that this business opportunity is in an industry that I’m not too fond of, there are a couple of things that threw up red flags.
There were also a couple things about it that I could live with too but nothing that jumped out at me to say that I should definitely try this out or recommend it to others.
In this article, I’m going to look at the new Now Lifestyle MLM and try to determine whether or not it’s a scam, if it’s a good opportunity you can make money from or if it’s worth the try.
I know personally that I’m not going to become a member but maybe you’re reading this review because you’re interested in signing up.
What is Now Lifestyle All About?
As I’m writing this, Now Lifestyle is in prelaunch and calling for interested persons to become members for free.
A year ago, you had to pay $49.95/year to pre-enroll so that you could start building your downline but right now to become a reseller of the program, you’ll need to pay $24.97/month or $250.00/year.
The company has a few products members can sell for 100% commissions including:
- a nutrition and exercise package for your family (family of 5 members)
- Body Boss home workout system
- a professional autoresponder system
- a traffic and leads co op system
The company was started by Joel Therien, who like most MLM startups, has been involved with other MLM companies before. Therien previously started other MLMs such as GVO, Pure Leverage and Got Backup.
The more famous one here is probably either GVO or Pure Leverage, neither of which has had any positive impact on this affiliate marketer.
Now Lifestyle appears to be actually launching this week and if the countdown in the members area isn’t an urgency thing then they’re launching in the next 13 hours.
Now Lifestyle Compensation Plan
The compensation plan of an MLM can be the determining factor in a person’s decision to sign up so we need to see how members of Now Lifestyle are going to get paid.
According to the company site, there are two ways. There’s the 100% commission payout on all products and memberships and then there’s a binary compensation plan.
The company claims that they’re giving 100% commissions on these products but in their actual compensation plan it’s explained as 50% of sales on each product and they’ll give you 50% on your downline’s overall sales.
The way I interpret that is you’re only getting 50% commissions because if you don’t have any downline or if your downline doesn’t produce any sales then you can’t get the matching 50%. Maybe someone can clear this up because I’m confused already.
There’s always a catch to these 100% commission products and it seems this one is no different. But 50% is fair enough already so why complain.
This is the other part of the compensation plan and I’ve never been good at explaining this type of plan so take a look at the chart below.
From what I understand, you’ll need to recruit 6 students where you have two directly under you and two directly under each of them. This will earn you $20 and you can build each team infinite levels deep.
When I look at the products and membership and the way the commissions are paid out, it just looks like the makings of a pyramid scheme to me.
It doesn’t look like it would work very well in terms of revenue if your customers are not involved in Now Lifestyle. If all the customers are in Now Lifestyle then the opportunity is more lucrative because then you’ll get 100% commissions.
If this is how it works, where all the customers are also Now Lifestyle sellers then you need to be aware of what the FTC website says about pyramid schemes.
A lack of retail sales is also a red flag that a pyramid exists. Many pyramid schemes will claim that their product is selling like hot cakes. However, on closer examination, the sales occur only between people inside the pyramid structure or to new recruits joining the structure, not to consumers out in the general public.
I’m not saying that Now Lifestyle is a pyramid scheme at the moment. They haven’t launched as yet but the way their compensation plan is laid out, it’s hard to see how it could turn out any other way.
This is why I usually stay away from these types of opportunities. There’s always a fine line between what is considered a pyramid and what isn’t. I don’t want to have to wonder.
Should You Join Now Lifestyle?
To be honest, after checking out the compensation plan, I wouldn’t recommend it.
However, I don’t think that it’s necessarily a scam because they do have some OK products that are consumable. I just think that most of the sales are going to occur within the organization and that leads to the building of an illegal pyramid scheme.
If you’re new to MLM or online business in general then this opportunity is probably not for you. There are much better alternatives available.
One thing I also noticed that turned me off was the involvement of Anthony Morrison, who I’ve written about before on this blog. The guy is not to be trusted and I saw on one of the Now Lifestyle promo pages that he was pushing this.
Things like that make me very cautious.
Better than Now Lifestyle (The Alternative)
I really love affiliate marketing and I would suggest it as an alternative to Now Lifestyle.
You’re not tied to one company and your income isn’t dependent on you building a team of people who might eventually drop out or do nothing. With affiliate marketing you have the freedom to choose your products and earn commissions on each sale.
You can market products for years to come without worrying about the future of the company you’re promoting.
If you’re considering Now Lifestyle because it’s a health and wellness MLM, then just find health and wellness affiliate programs instead and market their products via a website.
To get started with affiliate marketing, I would suggest learning more about the process and following a step by step plan for building a stable internet business with free lessons from Wealthy Affiliate, a learning platform that I’m currently using myself.
In the end, whether you choose to go with Now Lifestyle or the alternative, you’ll still need to learn how to market. After all, network marketing is marketing and most MLM companies do a poor job of educating their members.
What are your thoughts on this Now Lifestyle company? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.