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  • Personal Development Week:

    Integrated Software Systems for Direct Sales
  • March 6, 2018

    Keeping up with IT trends

    Your direct selling company needs an ecommerce solution, an enterprise system (ERP), distributor tools, a commission engine, and more. Thanks to the rise of integrated solutions, you can now get the best of everything! In this podcast, Sean Smith, Vice President of Business Development at our sponsor ... Read more ›

  • March 19, 2018

    Thinking strategically about your company’s software and future growth

    You need MLM software for commissions calculation, business processes, warehouse management, and much more. What do you need to automate right away? What can wait? David Judd, Principal Product Owner at InfoTrax Systems, joins Kenny to continue the conversation about integrated software solutions for ... Read more ›

  • August 8, 2017

    Good software partners let you focus on you

    How do you get a best-in-class MLM software solution without wasting resources? How do you run a good IT department without losing focus on your products—your core competency? In this episode, we talk to three guests, each from software providers in the direct sales space: Jared Smith, Director of R... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    MLM Legal
  • April 16, 2018

    Boosting transparency to save direct sales

    Spencer Reese joins us again to talk about the current legal climate for MLM companies. He talks to us about the evolving definition of inventory loading, the dangers of illegal income claims, and the surprising absence of pyramid scheme allegations in recent FTC actions against direct sellers. Spence... Read more ›

  • April 9, 2018

    How to avoid joining a scam

    First-time MLM distributors often wonder if the company they’re thinking about joining might be a scam. Unfortunately, some companies claiming to be legitimate MLMs are pyramid schemes. But many MLMs are legitimate businesses. So how can you tell the good from the bad? It’s not a bad idea to Google the... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    Compensation Plans
  • February 26, 2018

    Designing qualifications for distributor ranks and commissions

    When you design a compensation plan, there are a lot of details that you have to get right. Today we’re going to talk about the rules that determine when and how distributors advance through the ranks and qualify for monthly commissions. Your rules answer the question “What do I need to do each month to b... Read more ›

  • February 13, 2018

    Compensation Plan Payout

    There are many factors that contribute to the success or failure of direct selling companies. The compensation plan is one of the biggest. The companies who achieve long-term success have a sound plan. Plans that are not well designed and consequently fail to motivate distributors can become a brick wall to c... Read more ›

  • January 29, 2018

    What’s a Binary Plan?

    The binary compensation plan is the newest of the three common plan types. When it arrived on the industry scene, this type of plan was the complete opposite approach to commissions than existing plans. The difference was night and day. Before the binary emerged, every other compensation plan relied on the fo... Read more ›

  • January 22, 2018

    What’s a Unilevel Plan?

    The unilevel was the first plan to challenge the dominance of the breakaway. It came on the scene in the mid 90s, and its inventors intended it to be a simpler and fairer plan that was easier to understand. Over the years, unilevels have come to be just as complex as breakaways. The backbone of a unilevel ... Read more ›

  • January 9, 2018

    What’s a Breakaway Compensation Plan?

    Breakaway compensation plans are the oldest of the three common plan types. They’ve been around since the 1970s. To this day, they’re the most popular compensation plan among party plan companies. A breakaway compensation plan uses two primary bonuses and two defined sales force classifications: sales peo... Read more ›

  • January 15, 2018

    Analyzing your compensation plan

    Mark Rawlins, Founder and CEO of InfoTrax Systems, joins Kenny to talk about MLM compensation plans. What direction is the direct selling industry going on compensation? What’s the perfect compensation plan? How do you know if your direct sales commissions are working? How can you use data and analy... Read more ›

  • December 26, 2017

    The Role of the Fast Start Bonus

    As you’re designing your compensation plan, you may want to consider implementing a fast start bonus. These are bonuses that are designed to round out your primary commissions—focusing earnings on distributors your basic plan doesn’t automatically reward well. They can be designed to reward salespeople ... Read more ›

  • December 4, 2017

    Is it time to change your compensation plan?

    Mitch Stowell, Vice President of Commission Consulting at InfoTrax Systems, joins us for this two part episode to discuss the process of fine tuning compensation plans over time. How do you know when it’s time to change your commissions? What do you change? Mitch and Kenny talk over these critical d... Read more ›

  • December 18, 2017

    Is it time to change your compensation plan? (Part 2)

    Mitch Stowell, Vice President of Commission Consulting at InfoTrax Systems, joins us for this two part episode to discuss the process of fine tuning compensation plans over time. How do you know when it’s time to change your commissions? What do you change? Mitch and Kenny talk over these critical d... Read more ›

  • August 13, 2015

    Types of compensation plans (part 1)

    In the MLM industry, there are three common plans types: breakaway, unilevel, and binary. With a unilevel plan, you can put a lot of people on your first level and you can build as many legs as you want. With a binary plan, you are limited to two legs. In a breakaway, rather than legs, you build a team of dis... Read more ›

  • August 13, 2015

    Types of compensation plans (part 2)

    Check out part 1 if you haven't read it yet. To continue our review of the three major compensation plan types, let’s look at the other areas in which each plan differs. Aside from the primary characteristics that make each plan unique, there are several other differentiating factors. Let’s take a look... Read more ›