What is Arbonne International?
The Arbonne compensation plan comes to us from Arbonne International, which is a health and wellness MLM that sells all kinds of health and beauty and nutritional products. Everything from protein shakes to cosmetics and skin care products.
Their products are very good and I’ve used them, so I can attest to their quality.
They are expensive, though, as compared to what you can find at the drugstore, although the quality is better than much of what you can find at the drugstore.
Unlike many Made in China or elsewhere products, Arbonne products are designed in Switzerland and Made in the U.S.A.
A creative Arbonne consultant might be able to get some patriotic mileage out of that when talking up the company and the products to potential customers and recruits.
Arbonne Compensation Plan Explained So That Anyone Can Understand It
The Arbonne compensation plan is unilevel, which means that everyone whom you recruit is on the same level. You recruit wide, not deep. The good news is that you can increase your income by recruiting tons of people, while the bad news is that this type of plan causes lots of competition between reps and as territories get used up you might have to make the decision to move to greener pastures to look for new recruits to keep your business growing.
If you want to read about the Arbonne compensation plan in their own words, you can read it here. (new browser window so mind your popup blocker)
Arbonne Compensation Plan – Basic Commissions
The company pays a basic commission to the Arbonne consultant on all products sold at regular retail price, and that is 35%. If you sell the stuff cheaper, that will erode your compensation since it’s, ya know, a percentage. A percentage of a lesser price is a lesser commission. That’s just math.
Arbonne Compensation Plan – Preferred Customers
Arbonne’s compensation plan rewards those who decide to show loyalty by signing up to receive regular shipments of product. The reward is 20% off and consultants will earn 4% on all purchases made by these preferred customers who thy directly enroll into this plan.
Arbonne Compensation Plan – Override Commissions
Since Arbonne is an MLM company, they pay their consultants between 4% to 8% on all sales made by those whom they directly enroll. I wonder how many people you have to enroll to make that coconut beach money? Think about it.
Arbonne Compensation Plan – Promotion
Arbonne International offers five levels of promotion, and they are Independent Consultant, District Manager, Area Manager, Regional Vice President, and National Vice President.
One thing unique with Arbonne is that starting at the Area Manager level, the business (and the recurring commissions) can be willed to a beneficiary. That’s a pretty cool feature if you ask me!
In order to reach these levels, an Arbonne consultant needs to not only meet certain enrollment and sales goals, but they may have to relocate to a new sales region. (the “greener pastures” mentioned earlier in the article) As a consultant gets promoted through these levels of management, they are paid on more levels of their team, earning 8% off their highest level of leadership and between 4 and 1% on each consecutive level. So, as you can see, it pays to get promoted since being promoted means getting paid on more levels. This is why Arbonne is sometimes criticized for having more of the money floating around at the top rather than the bottom. I will say here that excellence is rewarded everywhere, so why not in MLM? Stop crying and start working to get promoted!
Arbonne consultants who sell a certain volume of product within a certain period, or recruit a certain number of people within a pre ordained time period, or who gain promotion within some specified time period are awarded cash bonuses at their next commission payout. Many of the best MLM companies have a bonus incentive to encourage growth.
Arbonne Mercedes Benz Cash Incentive Program
When you get to a certain level within Arbonne, you become eligible to buy a white Mercedes Benz, and Arbonne picks up the monthly payments for you.
Here are some excerpts from their site as of 2015:
Regional Vice President
Same benefits as an Executive Area Manager, plus:
3% override on Central Region OV.
$600 Vice President Cash Bonus with Central Region sales of 60,000 QV and minimum 30 new Independent Consultants or Preferred Clients with at least 150 PQV in their Start Month.
$800 Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus with Central Region sales of 40,000 QV, a $600 bonus with 35,000 QV, a bonus of $400 with 30,000 QV and a bonus of $200 with 25,000 QV, including Promotion Credits. For every month Paid-As an RVP or as an RVP in Title Maintenance, an RVP is eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus Program when the RVP provides documentation that he or she has purchased or leased a white Mercedes-Benz automobile and has affixed the Arbonne car emblem to the automobile. The RVP will continue to receive the Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus for so long as the RVP continues to own or lease a white Mercedes-Benz automobile with an Arbonne emblem affixed to it. If an RVP is reassigned to Independent Consultant rank under 3.8 of the Policies & Procedures, the RVP will no longer be eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus Program.
National Vice President
Same benefits as an Executive Regional Vice President, plus:
1% override on Central Nation OV.
$1,000 Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus with Central Nation sales of 160,000 QV, an $800 bonus with 140,000 QV, a bonus of $600 with 120,000 QV and a bonus of $400 with 100,000 QV, including Promotion Credits. For every month Paid-As an NVP or as an NVP in Title Maintenance, the NVP will be eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus Program when the NVP provides documentation that he or she has purchased or leased a white Mercedes-Benz automobile and has affixed the Arbonne car emblem to the automobile. The NVP will continue to receive the Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus for so long as the NVP continues to own or lease a white Mercedes-Benz automobile with an Arbonne emblem affixed to it. If an NVP is reassigned to Independent Consultant rank under Section 3.8 of the Policies & Procedures, the NVP will no longer be eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus Program.
What About the Negative Arbonne Reviews?
Every MLM company is going to have negative reviews just based upon the fact that many people fail in MLM and network marketing and they then look for where to pin the blame for their failure, and most people never pin it on themselves.
There is no Arbonne scam, mainly because they are a legal company selling legal goods, just within a legal network marketing business model. The Arbonne compensation plan, as you can see above, is a good one. Many negative reviews are either sour grapes because the person failed and needs to justify their failure without self blame, or they are promoting something else and need to trash the reviewed company as a scam in order to lift their own item higher. Be careful. Wealthy Affiliate reps seem to do this all of the time. They’re fake reviews and they have a lot of people fooled judging by the comments on their marketing blogs.
The Arbonne compensation plan is seen by some as unfair, but people who think like that are usually the people who think that minimum wage service workers deserve $15 and hour and up.
As with any business, those who accomplish the most reap the most rewards.
Arbonne International wants to sell lots of product, and those who do that are the ones who get rewarded the most.
Thats business 101.
From the minute that you sign up and then receive your Arbonne consultant starter kit in the mail, you’ll know that this is a great company with great products.
Now for the bad news…
No matter how great, selling expensive product is not always easy, and recruiting people from your family and friends is getting harder and harder, especially with the proliferation of network marketing opportunities over the internet and many people having already being approached multiple times already by other relatives and friends who are promoting many other network marketing companies and opportunities, and maybe even your own!
Does that mean that your dream of working from home and making the Arbonne opportunity work for you is over?
I hope not.
There is hope, but you have to learn what your sponsor isn’t going to teach you, because they likely don’t know about it. Arbonne isn’t going to teach you cutting edge marketing tactics either. They’re the ones regurgitating the decades old (bad) advice to harass your family and friends.
There’s 3 things you need to do NOW.
Get a marketing system. Now. See the bit just below this article for that.
Want to see me wrap a network marketing opportunity with PLS right before your eyes? It’s a quick tutorial to show you how to turn your bizop into an Internet supercharged recruiting machine!
You need to get a blog that is on a platform that is geared towards network marketers.
Yes. A blog will provide you with a great online place to tell your story and to connect with people online, thus cutting out that need to approach family and friends.
That’s not all though.
There are top shelf tactics that every marketer should know, and you can learn them by using the Power Lead System and taking advantage of the great marketing training.
Isn’t it about time that you stopped leaving your success to chance and gave yourself a fighting chance by learning what is right now working for others?
Don’t leave your Arbonne success to chance.
Get educated today.
P.S. – Another thing that most reps don’t know about is how to get their business in front of more people than they can ever reach face to face. The Arbonne rep who learns this won’t have to move around the country in search of greener recruiting pastures. That’s so “old school” and unnecessary when you have mastered internet traffic.