Disclaimer: Long post ahead, I am purely sharing my one-off personal experience and this does not fully represent the industry as a whole. I have been introduced to MLM by a school senior many years ago. Back then I was doing a holiday job before entering university and my senior was already in university and doing MLM at the same time. Many MLM companies tend to promote health products and supplements but it is really up to you whether you actually believe that the products will work for you. When I was approached, I was brought to the office premises where there are many tables of people promoting the company's products and at the same time, pay a "membership fee" to be part of the team. Basically the person that brings you in manages to convert you successfully, you will be under that person's team, which is also part of a larger team. I would say the team structure has similarities to insurance and property agencies. Through that, they earn referral fees/commission just by bringing new people into the team. What my senior did was to try to find people with similar background (e.g. same school, same CCAs even though different schools), to try to convert me into one of their members. They also have a thick folder that showcases the products of the company and also the many successes of various people (mostly with swanky cars, my senior also had a Mercedes back then at age 20/21?). They often promote themselves as entrepreneurs/business partners, even though they don't own the business which I honestly don't understand why till now. People in MLM also tend to play on your greed for money to attempt to convert you, stating that it is one of the fastest ways to earn quick and big bucks and become successful in life. To me, why I did not buy into the idea despite the aggressive sales tactics was really because I did not believe in the products they were selling and really did not believe in the way things are structured to the extent that it actually helps you make big bucks. To really be able to earn in an MLM scheme, you have to subsequently sell to your own network of family and friends which really, wasn't something that I was comfortable with. It was as though you are living off your circle of family and friends to afford a luxurious life, especially if you don't believe in their products. I would think that if the products were really good, they should sell for themselves rather than having to resort to such marketing schemes to sell.