The Company: Le-Vel Thrive
CEO's: Jason Camper & Paul Gravette
Startup Cost: $0 - $100
This company was founded in 2013 by Jason Camper and Paul Gravette and claims to give people the products and opportunity to live an “ultra premium lifestyle with ultra premium products”. Bold claim.
They don’t have a physical headquarters and say this is because they are operating with state of the art cloud technology. I will admit their back office system is pretty cool and I love online business so this is a good thing in my opinion. Less overheads also means more money being paid to the distributors putting the hard yards in and the products should cost less money right?
They are apparently one of the fastest growing wellness companies in North America so these guys know what they are doing when it comes to building a business. What does this mean for you though?
To understand what kind of opportunity this offers, it is important to look at the products. You will see much greater success if you love the products and are passionate about sharing this with others.
The company claims that over 3 million people within the US have started the 'Thrive Experience' so no doubt it's getting attention, the health and wellness industry is HUGE so there's money to be made. So what exactly is this experience anyway?
The Thrive Experience is their flagship health and wellness system and it comprises of 3 main products designed to be consumed every day over an 8 week period.
#1 Premium Lifestyle Capsules: Health capsule designed for either male or female. It costs $74 for a one off purchase for 60 capsules or $60 if you choose the monthly auto-ship option.
#2 Premium Lifestyle Mix: This is a supplement shake available in various flavours and costs $52 for a one off purchase or $40 if you choose the auto-ship option. This is for a 16 serving pack and I'm pretty sure you are supposed to take this every day for 8 weeks, I could be wrong here though.
#3 DFT Patch: This is a 'Derma Fusion Technology' patch to put on your skin each day and costs $62 for a one time purchase or $50 on auto-ship for 30 patches. They also have an 'Ultra' and "Black Label' patch which apparently provides better results.
- 8 Week Cost Without Auto-Ship: $406
- 8 Week Cost With Auto-Ship: $320
I was unable to find pricing info or purchase the products from their website, no matter where I clicked I kept on getting this message:
Turns out you must find a distributor and access their replicated website, otherwise it's no go. This is fair enough I suppose but it would be nice to give people an easier way to find a rep or something of that nature in my opinion.
They also have other products available and some combo packs to reduce the price overall. One thing I did find is that you can purchase these products directly through Amazon for less than you could if you buy through a distributor on their website.
So you can buy the DFT patch for $50.40 delivered through Amazon but it's $62 through the company website? You can buy the patch for $50 on auto-ship which is cheaper but after shipping I'm not sure if how it works out. This could obviously reduce a distributors chance of making a good income promoting the products which isn't cool. I don't know, maybe I am missing something here?
What Others Are Saying
Now, first of all I want to point out that I am not a health expert. I think this goes without saying but I wanted to be clear about this. I'll just show you what I found so you can make your own mind up.
I found two quite passionate schools of thought in regards the products. On one hand there are some positive reviews and on the other hand there are quite negative reviews. Who do you believe and how do you know what to listen to? I personally think the best way to know for sure is to try the products yourself and try to be as objective as possible about the results you are getting. As in, maybe consult your doctor and see what he or she thinks.
I think it does pay to do your homework on the facts instead of just buying into a companies word for it. Obviously, they are wanting your money so they won't tell you much about the cons. I found a well researched and objective article published by Supplement Geek that I think is worth reading if you are weighing up the pros and cons.
If you've tried the products and you love them, great stuff! There are many that have and that swear by them. I personally haven't tried them so I can't say for sure how good they are. Hopefully what I have given you here will help you make a more informed decision though.
The Business Opportunity
Enough about the products, let's look at how the business opportunity stacks up. The general idea is to try the products yourself and if you love them, share your experience with others. The company uses the network marketing business model to distribute their products so your objective will be to build a team under you. This can be quite powerful if you can get enough people on board.
The Compensation Plan Break Down
The Thrive compensation plan determines who goes where in your downline and how much each affiliate gets paid. The downline system being used is known as the 'unilevel' model. This places an affiliate at the top of his or her own organisation and each person they refer is placed on their first level, then each person they refer will be on the original affiliates' second level and so on. See below.
Unilevel Downline Example
A unilevel downline structure places an affiliate at the top with an unlimited number of referrals wide under them and in this case, down 8 levels deep.
Your downline continues 8 levels deep
Basically, the higher your rank within the company the deeper levels you will earn on within your downline. The commissions are based on the product sales of your referrals.
- Promoter: Earns 4% on up to 3 levels
- 4K VIP: 4% on up to 5 levels
- 12K VIP: 4% on up to 6 levels
- 40K VIP: 4% on up to 7 levels
- 80K VIP: 4% on all 8 levels
- 200K VIP: 8% on all 8 levels
Ways You Can Earn
There are various ways you can earn within the company and I'll break these down for you now.
You can earn 20% commissions on all direct customers and if you are active and qualified then you can earn on all customer orders 3 levels deep.
Infinity Fast Start
When you recruit someone who buys one of four start packs you’ll get a set commission, the same is true if they purchase an upgrade package. This is called the ‘Infinity Fast Start’ (IFS) and it goes 4 levels deep.
You can also earn between 10-20% bonus based on your direct referrals bonus that they earn. For example, if you recruit John who gets a $500 IFS payment, you’ll make $50-$100.
These range from 4-8% depending on what level you are at within then company and is based on your organisations purchasing 8 levels deep. Much like the IFS there is matching bonus paid to you based on the team commissions your direct referrals earn of between 20-40%.
There are various bonuses according to how well people perform like cars, holidays and iPads. These vary depending on your performance. You can check out the comp plan to learn more about these.
Starting Your Business
Joining the business as a 'promoter' is free however, if you want to start earning commissions you'll need to become an active and qualified affiliate with 100PV. This essentially equates to buying a minimum of $100 worth of product. As you can see on the chart below, there are various other options to enrol with the company offering 4 main starter packs with varying levels of PV and price.
Staying Commission Qualified
To stay active and qualified to earn commissions you will need to purchase or sell $100 worth of product per month. A lot of affiliates end up buying the product themselves on starting out since they don't yet have the customer base, this is also why an auto-ship is the better option as you'll get your products cheaper. If you are not active you cannot earn beyond the 20% retail commissions.
What I Liked
- They have a ‘waiting room’ function within their system that allows you to sign up reps and then place them wherever you like within 60 days which is cool
- The back office is very well put together and useful for affiliates
- You can join for free and earn 20% retail commissions on product sales
What I Didn't Like
- They primarily teach the warm market technique which I'm not a fan of
- Lot of contraversy surrounding the products and a fair amount of complaints
- You can buy the products straight from Amazon for almost the same or less price
Overall I think if you love the products and you like the idea of sharing them with those you know, then you could build a great business for yourself. There's no doubt you could make a solid income but like any business, it will take a good amount of work and effort.
I do think there are better ways to build your team than chasing family and friends so if you decide to build a business with this company, I recommend working out a better strategy than this. Whatever you decide to do, I hope this review has been helpful!
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