Is Take Shape for Life a Scam? A Pyramid Scheme Perhaps?
For all of you who are looking into the business opportunity that Take Shape for Life offers you need to read this first. Much of the information you hear is all hyped up and is somewhat misleading. It makes this opportunity sound better than it really is and those who sign up due to the hype will more than likely be left discouraged.
If you are wondering is Take Shape for Life a scam then you are in the right place. There are some “shady” elements to this business and I’ll be going over them so that you actually know what you are getting yourself into, if of course you do decide to give this business opportunity a go. I’ll be going over the things that the company doesn’t want you to know in this review.
Take Shape for Life Review
- Company: Take Shape for Life
- Website: tsfl.com
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Take Shape for Life is a weight loss and weight maintenance nutrition company that was founded in 2003. They sell weight loss coaching programs that provide customers with a structured meal plan as well as the meals to eat.
They operate under a network marketing business model. What this means is that you, and anyone else, can join Take Shape for Life and make money going out as an independent distributor (they call this position a “health coach”) and selling their products.
In addition, they have what is called a mlm compensation structure. This means that “Health Coaches” can go out and recruit other health coaches into the business and make money from their efforts.
The programs and products that Take Shape for Life has available all seem to be good quality and I don’t see anything wrong with them.
I don’t want to get too into them all, but here is an example. Their one popular weight maintenance program is the 3 & 3 Plan. This includes 3 meal replacements as well as 3 balanced meals….
If you choose this plan you can then choose from a variety of meals and supplements that work with this. For example, one of the kits that you can buy includes enough meals for 30 days and costs just under $300.
The Business Opportunity
As I mentioned, anyone can join TSFL and become a health coach, selling their products and making money. You can also recruit other health coaches into the business and make money off of what they do, this is the mlm part of it.
Within TSFL there are 10 ranks and the goal is to climb your way to the top, that is how you make good money. If you join in as a Health Coach and don’t move up the ranks you won’t make much.
Moving up the ranks is all about Group Volume, or GV. This is the amount of products and memberships that you and your “team” (aka your downline) sell.
Here are the 10 ranks…
- Health Coach – This is where you start out (Costs $199 for a starter kit)
- Senior Coach – Need 1000 GV/month and need at least 5 retail customers and/or recruits in your downline
- Manager – Need 3000 GV/month and need at least 5 retail customers and/or recruits in your downline OR have 2 personally recruited Senior Coach ranked affiliates
- Assistant Director – 4000 GV.month and have at least 5 retail customers and/or recruits in your downline OR have three personally recruited Senior Coach ranked affiliates
- Director – 5000 GV/month and have at least 5 retail customers and/or recruits in your downline OR have four personally recruited Senior Coach ranked affiliates
- Executive Director – 6000 GV/month and have at least 5 retail customers and/or recruits in your downline OR have five personally recruited Senior Coach ranked affiliates
- Regional Director – Need to maintain Executive Director rank and have at least 1 Executive Director ranked affiliate in your downline
- National Director – Need to maintain Executive Director rank and have at least 3 Executive Director ranked affiliate in different uni-level legs
- Global Director – Need to maintain Executive Director rank and have at least 5 Executive Director ranked affiliates in different uni-level legs
- Presidential Director – Need to maintain Executive Director rank and have at least 10 Executive Director ranked affiliates in different uni-level legs
Its all about recruiting
Everyone that makes good money with this company, or any mlm for that matter, knows darn well that the key to making good money is by recruiting others. Once you build up your downline big enough you can make decent sums of money by the work that they do alone.
The Compensation Plan
There isn’t all that much information on the comp plan in place here. But one of the big money makers that I do know exists in the plan is whats called Generation Commissions.
You see, once you reach the rank of Regional Director, you and your team beneath you “break off” and form your own team in a way. Then when someone on your team reaches that rank they also “break off” and form their own team, which would be called your 1st generation. Now if someone in that generation then breaks off and forms their own team that is called your 2nd generation, and so on.
In this comp plan you can earn commissions on up to 5 generations deep, which means you can make money off of a lot of people if you make it high enough.
Is This a Pyramid Scheme?
Although it is obvious that the compensation plan gives plenty of incentive to go out and recruit other people in beneath you, there isn’t enough here to say that it amounts to a pyramid scheme.
For this to be a product based pyramid scheme its revenue would have to be overly dependent on recruitment rather than sales to the general public. And I just don’t see that being true.
One of good things that TSFL does is it doesn’t hand give members commissions for recruiting people when those recruits purchase the starter kit. They only get paid from the GV after that point. This is a good sign of a legitimate mlm.
All in all, this just doesn’t come across as a pyramid scheme to me. The difference between a mlm and a pyramid scheme can somewhat be blurry at times, but this definitely isn’t.
Final Thoughts & What I Recommend
The products that TSFL has are great, so if you want to help people lose weight and make money doing it, then by all means go for this opportunity. Just don’t underestimate how difficult its going to be. Recruitment of other Health Coaches is key to making good money. You have to recruit, climb those ranks, and make full use of the comp plan in place.
But it ain’t easy and the statistics prove this. The 2015 official income disclosure is as follows… (I know its old but its the most recent official one I could find)
As you can see, 81% of all Health Coaches made much less than $10,000 for the entire year on average. And 47% made less than $250 for the entire year.
The bottom line is that you HAVE to be able to recruit to make it big in this business. If you don’t have that salesperson type of personality this might be difficult. If you do, then it might be a good fit.
Personally, I don’t have anything even close to a salesperson type personality and there is no way I would make it in this mlm business. I just wouldn’t be any good at recruiting. If you are like me then I would recommend you take a peek at how I make money online.
I make a living working for myself online, which I think is a pretty awesome job. You can learn more about it by clicking the link below that will take you to a post I wrote.
In the post I wrote I explain what it is that I do, how it all works, and how others can do the same.
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