It's sad that we live in a world where honesty is sometimes a rare commodity, but that's just the way it is and you can't afford to not be diligent in checking out business opportunities before you get involved in them. The bad companies can be pretty easy to spot because they come across as over hyped with pretty brash statements, but how can you tell if you're dealing with a trustworthy MLM program?
The first way you can tell is to discover what the company is saying about themselves. Do a search online. Is the focus of their advertising the solidity of the company and the strength of their product?
A trustworthy company with a good product won't hesitate to brag about what they have to offer. An MLM company that may not be all it's cracked up to be will hide behind exaggerated promises.
How good is the product? Is there an audience for it? If there's no need for the product or it's too unusual, there won't be a demand for it. Without a demand, you won't be able to make the kind of income you're hoping for no matter how good you are at the art of persuasion.
People won't spend money on a product they see no need for. Plus, if the product is something that doesn't generate the need to buy it again, you're not going to see as much success because it's a one time purchase and you'll have to continually hustle for new sales. A trustworthy MLM program is one that's created a product that will keep on selling and keep people coming back to buy it again.
A trustworthy company won't ask that you show them the money in an exorbitant amount. Companies that are on the level won't require you to pay any kind of enormous up front fee (except for a distributor pack or kit) just to be associated with their company.
The right kind of MLM company will build their business on their product and not on how many people they can get to sell it. If the product is good, it will sell. If it's not, in order to stay in business, the company will then start to rely on recruiting people.
A trustworthy program will be one that teaches you what you need to know and gives you support at every level of advancement you make within the company. You'll be taught how to grow a downline and you should receive instruction on how to manage one the right way. Remember to always trust your gut. If you feel like the company might be a risk, then listen to your instincts and walk away.