About Total Life Changes
Total Life Changes is an international multi-level marketing company that sells skincare and nutrition products, which are focused on helping you stay healthy, reduce stress, and enjoy peace of mind.
Not only this, but Total Life Changes can also help you earn a second income “easily promoting products you use every day,” such as their popular Iaso™ weight loss and wellness products. And compared to many other MLM companies, Total Life Changes claims that you’ll earn money not just from retail customers, but from wholesale distributors and supplementary bonuses as well.
Either way, the company claims to give you all the support and tools you need.
Where’s this leave you? There are basically two aspects of Total Life Changes; the products and the MLM opportunity. Let’s look at each of these in greater detail.
Total Life Changes Products, Pricing, & Refund Policy
Total Life Changes makes a variety of products, including their popular Iaso™ detoxification tea, gourmet coffees, a selection of weight loss supplements, beauty applications, as well as kits that combine several of their products.
There weren’t any prices listed on the Total Life Changes website, although third-party sources claimed that these can range between $50 and $1,500. Why not?
Because the only way to purchase a Total Life Changes product is by going through an existing Representative, who will earn a commission from your sale. We’ll talk more about this in the next section.
Pro tip: If you want to avoid contacting a representative, many Total Life Changes products are also available through Amazon.
A Note about Total Life Changes’s Refund Policy
Before we do though, keep in mind that all Total Life Changes products come with a 30-day refund policy, which you can request by calling 888-873-1898. However, according to the company’s Terms, “If a purchase is refunded for any reason, it is understood that the purchaser was not satisfied with the product or service and we may permanently refuse any future sales to that purchaser.”
Didn’t like one of Total Life Changes’s products? Decide to return it? This means you might never be able to purchase another one of the company’s products, which—at least from a customer satisfaction standpoint—doesn’t seem like a good business model.
When it comes down to it though, is the company really interested in selling products?
The Total Life Changes MLM Opportunity
Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is “a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit. This recruited sales force is referred to as the participant's "downline", and can provide multiple levels of compensation. Other terms used for MLM include pyramid selling, network marketing, and referral marketing.”
In layman’s terms, this means you’ll earn a commission for every Total Life Changes product you sell, and if you recruit a Representative, you’ll also earn a commission for every sale they make. And the more people you have in your downline, the more money you stand to make.
Is MLM a Good Way To Make Money?
We’ve reviewed many of the most popular MLM opportunities here at HighYa, including Nerium AD, Lucrazon, and many more. And while some companies come with better ratings than others, the most common complaint surrounding MLM “opportunities” is that representatives are focused more on recruiting people in their downline than they are about selling products.
What’s the problem with that, you ask? Well, this is the classic definition of a Ponzi scheme, which is illegal.
Now, keep in mind that we’re not saying Total Life Changes (or any other MLM company) is intentionally running a Ponzi scheme; only that this is a common complaint.
The second most common complaint is the failure rate for MLM representatives, which hovers somewhere around 99 percent. What’s this mean? 99 out of every 100 people who pay money to become an MLM company rep never see a dime on their investment. They make no money whatsoever.
According to False Profits, “Financially, the odds for an individual to achieve financial success under those circumstances rival the odds of winning at the tables in Las Vegas.”
What’s more, the 1 percent who do make money are basically just taking it from the people who failed, which amounts to tens of billions of dollars!
Pro tip: Because we’ve reviewed so many network marketing companies, we also found it disconcerting that Total Life Changes doesn’t list their compensation plan on their website. Although these can be lengthy and difficult to read, we feel this is something any reputable MLM company should list.
Is this what people are saying about Total Life Changes?
Total Life Changes’s Online Customer Reputation
At the time of our research, Total Life Changes based out of Ira, MI, held an F rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 187 closed complaints (19 of which the company failed to respond to). Unfortunately, no details were available.
WebTrafficLounge.com wrote that Total Life Changes seems to make good quality products that can provide real health benefits, but they were concerned that you’ll make your money by recruiting others—not by selling Total Life Changes products.
On top of this, they noted that Total Life Changes provides very limited marketing training (outside of enrolling friends and family members, holding “parties” at your home, etc.). They also worried that because the company has so many representatives, your market may be saturated, making it ever more difficult to earn good money.
From a product perspective, the company’s IASO Tea had a 3-star rating on Amazon. Common compliments cited improved digestion, effective weight loss, and fast results, although many others complained of failure to work, high price, and unwanted side effects (stopped bowel movements, strong-smelling urine, etc.).
Now, let’s bring it home so you can make a more informed decision about Total Life Changes.
Is Total Life Changes the Right Company for You?
Because there are two distinct aspects of Total Life Changes, let’s break down each individually.
Total Life Changes Products
Sure, Total Life Changes’s products seem to have a mostly positive online customer reputation. However, their effectiveness remains to be seen.
For example, none of the ingredients in their Iaso™ tea have been shown to detox your body in any way, other than keeping you regular. So, if you do lose any weight from using the tea, it’s likely just water weight, which will quickly return.
But the reality is that your body doesn’t require detoxification in the first place!
The company also doesn’t list any of the ingredients in their beauty products, so there’s no way to know if they actually work, or if they’re just overhyped and overpriced.
Becoming a Total Life Changes Rep
In the CNBC article we referenced above, Robert Fitzpatrick (the person being interviewed) stated that there’s one basic question you should ask yourself before joining an MLM company: where’s the money coming from?
If people are making most of their money selling products, this means that the company (or at least its underlying business model) might be legit. On the other hand, if most of your money will be made through the people you recruit, you’ll almost certainly want to look elsewhere.
And since it seems that Total Life Changes reps are mostly making their money from their downline, you’ll definitely want to research all your options before making your decision. HighYa is a great place to start!