Entrepreneurs and opportunists all over the world have been looking for new and original methods to get money like the bigger industries and earn a larger share of the profits. At a time when many industries are shutting down, multi level marketing is growing faster than ever and is creating large volumes of money for people everywhere.Multi level marketing is a structure used by companies to create a marketing and sales force to promote their products, not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of other people that they introduce to the company. This creates a downline of promoters and multiple levels of compensation for the people participating.The products and company are marketed directly to consumers and business partners by word of mouth, and marketed often to family and friends. The members make their money by the number of sales they have made; it also considers the sales of the members that they have recruited to join the business; the more people that you recruit who are producers the more money you make.Many people get multi level marketing confused with pyramid schemes, often mistaken one for the other. But one is a legitimated business and the other can be a host of things. However, in most cases, the pyramid or ponzi scheme has its victims buy expensive products with the promise of making lots of money from the sale of these products. It also involves an exchange of money for enrolling other people into the scheme, where you are to be compensated richly for doing so. However, with this type of business model only a very few at the top of the organization is making the big money promised to the downline.These schemes do not last long because most members are not going to stay around long spending their hard earned money on products that they can not easily move, as they watch themselves increasingly going broke. It is not long before they get frustrated and quit.Multi level marketing can be a lucrative and very rewarding enterprise if it is a legitimate organization, and if its members are willing to work hard and follow the system. On the other hand, if it is an illegal pyramid scheme, it can be a nightmare for many involved. The safest approach for anyone considering becoming a member of any multi level marketing organization is to do your homework on the company and its management; its compensation plan; its training; and its products. Its better to be safe than sorry.