No... it is an organization that is dedicated to personal promotion on the Internet. It is funded by our sales of the great products of Forever Living, which is a network marketing company, but a very different kind of network marketing company.
The Bond Group was created by a corporate veteran of traditional network marketing, Victor Bond. He is committed to providing a platform for personal promotion which has the benefits of network marketing, but none of the faults and disadvantages.
The fundamental fault of network marketing, to which all the other faults converge, is that it simply doesn't "work" for the vast majority of people who try it.
This is partly because the cost of entry into most network marketing companies is so low that many, many people try to start a network marketing business without the characteristics or qualifications necessary to succeed at any business.
This problem is compounded by the unfortunate marketing hype of many companies that encourage people to believe that "anyone can do this."
So, thousands enter the network marketing industry every year convinced that they are limited only by their ambition, which is patently untrue.
Among the results of this fact are the frustrations that so many people have felt as they try again and again to recruit their friends and family, then spend time and money trying to do the same with acquaintances, then strangers.
Add to this the fact that the training and guidance that is generally available for people in the network marketing world is often inadequate at best and misleading or dysfunctional at worst.
The fundamental disadvantage of network marketing is that it has a generally terrible reputation as essentially being a massive force of locusts covering the earth in their efforts to rope unsuspecting people into this or that pyramid scheme, fueled by shoddy, over-priced products.
By now, you can probably tell that we feel very strongly about the problems of network marketing, which is why we have worked so hard to overcome them.
And we have succeeded.
The major advantages of network marketing are only associated with the best companies in the industry, and there in fact are excellent companies. Forever Living is, in our opinion, the best.
For instance, a lower cost of entry is an advantage only when it applies to a great company that provides real support and quality products.
The same is true for the income opportunity. Two companies with the exact same compensation plans do not necessarily represent the same financial opportunity if their products, management, and support are wildly divergent.
On this same point, it is critical to note that income opportunity is a direct function of how long people actually stay with an opportunity, which, for most people is a direct function of how effective the company is at providing a minimal income with reasonable effort.
People need to survive before they can thrive.
We are here to help you do both.
It is impossible to answer that question in a meaningful way, because it depends tremendously on you, your motivation and your capability.
We have no idea how capable or motivated you are to succeed at this or any other business opportunity.
The vast majority of people in this industry make little or nothing, or actually lose money out of pocket because of their expenditures on unused products or training.
The Bond Group's obsession is with enabling many more people who can succeed to achieve an excellent income, not necessarily a fantastic income.
Are fantastic incomes possible? Of course, but they are very, very rare, and we believe that they will be rare with us as well. It is simply impossible for most people to make a fantastic income.
But we absolutely believe that it is possible to make an excellent income with us and, as important, to generate realistic residual income, which depends on people remaining in our networks, building their businesses and consuming Forever Living's products.
We realize that looking at a compensation plan in a vacuum can be very misleading, but you can get a great description of Forever Living's compensation/marketing plan.
"Getting started" means different things to different people.
There are two sites which will address most folks' needs.
To learn about The Bond Group and Forever Living, we suggest that you visit our Showcase.
Our Member Action Guide is an entire website that is dedicated to what we believe you can do and how you can do it to become successful.
There are a few excellent ways to get a representative sampling of our products at even better than normal prices. [Please note that pricing and availability will vary by country, so please check here if you are not in the United States.]
The best way of all is to purchase A Touch of Forever Business Pak which includes a wide selection of nutritional and personal care products.
This Pak is available at a retail price of US$372 (plus tax and shipping) OR at the 15% discounted price of US$316 (plus tax and shipping) if you simply enroll with us.
Purchase of this Business Pak also immediately qualifies you for permanent wholesale pricing (30% discount) on all Forever Living Products (with a $50 minimum order). This discount will be yours forever... you never need to requalify for it.
You may also select another of our Combo Paks, like our Mini-Touch of Forever Nutritional Pak at US$186 (plus tax and shipping) OR at the 15% discounted price of US$158 (plus tax and shipping) if you enroll with us.
We also offer a Mini-Touch of Forever Personal Care Pak at US$186 (plus tax and shipping) OR at the 15% discounted price of US$158 (plus tax and shipping) if you enroll with us.
Alternatively, you may select any combination of products that you desire, either at their retail prices or at a 15% discount if you enroll and purchase at least $50 worth.
If you decide to enroll with us, please see our answer to the question "How do I enroll with Forever Living."
We don't know what you require in order to be "successful."
We also do not know what your situation is... you may be in a position to start quickly because of the contacts you already have.
You may have the financial resources to work full time, or you may only have an hour or so each evening after working your full tiime job.
In any case, you should be prepared to work really hard for 60-90 days, just to see if this feels good to you.
Whatever you have heard about "making a fortune working part time," the only way that you will succeed at any level is to spend every available moment on your business.
Remember, this is a business... not a hobby, and, unless you want to waste the time you do spend, you need to focus and be ready to bear down immediatetely.
By far, the fastest, easiest, and least disruptive way to involve others with The Bond Group and Forever Living is to refer them to our Introduction Video or one of our many other videos that may be more appropriate.
It was designed to appeal to those who are most likely to be successful with us, whether or not they have had prior experience in network marketing, and whether or not they have been approached before, by you or anyone else.
If it appeals to the person you referred, great... you're on your way with them, and you'll be helped from the very beginning because, when they watch the video, they will be surrounded by all the information they could ever want... just like you are right now.
If it does not appeal to them... no big deal, for you or for them.
You haven't spent time and energy - and emotion - trying to "sell" them, and they haven't spent time, energy and emotion saying "no" to you.
This means less or no awkwardness, which is a lot better than these kinds of things usually are.
The bottom line simplest thing to do: get people to View a Video.
Enrollment with Forever Living will take you no more than a few minutes.
If you were referred to this site by a Forever Distributor, please click here, then click "Join," then enter their Distributor ID when it is requested.
Otherwise, you may use The Bond Group ID: 001002414738.
You may enter your Tax ID in order to avoid commission withholding.
You will immediately receive your permanent New Distributor discount of 15% on orders (in the U.S.) of at least US$50. [This may vary, depending on your country.]
They are really, really free.
They are not "Junior" versions of expensive "Senior" versions.
And we have no intention of charging for them.
Our belief is that our system should work as advertised... it should make - and continue to make - you money.
When it does, it will make us money.
The bottom line is that we are essentially taking the same risk that you are... our "skin" is in your "game."
We believe in this business, and we believe in your ability to succeed.
Everyone says that they hate hype... we actually do, and we demonstrate it in the ways we talk about ourselves and about your opportunity to succeed with us.
Everyone dislikes the bad reputation that attaches to so much of the direct sales industry. We are actually doing something about it.
First, we are speaking frankly about that bad reputation and why it exists.
Second, we have established approaches and practices that contradict that reputation.
Third, we have created a presence on the Internet that is completely polished and professional, unlike much of what passes for quality with many networks in the direct sales industry.
Simply put, we want you or anyone to be completely proud to send anyone to www.bondgroup.us, regardless of their experience or background.
We are different because we are not bound to Forever Living by any obligation other than our responsibility to work with the best possible product provider and direct seller. Forever Living is a choice for us, one which we unreservedly recommend to you.
To this same point, we are not a direct sales company at all... we are dedicated to your ability to promote yourself online, and to support that promotion with direct sales.
We are different because we provide the most extensive and high quality training available online, and we offer it openly and freely. In some ways, it is one of the best advertisements for The Bond Group.
And we are different because... well... just watch this.
This page will go a long way toward answering that question... so have a look.
For the moment, though, Forever Living is the only network marketing company that we have ever found that is completely realistic.
Realistic about its products... realistic about their business opportunity... and realistic about you.
They are dedicated to sustainable company growth and sustainable success for their distributors.
This is a rare thing in the network marketing world.
For a mature company, they are highly innovative about the way that they deal with things.
They provide truly excellent products at excellent prices... another rare combination.
And they are realistic about you, and what it takes to build and maintain a business.
This is one of the reasons we built multiple sites... can you imagine all of this information on just one site?
Our Introduction Video will give you a high level idea of what's here.
Our SITE MAP is organized by category and includes every post on this main site.
But the place to go is where you are right now: our Showcase Site, which is designed to attractively display our most important information in just one page. Here, you can see everything at a glance.
Also note that our Action Guide has Learning Paths that will guide you through our very special process for engaging and supporting people as you create your business.
You can also just have a look at the Categories section in the sidebar of whatever site you're curious about, then look as well at the recent posts listing.
Also, remember that there is way more information here than you will need to learn.
Much of it is here for your reference, when you need it, and for the reference of your candidates and network members, when they need it.
This short video [less than five minutes] will explain why enrolling with us is a very good idea.
There is, however, another reason... it could change your life... for the better.
Q1: How much Aloe Vera Gel should I drink?
A: The average amount is 2-4oz per day. Some people, including the elderly, need less whereas those who are larger framed need more.
Note: the ‘serving size’ 8fl oz printed on the side of the bottle is for nutritional comparison purposes only. It does not mean that 8fl oz is a recommended amount to drink in one serving.
Q2: Can I mix the Gel drinks with anything else?
A: Yes, you should try mixing it with fruit juice, honey or Pomesteen Power if you do not like the taste, which can be slightly bitter to some.
Q3: When is the best time to drink the Gels?
A: It is best to take Aloe Vera on an empty stomach to get the maximum benefit. So, for example, you could take it first thing in the morning and before bed. You can take it all in one go or twice a day.
Q4: When should I start to feel some benefits from the Gel drinks?
A: Some people will feel obvious benefits within 4 weeks but it can take up to 3 months. There is a 30 day money back guarantee in place if you do not feel it has done anything for you within then. Drink Aloe Vera daily for 3 to 6 months and you should really see a difference.
Q5: How should I store the Gel drinks?
A: Once opened, the bottle needs to be stored in the fridge with the lid tightly closed. Shake the bottle before every use. The ‘use by’ date can be found on a label on the lid. Aloe Vera drinks will last for years if unopened. Once opened, they will last for 3 months if refrigerated, and 1 week if not refrigerated (assuming that you have a warm climate). Think of it as you would think of orange juice.
Q6: Can children have the Aloe Vera Gel drinks?
A: Yes they can have the adult amount over 12 years, half of that amount for 6-12 years, quarter adult amount for 3-5 years, and a sixth of an adult amount from 3 years and below. When they start with the solids, you can mix their fruits or vegetables with aloe vera gel.
Q7: Which supplement is the best as a multi-vitamin/multi-mineral?
A: The Aloe Vera Gel and Berry Nectar are wonderful complete tonics to take on a daily basis containing 75 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. The Bee Pollen and the Fields of Green have both been described as ‘complete foods’, and both contain a whole range of vitamins and minerals in their most natural state.
Q8: What is best for Vegetarians and Vegans?
A: Vegetarian or vegan diets can benefit from supplementation of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc. Good supplements for this include Aloe Vera Gel, B12 Plus, Nature-Min, Bee Pollen, Absorbent-C and Calcium.
Note: Forever Freedom, contains Chondroitin which is a bovine product.
Note: Freedom contains Glucosamine, made from crustacean shells, which are highly purified to remove any trace of allergens. Forever Freedom may therefore not be suitable for Vegans. The Following products do not contain any animal ingredients: Aloe Berry Nectar, Aloe Activator, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea, Aloe Bath Gelee, Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick, Forever Aloe Bits N’ Peaches, Aloe-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse, Calcium, Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo, B12 Plus, Aloe Liquid Soap, Echinacea Supreme, Aloe MSM Gel, Ginkgo Plus, Sunless Tanning Lotion, Forever Kids, Aloe Vera Gelly, Lycium Plus, Aloe Veterinary Formula, Multi-Maca, MPD, Nature-Min, Aloe Pro-Set, Pomesteen Power, Aloe Scrub, Pro-6, Aloe Styling Gel, Forever Vision, Alpha-E Factor, Epiblanc, Aloe Eye Makeup Remover, Sonya Brow Fix, Sonya Lip/Eye Pencils, 25TH Edition Cologne Spray For Him, 25TH Edition Perfume Spray For Her and Aloe Sunscreen. The following products contain ingredients produced by honeybees but no other animal ingredients: Fields of Greens, Absorbent-C, Aloe First, Bee Pollen, Aloe Lips, Bee Propolis, Forever Bright Toothgel, Royal Jelly and Marine Mask.
Q9: What is the best time to take the supplements?
A: Take them with meals, to aid absorption and help them work more efficiently. Fat soluble vitamins (A, E, D, K) should be taken just before eating whilst water soluble vitamins (B, C, F) just after. If you are taking 2 doses a day, don’t take them both at the same time, take, for example, one with breakfast and one at dinner time. The Bee Products should be chewed.
Q10: How much Aloe Vera is in the gel drinks?
A: Depending on which one you choose you will get 88-98% Aloe content- no added water. This is very, very different from many other “aloe vera” drinks on the market, many of whose main ingredient is added water.
Q11: Why buy Forever Living Aloe Vera when there are cheaper brands?
A: Our Aloe Vera Gel is ‘essentially identical’ to the raw Gel. Forever Living aloe is grown on their own plantations in the USA and the Caribbean so we can be sure that no pesticides or herbicides are used. No artificial flavoring or coloring is added to our Gel. Our Aloe Vera Gel is also not homogenized or filtered and still contains the rich pulp.
Q12: How do I know the products work?
A: Although there are no guarantees that the products will be effective for everybody, the company has operated a 30 day money back guarantee since its conception in 1978. The fact that it is still trading, and making profits, show that the products are loved worldwide. Our Chairman has stated that, of all the people who have ever tried any of our products over 33 years, over half of them are still using products from Forever Living.
Q13: How is the quality and purity of the products certified?
A: Forever Living is a member of the International Aloe Science Council, an independent, non-profit organizations which sets and measures standards for Aloe Vera production.
Q14: What do the logos at the bottom of each on-line store page mean?
A: Forever Living Products gained The International Aloe Science Council Seal of Approval in 1986, which is a confirmation of excellence. Forever Living was the first company to meet and exceed the Council’s high standards and authorization.
The Kosher rating has been given to products that meet very rigid standards of purity and quality for the Jewish community. In many circles, products with a Kosher rating are looked upon as being of a higher quality. There are many religious groups that use the `K’ as a guide to safe and quality products.
Another award came from The Islamic Society of California who tested several products and certified that they met all the requirements for product quality and acceptability to the Society. These very high standards reflect Forever Living’s attention to cleanliness and purity in all stages of manufacture and packaging.
Forever Living Products tests neither its products nor their ingredients on animals. They subscribe to the standards set by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Q15: Which products are suitable for Muslims?
A: The following products have been certified by the Islamic Society of California. Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Berry Nectar, Aloe Bits n Peaches, Forever Bee Pollen, Forever Bee Propolis, Forever Royal Jelly, Forever Lycium Plus, Aloe Lips, Forever Lite-Chocolate, Forever Lite-Vanilla, Forever Lite Ultra-Vanilla, Forever Lite Ultra-Chocolate, Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea, Forever Freedom, Forever Bright Toothgel, Absorbent-C, Calcium, Ginkgo Plus, A-Beta-Car-E, Forever Active HA, Forever Active Probiotic, Echinacea Supreme, Garcinia Plus, Nature-Min, Nature’s 18, Garlic-Thyme, Fields of Greens, Forever Kids, Aloe MPD, Multi-Maca, Pro-6, Gin-Chia, Vision, Fast Break Energy Bar, Aloe2Go, Pomesteen Power, B12 Plus, Sonya Lipstick, Sonya Lip Pencil and Sonya Lip Gloss.
NOTE: The Seal of Approval is granted when a product meets the requirements for product quality and acceptability by the Islamic Society. Only those products that are ingested or come in contact with the mouth can be considered for certification. NOTE: Garcinia Plus is in a capsule of bovine origin but has been deemed acceptable by the Islamic Society, possibly as it is being used for medicinal purposes. NOTE: Our Aftershave Balm, Styling Gel, Pro-Set and Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick are all alcohol-free.
Q16: Are Forever Living products suitable for celiacs/those intolerant of gluten?
A: Only two products should not be taken by celiacs- Absorbent C, which contains oat bran, and Gin-Chia, which might contain gluten from the golden chia seeds. The Gel should help with the absorption of nutrients as it can help to heal any damage done to the digestive tract that has been left by the body trying to digest the gluten.
Q17: What are the working conditions for the Forever Living Products employees on the Aloe fields?
A: They receive a variety of benefits, including profit share, medical and dental benefits, a four-day week and education allowances for their children that is why they have waiting lists of people wanting to work for them and why those that start work with them rarely leave. FLP cares for their employees regardless of where they are from or where they work. Rex Maughan’s (founder and CEO of FLP) philosophy of “caring more than others think is necessary” has not changed. They are a global business that is doing business throughout the world, offering every person, regardless of color, creed or belief, an opportunity to better themselves.
Q18: Are Forever Living Products organic?
A: All of the Aloe Vera used in FLP products is grown under ecologically responsible conditions and is pure and natural as certified by the International Aloe Science Council. Our bee products are produced using ecologically responsible procedures as well. The final “Organic Rule” in the U.S. allows for the use of many undesirable substances and practices. For that reason and because we use a lot of aloe from our fields in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, we do not subscribe to the organic certification program in the U.S.