Thinking of Becoming a Tastefully Simple Consultant? [Review]

Tastefully Simple Consultant - homepage snippetI believe that you are reading this because someone, probably a friend or relative approached you with the idea of joining Tastefully Simple as a consultant and you just want to find out if this is the business for you.

It’s good that you are doing your research. With all the business opportunities floating around this days, it’s good to do due diligence and learn what is expected of you before committing yourself to any business.

May I first start by stating that I am not a Tastefully Simple consultant and so I am not going to be asking you to join the business.

This review is based on my own research and the aim is to help you make an independent decision on whether to join, stay on if you are already a member, learn if its worth it. The decision is entirely up to you.

So just what is the Tastefully Simple business opportunity? Can you make some good money?

  • Well, let’s find out, shall we?
  • Company Name: Tastefully Simple
  • Website:
  • Owner: Jill Blashack Strahan and Joani Nielson.
  • Rating: 6.5/10

These days it appears that as long as a product exists, there is a multi level marketing version of it.

If you love good tasting food, and want to make some money on the side, Tastefully Simple might be the company for you. The problem, is the making money part might not be a walk in the park. We will get to that and I will show you why.

Tastefully Simple is a company that was started in 1995 by Jill Blashack Strahan and Joani Nielson. The company distributes food items, seasonings, recipes and cook-at-home meal kits through independent consultants.

Products are commonly sold in house parties where you call up some of your friends, make meals prepared using Tastefully Simple ingredients and if they like what they eat and decide to buy some of the products, you make a commission on the sales.

Of course the real money to be made comes when your guests sign up to become consultants themselves. That is typical of all multi level marketing companies.

The company is based out of Alexandra, MN.


It’s easy to think that Tastefully Simple sells food to consumers especially when you land on their website. There are images of great looking meals all over the place. Its a smart way of whetting your appetite and capturing your interest. After all food, that is visually appealing is easy to associate it with great taste.

However they are very clear that they don’t sell food as such. That really wouldn’t be impossible since food is perishable. What they sell are sauces, salts and seasonings, cake mixes and all that good stuff that gives your meals a great taste.

They have more than 80 products within their catalogue.

How do you make money?

There are only two ways. Earn commissions when you resell the products and earn commissions from those you recruit under you. To be eligible to earn commissions, you have to purchase a starter kit for $170.

The kit comes with samples, displays, training, catalogs, order forms, and everything you need to begin your business.  As a consultant you can earn 30% commission on retail products that are consumable.

When doing my research I did notice a few complaints from consultants who claim that the commission percentage had be dropped to just 10%, since the company wasn’t making enough money and wanted to boost it’s revenue.

That is not a good sign.

If you need a website of your own to pay another $10.95 per month and another $29.95 for people to be able to buy on your website.

In case you succeed and become a top producer in the business, there many other incentives that you get like paid for trips to dream destinations around the world.

As enticing as that sounds, it’s worth noting that you will need to really push yourself above and beyond if you expect that kind of success.

The question is, do you have what it takes?

Let’s check out the pros and cons

The good.

I believe one can make money with this opportunity. The food industry has massive potential and will only continue to get bigger. People love their food and if you can convince them that you have the right product that can enhance the taste of their food, they will likely want to give it a go. If they really like it they can become repeat customers.

I also think they have great products. Some of them are a little pricey in comparison to similar products in other stores, but generally not too bad.

The bad

Having said that you need to understand that the only way to make the kind of money your hoping for is to become a recruiting machine. In other words, prepare to host as many parties as you possibly can.

It’s not possible to know who will become your potential customer or downline so you could find yourself hosting parties and nobody is buying. What that means is that you could be continuously spending money buying food and products. If no one is buying or you are making meagre sales, you will be losing money.

The other thing that caught my attention is that it seems like public interest has been dropping over the years according to Google trends.

2007 seems to have been their best year but as you can see from the graph, there seems to be a significant drop to the present. Again I dare say. That is not a good sign.

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The flow with Multi Level marketing

Multi level marketing is one of those business models that exist in a cloud of mystery and controversy.

I have been there, done that. I was a network marketer for sometime and like most people I had a cult-like devotion to the business. The truth is however is always so far away from fact.

People fail in this form of business because it is by no means easy as they are led to believe. All facts point the the fact that less than 1% of all the people who join multi-level marketing businesses succeed.

Mary Kay once described the business as filling your bathtub with the sinkhole open. Most people will be gone once they realize just how difficult the business is. The fall out rate is massive.

You may be asking, so how come this companies seem to turn out such huge profits? Good question.

Most of them have very low overheads. They don’t need to advertise. That is why they pay you a cut from sales and recruiting. At the very bottom of it, you will be doing all the donkey work for them. Also majority of these companies expect you to maintain a certain amount of purchases in order to remain a member. Tastefully Simple is no exception to this. To remain active you have to bring in sales worth at least $800 per year. Not to mention you still need to renew your membership each year.

The period I was in multi level marketing, the one thing that our uplines insisted was to never tell your prospective recruits what they are getting into. Keep them in the dark until you are able to get them to a meeting or party in this case. A lot of people are very jumpy when they here MLM so you don’t want to put it out there.

A business opportunity must be simple and appealing enough without the hype.

Also ask yourself whether you are really building a business or just re-selling overpriced products. Recruiting people into a business is outdated. There are easier and far better ways to make money.

Overall opinion

I would say Tastefully Simple seems like an okay company. Not out of these world but okay. You can almost similar products in your local supermarket and food stores and for probably less the price

I think a great business for those who have the energy for recruiting.

That being said, Tastefully Simple is not a pyramid scheme like some people would claim. With pyramid schemes, the last person always emerges on the other side with nothing. In this case you have a product so you are not really selling hot air. It all comes down to willing seller, willing buyer. There is nothing wrong with that.

The chances of success in this sort of business is minimal.

Network marketing by its very nature is a legit way of doing business and people succeed big time in it. In fact there are millionaires in the industry.

There are however so many half truths that new recruits are exposed to that it makes it hard for one to have total confidence in the business. A common line that is always used is that it is easy to get into since you only need to buy a starter pack and you are in business. You soon realise how your costs can skyrocket especially if you are not able to resell your products.

You can’t build the business without buying the products. You have to keep buying if you want to resell. At the end of it just know that you are not really running a business. Owners of Tastefully Simple are the ones making all the money from your sweat. You are just an overrated sales person.

Can you build a business without recruiting

One of the easiest ways you can make money selling products is by having your own website. What you have with Tastefully Simple is a landing page within their own site. How would you get people to your site?

People need to come to you, not the other way round. If you can learn the skills of getting people tour site, then you have far better chance of success with your business.

You don’t even need to own the products to earn commissions with a website. Neither do you need to spend money to own one.

Why run around chasing after people to join your opportunity and yet you can reach the billions of people who are connected on the internet today.

If you belong to the majority of people trying desperately to make money recruiting people to as their downlines, how about you check out how I make money online without having to recruit.

MLMs are a waste of time. You are more likely bound to fail than to succeed. That is just the reality of it. People will tell you not to listen to naysayers like me, but you really need to ask yourself whether you stand a chance.

Many thanks for reading my review. If you have a question or a comment on the Tastefully Simple business opportunity, please leave it below. I would love to hear from you.

Hi folks. Thanks for dropping by. I am a graphic designer and also build websites for local businesses. I am also a member of Wealthy Affiliate. WA is a community-based training platform that truly delivers. It offers a variety of tools, training, and support, and best of all, it’s FREE to get started with. Check it out and see if it’s a good fit for you.

Tastefully Simple









  • Great products
  • Some earning potential


  • Recruiting
  • Declining growth
  • Complaints on commissions

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