Is your MLM your own business? 

In short this is a one word answer and that is

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No – you do not have your own company!!

 

If you are selling services and products for another larger company – you are not an entrepreneur and you do not own your own company. You are an independent consultant or independent contractor for said company. Those are very different things. 

Here is the thing – as some of you following might know – I decided as part of this journey and to really dive into multi level marketing I needed to become an independent consultant and for that I chose Arbonne. I wanted to really be able to understand how this kind of business works and the best way I knew how to do that was to become actively involved. (Be aware that I know the financial ramifications of this AND I will be outlining this in a different post.)

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By no means is this my intro to the world about me being an independent consultant with Arbonne because quite frankly I know nothing about it – I am still going through materials and information and elearning type stuff to figure out what it is really all about. I am trying out the 30 days to healthy living because it is something I wanted to do for a while AND quite honestly I have nothing but time these days. I feel a bit like if you want to share a product you need to know the product. So down the hatches goes hoards of protein powders and greens and fiber and detox teas – spoiler alert but my body is feeling different. Honestly – there are a lot of people involved in this type of marketing that could really use a crash course in understanding the products they are trying to sell. If you want to sell something you need to know what exactly your a trying to sell – what kind of lifestyle are you trying to get people involved in?! The real truth is that selling isn’t about the product but about the lifestyle the product can potentially offer you!

I grew up with a parent that had their own company and it seemed obvious to me that at some point I would figure that out. I have no idea what that will be – but the entrepreneurial spirit has always been in me. I have always seen this type of marketing (network marketing) as something different than being an entrepreneur. In my line of work, in aviation, pretty much every pairing (shift or schedule of flights) someone tells you they have their own business – then you later find out it is a MLM.  Every time I kind of chuckle and this crazy thought that these woman think they have their “own” business. Clearly the market – your people – your target audience for this stuff wants to see you as a consultant understand the difference. If you don’t – you just sound unintelligent and therefore anything else you have to says doesn’t sink in.

It got me really thinking: Why do people get so wrapped up in the #girlboss bullshit and why do they feel like they need to walk around saying they have their own company?  As far as I can tell it is simple – it is because that is exactly what they are being told. 

See these types of independent contractors straddle the line of what the idea of the entrepreneur is –  they are building their own thing – because no one is doing those DMs and product talks for them. They need to take the initiative to get it all going. Their success depends on how well they do in their own sales and recruiting. However – somewhere along the line the information they are getting fed makes them feel like they are an entrepreneur and that by selling someone else’s products that they in fact have their own business. Quite frankly it is kind of insulting to all the people out there that have a startup or a company or a skill that the have created into something all by themselves. 

So I guess what I am trying to say is:

Ladies (and Gentlemen) – just get your language right. Understand what you are getting yourself into and feed that information out to the world as it so appropriately should be fed to the world. There are a lot of people out in the world that do affiliate marketing. They join forces and promote someone else’s product. There is in fact nothing wrong with that – but if you want people to take you seriously you need to have a serious understanding of what you are doing.

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I would love to know – what is the most egregious claim that someone selling their online multi level marketing stuff has tried to tell you or convince you?? 

 

Please comment below or message  – I would LOVE to know!

Are the MLM Huns really just looking for a Community?

Times are savage friends and the most savage of the savage multi-level marketing consultants are making their presence known. They are leaning in, they are dropping in – they are using this world disaster as a way to sell their products.  In a time where no one has disposable income and people are straight up anxious about our future MLM people are trolling inboxes and DMs hard. 

These are the MLM huns. 

These are the people that are wreaking of desperation and high pressure sale tactics. 

These are the MLMers that the world hates.

If there is anything circling the internet with a vengeance these days it is the hate for MLM huns. What is a multi-level marketing hun you ask?  These are the ladies that slide into your DMs calling you hun, telling you they have something great for you, asking if you want to be part of their thing but their “thing” is actually some type of multi level marketing, pyramid scheme thing – an invitation that you likely didn’t ask for. These Ladies, for the most part, are bubbly, positive and often are down the rabbit hole of making money at this thing they truly believe is their own business.

A lot of them are in it deep. It is almost cult like – they are dropping into DMs being totally socially inappropriate – preying on people in a way that is just wrong. Even sometimes destroying their family and friendship because they are not hearing people when they say no. 

The thing is – and here is the big thing – this is not EVERYONE actively involved in network marketing.

Please believe when I say this  – just like everything else in the world the bad few stereotypical crazy people really ruin it for the rest. There are normal, sane, non-pressuring people involved in multilevel marketing – you don’t know them because they didn’t drop into your DMs – but you do know them because if you needed a Scentsy refill you’d message them  – just relaxed and no pressure. 

Here is the thing … 

I have been doing my research about multi level marketing (network marketing) and learning things. The stats are clear – most people involved in multi level marketing are making nothing per year. The average Canadian involved in multilevel marketing is actually making somewhere between $0.00 and $2500.00 per year. This is the majority of people in this business. Now don’t get me wrong – there are the unicorns. And they are making bank. But it is a very, very small number. Could it be achievable? Maybe, but your chances are slim. 

So why do people get involved in this type of stuff. I can honestly say I’m pretty sure it sums up to one thing – one majorly huge thing a lot of us are missing in our lives:

COMMUNITY

The very thing that most of these organizations get mocked for is the thing that draws people in and that is a sense of community, a girl gang, Ladies talking about health, wellness and fitness and in all that being supported for what each other are doing.

Since we have taken to this life that we lead all busy and distracted more often than not what is really lacking for a lot of people’s lives is community. At one point  – when we were younger and less busy we had time to have a gaggle of friends and sports teams – and the gang all going out. That is not the reality of today (heck most of us are stuck at home right now – hanging out on Zoom) so people have figured out another way to find that community and for a lot of women I think it is the girl gang and group mentality of multi level marketing companies.

Here me out … you have a “team” of people you are working with. This team is supportive and empowering. They are like this because they are reading the kind of stuff that makes them grow as humans – self help on crack in a community of women who are also reading the same type of material. The manifestation in these places = INSANE. The energy = lit. People get addicted to an infectious community and stick with it. Whether you want to buy it or not – it is a driving factor. 

While it is hard to wrap your head around these types of products. I think we can all see some pretty crazy results of women who actually follow a Beachbody program. They are fit as fuck. Those Arbonne Ladies have skin like I’ve never seen. So clearly they are onto something here. Essential oils – who isn’t using them these days. Oils are going to be our new future as we change our existence the way we know it to exist right now. 

As I dive into my first MLM I have found that the support is there as much or as little as I want it to be. The groups are overflowing with positive people and it makes me see why women stay in these circles – because they feel wanted, they feel hope and they feel a sisterhood – maybe of the travelling pants – I am not entirely sure yet.

Tune in next time when I dive into all the start up information and where my journey goes next.

Have you bought from any MLM? Was is guilt or a guilty pleasure for a really good product?  Let me know in the comments.

 

I am Feeling Frozen in Time with COVID19

I have written a new post almost everyday but I am so paralyzed by what is happening to me it is really hard to figure out what is appropriate to post. There is a post about where I am sitting with my MLM project, a post about fear, a post about what to do with your quarantine time, a post about how I am feeling as a flight attendant right now, and another about my emotions and sadness ….. but none of them seemed overly appropriate to post while we are all stressed about money and the lack here of. Moreover – by the time I write and edit – they seem irrelevant.

Like most of us my life is dramatically changing and unfolding by the day.  In the last few months I probably would of dealt with this by going out and punched some things at the kickboxing gym – but everything is closed. I haven’t been motivated to work out at home (yet). I feel like I am in a stress eating moment until I realize what is my fate with my company and whether I have a company to go back too.

I am really stressed and watching everything I worked for in the last few years just slip through my fingers. I am grateful I have been on such a massive financial journey – making the impact and blow of such a dramatic financial shift feel like it wont crumple me.

I feel lonely, scared and alone. I acutely realize that I  lack companionship and while I want to say this is the time to work on losing weight, and writing up a storm and eating healthy – I am so stressed about what is going to be left in my bank account and what I would do for a job post flying that it is really hard to think about working on other things. I have stocked up on food but not in the way I would normal meal prep and make things – so it feel like my cupboards have food but there is nothing to eat.

I feel like for my own sanity I need to step away from the internet and news. While I posted last week that I would be posting Fridays about my MLM experiment and my journey into making money online; just know – It is coming but I just need to pause while I figure out what it is that is going to happen with my bread and butter job and what the next couple of months might look like.

I will say DO expect a healthy living cleanse begin as soon as I am  more in the know about what the next couple of months looks like …. my experiment isn’t dead just holding on barely.

Stay safe, stay home, stay sanitized and eat your fruits and veggies. We are in it together and we will make it through.

All my luv,

C