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:
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.