Should I join a MLM (multi level marketing) company?

Just the other day I was invited over to my friends house. A girl I haven’t seen in almost a year. 20 mins into our conversation she started talking about this new thing she was involved in and I realized that this person had no interest in really seeing me but more of an interest in trying to get me to sign up for her multi level marketing scheme (this time it was AMWAY).

 

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I stole this image from this article on another website looking for info on MLMs

 

If I am being honest – I felt kind of violated. I listen to the pitch and I said that I was actually trying to be better at supporting my friends with there “business” but in my head I was truly thinking – straight up not buying product I don’t want to support a business for a friend that has barely talked to me in a year.

Fast forward a few days later and I started thinking about the actual functionality of MLMs and if people can really make money.  Back in December when I quit my second job I had thought that I might make a go of trying to sell Beach Body. I was already a Coach – which I signed up for so I could get a discount but then proceeded to spend more on coaching that I did on buying products. But regardless it got me wondering if I did what they told me to do,  had a strong upline and if I followed their protocol would I, in fact, be able to make money in an MLM venture.

In my currently career as a flight attendant I come across pretty much everyone that has a side gig. If I am being truly honest – flight attendant money isn’t great. This lends well to a lot of women working in the multi level marketing (MLM) industry. There are people selling Beadchbody packages, Young Living Essential Oils, Roden & Fields, Scentsy and so on. I am not going to lie – I have been super interested in making some ‘easy’ cash in the digital nomad style of work and MLMs are so damn popular.

However, and this is HUGE –  there are very few people I know that make money in MLMs.  

Most people sign up and then fail to push the products – but as any true MLM upline will tell you  – read your positive affirmation self help books daily and be consistent. Reach out to new people everyday and be consistent. Talk about it to your family and friends and be consistent. And eventually, eventually things will grow.

I will be documenting my journey once I decide which MLM I want to try out. I am currently looking for a thriving and positive upline that will be super supportive in starting to grow a “business”. Someone who understands I will be documenting the process and who actually makes money on their business.

I am looking for products that I will actually like and want to use  – the options are endless I suppose.

If you are < that > upline and think I might be interested in your product – pitch me your best stuff (must be in Canada).

 

a change in business …

Quite a few months ago I wrote about #girlboss the book written & inspired by Sophia Amoruso. I can’t say I ever shopped at Nasty Gal but I am very interested in Women entrepreneurs and the vague and intriguing idea of making money online. I am truly inspired and curious by how these online entrepreneurs go from zero to everything leveraging the internet.

I really enjoyed a lot of what she had to say in the book. I was less inspired by the fact that she stole things to sell in her fledgling store. However, she went from nothing to highest paid female billionaire in American powerhouse in 10 years (well maybe not exactly that but – you know – something amazing). She has won awards for netbased entrepreneurial things and a powerful woman in terms of what woman can do with the right mind set.  I guess a true success story.

This last week while watching a content creator  Brittany Balyn on YouTube, she was talking about the bankruptcy of Nasty Gal. Well actually she was talking about the 70% off sale. But, I was more interested in the decline of Nasty Gal.  I felt like I was living under a rock, where have I been?  If you don’t know – Sophia Amoruso is the creator of Nasty Gal clothing company. It was one of the fastest growing online clothing companies; it was born out of selling vintage clothing on eBay. A little online searching led me to see that Ms. Balyn was actually right and  Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy sometime in November 2016.

There are two things I want to discuss from this event:

  1.  I originally was writing this post because I was all like WTF?! Sophia Amoruso is done. Then I realized that actually there is a whole new  #girlboss situation.  I caught wind of the podcast she now hosts. And now I have something new to listen to at work because I am not a Girl boss yet but I’m well on my fucking way. Also, a podcast with her chatting with other prominent female business people in the USA in mega interesting to me. So take away number one – the company went under but I learned about a super inspiring new podcast
  2. The crash of business as we once new it. That is take away #2.  I never went to business school, nor do I understand that much about the business world. But I find it increasingly interesting that the most random of companies have closed their doors due to the development of the internet and modern day shopping. The change is in how we acquire products like movies, tv & music but also how we shop for full retail products online instead of at locations. There has been a huge movement to go back to a simpler time; with more locally sourced products. Which is by far a different world than the internet obsessed  world we currently live in. Are we witnessing the demise of modern day business when bustling online retailers are failing too?.

 

What do you guys think about this new business? Have you noticed a change in the kind of retail available in your area? or online? Are you even an online shopping or do you refuse?

Comment below, lets talk about this!

XOXO,

C