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

 

Pitch Week & MLM Experiment Guidelines


 

Mother of all things holy – the pitch week has been insane.

I decided before I talked to anyone – there would need to be a set of guidelines that I had to follow. Any pitch needed to be well executed and informed; I would feel comfortable with the person I would need to be my mentor. What follows are things I really need to pay attention to before I can join any team of independent distributors and mixed in with that is a bunch of things I am committing to myself as I go forward with the project:

  •         I need to pick an MLM that I am genuinely interested in the products. It must be products that I will honestly use. It is important that it is vegan (for personal and long term business reasons)
  •         I need to commit to reading everything about the company. The good, the bad and the ugly – all the stuff. Take notes. Be informed – don’t make egregious stupid claims about products that aren’t true. (Yesterday while doing online research I listen to a girl talk about how big companies take the fat from road kill and put it in makeup and that is what you are putting on your face – this, friends, is why most people think MLM people are crazy)
  •         Track money in vs money out (keep track as visuals) – everything you spend vs everything you make. It is important to track to see how much you are making vs. losing.
  •         3-6 months. The premise is that I actually work the program. If I am making money perhaps I will continue on – Who knows where this will take me?!
  •         Find a thriving supportive upline that can help me build my “business” – I have always struggled when women have called their independent consultant business’ as there “own company” – the culture of preying on women as weak and trying to show them that success is growth is scary. But i’ll dive into that later. 
  •         I will commit to regular Friday posts to update how the project is going – how dealing with the public as a person that works for an MLM is going. Do I feel like I am putting a strain on personal relationships?
  •         Have a ‘why’ – why did I pick this particular company. What was the decision-making process? Why do you think their products are good?
  • Exit clause – can you bail? If after 3 months you are just spending money. Can you bail?
  • Actually test the products. Use them. Decide for yourself. Things that might benefit you.

 


 

With all the above in mind ….. Asking anyone that is actively trying to make money in an Multi Level Marketing company to pitch me their best pitch opened up a world of crazy that I didn’t really realize was going to evoke so many opinions and so much attitude. It has been an exhausting few days to say the least.

Multi-level marketing (MLM), also called pyramid selling, network marketing, and referral marketing, is a marketing strategy for the sale of products or services where the revenue of the MLM company is derived from a non-salaried workforce selling the company’s products/services, while the earnings of the participants are derived from a pyramid-shaped or binary compensation commission system.  – Wikipedia

 

Ladies have been coming at me. People I haven’t ever talked to online have come out of the woodwork. I learned that some of you guys love these companies and some of you fucking hate them. There have been some VERY strong opinions. It is pretty damn interesting the amount of ‘super for’ or ‘super against’ opinions that are circling around the web.

I have been curious about this kind of money making for some time. I have always inherently thought it was wrong. And I am not so certain I changed that opinion but I realized while talking to people that: a lot of women don’t love the products they are trying to push, a lot of women are angry that other women haven’t changed their products – their everyday routine to support their multi level marketing business. Women are angry that other women didn’t sign up to be a part of their business – even if the products are not aligned to then, their ethics or even if the products are possibly out of their price range. There are some women that have drank in so much of the culture they have failed to see anything aside from you not purchasing from them makes you a bad person. Friends, this is just week one. 

Before I got to far on this journey I really needed to know so many things but most important to me:  

 What are the startup costs? What is my monthly and yearly financial contribution? Can I opt out after 3 months or six months? Can I get out if I need to? 

As someone who has spent a lot of time trying to dig themselves out of a financial hole the last thing I want is to get myself on the hook for something financially that I can’t really afford. I don’t want to commit to a company for a year of spending hordes of money that I can’t get back.

So I let people pitch me in any way they wanted to – I had Amway, Young Living, Valentus, Arbonne … some were good – some where bloody awful.

Stay tuned for next Friday when we talk about which company I am choosing to get involved with and …

In the meantime – are you or have you been part of any MLM? I would love to hear from you about your experience?  Please comment below what you think about it – are you making money? Why did you get involved? 

 

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).