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?
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).
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).
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:
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
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?