My Opinions On Multi-Level Marketing, Network Marketing, Referral Marketing, and Direct Sales

We all know someone who has “started their own business” and posts about it 10 times per day on Facebook. That post is always filled with a minimum of 15 emojis! Here’s my advice, stop it. Put your energy towards developing something sustainable. I’m not here to crush your dreams, but most MLM’s are predatory to their customers, members, and the products are typically not of the best quality. If you’re a part of a MLM, you’re probably sitting there saying, “Not (insert MLM company name here)!”. Well, most MLM’s do a fantastic job of selling a dream to their members. That’s just what it is though, a dream. It’s not reality. If you’re a part of a MLM, you’re probably getting used. You’re probably wondering, how would I know? Here’s my answer to that, IT”S OBVIOUS! There’s a difference between a franchise and a MLM. A franchise doesn’t thrive off of recruiting others and selling subpar products. They thrive by doing legitimate business. Nowadays, you can’t survive long without being a legitimate business. That’s why many fad MLM’s go under. Now let’s go back to that cover image I chose. It’s awfully pyramid shaped, right? If your MLM feeds off a fad, you won’t have sustainable success(sorry Happy Coffee). If your MLM promises fat loss and other unrealistic promises, you won’t have sustainable success(sorry It Works!).

People shouldn’t have to leverage their relationships to do business. You should want your customers to do business with you because they love your product and are passionate about the business. I’d much rather support a legitimate startup than a MLM.

To me, if you’re a part of a MLM, you’re not an entrepreneur or a business owner. You simply sell the product of that company. You’re essentially a sales associate that typically carries an exorbitant amount of risk. I know many people who are a part of an MLM and I personally have been approached by MLM’s. One of my aunts is an extremely successful member of Pampered Chef, a MLM company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

Here’s a great video on the topic as well!

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