“Multi-Level Marketing” and “Direct Sales Company” have almost become bad words in our society. You automatically think “pyramid scheme.” However, the fact remains that we see more and more people jumping on the Direct Sales Band Wagon. So what is the truth here?
First let me make this point clear – I am not associated with any Direct Sales Organization. I support several of them, especially when friends of mine sell the products, but I have no loyalty here. I’m calling it like I see it. So, it’s a legit review from my honest opinion.
I’ve taken time to interview several friends and aquaintences of mine on this topic. I understand that one person can have a terrible review of a company, while someone else thinks it’s the best company in the world. These are my opinions, from facts I’ve gathered, so don’t go getting all huffy on me. Kthanks. There are many companies not listed here that I also support. We’re just touching on a few.
First, I want to start with The Good:
More and more people are finding success and a more flexible lifestyle while working for Direct Sales Companies. There are companies and people out there that aren’t pushy, and are sincere in their desire to help others succeed. Here are some that I have found (EVERYONE that I interviewed for these companies had great reviews. I couldn’t find someone with a bad review-and I tried):
Limelight by Alcone sells professional makeup and they even have a line of all natural skin care. Literally every single person I interviewed that sells for Limelight had AMAZING reviews, even one person who no longer sells it…only great things to say about the company and the products!
- Personally: “The women I’ve been able to meet and work with have encouraged and empowered me. The integrity of the CEO and the values that they embody have helped me grow my “business” into a ministry. I’m more confident, more encouraging, and am having fun.”
- Financially: She’s rocking it there too! “The first month was really nice, the second month paid for our Christmas, and every month since we’ve been able to work towards our goal of being debt free. It’s been a huge blessing.”
This is a newer company (meaning, you’re business would probably grow quickly!). These nail polish strips are SO much better than any others out on the market. I actually use these, and it has saved me money from getting manicures! They also last longer than regular nail polish.
- Personally: “Color Street has allowed me to get outside of my comfort zone more. I am a pretty huge introvert, and I tend to keep to myself a lot. I am now able to get on Facebook live to show the nail polish strip application process. I have even gone to a few vendor events! This is not something I ever imagined doing in a million years!”
- Financially: “We have been able to use my commissions to put our kids in some activities they have wanted to try. I also use my commissions to buy “extras” I have been wanting!”
Rodan + Fields sells amazing skin care products. I use these products, (I don’t sell them) and they have been great for my complexion. If you don’t have a consultant already, let me know, and I’ll send you Ashley’s contact info, or you can visit her site here.
- Personally: “this has given me the opportunity to stay home with my daughter and to have a little something for myself to work on, as well!”
- Financially: “I am able to cover the cost of my own products, which is great! Some months, we use it on extras like a mani/pedi, movies, lunches out, and saving for new furniture. It has been great for the “extras” without the guilt!”
I changed this section from “the bad” to “the undecided”. These are not bad companies! And many women who sell these products are helpful and kind. I simply Received mixed reviews from all of the women I interviewed.
I’ve received many mixed reviews about these companies. Some people rave about them. Others detest them. So it’s hard for me to make an educated statement here. Companies like Young Living, Advocare, Beachbody, Plexus, and several more – they all had mixed reviews. There were some great reviews, and bad reviews. Here’s my advice on joining these companies or any other Direct Sales Company:
- It seems like a lot of your success and/or pressure comes from your direct sponsor. Ask to talk to other people in their direct line. Find out if they feel supported or pressured.
- Read reviews online. If you see bad ones, ask LOTS questions about those issues before joining.
- Make sure that you aren’t expected to spend a stupid amount of money just to sign up. (According to Forbes, the average Direct Sales Starter Kit should be around $99). Don’t spend more money than you’ll make! Watch out for those recurring membership fees too!
- Only sign up to sell a product that you believe in. If you’ve been using it and it works for you, you will naturally want to talk about it. Don’t sell something that you hate.
- Most importantly, don’t let your sales pitch ruin your friendships. It is not worth losing a friend to land a sale!
Finally, The BAD.
On more than one occasion, I have been approached by a complete stranger selling “itWorks” products. These strangers made comments about my weight (my one month old baby was literally strapped to me on one occasion). They made pitches about helping me lose the baby weight. First of all, new moms are sleep deprived, often dealing with bouts of depression and anxiety. THE LAST THING THEY NEED IS SOMEONE CRITICIZING THEIR WEIGHT!
I have interviewed a couple of friends who I thought were itWorks representatives. They have all since left the company. One friend stated “It started out as magic wraps and wonder pills and TEAMWORK, then it turned into a numbers game where I needed to promote so that my upper levels could promote. They were so pushy to get me to do anything and to talk to any and everyone so you could sell product. They encouraged leaving cards everywhere, making goals of talking to X amount of strangers every day (at the grocery store, at Walmart, at the gym).”
I wasn’t surprised when she told me this. The amount of private Facebook messages I’ve received from old acquaintances and strangers about itWorks is ridiculous. I feel like a lot of us run the other way when we find out someone sells ItWorks. We don’t want a sales pitch. Don’t ruin your friendships. Don’t sell crap that doesn’t work (“take this pill and you can eat whatever you want without gaining weight!”).
ItWorks has definitely earned my award for “The BAD” of Direct Sales Companies. I’m sure many people have excellent reviews of this company. I know there are many women out there who have made lots of money with this company…and perhaps some of the products are really awesome, but unfortunately, some aggressive sales reps for this company have turned me against the products.
I hope that this post has helped you to see that not all Direct Sells Companies are created equal. I’ll leave you with Fallon’s words of wisdom:
“I have always believed in direct sales as a side hustle. It just took me awhile to find a company I really felt I could grow with. I honestly think you can build a business with any direct sales company as long as you believe in the product and realize you cannot rely solely on your family and friends to build a successful business.”
If you’d like to contact Brittany, Fallon, or Ashley about their companies, feel free to email me, and I’ll get you in contact with each other!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series next week about the non-Direct Sales Side Hustles out there!
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