MLM Is Not For Me: This Is Why

I’ve been involved in several MLM business and I tried to accomplish my dreams in the MLM Industry.

I then learned that a lot of those “high earning” MLM leaders were broke. There are other reasons why MLM is not for me and I will tell you why.

  • Never Gonna Happen Downline
  • Dreaded List Of Family And Friends
  • Auto-ship Bankruptcy Plan
  • Meeting And Presentation Hype
  • The McDonald’s Theory

Never Gonna Happen Downline

No MLM Wont Make A Dime

When I was presented with the never gonna happen downline or the more familiar term pyramid scheme on one of the MLM businesses I joined, I was told if I got two people to join, I would make $500 a month.

That sounded easy to me.

I thought, if I got three people, I would be making $1,000 a month, that sounded like some nice extra cash.

Then I was told, when my downline started to get people to join, I would start making $10,000 a month. I got that I won the lottery feeling.

My mind was in a daze and I was thinking about that nice car, that nice house, and vacations I would be taking.

I thought, that’s some nice residual income for doing hardly anything, All I have to do is just get people to join!

I like those odds, my friends and family would join easily, but  in reality, they didn’t.

The Reality

In a perfect world those pyramid type structures works.

In reality, we all can attest that the world isn’t perfect.

It sounds good, but when I started asking questions about the downline and pay, my sponsors really didn’t know and I really don’t think the people who make those comp plans knows.

It’s complicated and people should know what they are getting paid.

I still don’t understand the downline because someone on the bottom of the pyramid is going to quit because they can’t get anyone to join or make a dime.

Then the people above them has to find more people and if they don’t, they become broke and quit.

If you’re selling a great amount of products, I can see the value, but if you’re building a business in hopes that other’s will get other’s in, then you’re looking at the never gonna happen downline.

Family And Friends

The dreaded list of family and friends:

No MLM No Friends And Family

I was told to make a list of 100 people I know. My sponsor told me for every 100 nos, you’ll eventually get a yes, so keep calling and get everyone you know to come to the presentation.

I got some people to come to the presentation, but they weren’t interested.

My friends and family, thank God! Had the no excuses, Excuses like, I have to talk to my spouse about it or let me think about it.

When I would follow up regarding the business opportunity, they eventually said they weren’t interested.

The Reality

In my opinion calling friends and family is not a good idea.

The last thing you want to do is put your friends and family into debt.

Why stir up the pot and make family gatherings more complicated.

Most family and friends are supportive, but it doesn’t mean they want to do business with you.

This is another reasons why MLM is not for me.

The Auto-ship Payment

The auto-ship bankruptcy plan:

If you’re unfamiliar with those auto-ship fees, it works like this.

No MLM No Buy Products

If you want to get paid from your downline, you have to pay your monthly auto-ship fee.

More or less, you have to buy a certain amount of products on a monthly basis.

You can sell the products you have to your friends and family or to whomever wants to buy it.

You can also give out the products you buy as samples and hope someone will want to buy those products through you.

If no one wants to purchase any products, you’re pretty much stuck with it.

The Reality

The problem with auto-ship fees is this, if you don’t have a downline in your first, second, or third month it gets pretty expensive.

If no one want to buy your products you’re pretty much stuck with it.

This is how the MLM industry makes their money.

For me my wallet was getting pretty thin while everyone above me was getting that lottery feeling.

I’m not hating because people were making money, but shoot!

How broke do I have to get; this is another reason why MLM is not for me.

The Presentation And Meeting Hype

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Meetings and presentation hype:

Some MLM companies have weekly meetings and presentations.

They urge you to bring a guest so they can hype them up into joining the business.

They play music, get the I won the lottery feeling through your veins in hopes of getting your family and friends to join.

The Reality

Those presentations are to get people to join on their emotions.

When people are emotional, they tend to join the business right away.

Don’t let that hype fool you.

There are a lot of people at those presentation who are broke and stressed out.

Don’t have buyers remorse later on.

Emotions are great, but when it comes to business, always think about it and do your research before you decide to join a business.

Those Theories

No MLM No Theory

The McDonald’s theory:

Your sponsor or someone at a presentation says something like this,

If you start a McDonald’s business it’s gonna cost you thousands of dollars.

If you join this business it will only cost you hundreds to to get started.

The Reality

McDonald’s is a house hold name period. An average McDonald franchise makes around $500,000 a year.

Yes it is pricey to start a McDonald’s franchise, however in due time you will make your money back.

Is It Possible To Be Successful In The MLM Industry?

Studies show that 95% to 99% of people in the MLM industry won’t make a dime.

  • Is it because the whole structure is a mess?
  • Is it because I didn’t try hard enough?

I can speak for myself and say that I did try, but I was more focused on the money rather than building a business.

I wasn’t passionate about the products they wanted me to sell or the way the MLM industry have you build a business.

How motivating is it to call people on a daily basis to get them to join something that they really don’t want to?

For the 5% it’s probably a piece of cake, but for the remaining 95% of the people it’s irritating.

Why do people join MLM businesses?

No MLM Not Thinking

Most of us come across a friend or family member and they somehow convinced us one way or another to join a business.

Sometimes we just want to support our friends or family or it was hard to say no.

It could be the potential money we will never make.

Whatever the reason maybe, I think that the 95% join the MLM industry for the wrong reasons.

My suggestion is that if your friends or family members ask you to come to a presentation by saying I can’t tell you what it’s about, but just come.

The best thing to do is say you’re not interest.

The more you get sucked into the black hole of money and time wasted, the more likely you will join.

The sooner you stop the madness the better.

In all fairness, I’ve read in reputable magazines that people do make a great living building a MLM business, but these people sell products along with building their downline.

Their main focus is not just getting people to join a pyramid scheme.

All In All

Today I don’t have to worry about harassing my family and friends or worry about monthly auto-ship payments.

I know some of you out there may find MLM as a way to build a business.

When I was approached, it seemed like MLM was the only way to build a business from home.

When I started to research, I realized there are other avenues I could take where I don’t need my own product to sell or sell a particular product that these MLM businesses want you to sell.

I’m building my OWN business and not someone else’s.

If that is what you’re looking for, then I highly suggest you check out Wealthy Affiliate.

What’s your MLM story? You’re not alone, please feel free to let me know below, thanks!

I was tired of all the unusable auto-ship products. When I learned that affiliate marketing doesn’t have auto-ship payments nor bothering my friend and family and I can work completely from home, I decided to check it out. As of today, I’m still doing affiliate marketing. This service here taught me everything I know.

18 thoughts on “MLM Is Not For Me: This Is Why”

  1. Thanks Evelyn!

    Your articles are excellent! I joined an MLM whose products I believe in and am confident to share with others as either business builders or as customers. I am happy to share that within one month I made my initial investment back. I read a reread the “reqs” to rank up my status and I am comfortable with a modest monthly purchase on products I will use.

    Your insights and shares on your MLM experience were very useful and I feel like my MLM is great with a very supportive upline, so I’m on the right track.

    I stumbled upon your blog because an old friend presented Surge365 in a group we are in. I’m not joining Surge but now that I know how MLMs work, I find it fascinating when I pick up on the MLM-speak.

    There was an entire world I was oblivious to and NOW I can hear a phrase or even a benign probing question and just know I’m being prospected. I then do my best to sound more genuine in my “sharing”/selling.

    • Hey Shirene, thanks for your input, I just wrote an article about an MLM company that has been doing business for years and that is Avon. I purchase products through Avon and I feel that reps can get sales through their products alone.

      I feel that a good upline team is important and support does help especially when you are building a downline and introducing others into a business. Thanks again for your thoughts and I only wish you the best with lots of success, Evelyn.

  2. Nice article Evelyn. I agree with you and I’ve arrived at this point after being involved with a bunch of crap over the years. You can’t go wrong in deciding to control your own destiny and build your own business. WA is a great place for making that happen. I had 2 back surgeries and a blood clot this summer. I’ll be going back to work next month after being off since June. I had just gotten involved with WA and was in the process of building my first site but since I’ve been down I couldn’t keep up my membership but next month I’m back! I love what you do on your site. Keep it up and God bless!

    • Hey Horace thanks for the compliment. I’m so sorry about your surgeries and what you’ve been going through. I’m glad you’re back on your feet and you’re going to keep building your site. I really love WA, it’s a service that can help people make things happen for their lives. It does take work, but all the tools are there to get a business going in whatever niche you choose. I’ve building out more sites now and the sky can be the limit if people apply themselves. It’s tough cuz I know the self discipline part can be a kicker, Lol. Anyhow Horace you better say hi to me when you get back inside WA. I wish you Many Blessings and I really appreciate your thoughts, Evelyn.

  3. Great article on mlm’s, I enjoyed all the details and red flags to look for. Here’s a food for thought, After being bugged to death to attend a mlm meeting I find at most mlm meeting, the facilitator brags about being promoted to Director after just 1-2 weeks. First of all, how many companies do you know of, promotes an new employee to Director after two weeks of working? They are super hyped up on Starbucks, goes on and on about how much money they made, how many vacations they were able to take, yet they vaguely mention the product or service that is associated with the mlm. Next, they go on and on about how little the startup costs are which turns out to be twice as much due to the extra stuff that is required in order to receive ultimate success. Then you’re told you’ll make this money back quickly if you get at least 5 people in a week in your network (we all know that is not easy). What’s even more questionable, these “Directors” who has made a ton of money drives off in their hooptie ride they’ve had way before joining the mlm. If these aren’t red flags, I don’t know what is. Thanks for all the info and keep up the great work.

    • Hey Melina, LOL,

      Preach it girl, it’s all hype. As for the Starbucks part, I was hyped on Starbucks too when I was in MLM. Don’t get me wrong I love my Bucks, but MLM and Bucks DO NOT mix. Keep those two separate at all cost, Lol.

      As for those vacations, most of the time they are not free, people fork out more money to go on these trips. It’s all smoke and mirrors! The rush factor is the worst, it’s a lot of pressure to try and get people in just like you said.

      You made a great point, if you meet a director follow them to their car before you even think about joining any MLM business. No MLM for me! I appreciate your thoughts and wish you many blessings, Evelyn.

  4. Great article. I am a fan of the industry myself, but I am also wise enough to know that there are many different types of people and businesses. No business is a good fit for everyone. It really helps if you can find a business doing something you really enjoy AND has a viable need in the marketplace. That might be as a coach, blogger, eBayer, consultant, coach, vendor or thousands of other things.

    I’ve also learned that most successful entrepreneurs have failed in several businesses before they figured out and found a business that works for them.

    Great post and thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • Hey Chuck, you are so correct and very knowledgeable. It’s so important for people to find a business that they will enjoy, plus has a viable need in the marketplace. There are lots of avenues that people can take, especially online.

      Today as you know, we live in a world where we can reach people globally. I personally have tried MLM and decided it’s just not for me. I prefer Affiliate Marketing because you don’t need your own product to sell, you can promote products and services that you enjoy, it is a very lucrative business and most importantly you own your own business.

      I always like to tell people that if they are going to join an MLM Business, they should stand behind the product they sell. I really appreciate that you’re fair and I do understand there are people who stand behind network marketing. Like you said not every business will fit one shoe. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave comment and your thoughts. Wish you many blessings, Evelyn.

  5. There are two types of MLM or Network Marketing businesses out there:

    1) Product Based
    2) Service Based

    The former is the killer, the latter is the winner. You can already guess I am in Number Two.

    People use the services I offer and provide all the time – they do not need educating, and that is often the case with Number One.

    If a person or business has to be taught to do something different, it is really hard to make headway.

  6. Lots of good points here, Evelyn. The one thing I noticed is that you weren’t sold on your product. I’ve been there more times than I care to count. I recently started with one that I joined ONLY because I believe in the product for myself. They encourage me to get more people, but I was up front with them about just joining so that when I found others who liked the product, sharing it would benefit me a little. I think that’s a smarter way to do it if you’re going to do it. I just want to use the product for myself, there’s no minimums, and if someone else along the way decides it will work for them too, good for both of us. It’s the same for me on affiliate programs. I won’t sign up for stuff I don’t believe in. If I can believe in something though, I’ll share it with others just like I share my beliefs in God or like I tell people about a great restaurant I’ve just tried. Sharing is natural but I don’t like pushiness either to be pushy or to be pushed. I think you’d agree on that.

    • Hey Crystal,

      Exactly, I see eye to eye with you on that. There is no point in trying to promote something just because. I’ve been there and it doesn’t work at all. People can tell, they are not stupid. The funny thing is when there is no pressure to sell something and you just recommend something to a friend, that’s when they buy. If people think about all the times they recommended something to someone, that’s how it usually works. Thanks for sharing that. You made an absolutely VALID point. Evelyn.

  7. MLM is not for you, me, and a lot of people. Most people usually get brainwashed and think they’re going to make thousands of dollars, when they’re really at the bottom of the pyramid. No more auto-ships for me!

    • Hey John, I hear you! I rather build my own business than spend my time and money on products that no one wants. Those auto-shi* I mean ship payments will lead your money to the toilet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts John. All the best, Evelyn.

  8. Great post! Here’s my story and I am “fit to be tied”. I joined an MLM program two months ago and worked hard, spent a lot of money, devoted a lot of time since April 21. I achieved “Silver level”, won the ECA and read and re-read the all the information I could find on maintaining your status. For instance, failing to obtain 1500 points in any given month reduces your status and income, therefore I ensured I had a standing order in place and diligently logged in every day to “tend to business”. One of the other requirements “maintain your leadership page”. “Maintain your leadership page” was a concern to me but I worked hard updating my pages regularly which included blog posting, creating a contest for my downline, welcome message etc.

    To shorten this story, I find out yesterday that I really didn’t need to put all that time into my leadership pages, oh no, “maintain your leadership page” really means click a special button, three times a month on designated days, which is understood to mean your pages are up to date. If you don’t “click the button three times a month” you loose team leader status and all that it means. It means you are disqualified.

    I had no idea, no indication and no information that “maintaining team leader pages” is code for “clicking the special button three times every month!

    I feel like I have been ROBBED and CHEATED. Am I wrong to feel this way? I very much welcome input on the above.

    • Hey Stephanie, Thanks for sharing your story. I’m so sorry you went through what you did in your MLM business.

      To answer your question, Hell NO! sorry for saying hell, but shoot! You were robbed and cheated. To me it sounds like they put a little rule in there that many people probably don’t know about that can take people’s downline.

      I don’t understand all these rules MLM companies have people do to maintain a status. You gotta do a dance to get where you need to be. If you miss a step, it could be the end of your business or you gotta start over again. Where was the person that got you in the business to tell you this stuff? Shame on him or her.

      One thing you gotta give yourself Stephanie is credit. I mean you seemed to achieve a lot in a short period of time. When I was in an MLM business I couldn’t do what you did in that amount of time. Give yourself a pat on the back. When you find the right business Stephanie, you’re gonna make it. Don’t let that MLM company stop you. Many people go through what you did and you’re not alone. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope to chat with you again, Evelyn.

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