What I can tell you is that if you are involved and the focus is more on recruiting others into the program rather than the quality of the products/services themselves, then avoid it.
If the focus is on the products and you can create a viable business promoting those products, without having to suck others into a program/scheme, then it is fine and a legitimate opportunity.
I got into an MLM because I was desperate. I pushed so many people into joining, now they all hate me. I’m pretty sure most of my old friends from school don’t want to be around me anymore. Please, if you are financially desperate, find something else to do.
You get so wrapped up in what you are doing and you are getting pushed by your “upline” to recruit, recruit, recruit
Sorry to hear about this and this is the end result of many people that get involved within the MLM world. I see it all over my Facebook, people are shamelessly jumping from scheme to scheme promoting it to their so called friends. ..you forget about the relationships that you have built over the years.
If your method of making money is getting your friends wrapped up in your MLM, you need to find another means to build an income. That is not a viable one and it definitely is not going to make you any friends, rather lose them.
My wife and I started making money sharing wine by joining a wine club. If you get 3 people to sign up your wine is free each month. So if you know anyone that likes wine its a layup. It’s different from other MLM companies because it’t not beauty creams or diet pills its WINE.
As long as the focus is selling wine to others, versus recruitment of others into the MLM it is fine. If the highest % of your revenue comes from recruiting people into the scheme, then you id schemes down the road by the FTC.
In saying this, it sounds like your program has a tangible product and service (and it is wine too)! I am into craft beer, so if they ever come out with such a program let me know.
There’s a lot of really good information here
I think the unfortunate route most product based MLM companies go is really the mistake. Referral based marketing works but not at the price of charging more just to support a compensation planpanies should be profitable and should focus on gathering real customers. Most MLM companies focus on sell the opportunity which usually requires a large buy in. I came from a traditional business background so I knew to be sustainable you had to have real customers. Recently I moved my family to Japan to launch our new division which is completely based on saving people money on a bill they will pay forever. I started at the bottom and made it to the top by helping others to the top. I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for the world. I’m so glad my kids have full time parents and experiences they’d never get otherwise.
I agree but it is few and far between that the money is made from selling to customers outside of the scheme itself. The focus of most MLM’s quickly becomes recruiting others into the scheme as that is where the bulk of your money is made.
The FTC, Competition Bureau and other non partisan entities are really starting to make some positive moves in this space and requiring a much higher percentage of the sales that take place to be through actual customers purchasing the products. It forces these companies to actually provide a quality product, versus a recruitment platform or worse, a pyramid scheme.