The Truth About MLMs
Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since I shared a blog post with you, so sorry, I guess I just didn’t have much to say lately.
Today I do, so here goes.
I will admit that I like to watch TV and I probably watch too much. I am working on that. It is much easier to get off the couch this time of year because the weather is (allegedly) getting warmer and I can spend more time outside.
One show that I like to watch is Blue Bloods on Friday nights-Ok so now you know what I do on Friday nights. I like the stories and yes, the actors in the show are not hard to look at, I mean Tom Selleck still looks good and Donnie Wahlberg and that Will Estes….ok I digress.
One recent episode did make me a little mad however. One of the characters who was a murder suspect had what they called a “side hustle” where she sold make up and essential oils were also mentioned although it was not really clear what she was actually selling. The part that caught my attention was the female detective referring to the MLM as a pyramid scheme. Her implication was that all MLM’s are pyramid schemes.
So what is MLM?
MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing which means that a company uses this model to offer compensation on different levels. The company I work with-dōTERRA-is also an MLM. Yes, I make money based on people who enroll on my team and purchase products, that’s how they work. These companies offer people like me and you an opportunity to make an income with an already established business and free training
Why do I believe it’s a good model? I have many reasons.
First of all, it’s a great opportunity to learn about business with less risk than starting your own from scratch. It does not cost a lot of money to get started and you get free training. FREE training to help you learn how to create your business the way you see fit.
Second, I have more confidence in myself now than I ever have. While there are many factors that contributed to this, I firmly believe that my experience with dōTERRA has pushed me to try new things and get out of that comfort zone.
Third, I started as a customer and loved the oils so much and saw the potential in what I could help others learn, that I wanted to be in on the business part of it too. This has led me to create my own small business that empowers other women and helps me create an income in other ways besides the oils.
Fourth, you can make your MLM business as big or as small as you want it to be. If you want it to be a side hustle or something you do for fun, do that. If you want to reach the highest levels of the company and have a huge team, do that. If you want to take a break for a month or two, do that. It will be waiting for you when you are ready. How many jobs give you that option?
Fifth, dōTERRA does more than sell oils. They are changing the world by working with growers and communities to support them and do good. They build schools and provide clean water and so many other wonderful things through their Healing Hands Foundation and it feels good to be part of that. If you are interested in trying out a business opportunity, find a company that does something similar, most of them do. Find one that aligns with your values.
Now I know that not all companies offer what mine does and there are some out there that do take advantage and are not something you want to be a part of. Unfortunately, we tend to hear more about those types of companies than the ones who are good and definitely NOT pyramid schemes.
It all comes down to doing your own research! I preach this all of the time in almost any situation.
It also bothers me when I see someone who is taking about let’s say essential oils, and dismisses the MLM companies who sell them immediately when that subject comes up. I wonder if that person even knows anything about the company or companies he or she is disregarding so quickly. I would hope that this person isn’t basing an opinion from one bad experience or worse, on what someone else has told them. Do. Your. Own. Research.
Take what others say on social media with a grain of salt, good or bad, and check things out for yourself. I would love to talk to you about my experience if you are interested. You might find yourself on a journey that fulfills you and helps you live every moment right now.
Take care of your beautiful self and I’ll talk to you soon!