I went to a recruiting meeting for the MLM at an office the organization had. They were adamant about a two things:
- My success was guaranteed - no special skills were prerequisite in order to make lots of money;
- To get the benefits, I needed to sign up right then and there... by cutting a substantial check to the manager.
When my dad returned from out of town and I reported I had a job, he seemed quite disappointed in my naive decision. Taking his advice, I returned to the office and was able to get 80 percent of my money back. My other jobs worked out very well and have put me on a great path. Here's a few important things I learned about MLMs from the experience and observations since:
- MLMs don't have prerequisites:
- You have to have good sales (persuasive) skills;
- You have to be willing to sell to your friends and family, which can jeopardize those relationships.
- "Unlimited potential" - "Limited Risk" - "No boss" - "Work from home" - "Make $X in Y time" - "Newly discovered X with Y results"
Many of my friends have tried to talk me into MLM opportunities over the past few years. I've research every one my friends get involved with and advise them against it if not too late. I try to follow up as well, and have found no profitable friends. None. Statistically, I think I will eventually have a friend who is profitable, but imagine it will be at the expense of their friends and family. At least I learned on an MLM that gave me most of my money back.