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Experiences With Network Marketing

For those considering joining or creating a network marketing business, I am sharing my experiences, so that you can make choices that fit you best.

The line between network marketing and being an associate/affiliate for these companies is blurry.  I am not interested in recruiting, although I marketed for that with the Mary Kay and Advocare situations.

I am speaking about companies that I am not a part of currently as of April 2nd, 2017.  I state here why I stopped working with them, or decided not to join them.

Do your research!  Read that danged agreement!

I joined Mary Kay because

1.) I was never taught how to properly care for my face and put on makeup, so I wanted to obtain some education

2.) The % per sale was high

3.) It is a well known brand that I figured would “sell itself” and would be stable.

I left Mary Kay because

1.) My marketing efforts failed

2.) I got badly burned by people lying about their intentions to purchase, just to get free samples.

3.) I decided to stop spending money for all the samples, marketing, and monthly expectations.

I joined Advocare because

1.) I was utilizing one of the products daily and would get a discount

2.) The percentage per sale was reasonable

3.) I already had a client before signing up to be a distributor.

I left Advocare because

1.) I would consistently get infections after utilizing the product I liked.

2.) Clients seemed “addicted” and it got weird when they would run out of something.  I didn’t like people needing my immediate attention because they needed something NOW.

3.) I went to one of their meetings and got creeped out somehow.  This was quite possibly some religious association, as I was sensitive to that sort of thing at that time.  If it felt anything like church, I bolted.  I bolted, and I never went to another one of those meetings.

4.) I left Advocare and Mary Kay at the same time.  I was marketing them both.  I did a big marketing push, and got ZERO responses, so I stopped them both.

I considered joining some superfood drink situation.

I didn’t join because

1.) the way I wanted to market it was not allowed.

2.) It was too acidic, it didn’t feel good to drink

3.) I was really tired of having to buy a certain amount each month.

I considered joining Wildtree.

1.) They create products that help one create healthier meals though a line of spice and oil options that are well sourced.

2.) I like their marketing strategy of freezer meal workshops.  I wanted to learn this.

I didn’t join Wildtree because

1.) it was difficult to figure out which items wouldn’t bother my food sensitivities and I was wanting to promote products like these to families with food sensitivities/allergies.

2.) Wildtree’s concept of cleaning the machinery off between an allergen product and an allergen-free product wasn’t enough for me.  I wanted to promote a more dedicated product manufacturing process.

I considered a healthy/wholesome cosmetic product line.

I didn’t join because they were very adamantly a Christian product line, and I don’t like promoting religion-based product lines.

I considered joining Jamberry.

1.) I like their concept for healthier nail wraps, and

2.) I like being able to customize your own style!

I didn’t join Jamberry because

1.) I don’t enjoy doing other people’s nails.  I’ve put Jamberry wraps on at least 3 people.  I could probably get more comfortable with it.

2.) I don’t like sharing my nail clippers and file and all that jazz…

3.) I am not a regular customer for Jamberry because some of the wraps are thicker than others, and would snag in my hair.  This happened too often, and I became frustrated and generally discontinued using them.

4.) My nails are becoming strong again, since I’ve stopped doing anything to them.

I considered joining NSpire.

1.) They produce a healthier feminine hygiene pad.

2.) I could use those.

I did not join NSpire because

1.) It didn’t fit my personal brand.  Leaders would say “lead with the vision”.  Sure, women who can do something about it, need to know that their hygiene products could be healthier, but I have a personal branding issue with the way this comes across.  I don’t like talking about scary stuff.  If one can barely afford pads already, this makes them consider even their most personal hygiene products as also hazardous to their health.  The mind is very strong, and I do not wish to plant a bad concept into the minds of my friends to make an almighty dollar.

2.) The leaders would then turn around and tell me to post the money making opportunity on my Facebook wall. “What if you could make an extra $…” and I was given the impression that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be successful.  There is no way I am posting that on my Facebook wall!!!!

3.) God was mentioned here and there, which I found a bit obnoxious.  Then the ladies weekly conference call turned my stomach.  She talked about various types of sin and “can I get an amen?”. Hey, I’m not trying to be at church.  I did well to get through that entire call, to gain what she was trying to inspire us with, but the strong religious focus seriously turned me off from that business opportunity.


I don’t care if the owner of a company happens to believe in whatever, but I will not promote products/services where a religion is being pressed upon myself and anyone I would invite into a business meeting.

BTW, something called Americans Serving Americans, also got posted recently. Although the concept was initially intriguing, the videos seem to be faked, and the primary focus is on God.  This is a call to join another church-like group which separates Americans from the rest of the world population, and of course buy the start-up kit.  I do not know how much of a scam it is, but it does not fit into my worldview or match my personal brand.  I’d have to create my own version.

Alice Norris