Should I Join a Direct Selling / Multi-Level Marketing Organization

If you’re asking the question, “should I join a direct selling company”,  the short answer is, NO. Don’t do it. Read until the end and I’ll share ways to start making money selling things that will actually see you profiting.

I didn’t know these “businesses” were so popular until I listened to The Dream by Little Everywhere. The Dream is an excellent podcast. If you’re interested in learning about these “businesses”, listen to that. It’s free!

Those businesses are designed to make money from you paying them. If you want to make money in theses organizations, you have to start having your friends and family pay you. That sucks. These scum bag businesses are known by many names, but the ones I’m slightly aware of are:

  • Amway
  • LimeLife
  • HerbaLife
  • MaryKay
  • NuSkin
  • Xango

Don’t do it friends. The world would be a better place without them.

How to Start a Business

Mark Cuban said, if you borrow money to start a business, you’re a moron. Sure, this isn’t exclusive advice that fits every situation, but if someone is charging you to start a sales business, it’s probably a scam.

You can start selling things for free by searching eBay arbitrage or affiliate marketing on YouTube. If you want to do direct sales, start there. Those are real markets with real money being made.

If you’re trying to start your first business, start by selling something today. It doesn’t matter if it’s the chair you are sitting on or an item you can dropship to someone on AliExpress (go to AliExpress, find something cool and post the images on CraigsList to start). Once you get the first sale, good job. Repeat that process until you have the cash you need to get whatever you want.

To Wrap Up

Business building is hard. Doing the MLM thing is one of two things:

  • Impossible
  • If you’re part of the 0.1% that succeed and steal money from everyone you meet for the next 20 years, it’s unethical.

Better than calling it direct sales or multi-level-marketing, call it the Vampire Club.

Please don’t join the vampire club.

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