In the last post in the series, I left you a cliffhanger. How did my first major MLM conference turn out? Well, I got to have my picture taken with an uber-rich guy who happens not only to be a controversial figure in the world of health, but also the best-selling author of a book I had actually read. I got to witness a lot of hype and hoopla – and got so wrapped up in it I actually got excited about the company.
But that was because Mr. V. had told me that Blue Company was going to incorporate his supplements with theirs. I didn’t want to take the crappy, semi-natural Blue Company supplements; I wanted the ones that Mr. V. had in his MLM company. In the end, it turned out like this: Mr. V. had deceived the distributors in his company. The Blue Company never did grandfather him and his people in. I was so mad I could have spit nails. You don’t lie to me. You just don’t. I soon left both companies, and once again swore off MLM forever.
By the way, my husband had the most miserable time of his life. Our son was, at the time, terrified of being left with strangers, so we couldn’t leave him in the children’s room. That was a mixed blessing, since they only had a few toys and books, and mostly the kids were expected to watch videos, which I did not want my child to do at that age.
However, because Benjamin would not be left, Jerry had to entertain him the whole time. He was unhappy and exhausted by the end of the first day, not to mention how harangued he felt by the end of the weekend.
This time, my commitment to sever all ties with MLM lasted an entire year. It was a year that I spent trying in vain to make money with Internet Marketing. During that time I also experimented with various supplements, and began to wonder if there might not be an MLM company that sold the kinds of supplements I was using – namely, fermented cod liver oil.
Long story short, I did a search, found a lady online, called her, and joined the company a couple of weeks later. It does not sell cod liver oil, but it had an all-natural fruit-juice supplement that changed my life a week after I started taking it. It’s primary focus is essential oils, which I knew nothing about until joining the company. Now, I can’t live without them (okay, so I could, I just won’t, as long as I have the means to access them).
I started blogging about essential oils – and getting people to sign up under me! Even Jerry, who had always been skeptical about MLM, began to have hope. By that time he wanted out of his job so bad he could taste it.
But my matrix did not grow. People would mostly make one purchase, then not make anymore (it was easy with this company, because a regular product purchase gets you “in”; you don’t have to buy a rip-off distributor kit).
Two and a half years after I joined, I began to have issues with the corporate office. The juice often was on backorder, the conference calls that were supposed to be posted online usually weren’t (and I couldn’t afford to take an hour Wednesday night to tune in live), and they began to buy into the whole quasi-natural supplement scene. Then, the weight-loss scene. Then suddenly, my replicated website URL no longer worked. Without telling anyone, they decided to “upgrade” their website. Overnight, dozens of links on my blog became “bad” – and no, I never fixed them because it would take hours to find them all!
Not much later, they decided they needed to change all their labels, and the whey protein shakes, shampoo, and a few other non-oil products that I used and promoted disappeared from the website in a puff of smoke. It was at least three months before they all returned.
I was ticked. How was I supposed to build a business with Corporate acting like a bunch of schizophrenics? So I decided to search for another company. And found one. One that had everything the essential oil company did not – and then some. What do I mean? Details (minus the company name) coming next Friday!