Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Post You've Read Before!

This post is for anyone that is thinking of getting involved in an MLM, and is doing some research on line. Which by the way, I wish I had done more of during my time. However I was always told that "negative brings you down", and that "the internet is the worlds largest bathroom wall". While some of that is true, how can you truly assess anything without looking at all sides? Once you do that, wouldn't common sense and reason dictate what the right choice would be? Why would anybody who believes in what they do, try to limit your information before making a choice? Chew on that one for awhile.....

If you have been searching on line, then you've read this post before.... or at least a similar version somewhere else. Please..keep track of your out going, and incoming (or lack there of) expenses! I know your excited! I know you have met some people who are "Living the dream" or have "Fruit on the tree". I know you feel this could be your chance......I know. I simply encourage you to keep track of your numbers, like any real business would. If your already involved in MLM... this will probably fall on deaf ears... it did for me. When I was involved I thought " I know I have to invest in my own business, and I can write off my expenses" and "Most business don't make money in the first few years anyway". Sound familiar? I just encourage you to keep track of your money! A guy I built my business with for over 4 years just came over to visit during the Christmas holidays. It's really the first time we've sat down and talked since we both left. Now keep in mind, this was my right hand man during my building days. He was easily the most successful person in my Line of far, and I had HUNDREDS of people on my team. He told me when he quit, he had a $14,000 line of credit to pay off, and $8,000 on his credit card! Just a personal example of what can happen when you are "chasing the dream". I beg of you.... watch where your money is going! Pay attention to your bottom line, you don't have to be an accountant.... out going versus in coming. The money never lies. My upline told me once " Money runs away from poor thinking"....... I couldn't agree more.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's NOT Your Business!

One thing your going to hear at any MLM meeting is "it's your business". They'll go on in great detail trying to convince you that you'll be the boss, work when you want, live your priorities... not your obligations... and on, and on. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here are a few points to consider:

1) The companies I was involved with (Amway / Monavie) preached 8-10 hours a week to build "your" business. Look, if you were just retailing product and nothing else, sure.... you could put in whatever amount of time you wanted. For the record, this is probably your best bet to be your own boss, however you'll still be a slave to your customers because if you think all of them will be on an autoship, and you won't be the middle man...your wrong! They'll show up at your house, call you on the phone, wanting you to order for them, or sell them some of your product....because.... you will have product. So if this sounds great, by all means, fill your basement and sell away my friend! However, this is not what they want! They want you to become a "Leader"! What is a Leader? I could spend an entire post on that alone... and probably will at a later date. Let's just say, that a Leader laughs at 8-10 hours a week. Who's looking for an extra job...anyone?

2) You don't OWN....anything! As an Independent Business Owner "IBO" wouldn't you think you actually own something? Oh...but it's an internet based business, they'll tell you! Why would you want the stress and financial hardship that goes with owning a "brick and mortar" store, they'll say! Ah.... because then the decisions are yours! You ARE the boss. In most MLM's ... you are a slave to whatever company's products you represent.....and their rules of conduct!

3) Which brings me to point #3! The rules of conduct. It's "Your" Business right? You want to run your business with honesty and integrity right? Well you can force yourself to do the right things....but what about others? What's that they say? A Leader...shouldn't force anybody to do anything? Your example of doing the right thing should be a shining light for others to follow! I challenge you right now to think of the most offensive person in your life....and imagine that they...were in business with you right now! I know what your thinking, "I would never allow someone like that to join my business with me". That's fine. Yes, you pick and choose who you sponsor, but what about after that? Stay in long enough, and I'll tell you... there will be people in your group that you could never have imagined! Some of them will do the craziest things! Even....break the rules of conduct! Now "Your" business is on the line! 

So... quick review. It's "Your" business, but you don't get to pick your hours, you own nothing, and your business can be destroyed by your downline, or taken from you by the company who's products your moving. If this sounds like "Your" business....Welcome to the world of MLM.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Frank Castle a dedicated family man and professional, had his family killed after witnessing a mob hit. Castle, unable to cope with the death of those he loved, became The Punisher.... exposing corruption and taking out evil doers when the law failed.... or stopped short.

I haven't experienced the first hand death of any family members, however after years of building mlm "businesses", I know what pain feels like! How about the death of some previously existing relationships? Does that count? I had some good friends, that I haven't talked to in years, because they wouldn't "chase the dream" with me. What about the friends that did join my "team"... and then quit at some point before me! More damaged and lost relationships. Oh yes my friends... there are too many of those to count.

And so it begins... my first venture into the world of blogging. The Punisher and I have lots in common, so I guess the name will stick. Hello world....or more than likely...just me....and the random guy who hits this site by accident! I am the MLM Punisher!