Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why I chose Network Marketing.

First things first -

If Network Marketing didn't work, it wouldn't exist. Note: Network Marketing is also known as 'MLM', which stands for Multilevel Marketing.

Network Marketing has been around for years. Why? Because it works.

It's that simple.


Definition: Network marketing is a type of business opportunity that is very popular with people looking for part-time, flexible businesses. Some of the best-known companies in America, including Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Tupperware, fall under the network marketing umbrella.


Second, let's very quickly address this pesky "pyramid scheme" reputation MLMs typically have. It's silly & I don't even entertain the idea. But this is what I'll say. "Pyramid Schemes" involve no product. The company I partner with has products (amazing, to boot). Most do. Most of the people who scream "pyramid scheme" are possibly the ones who tried it & failed. Network Marketing is not a free ride. It takes work. Many give up & quit before finding success. Or, possibly it's those who have always heard Network Marketing are pyramid schemes & they just go with the flow. A lot of people don't really understand how Network Marketing works, though they think they do. So many people have incorrect information - they are either misinformed and/or uninformed. I don't really know. What I do know is that I absolutely love it.

Moving on.

I've never been involved in Network Marketing before. I worked in my father's business from age 11, I worked at the movie theater at age 15, I worked at the bank at age 18 & I got into the apartment industry at age 21 or so. I was a manager of multiple apartment communities by age 24. I'm in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area & we had a massive hail storm in 1995. I was still at work, alone, & thought I was going to die that night. I already had two distressed properties & when that storm hit & knocked out the majority of residents' windows & tore up my properties further - I was overworked & overstressed. When my husband & I got married, I gave my notice & never looked back. A few years later, I did work briefly for a man who owned numerous commercial & residential properties, but I was part time & he wanted me full time & he kept pressuring me to work full time, so that was the end of that. Soon after, I began researching adoption & spent every waking hour building our family. 11 years later, I found Shaklee. I was a Shaklee customer for months before I became a Distributor. I loved the products that much, I believed in the products & company that much, that I wanted to be a part of it. So I am. And I always will be.

Network Marketing is a tier'd business. But think about it - all businesses are tier'd, unless you're the owner. Do you work? Do you have a boss? Your boss makes more money than you do. Does your boss have a boss? His boss makes more than your boss. And so on & so forth. Network Marketing works the same way. The difference is, we office out of our home(s). And our investment to become self-employed to market the best products available is low. And we make our own hours. And we call all the shots. And we are in control. And we decide how much money we make. Network Marketing is residual income.


Definition: Residual income (also called passive, or recurring income) is income that continues to be generated after the initial effort has been expended. Compare this to what most people focus on earning: linear income, which is "one-shot" compensation or payment in the form of a fee, wage, commission or salary.

Linear income is directly proportional to the number of hours invested in it (40 hrs. of pay for 40 hrs. of work), but one of the great advantages of residual income is that once things are set in motion, you continue making money from your initial efforts, while gaining time to devote to other things... such as generating more streams of residual income.


Network Marketing involves two things: selling product(s) & building teams. Network Marketing is not for everyone & does not interest everyone. And that's totally ok! But for those of us who love it & thrive at it, it works successfully & beautifully. And when one partners with a company as dynamic as Shaklee, well, it just doesn't get any better than that.

Every month, Distributors purchase our own products. These are products we all purchase monthly anyway - we just redirect our spending to purchase Shaklee's phenomenal products, whichever products we desire, instead of at a store. And we have members who purchase & we have retail purchases. This gives ourselves, as well as our upline, points. Our Distributors below us also give us points. We get paid off of points. That's just a quick rundown of how it works.

Ultimately it's this - the more products you sell & the more Distributors you have under you, the more money you make. And can I say - I know a lot of Distributors that make a LOT of money. Again, it works!

I'll end with this:

Shaklee has been in business now 57 years. If Shaklee's products weren't incredible, Shaklee wouldn't be around for 57 years. If Network Marketing didn't work, there would be no such thing. It would have fizzled out years ago. It didn't. It's not going to. Quite honestly with the economy in the shape it's in, it's booming better than ever. Shaklee is, anyway. I am so fortunate I'm along for the ride.

If you're going to invest in Network Marketing, I encourage you to do your homework. There are hundreds of Network Marketing companies. A lot of them are new. A lot of them won't be around for long. A lot of them are scams. I recommend you invest in one that is mature, experienced, ethical, reputable, trustworthy, fair & one that appreciates & treats their Distributors with respect. Do your homework. Do your research. Is the company you're considering just a fad? Will it be gone in a few years? Is it sustainable? Do they offer products you're proud to represent? Everyone, everywhere is looking to get healthier. Whether it be big changes or small, that's not going to change. Everyone wants to live longer! I chose a company that offers products everyone, everywhere uses every single day & always will. A company that won't be gone in a few years. Well, there's 57 years of hard evidence to prove that. Don't just jump in with the first company because chances are, it's highly likely you'll be switching to another MLM company soon.

And when you're ready to join Shaklee? Email me: or call me! I'm always happy to talk Shaklee - I love it that much! 817.300.7755.

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1 comment:

Sherilan Young said...

Great job explaining Network Marketing!