Let's talk about the big pink elephant in the room shall we?... (I don't know why I imagine it to be pink?!)
Did you guys know that Young Living is a…..*whispers quietly*…MLM?
aka Multi-Level Marketing company? aka a Network Marketing company? 🙄 I know. I felt the SAME WAY, BELIEVE ME!
When I heard that the company I had got my oils from was a weird pyramid-ey network marketing company I was all OH NO THIS IS TOO TOUGH...Okay I'm never doing the business. I tried Network Marketing before and it wasn't worth it.
But then I got my kit in and clearly, that all changed, as I started using them, and loving them, and simply sharing about them online, and people started asking me about them, and I answered question after question, until someone asked me to..again..and again… BUY THEM FROM ME. Yeah, JUST by simply sharing them on social media and having them on me at events and gatherings.
So then I asked my friend how to help all of my other friends get oils...it was the same friend who sent me the kit, the same friend I swore to a week earlier that I had ZERO interest in the business side....she probably rolled her eyes.
"You know if you sell a kit that Young Living sends you $50 just to say thanks" WAIT WHAT?!
And it doesn't stop there. So I thought. Maybe I would just get my new obsession paid for at least! Investing $100 into your business monthly and getting your favorite products is a walk in the park compared to the businesses I used to own and the overhead I used to have. At the same time I'm detoxifying our home by getting a monthly subscription (Essential Rewards) of laundry soap, dish soap, hand purifier, hand soap, toothpaste, body wash, and more. Along with that I'm getting FREE products to try out as a reward for buying the stuff I love every month. SAY WHAT?!
For some reason MLMs have gotten a bad name. Maybe a bad experience with a distributor or previous company (been there). Someone who was constantly inviting you to parties or asking you to buy things or “join their team.” It's a hard one for me sometimes because I don't want to make my friends feel like I want to make money off of them. But the truth is, if I could afford it I would buy a kit for everyone because everyone NEEDS these. Maybe you haven't actually had ANY experience but you know your dad doesn't believe in them so you don't either. What ever the case, I thought we should talk about some myths and facts.
Myth 1: MLMs are pyramid schemes and illegal.
Truth: Nope. The shape of an organization does not determine legality. If it did, all businesses and organizations, including the government would be illegal because all have a pyramid structure.
Myth 2: Only the guy at the top makes money, and that's because they got in early.
Truth: Okay, so that was two myths in one. But neither are true. (And if we want to be REAL honest here, this argument more accurately describes a corporate world job! I mean, how often does a minimum wage worker become the CEO?)
What I make isn't determined by what the person I signed up with makes, and that goes for the rest of my Tribe. There are people who "out rank" people above them all the time. This business isn't dependent on the guy at the top. It's dependent on YOU and the amount of work you put it. That's it. And the whole they got in early part? I started this business with YL 20 years in. So yep, definitely didn't get in early but still have been successful.
Myth 3: Network marketing doesn’t work, it's all a scam.
Truth: According to the Direct Selling Association, in 2015 the direct sales industry, grossed $36.12 billion in retail sales in the United States. Further, over 20 million people in the U.S. are involved in direct sales. These numbers indicate that network marketing CAN work. Success or failure has less to do with network marketing itself, and instead (as I said before) is determined by the amount effort you put into your business. Instead of paying millions of dollars in ads, Young Living pays out millions of dollars to their distributors. #fact Before you knock something and write it off as a scam, why not just think about the actual business model? It makes TONS of sense, and it's incredible because it's giving SO many families FREEDOM. I don't know what's better than that. And residual income is more important than you may know. That's what I'm hoping to build for my family.
And frankly, our team USES the products. They are educated, and learning, wanting to do better for their families and their health. They are using them, and ditching the toxic crap they were buying at the stores. It's called transfer buying, y'all.
To my sweet NON-MLM friends, I love y'all. I'm SO sorry if you've had a bad experience with MLMs (I get it more than you know), but PLEASE don't forget to be kind. Don't forget that these are mommies, daddies, teachers, nurses and plain ol' FRIENDS who are building businesses. They're working hard. They're KILLIN' it. And even if you can't support their business financially, your words will support them more than you could ever imagine. Some of the most incredible compliments I’ve been given regarding my business are from the few friends who have ZERO interest in essential oils.
To my dear MLM friends, I just want to tell you all that you're amazing. I'm sorry if you've experienced nay-sayers, but you do you!!! You keep on building that empire of yours. I may not wear your leggings, lipstick or use your products but that doesn't mean I'm not cheering you on! If you're passionate about your product, changing lives, and kicking butt, never quit! Its been 3 years since we got our kit in, and you'll see me in another 3 years and the 3 after that, spreading positivity, motivation and my love of oils. Can't stop won't stop.
Let's have coffee and talk more. Seriously, let's do this together.
*Since I'm talking about income please read here for YL's income disclosure statement*