Here at Online MLM Community, we like to keep our outlook positive. But in the same breath, we must always face and confront the negatives that seem to cloud many opinions about MLM.
Just Google MLM and you will find a “mixed bag” of negatives and positives. One of most common statements from the negative corner is: MLM destroys families.
Is it true?
Does multilevel marketing… Does network marketing… MLM: does it really destroy families?
Or, let’s ask this from what would seem, a positive approach… Does MLM help families?
I could probably put a comment section here and start a debate that could “rage” for years to come. But instead, I am going to enlighten readers with a perspective that is seldom mentioned. But first, let me explain why I can write about this from the “middle ground.”
My Story: Has MLM Harmed My Family?
Throughout my years, I have tried various MLM businesses and failed miserably.
Because I tried to “do it my way.”
My sponsors would explain a tried and true system, but I was young and thought I knew it all. In each of these, never did the MLM itself harm my family… But!
I had given up on multilevel marketing and worked normal jobs. We now lived in a suburb of St Louis, Missouri… My first wife (RIP) and I.
I went to work for a construction company where I operated heavy equipment and landscaped some of the nicest homes in the area.
The owner of the company started “pushing” a MLM business on me and it actually started feeling almost threatening… Join or lose your job (without his actually saying it). So I “coughed up” the $90 some odd dollars and joined what seemed to be a “shaky” MLM system called FHTM.
Yep… FHTM which was shut down by the Federal Government for running a pyramid scheme.
My wife had issues with me “donating” that money which could have been better used, but even FHTM did not destroy my family.
I now own a MLM business that I have shared with friends and family. It has not destroyed my family, which leads to my next point.
MLM And Guns
I equate this whole debate on the same level with the gun debate.
Guns are just a tool… It is the person handling that gun that determines the bad or good.
MLM is just a business structure… It is the person who owns that particular business that destroys or builds relationships.
Do you see the point?
There are many MLM business owners who have great family relationships. And there are a plethora of gun owners who would never, have never used that gun in an evil way.
It is the person, not the tool!
So let’s look at some of the negatives found on the worldwide web on why MLM destroys families and dig in to see if it is actually MLM or the person.
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MLM Destroys Families – Negatives
I just used that term… MLM destroys families, to see just what people are saying:
MLMs Are Pyramid Schemes And Predatory
First, I will agree with one part… MLM companies are pyramids. All businesses, organizations and even the government operates on a pyramid structure. But to say that all are pyramid schemes is false. The courts have determined that time and time again.
As long as there are physical or digital products being sold and the aspect is on sales and not just getting recruits, it is not a pyramid scheme.
One of the reference links I installed here had the writer claiming that some of the major MLM companies are all pyramid schemes and she is actually committing libel in the fact that courts have determined the opposite for the majority of the companies she named.
And predatory… We could use that word for nearly any business if we really wanted to. I mean, isn’t McDonald’s somewhat predatory or Coca Cola? Or we walk into Walmart and Walgreen’s and there are candy and toys at the child’s level… Predatory!
So when your 3 year old throws a bag of candy in the cart, will that destroy your family?
In defense of MLM, I have never once seen a MLM representative try to use the children of prospects as there way to sell or recruit.
MLMs Rely On Recruiting, Not Selling
I want to quote the person that stated this…
“The reality is that almost no MLM reps actually make a net profit from personal, direct retail selling. Instead, they rely on recruiting.”
Actually, the majority of MLM reps make great commissions off retail sales. The idea is though, to recruit so you are not just being a retail seller but your team is too.
MLM Reps Pester Their Friends And Family
Okay… Now we are getting down to the true reason why so many say that MLM destroys families.
Maybe your sponsor or upline is telling you to keep “bugging” family members.
If they are, they are wrong!
Just simply tell them about the new business. Allow them to see the products and let them know that they can help their income. But do not be the pest!
If you opened a new restaurant, you would invite family, but you hopefully wouldn’t pester them over and over.
MLM Can Actually Help Families
If you really consider the economy and how so many are struggling to pay bills, a MLM business can help them gain some financial freedom.
By following the tips and strategies all over this website; by having a passion for your business; and by using the products yourself, you can help your family and not destroy it.
You see, MLM doesn’t destroy families… People who are not doing things right destroy families.
This is my opinion… What is your opinion?
Please be respectful no matter what side of the fence you are on.
If you have any questions, you can post them below too.
Thank you for visiting and please share this with both MLM haters and lovers everywhere.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full-time freelance writer and book author. You have probably read many of his articles either ghostwritten or in his name. You can find his books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more. Be sure and visit Greg’s website which is LancerLife.com.