Monday, February 11, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Another Hater

Yesterday I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance saying "don't invite me to MLM presentations because they are a scam and no one makes money," and then referenced a couple direct sales businesses who are definitely problematic and tbh I'm thrilled they are being sued. Bad businesses exist in every sector. Seems like once a year or so I end up writing a blog about this just to get some things off my chest.

What really hurts me is that I have been with Jewelscent for almost 6 years, and people who say things like this have seen me paying bills, going on vacation, not paying a babysitter or daycare, and somehow I have time to work Jewelscent and run a travel business. So which is it, am I not making money, or am I scamming people?

I sell a product that is great quality and made by hand, in house, in California. You can buy it or not buy it. We get 20-35% commission depending on monthly sales. No minimum volume or auto-shipments. No expensive kit you have to buy. Where is the scam?

Is it a scam that the owner of the salon you go to rents booths to the person who does your hair or waxing? Is it a scam that my travel host agency takes part of my commission?  Is it a scam that your Realtor gets a commission for selling your house? IT'S SALES. It's a commission job. Why does "direct sales" make people turn up their nose?

Is it the fact that some of us CHOOSE TO build teams? Is it a scam when you get referral money from bringing friends to Ibotta, Little Passports, Dropps, Time4Learning, or literally dozens of companies I could list that will give you credits for bringing friends? That's what social marketing is. Some people are not good at it or are annoying and pushy, just sales people in every industry. That doesn't make the entire business model a predatory scam.

So. What is it, really? You are uncomfortable when you have to say no. I understand, I felt the same way when you, person who says my business is a scam, repeatedly asked me to host a spa party I have zero interest in. Can you imagine, if all those times I was asked bring you clients by hosting a party, instead of just saying "that's not really for me,"  I had posted on Facebook about how your business is a joke and a waste of money? Thankfully, I know that "no" is just a word, and I'm fine with saying it AND hearing it.

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