3 Reasons to Stop Calling Network Marketing a “Pyramid Scheme”

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“Don’t hate what you don’t understand” – John Lennon

I see posts online with people calling the Network Marketing industry a pyramid scheme all the time, and I hear it in person occasionally as well. I have to say, when this happens it takes a lot of effort to keep myself from educating the people that said it. For this reason, I have set out to hopefully educate some people about Network Marketing a little bit so that we can do away with this line of thinking. To start out, I want to provide you all with the TRUE definition of a pyramid scheme for a basic understanding in case any of you are unsure:

Pyramid Scheme: a form of investment (illegal in the US and elsewhere) in which each paying participant recruits two further participants, with returns being given to early participants using money contributed by later ones.

If you are one of the people that typically refers to Network Marketing companies as a pyramid scheme, I wanted to share these three reasons with you to hopefully help you understand why you should really stop.

UntitledNumber 1: It is untrue. As defined above, a pyramid scheme revolves solely around recruitment. So as an example I wanted to show you what a pyramid scheme ad looks like. I didn’t really browse that hard, I just went to a random advertising group on Facebook and scrolled for about 5 minutes. I found this gem to the left, and this is just the first I came across of what I am sure would be many to be found on the wall of that group. This isn’t an obvious pitch for a pyramid scheme, because obviously, they would get in trouble. However, I have a little insider knowledge with this $25 per referral ad because someone tried to recruit me for this kind of crap in the past. And that is exactly what it is – total bullcrap. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is a pyramid scheme. Their sole purpose is to go out and recruit people for the “company”. All they have to do to join is pay a small fee of $25+ dollars to join, and then they can start recruiting more people and earning money immediately. It is a constant return of cash from ONLY recruiting.

Do you see the difference between THIS and between legitimate Network Marketing companies? I hope you do, because it is pretty freakin’ huge… THERE ARE PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES FOR SALE… If it is a company that has legitimate products for purchase, it does NOT qualify as a pyramid scheme, despite the fact that it does involve team building. In fact, when you think about a typical corporate environment, there are often bonuses for referrals. When you work at the company for so long, you are granted the opportunity to make recommendations for people that you think would be a good addition to the company. If they are hired, make it through the probationary period, and succeed in their role, you receive compensation for the recommendation. So when you think of it that way, the corporate environment has team building too! The problem here is that this industry is a relatively new concept to people, so it is difficult to grasp I guess. Think of it this way: Each person involved in Network Marketing is essentially the CEO of their own company. In order for a company to grow and become successful, they typically must have other employees and grow in size. It is the same with Network Marketing. To become truly successful, you need to build a team, and you need to nurture that team consistently to help them grow teams of their own as well. When you think of it this way, Network Marketing actually is more of an inverse pyramid. Why? Because in order for one person to be successful, they have to aid their team to be successful. You can’t just recruit a bunch of people, then sit back and rake in cash. You need to train your team, help your team to grow, and push your team to achieve new heights in their business. Nobody can simply sit back and get complacent, which appears to be a common assumption.

Number 2: It is offensive. Seriously though! If you ask anyone in the Network Marketing business what they think about people that refer to their JOB as being a pyramid scheme, chances are they will say that it drives them a little bonkers. It is just so frustrating to be so passionate about a company that you love, and to have so many people on so many different fronts constantly trying to dis what you do. We work HARD at what we do (or at least those of us trying to make this a real career) and it can be offensive and rude to have people look us in the face and call the Network Marketing industry a scam or a pyramid scheme. If you care about your friends and family involved in this industry, please do not use those terms when speaking to them about their business. Even when speaking to strangers, it is best if you just keep those words out of your vocabulary when discussing this topic. These days Network Marketing is becoming super popular for being part-time endeavors, so you seriously could be meeting tons of strangers every day that have businesses outside of their “real” jobs without your knowledge. If you want to avoid an awkward and uncomfortable conversation, just keep those little negative thoughts to yourself!

Number 3: It makes YOU look bad. I am aware that this one may offend a few people, because I am sure that there are a lot of you out there that are guilty of doing this on a fairly regular basis. However, I gotta be real… It seriously makes you look kinda silly and ignorant to those of us that actually know the true definition of a pyramid scheme. We live in a time where SO many people around the world are bringing in full-time earnings by working at home with their direct sales business. There are millionaires in many of these companies, and more and more are made all of the time. If you put the time and effort into this industry, and you are willing to learn and to grow as a person, you can be successful in this industry as well. To say that something is a scam, when it is clearly doing so much good for so many family and individuals around the world, is just ridiculous.

If you have been guilty of this, I want to encourage you to please just stop. Start thinking of Network Marketing for what it really is – a successful business opportunity not for the faint of heart.

xoxo

Jess

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5 Reasons Direct Sales is MADE for the Struggling Student

Something about myself that many of my online readers may not know, is that I actually started my Younique and Beachbody businesses while I was an undergrad student. There are challenges that accompany that for sure, because along with class, you are often trying to balance readings, writing papers, preparing presentations or projects, working part-time, and having some form of social life. Having a direct sales business on top of all of that sounds daunting to you on top of all of your other tasks, and it does come with unique challenges. However, it also has a lot of hidden perks. When you have classes through the week, and schedules that change from one term to the next, it can be difficult to find steady employment that is above minimum wage… and let’s face it, minimum wage on part-time working hours for a student is often just not enough. When I started school, I was actually working three part-time jobs. Each job individually did not provide me with enough hours, so I kept taking on more and more. This resulted in little sleep, a lot of stress, and not enough time to focus on my schoolwork. Any of the higher paid jobs typically do not accept students, because they prefer to have people that are going to be there long-term and working on a full-time basis. Add to that the fact that it is becoming increasingly hard to find a job in the first place, at least where I am from in the Maritimes.

I was pretty fortunate in that I was able to get into a good and steady job the summer after my second year of my degree. It wasn’t much in terms of hours during the winter months, but the hours and income I had during the summer allowed me to save. I also managed to get a perfect job for a student in my final year, a security guard in a government building. I worked weekends, which admittedly did suck, but it permitted me to study and work on schoolwork in between my responsibilities because the building was nearly always shut down on weekends. Most students are unable to have that luxury. For that reason, it is almost like the direct sales industry is perfect for the struggling student.

Here’s 5 reasons WHY direct sales is MADE for the struggling student:

  1. You have the ability to choose your own schedule. Have exams coming up, three papers to write, and a presentation to prepare for a seminar? Not an issue. With a direct sales business, YOU get to choose when and how you work. If you only have 5 minutes before class, you can write a quick post for Facebook and share an image on social media. Network marketing provides you with the freedom and flexibility to CHOOSE when you need to focus on your studies, and when you have time to focus on your business. There were some days when I was just totally drained mentally, emotionally, and physically from school (especially exam week), so having the ability to say “you know what, I think I need to take a day off from working my business and focus on my studies, or even just to relax and power up” is amazing.
  2. You are surrounded by potential customers. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t use that huge advantage while I had the chance. I am shy and more introverted, so I didn’t network like I could have. If you are a social person, this is honestly the perfect opportunity for you to use that to your benefit and make connections that will ultimately propel your business forward. University is just full of students, and gives you a giant advantage over everyone else doing a business. You have opportunities to meet new people DAILY.
  3. You save money on products you love. When you pick a direct sales company to join, you need to make it something that you love and fully support. In doing so, you will be genuine with those around you and they will see that in you. Working for a company that you love will allow you to get the products you would be buying anyway at a much cheaper price, and even make a return on all of your purchases through commissions from sales you make with the company. I chose Beachbody and Younique, and my focus has primary been on my makeup business. It is something that I absolutely love and enjoy doing, and it allows me to save money on amazing makeup that I would be buying full price.
  4. You can take your job with you wherever you go. I went to school in my hometown, but a lot of people that I went to school with were from out of town. Many people came from different cities, provinces, or even countries to study. If this is you, what happens to your job if you go home over the holidays, during summer breaks, or when you graduate? Chances are a place of employment will be okay with 1 week vacation to go home, but they won’t be down with an entire summer. With direct sales, you can bring your business WITH you. While on holiday breaks, summer breaks, or upon graduation, you can continue working on your business. It is even better for you this way, because it allows you to network and make connections in your hometown and across the country as well!
  5. Extra income to support you throughout your degree. Every company is different, so I can’t speak for the payment schedules of all direct sales companies. However, I can tell you that with Younique, I get paid just THREE hours after a sale. The commission is deposited onto a special Younique credit card that you can withdraw from, or even use to pay for in-store purchases like groceries, gas, etc. Personally, I’ve chosen to allow my commission to accumulate on the card and then use it to pay off my student loans. For a student though, this would be perfect for you. If you’re short on cash and you need to pay for a few groceries, you can focus on getting a few sales that day and then have the commission waiting for you 3 hours later to use at the grocery store. Other companies I am sure have different plans. Some will be weekly maybe, some bi-weekly, or some monthly. Either way though, it gives you an opportunity to support yourself throughout your degree with something you enjoy doing on your own time, by your own terms.

The naysayers will try to convince you that it is a waste of time, or that it isn’t worth it, but they are wrong. Even if you only have time to work on it super part-time like I did when I was in school, it still allows you to build a following through networking while in school and establish credibility among your friends, family, and peers. Over time that business will grow, and eventually you will have more time to put into it, and it will be worth it to see the result.

Are you a struggling student with a direct sales business already? I would love to hear about how this industry has helped you throughout the duration of your university career! Please share below in the comments :)

Feel free to reach out to me at any time should you have additional questions!

xoxo

Jess

What your support really means to me…

When I first got into direct sales as a Beachbody Coach, I really did sign up to help people only after having seen the proof that the programs and products truly make a difference having experienced it firsthand. I then fell in love with Younique, and I joined that company. I admit, when I started I was going about the business ALL wrong. I was posting constantly, basically just making sales pitches, providing absolutely no value, and using photos of random people and anything and everything I found off the internet. I was young and stupid, treating it as a “get rich quick” option.

I’ve since grown up, and I have come to the realization that these companies are not ways to get rich quickly. In fact, they take a lot of work. I am constantly learning, and making and effort to learn through webinars, podcasts, books, etc. I learned that it is not about the sale, but it is about finding the perfect thing that can make your customers happy. It’s about sharing something that you love, and helping others to enhance their lives in a similar fashion.

Unfortunately though, I know there are still people out there that hate my posts about Younique or Beachbody on Facebook or my other social media outlets. I am sure it has even cost me a few “friends” on Facebook at some point, and to that I say “Good riddance”. Seriously. Why? Because so many people these days are shaming those of us that are putting ourselves out there and  working our asses off to make our dreams a reality. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say “why do you bother, you’ve been at it for a year and you’ve only advanced two times?”, or “you’re not going to make any money that way, so why don’t you just give up and go back to school?”. This is honestly very hurtful, especially when it comes from the people that are supposed to love and support you the most. It takes hard work, dedication, time, and so much more to make your dreams come true, so nobody can expect it to happen instantly.

When I first started with Younique and began collecting commissions on that awesome purple credit card, I was spending it. It wasn’t much in the beginning of course, but it was still exciting none the less. I bought myself some new clothes, I used it to pay for gas, and probably a lot more that I am simply forgetting about now that it has been over a year with the company. Want to know how I spend that commission money now?

I DON’T!

Seriously. I stopped using my Younique credit card for purchases a long time ago. I know a lot of presenters use it, and then they will post “look what my Younique credit card bought me”, which is exactly what I used to do too. It is exciting when you can buy things with money that you earned through your business, and you want to share that as a success. Personally, I have since realized that it serves me better to just save all of my earnings from Younique. When I have accumulated enough, I can then finally pay off my student loan debt from my B.A. That is why it makes me so happy when people purchase from me locally, or they purchase from me online through my website. It excites me because every sale is another customer that will hopefully love the products as much as I do, and every single happy customer gets me one step closer to making my dream a reality and paying off my student loans to finally live debt free.

THAT is what you are supporting when you purchase things from me. Not a drinking habit, a smoking habit, a tattoo obsession, etc. You’re supporting a girl that is trying to save up to pay off her student loans. When you buy from other people in direct sales, in many cases, you are supporting a mom trying to care for her kids, students trying to earn some money to get by, a person trying to support a family member going through treatment for cancer, etc etc etc. I read another blog post recently that totally nailed it, and if you have the time, I definitely recommend you Click Here and take a look.

People need to stop thinking of those of us in direct sales as the enemy, or as something to avoid just because we do network marketing. People seem to think that it is the lazy way to make money, but I can tell you with certainty that if you want to be successful in the network marketing industry you definitely can not get there by being lazy. I even know a person that was SO dead set against supporting someone in direct sales, that she went and purchased a product that I was selling straight from the website to deliberately ensure that she did not support me or anyone else. To me, that is just awful. You’re not supporting a huge corporation or CEO to line their pockets and build another vacation home, you’re supporting a real person that is trying to make an honest living and build a future for themselves. Obviously some people use these opportunities in the wrong way, but there are people that break the rules in every profession, and that does not mean that everyone else should automatically be ruled as unworthy of support because of a few bad examples.

Now I don’t know exactly where my life will take me, I mean, who knows! Maybe I will go back to school in a year or two to further my education. Why does that mean that I have to give up my business though? Can I not continue working on building my future while I am getting an education? I mean I am doing it part time right now already, because I do have a full time job… So my advice to you is this: If you have a loved one that is working in the network marketing business, please do not tell them to quit or tell them that what they are doing is stupid or worthless. I strongly believe that everyone should have a network marketing business on the side, which they can nurture slowly over time. Bit by bit, you could be creating a retirement fund for yourself. You could be creating an education fund to put your children through university, which is something that most kids, like myself, never had. If you are like me and you love to travel, you could be creating your travel fund. The possibilities are endless.

To anyone that has purchased anything through me in the past, or anyone that does so in the future, I just want you to know that I do truly appreciate your support. It is because of you that I haven’t given up, and that I continue to work at making my dreams come true. If you were reading this as the kind of person that avoided network marketers, I hope that this will help you to see that it is truly a great thing to support your friends and loved ones in their business endeavors.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Jess

So you want a business opportunity that is free?

Much like anyone else in the network marketing business, I am a member of multiple groups to network with other people in the industry and those looking to become a member of the industry. Within these groups, I see countless posts on a regular basis of people seeking business opportunities with no starter costs. If you are one of those people – this is for you.

If you have been searching for anything free, chances are you can’t find a business opportunity that is free because that is not the way that the world works. Network marketing is NOT a get rich quick scheme. Network marketing is a legitimate business opportunity, and essentially you are your own CEO. Obviously all companies are a little bit different in how they do things, but for the most part, you are paying a fee to start that covers a kit full of products, training, website fees, etc.

Think of it this way. If you wanted to start your own store locally, you wouldn’t be able to just do it for free. There are start up costs, and a whole lot more that way too. Network marketing gives you the opportunity to have your own company without all of the hassle of producing the product and shipping it out.  You can’t expect companies to give you the world. The products that come in those kits are super discounted already (at least with my company, Younique) , so you can’t expect to be handed them for free. Not to mention that initial fee of $99 US/ $119 CA also covers your training online, it covers a website for life, you get a Younique credit card for your commission, free younique cash on your birthday, 100 free business cards, no additional fees through the duration of your time with the company, and more.

Another common theme among people that make these posts is to say “well I would rather join for free and not get the starter kit”. I am sorry, but that just makes no sense if you want to get your business off to a good start from the beginning! Having a start up kit is essential to a new business so that you can use the products and accurately represent them to your customers.You need to have experience with the products and be knowledgeable about the products if you are going to sell them successfully. People are going to ask you what you think of certain products and expect you to be able to give them an honest answer. They won’t appreciate you saying “well, I don’t know actually because I have never tried any of the products”. Right then and there you will lose all credibility with that potential customer, and that is bad for your business.

If you are just joining a company for the sake of joining a company and making money, I have to be honest, don’t bother. People can tell when you are genuinely passionate about a product or if you are just trying to push it, and they will gravitate to those they can tell truly care about the product. People want to buy from people that they can trust, and with whom they have formed a relationship. If you’re all about the sale and you place little value on the customer experience, you’re not going to get far in this industry.

Now I know that if you’re struggling and you don’t have a lot of money it can be difficult to make that investment, which is why some of the people making those posts are seeking something free to join. However, if you are serious about wanting a business opportunity that you love and creating a life of financial freedom, you’ll make the effort to save up bit by bit until you can pay for your kit. Even just a couple of dollars here and there will add up.

Just remember that with any network marketing business, you need to put in what you want to get back out of it. If you are not willing to make an investment into your business, then that is a choice that you are making, and it is something you are going to have to learn to live with. I don’t believe in sugar coating the truth to get people to join my team because I feel like people need to know the truth about network marketing prior to joining. It is important that you know what you can expect from this industry and what it will take to be successful, because it simply may not be for you.

It’s not for everyone, and that is perfectly okay.

Visit my previous post to learn about the Network Marketing industry. If you are still interested in making this a part of your life, Click Here to learn about the Younique opportunity, or visit my website to sign up today! I have my own team training resources in addition to those provided through Younique corporate, and I would love to have you on my team and help you create the success you are hoping for.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Jess

Evil Witch Makeup Tutorial

Want to learn how I created this evil witch halloween look? Well I will tell you exactly how I did it and what I used in this video. This look was created using 100% Younique products.

The top contributor to this look was our moodstruck mineral pigments. Wet and/or dry, our pigments are phenomenal for creating unique looks. Last year it was a zombie, this year a witch. You can come up with whatever you want if you have the right beauty products!

Our products are naturally based, and many are even 100% natural. These products are safer and healthier for your skin and for the skin of your children. Next time you have a need for some face paint, skip the traditional junk products you will find at retail stores and use Younique for an awesome look.

Ready to get some of your favorite pigments? You can buy them individually or buy in bulk with sets of 4 to save money. Visit my website to shop and order yours:
www.youniqueproducts.com/JessicaJordanMunn

Thanks for watching!

xoxo

Jessica

How to curl your lashes without a lash curler

Do you hate the thought of using a lash curler on your lashes? Me too. That is why I have found a better way! This doesn’t mess up your makeup, it doesn’t hurt if you do it improperly, and it won’t rip out your lashes if done improperly either. This is a quick, easy, and SAFE way to curl your lashes.

I hope you enjoyed this video, and that you will now benefit from this tip!

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xoxo

Jessica

This girl’s new best friend <3

It’s official. I have a new favorite lip stick.

Pretentious is 100% my color!! It is the lip stick equivalent to my favorite lip gloss “lavish”. Anyone that knows me would know that I love pink, and I LOVE glitter when it comes to my beauty routine. I am a huge fan of all of our shimmer products, so when I saw pretentious, I knew I had to have it.

I’m also using Splurge Cream Eye Shadow in noble, dainty, and elegant.I used elegant all over my lid and under my brow, then I used dainty on just the lid, and then I used noble in the crease to create a purple smokey eye look. I also added a bit of noble under the lower lash line on the outer corners, as well as some additional elegant on the inner corners of the eye and under lower lash line there to polish off the look. Of course ALL of my looks are never complete without 3D Fiber Lash Mascara!

You may not know this, but you can actually get THREE Splurge colors of your choosing this month at a discount with our Customer Kudos. Additionally, the Kudos comes with our amazing Shine Makeup Remover Cloths. The Kudos for splurge will end at the end of October, so get it while you can ladies!

Click here to order yours now.

xoxo

Jessica

Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick Demo

Watch me try out Stuck Up, Vain, Ritzy, Conceited, and Stinkin’ Rich from our Opulence Lipstick collection. You can have your choice of 15 phenomenal shades ladies, so there is truly something for everyone! This is just one of many new products recently released to the public for purchase by Younique, so click here to check out some of the other amazing options!

Click here to go and purchase your favorite lipstick shades today!

Thanks for watching ladies!

xoxo

Jess

Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara + Tutorial for HUGE Lashes!

This stuff is seriously AMAZEBALLS. I don’t even know how else to describe it, because it honestly works magic on your lashes. A photo (or in this case a video) is worth more than a thousand words, so why don’t you just see for yourself! Click here to learn all about this mascara and the differences and enhancements that have been made to this new formula.

Now without further ado, check out this video on how to apply our 3D Fiber Lash Mascara + for maximum length and volume:

Click here to order your mascara today!! OR if you are local you are more than welcome to reach out to me via the Contact page, because chances are I will have some in stock that will allow you to avoid the delivery wait time!

Thanks for watching ladies!

xoxo

Jessica

Younique Palette 1 Smokey-Eye Tutorial!

Hey ladies! Here is a little tutorial on how my basic smokey eye is done using the new palette from Younique. This palette in the video was palette 1 featuring mostly browns and nudes in either matte or shimmer shades. I pretty much always use the shimmer shades, but that is personal preference!

The look in the video doesn’t really do it justice, so check out the photo for a more accurate view on how the look turned out. I hope you find this helpful ladies, and if you want to see more please subscribe to my channel and follow my blog www.fitnessbeautytravel.com.

To purchase a palette of your own and check out what else we have to offer with Younique just click here to visit my website!