Pyramid Schemes, Scams, Direct Sales And More!

“Are Selling Products A Legit Income??”

I have to say this is one of the most popular questions I get emailed. But the truth is, even I wondered this same thing before getting involved in this business. A few years back, I was approached to join a company, and my instant thought was Pyramid Scheme and scam!! It’s sad that I thought that way, but many people do as unless you are in this business or well educated about it, you just know what you hear. Many of these companies we think are scams, are actually backed by the Better Business Bureau and have been around for many years!!! So today I am going to cover a few of these popular questions, along with how to know if something is legit and the truth about Pyramids.

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Is it Legit?!?!
Direct Sales Companies are VERY legit. They are large companies that chose to pay independent contractors to advertise them instead of using TV adds, Billboards, etc. They are actually helping our economy by putting the money in your pockets vs some very large CEO of a TV station. To find out if a company is legit, you can google them or see if they are registered with the Direct Selling Association. You can also read the reviews about the company online, but remember to only take so much away from those. Job’s are like food, each person has a different preference and different experience so expect to see both good and bad reviews.12004772_995077193889412_9133849978607155890_n
How these companies work, is you advertise their products for them and in return they pay you a commission. Each company has a different pay scale, but in my experience the average is between 10-40%. Finding out what they pay is very important before you begin! Direct Sales companies are very smart, they know people are going to share a product they love, and they encourage that sharing by paying you for it. What better advertisement is their than a happy customer?? I would believe my friends love of a product a lot more than I would a celebrity on TV.
The companies usually require a start up fee, and this is what scares most people. They see that fee and instantly think it’s a scam and they are being robbed. But the truth is, MOST jobs have a start up cost such as background check, uniform, training, etc. With direct sales companies, you want to make sure your cost comes with something!!!!! It should include samples for you, catalogs, brochures, products, a website, product discounts, training, etc. The average cost of a start up kit is around $100 and most have ways for you to make that right back by selling the products in your kit. If the cost is very high, with no products for you, think twice before joining and look more into the company!!! Start up costs are also a tax write off!!! It’s a business investment and you get it back at tax time. The IRS knows direct sales companies are a legit way to make an income.

 

Pyramid Schemes
Pyramid schemes are when one person is on top and makes a lot of money and the people on bottom don’t make hardly anything even though they are doing all the work. These are out there and you want to be careful, but most times they don’t sell any products, more work on just recruiting other people to join. Here are a few signs a company is a Pyramid Scheme and you want to run for the hills.
According to the Direct Selling Association, here is what you should watch for in Pyramid Schemes:
1) Promising lots of money for no work
2) Teaching people to recruit and not sell a product
3) Very large start up costs
4) Not having a product that they sell
5) Having a few people who make a lot of money on top, and a lot of people on the bottom making very little money
For more signs on what might be a pyramid scam, visit the Direct Selling Associations Website
http://www.dsa.org/docs/default-source/direct-selling-facts/legitimatecompanies.pdf?sfvrsn=2

 

 

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Now to some people, the direct sales business mirrors a pyramid, but the honest truth is in MOST jobs you do have some people higher up. For example, in the school system you have a Principal on top, then teachers, then par pros, then students. In most direct sales companies, you have someone who has been in the company for awhile on top, then your sponsor, then yourself. The people on the top do usually get paid off your income, but to do so they have to keep themselves active AND they have to help their team members. They get paid for having a team and teaching other people to be successful, just like managers do. Just because some people make more on your team in direct sales, does not mean it’s a Pyramid.

As you can see, direct sales are a great and very real way for people to earn an income. In fact, direct sales companies have been around since the 1920’s! They do get a bad reputation though because of the way some people teach their teams to market. If you do it the right way, you can be very successful, make a great income, and have fun all at the same time!!! My #1 tip to be successful is find a product you love and use, and share it, never sell!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Direct Sales Companies at http://www.dsa.org/ and http://www.directselling411.com/
Make sure to also check out our Work From Home Directory for a list of legit Direct Sales Companies

Dana

Sharing Pays

“I don’t want to sell a product”

Me either!!! Selling stuff is tough and not many people are big fans of sales people. So that is why I never sell stuff. I have a different job, I SHARE with people my love for a product. That’s right, I get paid to SHARE!476768c59e61b6691dee58482ff33c01

When I go to a new restaurant, I tell all my friends how good it was!! That’s great for the restaurant as I paid for my meal, and just advertised for them with nothing in return for myself.

When I buy new shoes, I tell people how much I love my shoes, where they can get them, and what a great product it is. This is great for the show store as I just paid full price for my shows, plus advertised for them and helped them get more business.

When I have a fabulous experience with an accountant, I recommend them to my friends and family. I paid full price for their service and now Im sending them more business because I thought they did a great job.

This is great for these businesses!!!! But what if I could get paid for sharing my love for these companies. And what if I could get a discount for getting them more business???

That’s what I do!!! I find a product I love, believe in, and will use daily and get paid to share it. I don’t sell. I don’t go door to door. I don’t bug my friends. I don’t beg people to buy.

I use my product, show myself using it. And that’s it!10995816_10153064888544576_7110161646201980006_n

For example, one product I use and LOVE is Jamberry Nail Wraps. I found them a few years ago and bought them because as a busy Mom, I didn’t have time to go to the nail salon. Plus the price was $15 for FOUR applications. You can’t beat that!!! So I used them, posted a few pictures, and made sales! Once I realized what a fun business it was, I started to expand. Here are a few things I’ve done to be successful in SHARING not SELLING

I began carrying sample packs with me that included directions and my business cards. These are popular as my nails are always done and every place I go, they advertise for me! If someone compliments them, I offer them a sample! No one says NO!

I offer my samples online by asking people to do a 7 Day Challenge. They get a free sample and use it on one nail, while putting polish on the others. They post the picture on social media on Day 1 and Day 7 to show the wraps vs the polish. This shows my product to tons more people and shows it WORKS

 

  • I make my own instruction videos and post those. People relate better when they see someone they know.
  • I do online parties which allows my friends to earn FREE products and for me to reach a wider range of people. I usually book a few parties from each party I host.
  • I pass out catalogs In local businesses
  • I do events
  • I do home parties

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I use the product!!! This is the biggest!!! When I go to the park with my kids, when I go to the grocery store, when I go to the doctor….everywhere I go people see my nails. My 3 year old uses them too!!!  We both are walking advertisements for a product we love!! I use them, I share them, and I get paid for doing that!!! Plus I earn free products each month and get paid for sharing them. Its an amazing opportunity, a great and FUN job and you can find pretty much any product out there to get started doing this with! For some ideas, go visit our work from home directory.

Dana

Starting A Business

work from homeMany people are scared to work from home because they worry about how to get started, how to be successful, how not to be a failure, and how to know if a start-up cost is normal or a scam. Starting your own business is scary, but it is also empowering as it allows you to take your future into our own hands!!! It’s a very brave act that many people never have the courage to go after! But how do you get started and how do you make sure you are successful? I’ll share some tips as I know quite a lot about this subject!

 

pizap.com14295431785461The number one tip for being successful working from home is find a product you LOVE! Don’t look at the money right away, but instead search high and low until you find something you love, believe in, and would 100% use yourself and encourage your loved ones to use also. Work from home jobs can be tough as you need to set your own hours, push yourself, and get out of your comfort zone. But if you are passionate about your product/company than it shows and it makes your work fun!

You never ever ever want to be a sales person, that is just not fun! The tip to being successful and what I teach my team is to SHARE! Share why you love a product, why you buy it, the benefits of it, etc. Sharing is the way to make money, not selling. Keep that I mind when you pick something. Ask yourself, can I use this everyday and share it with others everywhere I go???? ((if your product advertises itself, HUGE bonus for you as it makes your work easier))

 

Once you find a product you love, check into the company and what it takes to work for them. Most require a small 62c12fbc492dc0c1be227f2645128c69start up fee which should give you a website and tools to get started such as products, catalogs, business cards, samples etc. If it requires a fee with NOTHING in return for you, research more into the company. Make sure to also look into what it takes to stay active with the company. Some require you to buy a certain amount from them each month in order to get paid. So they may require you to buy $200 worth of products but you only sell $50 worth and in the case you would be losing money. Always look into the requirements! Other companies require a website fee, some won’t pay you until you sell a certain amount, and others only pay you once you earn a certain amount of money. These are all things you want to know BEFORE signing up! Never be afraid to ask questions especially when it comes to your business.

 

 

Research the business and products. You are going to find good and bad re10943030_1022567594424071_1797698394091688528_nviews on everything out there, but don’t let that discourage you. If all you find is bad reviews, then take that into account. Remember though that some people just like to trash companies so weight what you find, both the good and bad. If you are selling a product people consume, research, research, research!!! This is VERY important as some products do have ingredients that can hurt people and you need to know what’s truly in those products and the side effects of consuming them. ((example: artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and sucralose are now showing long term effect and are in MANY consumable diet products…but don’t take my word for it, jut google it and research yourself))

 

 

11037143_933118456751953_6989970111978092783_nKnow your market and if the product you are selling can reach your friends and family. If you have a lot of friends interested in health and fitness, then joining a company like that will allow you to have a product they would be interested in. If you are interested in makeup, but most your friends prefer fitness, keep that in mind as you may have to work harder to make sales. Also look at the price of products. Is it something many people can afford? And is it something they will use often? Jewelry/bakeware/clothes are great, but many people don’t buy those items every single month which means you have to go out searching for new clients.

 

 

11008506_10153190080411760_5024804209952106402_nAnother great point when starting a business is to find a supportive and knowledgeable business partner! In most of these companies, you can join someone’s team which means they are there to answer your questions, train you, and help you to be successful. To me, this is one of the most important things as it makes things easier for you when you have someone cheering you on. Not to mention, having someone to go to with questions on how to be successful, how to time manage, and how to get your business rocking. Starting a new business can be scary, but having someone to help and encourage you can make a world of difference!! Trust me, after years in this business I know this to be true!!!

 

 

489a48abdc23f354f6af9fac81e21d9ennThese are just a few things to consider when starting your own business, but remember you should never be afraid to ask questions! Ask other people who have been in that company, or who have left the company. Find out what they liked/disliked about it. Also keep in mind that to work from home, you need to be your own boss which means you need to push yourself. Sure its tough at first, but when you consider the benefits, its totally worth it! I work when I want, as much as I want, and from where I want. I can work at the park, by the pool, or in my office. I’m the boss so I set my own rules!

 

Anyone can be successful working from home, you just need to be dedicated, find a product you love, do your research and never let excuses hold you back!

 

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Have a product you are thinking of promoting but nervous about it??? Feel free to send me a message as I’ve reviewed TONS of companies and products! Keep in mind I will give you my 100% honest opinion.

 

Need a product to fall in love with??? Go check out our Work From Home Directory which has TONS of great products!!!!

 

Looking for a fabulous mentor and product??? Come work with me!!!

Dana

Finding Balance

 

11150407_10152881528944576_2738157974536688199_nWhen people see that I work from home, they often think I have it all together and am “Supermom”. Well, sorry to burst some bubbles, but that is totally false!!! I’m like every single person out there, struggling to accomplish it all and some days forgetting to brush my teeth!! Most days I don’t wear an ounce of makeup (except mascara!!), am in gym clothes, and run around all day long. I have days where I feel super overwhelmed and think I have way too much on my plate. And its moments like that I have to take a step back and remember what is most important.

I have three healthy, beautiful, smart children!!! I get to spend all day, every day, with them!!! Working from home has helped my family tremendously, I’ve paid off my school loans and my SUV (HUGE happy dance from that this week)! I have so much to be thankful for!!! So the laundry might only get done once a week, the grass needed to be cut two weeks ago, and my wardrobe only includes gym clothes. But who cares!!! I’m always been very OCD, but slowly and surely, I’m learning to go with the flow a bit more.

 

11026588_10152886604509576_8022368932152025326_nBalance is still something I struggle with. My husband works a weird shift so really only has one full day off right now. The funny thing is, that doesn’t bother me. The kids and I are always on the go as we FINALLY live in an area where we have stuff to do! I can run errands, take them to the park, go for hikes with my aunt, we have fun stuff to do everyday!!! I don’t think we have been bored once since we moved to GA. It’s a freeing feeling to have options and not be stuck in the house all day!!

 

The only negative has been my work. I’ve been so busy with the kids, and my husband’s schedule is different, the time to “work” I had each day has changed. At first I got stressed. I have worked hard to build my business and to make an income from home. But then I remembered why I was working, to help my family!!! We have paid off so much debt, and now my income goes directly towards my kids college funds!!!! That’s an amazing feeling in itself to accomplish that while being home with my kids each day. For many people, my family included, money can be stressful and to remove that issue has been a huge weight off my husband and I’s shoulders.

 

I’m sticking more to a schedule to help with the work time I have. I get up early and that’s my exercise time. I also use that time to make my “to-do” list for the day. On that list I make sure to include the most important items, and the ones that can be done that day, or another day. That’s a huge help with keeping me on track and making sure I accomplish what HAS to be done each day.

 

The truth is, most people do NOT have it all figured out. We all struggle with getting things done and prioritizing. For me, the number one priority is my kids. I want them to be able to do after school activities, take fun family vacations, and go to college. So on the days I feel stressed, I remember my goals are for them and that reminds me to take a step back, figure out a new way to achieve balance, and when all else fails, go swing at the park. Because sunshine and the laugher of my kids reminds me of the important things in life!!

Dana

Getting Paid To Share Products

One problem many people encounter when trying to work from home, is finding what to do! The most popular option, especially for Mom’s, is working for a direct sales company. But how do you pick one??? My number one suggestion is find a product you LOVE! The key to being successful with this type of job is loving the product you are sharing. That way talking about it does not feel like work, and your passion and love for the product shows. When you love the product, you also will use it all the time and that is the BEST way to share it with others.

Sometimes you do have to shop around and try a few different products. The great things is many companies allow you to sample the products with a money back guarantee if you don’t like them! That way you can find out if this product will be a great fit for you or not. Also make sure and look at your friends and family and see if this is something they might be interested in. You don’t have to share it with them, you can do online parties, go to events, and meet people online who might want to try your product. You have so many options!!!

You can find a company with any type of product!!! There are so many great options!!! Here are some to check out. For more options and information on business opportunities, check out our Work From Home Directory.

 

Health and Wellnesspaid to be on facebook

Young Living– 100% Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Get your family started on natural healing with the Premium Start Kit. Email for details on how to get wholesale pricing!

Michellesiegel101@yahoo.com

http://www.youngliving.org/Sunnyoils

 

DoTERRA essential oils are perfect for anyone that’s passionate about making a difference to the wellness of those they love. These oils are therapeutic grade.

Website: http://www.mydoterra.com/melanieschouten/

Email: empoweredmumma@gmail.com

 

Fitness

Advocare-  World-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance.

Website: http://www.advocare.com/140338820

Email:Kimberly.velasquez@gmail.com

 

Thrive- Thrive is premium nutrition full of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and enzymes that our bodies need to be well balanced and function properly.
simplyU@gmx.com, www.deannmorton.le-vel.com

 

It Works– It works! That’s wrap! Tighten, tone, firm… Get skinny! It works products are an all natural, detoxifying and hydrating line that help you achieve your body sculpting goals! Join my team and aid in the fight against fat!

http://thatswrap.itworksca.com

Kass.chibry@gmail.com

 

Beachbody- In-home fitness programs and weight-loss tools – all the tools and support you need to get in the healthiest shape of your life.
www.beachbodycoach.com/khlavor
Getfit@writersfitnessplan.com

 

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Mary Kay– Welcome to the leader in skin care and cosmetics!  For 51 years Mary Kay has been try before you buy!  One on one facials, group facials, glamour sessions, secure online 24/7 shopping, and business opportunities.

www.marykay.com/dtangren

Dorothy.marykay@gmail.com

 

Younique- Younique 3d Mascara is the most innovative thing to happen to makeup this century. A 300% increase in thickness and volume. A safe a natural alternative to false lashes and lash extensions. Younique 3d fibers are made from 100% green tea leaves. Gluten free, talc free, paraben free, chemical free, and cruelty free. A 14 day money back guarantee if you are not happy with your product! Email: kimmylashes@gmail.com FB: Facebook.com/kimmylashes www.kimmylashes.com

 

Tyra beauty is not another make up company it’s a beauty experience. I fell in love with these products because as a busy mom it takes me from plain to gorgeous in 6 minutes flat with little effort. Tyra Beauty was created so any woman or man can work with them easily and effectively in our every day life. And who doesn’t love Tyra Banks. So I became a Beautytainer to personally share products I love and help others feel beautiful and in return it allows me to earn income and be a stay at home mom.

Renee Tanner Email me at: tyra_beautytainment@yahoo.com

https://www.tyra.com/renee/

 

Sweet Minerals– offers all natural, high quality mineral makeup. We offers a flawless look that lasts 18+ hours and all our products are made here in the US.

www.sweetminerals.com/jessicamarkle

jessm526@aol.com

 

Skincare

Rodan + Fields- Founded by world-renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solution, Rodan + Fields is bringing dermatology to the home with skincare products and tools that address aging skin, acne, discoloration, sun damage, and sensitive skin, and make real, visible results possible at home without injections or other invasive procedures.  All products come with a 60-day money back guarantee, even if the bottles are empty!

Sharon Casadei Rodan + Fields Level IV Executive Consultant

Website: Casadei.myrandf.biz

Email: RFbySharon@gmail.com

 

Jeunesse Global– Worldwide leader in advanced skincare and anti-aging technology – from great preventative products like our Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenation Serum to our Instantly Ageless product that literally takes 10 years off in just two minutes! At Jeunesse we focus on a variety of great products to help you look and feel younger – on the inside and out! Visit our website for our full line of products at www.eyecandycream.com or visit our Facebook page for lots of great product info and before and after pictures at www.facebook.com/eyecandycream!

 

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Monat- Monat offers a ground floor opportunity with easy to share products that people really want! Our unique, all natural haircare system is proven to work and the results are jaw dropping. No other direct sales company offers products like this, plus we have a very generous compensation plan!

Website: Natural.mymonat.com    Email: stephmize1@gmail.com

 

Lemongrass Spa offers a full line of mineral make-up and an extensive collection of Actually Natural skin care products for the entire family. Lemongrass Spa has an established base of profitable consultants but the market is not flooded, now is a great time to use our products and make money sharing them with others.

Jess Muller Aknaturally.com Jmuller.AK@gmail.com

 

 

Home Products

Usborne Books- The most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. From activity books, to neat fiction series, to internet-linked science and history encyclopedias, Usborne does books better.

Andrea Blanchette

http://www.raisingourbookworms.com

raisingbookworms@yahoo.com

 

Norwex- I am an Independent Norwex Consultant. Let me show you how to radically reduce your use of harsh chemicals in your home and personal use all while saving you a ton of time, money, your health, and the environment! With our EnviroCloth and water you can clean most of your house without using other cleaners, truly getting a TRUE CLEAN!

ambee18@yahoo.com

www.AmberHady.norwex.biz

 

Wildtree- Wildtree offers the highest quality herbs, spices and culinary blends that are free of preservatives, additives, fillers and promote a healthier lifestyle. Wildtree believes in the value of making cooking a quicker, easier, more healthful project for those who are short on time.

My site: mywildtree.com/jessicagroyal

Email: greueljessica@gmail.com

 

Jewelry

Origami Owl

https://missmolly.origamiowl.com/  Mollyritterbeck@gmail.com

 

Adornable.u We offer beautiful, fine fashion jewelry backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee

staceyporritt@gmail.com www.facebook.com/staceyaporritt

 

KEEP Collective– An Exclusive collectible charm concept with personal service, social networking, and e-commerce to build a more meaningful, rewarding, fun & flexible business for women than ever before. https://www.keep-collective.com/with/aprilsmith aprilmsmith0627@gmail.com

 

AND MORE!!!!

Stream– Teaches people how to cut their wireless bill by 25%, 50% or even get it free.

jzhlmayer@gmail.com

hmayer.mystream.com

 

WineShop At Home– Come for the Taste, Stay for the lifestyle!  We provide guided in-home wine tastings of artisan, hand-crafted wine direct from our Napa Valley winery in 33 states across the country.  WineShop At Home offers an exceptional consumer experience, as well as an unparalleled and exciting business opportunity for women & men.

www.discoverthewinelife.com

jentoleary@gmail.com

 

 

As you can see, there are so many options to choose from!!! And all of these fabulous companies will PAY YOU to promote for them!!! How great of a job is that?!?!

 

Do you have a company that isn’t listed here? Feel free to email workfromhomemommas@gmail.com to advertise your company on our list!

Dana