The TRUTH about Network Marketing/MLM’s

It’s a pyramid scheme!

If you came here to hear me say that then I’m afraid you are very much mistaken, as are the people that feel the need to hit my inbox saying the same and even my own parents when I first started! It’s a good job that I have broad shoulders.

Yes there are shady arse companies out there who encourage their “reps” to friend request every man and his dog on Facebook and then hit them up with the same “Hi Hun” copy and paste message to try to recruit them as a custom or a team member but not every company or consultant works like that!

My MLM journey

My first MLM, before MLM’s were really a thing, was Avon back in the early 00’s. Back then it was traipsing the streets handing out and catalogues door to door and hoping that the books you picked up had orders in them.

I then went on to Stamping’ Up! Which I actually done really well in and had my own team, unfortunately as the children demanded more of my time I found I had less time to craft and come up with projects to share and actually hit my lowest point with my mental health so I decided to have a total social media break (you can check out some of my old videos HERE).

You may well know that I am now with Temple Spa and actually I had no intentions of starting a business up with them. At the beginning of 2020 I was expanding my business as a nail technician to include beauty treatments, including facials and massages. The SPA local to me have always used Temple Spa so to me the products just screamed luxury and pamper treatments. Knowing that my clients would love them I looked into investing in the full product range.

You may well know that I am now with Temple Spa and actually I had no intentions of starting a business up with them. At the beginning of 2020 I was expanding my business as a nail technician to include beauty treatments, including facials and massages. The SPA local to me have always used Temple Spa so to me the products just screamed luxury and pamper treatments. Knowing that my clients would love them I looked into investing in the full product range.

Well, in a nutshell the cheapest way to stock my shelves with the full range was to sign up as a consultant. This also gave me the option of earning commission on any products that I sold to my clients who’d had a treatment with me and decided they wanted the product too.

2020 had other plans and shortly after I’d moved in to my new home and kitted out my treatment room Covid hit and I could no longer see in person clients, this sucked! But I pivoted all my nail clients into press on nail clients and began to offer skincare classes via Zoom.

Press on nails went mental, I had orders coming out of my ears and decided to step down from Temple Spa in August 2020 to focus on them. But I missed the community side of being part of a network marketing organisation and actually dealing with clients “face to face” rather than just an Etsy transaction.

I rejoined Temple Spa at the beginning of November and am loving it, my manager is amazing and supportive and the rest of the team are great. There is no hard sell with Temple Spa, we earn commission on every product we sell so there is no pushy target to hit before we receive commission. The owners pride themselves on a brand that is not pushy and actually don’t class the business as an MLM we are a “Social Selling” business.

Business is hard work!

I am going to be totally honest with you now, as you know I always will be, business is hard work! Working for yourself is tough going and often you seem to put in much more effort than if you just had to turn up at a 9-5. As a self employed nail technician I only have my word to go on that I am good at what I do. I have to be the person getting word out about my products and services. I have to be the one thinking about branding, designing packaging, marketing, making and shipping the products etc etc.

Being part of a company like Temple Spa all of that is done for you, yes you have to put the work in to get your name out there and earn the trust of potential clients that you are good at what you do, but with a brand behind you it makes everything so much easier. It also helps when you have a product that you really, really love.

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