If you read my previous post in this series, you know that my first experience with network marketing was with a kitchen tools company (that I loved) called, “The Pampered Chef“. However, because I didn’t have the ability to grow my (then, face-to-face) network, and there weren’t any “consumable” products, it was time for me to move on, after a four-year stint.
My second company was Jamberry Nails (they sell nail wraps in a variety of patterns). This was around 2014/2015, and because I love doing my nails, I thought this company would be a great fit for me.
However, I ran into a snag when I ended up being allergic to the adhesives, and not being able to continue using the wraps.
So, since I didn’t feel comfortable with promoting something I couldn’t use myself, I had to let this company go, too.
In April 2016, an acquaintance of mine started as a coach with Team Beachbody, and she invited me to take a look … which I did. But I wasn’t ready to join, mainly because I’d just signed a one-year contract with the local gym, so I didn’t need Beachbody. Yet, much as this gal never pushed me, she did continue to ask me about it, every now and then, so it stayed on my radar.
I also watched this gal lose 30+ pounds over the following year, and make enough money to allow her and her family to live more comfortably. And, given that she’d started off in a very similar place to what I was experiencing, I started to think that, if she could do these things, maybe I could, too!
As such, in April 2017, I signed up as a Team Beachbody coach.
My favorite things about this company were these:
- the amazing company culture (the people) — everyone is so optimistic, friendly, positive, and upbeat!… it’s like one giant (and fun!) family!
- their products (shakes and workout programs) are “consumable”, meaning you get regular, repeat customers
- there is the ability to grow a team of people who are all working on bettering their lives, and you can become a “leader” (something that’s always appealed to me)
- they ask you to commit to doing daily personal development (anyone who knows me, knows that this is my jam … I love to read! …especially books in the personal development genre!)
- the compensation plan — the potential income you could earn from this — was better than anything I’d ever seen.
So, what happened?
Well, first off, while I loved the shakes, I ended up being allergic to one of the ingredients, so I couldn’t drink them.
But, there were still the workouts… and, I tried several of them. I tried to find joy in the huge variety I had to choose from, and the convenience of working out at home (just 30 minutes a day, or less!). But, honestly, that previous year I’d spent going to the gym ended up being more my style. I actually prefer going to the gym over working out at home.
I tried every which way I could think of to justify staying with the company… rationalizing that I could just do things my own way, but teach the original methods to anyone who joined me….I even left Beachbody and, for 3 months, tried Arbonne (too expensive for my crowd)… yet, I missed my Beachbody “family” so much, that I re-joined.
However, I just couldn’t do it … I couldn’t be hypocritical, and ask others to do what I, myself, could not (or would not) do. So, I quit the company for good.
… but, only after finding yet another network marketing company that offered all of the same things that I loved about Team Beachbody, yet had products that I could use.
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Stay tuned, because I’ll share more about this new company next week!
How do you know which network marketing company is right for you? Well, here’s a bit of my history, so that you can see what helped me to learn to make this kind of decision.
(This is part one of a 3-part series).
When I originally got into network marketing, it was in 2001, and it was with The Pampered Chef, Canada. A friend had invited me to her house for a party, and once I saw the products, I felt like I just had to join to get a discount on them — I loved it all!
These products (kitchen tools) appealed to me, because I hate to cook, and they promised to make my life in the kitchen quicker, more efficient, and easier. Add to that the fact that I could finally “be my own boss”, and have my own business (something I’d always dreamed of doing), and I was sold!
I ended up staying with The Pampered Chef for 4 years, and absolutely loved it … except for two (2) main issues:
First, because it was 2001-2004 that I was involved with this company, all of my business was conducted face-to-face, doing home parties. And, that was fine….while I had my warm market (friends, family, and friends-of-friends). However, because I’ve never been a “pushy”, go-getter type, I didn’t feel comfortable in promoting beyond that level. So I hit a wall, and my business couldn’t grow any bigger (side note: back then, I had terribly low self-esteem, too, so that didn’t help me to get myself “out there”, either… I hadn’t yet learned to develop myself in this area).
My second issue was that, these products are so good that, once people have them, they don’t need to buy any more for many, many years (I’m still using some of the stuff I bought back in 2001… 17 years later!!!). So, with the products not being “consumable” (meaning, they don’t need to be purchased over and over, on a monthly basis), I’d also need to be finding new people to sell to, constantly, or else my business would die.
And that’s why I moved on, despite my love of the company.
I did try getting back into The Pampered Chef in around 2015, given I still love the products, and it’d been about 10 years. Plus, everything is mostly online now (I could just send people to my website). And yet, it just wasn’t the same. So, after a month, I quit again…
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Next week, I’ll be sharing Part Two of this series, to give you more of the story of my journey to why I chose my current company. Stay tuned!