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!