We’ve all got friends who are involved in Multi Level Marketing in some way, whether its Arbonne, Jamberry or Rodan + Fields. Heck, have we forgotten that the giant Enjo started as a MLM business!
These women are just as much female entrepreneurs as the next and some are super successful! It’s time we changed our perception of these women, who, like us the rest of us, decided to take their life and career into their own hands.
Here we chat to Jessica King, who is an Arbonne Independent Consultant.
Can you tell us how you got into MLM?
It was just one of those things for me that made sense. I was on maternity leave with my second child and wanted to claim a bit of ‘me’ back without the logistical and mental pressure of returning to my corporate role. I was loving the Arbonne products I was using so I called up my friend who was a consultant and asked how to sign up. For me the business opportunity was a no brainer; I could obtain a discount on the products I was using, socialise with different people, work when it suited our family and earn an income.
Why do you think MLM gets a bad rap?
I do believe it is the unknown, or people have heard stories about companies back in the day with pyramid schemes so are sceptical. Pyramid schemes are illegal in Australia but not everyone is aware of that.
We all know those times when we have been harassed and sold to and they stick with us so it is easy to tarnish people and companies with the same brush. It also takes time to change views that people should work the regular 9 to 5 business hour job. More awareness and openness is occurring though.
Why did you choose to work with Arbonne?
I loved the products. They are premium quality, botanically based and eliminate unnecessary toxins. The more I found out about the company the more I realised it aligned with my values. They’ve never tested on animals in their 37 years of being established (even when testing on animals was the norm), they continually strive to improve, they give back to the community (Australia and worldwide), are all about being green, use really quality, sustainable and nontoxic ingredients and really value their employees.
I was really amazed and inspired by the way their give back to youth in Australia, it is nice to be a part of a company that cares about more than just revenue. It is also fantastic the company is global too, operating in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, UK, Poland and Taiwan so I can have a global business – that is pretty exciting!
What are the benefits of MLM?
Many, which continually surprises me but particularly work when you want, where you want, with who you want. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it!
It is awesome that the business is what you make of it. The more effort you put in, the greater the reward. When you’re on a salary it doesn’t usually matter if you work crazy hours, essentially you receive the same pay, it is different with network marketing. You are in control and that is rewarding. Flexibility is an absolute win.
Also, I am not sure about all network marketing companies but with Arbonne the start-up costs are low. You don’t start with the overheads of a traditional business so you can see results quickly.
How has MLM benefited you?
Flexibility, exposure and education. It has given me the flexibility to work better hours around my kids and family life. It has given me the flexibility to return to my corporate role in a part time capacity and the freedom to know that I chose to work at my corporate role but I also have the opportunity not to if I decide.
It has given me exposure to a different way of living and earning and also exposure to a broader social network which I absolutely love. It is great to show my kids you don’t have to work the stereotypical 9-5 grind, that you can have fun and love your ‘job’.
I am a lot more educated on the incredible opportunity of MLM’s and network marketing and truly believe it is the sector to be in. I love that if other commitments come up I can take a break and the business can still track along.
I chose who I work with and that benefits my emotional wellbeing immensely. I know a lot of people want to sign as many people as they can as quickly as they can and that is cool but for me, I’d rather build relationships, foster a supportive team environment and have a bloody good time doing it.
Tips/advice for women wanting to get into MLM?
Give it a go. Find a company that aligns with your values or people you would like to work with and go for it. Look to be honest it wasn’t a career I expected to go with but I was open minded and I am enjoying the learning curve. Step out of your comfort zone, remove your own blockages.
Also, give yourself time and work to the rhythm of life. I don’t think there is ever this work/life balance that majority of people dream of. Go with the flow, work hard when you’re in the zone, challenge yourself and understand there will always be peaks and troughs in any career choices.
A lot of people rule these things out because they ‘don’t have time’ but you would be surprised how much ‘free’ time you can utilise to build a business for yourself whether to replace an income or earn some special spending money.