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Unread 01-01-2008, 04:29 AM

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thanks for sharing this info. i was really not sure what MLM was.
  
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If you think about it, MOST businesses are MLM to a certain extent. Any company, MCDonalds, Walmart, anywhere has people aka managers, who make more money by bringing in good employees, training them & them making sales. Managers get bonuses all the time and make more salary than the regular employees. With an MLM getting paid on your downline is the same thing in my opinion. You bring in someone to work the business and you get a bonus on their sales, but in return you have to be a great trainer and offer support to your downline. Getting bonuses for their sales is a result of the time you put into them. But by joining an MLM, you are your own boss and anyone who wants it can succeed and become "manager". Many people have had success with many great companies. Do your research, find your passion, and make sure you have a great sponsor who will answer any questions. Then get to work, a business will not build itself, and it does take time to build. But if you work at it a little everyday, you will succeed!
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wahm2my2boys, I know exactly what you are referring to. You are talking about a hierarchy or what some people refer to as a "pyramid".

I know since I have been involved in mlm or network marketing, people who have little to no understanding about the work from home business opportunities, refer to a mlm or network marketing as a "pyramid scheme".

If people stop to think about it, most companies have structures that can be referred to as a pyramid or a hierarchy. You have to the top person, usually the CEO, followed by the President, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, and so on. So, you are correct wahm2my2boys; pyramids/hierarchy are not owned by MLM or network marketing business opportunities.

The thing I like about MLM's and network marketing opportunities, which you also mention, is the opportunity for the "little person" to make a lot of money. At a company or corporation, the opportunity to make an unbelievable income by working hard, for most people, is not possible. Most times, at a company, in order to make a good income, you usually have to trade time for money, meaning, you acquire more responsibility that requires you to put in more time at the job. So, you are not really making good money, not based on the amount of work you put into your job. I know. I have been there. I made a very good income way back when, but I just about lived at my job. I had absolutely no personal life. The end result for me, "burn out". This is why I am working on developing a business for myself and my family.
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Great informative post. Here is a great website explaining MLM
What is MLM Anyway?
Also both Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki endorses the MLM business model. If these 2 very successful businessmen are endorses it, what more can any say?
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Hello GailTravel. I had heard that Robert was a supporter of network marketing and MLM's, but I was not aware that Donald Trump was. It is good to know that there are others, who have acquired wealth through means other than an MLM, are still supporters of network marketers and MLM business opportunities.

I don't know why so many people are scared off by these business opportunities. I suspect due to the high failure rate. I believe the high failure rate stems from people having high expectations and when those expectations are not met, they quit.

It is unrealistic to expect most people to achieve wealth and success in a short amount of time. I think of building a business the same as going to college. It took me 5 years to get my Bachelor's degree. Why would one expect it to take a short time to build a business?
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Here is some more information on Network Marketing - MLM. It may help.
http://www.squidoo.com/linearincomeorroayltyincome
~Wendy Krick
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thanks for all your opinion frinds
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Here's the thing. Many people get into business without knowing what is involved. To be in any business means SALES. Period. I was in the bar business, owned a machine shop, I am an Engineer and a karate teacher. Business is business regardless of what the product is. When I was in the bar business I had to LEARN a different set of skills than I needed to LEARN in the machining business or LEARN in the karate business. The key here is LEARN. If you are in a MLM business, regardless of what the product is, you have to LEARN a different set of skills. The people who fail in MLM are the ones that refuse to LEARN new skills.
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the people that use those terms to talk about MLM have no idea how many successful company's use this very effective way to advertise their product. And most of the time dont even realize how many items or services they already own.
I know some very successful people in mary-kay and I have done well enough with pre-paid legal in the past couple months to quit my old full time job and go full time with ppl. I enjoy being unlimited in how, when, where, and how hard I work my business and with the current economy I have weathered very well.
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It is sometimes difficult to distinguish legal and reputable MLMs from illegal pyramid or Ponzi schemes. MLM businesses operate in the United States in all 50 states and in more than 100 other countries, and new businesses may use terms like "affiliate marketing" or "home-based business franchising". However, many pyramid schemes try to present themselves as legitimate MLM businesses. In the most legitimate MLM companies, commissions are earned only on sales of the company's products or services. No money may be earned from recruiting alone ("sign-up fees"), though money earned from the sales of members recruited is one attraction of MLM arrangements. If participants are paid primarily from money received from new recruits, or if they are required to buy more product than they are likely to sell, then the company may be a pyramid or Ponzi scheme, which is illegal in most countries.
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