How to leave an MLM

If you have made the decision to leave your Multi Level Marketing company, chances are you are filled with all sorts of emotions right now. And probably a few worries as well. Let me walk you through some things you can do to help yourself get out of your situation.

 

Be kind to yourself

More than 99% of people will lose money in an MLM, no matter how hard you try. It is not your fault that you did not become a successful millionaire like you were promised. It is not you that is the failure, the MLM system is set up to be like that. For the few to be successful at the top, the vast majority of people need to fail.

When you joined your company you were slowly and subtly subjected to techniques that changed the way you think. It is possible you ended up doing some things you were not proud of. Some people feel ashamed of some of the things they did and said and how they treated people.  Please do not feel that any of this makes you a bad person or that it is your fault it all went wrong.

You would do well to think of yourself as a victim of a fraud. Take some time to examine your thoughts and feelings and try to be kind to yourself. You have been through a traumatic experience that should not be underestimated.  If you are having trouble with your thoughts, you would do well to confide in friends and family or even seek counselling.

 

Reconnect with old friends

You may have unfriended people on social media or declined social engagements, withdrawing into your MLM. Perhaps you cut off friends and family that you thought were not being supportive of your ‘business’. These people cared about you and you may have pushed them away.  Maybe some of them unfriended you when you constantly tried to recruit them or persuade them to hold parties or buy products.

All is not lost though. Your good friends and your family will have seen what happened to you and they may well have been very concerned for you. They might be very upset at losing you. I have had some very distressed people contacting me about people they love who have been lost to them because the MLM took over their lives.

Reconnect with people that you have lost touch with. Don’t just add them as friends on Facebook because they might  think that you are still trying to sell them something. Send them a message or phone them. Explain what has happened and how you have left the company and you want to catch up with them. Chances are they will leap at the chance of meeting up and will be very happy for you.

Be aware as well though that relationships may be a bit strained at first as your friend could be wary and may not understand what happened. Be patient with them and explain you want to get back to the old you and you need their help.

Your upline

I think it best that you don’t tell your upline until you have formally left the company. There is always the chance they might persuade you to stay and you could be quite fragile at this point. Some uplines might be lovely about it but others could turn nasty. It is probably best that you don’t find out how they treat leavers until after you have left.  They may be charming at first and promise you things, sweet-talking you. Then they might turn to blaming you for your ‘failure’ and try to make you stay on a bit longer. Here are some things that were said to an MLM escapee.

“Thing is if you are 100000% dedicated and WANT it to work…. there’s no way you can fail

“Lots of people do give up. Everyone wants the success but not everyone is prepared to do whatever it takes. This business seriously changes lives.”

This is victim blaming. You cannot be successful just because you want it. You should not be expected to ‘do whatever it takes’ to make any money. You will have been having a bad experience because the system is designed for you to fail.  You are the gambler and the house has won again.

Your upline will most likely be finding it hard to recruit and make any money so you leaving is going to make their job even harder. They don’t want you to leave.

 

Cut all ties with your old company

Shut down your Facebook groups, unfriend MLM people that you do not know, and probably never even met. There are likely hundreds of them and they won’t even notice you disappear. Remove yourself from group chats, leave your MLM completely, do not even remain as a customer. Shut down any websites you might have set up. You need to make sure that you will not be tempted to join again. You do not need to see glimpses of special offers or news of a old upline doing well. You were tempted before and you could be tempted again. Are there any website or group fees that might be automatically renewed? Make sure you cancel them.

You need to protect yourself from having another go. Like an alcoholic giving up drink. You don’t want to have just one little drink in case you get drawn into alcoholism again. I think being in an MLM can be like gambling, hoping the next move will be a good one and you will be lucky this time. Throwing good money after bad, trying to win back more than you lost. The good feeling when you make a bit of money, ignoring the money you lost and will lose again.

You may need to assess for yourself who you cut out and who you stay in contact with. Perhaps a very good friend recruited you, or your sister. It is entirely possible to maintain good relationships with these people. You will need to think long and hard about how to deal with some people. If they turn nasty or start spreading things about you, delete and block. They can try and make amends when they see the light, but for now, you can do without that kind of aggravation and stress. They aren’t trying to help you, they are trying to hurt you.

 

Get rid of all your products

You might be able to resell a lot of it back to the company. They are obliged to buy back a lot of it, depending on which country you are in. Most MLMs have a ‘buy-back’ clause which is supposed to protect people from stockpiling products and being called a pyramid scheme. Have a look at your terms and conditions. You won’t be able to get all of your money back but it is worth a try.

If you are backing out less than 30 days from joining, you may be able to get most of your money back. This is to do with having a cooling off period when making an online purchase. Again, check your terms and conditions carefully.

Make sure you cancel any autoshipping agreements. These won’t automatically be cancelled when you leave a company.

Sell any of your left over products on Ebay. It’s what thousands of people end up doing. The MLM won’t be able to do anything about it. You won’t get a great price, but there isn’t much else you can do with it.

 

Believing in the product

MLM products are often very poor quality with no real customer base. The only customers are the people selling the stuff or friends and family of the reps buying out of a sense of duty. I have often seen people who have left an MLM but who still believe in the product and still purchase it. Please analyse the product and look at similar products. Note the price and quality difference. You will have been told lies about the products and have started believing in them. You have to believe in the product to sell it so you may have made yourself like it. Please be objective. Stop purchasing these products because you will be supporting the company and enabling it to continue.

Many MLMs make false health claims. Please look into a product if you have been using it for health reasons. Chances are, it isn’t good for you at all.

 

Here is an example of an MLM product-

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They sell 12 bottles of Cheddar water for £14.76 ( £1.23 a bottle). Go to Cheddar water’s website and you can get 24 bottles for £12.72 with 10% off at the moment as well (48 p each).

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How can they get away with that sort of mark up? Because they convince people that their product is great and everyone believes in it so much, they don’t question it.

Here is an extract from this MLM’s magazine.

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Deal with money problems

It is likely that you have been spending money irresponsibly, seeing it as an investment in your business. It is easy to spend a lot of money in an MLM. Add to this the factor that you probably really needed money when you started, could be a recipe for disaster.

Face your money issues head on. Be assured that your money problems would have continued to get worse had you stayed. At least now you can be realistic and unbury your head from the sand. I have written a blog post on money issues which has contact details for organisations that can help. Also there are some ideas on how you might make some money from legitimate sources. I haven’t been paid for any of the links or information in these posts. You will not be directed to my own dodgy scheme as you often see in MLM type blog posts.

 

It is not your responsibility to bring down the MLM company

Some people react to their experiences with anger and horror. They can become obsessed at fighting MLMs and warning everyone about them. This can sometimes come at a high personal cost, and overshadow people’s lives. The Freedom of Mind website has a very good article on this phenomenon which is worth reading.   It describes how people are confused and angry and need to get over what happened to themselves instead of lashing out and being consumed by the overwhelming need to do something.

It’s kind of like seeing a bad driver and getting road rage. It isn’t up to you to shout at the bad driver and stress yourself out about it. Accept there are bad drivers and you do not need to put yourself in front of them, swearing and threatening. The best thing to do is to drive defensively and keep calm. Don’t get into a fight where you might get hurt and your blood pressure is at risk.

 

Law of Attraction

This theory is rife among MLM members and you definitely will have come across it. How much you believe in it is dependent on how long you were involved. For those unfamiliar with it, here is an illustration.

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If you believe in this, you may be thinking your ‘failure’ is due to you not trying hard enough or being negative. You didn’t believe in yourself enough. Again, this equates to victim blaming.

Please stop believing this sort of dross. You may need to examine your thinking for quite a while after leaving your MLM. You may experience your inner voice telling you that everything is your fault, you haven’t tried hard enough, that you have invited failure into your life.

Please, please be aware that if you have made the decision to leave MLM, this means you have become aware of the reality of your situation. You will now be able to make sensible decisions to get your life back on track. Don’t let the nagging ‘law of attraction’ crap cloud your freedom. You don’t have to pretend anymore that everything is ok. Be realistic and practical, drop the false hope and gratitudes that you may have been encouraged to indulge in.

You can be you again. No more pretence. No more prospecting, no more looking at people as potential recruits. Just be you. The you that used to have hobbies and interests and friendships based on fun and support, not based on who can give you success. Friends can be very forgiving if you give them a chance. Explain to them what happened to you and ask for their forgiveness if you need to. They have probably been waiting for this moment.

 

Thanks

The information used in this post has come from the experiences of people who have left an MLM, as well as from reading around the subject and from my experience of supporting people through the process. I hope you have found it useful.

 

I would like to thank “Chammy in real life“, Elle Beau and the numerous people who have explained to me over the last year or so what it is like being in an MLM. It is because of the people that speak out that we know what is going on.

 

If you have left an MLM and have any more tips to add, please comment below. Thanks.

How to leave an MLM

Network Marketing is a cult.

This article is a collaboration between Bot Watch and John Evans. John runs Juice Plus Lies Exposed on Facebook.

 

Let’s not tiptoe around the subject. Many people are afraid to stand up and say MLMs are cults because they are concerned they will be labelled ridiculous or over reacting and not be taken seriously. I will say it. MLMs are cults. Here is why.

Many observers have commented on how MLMs seem cultish. They notice how their friends seem to change their personalities and their lives are consumed by spreading their opportunity. Their social network feeds are full of inanely smiling people, untruths and details of conferences that look very culty. But what do the experts say on the subject? Is there any truth in the theory?

Steve Hassan is a cult expert. He was once in a cult called the Moonies and he now counsels people and families affected by cults. He has written books on the subject and runs a website that educates and supports people affected by cults. He calls Network Marketing a ‘commercial cult’.  His website is a mine of information. Here is an article from it that discusses Herbalife and the concept of the commercial cult.

Psychologist and author Michael Langone, created a 12 point checklist of what makes something a cult.

Here it is below with some observations under each point.

The Cult Checklist.

 

1) The group is focused on a living leader to whom members display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.

 

In every MLM there are those shill adherents who apparently earned millions in that particular MLM. Every MLM has at least one without exception.

They started the business just like any adherent at the bottom and worked their way up to superstardom. They move from company to company, taking their followers with them.

These guys are the role models for all the others and stand up on stage at the conferences and show pictures of their cars, houses and general lifestyle. Everyone worships these guys and come away thinking it’s possible for them too.

The overall leader of the company is often worshipped too. If they ever make an appearance or are mentioned somewhere, they are treated like royalty. There is often an amazing story behind them. They discovered a product that is so wonderful and will help humanity. The leader cares about all the adherents and wants them all to do well and they are very generous and kind.

Much is made of rewards like holidays that the wonderful leader bestows on them. The fact that they are often billionaires, made off the backs of hardworking people who are losing money is glossed over. It doesn’t matter that the ‘holidays’ are really just a work trip that they have to work incredibly hard to get sent on.

 

2) The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members and/or making money.

 

Adherents who are deep in MLM mindset will be obsessed with growing their ‘business’, often to the point when it overshadows every other aspect of their lives. MLM is not just a job, MLM is a mindset, a way of life.

The most committed MLM adherents do not switch off from their MLM, ever.

It’s all about the constant recruitment and money making. The only way they can make money is if they recruit people and if those people recruit. So, not only do they need to recruit, they need to make them recruit others and ‘train’ them. They then need to make those people sell products or buy stuff themselves. The money has to keep coming in and flowing up the pyramid.  Every waking minute is taken up with the obsession of recruiting more people. Talking to everyone about ‘the opportunity’, posting daily pictures and updates to try and entice people to ask about joining.

MLM adherents think nothing of posting their cheques or posing with piles of money to show everyone how much they are making. This seems quite tacky, greedy and outrageous to the casual observer but MLM adherents have no concept of how abnormally they are behaving.

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3) Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged.

 

You’re not allowed to be doubtful or be negative in MLM because it will put people off joining the business or buying the product (see point 2).

This is true of all MLMs.

Adherents are told that having a doubting mindset will attract failure. They are forced to be positive all the time, so it attracts success. It’s the good old law of attraction.

Some MLMS take this way too far. Like Valentus who are currently trying to convince people that all their new reps are earning 4 figures a week and choosing new company cars and being promoted to diamond status, after only being in the business for a very short time.

But imagine if one of them spoke out, and was negative about the MLM in some way…imagine how she would be treated by the upline and other adherents.

I’ve heard stories from people within MLMs about what happens if you question things too much or come across too negative. Bullying is rife, contrary to the happy family image they put out.

Point 3 on the cult scale is absolutely true for MLM.

Some Law of Attraction memes that illustrate the kinds of things adherents are encouraged to believe.

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Much is made of people’s ‘why’. They are initially targeted by the group based on their ‘hot button’ such as the desire to make a future for their child, spend more time with family, earn money to support their family. They are reminded of this by their upline, their company and continuously at conferences and meetings. People are led to believe that their deepest desires and wishes are dependent on their success in the group. If they drop out, they are giving up on their ‘why’. This ensures a deep emotional link between the MLM and the person’s needs. This would be vey hard to break.

If you really believed in the Law of attraction you might think that you must not question what you are doing. As soon as you express doubt, your business will fail. If you can really believe it will do well, you will try harder and harder to make it work. You will make yourself believe and block out all reasoned arguments and stop listening to your concerned friends. You lie to yourself as much as you lie to everyone else.


4) Mind-numbing techniques (for example: meditation, chanting, denunciation sessions, or debilitating work routines) are used to suppress members’ doubts.

 

Now, I want you to look in your mirror every morning, and say to yourself “I WILL BE A PMD” – “I WILL BE A PMD”, say that 100 times each morning.

Techniques like this would only ever be dished out in MLM.

Go to You Tube and type in an MLM’s name and ‘rally’ or ‘conference’. Most of them have rallies/ success days/ conferences. Watch one of them and see if you think it looks a bit like a cult. There are bright lights, music, chanting, repetitive stories. They wave flags and hear from their leaders with loud, exciting entrances. People come away enthused and ready to put more effort into their ‘business’.

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Adherents are encouraged to ‘work on themselves’. If they aren’t making loads of money, it is through their own fault. They have to change the way they think and just trust their uplines. They are actively encouraged to stop questioning themselves and do what their uplines and the company tells them to do.

After a long, hard day of cold calling, trying to infiltrate groups, driving for hours and lying on social media they are tired and quite possibly missing their young children that they have had to put in childcare for the day. At the end of the day they may have to speak to their upline and do some training or work on themselves. Right at the end of the day, when they are exhausted, they are encouraged to list the things they are thankful for.  They call this doing their ‘gratitudes’. This is to shut down any concerns they may have about what they are doing and to divert any critical thought.

Have a look at one of the company’s training manuals if you can. See what sort of behaviours they are advocating. Forever Living’s manual is full of lists to complete, reminders of the success you can achieve. People are advised to contact 5-10 people a day, write lists of everyone they ever knew, plan what they would do with more money. They are encouraged to ‘touch the business every day’.

 

5) The group’s leadership dictates how members should think, act, and feel

 

One of the first things you are told when joining an MLM company is this,

“You’re going to get negativity, people telling you it’s a pyramid scheme and that you’re wasting your time. But these people are just those idiots who want to live normal lives working for someone else. These people are not interested in fulfilling their dreams. They don’t understand things like we do. Don’t listen to them. JUST. GET. RID. OF. THEM”

MLM adherents spend an awful lot of their time getting rid of people from
their life, just because their MLM told them to.

So yeah. MLM qualifies for point 5 on the cult scale.

Some memes spotted on adherents’ social media are shown below. Shutting out people from their lives and embracing the group serves to isolate the adherent and further entrench them in the group. They lose perspective and support, becoming dependent on the group for everything. this is very dangerous.

Adherents have to think ‘positively’, follow the plan provided by the company (uplines and manuals), block out anyone who doesn’t support the business, spend their money on the company, turn their life over to the company and be grateful for the opportunity.

Pretty soon, the adherent finds themselves losing control of the situation and either need to immerse themselves in their new ‘family’ or risk ostracism from the group and the embarrassment of returning to their rejected friends with their dreams in tatters. People end up lying to themselves to protect themselves from the reality they find themselves in. It is a desperate situation.

 

6) The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members to save humanity.

 

MLM reps really do think they’re the shizz. Everyone else just doesn’t understand what they’re missing. In the worst cases of MLM-fever, normal people are looked down upon and the MLM rep will try to save them from their normal life.

The rep will never EVER admit anything negative about their MLM. They are 100% totally committed to the company and give it total admiration at all times.

So yeah, MLM can definitely make people elitist.

What’s funny is when people move from one MLM to another and their loyalty shifts from one company to another SO quickly. Suddenly they’re just as passionate about coffee as they were about skin cream.

The whole belief in the Law of Attraction has a part to play here. People are taught that they bring bad or good things upon themselves with their thoughts. If they are negative, they will fail. If they are positive, they will succeed. MLM adherents really seem to believe this and are afraid of bringing bad vibrations upon themselves. If they shut out any negative influences from their lives, they stand a better chance of succeeding. This is pretty close to religious belief and it really drives people. Imagine believing that being negative could cause cancer, floods, plane crashes, obesity, illness, business failure. I can see why this idea is so rife and popular. It also means that any failure is down to failed adherent’s negative vibrations. They just didn’t believe enough or try hard enough. This is often enough for the escapee to keep quiet about it all and want to slink away in shame. This is why people are loathe to go to the authorities or the press. They think it is all their fault.

 

7) The group has a polarized we-they mentality that causes conflict with the wider society.

 

MLMs quite often go on about how dreadful the commute to work is, they call normal jobs J.O.B.s (Just Over Broke), they maintain that normal jobs are taken by people who are conned into spending their time for little reward. Normal jobs are worthless and cannot earn as much as their MLM. They cannot see that it is not this simple. That a lot of people love their jobs and have rewarding careers. They don’t believe that their earning potential is actually really low. They just think their way is better than the traditional way. They think that everyone should be in MLM and anyone who isn’t is a fool.

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“GET. RID. OF. THEM.”

The words from a mindset coach recently. But it sums up MLM mentality pretty well. What a destructive message. It’s simply toxic.

I’m imaging how I would feel if my daughter started a job and I didn’t agree with it (for valid reasons) and I tried to discuss it with her, but she was told by one of her advisors to GET. RID. OF. ME.

It really is WE-THEY. If people don’t like the adherent’s MLM life then they can fuck off. Simple as that.

MLM often causes intense conflict and has been known to destroy families when one person in the family throws themselves deep into MLM and it begins consuming their life. Here at Botwatch we have heard time and again about people who have lost contact with their loved ones because of the MLM they joined. It is very sad hearing these stories and we try to support them as best as we can. We are hoping to educate people to help prevent people in the future being lost.

Most adherents will admit that they’ve had to shut people out of their life after getting involved with MLM. Some are proud about it and post about it.

“Another snake gone from my life!”

Why is shutting people out your life so common in MLM?

It’s not normal to shut someone out of your life because they don’t like your job.

7 on the cult scale is another hit for MLM.

 

8) The group’s leader is not accountable to any authorities

 

This is another hit for MLM. Sadly. I trust point 8 will only be true for a little while longer until advertising authorities can introduce proper regulation.

At the moment MLMs can make claim after claim and are not accountable to any authorities.

Hundreds or even thousands of false medical claims, earning claims, lifestyle claims and product claims are posted daily and the worst that happens is the individual post gets removed.

All the blame and risk is taken by the individual adherents and they are dropped as soon as they break any rules. Even if these rules are broken with the knowledge of the company and its leader. The leader is able to get away with anything if they shift the blame onto their rogue members.

 

9) The group teaches or implies that its “superior” ends justify means that members would have considered unethical before joining the group.

 

I saw an MLM adherent recently who left one MLM company to join another. In the first company she didn’t really make ‘too’ many crazy claims. She seemed really quite genuine and down to earth.

It was interesting to see her suddenly change when she started the new MLM. MASSIVE earnings claims started almost immediately. After only a few weeks she was making “4 figures a week”. Her team were smashing the promotions, crying with happiness etc.

Before being part of this MLM she would not consider behaviour like this to be moral or good.

“Fake it till you make it” is basically lying yet most MLM reps do it, yet they know lying to be wrong. People pretend they live in huge houses that they are really renting. They pretend their new car is a result of MLM, not their proper job’s wages. They pretend their illnesses have been cured by the wampum they are selling. They pretend they have/ had illnesses to push their products or get into groups. They pretend they are getting large paycheques and will be millionaires soon.  They have to pretend to be achieving all this so that people will join them, hoping for the same. They tell themselves that soon, they really will be earning all that money and then it won’t be a lie anymore. This is the means to an end.

MLM mindset definitely makes people do things they wouldn’t normally do.

 

10) The group’s leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them

 

MLMS will often accidently or deliberately use guilt to keep people from quitting and to influence people to join the company.

This guilt can be from either the upline to the downline, or the downline to the customer.

“Do you want to give your kids the best life?”

“Do you want to stay stuck with no money for the rest of your life?”

“Do you want to give up after all the time I’ve spent training you?”

“Do you want to give up and waste all the time you’ve put into this business?”

“Giving up is a sign of failure”

“Wanting to give up is just a sign that success is right around the corner, you can’t quit now”

Stuff like this.

Making someone feel shit about wanting to leave is about the best method MLM has in keeping people from quitting.

Another hit for the cult scale.

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11) Members’ subservience to the group causes them to give up previous personal goals and interests while devoting inordinate amounts of time to the groups.

 

MLM hammers the point home that the harder you work, the more you will earn. Often this causes adherents to go MLM crazy. It consumes their life and becomes part of their life-blood. At conferences they are told that to be successful they have to literally live and breathe the product.

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Uplines are trained to put pressure on their downline to put as much time as possible into the business in order to maximise on success.

I’ve seen adherents give up their full-time job under the guidance of their upline, only to be forgotten about and left on the scrap heap and slowly descend into failure.

Adherents are unable to enjoy their previous activities because every single social activity, every outing to the shops, every meeting of other people is just a recruiting exercise.  They are unable to shut off. People try to recruit their hairdresser, bank clerk, supermarket cashier, fellow mothers at soft play. One of the things that escapees say is that they are able to once again enjoy meeting people and having normal interactions once they have left. They didn’t realise how they had been behaving until they left.

People have left their university courses, believing MLM would be more lucrative.

‘Inordinate amounts of time’ are indeed spent by adherents. They are encouraged to wake really early every day and work as much as possible. They often have late night conference calls and training events and have to go miles away for ‘success days’ and company events. They were initially drawn into the company on the promise of ‘part time work for full time wages’ or being able to work and be with their children. Pretty soon every minute of every day is spent working for the MLM.

Point 11 is spot on for MLM.

 

12) Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

 

I think being in MLM eventually goes this way. Especially when adherents are told to get rid of people so spontaneously.

After really getting into MLM, normal people aren’t going to understand their world-view anymore.

Adherents will be mostly be friends with others in MLMs. They treat these friendships as just as important as the friends they leave behind. They call them their family or sisters. They are working towards common goals and are in contact with each other constantly. They rely on each other for encouragement and validation. They want to please their leaders and are happy to receive recognition from them.

They even have ‘recognition’ events where adherents leave their children behind, drive for miles, pay for tickets and get to stand up in front of people in their group to receive a pat on their back. They have to pay for their own food and drink and possibly a hotel stay. They then drive home and post pictures of the event saying how great their group are for recognising them. They assert that this is better than a traditional job where they got no recognition.

 

It’s ridiculous. Every point on the 12 point cult scale is relatable to MLM mindset and behaviour.

For anyone wondering if MLMs are cults, here’s your answer.

 

What to do if you or someone you know is in a group like this.

Steve Hassan, a cult counsellor, says that everyone can be helped. No one is in so deep that they can’t be helped. His website called ‘Freedom of Mind’ has information you might find helpful.

His books are very informative.

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I have written some guidance on  how to help someone in an MLM.  There is a lot of information and some practical suggestions in that post.

TINA have written an article and guide on what to do if you are the parent of a college student who has been sucked into an MLM. The advice is relevant to anyone concerned about a family member.

Remember that the person you are worried about is the victim of a complex and well designed cult and they are being influenced without their knowledge. They are not themselves. Their personality is still there, it is just being supressed.

Network Marketing is a cult.

Isagenix- cutting through the crap

Isagenix are coming to the UK soon. Cue lots of excitement from people joining the ‘opportunity’ and claiming you can earn money with this company.

There are a few problems though.

Financial

Maybe you are thinking of joining it yourself or maybe you have friends talking about it. Don’t take everything you hear at face value.

Let’s look at some cold, hard facts supplied by Isogenix themselves. Then make up your mind about whether you think it is a good opportunity or not.

Some Multi Level Marketing companies publish statistics on how much their people earn. Isogenix published stats for 2014 on

You can see it here.

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94.8% of people earned less than US $500 which , according to Isogenix, means they weren’t serious about their business so they must have just been involved because they love the products so much.

Maybe that is possible. Let’s assume that the more serious people worked hard and earned more than $500. These people apparently ‘devoted considerable time and effort into introducing others to Isogenix products and helping them do the same’.

The last chart at the bottom shows the yearly pay of the 5.2% of people in the company who earned money. Of these,  85% earned $2101 on average or less. That’s not much.

BUT, I hear you say. Some people have earned loads, look at the chart! Yes, some of those numbers do look nice. Some people even earned above the American poverty line.

In 2014 people with an income of more than $11,670 were considered to be above the poverty line. Source.

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The successful people in Isogenix.

0.36% of Isogenix people earned above the poverty line. 0.36% is what 7% of 5.2% looks like. That’s not very many people. And their earnings are not amazing either- on average about $15,000- $34,000.

These income figures do not take into account taxes that need to be paid, travel costs, phone bills, training, and all the other associated costs.

Some people however, will ignore all this and just look at the big earners. ‘Look’ they say, ‘ some people earn a massive amount!’

People who earn a massive amount.

Less than 1% of 5.2% earn on avearage $331,956.

This is less than 0.052% of people in the whole of Isogenix. This is NOT achievable for everyone.

Other scandals

An article by a well qualified nutritionist explains why the ingredients in the products aren’t what they seem. The article is called “How Isagenix Lies To Its Distributors And Consumers About GMOs, Preservatives, And Artificial Ingredients”

A doctor who fights against health frauds has written about the absurd health and science claims that Isogenix claim. Some of them are bizarre. Here is one quote

The claims on the Isagenix website are a mishmash of pseudoscience, myth, misrepresentation, and outright lies. For example:”  She goes through quite a few of these silly assertions that Isagenix make.

Another article here about the products and  being in the ‘business’.

I’m sure I’ll be able to add more points to this article as Isagenix infiltrates the UK. Let me know of anything you come across.

Isagenix- cutting through the crap