Why I Gave Up On Network Marketing



If you know me or have visited my blog in the past few years, you know I’ve been heavily involved in several different network marketing / MLM businesses.

I love network marketing for a few reasons:

1. The idea of creating residual or passive income has always appealed to me.

In my opinion, trading time for dollars is stupid. It’s especially ridiculous for me, because I’m really f*ing fast at what I do. So if I charge by the hour for my work, I have to charge an extremely high amount to get paid anywhere close to what I’m worth.

The idea of creating income that continues to pay me long after I’ve done the work sounds way smarter than trading my precious hours for a few measly dollars that will only pay me for as long as I continue to put in the hours required by my employer.

2. I love the flexibility that comes with owning my own business.

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sparkling sunlight as it filters through my window blinds, jumping into a hot shower, eating a healthy breakfast, drinking a pot of coffee and spending a leisurely hour with my daughter and husband before venturing out to start my workday.

Or perhaps it’s the alternative that sickens me so much, I’ll do just about anything to avoid it:

Waking up to a blaring alarm at 6 a.m. to drive to a mind-numbing, soul-crushing 9-to-5 desk job in a gray cubicle under rapidly flickering fluorescent lights while sniffing copy machine ink particles for 40 years of my life, only to retire 40 pounds heavier with 1/4 of my income and become a Walmart greeter so I can continue to live out the rest of my miserable existence paycheck to paycheck…

Yeah, network marketing sounds way better to me than that.

3. The most successful people in MLMs are driven to succeed.

Their excitement is contagious. Their optimistic spirit is intoxicating. You could drink their Kool-Aid all day long…

Until you drink too much of it and end up puking your brains out for hours and waking up in the emergency room pumped full of IV liquids to counter the dehydration. Your friends and family abandoned you months ago. They got tired of hearing about your latest “business opportunity.” The only reason you made it to the emergency room is because you managed to dial “9-1-1” right before you passed out.

That, my friends, is why I gave up on network marketing.

Please don’t misunderstand me. There are plenty of people who succeed in MLM. But after several years of trying, I realized that I will never be one of them.

“Well, with that attitude, of course you won’t succeed” (says the annoying mommy voice inside your head as you read this…)

And it’s bold statements like that (often coming from overly-optimistic, yet rarely successful network marketers) that reaffirm my attitude and decision that MLM just ain’t for me.

Truth is, I got sick of being “that guy.” (Or girl, in my case.)

You know the one. She’s bounced around from one company to the next, in search of the perfect product and the perfect comp plan. Each time she joins a new opportunity, she’s convinced herself that this is it. This is the company that will bring her that six-figure passive income she’s been dreaming about. And she’ll spend every waking second of her life trying to convince you too.

You can’t blame her. She’s only doing what she’s been coached to do. Most MLM veterans will tell you to start building your business by sharing the products and opportunity with your warm market. Surely your friends and family will want to support you and your new business, right?


Turns out, the very people who are supposed to support you the most are the ones who will actually support you the least. And even if they do, it will only be for a short time and only because they feel bad telling you no.

Once you exhaust your warm market, you’ve got no other choice but to go after cold leads. And if you’re not a salesperson, or you’re a massive introvert like me, the very thought of talking to strangers (especially if it involves sales) scares the living crap out of you.

So you continue to pester your friends and family until they get so annoyed that they stop answering your phone calls and block you on Facebook.

Next thing you know, you’ve woken up in a hospital bed. Exhausted. Dehydrated. Friendless. Confused…

You blame the company and your upline and decide to jump ship. On to the next MLM. And the cycle repeats.

The story above illustrates me in a nutshell. And I probably would have kept churning inside of that crazy cycle if I hadn’t found this.

That’s right. I killed my 9 to 5. Murdered it. It’s been lying dead in a ditch for months, along with all of my MLM-chasing expeditions. I replaced them with a lucrative business and company that I now own

It has already begun to produce passive income, and I don’t have to sell anything, recruit anyone, pester my friends and family or cold call people in the evening hours while they’re trying to eat dinner with their loved ones in peace. Nor do I have to worry that I’m posting too much about my product or business on Facebook and risk losing my friends. (Yes, I actually care about my friends and don’t want them to stop talking to me because they feel like all I see when I look into their eyes are dollar signs.)

I’ve hesitated to blog about this or talk too much about it, because I wanted to see results first. After years of being an MLM chaser, I was scared to admit to starting yet another business (MLM or not), just in case it turned out like the rest. But now, I couldn’t be more thrilled, because I finally found an opportunity that works. At least for me. And it’s not network marketing.

What’s more, I’m watching lots of other former MLM-chasers — people just like I used to be — hit six figures in six months or less. Seriously. If you don’t believe me, here are some real-life results to prove it. Our mentors couldn’t make up those Facebook testimonials if they tried. I’ve seen them myself, right inside of our top-secret Facebook mentoring group. And I know, with absolute confidence, that I’m well on my way to joining those ranks.

Is it easy? Not exactly. It’s definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. Just like any real business, you get out of it what you put in, and for that reason, I’m putting in a lot.

Worth it? Absolutely. So far, it has been completely worth every penny that Jereme and I invested into the training program (we’ve already made it all back) and worth every night I’ve spent typing away until 3:30 a.m. to make it happen (including tonight).

If MLM is your thing, and you’re good at it, and you enjoy it (that’s the most important thing) — then go for it. You will probably be successful. For me, none of that was true. I wasn’t good at it, and I didn’t enjoy it. So I gave up. I resigned myself to becoming part of the 90% of people who fail at MLM.

And I have absolutely no regrets.


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