Selling young living essential oils is a good choice for a stay-at home mom?
Is it a pyramid scheme?
Is it a pyramid scheme? Yeah, pretty much. I mean technically it's multilevel marketing...but the outcome is essentially the same.
You're paying a company to sell their products for them, basically. I have so many friends involved in this stuff that I can hardly believe it. And yet only one is truly doing well for herself and that's because she's recruited so many people to work for her on her "team" that she makes money off of them, too. But you can bet most of those friends she's gotten into it are losing money or at best not making very much. I have ethical issues with that, but clearly she does not...so I guess it depends on your own standards.
I think even at the most basic level you can get really close to exploiting friends and putting strains on relationships. I've actually had friends beg to me order something they're selling so they can meet that month/quarter's requirements and they can keep selling. And that's AFTER they've already dumped some of their own money into the order. It's silliness. I'd rather someone straight up ask me to borrow $20 than keep themselves going in the same vicious circle. I think a lot of people do truly like the products they sell but it's not lucrative for a vast majority of the people doing it. If you're cool spending X amount of dollars to keep your status if you don't get many orders in any particular time period, then it might not be so bad. But if you're looking to actually make some money and a consistent income then you're barking up the wrong tree, for sure.
Personally I wouldn't touch this stuff with a 1000ft pole, I would direct your time and effort to something a little more reliable.
My wife has a friend who started selling these "essential" oils and it was like she was vacuumed up by aliens, or inducted into a religious cult, overnight. She's tried to recruit my wife into the company several times, her Facebook page turned into one long series of spam posts about joining her "team," and if we bump into her in the supermarket or wherever, she can't talk about anything but oils, oils, oils. It's kind of creepy. I would stay far, far away.
YES and NO. Many stay at home moms are bored and selling is a good pass time and being part time, they need not sacrifice needs of home front. Why they become "a pain" is lack of a social circle big enough to expose their products and so just that inner circle gets harrassed. With right coaching, training and guidance any home bound mother can at her own pace grow outwards. Many mothers have succeeded so with an all sorts of produce needed in kithchens, within home, self used accessories and even as just cup cake makers for families. Networking businesses and MLM types are business models pyramidal by structure. Stay away from pyramidal scams asking big money upfront; loading you with inventory and the fly by night schemers. Sufficient reputed companies have existed the past 50 years and there are new ones as well. Evaluate before committing and do not rush in. There is no need to. The good ones will remain open tomorrrow as well. Rightfully done, you gain, your community and social group gains and you will net be a pain.
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