How I Do It: Being a Vegan Coaching via an MLM
Without feeling like an annoying network marketer
Did I just say a curse word? From the way people recoil when I bring up this topic...you'd think I'd dropped something worse than an F bomb.
This post might ruffle some feathers...but it also might change your life, just like this opportunity did for me, 4 years ago.
But let's address the elephant in the room now: MLMs.
Did you just shudder a little?
Do you assume it's a pyramid scheme, or immediately think of that annoying neighbor of yours who slings leggings and throws Tupperware parties?
It's cool! I know it's common!
When I first heard about my now-full time gig, I didn't even have any idea what an MLM was....
...or what online coaching meant. It was 2015, and frankly, I guess I lived under a rock. AKA, I was wayyy too absorbed in grad school work and worrying about what I was going to do with the rest of my life, to pay attention to MLMs.
My then-boyfriend told me it was a pyramid scheme, and yes there was an upfront investment. I was a broke grad student with NO time (I literally don't remember doing laundry for those two years...I must have, but no idea when)
But despite my could-be objections, I dreamed of being able to talk to people on social media about their fitness and food goals, and somehow get paid for it. I didn't think that was a legit career, but here was this opportunity to join a network marketing wellness company...which seemed to be just that!
I didn't hesitate - (well ok, I did for about two weeks, but I knew this was calling to me.) I signed up, despite the naysayer boyfriend. I told myself I'd make it work.
I came to learn pretty quickly, some people like to poo-poo on network marketing as a business model.
So it's totally cool if you have that feeling!
I just was too busy signing up my first few customers, going through my new coach training, falling in love with the product line itself (key!), to pay much attention to that. In fact, I used the naysayer energy from my ex to spur me on. Like bring it on bro--doubt is the best motivator for me!
I always say, when people have a bad taste in their mouth for MLMs...it's literally like any business model.
Look at your standard CEO > VP > managers > employees biz model (first off, sketch it out....looks like a pyramid, just sayin'). There are good ones (Like Toms or 4ocean), and there are sketchy ones...like any company owned by Trump, or Walmart.
Ultimately, an MLM is just a business model that allows you to control your time and earnings, share a product you love, and earn an income, as a stay at home mom, busy student, or someone without huge startup capital or social platforms.
A pyramid scheme, on the other hand, is a hella illegal model where no good or services are offered, and people make money from endlessly signing up other people.... Creepy. (This video is an amazing explanation.)
Within a couple months of signing up with this company, not only was I loving the workouts and meal plans, which I begrudgingly had to admit were getting me better results than years of my DIY cobbled-together plans...but I was also earning money. Not crazy amounts, but game-changing amounts for me.
Things took a turn one fateful evening in May, 2015
I was sitting alone in my tiny, crappy, one-bedroom apartment, and read Superlife, by Darin Olien, which my coach mentor sent me as a welcome gift.
By the time I was halfway in, I could feel my mind racing and my heart rate literally speeding up....this book was the kick in the pants I'd needed for YEARS to go vegan, and I knew I had to make a change. I binge-watched all the classic vegan documentaries I could find on Netflix that weekend, and went vegan the next morning.
I know it was the perfect-storm combo of the knowledge, plus the ability to act, thanks to the ready-to-go vegan meal plans that had come with my starter sign-up package. I swapped my next month's order of our superfoods to the vegan version, picked up the meal plan, and took my first vegan shopping trip the very next day!
Within two months, I was earning an income, had gone vegan, was on my way to learning to eat intuitively, after years of being a fad diet-addict, and was finding out that I LOVED helping others while working in leggings, snuggled up with my cat. Like, way more than I loved my 8-5 desk job. Working my side biz became the bright spots in my otherwise monotonous days in a cubicle. I'd squeeze it in late at night, over breakfast, on my lunch breaks (even pee breaks), and literally anytime I wasn't working or studying.
If I knew what I know now...would I do it again?
I got asked this question the other day, ...and honestly, though the question gave me pause at first, for a second (would I just launch into my own biz? Create a blog? Etc?) the answer is, absolutely I would.
Working for an MLM whose products you genuinly love and believe in, gives you a built-in support network of like-minded people, hopefully awesome training provided for free from your team (like on mine), and a way to start helping people in your immediate life, right away, and earn $ from it.
It doesn't make you icky, unless you act icky!
It doesn't pigeonhole you into only doing an MLM -- I'm a HUGE fan of folding in other streams of income like your personal coaching, programs you sell, blogging, youtube or podcasting, personal training, or however else you want to share your services!
Having multiple facets of your personal brand is smart, gives you more ways to reach people, and should be complimentary - all your services should move your clients to the same overall outcome.
For me, that's helping people transition to veganism and give up dieting...but maybe for you that's mental health, or fat burning, or yoga. The niches you can choose are endless, and a good MLM gives you the freedom to customize and bring to the table your authentic gifts and story.
If you want to learn more about what I do and joining my team specifically, filling out this form is a great place to start, and I'll be in touch!
And if you have any questions about biz and coach life and MLMs in general, ask away in a comment!
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