Monday, May 14, 2012

Amway As A Hobby?

Many Anway IBOs get into the business with high expectations. They get in with oftentimes, a dream of early retirement, living a fabulous lifestyle, mansions, sports cars and "walking the beaches. In order to do this, IBOs are taught that they need to "plug into the system". So IBOs get on standing order, they attend all the meetings and functions, they read books and show the plan. They think these activities will make them rich. The sad reality is that it lines their upline's pockets.

But because the Amway business has so many handicaps and shortfalls, the IBO soon falls into the trap of "playing Amway". The IBO will do their 100 PV, either by self consumption or selling, or a combination of the two, and will continue to listen to the cds or tapes, and will continue to attend every meeting. When I was an IBO, our group had many who did not sponsor a single person, yet they were at all of the meetings and functions. These folks, in my opinion, had Amway as a hobby.

A hobby is something you do in your spare time, usually something you enjoy. For many people, Amway meetings are a social event. It is evidenced when some people say they enjoy the meetings, being with "positive people", and they have become nicer as a result of their involvement. While this may or may not be a side benefit of the functions and meetings, it is not relative to the bottom line of a business. A business exists to make money. If a business is losing money, expenses are usually cut.

If you have been an IBO for more than a month or two, have you actually sponsored someone? If the excitement of being a new IBO has not resulted in acquiring new downline, it is unlikely that you will ever have a downline. If you have been in the system reading books, listening to stnding order and attending functions and showing the plan, and you have no results, you have Amway as a hobby and not a business. Don't feel bad, sponsoring other IBOs is not a common or easy feat. But as a business owner, you should think about your involvement in the business and if you find you are participating in a hobby rather than running a profitable business, then you should decide whether or not you are accomplishing what you set out to do.

Are you running a business (to make money) or are you playing Amway?


Anonymous said...

You have a good point. Most people do just get in and sit there and don't treat it like a business. The only reason behind this is to drive volume. the standing order is just the people who actually did what you're supposed to do teaching and showing their ways that worked. Taylor Swift lines her pockets with millions because she spent time to make a cd. Which she should. People enjoy her crappy music. Same principal here. Only these cds are from someone who was able to treat the business like a business and not just some hobby party. I own a landscape business and use alot of their same principles in my business. Funny thing is, the books are actually best sellers. Just some food for thought. It doesn't take 1 month to become rich. It takes years of effort and time and money. If you're willing to do that you will be successful. It is the same in all businesses in the world.

Anonymous said...

but....this isn't a business, you dummy!