Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Financial Freedom In 8-12 Hours A Week?

One of the myths that my upline used to, and likely still perpetuate is the claim that you can build an Amway mega empire on 8-12 hours per week. I'm venturing an educated guess that this number is used because while it still represents time, it is probably less hours than working a part time job. It's also not overly imposing for someone who has a job and/or kids. But let's take a closer look at this 8-12 hours per week.

If you listen to one (1) cd per day as recommended by upline and read one of their "success" books 15 minutes each day, you're already close to nine hours of time used in the week and neither of these activities produces any income for your Amway business. In fact, both activities cost you money and produce no tangible result. If you spend another 15 minutes a day contacting people, you are close to 12 hours per week. Where will you find additional time to show the plan and to expand your name and contact list? What about finding and servicing customers, at least for IBOs who actually may have some customers?

What about attending meetings and functions? These are also non income producing activities. It's no wonder the vast majority of IBOs don't make any money. Their upline has them running around participating in activities that produce no income for their businesses. Ironically, there non income producing activities such as listening to a cd, or attending functions, produces a lot of income for certain iplines who produce and sell them. To me, it is just an elaborate game of bait and switch played by upline.
You sell the dreams and hopes and then tell the downline that the key to success is in the training. While often undetected, the hopeful IBOs end up getting systematically drained of their resources pursing the Amway dream that will not materialze.

You sell the prospect the dream of financial freedom. You tell that that Amway is their best or only chance. You tell them that you can help them and that the tools of the business (standing order, voicemail, books, functions) are the keys to their success. Those who are serious enough to commit to the system likely won't quit without making some effort and will allow uplines to earn some nice profits before these downline eventually realize they aren't profitable and quit. Because many IBos are sponsored by family and friends, you don't see too many formal complaints about the business. Most people chalk it up as a life lesson and do not complain. Many who quit are simply ashamed about being suckered and they disappear never to be heard from again.

But IBOs and information seekers, do not be fooled into thinking that you will create a financial empire by working 8-12 hours a week. It's just not going to happen.


Anonymous said...

Someone very close to me still clings to "the business". This person will do NOTHING for a few months, then make a "new commitment", and this time "really means it"...then goes out, prospects, gets maybe 4 people on a calendar to show "the business" to, and typically 3 out of 4 will call and cancel before this person can ever show them the plan, and the 4th person might see it, and say "no"... Then nothing is done for a few months until a "new resolution" is made and new commitment to REALLY build it this time.

And of course, it's been 10 years now, and this person says 'BUT SO FAR I HAVEN'T REALLY TRIED".. It's like "the business" can do NO WRONG, and it's totally "my fault because I haven't REALLY done it yet." What a terrible addiction this is. Man, I am SO SICK of this business!

Anonymous said...

I am dealing with a husband who is the same way, and while this blog is totally accurate, he refuses to even look at this information! It has been eight years and hehe constantly blames himself for why it hasn't worked for us. I'm not sure how much more I can take.

Anonymous said...

Tell your friend he needs to be showing the plan to 50 people a month. ThEn he might see something. If he does that for ten years he might be a diamond. And he might have a small net income. And even if he did all that ( which noone has done for years) it will all crumble within a year.

Joecool said...

I feel your pain but there's not much you can do. Hopefully he will see the losses and snap out of it. Most people snap out of it soon enough. One thing to be wary of is having his upline label you as "negative" because upline might drive a wedge in your marriage at that point. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah!!! Everything that doesn't live, breathe, sleep and eat Amway is negative!! I hate that and it's really disturbing that they have these people brainwashed for years and years. Is it a cult??

Anonymous said...

my husband is exactly the same and it has been 10 years. After we had our first child. I finally saw the light and refuse to do anything more with this business,but her just refuses. He said he hasnt worked hardenough thats why it hasnt worked for us! this business is just an expensive hobby/addiction.

ExAmbot said...


It's to their advantage when IBO's are brainwashed for as long as it can last because in that state IBO's spend their $$$ which translates into income for the those atop the pyramid. That is until the IBO's wake up, such as yours truly, 7 years and at least 35k dumped into some upline's pockets (I stopped counting at 35k, I am sure it must be double or so.)