Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Amway Versus A Job?

One of the ways that upline diamonds would put down jobs was to toss in the phrase that a job was simply trading hours for dollars. As if it were demeaning to have a job where you got paid for your time. I believe it's all relative. Being that many IBos are young and maybe working in more entry level types of jobs, then yeah, your hourly wage might not be that great. If you earn say $10 an hour, then you might be struggling financially and it may take time before your skills and knowledge increase to a point where your experience is worth more money. What if you had a job paying $1000 an hour and earned $160,000 a month? Is that a lousy deal trading hours for dollars? I think not!

Conversely, having a business can be good or bad also. If you have an Amway business earning less than $100 a month and you spend $200 on functions, standing orders and other training and motivational materials, then you are losing money. You would be better off working for free. That is still a better alternative than working a business where you are losing money. I think most people agree that a platinum group typically has a 100 or more IBOs. Thus a platinum is in the top 1% of all IBOs. I have heard that the platinum level is where you start to break even or make a little profit, depending on your level of tool consumption. If platinums are barely making a profit, then the other 99+% of IBOs are likely losing money. How much is that worth per hour?

I think uplines cleverly trick IBOs into thinking that a job is bad. Trading hours for dollars, afterall, sounds like some kind of indentured servant of sorts. But in the end, what matters is your bottom line. If you are an IBO with little or no downline, and/or not much in terms of sales to non IBOs/customers, then you are losing money each and every month if you are attending functions and buying standing orders. Your 10-12 hours a week of Amway work is costing you money! But if you spend 10-12 hours a week, even at minimum wage, then you might be making about 300 to 350 a month gross income. After taxes, you make about 250 to 300. At least trading hours for dollars gets you a guaranteed net gain at the end of the month.

Uplines trick you into a "business mentality" where you think that working for a net loss is just a part of business. IBOs should realize that a business promoted as low risk and no overhead should be one where you can profit right away. Instead, IBOs are taught to delay gratification, or to reinvest any profit back into their business in the form of tools and functions, which results in a net loss. If that's the case I would choose trading hours for dollars.

Remember, trading hours for dollars is not a bad deal if you are making enough dollars per hour. And even those who make less, are better off that those who "run a business" but end up with a net loss. It's all relative and hopefully, this message will help new or prospective IBOs who are being enticed to join the Amway business opportunity. Good luck to those with jobs and those with businesses. You can be successful either way. Remember that!


Anonymous said...

Net loss in a business is understandable and probably inevitable in a start-up. Open a restaurant, and you won't see a profit for several months.

But after that, you had better start showing a profit. If you don't, what the hell kind of business are you running? The really evil thing about Amway, and all other MLM rackets, is that they work hard to convince IBOs that business losses are sustainable indefinitely, and are a sign of "building your business." What amazes me is that there are so many stupid people who swallow this lie.

"Trading hours for dollars" is a brainless slogan invented by Amway as a cheap method for denigrating honest work for wages. If lawyer makes $800 an hour, is that bad? If a policeman earns close to $100,000 per year, is that bad? If a teacher rakes in $80,000 per years with summers off, is that bad?

The real thing that lies behind Amway's denigration of "trading hours for dollars" is the plain fact that most people who are sucked into Amway are already low-paid losers who are NEVER going to get salaries like that. They are indeed "wage slaves." Amway basically says to them "You're just a schmuck, low on the social and financial totem-pole. You'll never get rich in your crummy 9 to 5 job, which is the only kind of work you're actually qualified for. Join Amway, and get rich our way!"

The tragedy is that 99% of these poor people will be bled dry by Amway for the benefit of a small group of greedy big pins and diamonds.

Anonymous said...

Why they demean jobs is the concept that you don't have to work for boss but be the boss of your own business. Many MLM have the slogan of "be your own boss in your business."

Joecool said...

I'd rather have a job with a boss than a business that loses money.

smarties said...

"job paying $1000 an hour and earned $160,000 a month? " ... by all means, you should run for president if you know how to make these jobs available! I'm in Pharmacy school, working my tail off, and God bless you for raising the standard income to close to 2 million dollars per year!

Joecool said...

"Today, Civil Beat issued an editorial calling upon the mayor to explain how he earns over $200,000/year at his second job at a bank for working just two hours a month!"


Anonymous said...

It sounds like your mayor is a real piece of shit.

Joecool said...

In Hawaii, our "rail" project is becoming known as the biggest boondoggle, per capita, in the entire USA.