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One of the interesting things about most professions is the profusion of different ways in which they are described. This can lead to a lot of confusion about whether you are hearing about a completely different job or if they are all describing the same thing. My new profession is no different, which has what has inspired me to write this post with my own ‘musings’ about what is in a name.

The World Federation of Direct Selling Associations says that:

Multilevel marketing, also known as 

“network marketing,” relationship marketing” and “multilevel direct selling,” is an important component of the Direct Selling industry. It has proven over many years to be a highly successful and effective method of compensation of the direct selling firms for distributing products and services directly to consumers, which compensates independent salespersons or distributors.

The go on to define it further:

Direct selling can best be described as the marketing of products and services directly to consumers in a face to face manner, generally in their homes or the homes of others, at their workplace and other places away from permanent retail locations, usually through explanation or personal demonstration by an independent direct salesperson.

Multilevel marketing” is not truly marketing at all, instead it is simply one of a variety of methods of organizing and compensating salespeople in a direct selling business for their management, training, motivating and recruiting persons who will sell their companies’ products. Therefore, it may best be described as a direct selling compensation plan 

in which salespeople may receive compensation in two fundamental ways. First salespeople may earn compensation from their personal sales of goods and services to consumers. Second, they may earn compensation from the sales of those persons they have personally recruited or sponsored into the plan; and they may also earn compensation from the sales of the group or network recruited or sponsored into the plan by those they have personally recruited. Thus, multilevel marketing offers a direct seller the opportunity to build one’s own independent business selling goods and services to consumers and developing and training an organization or network of direct sellers to do the same.

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So there you have it – I am not sure that I can add much to these descriptions.

One thing you do need to be aware of if you are thinking of joining a company that operates in this way. The range of companies, the ways they work and the products they proved is very wide-ranging. Unless you are really blown away by the products or ethics of a company (and I was with Forever Living) then it might be worth having a look around and seeing which one fits you, your lifestyle and values best. Happy  hunting.

Any comments or questions are gratefully received – and could inform future posts.

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This is a question I kept asking myself when I was working in an office job which meant that I had very little flexibility about what I could do and when. As my office was a sun trap with no air conditioning, the question became even bigger on the hot summer days when I felt like I was being cooked!

Since I left school I have always worked in local authorities, first as a librarian and then as a manager rising to the heady heights of Assistant Director managing Libraries, Archives and Adult Learning – all areas that I have a passion about. However, it had taken me away from the things that I really valued when I first started work, and I wanted to find a way to go back to these principles and still earn a good living. So what did I do?

When I started working I went into a job that:

  1. had a lot of variety – no 2 days were the same
  2. included regular contact with people every day helping them answer their questions and find what they needed
  3. made a difference to people’s lives
  4. taught me something new every day
  5. was not Monday to Friday  9-5 – I enjoyed working evenings and weekends as it meant I had time off in the week to do other things I enjoyed.

What happened to me, as with a lot of people I know, is that as I was promoted I ended up in a job which took me away from many of these values. I was still making a difference to people’s lives but from a distance not directly face to face.

I decided in 2011 that I wanted to find a role that gave me a more flexible lifestyle and which took me back to the principles I valued when I first started my working life.

It took me a bit of time to find the solution that suited me – and it has taken me into a whole new world of Direct or Multi level Marketing. It can also be called Network Marketing.

What I particularly liked about this way of earning a living is:

  • the fact that it can be done around an existing job and commitments
  • it lets you build your business in a steady way while still earning from another source which takes away some of the risk in starting your own business
  • the start up costs are really low compared with running a shop which was something I had done before with my ex husband
  • the excellent training and support I get from my team
  • the fact that I can use my considerable mentoring and coaching experience to help my team develop their own businesses

What am I doing now?

  1. building my own new business with a lot of support as I am an Independent Distributogarden May 2010 001r for Forever Living
  2. meeting lots of lovely new people every day
  3. helping people to improve their lives by supporting them to earn an extra income flexibly around their current commitments
  4. helping people to improve their health and wellbeing with wonderful products
  5. feeling much healthier having lost 3 stone and having the time to exercise every day and eat a better diet
  6. enjoying being able to spend time with my family and friends without having to ask permission for time off
  7. working from an office in my home

This post is the first in a series I will be doing on this alternative way of earning a living and the difference it has made to my life and that of others.

If you are interested in starting your own business working with me in my team do not hesitate to get in touch and we can see if we can do business together.

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