My Journey to 100 Days to Amazing-46


Today’s tip for Amazingness:

MLM/Network Marketing

or Buyer beware, but still buy! 

MLM businesses or Network Marketing, as they are also known, are on the rise.  More and more people are getting disenchanted with the traditional 9-5 and want to be their own boss.  For that matter, basic entrepreneurship in general is on the rise.  There are many reasons people are getting into MLM today, but before we look at the positives, let’s address the elephant in the room!

No one has escaped being hit by a MLM pitch and to many it is not only unpleasant, but down right repulsive!  There have been some serious negatives over the many years of Network Marketing.  Here are a few turn offs and questions:

  1. Is it a pyramid scheme?  While at times crooked people have and do make some MLM businesses a scheme, they are not as a rule schemes.   Pyramid schemes are made to ask  people to invest money based on the promise that other people will put in money that will gain a return for them and as a result they will “get rich”.  A MLM business is a legitimate business where someone is dedicated and puts in hard work selling real products to real people.  In most MLM businesses people are passionate about the product, philosophy of the company, and the people they meet.
  2. That overzealous “you’re gonna get rich!!!!” Person!  OK, though it sounds like the above mentioned, it isn’t; but some people are just all about the dollar and they pitch their businesses from this standpoint and not the perspective of the products.   It’s OK to admit that you can make money doing MLM and you’d love to show them how to do that, but chill people!  If you are on the receiving end of this and truly turned off just say “No, thank you!” politely and walk away, but keep an open mind for when you meet someone who truly loves what they do, you might find you do too!
  3. They won’t identify themselves!  That is too bad,  as you know I am part of the MLM business Shaklee, and I want you to know I am.  I am proud of the company, its philosophy, practices and products and they should feel the same about theirs!  It is a matter of integrity, which sadly has hurt MLM as a whole.
    1. Did you know that their is a Direct Sales Association and a Code of Ethics?  According to the code of ethics as a customer you should expect a salesperson to:
        • Tell you who they are, why they’re approaching you and what products they are selling.
        • Promptly end a demonstration or presentation at your request.
        • Read the entire code of ethics HERE

When you think of MLM/Network Marketing the response is  often “I hate Multi Level Marketing!!!!!”  But, do you really?  What about these companies, which I know we all love or didn’t know were MLM:

  • Tupperware
  • Thirty-one bags  (this bag proves that Mary Poppins used Thirty-one and was a Time Lord-geek joke)
  • Pampered Chef
  • Avon
  • Beach Body
  • Mary Kay
  • Party Lite
  • Nature’s Sunshine
  • Discovery Toys

These are good solid companies we have all purchased from or know someone who does and we are OK with it! What about others? Above I only addressed a few things people hate about MLM, but let’s take a look at some of the positives and why Network Marketing is exploding today.

Here is a quote from Forbes Magazine: Daria M. Brezinski Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and former marketing director for a multi-level marketing magazine, echoes these sentiments.  “Many people don’t realize that multi-level marketing companies are successful because they help people satisfy a number of important human needs, including feeling significant, having connections, learning something new, and making a difference.  I have heard people in network marketing say again and again, ‘I’m doing this because I’m meeting amazing people … making so many connections … and I feel so good about myself.’”

This is a great quote and so true!  Most people in MLM do it because they love it, love helping people, and making new friends!  Why MLM?

  • A chance to belong to a community of supportive people.  Many people find that the people in their teams become like family giving them a tremendous sense of community and friendship
  • A chance to earn money.  While many people make a lot of money doing MLM it is up to the person to do the work!  It is a job and requires attention, care, and hard work.  That said, most reputable MLMs can provide a very decent income if you are willing to work for it and many people are doing just that turning to MLM and leaving the marketplace making their “home business” their full and only income.
  • Did you know that MLMs are successful?  Many of the countries longest standing companies are MLM or started with that model
  • Gives us a sense of purpose.  Most MLM people believe in their products and tell you about them because of a genuine love for the products and a care for you!  When you love something you just want to tell people about it.
  • Be your own boss
  • Flexible hours- work your business around your schedule
  • A chance to help others both by the products and by building businesses of their own

Bottom line? Give MLM a chance and judge each company and salesperson on their own merit and not on the reputation or poor practices of another.

  • Ask questions
  • Make sure they identify themselves, the company they are with by name, and the products involved
  • Do research
  • It’s ok to shop around
  • It’s ok to be skeptical and test products for yourself
  • Do they have data to support their claims
  • Is there third party testing or is the data only from the company involved (it may be good data, but you will need to do a little research)
  • Is there a return policy
  • Is there a large, mandatory start-up fee?  RED FLAG
  • Is it required that you have large quantities of inventory? -RED FLAG
  • Find a good fit and community you can feel a part of

I hope this has helped your view of MLM/Network Marketing!

My own shameless plug 😀

Of course I would love it if you would join my team either as a customer or a business builder! Here is a short video about the Shaklee Opportunity and please visit my website at

My journey to amazing:

My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well!  In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at

“Like” My Shaklee Life Facebook page and learn health and fitness tips as well as more about Shaklee.

My Life of Well Being: It is my determination to be more fit, and develop healthy holistic attitudes towards my health and my body.  I choose to do this through education, exercise, caring for myself, and healthy eating and Shaklee.

Here is my Shaklee 180 fitness plan.  If you you’d like to join me ask me about becoming a member and having access to the 180 fitness plan, meal plans and nutrition guides.

Every morning I drink a Life Shake and take a Life Strip- Strip and Shake!

Monday & Thursday: Upper

Tuesday & Friday: Core

Wednesday & Saturday: Lower

I also add in Yoga and Tai Chi and Dolphin Pushups -oof and walking!

What is 180?  Take a look at this video, but take note that the 180 shake has been upgraded and improved to the new Life Shake.

What motivates you? Reply and share your motivating tricks and tips.

 100 Days to Amazing!  You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!

What the 100 Days is about:

I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried?  I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual!  What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

All photography is by me. Feel free to share, but I ask that you credit the photo to my Lisa Wright Burbach.  To see more of my photos visit my flickr site and Instagram listed to the right.  I also have some photography on Pinterest.


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