I can research pretty much ay network marketing company out there and find someone saying that the company is a scam. Why is that? Is network marketing really a scam, or is it possible that people simply do not understand it. I am going to lay out the facts here. So, let’s look at what Network Marketing really is.
How Network Marketing Works
Network marketing is essentially individuals starting their own business that allows them to market products and services, along with the opportunity for others to open their own business. Most people think “Pyramid Scheme” when they hear that. When someone tells me that a company I am working with, such as Team Beachbody, is a pyramid scheme or scam, they are simply ignorant. They do not know the facts, and they probably listened to another ignorant person. Let’s look at the facts about Beachbody.
- The company has been around for over a decade
- They have created numerous world class fitness programs, including P90X, Insanity and more.
- They have created Shakeology, which many people call, “The healthiest meal of the day”.
How does everything sound so far? OK, they use the network marketing business model. Uh oh, red flags! No, there are no red flags. Up until I mentioned that anybody would say that Beachbody sounds like a great company. So, how does network marketing change that. Well, let’s look at how it works with this particular company.
I am a Team Beachbody coach. I paid $40 to become a coach. That was to initially set up y business, and provided me with some training materials. I once had someone tell me that if you need to pay money to join a company, that means it is a scam. There goes the American dream! If I call McDonalds and say that I want to open a franchise, do they just give it to me? If I want to open a gym, do I need to put up money? Obviously that person had no clue what they were talking about.
Next, I pay a monthly fee of $16 to run the 3 websites that Beachbody provided me when I became a coach. These are the sites that I send people to in order to make sales. They go to a site, buy a product, I make a commission. $16 a month isn’t bad for 3 sites, right? Oh yea, included in that $16 Beachbody handles the sales everything. All I do is get the person to the site. Beachbody processes the sale, ships the item, handles customer service, keeps track of my sales, issues payments and more. How much would you have to pay someone to that in a traditional business?
I am having trouble seeing how Beachbody is a scam, yet I will find people saying that it is. Let’s dig a little deeper.
Beachbody claims that coaches will make a 25% commission when they refer someone to a sale. I know from personal experience that this is true, since I get a check pretty much every week from them. It’s funny how I cannot find a single complaint that Beachbody is a pyramid scheme becaude they didn’t pay someone what they owed them. They is nothing about Beachbody being a scam because they withhold payments that people are owed. They pay what they owe people, period. So, they have high quality products, a very affordable star up and monthly cost, and they pay you when you make a sale. RUN!!!!!!!!! NOT! Hmmm….there must be something else. If the products are not a scam, and they actually pay people for what they do, they must be ripping people off when they recruit people, right? Let’s look at the facts. If you CLICK HERE, you become a coach on my team. You pay the same startup fee and monthly fees, and receive the same 25% commission on sales. For bringing you to Beachbody, which helps them sell more products, I receive a small percentage for what you do. You still make your money, but I also make some too. Because of this, I am personally invested in your success, and will help you in any way that I can. I wrote an article on this called People Helping People.
Anyways, this is where people start to think that Beachbody is a pyramid scheme. It is the fact that you can sign up people, and that you can make money from what they do. Have you ever bought house? There is a good chance that your agent got paid, along with somebody “above” them. They were probably working for a broker, and that broker receives a portion of each of their sales. SCAM!!! Right? That is a scam, right? Somebody is making money off someone else’s work, just like Beachbody. No, that I NOT a scam! That is business. If your boss didn’t make money off of you than you wouldn’t have a job, would you? They wouldn’t have a need for you.
Do you see where I am coming from? Do you understand why Team Beachbody is NOT a Scam or Pyramid Scheme. It is a legitimate network marketing company. You pay a small fee to set up and run your business, you make sales, you get paid. You can help others do the same and get rewarded for it. That is network marketing! That is people helping people! I would pick that over the corporate grind any day. I have no desire to deal with office politics, sucking up, back stabbing, and having to worry everyday if my job is secure or not.