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Friday, June 7, 2013

Green From The Beginning

Warning, this is a long post... Grab a glass of iced tea and settle in for a bit. I think you will be happy you did.

 

When I was looking for something that I could do from home to support my family I had some very specific criteria.
1. No get rich quick scams.
2. No MLM that required a huge start-up and large monthly commitments.
3. A safe and effective marketing plan that didn't rely on hype and hours bugging my family and friends. 
4. A proven track record of success not only in their compensation plan, but also with customer satisfaction.
5. A product I could stand behind knowing that I wasn't stretching the truth or using sensationalism to sell a "snowball to an Eskimo" . (more on that in a minute)
6. I didn't have to compete with their outside marketing to share the product and opportunity.
7. Something that truly enhances the lives of EVERYONE I meet.

As many can attest... That really makes it hard to find a work-from-home opportunity. Most of them lose, if not at the first point... then definitely by the second.

Then I found Melaleuca. And not to sound cheesy but I really believe this is the best company out there!

1. No get rich scams.
Melaleuca has been around for almost 30 years. The leaders in this business will tell you up-front that if you want to be successful then you will have to work... and work hard. Make those contacts, share your stories, meet with people, attend training meetings. The effort and time you put into it will directly translate into the success you will achieve. They don't promise that you will make $3000 dollars a day doing this one thing! But they will support you through what YOUR goals are and guide you to achieve a lasting and thriving business.

2. No MLM that requires a huge start-up and large monthly commitments.
With Melaleuca there is no huge "buy-in". In fact until the 20th of June it is only $1 for a one year membership! Normally the membership is only $29 for a year. I have been in programs that cost $200 just to get started; I have seen many that end up costing well over $500 -$1,000 dollars total by the time you purchase everything. The other thing that makes Melaleuca different is that there is no inventory to move. Ever. None. That was the hardest part for me in the last company I worked. I felt all this pressure to "make the sale" because I had several hundred dollars worth of product on my shelves, with expiration dates, and if the company decided to change formulas or discontinue a product line I would take a loss because I had to then try and sell my product at cost or give it away. I also know that I don't have to purchase hundreds of dollars of personal product points every month. A bottle of laundry detergent, a bottle of body lotion, multivitamin and mineral supplement, and a bar of soap... things I would purchase every month any way... And there are over 350 products to choose from!
 
3. A safe and effective marketing plan that didn't rely on hype and hours bugging my family and friends.
Melaleuca speaks for itself. If Melaleuca isn't for you then that is ok. It is not about brow beating those I love with info. I use the cleaning products every day in my own home. I take the vitamins, my husband and children take the vitamins. We eat the food, use the shampoo, toothpaste body wash. I have the dish washing liquid and hand soap sitting on the sink, the lip balm and lotion in my purse. When someone asks how I have so much energy, I tell them. If they ask about my weight loss, I tell them. If they ar in my home and ask about a product I tell them. If I share my hand lotion that is an opportunity to share. Yes I have regular product demonstrations and Wellness presentations in my home, and I invite people. I encourage everyone to at least take a look. If they are not impressed with the quality of the product or the business plan isn't something that they think will fit for them.. that is fine. It in no way affects how I feel for that person or our relationship. But if you don't at least look then how will you know?

4.   A proven track record of success not only in their compensation plan but also with customer satisfaction.
This is huge for me. This cancels out the hype that a lot of other companies rely on. Just last year Melaleuca reached $1.1 Billion in annual sales... $1.1 Billion! If that doesn't speak to customer satisfaction... then I don't know what does... 95% of people that shopped with Melaleuca last month will shop again this month! As far as compensation goes; if I share Melaleuca with 10 people and all they do is shop every month... just shop, I receive a check, every month, for $328... even if that is all I do. If I help just one of my 10 customers share and bring in 10 customers, then that number jumps to $640. If I keep sharing Melaleuca, and the people I share Melaleuca with share... Then that number keeps goes up... and it is residual income. Remember that 95%? They keep shopping... my check keeps coming in!

5. A product I could stand behind knowing that I wasn't stretching the truth or using sensationalism to sell a "snowball to an Eskimo" .
Frank VanderSloot, the CEO of Melaleuca once wrote that that he was not in the business of selling snowballs to Eskimos. What he was referring to is the requirement in some businesses to purchase bulk quantities of items... for your personal use. If you have to buy 75 rolls of toilet paper, 8-12 boxes of cereal, etc... Then soon you have a garage full of "snowballs" that you will never use, and you have to purchase them again next month! So, no snowballs. All of Melaleuca's products are backed by scientific research and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. They know that if you are going to succeed in business then you have to have the best products. And they have proven them time and time again. Just research Oligo and Sol-U-Guard and see the results.

This video is a couple years old... but it is so cute! And it highlights one of my favorite products:


6. I didn't have to compete with their outside marketing to share the product and opportunity. 
Melaleuca is the original Consumer Direct Marketing Company. They are debt-free and have been from the beginning. You never see commercials, print ads or bulletin boards for Melaleuca. The products are not available in the mall or grocery store. Why? Because they only advertise through the sharing of their products by independent marketing executives. What does this mean? The only competition I have is myself. And none of my revenues goes to expensive advertising and print materials.

6. Something that truly enhances the lives of EVERYONE I meet. 
I so completely believe that the products that Melaleuca has are the best that I will share something at least one person a day. If I see something in the catalog that I know could help my mom handle her health better I am going to call her. There are so many health concerns and people that are concerned about what they put into their bodies or use in their homes that there is something here for everyone. Even if you aren't looking for a business opportunity.

Don't you think you deserve to at least take a look?