“So I am in an MLM”, and other great conversation enders

There, I’ve said it.

Life in Sydney has always thrown me so many curveballs, this is probably just another one.

What am I referring to? Well, you probably would have seen some posts I made on my Facebook timeline about some “Crazy Wraps” or seen me post some before and after photos (none of the photos are of ME personally… but that’s only because I am seriously shy of it. So maybe when I’ve scaled back a few more dress sizes haha!)

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I must admit… I am a tad wary about using this term “MLM” but only because there’s been a couple of high-profile MLMs that have gone up (and down) in a blazing flame of nothingness, leaving disgruntled “investors” and hardened cynics in their wake. But those “pyramid schemes” have tarnished the name of MLMs who are around to sell a physical product (as opposed to just empty talk of huge returns with zero risk), and we all know word-of-mouth often has the greatest persuasive power. I have personally had friends involved in these so-called pyramid schemes, and they’ve had their fingers burnt and savings drained in those companies.

I am mindful of what I know some of my friends (both online and offline) might be thinking. I’ve had so many supportive messages, which I am so, so thankful for. My ex-colleagues, blogger friends back in Singapore, family. And at the same time, (maybe it’s just my overactive imagination), there’s also that huge awkward pause in the middle of my Facebook conversation where I can sometimes see the other person go, “Oh man, is Sandra going to recruit me or sell things to me or hound me non-stop?”

Okay, you can go ahead and unfriend me now on Facebook.

Still here? Okay, then I can promise the same amount of cutesy updates of my three kids, gorgeous shots of the Sydney coastline, long musings and sometimes grumbling. And yes, the occasional “business” post.

But hey this is me. Me. My family. My kids. And now, yes, my business.

So it’s been an enlightening ride, taking on this mammoth task of selling a product in a foreign land where I don’t have that many friends to start with. My closest friends are all still in Singapore, and when the casual question of “So, what are you doing?” is bandied and I give my honest reply, their “ARGH! Not another one of THOSE people” deer-caught-in-the-headlights look is amusing. No, I don’t need you to “review this product and blog about it” for me. No, I am not gonna hardsell anything to you. But you asked me what I do, so here I am telling you, and hey, you know what, if you have a need for the product, let me be your go-to “wrap person”.

I recently had an encounter where I was talking to this person online, and she went “Oh, but you’re in an MLM, hun.”

Astute, that one. But being in a company that does direct selling doesn’t make me a leper or a pariah, right? Right? It shouldn’t. Oh, but maybe it does to some. It’s my blog so I can rant on it.

For the curious out there, here’s some quick FAQs for you.

Q: Why oh why, Sandra, did you join this MLM?

A: It ain’t a boogey monster. And my friends would know, I don’t lend my name easily to stuff. I tried out the product. And yes – I saw results. I loved. But being a full time homemaker with a barely-there income, there was NO WAY I could spend on this. And then considering I was a full-time homemaker with a barely-there income, I decided… why not TRY this business out? Be a distributor, sell a product that I’ve personally used and love, AND earn money? I don’t know about you, but it sure seemed like a great idea at that time. And still is. There company sells MORE than these wraps, and the hubby and I are slowly (but surely) trying them all out. I recently ordered Greens On The Go, which purports to help detox and balance and yet energize you for the day. It’s Day 7 for us both, and the most significant change I can attest to personally is (1) not needing coffee to start the day, (2) not feeling like I am dying by the afternoon and (3) being able to help the hubby in his transcriptions a tad more effectively. Is it due to the Greens? I don’t see why not, seeing we haven’t made any other lifestyle or diet change! So my faith in the company grows day by day, and with it, my willingness to be more and more associated with it.

Q: But, you know… MLM!?! Can’t you go for a more “traditional” job?

Such a familiar question – oh yeah. my dad asked me the same when he first learnt, many years ago, that I was attending a “contemporary” church. I obviously didn’t listen to him. Why should the contemporary be considered inferior to the traditional?

I’ve been in that 9am-5pm job, remember? And it was enriching, fun… but not possible now that we’re in Sydney, and having to look after the kids all by ourselves. The truth is that if I were so busy working a 9 to 5, then the hubby would not be able to concentrate on his studies, which, d-uh, is why we are even here in the first place. I’m not making an excuse. I am simply acknowledging my complete and utter lack of domestic ability. If I were working, we’d have to eat out every single day. Not much time with the kids. Jay would have to go to after-school care. All of which is NOT what I want, not at this moment. I love the flexibility of what I do now, and it helps me do what I love and spend time on things that matter to me.

Q: All this “upline” and “downline” nonsense sounds so fishy! How can someone earn so much?

I know this might seem unfamiliar to those who draw a regular salary… but this is a commission-based job. You earn more if you work more. Slack, and you won’t get paid. I have friends in the insurance industry who would agree. I know of some who’re raking in the big bucks, and others who’ve struggled to pay their monthly bills. Is the sales line for everybody? I don’t think so. Heck, I don’t even know if it’s for me – seeing how I’ve only just begun. But I’m willing to give it a go.

Q: Okay, after yakking so much, Sandra… Aren’t you going to tell us a little bit more about the product?

What? You mean more than helping me shave off the stubborn centimetres left behind by giving birth to three kids? Who, when they were born stole a chunk of my heart each, but unfortunately left me with the ravages of the “mummy tummy”? That awkward little horrible piece of flab that rears its ugly head when you even think about putting on any form-fitting dress or skirt or pants? Heck, don’t even talk about form-fitting, event figure-skimming clothes are sometimes a no-no. So yeah, I use the body wraps, I sell the body wraps, and I sure hope to earn enough to keep me at home, with my kids.

Well, I hope you’re still willing to be associated with me. I won’t really be blogging about the business much here at sanses.com, but I am in the midst of starting a new blog to share more, and will announce it once it’s up.

Ok… and before I end, you know it’s coming, and I shan’t disappoint you.

Here’s my link to my “official website”, so check it out, watch the videos, read the testimonials, and most importantly – order away!

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10 Responses to ““So I am in an MLM”, and other great conversation enders”

  1. Madeline Heng

    Hahaha, errr I totally suck at business and don’t buy in to things easily (they can never get me to buy anything beyond the basic package at the spa hahaha) so as long as you dont shove it down my throat, we’re still friends! Hahaha. All the best for your business =)
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  2. Christine

    Definitely good on you for giving it a go! It’s so hard to find flexible work when you want to be there for your kids as well. I hope it takes off for you and you’re able to get the business off the ground while being able to hang out lots with your kids :)
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    • Sandra

      Thanks Christine! ;) I am loving the flexibility it affords me now – with hopefully a bigger income stream in the near future to make it worth it haha!

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