Thursday, August 4, 2011

Private Franchising. What the Hell is That?!?

Private franchising, a new internet business, the combination of the internet and commerce… I’m sure you have about a thousand other ways to describe your business.  Why?  Because you CAN’T SAY AMWAY!!!!!  That is the kiss of death, letting a prospect know you are trying to recruit them for Amway is the quickest way to get kicked out of a house (or hung up on)! 
So why is that? I mean aren’t you just trying to buy products from a manufacturer and then get others to do the same?  Should be a no-brainer right?  Well the  idiot upline who have gone before us with their exaggerated claims and god-like arrogance pretty much ruined that for the rest of us.  These a-holes went out and wore people out by requiring a cult-like devotion to all things upline.  People got sick of signing up to buy detergent, make-up and energy drinks only to be bombarded by the constant demand to pour money into books, audios and meetings.  They got sick of being fleeced.
So, instead of improving or changing the system, our glorious leaders with all their accumulated wisdom decided it was best to LIE to prospects by not sharing with them the true nature of what you are asking them to do… Isn’t that a hell of a way to build trust and cooperation with your fellow business owners?  The tactics we were taught were to baffle the prospect with bullshit, never give a straight answer, and answer questions with questions.  Just get them to a meeting where your phenomenally talented upline can close the deal.  Nothing like leading your friends and family to the slaughter… makes a person feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Good Husband Provides For His Family

For my second post, I'm going to assume the average reader knows about the system, upline, and how the basic process of recruiting and retaining IBO's works.  I'll get into those details as they relate to my specific situation later... however I figure there are a lot more prolific bloggers out there who have already documented that. 

One of the primary tactics upline assholes use to get us otherwise normal, rational, common sense adults throw away our independent thinking and lock into their "system", is to find out what's important to that person and then sell how "the business" is the ONLY way to achieve that goal.  The good (and by good I mean devious and manipulative) asshole upline will also identify any weakness or character attributes the person has (lack of confidence, a desire to be liked) and use them as pressure points to undermine the prospect and set themselves up as the answer to their problems.

The concept that the husband is "head" of the household, that he should provide for his family is how they hooked me.  My upline diamond turd-licker could easily see that I was a new husband and father just getting started in the world.    I didn't want my wife to have to work a 40 hour week while our young children were being taken care of by someone else.  I wanted her to be able to home with the kids to enjoy their youth... and for the kids to enjoy the time with their mommy.  Is any of this starting to sound familiar yet??

So he showed me how in 2-5 years I could "bring my wife home".  That it would take a lot of work but that I could make it.  But the ONLY way I could make it is with his counsel and advise.  All I had to do to get that access is to make sure I bought several audios, a couple books, subscribed to voicemail, joined a website, and purchased a supply of business support material so that I could be ready for my prospects.  It was only a few hundred dollars every month.  And only the losers that weren't going anywhere with the business didn't see the logic of that.  And if I were serious about providing for my family, wasn't the investment worth it? 

Well, I was hooked, I wasn't going to let someone tell me I wasn't serious about providing for my family. Especially after the diamond douche bag compared sending my wife to work every day as slavery... He said so you say you are serious about being a good husband... then how can you send your wife to work for another man.  To put her under his control and authority?  To make her trade her precious time for money, wasn't that selfish of me?  When I didn't immediately agree with his view of work, he asked me what I thought of my boss.  Well at the time I did have a jerkwad boss, we didn't get along or agree.  I told him we argued and constantly fought.  He goes think about it like this... working with a jerk boss is a lot like wrestling. You are locked in combat with a sweaty stinky opponent.  Do you really want to think of your wife in that kind of a situation with another man.. and this is a direct quote... "you don't want to think of his sweaty balls rubbing on her".  He went on to say... that's how you have to think of your wife at work... otherwise you won't sell out to the business.

I look back now and realize I should have punched the guy in the face and walked out. I should have told him that my wife is a smart, talented, educated medical professional.  She provides help and service to those in need.  She didn't work because she had to.  She worked because it was her choice.  Instead,  I let him plant the seed that my wife was not a person, but an object, a possession to be protected and managed.  I didn't know it then, but this was the beginning of a long painful road for me. 

I'm Going to be RICH!!!

Or at least that's what I thought, then reality hit.  But more about that later...

This is the blog of a former Independent Business Owner for Amway/Quixtar.   I want to share my experience and vent about some of the moronic crap my upline spewed.  You might learn something, you might not,  I only know that I'll feel much better after I unleash some of my pent up frustration. 

This isn't going to be your average blog, I don't plan to always be nice, or use proper language. I don't plan on bashing Amway or Quixtar or any other MLM company.  I could really careless about them.  I mean seriously,  there are thousands of companies out there who sell overpriced, worthless crap to a niche market... I'm focused on kicking the asses of the IBO's who lie, cheat and manipulate people striving for a better life into giving away their hard earned money and valuable time in pursuit of an unattainable goal.  

I'm going to lay out my experience -- and not hold back.  I hope you will enjoy my posts and maybe find something useful.  I promise is that if you are a former IBO who was screwed over, made to think you were worthless without your upline, or just generally pissed at your douche bag upline... you will have a voice here.

Finally, I want to thank another blogger who I've followed for a while now.  Anna Banana, you are awesome.  Thanks for the push to start this... hopefully I'll uphold your high standard of low tolerance of bullshit.