Last month I joined the Network Marketing hype and decided to set myself up as an Arbonne Independent Consultant. Network Marketing essentially means utilising the network you have to promote a product. There are no catches in this, it’s simply an alternative method for brands to sell their product outside of the ‘normal’ retail channels. I have had a lot of questions about my decision to join this scheme so thought I would put together a post for my network to read to get a very honest and better understanding of how this system works and why it is right for me.
It was at a children’s birthday party that I first met Nina, my sponsor. We started chatting about life, kids, work, the usual chat – and we discovered we had lots in common, mutual friends, career plans, and the desire to earn extra money for a more luxury lifestyle! She briefly spoke to me about her career as a Makeup Artist and said that she also works as a Vice President for Arbonne. It all sounded very glam and it certainly explained the Chanel hand bag and brand new Merc 😉 She asked me to get in touch with an opportunity for how I can get in on the action!
We met up and I grilled Nina on the ins and outs of the Arbonne industry and how someone like me could work with a brand like this. So here are the facts as I understand them…
Arbonne is a luxury beauty, skincare and nutrition brand with a fancy Swiss heritage (the reason the Swiss bit is relevant is because anyone in the “beauty know” understands that to be Swiss approved means the product has to be EXCEPTIONAL!). The products are designed for the whole family; men, woman and children. But it was the cruelty free aspect that really impressed me when talking about this brand. All the ingredients are botanical and the brand has never and will never test on animals. Arbonne is the Number 1 approved beauty brand by PETA – and you do not get a bigger endorsement than that… The science that goes into these products is fascinating and has certainly made me think twice about the ingredients in the other products I have been using.
I have tried a number of Arbonne products and can say hand on heart – I am massively impressed, so much so I have made the switch from many of my long time favourite luxury products to Arbonne equivalents.
So How Does It Work As A Business?
Basically Arbonne rely on Network Marketing to generate sales. They don’t waste their budget on advertising and all the usual channels of getting their products in store – instead they get their loyal fans to recommend the products and in return for this, the fans get a rather hefty commission bonus! In the US they are already the 4th most popular beauty brand which is seriously impressive when the leading 3 brands sell through the more usual channels and media advertising. This really is a case of the product selling itself.
What Do I have To Do?
Essentially you buy your own website, mine is fayejacobs.arbonne.com this cost me £56. Now I have my site, my job is to direct people to this site to generate sales, and for every sale I make, I get a commission. And that is it. My job is done. There is no exchange of cash, no dispatching of products, no stock issues, the order goes directly to Arbonne and they take care of everything – I just get a figure into my bank account at the end of the month. This very quickly adds up! In addition, if I introduce new people to represent this brand, I also get a commission on the sales they generate. And if they introduce someone; I get the commission on those sales too! The year on year growth of this brand is insane, and once you are in – you’re in, those sales just keep on coming and everyone feels the benefits.
Now when I get to this point in my explanation of the Arbonne scheme – I’m hit with ‘Oh OK like a pyramid scheme?’ well I’m embarrassed to say, I dont really understand the whole pyramid scheme thing, all I know is that this was made illegal in the 80’s due to people losing fortunes, so I can say with total certainty – this is not a pyramid scheme! It quickly became apparent to me that those suggesting this, actually didn’t know themselves what a pyramid scheme is, but it’s natural that sometimes there will be negativity with the unknown and that is just something that comes with the job when talking to people about this business. There is no risk, as other than the £56 to buy your site, there are no other costs you need to pay. You may choose to buy some samples (using a big discount) so that you can let people try the products, but it is not essential. So when I hear that there are reviews online saying this is a scam and not to do it because you’ll lose all your money, I get really confused?! as there is no money to invest!
Why This Is Right For Me…
The result of this type of work is 100% effort led. Meaning the more you put in, the more you will get out. With 3 kids under 5, I can’t commit to more than 8 hours a week on this, there is no one to tell you to do more or less, you are totally your own boss which suits me!
My background and my current profession is as a freelance digital marketing consultant, so I plan to use the knowledge I have to drive traffic to the site, but having said that, there is no denying that the real success of this business comes from personal recommendations and a good network of supportive friends and family. My husband has been so supportive throughout my journey so far, he has already put me in touch with new clients from his office that will only use Vegan friendly products! Your network is far greater than you initially think… 🙂
Last week I hosted my first party with the help of Nina and I loved every minute of it – I thought I would keep this business purely digital – but the make up & skincare masterclass combined with bucks fizz and home made cupcakes (Arbonne themed and made by my lovely friend!) was such a wonderful girly night that I intend to host one of these every month! (ps – Do get in touch if you would like to host one of these with your friends!)
Could It Work For You?
Absolutely. If you have an interest in beauty, skincare or nutrition and a supportive network of friends and family, it’s a really fun lifestyle job that if you really wanted to put the time into, could quite literally change your life. There are 4 tiers in the Arbonne heirachy, and it if you want it badly enough, it doesn’t take long to climb them as it is completely limitless how far you can go. Nina, the friend that introduced me, picked up the keys to her White Mercedes just 25 months after joining Arbonne (a little perk for the Vice Presidents!) and with 3 young boys, a baby on the way and a profession as a make up artist – I fully believe her when she says she honestly doesn’t put more than 15 hours a week into this. She is currently soaking up the atmosphere at the Arbonne conference in Vegas which I will be attending next year.
I have been doing this for less than 6 weeks and have already introduced 5 friends to this opportunity, like me they fell in love with the products and could instantly see the potential in the business. One of them has already introduced 2 further friends! You see how quickly this grows!? And this brand is global, so if you are reading this in Australia – get in touch!
I hope that I have given justice with my explanation of this venture, it’s so hard not to come across as a door to door sales person when trying to talk about this on paper! If you have any questions and think this might be quite a nice type of work to fit around your lifestyle, or might just be interested in giving the products a go, then please do get in touch!