Should You Show Income Checks in Your Network Marketing Business?
It’s a big debate, for sure, and there is no cut and dried answer, for many.
When I first started in Network Marketing, wayyyyy back in 1994, the company “newsletter” published regularly showed incomes and pictures of top distributors on stage collecting those checks.
Actually, I used to pour over those articles and pictures on days when I was struggling with trying to find success in my own business.
I would read their stories, look at their picture…..
Look at their CHECK….
And, think to myself…if they can do it, so can I.
It really did keep me going.
Then, along came the internet, and Facebook and other Social Sites….
And, along came the FTC with new rules and regulations about income claims, and earnings disclaimers. Actually, much of this was not new, but the internet posed the challenge of being like the wild, wild west, and how do you police it? (And, no matter what, always be aware of what is and isn’t allowed by the FTC. There are some restrictions…)
Think about it – when you watch an infomercial, there are very often disclaimers, or commercials for weight loss products – results not typical.
Not a problem for me and you, right…..
We don’t want to be typical….
Save that spot for someone else, thank you very much.
So, about a year and a half ago, distributors from some of the new and up and coming companies started posting their pictures of big checks all over social media. And, there was a little challenge with some of them in that the income was not actually EARNED yet.
The distributor receiving the check had “qualified” and as long as they stayed qualified over the next 6 months or so, they would gt the check.
Hmmm….a little misleading, maybe? Especially with no income disclaimer or statement of such.
And, it probably did lure a number of struggling reps form other companies over….
Then, recently, a brand new company started popping big checks pretty quickly. And, those photos were everywhere….along with an income disclaimer.
And, a lot of reps from other companies cried “Foul!” “Bad taste…not good…bad for the profession…..”
And, it made me wonder – is it, really? Is it really bad for the profession?
I’m not sure what my opinion is, to be honest. I haven’t decided yet.
Because here is the thing for me – that glossy magazine/newsletter back in 1994 hooked me big time.
It gave me hope….
Made me believe…..
And, ultimately, made me get to WORK because I realized that all of the hope, belief and inspiration was not going to get me a big paycheck without ACTION.
And, to be honest, even today, like right now, writing this article….
I’m in a good space and income is flowing in.
And, I see those checks and they make me feel the same way -
Hopeful, Inspired, Full of Belief!!!
Is that a bad thing for our profession?
Or, is it only a bad thing for those who are not earning the big checks….
Or, for those in companies where the checks are not big enough to flash?
So, what say you? Weigh in below, I would love to hear….
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