Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Journey With Melaleuca


 May 10, 2010
This will be my online journal of my experience with the Melaleuca business.  You can experience every step with me, so you can have complete understanding of what this exactly is.

I'll begin by letting you know how and where it all started.  After endless nights of searching through the web for at home jobs, I ran across the website Work At Home United, I filled in the information.  The next day I got a phone call from a woman asking me when a good time would be to have more time to talk on the phone.  Within 48 hours a phone meeting was set up.  The meeting was a call set up with a Melaleuca presentation.   I was impressed enough to pay the $31 to become a business "partner".  I had two choices 1) to be a preferred customer 2) build my own Melaleuca business (customer referrals).

 5/14/10
I got a free website the day after I signed up.  I wrote a hub to advertise the website, and  I received my training packet today.  Which I might say I AM QUITE IMPRESSED!!

The training pack came with impressive guides such as the membership guide, building your business guide, a monthly Leadership In Action magazine with impressive business results and stories, 3 catalogs, and a CD. 

Before this packet had arrived I was having mixed feelings.  Unsure if I invested into a good money making idea, then it hit me... I'm trying to encourage people to switch some of their usual everyday products to products that are SAFER than what they are probably already using.

According to one of their catalogs their EcoSence brand cleaners are SAFE, SAFE, SAFE!!! 

1. Safe For Your Families
  • No chlorine bleach
  • No ammonia
  • No aerosols
  • No formaldehyde
2.  Safe For Your Home
  • Effective & naturally derived ingredients
  • No abrasives
  • pH-balanced
3.  Safe For the Earth
  • Super-concentrated
  • No fillers
  • No phosphate
  • biodegradable 
I'm going to do a little research and read up some more.  I can say so far on a scale of 1 to 10.... I rate what I'm doing an 8.  One reason I score the Melaleuca idea so high is because I realized I committed to a company that cares about a healthier you and a cleaner environment.  Watching the news about the catastrophic oil spilling into the Gulf (watching right now) makes me realize how quickly we are destroying this planet.  I want to make a committed difference... even as a customer.  I am starting to feel that others should want to do the same.

I would also like to say is that the fee you pay is reasonable and similar to a Sam's membership fee (very similar).  There are many perks included.  I'll explain more later.

Later...

There is a variety of more than 350 environment friendly products to choose from.  Their products range from vitamins to beauty products, and the prices really are reasonable!! 
I believe if you choose Melaleuca for yourself, you maybe so impressed with the prices and products that you want to upgrade (no extra fee) to building a business by introducing your friends to Melaleuca products and earning an extra income while spreading the word about earth friendly products.

I've done more reading, updating on my hub, absorbing the concept of this company.  I'm not looking for a get rich scheme. I have patience.  I don't see that encouraging this product is wrong, misleading, or a scam in anyway.

5/21/10
 
I am feeling pretty confident in this business and these products.  Here are a few things I would like to point out that I have learned over the past few days.

  • As part of my training, I had to email my business plan (which is outlined for you on their website).
  • Earlier this week my mentor went over 3 out of  the 7 Steps To Succeed
  • Yesterday my mentor went over the remaining steps 
  • Their online training guide is very impressive and the mentor is available every step of the way
  • You can make up your own business cards and you can order 250 FREE
  • Today I mentor will be calling me to give me 7 websites that let you advertise your website free
  • Mentor stated she is contacted (by email only) EVERYDAY
  • You can target businesses
  • You get monthly bonuses for signing people on as preferred customers
  • Work as little or as much as you want
  • And remember you can just be a monthly customer and do not have to take advantage of earning an income.
A few hours later...

I ordered my business cards 250, and ordered a website for free (first month) and $4.99 every month thereafter.  This is not necessary, but I like the idea of placing business cards in random places and having an extra website to advertise.  I also set up a new myspace account just for networking.

6/10/10

I was starting to fade away from the whole Melaleuca idea.  I started meeting people outside the virtual world I live in, and I just got bored with the computer... THEN my business cards came in the mail, and I checked my email and had 3 interested people that had responded to my ad.  I know enough about the web to know it takes awhile for your websites to begin circulating and being picked up by search engines.  I think it will just take time (with little effort) to get people involved with what I am doing.  I have time.  I'm going to put in a little effort into it today.  Oh, and it only cost $1 to sign up if you sign up and make your first order before the 15th.

6/30/10

Well, yesterday I emailed my Melaleuca mentor and told her I no longer wanted to be a preferred customer.  I really liked the products I purchased from Melaleuca, but I did not like the idea that I HAD to pay around $65 to $75 a month on products, and some months I just cannot afford to do that.  As far as my success with Melaleuca as a business, I had very little.  I'm not saying it can't be done, but it's definitely not something you instantly start making money from.  It takes a lot of advertising, and it would be fair to say "it works if you work it".  The big question to ask yourself is "can I afford to purchasing these products EVERY month.