It's really interesting that folks will support a "small business" by supporting a MLM scheme.
Let me say this loud and clear:
YOUR FRIEND SELLING ARBONNE IS NOT A BUSINESS.
SELLING RODAN AND FIELDS NOT A BUSINESS
SLIDING INTO THE DMS ABOUT MONAT IS NOT A BUSINESS
This is part of a strategy some direct sales companies use to encourage existing distributors to recruit new distributors who are paid a percentage of their recruits' sales. The company, the COMPANY ITSELF, and the CEO, COO, CFO, and allllll their shareholders get paid from Becky rolling through your DM's.
You are NOT supporting Becky's vision of being self-employed, an entrepreneur. You are celebrating and contributing to Becky having a hustle created by SOMEONE ELSE.
I wonder if these MLM-ers: have an EIN, pay quarterly taxes, develop marketing strategies, develop brand identity and mission, package products and ship them, navigate through quickbooks, or even have quickbooks...and I will digress.
Sure it can be hard work, but it's not entrepreneurial. It is NOT running a business. Let's not devalue what owning, running, and operating a business actually is (and determine what it is NOT).
Running a business is not just HARD work it is a HARD on all counts. It is blow after blow to confidence and vision and self worth, getting knocked down, failing and succeeding on a constant rollercoaster, a constant challenge to level up, pivot, and stand proudly in yourself, not getting a box of shit with a sales pitch for everyone you went to school with in the 90s.
What would it look like to support your friends who are on the ground running and actual business, maybe a brick and mortar and are at the point of bootstrapping keeping the lights on?
What is holding you back from buying a tee-shirt, a candle, a massage, a gift card, a handmade craft or getting your pictures taken for the holidays?
What stops you from sharing posts and passing along their names to generate more business?
I can't tell anyone who to buy from and how to spend money, just some things to set straight and to ponder...