Network Marketing – you may hear that term and roll your eyes or automatically assume it is a pyramid scheme. When we were kids, network marketing was what your mom did to bring in some extra cash. She would host parties and all of your family and friends would join. Maybe you even were dragged to a party as a kid… I was. But I’m here to tell you the network marketing industry has drastically changed and if you’re an influencer, you may be able to use it to monetize your blog. So today I wanted to share why I joined a network marketing company and why I became an Arbonne consultant, plus how I’ve made more money through network marketing than I ever did using an affiliate marketing program.
Backstory: I love blogging as a hobby, but somebody has to pay the bills
I started Kasually Katie as a fashion blog. But soon after starting, I realized how exhausting and expensive blogging actually is. A fashion blogger is irrelevant if she isn’t sharing clothes people can actually click a link and shop. I felt the need to constantly buy new clothes to share and had to figure out a way to make a profit at the same time. Yes, I was sent the occasional free outfit, but that still doesn’t pay the bills. For months and months I tried applying for Reward Style (LiketoKnow.it) and I was rejected every time, even when I did have referrals from my other blogger friends.
Fast forward and eventually I learned about ShopStyle Collective and I could FINALLY make some money sharing my clothes… I began linking my blog and Instagram posts, but only made a few cents per click and only a few dollars per purchase. To this day I have only made about $40 total on that app. I put a lot of hard work into linking outfits and had nothing to show for the time I spent. Not that blogging is about the money, but I couldn’t even make enough to pay for my web hosting and domain for my blog. I was losing money and since I was trying to run my blog like a business, that was NOT a good thing.
Why did I choose Arbonne?
If you have read my first 30 Days to Healthy Living post, you might remember that I was struggling to break a weight loss plateau. I had heard of Arbonne, but it wasn’t until a friend from college and my sponsor reached out to me about the 30-day program. After I did research and talked to a few other people, I decided the 30 Days to Healthy Living program was the right program for me. I never knew how unhealthy I was eating until I did the program and I learned so much about food and my relationship with food.
After completing the program and seeing amazing results, my sponsor asked me if I would be interested in becoming a consultant. I was very hesitant at first because I didn’t know if I had time to put into it, but I quickly learned it was something you can work around your schedule. One of the girls on her team had 5 jobs when she started Arbonne! If she could do it, I could do it and the more I thought about it, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to promote the products I was loving and using to monetize my blog.
There is no downside to a side hustle. There are only benefits to building more than one source of income. A side hustle is the new job security.
Another reason I chose Arbonne is that you aren’t required to buy product and there is no minimum each month. I buy the products because I stopped shopping at Ulta, Sephora, GNC, etc. and started shopping my own store. I buy the products when I want, because I want, and not because I have to.
There is no difference between affiliate programs and network marketing/direct selling.
Personally, I don’t think network marketing is any different from working with an affiliate program such as LTK or ShopStyle Collective. You share a product you love that they have listed on their platform and when someone purchases that item, you get paid a commission and the affiliate program gets a cut. So, tell me, how is that any different from making a sale through Arbonne? I tell you about the products I love and I get paid a commission when you make a purchase. However, the difference is that one makes you a few cents to a few dollars and one makes you $50+.
Maybe I just wasn’t as passionate about sharing clothes as I am about Arbonne products, but I think for most bloggers LTK or similar platforms just aren’t sustainable. In ten years, will you still want to go to the dressing room to do a try on and make maybe $10 in profit for doing it? Or would you rather be sitting at home spending time with your family and working from your computer or phone when you chose to do so?
Network marketing is the big wave of the future. It’s taking the place of franchising, which now requires too much capital for the average person.
– Jim Rohn
But isn’t it a pyramid scheme or a scam?
First, pyramid schemes are illegal. I don’t think Arbonne would be around for almost 40 years if they were doing something illegal. A pyramid scheme is when you get paid to recruit people and only the person at the top benefits. In Arbonne, we don’t get paid if we don’t sell products and we are NOT paid for the people we sign up. You are paid the commission – again, no different than blogging affiilate programs. Plus we are apart of the Direct Sales Association and follow specific guidelines if that gives you additional peace of mind.
It really does make me sad when I see posts about how network marketing is a scam, isn’t sustainable, or is annoying when I know the exact opposite to be true. Sure, there are network marketers out there who ruin the reputation and can be annoying or rude… but isn’t that true with anyone in sales? Just because I do network marketing, doesn’t mean I am like the stranger that slid into your DMs and then blocked you when you wouldn’t buy their product.
Network marketing is the new *thing* in the online space and I am glad to be a part of it. I am glad to have found something I am so passionate about and can share, but also helps me pay the bills. I love that I have chosen to do something that is sustainable, doesn’t have a huge buy-in or cost, will grow with me, and most importantly continuously inspires me to always help others (something I have always loved doing).
I can proudly say that I have been making a steady $200+ a month with Arbonne and I have no doubts it will only go up from here. Not to mention, it brings me so much more joy to help people start using non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free products and building a better relationship with food. I am confident in saying I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant and I’m excited to be a part of the network marketing space! I encourage you to look at network marketing with new eyes, I promise it will only benefit you and your business!
Thanks for stopping by and reading about why I became an Arbonne consultant, If you ever want to get into the business side of Arbonne, just let me know and I can help to get you started!