Why You Shouldn’t Join an MLM

and just burn your money instead

Lin

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One of the people I follow on Instagram loves to post about her blossoming business career. According to her feed, she’s a #bossbabe with her own business, works flexible hours on her schedule, and is pulling in a six-figure salary.

The first few times I saw her emoji-filled posts, I genuinely thought she was a successful freelancer or entrepreneur dominating the market. It wasn’t until she began to advertise essential oils from Young Living that I started to catch on to what was really happening.

She wasn’t the wealthy, glamorous entrepreneur she masqueraded as — she was just another person caught up in an MLM, trying to recruit others for her own profit.

Although I have no idea whether or not she’s actually making the six-figure salary she boasts about, I’d bet against it. Over 97% of MLM consultants misrepresent their earnings. It’s much more likely that she’s hustling to make a small profit, and even that might be a stretch.

Despite the prosperity gospel she’s trying to feed me about Young Living, MLMs aren’t the goldmine they pretend to be. These companies — and I use that term loosely — have been reeling in hardworking people just trying to make a buck for decades.

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Lin

When I’m not writing, you can usually find me hanging out with my cats