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As an ex Herbalife Consultant, I get a lot of people asking me the question, “Is Herbalife a scam?”. So I wanted to answer the question here on my blog so that I have a place I can send people to.
First of all, I want you to know that I was with Herbalife for over 3 years. I was a global expansion team member who had a large group of distributors under me. And I made some really great money. Until one day it all started to fall apart. And when it did, I quickly realized that in order to be successful in Herbalife, I was dependent on other people.
Herbalife is an MLM. MLM stands for multi-level-marketing. In an MLM the pay structure works in such a way that when you recruit someone, they are placed under you and you get paid a percentage of what they sell. This may sound easy but the problem is most people are not willing to do the work it requires to be successful.
In order to be really successful in Herbalife, you need a large down-line (people under you) who each have a large down-line. And in this down-line, you need to be able to convince people to buy into a large shipment of products. They make their money when they sell those products. But the up-line makes money when they convince the newbie to “invest” in products.
For me, this was an integrity issue. I simply couldn’t convince people to invest money, that I new they didn’t have. And you might say that obviously I did since I was there for 3 years and was a Global Team member. That is true. And that is part of what I want to explain in this article.
There is a sort of “brain washing” that happens with Herbalife and every MLM. It isn’t obvious when you first start, or even if you are there for a while. But you are convinced that you are helping people by getting them to invest large amounts of money in products. Because if they invest that kind of money, they wont quit. And they will be committed.
You may ask yourself how in the world do people get sucked into Herbalife or any MLM. And I have to tell you it is pretty simple. It is called Hype! This is why Herbalife has conferences and wants to get people to them. Because they know you will hear testimonials after testimonials. They make is sound so simple. I promise you, by the end of the conference you will be convinced that you will be rich.
Is Herbalife a scam? Herbalife is legit….but….
Yes, Herbalife has real products (and they are actually very good products). And I never had a problem with them in paying me or anything like that. It is just the business model of an MLM that makes it next to impossible to really make money. There is such a small percentage of people who make money, and those same people make their money off of the people below them.
Honestly it was one of the worst experiences in my life. I’m not proud of being an Herbalife representative.
But on the bright side I learned a lot from my experience with Herbalife. I learned what doesn’t work and what does work.
If you are thinking about joining Herbalife here are a few red flags to be aware of.
Hype: There will be a lot of hype. When you go on the websites or talk to distributors be ready to hear all of the testimonials and success stories. They will try really hard to get you sucked in.
Invest: They will tell you that if you want real success you need to invest in products. They will convince you that the more you invest, the more you will make.
Use The Products: They will convince you to use the products yourself. Because you can’t sell something you don’t know about. Of course they want you to buy products monthly. It gives them commission.
Go To All Training’s: Again it is about the hype. They want to make sure you drink the cool-aid. There is lots of pressure to get to the training’s.
Again Herbalife is a legitimate company. But if you want to make real money, you need to be willing to invest lots of money, and time and you need to be willing to get others to do the same. It is a lot of work and may take you years to ever make a penny. I’m hoping you will learn from my experience and not waste your time.
This is just my opinion based on my personal experience as a distributor several years ago. Things may be different now.
I guess the most important thing I want you to take from this post is to do your homework and go into Herbalife with your eyes wide open.
P.S. The thing about MLM is your success depends on your down-line. And it isn’t fun being depended on other for your success. For me I found real success with affiliate marketing because I don’t have to depend on anyone at all. My success is up to me! And I like that.