Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and this saying always has me thinking of Patrick from SpongeBob series…don’t judge!), you have seen that network marketing, or direct sales companies are becoming more mainstream these days.
You can love it or you can hate the idea but it’s taking on a whole new meaning to the term”business owners”. People are realizing that the lifestyle and the income opportunities are uniquely available compared to any other industry. I know that the “over 40” crowd (much like me!) remember hearing negative comments concerning the Amway company when we were young. Many people failed or dumped a lot of money into it and saw little return. There was also negative chatter about having to carry tons of inventory or having to attend regular “parties”.
In the past 10 or so years, a lot has changed within this industry and if we stay closed minded to all opportunities in life, we will miss out on in one way or another. I’m not saying you have to join a business like this but I am suggesting you get the current information needed to make a valid decision either way. I’ll be honest, when I first heard about this business model, I was completely against it. I had strong opinions of how it was a “scam” or waste of time and money. For me, that opinion has shifted a whole 180 degrees and I want to take a few minutes and explain why.
I see changes as the new and improved generation of network marketing companies evolve. I’m not here to share the differences between old and new generation companies. If you are reading this, you already know the differences and may be “shopping” around to see which one is the best company for YOU. I’ve been with Beachbody for over six years and have created a life that I can finally enjoy in being more present with my family and creating a business that fits into my life. I’ve sponsored people on my team that have come from OTHER companies and they have shared the differences they see and appreciate with Beachbody.
Here are some differences in working with Beachbody versus other direct sales companies:
No home parties
Thank goodness! I seriously would have been out at the get-go if this was a priority. I know I’ve attended countless Tupperware, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef (to name just a few) and other home parties and honestly they always made me feel slightly uncomfortable. I came really close to signing as a Pampered Chef rep many years ago and decided I wouldn’t be able to commit to hosting these parties and asking everyone else to host one in order to “sell” my products. The home parties is a nice “idea” in getting our friends and family members together to enjoy some girl time…but honestly, I know that I’d always have to figure out what I could get away with “buying” for the hostess to get credit and not look like a party pooper. Not my idea of a business model I could settle into for the long haul.
Some companies have you commit to hosting so many a month. Then you have the task of putting together a guest list based on which of your friends is employed, has money to spend and is likely to spend it on the next must-have kitchen tool, candle or jewelry item. If three of them are willing to host a show it is a bonus. Your friends know the routine and know if they collectively spend enough, you will earn free product and the host gift of the month. It is usually somewhat uncomfortable for everyone. Beachbody is different. I have never done a traditional direct sales home party. What I “have” done that has been natural and organic is invite a friend over to workout with me Or, when I have had friends over in general, not related to Beachbody, I serve dishes from the recipes of the fitness meal plans or detoxes. People always comment on how GREAT the food is and I share that I made it from one of our nutrition programs. I once invited a bunch of friends over to try a newly released workout with me. It was pretty freaking awesome having a house full of ladies, sweating and feeling great after the workout. Endorphins + fun + girl power = now THAT is a party I feel good about offering and paying forward to others<3
This is a Lifestyle
Beachbody is the number one home health and fitness company in the world. Beachbody offers over 50 at home fitness programs for all levels. They also offer nutritional supplements similar to an online health story. The difference with Beachbody compared to other companies both in health and kitchen ware is, Beachbody focuses more on a LIFESTYLE.
Each complete program has a comprehensive meal plan, a series of workouts and a nutrient dense-whole food shake. This lifestyle can lead to a rewarding career. Your visible changes are the best tool you have to launch a new career. As you transform your health, people notice and inquire what you are doing. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, YOU are your own walking billboard for the lifestyle changes you are making (or have made). When people ask, you share what you are doing and have learned. You make suggestions to them, and when they buy from you, you earn income. Each step of the way you are helping people to become healthier. As they become healthier, their friends will want to do what they are doing too. Paying a healthy lifestyle forward creates a ripple effect that helps everyone have more energy, feel better in their clothes and not need the doctor. It is a win/win approach for everyone. Even though I am a personal trainer in experience, I no longer feel the need to “beg and plead” for new clients to sign up for sessions and commit to ridiculous costs in hiring a trainer just to pay my bills. I actually join in with my clients now and we support each other and hold each other accountable so I am no longer dreading spending all of my energy on those who just need a drill seargent.
Speaking of my past work experiences; with Beachbody you do not have to be a trainer or nutritionist. This is actually a PLUS for me now and I’ve never regretted hanging up my one on one training sessions. Simply put, the workout program, the motivation and the expertise is now the job of the celebrity trainer in each program. They design workouts that are guaranteed to give promised results. They have a nutritional research and development team come in and put together all the nuts and bolts for our clients…and that includes me! The “celebrity” trainers are the ones doing all the complicated stuff. The beauty behind that is we all simply follow what they say to get our results. As a coach, you are helping customers figure out which program is best for them. It’s not our job to create and design it. As a coach, we are helping our customers find what the best package is for them and supporting them through it.
You CAN however, become certified as a trainer in most of the programs. With that certification you can teach LIVE classes anywhere without the aide of a DVD to follow. I am Insanity and P90X certified and have taught classes and formats based on these popular workout programs. How cool is that???
Dude…who hasn’t heard of Beachbody? It’s funny because I do run into people all the time who have no idea that Beachbody and P90X or Insanity are part of the same c0mpany. But before I even heard about this business, Beachbody was an infomercial company years before it became a direct sales company. Most direct sales companies are designed as a network company from day one. Beachbody fitness infomercials consistently hold many of the top 10 spots in the infomercial rankings. That constant advertising drives BRAND AWARENESS right into the homes of the American people. People may not know “Beachbody” or “Shakeology”, but you mention P90x, Insanity or 21 day Fix and chances are they will nod and know what brand you are referring to. That is a HUGE benefit with Beachbody compared to other companies where the brand relies on paid celebrity endorsements or word of mouth. Our products are a household name. In addition, when a customer calls and buys from that informercial, they get put in a lead wheel and randomly assigned to the coaches that qualify for the free customer lead. SWEET!
Income and Overhead
Seriously ridiculous to get started…anywhere between $140-$205 and that’s for our products plus the business opportunity. This includes all of our trainings, our online office, our websites, our customer service, our suppliers and everything else that a business owner would have to pay big money for in overhead costs.
Virtual pipeline and top of the line. I’ve looked for over 20 years for the best of supplements and workouts in order to sustain my needs and the needs of my clients and since finding the best with our products, I know that the search is over and I no longer even attempt to be intrigued at something shiny and new on the market.
Multiple Business Centers
Another big difference is in the compensation. Most direct sales companies allow you to have one business center, while Beachbody allows you two. It is what Beachbody calls multiple coach business center downlines. When you reach the rank of a Two Star Diamond Coach, you can request to open a second business center along your down line, which will help you increase your earning potential.
If you would like more information or interested in pursuing this business opportunity, I would love to mentor you and share everything I do and how duplicable and simple it truly is to succeed long term. Like I said, I’ve been here for over 6 years and for me that’s pretty much my jam. Here’s how you can get started with my help: