“I had to find some way to get an extra line of income that worked in the hours I had available to me,” she said.
Since November, Jennifer’s been selling skin care products for Arbonne International.
The company relies on a network of sales consultants who recruit other people to sell the product as well.
The more people a sales consultant recruits, the bigger her potential earnings are.
It might sound like a pyramid scheme to some, but marketing experts say it’s not.
It’s called “network marketing” or “multi-level marketing” (MLM) and it’s been around for decades.
Companies like Amway, The Pampered Chef, and Tupperware work under similar arrangements.
“I think in today’s economy with the layoffs that we have and people desperate to find work, there’s going to be increased demand in these sorts of opportunities.”
Jennifer Grissom said she had to overcome a preconceived stigma of network marketing and the fear of rejection we all have.
“It’s not easy, but it is simple,” Grissom said. “You just have to be able to understand it, and be enthusiastic, without being annoying.”
She’s exceeding her expectations just three months after starting.
Experts advise if someone wants you to join a network marketing opportunity, take time to research the company.
Check to see if it belongs to the Direct Selling Association, a group that holds companies to strict standards of operation.
They say that can help ensure you’re joining a legitimate business, and not signing up for a risky scheme.