Leading up to me joining Rodan + Fields, I had been struggling to find “purpose” – I had a job I liked, but I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. I couldn’t tell you what exactly, but I knew that I wanted something more. At the end of the day, I knew the work I was doing was for someone else’s gain, and I was working to build a business that ultimately wasn’t mine.
Before I started selling skincare, I would see people post online about whatever product they were trying to promote, and honestly thought to myself, “What the HECK are these people doing?” I, myself, didn’t view what they were doing as a legitimate way to make money – and honestly even if I did, I wouldn’t have been interested. Truthfully, I turned my nose up at people who were selling stuff on social media – like I was better than them or something – and I cared way too much about what others thought of me.
So what changed? When a friend of mine started promoting the business online, there was a slight shift in my thinking… This person was someone I highly respected, and she was selling skincare on social media. WHAT. IS. REALLY. HAPPENING. All of a sudden, without me even realizing it, I stopped turning my nose up at people who were promoting their businesses online. It was a very slight change, but over the course of the year, my mindset had altered so much that I was so intrigued by the idea that I reached out to her about it. I was really only curious – like really though… how much money are you actually making???? She had never messaged me in regards to the business before, and truthfully, I appreciated that. I had bought eye cream from her before – not because I knew anything about the products or was really interested in skincare but because I wanted to support my friend (the eye cream really works by the way).
Everywhere you look, someone is selling something online. It’s easy to get annoyed with or simply ignore the posts, but the truth is, direct sales aren’t going away. It is becoming a more mainstream way to make an income. It is convenient, and when done right, it is an effective way to make money on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. However, people are still weary of it being a “pyramid scheme” – I’ll get into that in a bit.
I don’t feel like starting your own business or buying into any company is something that can be pushed on anyone – especially when it comes to a direct sales business. I understand why people message their family and friends about this opportunity… because that is exactly what it is – a wonderful opportunity to be shared. But again, like I said, I don’t think this business or these products can be pushed on anyone. Why? People are so scared of being scammed out of money or that the products they buy won’t be of quality – a pyramid scheme. I don’t know which product or company gave direct sales companies such a bad reputation, but I know that bad reputation is still lingering because I, myself, used to view ALL direct sales companies as such.
So what is a pyramid scheme exactly? In the classic “pyramid” scheme, participants attempt to make money solely by recruiting new participants into the program. The hallmark of these schemes is the promise of sky-high returns in a short period of time for doing nothing other than handing over your money and getting others to do the same. [https://www.sec.gov/fast-answers/answerspyramidhtm.html}
So is Rodan + Fields a pyramid scheme? NO. Pyramid schemes are illegal in this country. Pyramid schemes do not have a consumable product, and typically it’s only an exchange of money. It also means that you can never make more money than the person that brought you into the business. That is simply not true. I have ZERO "active" consultants underneath me, and I consistently make four-figures every month on my sales alone. I don’t say that to brag, but I do say that to the people who are afraid that if they start their own skincare business, they will HAVE to recruit people. It's not the case!
We are all unique individuals who pursue different opportunities for different reasons. However, I think most of us desire financial freedom so that we have more time to do the things we like with the people we love. I think that is a beautiful thing, and however you choose to pursue that financial freedom, is your choice. Good skincare is as important to me as a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. You may have different priorities than me, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you are considering direct sales, I encourage you to do your own research and choose a company that falls in line with your life and what is most important to you.