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A Few Simple Ways You Can Spot An Mlm Scam

By David M. Wood

MLM has kind of taken a bad rap in the last few years. This is primarily due to the fact that there are some terrible MLM scams on the internet that unsuspecting people still seem to get caught up in. However, it is important to know that there are some MLM programs that have been around a long time that are not scams and do work for some people. Doing your homework to avoid an MLM scam will be very important when you are deciding on the business that will be right for you.

This is where the spotting of a scam becomes a little difficult. An MLM scam to one person may not be a scam for another person. Why? Because, one person may be a natural workaholic and will think that the work involved in making money with their MLM is very easy, while another person may not want to work more than an hour a day will feel the same MLM opportunity is a total scam because of the work involved.

Before looking at any MLM opportunity and finding the scams you need to decide what your personal definition of “little work”, “easy money”, and “more time” is. Having a clear idea of the amount of work you are willing to do to get your business started and keep it going will help you in deciding when an MLM opportunity is not for you. A successful business takes time, effort, and persistence. This is why many people who start in MLM do not succeed. That doesn’t mean the MLM is a scam, it means that the person didn’t decide before they started how much effort they were willing to put in.

There are some classic signs that an MLM is a scam, or at least something to avoid, that you will want to be aware of when you start looking at opportunities. The main thing to avoid is the long sales letter. If somebody writes a sales letter that goes on for days and keeps repeating the same things throughout the whole “letter”. Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit button.

If the Internet were a car lot, the long sales letter would be that annoying little salesman that follows you around trying to force a car on you. They think that by repeating themselves over and over in a mantra that ends with “buy me!” “easy money!” you will make the investment. You wouldn’t buy a car from a person like that and you don’t want to “buy” the opportunity that the letter is trying to sell you either.

The key red flags lie in the phrases that you see tagged to an MLM. Scammers are very careful not to break the law, but they have no problem stretching the truth to the breaking point. So when you see a statement that you know is not valid, don’t fall for it. If a person was really making a gazillion dollars at their MLM, do you really think they would be selling the $49.95 secret to success? Of course not! They’d be hiding that secret and living on some island counting their money.

When you see the phrase “It’s so easy anybody can do it!” it’s partly true. Anybody can do it, the question is would anybody “want” to do it? If the MLM opportunity is not something you are willing to work at, it really doesn’t matter if you can do it. When you see a phrase like this in an advertisement think about the product and whether or not you want to start a business selling that product. Are you willing to do the work it will take to make money with that product and is it worth the time you will need to spend growing your business.

Many unscrupulous people know that the economy is in the dump right now and people are looking for ways to make extra money. However “Easy money, only an hour a day!” is not a reality for a successful MLM. This and the “Make money while you do nothing!” are two of the most favored phrases by MLM scams. They aren’t “exactly” lies, but they are not the truth either. The amount of money that a person can make with an MLM is directly related to the amount of time that they work at making that money. In many cases, starting an MLM will take more time than a regular job. You are starting a business that will need to be marketed, grown, and sustained just like any other business.

Most MLM scam opportunities are started with an emotional hook, something you care about and get emotional about. If you remove your emotions from your decision making process, it will be easy to spot the scams and also to see the legitimate opportunities that you can make money at. There is money to be made in many MLM opportunities, from the person who sells make-up door to door to the person selling e-books on the Internet, money can be made if the product is worth selling. If there is no product, then the MLM is a scam because MLM is about selling a product.

When an MLM doesn’t have a product that can make you money without recruiting people to work for you, it is a pyramid scheme. A true MLM opportunity has a quality product that you can make money on without recruiting anyone to sell under you. You may want to recruit people, and you will make more money, but you don’t have to. If the opportunity does not offer a product that you feel you want to build a business around, then it is not going to be a good choice for you.

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Wood, David M. "A Few Simple Ways You Can Spot An Mlm Scam." A Few Simple Ways You Can Spot An Mlm Scam. 25 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 21 Jul 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/business/mlm/a-few-simple-ways-you-can-spot-an-mlm-scam/>.

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