When my friend Sam* invited me to her new business launch, I was buzzing with intrigue and excitement. Sam is talented and creative, so my mind rushed to visions of beautiful ceramic plant hangers or colourful handmade jewellery.
It had been a long day at work and the kids were begging me, “Don’t go out again mum,” but I love Sam and wanted to be there to support her in this new venture.
So, I peeled myself away from my family and went to see what the big announcement was.
Upon entering the room, my heart sank as I was greeted by rows and rows of neatly arranged beauty products.
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Sh*t, I groaned in my head.
After serving champagne and canapes, it was time to hear the spiel.
Sam was as eloquent and charming as ever. She told us, “You all know this isn’t usually my sort of thing, but the more I looked into it, the more I thought how much sense it makes. And whilst I am off work with the kids, this will help me afford the life I want to lead. Plus, the products are really beautiful.”
Fair enough, I thought. Good for you. Bit of a ‘side hustle’ never hurt anyone.
Then some head honcho from the beauty brand took centre stage and for the next TWO HOURS, dazzled us with tales of a new Mercedes, Tiffany jewellery, international travel junkets and $25K take home pay a month – all for little to no effort. It sounded incredible and I found myself daydreaming about what $25K a month could look like for my family…
To support Sam, I sat there pledging to buy these beauty products only from here on in. But we all know this is not really enough – it’s not the product sales they are after but rather YOU, the person. The real money, it seems, comes from recruiting more consultants into your network.
When I came home that night, my husband was sitting up in bed waiting expectantly to hear what the big launch was all about. When I told him about the beauty brand he too groaned, “Sh*t.”