MLM Punisher on the Cost of Living Intentionally For Excellence
LIFE is a new multi-level marketing (MLM) business created by TEAM, a training organization for MLM businesses. The TEAM leadership had its beginnings with the granddaddy of MLMs, Amway (called Quixtar in the late 90s and 2000s). They were terminated and expelled from Amway in 2007 and began working with an MLM juice company called MonaVie in 2008.
TEAM is run by Orrin Woodward, a self-proclaimed Top 10 Leadership Guru. He is a very polarizing figure in the MLM world. He has a cadre of critics comprised of former TEAM members (with nearly 1000 comments). Supporters idolize him, with some calling him the Greatest American of this Day, while others see him as a cult leader.
LIFE’s business is to sell tools and materials to better one’s life in the area of 8F’s: Fitness, Finances, Family, Friends, Faith, Freedom, Fun, and Following. It’s highly debatable if the TEAM/LIFE leaders are even qualified to talk about these topics. As with most MLM businesses, the products will be marked up for retail and profit sharing purposes. In simple terms, you sign up one person who signs up another person, who does the same, and you will get a cut of everyone’s volume. The people at the top, namely Orrin Woodward and members of his Policy Council, will invariably remain at the top and make the most money.
In order for you to become the LIFE member that they want you to become, you will need to “invest” in yourself and your business. This is what this post deals with. A longtime former member of TEAM, MLM Punisher was all-in with TEAM’s leadership program. He’ll describe how he ended up spending $500/month on TEAM tools in the hopes of making it and getting rich.
This is precisely what you will be asked to do if you join TEAM with the intention of building a LIFE business. While you may not spend $500/month, you will be spending hundreds of dollars a month. You will find that much of their material is recycled from either (1) previous talks or (2) free materials on the web. My recommendation? Save money and don’t get involved.
The MLM Punisher has a good breakdown on what it costs today to be a member of TEAM and to live intentionally for excellence. Read his post for the full details, but check out how hardcore he was for six years:
“Leadership” Package = $130.95
Two Standing order tickets – $50
DVD of the month – $10
Leadership Book of the Month – $15
All Grace Outreach Pack – $21
Website Per Month – $19.95
Two Cases of Purple Juice – $250 (approx after shipping)
Total – $496.90 (plus tax & shipping)
That’s $500 at least….every month! Plus $180 every fourth month for a Major Leadership! This is not including my gas, food, extra CD’s for handing out to prospects, the weekly $5 fee for open meetings (add another $5 to that if your married), and last but not least…..what is YOUR TIME worth? I could rant on, and on here….but I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. These numbers are accurate according to the Team website as of April 25th 2011. I would recommend if you know anyone being prospected by Team, and they are not being told the facts…..refer them to this post! The facts are here for all to see…..and it’s not pretty!
TEAM proponents will say that these monthly costs pale in comparison to the monthly expenditures for a traditional business. OK, but how much money are they making each month after expenses? Are the profits — if there are any to begin with — worth the time and effort? At the end of the day, distributors have to answer this question honestly to themselves.
Update May 2, 2011: Anna Banana provides her thoughts on pricing and expenses on her blog Married to an Ambot.
Read more about TEAM, LIFE, and its leaders by following these links:
- TEAM News, Opinions and Analysis
- LIFE News, Opinions and Analysis
- Posts about Orrin Woodward, the leader of TEAM
- MLM Punisher’s take on LIFE
For those still on the fence about TEAM/LIFE, go read both positive and critical viewpoints on TEAM. Unlike TEAM/LIFE supporters, we want you to see both sides of the story so you can make your own conclusion.