7 months ago, I was ready to throw in the towel on MLM. I love the idea of passive residual income. I love the idea of helping out friends and family. But in 10 years of MLM, I succeeded in earning a full-time income one time, building a team of over 7,000 in Karatbars. But after the Karatbars debacle, I told myself: “no more. I’m moving on to real estate investment”. But I noticed an ad on Youtube where a guy was claiming to earn serious bread from his MLM. So i opted in for more information and was impressed with the story of Zach. How he stuck it out but was still failing after 8 years. Now, through MLM Rebels he is earning 7 figures annually. And a few other people are earning a full-time income as well. But before I get to far afield let me try to create a capsule review:
What it is: MLM Rebels is a team-building solution for network marketing people and network marketing companies.
What it costs: removed due to threatened legal action.
What i Like About It: That Zach (the CEO of MLM Rebels is Zachary Spear) persisted for a long time and finally earns a million or more per year. He was sold that dream in Amway and attempted it for 7 years before switching to creating MLM Rebels. That Zach is there every Tuesday night for 2 hours: the first hour is motivational and company data. The second hour is to answer ANY question you might have about your business. I also like that Zach does not take himself seriously and can even joke about his Christian religion.
What I dont Like About it: What I dont like about it is covered in detail in this review.
Verdict: They have not cracked the MLM code for the Average Joe. But some people have succeeded. I did not. It’s really just the same story of network marketing. And yes I will blame it on the system because I spent time and money and energy getting down the system and did not get results. I will explain what I think is a better approach to MLM at the end.
For now let’s take a look at the various team-building solutions that MLM Rebels Offers
On second thought, let’s don’t due to to threatened legal action.
It did not work for me.
I bought (removed due to to threatened legal action) and then I paid (removed due to to threatened legal action) more to be in (removed due to threatened legal action). But it still did not turn out profitably for me.
UPDATE: it didn’t work for Andy Goldsmith for different reasons
Well you see the comment of Andy Goldsmith below? I wonder what sort of refund I am due to paying for a program where the founder of the program has jumped ship?
And no i did not solicit him or contact him, he found my blog out of the blue and wrote what he wrote.
Remember Jim Rohn the law of sowing and reaping?
it’s just a numbers game and here are my numbers. (redacted due to threatened legal action) Here is the exact spreadsheet of everyone I called and the outcome. Now, to be honest, Zach recommends that you buy leads every week. but i didnt have (redacted due to threatened legal action) per week to spend on leads. my sponsor spent (redacted due to threatened legal action) per week and he earns a full time income in MLM Rebels.
But I did keep steady at buying every month and was hoping that it would simply take me 4 times as long as what happens when you buy once a week.
There was one SUPER GOOD lead and amazingly, it was in the first month. But after months of calling her and following up (and I must say that Andy is quite the closer: he’s good at finding the pain points of the prospect and motivating them to want to buy mlm rebels) she quit picking up the phone. She was moving from one state to another and so she had a lot going on.
Before joining MLM rebels with anyone ask for:
- company close rate: the number of leads sold and the number of those leads that converted into sales. Then do your math on your cost per lead and see if you can sustain lead purchase for that long. And ask yourself if you might not be better off with my favorite program.
- attrition rate of affiliates
- average, maximum and minimum earnings of ALL participants for ALL historical time of the program.
- a tour of the back office to get a feel for what you are paying for… i mean, really, if you cant see what you are buying then you better be happy with the refund policy and read it carefully.
If they balk at giving it to you, then you only have yourself to blame for getting involved in something that you did not thoroughly investigate.
I thought MLM Rebels had fixed MLM.
So going back to my personal story, I was very impressed with the ability of my sponsor when he got on the phone. He had a very good way of talking to me and getting me to the presentation. And he did a good job following up. And the script they train you in teaches you to do the same thing.
But paying (redacted due to threatened legal action) per lead and having 50% never answer is a bit painful.
Every business has overhead and in any business you go into debt before profit. I dealt with the pain for 7 months and had an internal commitment to devote a year to the process…. however….
The Straws that Broke the Camel’s Back after 7 months
The new changes in MLM Rebels were simply too much for me to adapt to.
(redacted due to threatened legal action)
There were 2 things that happened near the end that made me quit before giving MLM Rebels the college try for an entire year, but neither will be publicly mentioned due to threatened legal action.
A Patchwork Quilt of Partial Systems to Keep Track Of
Compared to my current home business, MLM Rebels is a patchwork quilt. Instead of a single website with a master menu for everything to run your business, I found myself playing “system hopskotch” – going to one website for this, another website for that…. There were just links all over for everything.
And then you have people like Hannibal Bray who are building out their own version of the Rebels training and it is equally overwhelming to me…
But dont let me stop you
Some people are on track to earn (redacted due to threatened legal action) in MLM Rebels…. some… and maybe you are that one. My sponsor Dan Horvath is a very good supportive person and earns a full time income in this, having left a high-ticket Christian real estate business.
It’s all about your mindset…. while I’m moaning and whining about how much I paid for leads, Brian M is breathing down Zach’s neck to get him more and more leads. And Brian M has no secret. He’s already said:
I’m not trying to turn a no into a yes. But I will call a lead and when they hang up call back 3 times in a row just so they can say they are not interested. I’m going to get my no responses because I know a yes is coming.Brian M, the most succesful person in MLM Rebels that I ever encountered.
And when he had a dry spell, Zach asked him how he felt and he said: “I felt fine”
Volume is Key
The MLM Rebels training recommends buying a large number of leads in short periods of time. Like I said my sponsor buys about 20 per week.
The Refund Policy encourages a large number of leads fast.
The refund policy for MLM Rebels has 3 conditions:
- ->>> You go through and implement the entirety of the Rebels Recruiting System Modules & Lessons.
- ->>> You generate/call at least 100 leads from the Lead Wheel or Private Affiliate Blueprint
- ->>> You ask for help along the way when and if things are not working
You have to demonstrate proof of implementing these 3 things. But it is not clear how to prove points number 1 and 3. And they do not make it explicit. So, before joining you definitely want to know what sort of proof is required.
And 100 leads within one month means (redacted due to threatened legal action) on leads. So if you add your costs to join MLM rebels then you are looking at risking (redacted due to threatened legal action) to earn a healthy income…
What MLM Really Needs
Now it’s time for me to climb onto my soapbox and tell the world what the MLM industry really needs.
MLM is a comp plan and sales and marketing and lead generation
Now, what that means is:
- You will not sell anything if no one knows about your product or you selling the product
- No one will know about you unless there is marketing done.
- MLM companies believe that “word-of-mouth” is the best form of marketing
What it means for me is:
- I did not sell anything
- I spent a lot of money on marketing
- I couldnt even recruit my Mom and I managed to alienate anyone I tried to use word-of-mouth with.
sales/marketing for other companies doesnt work that way
Can you imagine if your cell phone provider tried to survive by word-of-mouth marketing? Can you imagine if the sales training they got consisted of 5 or 6 training modules with no testing, no roleplay, no coaching, etc?
Lead generation should be out of profit not out of pocket
So now we get to my Magnum Opus: if I had $500 of profit coming in every month, then I would gladly buy and call leads forever. But I quit because I felt like my pockets were being drained.
I really dont know what lies in the future of MLM Rebels. Zach has big plans. What you read here may kindle your interest or dampen your spirit. Whatever it does, feel free to comment!