I can definitely appreciate other’s view points, even in opposition

My main point was that it is possible to conduct business and make money by the end of the first month. For a 20 year old, it would be a good place to start. And this is not in a service industry, which requires moderate to large amounts of specialized skill (neither of which I have).

The 30% is just a general rule that I personally use when selling capital assets. And it is a minimum ROI. The more the merrier. My favorite and best ROI number was approximately 33,000%. I had $100 in a deal (which actually I borrowed, so I don’t know if that really counts) to get online payday loans for bad credit and walked away with over $33,000 in profit (after all expenses, except capital gains tax).

I never had that kind of result in any MLM. I remember some of the products that you got “points” or whatever stupid term was used. The profit margin was like 3-5%. And that was for the products that were terrible. The decent products had profit margins of about .5%.

I do get your point about entrepreneuriship as well. I never lasted that long in any MLM, so maybe your point about the aversion to groups is more accurate. Perhaps, he just wants a business card to hand out. The only plus I can say, is that hopefully this kid is taking advantage of any tax write-offs allowed to him (assuming his income is high enough for tax write-offs to be of assistance).

I always hated the team meetings. A bunch of people sitting around getting all hyped up about this money they were “going” to make. And none of it ever panned out. I can say that I had a friendship dissolve over the Nexgen thing. My up-line was a friend of mine.
After they collapsed, I never associated with him again. And I didn’t really cause the dissolution of friendship. He just kind of disappeared. He was really gung-ho with the whole thing, and I think he was ashamed when he finally realized it was a scam.

The only thing I believe I gained with the MLM is fairly tough skin. You get pretty used to rejection, lol.

It’s important to be aware of the difference between this and actual entrepreneurial work

Remember, a setup like AW/QS plays to people’s desires to be the big cheese without giving them the responsibilities someone in charge has. They tell you that you own your own business, but they own it in reality. They say you’re independent, but your upline tells you what to do, how to speak, how to act, what to wear, and so on. They use the term IBO, but it’s not a real business (does not pay taxes, have it’s on existence on paper as a separate entity), it’s not independent and the person “running” it doesn’t own a damn thing. (There have been many examples of the upline taking a business from the downline if it’s working well.)

I can make my point best with an example. A long time ago I used to subscribe to Writer’s Digest and after a few issues, I realized that most of what it said was stuff I had figured out or knew and the reason I kept up my subscription was because of one column by a screenwriter I deeply respected. I dropped my subscription when he stopped writing for them.

Later I was reading a story somewhere on targeting your market. The author had asked a group, “What is the market for Writer’s Digest?” A would-be editor said, “Writers!” and the response was, “No, it’s for people that think they’re writers or who want to be writers. People who are writers don’t need it.” (Other than for getting Writer’s Market when it comes out, that is.)

It’s a subtle but important point. It’s for people that think they’re writers and like the “lifestyle.” They like having nice pens or a special pen to write with and being able to cultivate habits associated with a writer, but it’s not for actual writers who are at their keyboards pounding out work and dealing with editors to get their work published so they can make a living at it.

Can you see where this is leading? An MLM like AW/QS is not always for true entrepreneurs (boy do I hate typing and trying to spell that word!). It is for people who want to be entrepreneurs, people who want to say, “I own my own business,” or people who want to feel important by handing out their own business cards and such. I admit, when I started, it was a thrill to do that, but now I tend to downplay it — especially on dating occasions since I’ve noticed the words “my own business” can trigger responses in gold diggers that make them seem interested in parts of my life that mean a lot to me that they don’t care for.

It may be that this young man has a true entrepreneurial spirit, but I’m not so sure. Such people want to be independent. They are often the ones that don’t do well in groups that demand conformity. I know if I, or my friends that run their own businesses, tried QS, we’d be trying to debate and argue from the beginning about if other ways might work — not out of stubbornness, but out of a need or drive to explore and see what works.