Before you read the commentary or join in on the conversation, we suggest you take a few minutes to read Laura Richard’s recent ‘Special to The Washington Post’. It was picked up by other papers and it’s linked here through the Chicago Tribune.
I stopped scrolling the second I saw the headline and read the article. I hadn’t really thought of it too much but I’ve considered “snoozing” or “muting” some of the women I know who are in MLM’s and fill my social media feeds.
I’ve never had someone pull what Jamie Birdwell-Branson’s friend did. But I am getting tired of the personal (unsolicited) messages in my social media accounts from friends who have special deals for me. Or those who want me to attend wine parties to learn more about replacing my day job income.
I can see how MLM’s can hurt female friendships.
I don’t want to see close up pictures of eyelashes every few weeks and read posts about how essential oils will solve all of my troubles. Show me pictures of your kids or your pets. Or let me know where you’ve been on vacation and I’m happy!
While some people are very successful with this type of business, there’s a good reason the Federal Trade Commission closely monitors MLM companies. When get-togethers to catch up become blatant recruitment tools for MLM businesses with incredibly high failure rates, friendships can be damaged or even end.
What Do You Think?
Have your female friendships been negatively affected by MLM’s?
How have you handled your friends’ MLM activities that you didn’t want to be a part of?
Were you treated differently by that friend after turning down invites to get involved?
Do you have a story like Jamie Birdwell-Branson’s?
Or do you run an MLM business yourself?
If you are a blogger who has written about MLM’s, feel free to link your post.