You’ve all read my #Poonique tale by now, I’m sure. For those who haven’t, get caught up. 😉
My partner, James, was there to experience my time in the hunlife. He tends to be a man of few words, but he wanted to share his perspective on having a partner involved in MLMs.
Before reading James’s take on my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement here. In a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only. Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively. All names and identifying features have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.
James has asked me to just give his wording the once over, as in his words “writing really isn’t my strong point!” So, this is the work of James, but with my grammatical smoothing. 😉
[James:] ‘Ello to Elle’s followers and fans, it’s James here. After reading and watching Elle write about her #Poonique experience just wanted to give a little insight of how I saw things – I’m not great with words, so don’t worry, it won’t be long. 😉
[James:] Because I feel partly responsible for you becoming a hun! 😉 In the very beginning, back in Chapter 1, I also noticed Scarlett posting the typical #Poonique-type bragging posts. Oh, and Kerri always going on about “being paid in her sleep“. At the time I was just mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, absolutely hating my own job, knowing Elle was struggling to find suitable part-time work, and thinking “something needs to change for us“
[James:] Yup. After a few weeks of her signing up, I noticed Elle started to get stressed as it was not going too well. I remember saying “these things take time” and “you just have to keep working at it” – now I know what I do, I feel shit for saying that!
“I am so crap at this, no one wants to buy from me” or “I don’t understand how all the other girls are doing so well, I’m doing exactly the same as them.”
[Elle:] Thanks for putting your thoughts in writing, James – I know it was a bit of a chore for you, but you did good! 🙂
I suppose that’s why I have become a writer in the anti-MLM movement, and I’m not going anywhere. 😉
MLMs are a bigger problem than some folk will give them credit for, and I will do my bit to fight them – to stop more Bethanies, Harriets and even Scarletts from getting financially and mentally shafted.
What’s next for Elle Beau?
On reflection, I do feel that I would like to rewrite my Poonique story into a proper novella – whether its an ebook, or if I find someone who would put me in print. The main reason being, I missed out “the smaller stuff” for the purpose of keeping the reader interested and driving the tale forward. When I wrote this blog, I wanted to mainly focus on the dodgy tactics I experienced, but on reflection I would like to talk more in-depth about everything I can remember.
I would like to rewrite my tale with the spreadsheet as more of a prominent reference point – it will also help me recall things in chronological order (i.e. when certain monthly kudos were released, little paltry orders etc). Mia is still lurking in some of the training groups, and is finding me screenshots to illustrate certain chapters. So, as well as writing anti-MLM articles, I will be working on producing a full, comprehensive story in the interim.
If you like the anti-MLM aims I am working towards, please consider supporting me via Patreon. Anything is gratefully received.
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Don’t forget to join the MLM fight on social media – if you’re on Twitter, please give @ElleBeauBlog a follow (and help me get the #Poonique hashtag trending again!). Alternatively, join in the discussion with Elle Beau, the Anti-Blogger on Facebook. I am also on Instagram now – look for @ellebeaublog!
Are you stuck in a MLM and are looking for a way to leave? My friends at Bot Watch have produced a fantastic guide on how to get out – read it here.
Or, are any of you concerned for a loved one who is totally and utterly wrapped up in MLM? Bot Watch have advice for you on what to do and how to remain supportive – read it here.
Please, also check out the good work of the people of Bot Watch, Juice Plus/MLM Lies Exposed and Timeless Vie. They work tirelessly to expose the truth and lies of the MLM industry, so anyone considering this line of work can make a fair, informed decision . In fact, I now have a Recommended Reading page for Anti-MLM writers and interesting lifestyle bloggers I think you will enjoy, such as Chammy in Real Life and my first Patreon, @yourolly.
For something a little different to pyramid schemes, I would also recommend a look at what Bad Psychics are up to. Award-winning and seen-on-TV, they have worked to expose false claims made by psychics, mediums and the paranormal since 2003.
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Please please please write an expanded version of your tale. I enjoyed your writing so very much. Very entertaining
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I just read your blog and am obsessed with MLMs right now. I hope you publish a book!! This was entertaining and a fun read and so informative.
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Thank you so much for these posts. I was involved with Mary Kay for a few years (maybe three, four?). I truly believe in the quality of the product, but it only took me a few months to realize that the focus was NOT what we were told. God, family, business. How, then were we supposed to book three or four parties every week and have dinner with our families? AND, my leader cut her hair with a FLOWBEE!!! I still use the products, and have since 1974. I will NEVER suggest anyone get involved with a MLM. It IS a pyramid scheme, no matter what anyone tells you!
Thanks again–too bad I didn’t see it twenty years ago.