Network marketing companies that went out of business

Are there network marketing companies that went out of business this year?  Well...I hate to be the bearor of bad news but the cosmetic mlm company Beauticontrol did shut down their doors in 2017.  They were owned by the parent company Tupperware.

Why join a network marketing company in the first place?

I gather stories from people to help me build my blogs.  They are anonymous, do the work first, and only get paid if I like their work.  The platform is MTurk.com. The below response is from a submission where I asked if you have ever joined a network marketing company why did you do so and what was the experience like. 

Why join network marketing?

I can honestly say that my stint as a direct sales representative for Stampin' Up! was the most incredible experience of my life.  I signed up in October of 2007 on a whim.  I was an introvert with very few friends and a job that I hated.  I became part of a group that had nearly 250 "demonstrators."  Stampin' Up! consultants are called demonstrators because they hold workshops in which a hostess and all of her friends gather together and make a paper craft after seeing a demonstration of the projects.  My first workshop was hosted by my husband's cousin and she had about 29 guests.  I found out later that that large number of attendees at a workshop is practically unheard of in the Stampin' Up! world.  I hit the ground running and never looked back.  I demonstrated at dozens of workshops that first year plus I exhibited at every craft and vendor show that I could in hopes of picking up new customers and scheduling more workshops. 

     I did a lot of charity events too.  I would bring the supplies, have a table at which the kids would make a craft for a fee, and would donate any proceeds to the cause.  This was very popular and I even made it into the newspaper a few times.  Of course, my customer base would increase at every appearance.  Because there were so many demonstrators in my hometown, I branched out and starting talking to relatives and friends that lived in other states.  I live in Illinois, but did workshops in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kansas and even picked up a few out-of-state recruits. 

     Stampin' Up! is the best company and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them.  They hold annual events, such as Convention (open to all demonstrators), Leadership (open to those with a certain number of recruits), and several Regional seminars held across the nation.  I went to all of the events that I could in order to gain as much knowledge as possible about the company and its products.

    I finished my first year as one of fifteen Rising Stars... a very coveted honor.   I was invited up on stage at Convention that year to be recognized.  This was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life but also one of the most pivotal.  As I mentioned before, I was an extreme introvert.  After my first year at Stampin' Up!, I became more social and a much better public speaker.   I became best friends with the leader of the group so I was often called upon to assist with large events that she hosted.  Our group consisted of some of the most talented, generous, and special women that I have ever met.

     I had no trouble meeting my $300 quarterly quota during that first year.  In fact, I purchased thousands of dollars worth of product each month.  Admittedly, not all of it was for my customers.  A good chunk of it was for my own personal use, but I fell in love with every new item that was produced.  I just had to have everything!      

     So between my customer purchases and buying product to satisfy my own addiction, I earned the incentive trip to Hawaii that year.   A couple years later, I took classes to become a public access television products.  I gathered a few friends to serve as my crew and we put together a show called "Paper Crafting Trends" that aired on public access TV in about 100 neighboring towns.  What a hoot!

     Some people can make a living doing this, but since my husband was making enough money to support us, this endeavor was really more of a fun adventure than a necessity.  I put a lot of time and effort into everything that I did, so if I were to go back and look at the "bottom line," it probably would be less than optimal.  However, this was not a big deal to me.  I was doing it for self improvement, to have fun, and to meet people.  I continued with the company for six years when I decided that it was time to move on.  I do not regret the experience for one minute and would not have done anything different.  I am a completely different person now.  I owe it all to this wonderful company.  If anyone asked me, I would definitely encourage them to try Stampin' Up!