I'm not against being pitched to, I'm not against sales talk, I'm self employed myself and I get we all have to make a living somehow.
But I don't like the way network marketing upsets relationships. My bookkeeper decided she wanted to sell a nutritional supplement and when I was not interested she was offended and her bookkeeping has seriously gone downhill. She has yet to reconcile August for me.
Another person in my small town was all friendly until I said no to attending a sales meeting of the same nutritional supplement. I said it's not right for my business and he responded with a snippy email asking how could I tell it wasn't right for my business if I didn't go to the sales meeting. OK.
Now one of my clients, who just turned 20, is selling the same nutritional supplement with great enthusiasm. I sat him down today and explained that I have a business policy not to do network marketing, that I already work with professional line supplement companies (his is not professional line) and so I am not his ideal client. He listened with a smile but still told me I 'needed' to take this supplement.
I am a nutrition instructor and know my subject and have worked in the field for a long time. None of these people have any health training at all. I could tell in 5 minutes that this product has a lot more hype than solid science behind it. This client told me there were 200 studies on it, I looked it up and there were 4, all done by the company. Two on a handful of mice. I am aware of many professional line companies with so many better products with 3rd party lab testing and much more solid science backing them up.
It's uncomfortable on so many levels to be on the receiving end of this. I hope it will not mess with my client relationship.