Product Name: Work at Home United (WAHU)
Product Owner: Unclear
What Is It?
Work at Home United is another work at home opportunity that has been invading the email in-boxes of people around the world. The difference between this product and the other so called work at home opportunities is that this product teaches people how to earn cash by selling various health supplements and products instead of selling “make money online” products or posting links.
There's not much information about the opportunity on the website. It requires people to sign-up to learn more about the company which is a little bit dishonest in my opinion. But at least they have a bunch of pictures of smiling families, right?
When you do sign-up someone from the company will call you and launch into a sales pitch. They'll tell you about all the benefits of this opportunity and encourage you to join a conference call that lasts for around 30 minutes. That's when they'll ask for your credit card details.
This is another work at home opportunity that's based on working as an affiliate for a health supplement company. It's not a new program. This product has been around for more than 17 years. At least it's not one of those scams that pop-up and disappear after a couple of years.
However, there seem to be quite a few complaints that have stacked up over the years. Based on this one and this one it sounds like a typical MLM recruiting “business”. They've also got an F rating on the BBB.
Before You Buy:
Work at Home United is Melaleuca satellite product. Melaleuca is a company which has been around for more than 20 years and it's goal is to provide all-natural products.
Products range from vitamins to cleaning supplies to pet care. There are hundreds of products that can be found within the Melaleuca store. These products are well-made, natural, and affordable. These are the products that you'll promote for a commission fee.
What I Liked:
I like how the company seems to have a genuine interest in helping parents spend more time at home with their kids. Everything is designed to make it possible for people to work at home. I also like the fact that this company is not new and they have a reputation of providing clients with decent products.
If a company delivers a terrible service, people will complain online, law-suits will be filed, and eventually that company will be eliminated all-together. I did cite some complaints about Work At Home United, but there were not enough of Melalueca to really warrant me reporting anything. Their BBB rating checks out, and I saw a few other 4/5 star reviews in the search results.
What I Didn't Like:
Melaleuca's affiliate program is not as attractive as it seems. In fact, it's quite difficult to make sales. It's also based on a multi-level marketing system. Members will claim that it's not a multi-level marketing scheme but the truth is that each member can build a down-line a few generations deep. That's the definition of a multi-level marketing system.
Whether or not their products are good or if it's simply a recruiting business was unclear to me. There seem to be both sides of the story. However, I did read one very powerful account of why someone left the company after many years of involvement. Reading the story really opened my eyes and solidified the idea this this very much as a secretive organization, not interested in transparency towards affiliates nor buyers.
Selling products is more difficult than we're told
Some people do make money with this company, but it's not as easy as it sounds. In reality, it's difficult for people to make cash selling stuff! Imagine you were selling tupperware or makeup – it's very similar to Amway or Herbalife. Not only are you in competition with other distributors, but you are also in competition with many online retailers that sell similar products for cheaper, without the MLM stigma.
Granted, the company does have some training available for members. It teaches people the basics on how to approach people and convince them to purchase products or sign-up. However, as someone that's grown from complete newbie to owning an online business, I know that ‘learning to sell' is not an easy process. Getting good at it is not as simple as taking a short training course then starting to sell.
It often takes years of practice, with the right mentors to help you along the way. Is this made available to you from Malalueca?
Lack of Transparency
I really don't like companies that force people to sign-up before you can fully understand what you are doing to make money. There's a lot of talk about how much money you can make and how incredible the opportunity is, but little is said about what PRODUCTS you'll be selling and what exactly you're paying for as part of their network marketing company.
Complaints around the Web
There seem to be a huge number of complaints about the company, especially from Ripoff Report and Complaints Board. After reading some of these reviews, I might say that some of the BBB “positive” reviews are shills from distributors, but who knows. They've been around for 20 years, so there's going to be a mix of positive and negative experiences.
Work at Home United is really just an attempt to put a different name to Melaleuca. As far as Malalueca goes, I there seems to be two sides to the coin. Personally, I would avoid anything MLM or network marketing related. Based on the number of strongly worded complaints about this company, even if you are into network marketing, I would recommend you choose a different company.
In my opinion, it's much better to create a website and take matters into your own hands. You can decide which products to promote, and who to promote them too. Instead of marketing to friends and family, you can reach the entire world with your website.
With the training I recommend you'll be able to make a website based on your interests and make cash how you want to make cash. You won't be forced to promote random products that you don't even like, and can choose which companies you want to affiliate with. Some folks eventually create their OWN info products and sell them online, or hire other people tell them for you!
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