I had the chance to sit down with a friend of mine this afternoon and discuss Beach Body.
It’s the first mlm company I have ever been a part of and I have to tell with all the mlm reviews, I’m still confused about the BeachBody Compensation Plan.
My aim in talking to her was to find out how much she is actually making, how much it costs to be a BeachBody Coach in both time and money and what were some of her struggles as a BeachBody Coach.
I was glad to have talked to her because my last post was a bit harsh and based off of some reviews that I had received from others.
It’s not that I don’t agree with what I put in some respects, but as with everything, there is always another side of the story.
Rather than rely on Beach Body income reports and how I interpret them, I decided to go “straight to the horses’s mouth” in a sense.
I needed to know more about her actual experience with BeachBody and what her success is as a coach.
Here are some of my ideas in an organized fashion which I will elaborate on more below:
- She Loves BeachBody
- She is inspired to help others no matter what she is doing in life
- She is a hard worker
So let’s start with talking about #1. She Loves Beach Body.
Certainly I can understand this, I love beach body programs and if you really like a company, is there really anything bad that can come from helping them sell their product?
The answer is a yes and a no.
Let me explain.
Although her eyes lit up when she spoke of being a Beachbody coach, she did show some frustration about how some of the people in her downline have not done so well. In addition she expressed that she wished she would have known about “sponsor shopping” before she became a coach because she is working harder than some of the coaches in her upline.
So let’s talk about all this.
First of all, this Beach Body Coach is a great human being. (not that the others are not…but she truly loves the product and she loves the idea of making money because of that)
When she joined BeachBody, she did it for a friend. (Like I did)
Then she realized she could make money if she got others to join and made them coaches too.
Her struggle is in team development at the moment because, like most people that join a mlm as I have read, a good protion in her downline expect to do much to nothing and find success.
My BeachBody Coach friend has found success and I’ll tell you it’s not because she is sitting and doing nothing.
She expressed to me that the first week she spent HOURS upon HOURS learning the whole system, how it works and going through all the videos and training.
When I found out she was doing beachbody about a month or so ago, she had mentioned that she was working a good amount of time on it then too (and she has already been in for several months).
She came to understand the value in making people coaches under her and started to bring her network of friends into her downline.
Some were successful and some were not.
But through her new people, she got exposed to others (the essences of a network) and she continues to get prospects in this manner.
She also gets leads from BeachBody. All those people that watch the infomercials and buy from the BeachBody site and not the coaches pages.
Pause for a moment: This is something that does bother me about the Beachbody Coaching opportunity. Actually..I’m torn over it.
- I like the fact that Beachbody takes the people who find them through the main site and Amazon and will divvy them out Beach Body coaches who have a certain volume of sales under their belt. It’s nice…but there’s a downside too.
- I don’t like the fact the Beachbody has a main site because it takes away from the coaches in each local area and people are more drawn to a main product site than a coach site, so the people who may have gone to my friend’s site are now going to a main site and getting divvied out to other BeachBody Coaches who may not be working nearly as hard as her. AS a matter of a fact, her site and blog may be just under the main beachbody coaching site and she loses that sale if it goes to another coach because of the beachbody main site. Another annoyance? BeachBody sells their product on Amazon and no one else does…or they are not suppose to. It’s upsetting to me for her.
What I would prefer would that BeachBody had a site simliar to some other mlm companies where you have to input your zipcode and you are only given a choice of coaches in your area.
Now I don’t know how BeachBody distributes their leads so do not assume that they don’t do it fairly. What I do know is that this is no way they could possibly know just through the results of how hard someone might be working to make BeachBody a successful business.
But alas, sales speak more volume than effort and in the eyes of BeachBody, I can see where their method is useful. If you have someone who seems to be good at converting others to coaches, then you know where you want to send the majority of any leads that you get.
The problem I have with this is one that all mlms have. Many people think they can just join a mlm and get rich quick and that is simply not the case at all and I think this might be even more true if you you have something like Beach Body has set up where they get leads and divvy them out.
Yeah sure, there might a few here and there that seem to get rich quick, but I’m willing to bet that the methods they used weren’t learned overnight and they probably worked at some point in their lives to get where they are in able to appear like an overnight success.
My BeachBody Coach friend is a smart gal and I have to tell you I was very pleased to hear that she understood her new struggle was going to be building her team into leaders.
As a matter of a fact, she has a couple family members on her team and she has done a little of the grunt work for them, but now she realizes that she can’t keep doing that if she wants to grow herself and by offering up her personally sponsored coaches to friends and family, she actually holds herself back.
Building her team up in anyways is helpful but you have to really understand the binary compensation plan thing if you want to build right and in the most “safe” fashion so as to protect your Paid AS rank and your opportunities to build and rank higher.
If you sit for a moment and let this all soak in…doesn’t this sound like corporate America? You build your team, you develop leaders and you get bonuses if you do well?
The difference between this and corporate America? It might actually be a little more fair than the corporate world because you can control and build as high as you want without having to juggle money hungry bosses and mal adjusted secretaries. (not saying all are this way…this is just an example of one thing I’ve seen)
She sees and believes in the potential and she knows that it’s not a cake walk.
As a matter of a fact, it’s probably a little tougher to her now since she attended the BeachBody Summit than it was before she went.
She came back from the Summit more focused on personal development and thus team development.
It’s not bad stuff that BeachBody is putting out there. At least from what I can tell.
It’s a shame that mlms have gotten such a bad rap but I can certainly see why.
Just the other day I was reading a review on a mlm company of someone who felt so cheated by the whole Nerium scam thing. I haven’t actually read enough about a Nerium scam to believe it but all it takes is ONE to leave a negative review and it will take a while to bury that in the good.
Ok. The other thing I really like about her Loving BeachBody?
It’s not often in life that you find someone who gets a twinkle in their eye when they talk about something as an adult so I totally dig that in this beachbody coach and I’m so happy it’s working out for her.
It truly makes me want to help her so of course I have been giving her some tips and helping out with the whole mlm lead generation thing. I definitely be reporting back about the progress!
As with my program, BeachBody sells when you show that the product works.
I have succesfully lost over 30 lbs with BeachBody videos and that was way before I even knew you could make cash from it. My favorite was Insanity. Oh how I yearn for those days again!
Ok..Back to my interview:
#2 – She is inspired to help others no matter what she does in life.
This is clearly an admirable quality and I seem to run into a lot in the mlm world with the people who are successful.
Speaking of success…How successful is she as a BeachBody Coach?
I asked her.
She said to me right now she is making about $1000 a week. (not bad huh?)
That’s the same as what she told me about 2 months ago but clearly that is not a bad thing at all. She certainly has been working to reach that goal with 13 coaches under her (I think that’s what she said).
So back to the helping others type personality trait.
You almost have to have a giving personality to be successful in mlms.
It’s almost certain and the mlm companies know it and they are completely smart for attracting those types of people.
Who wouldn’t want a happy person selling product for them?
I suppose that is one of the things I truly do love about all my mlm research.
I do kind of get a kick out of the fact that the large majority of them really strive to achieve wealth for people who are continually optimistic and who have an undying love for their product.
I really do kind of look forward to watching my beachbody coach friend succeed if she chooses to continue working with it.
She is at a point where she actually will have to either quit her job and “risk” full time BeachBody or slow down on the Beach Body Coach stuff.
I know the struggle. It’s a hard decision for sure.
The uncertainty of jumping all in is always a scary prospect no matter what decisions you make in life.
The unknown can be a terribly scary thing and the “what ifs” will beat you to death.
Her situation is quit unique in that her current job is already a work at home opportunity so it comes down to a matter of money I would say.
Being a person who wants to help others and loving the product has already set her up for success in whatever she does really. At least that’s my opinion.
There are too many people who join mlm companies and they are just in it for the money.
I’m not saying you can’t make money this way, but it is far better to love something you have to face everyday than it is to hate it.
Hating it will make it more work for you and you are more likely to fail in a big way.
Loving what you do inspires others and when you inspire others and tell them about what you love, they are more willing to follow and sometimes it’s a simple as asking them to do it.
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#3 – She is a hard worker. Super important (as with anything in life really)
She didn’t just join beachbody and expect things to happen. She dove in head first, immersed herself in their company and is working to achieve greater things.
She has a great sales pitch and confidence like you wouldn’t believe and she is not a sales person…but she is. She is not afraid of rejection and that’s what makes her fantastic.
A large majority of people are totally scared of rejection and for that reason, my BeachBody Coach friend will always have a one up on those around her because she is not afraid of “no” and she moves on to the next thing until she gets a yes.
She realizes the more “nos” she gets, the more “yes’s ” she will get too.
It’s a hard concept to get especially for newbies….but it’s a simple one. It’s as simple as this: The more you ask, the more likely you are to sell.
It really is that simple and yet people are held back from it every single day.
I think a lot of people underestimate the amount of hustle and grind it will take to become successful in almost any home job opportunity and it’s a sad thing indeed.
My neighbor brings in about 1000 per week and it’s not because she sits aside and does nothing with her beachbody coach opportunity.
So after my interview with her, I have decided that beachbody may not be the best way to earn money for most people however, if they are willing to work hard and stay consistent, develop good habits etc, then they too can up being like my cool BeachBody Coach friend who has worked her tail off to be successful with a product she wholeheartedly believes in.
Being a BeachBody coach will take effort and time and if you are consistent, put time and most likely some money into it, you will likely become successful.
I have also decided that since BeachBody does sell a fitness product at a discounted rate, it makes sense for most people to become a beachbody coach if they are going to continue to use the product (especially the Shakeology) because you pay less being an active OR inactive coach than you do to pay full retail price.
The other thing I learned today is that you can buy beachbody products from other sources other than a beach body coach website or the main beachbody site, but it doesn’t come with a guarantee for life if you do. If you scratch a dvd or anything like that and you purchased from a beachbody site, you get replacements. Not too bad of a deal after all.
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