Visit http://www.acnintegrity.com/. It shows you what the company is doing to obey consumer laws and create an honest work ethic among its independent representatives (IRs). This is part of what people just learning about ACN need to understand. You are in business for yourself, but not by yourself. (At least, that is how is is set up!) You receive checks and you are responsible for paying income taxes on the income. Keep track of expenses to deduct them. Just like a regular business.
The $499 goes to support the infrastructure which supports the IRs. This includes: customer support (the IRs customers), representative support (where we get ??s answered) product development (new and better video phone, vp interactivity with other phones, etc.), marketing materials, opening up new markets in new countries (like South Korea recently) working with companies to bring additional services to our product line, like natural gas in Canada, (and soon energy will be deregulated in the US), plus further services ACN provides its IRs.
The most important job an IR has when they join is to make sure they are ready to change their life. Get up early and go to bed late. (For swhile at least"”that is how any great business begins!) Read the materials, listen to CDs and watch videos of successful people to learn how to move forward with YOUR business. Most of the teams of IRs have top leaders (producers) which have their own websites to share their information for FREE. (thesvpfamily.com for one) You do not have to buy any marketing tool ever, if you don't want to, or go to a meeting ever, if you don't want to. Let's ask this though, when you are a professional and working for a prominent company, whether it is as a firefighter, doctor, lawyer, CPA, etc., don't you have ongoing training? Don't you have to keep learning and getting better at your job? None of us were born knowing what a particular job, or ACN needs of us, so you need to learn. Just as you would need to continue your education to improve your performance at any other job of your choice. Beauty of working with ACN is, you decide when and where and with whom you will learn.
Spend time with the person who got you in the business and if they do not have the drive you need to propel you forward find the Team Trainer or Executive Team Trainer, or Executive Team Trainer or Team Coordinator above them to find the person who will train you and give you what you need to succeed.
My point is this, you get out of ACN what you put in. It is YOUR BUSINESS. Maybe you feel as a salesman, for providing these services to friends, family and new acquaintances, you should get a commission or a salary. Well, it wouldn't be YOUR BUSINESS then, would it? AND you would be limited by what THEY CHOOSE to pay you.
With ACN, they have taken out all the speed bumps. You are not the one who has to do all the legal work to have VerizonWireless, AllTel, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Dish Network, DirecTV, ADT and more give you the right to directly market their services and make RESIDUAL income. (you are like the kiosk at the mall, Best Buy, or any other retailer, but better! You get residual income!)
Do you realize the potential this has? An actor or author does their job once and gets paid forever royalties/residuals everytime the project is played/printed on TV, DVD, CD, Paper, etc.
As long as an IR does their due diligence to match customers with their services and procedures in switching them over, there should be no problem. IRs need to understand the services and how they work. It would be like going to the grocery store in a cultural market place different from yours and buying stuff that looks good to you and taking it home and your mom or wife looks at it and has difficulty in figuring out what to do with it.
Match services with customers' needs, have them call you if they have a problem, if you can't answer it have them call the ACN Customer Service number. Make them happy and they will stay with you.
Attitude and how you treat people will be the biggest part of whether you make it in ACN or any business for that matter. When all around us is digital and cold, relationships and good customer service is what will win the day in ANY BUSINESS!!!
Why do you think Donald Trump wanted to buy ACN? Because he saw a business model which was successful at EVERY LEVEL! Including for the new IR! So much so he not only endorses ACN, but went and bought a direct marketing business of his own to develop.
But, most of all, I see how this is changing the lives of my friends and family and how those on my team are growing and becoming better people. More caring. Sharing their time and skills with those around them. My husband and I are Mac Techs and we help our team figure out their needs. They share their skills with us. We spur on each other to good works.
I am sorry for those who have had a bad experience. Or those who did not have good trainers and leaders. If you are still in good standing with ACN and the person who got you in is not helping you, go up the ladder and find someone who is just tearing it up and stick to them like glue. They will teach you. Their success is your success. ACN is not for just a chosen few. It is for the few which choose to make a difference in their own lives.
I'm interested in how it goes!