I agree with the other posters - LET'S STOP the SPECULATION and second guessing!!! People on one side say ACN is much better than having a "J-O-B", and others says it is a waste of time and money - we can all see that...!
We also know that "TALK IS CHEAP" ! Yes? It is only human nature to want some proof, when someone claims they have a life-changing deal for us. Don't we do research, check references, and comparison shop on most big decisions?
Isn't changing your occupation from a job with benefits, to an independent Rep without benefits perhaps one of the biggest decisions you will ever make? Of course it is - and as other comments on this site suggests, you absolutely should LOOK AT EVERYTHING, before making a decision like this. It's just good business sense! So them, what is the single, most important piece of information we look at, when we consider how we want to make a living?
Net Income - hands down - because if you can't pay the bills the rest doesn't matter! Everyone asks a prospective employer what the job pays. But, we know Rep income can vary based upon work ethic, hours committed, training quality, skill, support, the market we work in, so income for a given Rep would be difficult to predict. So, in fairness, let's take predictions out of the equation and replace them with facts!
Make sense?! It is not unreasonable to ask for the MEDIAN INCOME amount paid to all US Reps over the past few years. The folks at the top cut the checks, and have a list of all the reps, so I'm sure they do know this number, or can calculate it very quickly. This number will provide you with some idea of what most of the people have actually been earning -with no guesswork!
Like we said, talk is cheap - so don't listen to any of it - look at the numbers! The next most important detail we look at is job satisfaction, right? Sometimes, it can be so bad, no amount of income is worth the aggravation! The best way to find out how satisfied the average Reps are is almost always the ATTRITION RATE ( % of people that leave their company).
What makes Attrition the best measurement is simply that - SATISFIED PEOPLE DON'T LEAVE THEIR POSITIONS. Has anyone ever said to you "man, I love my company, my work, and my pay so much that I'm going to leave"? Me neither!!! GET THE NUMBERS from the owners - and let's be real, if you owned a big company, and most people were fairly paid and happy with the job - wouldn't you be pleased, and even proud to hand out those numbers to everyone?
I would - absolutely no good reason not to ! Well then, why should you guess at any of this?
Tell the people at the top that you want to see the numbers! Then, you can make the best decision!