Let me tell you about this summer job I had once.
Boy was it a tough one.
You might wonder where I’m going with this.
But it’s SUPER-relevant.
Just bear with me.
You see, back during college I was a bit strapped for cash.
Cash… and I needed it.
College was EXPENSIVE.
And I spent too much of my allowance on pizza. And Beer.
Yeah…. I know I wasn’t even of drinking age, but things were much more relaxed back then.
A fake ID could almost fool anyone. If they even asked.
None of this snowflake PC bullcrap.
Bars near college were BUILT to make money off us guys. Even if we weren’t old enough.
I never really got the alcohol rules around here. I mean, I visited Europe once and you could drink at FOURTEEN!
That might be a bit young, but I always thought 21 was too high.
Back to the summer job.
Too much of this… Believe me.
You see, I needed cash any way I could find it.
My debt was mounting up bigtime. Beer and pizza. I know!
Don’t even get me started on how expensive the things I actually NEEDED were. Like those coursebooks and other study material. Let’s just say they weren’t necessarily a priority.
And this was way before I’d actually started making proper money with Local Lead Generation. It’s taken me a while to get here, but I finally have. I’ll tell you more about that in a bit.
Anyway, I took this job at a local cleaning company.
This wasn’t just any old cleaning company. It was a NIGHTTIME cleaning company!
If you think about it, it wasn’t a terrible idea for a student who liked to sleep til gone noon. I was used to staying up all night playing Counter-Strike anyway, so the hours were fine with me.
This wasn’t the coolest job on the block, I can say that for sure.
Some of the people I was working with did NOT want to be there.
I didn’t blame them.
But there were actually some cool people who were working really hard to provide for their families.
I can respect that.
I always try not to judge people in positions like that.
At the time, I was just a stupid college kid.
I thought I’d be moving on to better things.
But let me tell you, there’s NOTHING wrong with working a job like this if you need to.
You gotta do what you gotta do.
It’s better than being unemployed. And some of these guys were super-motivated and great at what they did.
But as a stupid student, I wasn’t one of them.
Anyway, I started noticing something after a few days on the job. There were these sales rep guys who were trying to move different cleaning products that I kept seeing.
You see, the employment structure at this place was complicated.
Not everyone came from the same agency or even had the same boss.
I thought it seemed normal for there to be cleaning product sales reps there.
After all, seemed a pretty straightforward place to be selling that sort of thing, right?
Taking the product right to where it’s needed.
But then I started learning that some of the people I was working alongside, these top cleaners that were busting their asses to provide for their family. Well get this…
They were kinda paying to work.
Let me stress this again, not everyone worked for the same bosses.
And some of these agencies required these cleaners to buy their own cleaning products.
These guys were desperate for work so they’d do it.
I was sure glad I didn’t have to buy my own products.
And then I realized that these sales reps were actually other cleaners a bit up the line. They’d been doing the same a few months earlier. Buying their own cleaning products.
And now, the way THEY were making money was by selling them on to other cleaners.
Actually cleaning wasn’t doing it for them. They were basically sales reps preying on other desperate workers.
I didn’t blame them, they needed money to provide for their families too.
But I didn’t like this business model one bit.
Why is it all relevant? That’ll all become clear real soon.
You see, many years later I found this other business called Norwex.
One of my colleagues at my old work had told me about his wife getting into it.
I’m always one of the first to try and learn about potential money-making ideas. I love them. I’ve seen so many fads come and go, but I’ve also managed to make a few bucks by getting into things just at the right time.
Remember BitCoin? I made a bit of money with that. a BIT of money, get it?? Haha. I won’t give up the day job.
I can’t complain, I just jumped on the bandwagon at PRECISELY the right time. I definitely wouldn’t recommend jumping on it now, that’s for sure.
Anyway, I heard about this company called Norwex. Apparently this dude’s wife was gonna make a ton of cash selling these products.
I was sceptical, but still interested. I wanted to see if that was really possible, and I wanted to see if I could make some side cash as well.
I had to have that boat.
I was saving for a new boat and I needed any money I could find.
I had to have that boat. But that’s another story.
What I soon learned about Norwex reminded me of that cleaning job in a number of different ways. Check out my Norwex review to find out how.
First thing’s first. What actually IS Norwex?
Norwex is what those in the trade like to call a Multi-Level Marketing gig. I’ve seen TONS of these. What they REALLY mean is “PYRAMID SCHEME”!
But that doesn’t mean they’re ALL bad. They aren’t. A lot of them are, but not all of them.
So what about Norwex?
Norwex are all about cleaning products and domestic homecare stuff. Like my summer job! Remember? This stuff is mainly aimed at housewives, but I can get on board with that. Housewives love me, believe me.
Norwex was founded way back in 1994 by Bjorn Nicolaisen. You can probably guess where he’s from. Nigeria? No…. Norway. Hence the name. Right.
The one main selling point of Norwex’s cleaning products that sets them apart from a lot of the competition is that they’re chemical free cleaning products. I like that, but are they any good?
They’re not bad, but they’re not the best.
Listen, if you’re trying to go chemical free and REALLY care about the environment, then I’m happy for you. Personally, sometimes I think I just NEED some chemicals when I’m trying to scrub the floors or the shower. You know those REALLY stubborn stains and stuff? Yeah, those things normally need chemicals to budge.
But this stuff is still good. It’s not terrible, and that’s a start.
Believe me when I tell you that lots of these pyramid schemes (sorry—MLM networks!) are built on top of AWFUL products. You know where the ONLY way to make money is by convincing other people to sign up under you. That’s basically the main pyramid business model. Recruit more sales reps.
So the Norwex stuff isn’t actually terrible. But are they enough to actually make money off? Can you still make money as a Norwex sales rep if you DON’T recruit more salespeople?
We’ll get to that in a minute. But first, you wanna know a bit more about Norwex’s product range. I don’t blame you. After all, you’re gonna be selling this stuff for them. Or maybe, after you’ve read this Norwex review—you’re not.
So they’ve got bathroom cleaning products, kitchen towels, detergent, toothbrushes and all sorts of stuff like this. All without chemicals. Great!
Their key product and the one you’re gonna be talking about a lot if you become a Norwex sales rep is called “EnviroCloth”.
EnviroCloth is a micro-silver cleaning cloth and it’s basically their flagship product.
But it isn’t their ONLY product, it’s just the one most of the reps are encouraged to promote. I guess it has their best margins, or is maybe their best seller.
But let me tell you, it wasn’t a GREAT seller. I struggled to sell many at all. People just don’t really get that excited about a cleaning cloth, do they?
That’s always one of my main gripes with SOME pyramid MLM networks. The products aren’t always great
I say that there’s NOTHING wrong with using a MLM to network a range of great products. But ONLY if those at the bottom of the pyramid can still make a bit of money from things.
In other words, can you make money just selling this stuff? Or do you have to recruit other reps underneath you to make a decent wedge? That’s what makes or breaks many of these systems.
Sadly…. You’ve guessed it with Norwex.
Hardly anyone’s making any money here.
Even the people that HAVE recruited a few more sales reps.
And especially those that haven’t.
The main people making money here? The people at the top.
It was too late for me. It’s probably too late for you, too.
Pyramid schemes like this tend to prey on vulnerable people in two ways.
Firstly, the people selling. These guys are often desperate to make back the money they spent getting in. That means they’ll often use the hard sell.
And the people they’re selling to are often vulnerable too.
I don’t like that one bit.
And I didn’t like it with Norwex, either.
It’s far from the worst MLM scheme I’ve seen, that’s true.
Believe me, I’ve seen some AWFUL ones.
At least there are some decent products here with Norwex.
Nobody is getting literally scammed and buying completely worthless crap. It’s not a Norwex scam at that level.
But it’s not great, either.
The products ARE a bit overpriced.
But if you want to pay a bit more than the market-rate for environmentally friendly cleaning products, I got no beef with that.
So the guys buying stuff aren’t really getting scammed.
The main reason this falls down is because it simply isn’t a very good money-making system.
It’s not great for those who got involved as Norwex reps.
Even though the products aren’t terrible, they’re hard to sell.
Hardly anyone is making any money with this stuff.
That’s the case with a lot of MLM networks like this.
I’ve seen a few good ones, but most of them don’t cut the mustard.
Thankfully, I’ve also seen some LEGIT ways to make money as your own businessman these days.
If you want to know a bit more about one of the best—you need to check out Local Lead Generation.
With it, you get the chance to own your own slice of virtual real estate AND be your own boss.
You’ll be collecting those passive rental checks in no time.
Check it out, it’s far better than pretty much any pyramid/MLM network I’ve seen.