A guy in a Ross Dress 4 Less button up and tie is pitching his company, ACN, to an oafish looking dude at the table next to me here at Starbucks. I’ve seen this sort of thing before, so I immediately Google up “ACN” and quickly find a number of people associating them as being little different from a pyramid scheme. According to numerous online reports, most of the money made by ACN “reps” is by recruiting new reps… and to become a rep it costs around $500.
After graduating high school, I almost fell for company that worked off a very similar model (I think it was Cutco), where you have to pay to work for them. Fortunately, my family talked me out of it, and I am forever humbled that I once believed I couldn’t be suckered into any scam.
Enter Los Angeles, the city of dreams, where the hordes flock in hopes of being discovered at a bus stop, or selling a million idea movie idea during a chance encounter with a producer. I can recall over the years meeting more than a handful of friends who tried to convince me that theyhad stumbled upon an outstanding opportunity that would make them rich. Most recently, these came in the form of being licensed as travel agents, but I still remember a couple different casting website type deals, and the ever present tele-communications “opportunities”.
Six months later, I’d always find the same poor souls back waiting tables or again at a temp agency, never wanting to discuss whatever happened to the business opportunity.
So, please, let this serve as a simple public service announcement, and before you spend a dime for a business opportunity, check the web and do a lot of research.