If you've ever received a social media invite to a party that didn't quite sound like a real party, you may have a friend with a side hustle in multi-level marketing, a business model where individuals sell a company's products through social networks and arranged parties. While I'm all for the side hustle and I'm definitely not one to judge how anyone makes their money, I have to be honest: there are things I'm definitely thinking when you invite me to your direct sales party. Things that, for better or worse, aren't necessarily what one would consider "positive."
In fact, I really dread getting an invitation to one of these parties. The main reason for my dislike is that, honestly, I just find them awkward. It's like going to a boring sales pitch or time share presentation, except the discomfort is heightened because you actually care about the person giving the presentation. So, I find myself smiling and nodding, trying to be supportive but also not making too much eye contact in case my friend thinks she has closed the deal or made the sale.
Plus, and like most parents I know, I need to keep a close eye on my budget. Many of these products sold at direct sales parties are often expensive or not made from the best quality, so while I want to support my friends in all of their endeavors, I can't necessarily afford to do so. While I think it's important we all lift one another up when it comes to our career goals (or anything else, for that matter.) I just can't help but think the following things when I open up one of those invitations: