I too opened a home business selling Melaleuca products. I was praised to high heaven by my uplines, told what potential I had.....the usual. I invested in office supplies, printer, headphones for phone and computer, files, storage boxes, etc.
I had a successful first month, mainly because my friends and family wanted to support me. Made Director. SO exciting!
It was all downhill after that. A mistake with my 2nd paycheck, a downline who was sent his order, plus a back-up order charged to his credit card at full price (a mistake I was told, but I lost him as my customer), 2 monthly subscriptions required before I could access my account online, oh, and the little matter of points! Nobody told me that once I made Director I would then be required to purchase 75points worth of products (@$200+) instead of 35.The reason? "Directors need to try ALL of the products, so they therefore need to BUY more".Be warned, it's not a part-time job and it takes a lot more of your money then you are told plus 4 years before you begin to reap the rewards.
Your uplines are absolutely not there for you unless you are reeling in customers (go figure).
The only person who was ever able to help was Michael Hatch, Business Development, (208) 522-0700 for those of you having problems. I'm so relieved to be OUT. On reflection, Melaleuca is not about helping others, they're about helping themselves. They remind me of a cult.