No. While we support and encourage our Network Marketing friends, we are a corporation with our own stores and our own products. We are not affiliated with any network marketing companies in any way. We do not sell or market our physical products to our friends or family, nor is that the business model that we teach. We use an entirely different method of e-commerce.
This is one of those questions that will have a different answer for every person and that I can only answer from my own experience. I can break it down for you into 3 sections:
Section 1: Starting out: When we first started, we were both working (me from home as a doula agency owner and Nick from outside the home as an insurance agent), Nick was going to school, we were homeschooling, and we had 4 small children at home. We had no "free time" that people speak of. I spent early morning, nap time, and late nights working to build my business an average of 10-20 hours a week.
Section 2: Things started to pick up (about 3 months into it): When our business really started picking up and revenue was growing rapidly, I was BUSY. Other things had to take the back burner so I could make sure business was taken care of. Nick started staying home more to help me and I knew we would need to hire help to sustain the growth we were experiencing. I was probably working 40-60 hours a week at this point. (At this point, though, we were so excited that it didn't feel much like "work")
Section 3: Outsourcing and Automation (about 6 months into it): We hired two employees and sales were booming. We utilized software and procedures to allow our business to "run itself" for the most part so we could focus purely on marketing. My husband quit his job because... well because we didn't need that money anymore and he would rather work from home doing what he loved. At this point, we could decide how much time we wanted to spend on our business. Obviously the more time we spent on it, the more successful it became, but it was no longer necessary for us to work every day for our business to work. We took a week long vacation and didn't work at all and our stores made over $77,000 that week.
Currently I work an average of 15 hours a week on the marketing for our stores. I go through phases of creating new marketing content and testing what works, then not working much until I need to create new content again.
As you can see--the time you need to spend on your business will vary. You'll have slow weeks and super busy weeks. Welcome to the life of an entrepreneur! The ups and downs are not like what comes with a normal 9-5 but the benefits are so much more rewarding. Again, this is our own experience and yours could vary. Don't let the time required to make it work deter you because it's SO worth it!
Again, this is a question that doesn't have one objective answer for everyone. Your startup costs will depend on many different factors including your niche, marketing, apps, branding, software, and how long it takes you to do everything. I can tell you that we spent around $300 before we started making sales (not including what we spent on mentoring). Some people may need to spend less to start making sales, some may need to spend more. I would encourage you to think of your startup costs as what they really are--a business investment. Not only do you get to write off all of that money as a business expense, but you're also going to get a pretty hefty ROI. $300 is nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that we have profited from it. I'm sure most of us would invest a lot more than that if we were promised such a high rate of return!
One thing I have learned is that people make time for what is important to them. If you want to make this work, you will find the time to do so! You may sacrifice some sleep, or leisure, or other things temporarily but the rewards will be so worth it. If we could do it with everything we had going on, then I promise that YOU can make it work! Maybe you won't need to worry about that day job a few months from now. 😉
The model we teach starts with dropshipping, which requires zero inventory. You can learn all about it in our free guide here.
We don't share the names of our stores publicly because there are people in the world who steal our content, images, etc. and try to use it as their own to get ahead. Besides that, it doesn't matter what we sell. You can sell anything that people buy. If you want to get into e-commerce, focus on finding the niche that's right for you.