|Received:||6/16/2006 6:07:50 AM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. My wife got involved with a company called AmeriPlanUSA 5 years ago and I heard the words “Network Marketing” and my first thought was “SCAM”. We had never even thought about involving ourselves in sales or in any type of “Work from Home” venture. I guess we were lucky because the company was for real and for the first time in our lives we had the ability to truly make as much money as we were willing to work for. I was a computer systems engineer and my wife was a registered nurse, so we made descent money compared to some. But both of us paid the price by working long hours, traveling out of town and not being able to spend the time with our kids that every parent wants to spend, but never gets the chance because of bills and the need to pay them by working lots of hours to make more money. My wife became a stay at home mom because of AmeriPlanUSA. She was there for our beautiful daughters during the most critical stages of their adolescence. I truly believe it saved our daughters from making any of the bad choices that are thrust upon teenage girls. Because we could afford to be there for them they are both Honor Role students that are happy and healthy. After four years I was able to quit my job and become a “work from home” dad. Now I use that term but I still leave my hous almost every day and work a few hours outside of it, but I make my own hours. This has allowed me to be there when my youngest daughter needed me to be there for her. With my previous job I simply would not have been able to be there for her. I imagine that you have seen so many scams you think that all Network Marketing is a scam. I had a friend in similar circumstances. He was a Pinellas County Sheriffs Deputy and in his line of work he only really came in contact with African-Americans who were breaking the law. After a couple years he developed an attitude that ALL African-Americans were the same. Since I worked as a Computer Systems Engineer, the African-Americans I dealt with were professional white-collar workers I knew different. I believe the FTC rules that are being laid out will so adversely affect my business that I will be forced to go back to working in a cubicle. That is something I did for 11 years and have no desire to go back. My daughters still need me and given the choice, I would rather be there when they need me. Thanks for your time.