|Received:||7/14/2006 1:12:49 AM|
|Organization:||DJB International/Quixtar IBO|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I have been an IBO for 7 years in Quixtar, and 22 years before that in Amway. I have been able to help many others become IBO's as well. It has not only helped me with my personal "cash-flow", but has helped me become a better person. I have learned to be solution oriented and more proactive in my approach to life's problems (whether business, social, or personal.) My income has ranged from $250 - $1500 per month, and I am quite aware of my own responsibility for the income I receive: it is all based on activity level, and correct thinking, which is learned from educational seminars, CD's and books. Best of all, it has had an impact on my 3 children and they too are more positive & goal-oriented & want to succeed also as IBO's. When I first registered, I received plenty of information to make an informed decision, and I was invited to attend gatherings of other IBO's, where I could see for myself that hard work always pays off in this business. When I sponsored others, I always gave them an "information pack" and answered all the questions they asked. I made it clear that it took hard work, and the development of people skills - it was not a "get-rich-quick" scheme. The only way you make money in this business is to help lots of other people make money and achieve their goals. Typically,, an IBO spends $125 to register (which is refundable.) It would be a terrible hindrance to my business, and that of my children, if the 7 day waiting period was in place. Whoever came up with that notion has NO idea about developing a business like ours. First of all, a 7 day wait period will achieve nothing for the new person but confusion and doubt. Our method is based on almost 50 years of successful business building - by people who know what is best for the new person: if they don't get sponsored the night I show them, I give them a packet of materials to read and listen to over a 48 hr period, then follow-up, and answer all their questions. If they seek information about our business from someone at their office-or their relatives - they get incorrect and misinformed comments from people who know nothing about our business. That's what happens with a wait period of 7 days. It will only confuse the new person & it's most likely they will never even try to become an IBO, since they are discouraged by negative people. Not only that, if they did decide to become an IBO, it would be very difficult for them to build a business with the 7 day rule, and they would give up easily, thus robbing them of reaching their goals. Being required to provide references of other IBO's is an invasion of privacy for the references, and accomplishes absolutely nothing. The new prospect will have ample opportunity to meet all the IBO's they want when they attend local meetings. I would be opposed to giving my name, address, & phone to be given to other prospects, for privacy reasons. It's also customary in our business to have potlucks in homes and that's a great informal way to meet other IBO;s. Having to provide a Litigation List would be a very unfair requirement. When I walk into Walmart, I don't see a list of all the lawsuits against then posted on the front door. That requirement would be an invitation for negative attitudes, and would be unnecessary for learning about our business.It would only cause suspicion & distrust. We already have plenty of audited disclosures about the specific income that is made at various levels in our business. The flip chart we use in our particular organization is very clear about the "average" incomes that are made. It is basic courtesy in a social context not to ask someone what income they make. I don't believe it is anyone's business how much I actually make from my own business. I would never walk into my friend's store, & ask them how much they are actually making (how rude!!.) A new IBO will be able to figure out for himself how much is made at each level with a bonus chart.