CathyF, you took the words right out my mouth.
I was a CM consultant for 4 1/2 years. My upline was/is a lovely person, but very CM business focused. She's put in a lot of hard work and has, quite deservedly, done very well at it. That's great if you want to go in that direction, but I wasn't interested in building it into a huge business. I quit as I was just sick of the pressure I felt from the higher ups in the business to recruit, recruit, recruit. Recruiting just wasn't my cup of tea, but it seemed that if you weren't interested in doing that then you weren't valued by the company.
I think just about all party plan companies (Tupperware, MK, CM, Stamping Up, etc) will have good and bad in them. There will be people in them who are out to recruit and/or build the business and will
do whatever it takes to get there, whilst there will be others, like me, who just want to do it on a very low scale or as a hobby. The trouble is that the more focused/determined ones give all the rest a bad name.
I watched a documentary once on MK consultants and was shocked at the level some of them will go to for a sale or to recruit someone. If I was to base my opinion of MK solely on that show I'd run screaming everytime a MK rep came near me, but I have a friend who sells MK so thankfully I know otherwise. With her personality, (she could sell ice to Eskimos and recruit them in selling more to other Eskimos
) could easily have grown it into a big business if she'd chosen too. She deliberately kept it low key as to her (and me when I was in CM) keeping her friends is more important than selling an extra mascara or earning a few dollars a month commission from a friend's sales. Not to mention all the extra paperwork involved the bigger your team gets.