So I have basically attended two different MLM seminar/meetings, one of which I have joined membership (then ignored because I didn't understand/distractions interfered/lack of knowledge @ the time) and one that I am currently trying to analyze and understand. I have swung from a skeptical of MLM to an optimist MLM on my own with no persuasion from any of the two companies representatives. I just recently started reading books about success, like Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and listening to significant financial advisers like Robert T. Kiyosaki. These books and cds/dvds have opened my eyes to see life from a different aspect and I've seen progress in my academic performance since then. The relationship between my life and the stories/wisdom shared in the book have perfect correlation due to my own personal experiences which is why I think it has played such a big roll with decisions I make and the perspective of which I see opportunity and success today but seeking truth of the matter for my situation, college student with limited funds but strong aspirations for a real business. By now you probably think I am just a college student looking for easy money which is half-way true but let me inform you that I come from a family that works hard and I do know that money doesn't come easy unless hard work is paid in exchange, give to get concept. Although I may not have my BSTM degree in college yet, I do wish to retire early just as these MLM companies promise + veteran MLM's in those companies preach while I chip away at graduating in the process of building a solid downline of MLM pupils under me. I'm sorry if I use the term "downline" improperly but I just joined a few minutes ago and read only 3 posts and am only assuming it means the people that "one" would mentor for the MLM company. If not, that's how I will be using it in my context. I know a lot of the time the meetings are where the connections are made but aside from that is it possible to find people outside of the meetings? If so, what are some good books or strategies I can look into or read for that? By comparing the two MLM companies attitudes the concepts are exactly the same, residual/royalty income will come in if you promote the service, sell products that the company has retail/direct sales connections with + MLM education materials and at the same time be a mentor to those under you for doing the same exact, leading by example with benefits/promotions by meeting certain deadlines/requirements. It does sound simple in summary by the high rank mentors and successors of the MLM companies but the reality to me is that it is very time consuming which is why I am stuck in between really committing to one I like while attending college without interfering with my studies, not to mention my finances would be leached off of by parents who would be willing to support the cause if I was serious about one. Please let me know if I'm missing anything in my summary as of what I think a Network/Multi-Level Market is. That is just my observation and what I have heard, with some minor twists of info because my memory retention is short. I am stuck between two MLM's both have great products, one is telecomm, the other is beauty/hygiene/computers. I don't know if I can mention the company names but I'm sure if you know your MLM companies, you would automatically know which of the two I'm talking about. Any information about MLM to help me make a better educated decision would help me so much, I do believe in the system, I just need to know how to approach the whole thing so I can have a plan or know what to specialize my knowledge in.