“Aren’t They All Just Pyramid Schemes?”

How I joined a network marketing company and never looked back

I consider myself open-minded, but in the last few years I have found that the majority of people do not share my open-mindedness. My story begins a few years ago when a friend introduced me to a product called Herbal Fiberblend. I was having some digestive issues … I’ll spare you the details. What I can tell you is Herbal Fiberblend made an incredible difference. I was so impressed that I did some research and decided to get started with the company that offers this product. Within five months, my entrepreneurial business took off and I made the decision to go into it full-time. My friends and family thought I was making a mistake. But I am happy to report that the only mistake I made was not starting sooner!

Before I started my business, I had absolutely no entrepreneurial experience. In less than two years I now make a better income in this so-called “pyramid scheme” than I did as a pharmacy technician, a job I went to school for and went into debt to achieve. The irony is that the income from my new business has actually helped to pay off the balance of my student loans!

“You will never make money in a pyramid scheme.” Honestly, leaving my pharmacy tech position to do entrepreneurial sales full-time was scary. After all, I had a stable income and benefits with an established company. But the people I met working in the business were the first to tell me, “Everything is a pyramid scheme.” There will always be a hierarchy at every company with someone making more than the next person, and so forth.

I now understand exactly what they meant. Looking back, I realize that no matter how hard I worked at the pharmacy, there was always going to be a ceiling on how much I was going to be paid.  When I approached my supervisor about the possibility of advancement, he too expressed the goal to grow in his career and compensation. When you think about, most companies have a ladder to the top, with different “levels.” Sound familiar? Wanting to move up in earning and position is something that nearly all of us strive for in our professional lives. What makes entrepreneurial network marketing unique is you can achieve this without being held back by the hierarchy above you in the organization.

So why do network marketing companies have such a bad name? Because they are NOT all the same. From the moment I made the decision to go full-time as an entrepreneur, family and friends were skeptical. There were remarks like, “You know that a lot of ‘those companies’ have gone out of business or been investigated for being pyramid schemes, right?” Yes, there ARE direct selling companies that have not followed good business practices or have disregarded the rule of law. But it’s important to keep things in perspective. Those companies often fold within a few years. Still, it is important that you do some research before you decide to join any direct selling company. Make sure the company you choose sells a commodity and pays you based on the sale of that commodity. Make sure it is a product or line of products you can confidently stand behind. If either of these is not true, stay clear.

The company I chose has been in business for over 36 years and offers a line of high-quality whole-food and nutritional products that I personally use with confidence.  So, I am able to make an income offering products that I trust in and can help a person’s health and well-being. When I talk to people I never promise anyone that they will make a six-figure income or get a free car, for example.  In fact, early on in the relationship I typically don’t discuss the business opportunity with a customer or prospect unless they ask.  I simply suggest products based on my experience and a person’s needs, emphasizing the product’s benefits and the 30-day money-back guarantee. I certainly don’t claim to be a doctor or know of a “cure-all.”  The nice thing about this company is I don’t even have to build a team of salespeople and can still make a good income.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the other reasons I enjoy being an entrepreneur. No, it’s not all about the money you can earn! For me, it is also about the relationships. I have made a lot of friends through my business. It’s also about personal development. I was always a follower, having had poor self-esteem since childhood. Being an entrepreneur has helped me become a much more confident person and leader. I didn’t have that sense of purpose and self-assurance in my previous work.

And by the way, most people fail in this kind of business because they lack motivation and initiative. You can be given every tool you need to succeed, but if you do not apply yourself, you fail. It is important to attend to the business, to streamline your prospecting system, and to build and maintain your team. Just like in a regular job, if you do the right things and do them diligently, you will eventually succeed.

I am not discouraged by negative articles about network marketing because I know it works. I’m not wealthy yet, but it won’t be long before I’m making a better income than most of the people I know with college degrees, some of whom never had a job that related to their field of study. And when they complain to me about student loan debt, lack of opportunity for advancement, or working for “the man”, I can guarantee you I will tell them about The AIM Companies.

                                                                                       ~ Anonymous


Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Finding Opportunities to Grow My Home Business

Shared by Karina Gerhardt-Strachan, AIM Preferred Member 

I have been very fortunate to have grown up with AIM products in our home. My mother, Rica Gerhardt, who is a Director, became an AIM Member back in 1998, and I started taking BarleyLife around the age of seven. In high school and university, I came to realize just how good AIM products were for me as I would rarely get sick. BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend are my staples, but I use many of the AIM products.

In university, my focus was health studies, taking courses in anatomy, nutrition, etc. Consequently, I have a better appreciation for the magnificence that is the human body! Scientifically understanding how nutrition is the foundation of our health, I also came to understand why AIM products work so effectively. So I began to feel comfortable sharing and promoting this healthy nutrition. Many years ago, Dr. Mary Ruth Swope told my mom that she believed we commit a sin if we don’t share the knowledge we have. This quote remains a huge source of inspiration for my mother and me.

Going to the AIM conference in 2015 really set me on fire in terms of connecting the dots in my mind about AIM nutrition. Afterward, I read Green Leaves of Barley and got excited with the idea of becoming an independent distributor for AIM. Having just graduated from university with a degree in Health Studies, I had wanted to get into the master’s program in the fall, but the professor wasn’t taking any new students. This delay turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it gave me the option of taking a year off to put my passion into building my AIM business.

As a result of my family and studies, I’m lucky to be surrounded by like-minded people who are interested in talking about health, including my university classmates. Preferring one-on-one dialogue, I also like to make connections by texting or using Facebook. More often than not, communicating brings up a nugget in regard to people’s health challenges and wanting to feel better. This gives me an opportunity to talk about what I know can help them, such as a reconnecting with a high school friend who had health concerns. Sending datasheets is a great starting point, and I often share product samples in Ziplocs or mail them. I also like kitchen table meetings.

One of the many great things about AIM is that it’s portable. By this I mean, you carry the knowledge in your mind, signing up new Members can happen anywhere you have access to the internet, and the products travel well. And there’s so much support material from AIM: Living Well magazine, Fresh Focus, datasheets, teleclasses and webinars, just to name a few, along with the wealth of information you can tap into at the AIM Academy.

As a business builder, I believe you have an obligation to be there for your downline, investing your energy in them. My mother taught me to create and foster an AIM community with your team and your downline’s circle of friends. You never know who will be the gems that you can work with to grow both your businesses.

Doctor’s Wellness Program Grows AIM Business


What an incredible start it has been for Dr. Joseph Vetere, an AIM Director from Carmel, New York. After signing up as a Member in June, Dr. Vetere reached the Director level three months later, signing up 24 new Members in his first 90 days.

His astonishing growth has come as a result of simple sharing as opposed to a hard-and-fast business plan.

“AIM is a godsend. It is a perfect match for what I’ve been doing,” Dr. Vetere said. “Everybody I have shared it with has been marvelously satisfied.”

Dr. Vetere has made AIM products an integral component in his wellness program, 7 Weeks to Wellness. The program, which he has been teaching in workshops, churches,
and his own chiropractic practice for 15 years, takes a holistic view on restoring health, focusing on dietary changes, rest, water, eliminations, proper supplementation, and chiropractic care.

Participants in the wellness program become AIM Members in order to integrate the AIM products into their health plan. The foundational supplements for Dr. Vetere and his program include AIM BarleyLife®, AIM Just Carrots®, and AIM RediBeets® (the AIM Garden Trio®) and AIM Herbal Fiberblend®.

“BarleyLife, Just Carrots, RediBeets, and Herbal Fiberblend are the perfect supplementation for people to get their dietary nutrients, essentially the nutrients you need that you don’t get,” Dr. Vetere said. “AIM nutrition really works hand-in-hand with what I teach from a Biblical perspective.”

Nutrition has always been a key component in Dr. Vetere’s health and that of his patients. Prior to joining AIM, he manufactured and sold his own line of nutritional supplements and had looked into the possibility of expanding his line into the network marketing industry. When that plan proved unworkable, Dr. Vetere sought an existing health company to join, and after researching the top health companies, he decided on AIM.

“The final confirmation for me was when my attorney told me, ‘I used to take this BarleyLife product twenty years ago. It’s fabulous!’” Dr. Vetere said. “That was all I needed to hear. I was in.”

Dr. Vetere keeps the Garden Trio and Herbal Fiberblend by his desk at all times, and he takes AIM PrepZymes®, AIMega®, and AIM GinkgoSense™. The health boost from AIM’s elite supplements have been noticeable from the start.

“When I first took BarleyLife,” Dr. Vetere said, “you get a rush, man. It’s not an energy boost like caffeine; it’s different. It’s better. The only way I can describe it is that you have this heightened sense of agility. You become more aware, more sharp, more vibrant, more alive.

“If you eat right, put your problems in the hands of the Lord, realize how small they are, have the proper nutrition, and follow the seven weeks to wellness, I believe that is the key to good health.” And sharing this wellness plan with others has been key to a booming AIM business.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.