When we lived in England, my mom and I hung out with the mission president’s wife. First, she was American. Second, she and Mom got along swimmingly. Third, she had this tendency to host lots of cute, college-aged boys at her home and I was a cute, college-aged girl.
She also collected pigs.
From then on I wanted something fun to collect. First I tried gold jewelry, with some level of success, but found it rather costly and to involve kissing too many boys I didn’t really like that much. Then I tried watches, which worked for just over a year until the batteries began dying and I found myself with 16 nonworking collectibles. Then, a few years later, after a trip to Utah and a $600+ tour of the BYU Bookstore, Sam turned to me and said, “Honey, we collect books.”
And he was right. In our current home we have: one, large, formal library; one medium children’s library; one homeschool room packed with books; seven bedrooms with their share of “the collection” sitting on shelves and stacked on night stands. We even have books packed in boxes. We love books and because we “collect” them we can never have too many and never have to feel guilty for buying more. What freedom!
So, what if I could combine my love for books with another passion of mine, business? Amazing!
Believe me, I already know what you’re going to say. I hate multi-level marketing down to my core. I’ve preached it for over two decades. I’ve written about it and publicly mocked it. I’ve done it here and I’ve done it other places as well. I know, I know, I know. The irony does not escape me.
Still, for over a month, I’ve been looking into a new multi-level company that has clearly addressed all but one of my lifelong objections. This program offers a great product (hint: see above), has a decent corporate structure, a good compensation plan, deeply discounted books, is run by some respectable people, and has some really helpful incentives for authors and business owners.
But that wasn’t what got me.
This is: BookWise actually offers a money-back guarantee.
If, after 12 months as an active Associate, you don’t believe that your life is better for having joined BookWise, we’ll refund 100% of your monthly fees.
I swear. And I’ve never, ever among all the hype and promises seen a company that puts its money where its mouth is. And get this. If you pull out and get a refund, you get to keep the best-selling, hard-cover books that you got every single month as part of the package. Worst-case scenario, you get a bunch of free books.
The only unresolved issue, for me, is the push to push. You know, call all your family and friends and invite them to an “opportunity meeting.” At which point your friend count begins dropping like flies and, suddenly, your sister forgets you when making up her Christmas guest list.
So just let me be clear, that’s not going to happen. I’d love to have you join me, because I’d be happy working with any of you and it would be great fun to be successful with friends. I’m comfortable inviting you because it’s a no-risk deal. But there’s no pressure at all.
I am off and running with this incentivized, internet book club. I’ll be blogging out the nitty gritty, day-to-day activities on The BookWise Blogger. You’re welcome to come over and heckle. If it’s a bomb, I promise you I’ll tell it like it is. If it is a raging success, I hope you decided to join me way back on July 5th, when this was posted.
If you’re interested in looking into it on your own, just go to BookWise. Start with the What is BookWise? page. You can also find out more at Winning In the Margins. Just use the passkey alphasmith to log in.
The BookWise model places only five people on the each level, so if you love books and are motivated to have an abundant lifestyle, I’d love to have you right next to me on this no-risk adventure.