In my case, I was introduced to MLM as a consumer. For the groups that are more focused on getting customers as oppose to getting people to join them, there is less of an issue you’ve highlighted above. With the exception of bad sales service, & hard selling to get people to buy more, by appealing to their greed (more discount) though. The upline I’m with would frequently describe how hard it was at the start and it was some time before it pays off. So affording luxury immediately is definitely not possible unless they have been doing MLM for sometime before graduating. edit: I’m still a loyal customer after 10 years, and Friendly with the upline, so you can say I’m the positive example on this post? XD. Always remember 一种米养百中人. I actually read that MLM has bad name overseas because it was considered as exploiting salespeople cause they don’t get paid a salary and have to buy the products before selling. But if you think about it, isn’t this how franchises work as well? Unfortunately most people who join, don’t judge (or don’t have the capacity to judge) the product to see how profitable it is before joining, hence all the complains. Below is my attempt to answer your questions; 1. With regards to affording luxuries, you don’t need to be with MLM to “show off”. There are lots of people out there who rack up debt just to “live the life”. 2. entrepreneur sounds nicer than free lance. Think about all the “xxx managers”, “xxx ceo“ out there. Housewife can also call household logistics manager. 3. I assume change company name refers to the “group” not the product brand. If it’s the product Brand You should quickly run in the other direction, and never get involve with it. There’s actully no particular wrong reason to change the name. It might be that they’ve changed their base of operation and join in with another group, hence change of name.