My Perspective On World Ventures.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Before I begin this blog, I want you know I was in World Ventures. I’m a former World Ventures representative and I voluntarily quit due to the information I found out up front being in the company. Therefore my perspective of the company is valid and what I present here is both factual and opinionated.

What Is World Ventures?

For those who don’t know, World Ventures is a multi-level marketing company (MLM) that sells travel. Multi-level marketing companies are pyramid scheme companies that sell products to keep themselves on the right side of law. Therefore, since WV sells travel or vacations through their “Dream Trips”, it’s a legitimate pyramid scheme multi-level marketing company. And it’s absolutely not a scam. You actually can make some money off this company, travel on vacations and even get a free car but your chances are very low to succeed. I’ll explain why.

The idea behind World Ventures is that you make money not just through your own sales work, but by recruiting other salespeople and making a cut of any sales that they make. Recruit enough people below you and you can just relax and watch the money roll in.

To become a sales representative for World Ventures you have to pay a sign-up fee and monthly fees. Your monthly fees are waived if you recruit just 4 people in a month.

World Ventures has a virtually inscrutable payout schedule comprising seven ranks and two pyramid-shaped hierarchies. The first pyramid is called the “lineage.” You sit at the top and everyone you’ve personally recruited is added directly below you, and everyone they’ve recruited is below them, and so on. Lineage is factored into rank, which is factored into compensation. The second pyramid is the binary organization. Here the pyramid spreads out by twos—the top spot sits directly above a left and a right spot, each of which sits above its own pairs, and so on. You can then earn bonuses based on sales made by the binary organization, which is comprised of the reps you recruit, and the reps they recruit.

Below is a chart of how it works:

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So if you manage to master that pyramid, you could potentially make a lot of money.

But you most likely won’t and I’ll explain why.

  • MLM companies are a grind. Most reps fail to make money and lose a lot of money. In World Ventures, not only do you have to pay for the Dream Trips membership monthly (if you don’t recruit enough people) for trips which are priced the same or even higher than if you booked the exact same trip online or better through your travel agent who would take care of your flights too and treat you like a good valued customer, but you are bombarded every month with these company trainings costing from $30 to $300. Marketing tools that should be offered for free by the World Ventures cost and is extracted out of it’s reps and members. Not to mention, you have to pay a membership fee to join the company in the first place. Someone is making a heck of a lot of money out of WorldVentures, and it’s very unlikely you would.
  • So if you become a representative, you will be heavily encouraged to spend your money on World Ventures training events, since “training” is the only way you’ll succeed in such MLM company.
  • World Ventures compensation system have been a frequent subject of criticism and lawsuits. Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes, price fixing of products, high initial entry costs (for marketing kit and first products), emphasis on recruitment of others over actual sales, encouraging if not requiring members to purchase and use the company’s products, exploitation of personal relationships as both sales and recruiting targets, complex and sometimes exaggerated compensation schemes, the company making major money off its training events and materials, and cult-like techniques which groups use to enhance their members enthusiasm and devotion.
  • According to World Ventures official documents, “75% of reps fail to earn a commission and only 0.1 percent earn a yearly income.” The average rep earns $325 in a year. According to their own information, 90% of World Ventures reps actually lose money – in accounting for the price of joining, the monthly fees, other maintenance fees and the cost of attending training events. You can have better odds at a casino making money!
  • Also World Ventures has a tendency to sue its former employees who move to competing MLMs or those who speak negatively about the company after quitting which is their attempt to squash public dissent.

The catch phrase of World Ventures is “Make a living living.”  And who wouldn’t want that? Who wouldn’t want to travel and make money? Sounds too good to be true right? 

“You Should Be Here” or “I Wish You Were Here” banners – I know you seen them before. People send you private messages to ask if you like to travel, want to travel to exotic destinations at great prices, and/or make money while traveling, or say you can retire at an early age, or you don’t have to work your 9-5 or 40 hours a week anymore. Others invite you over to show you a presentation of World Ventures or write cryptic messages on their Facebook wall or Twitter timeline how they’re flying off for free again or making lots more money while having fun (thus prompting you to ask them what exactly they are doing, because you’re now curious).

See, World Ventures attracts low-income people. These people are swindled by a get rich scheme and sold dreams. Most of the people who join are people who can’t afford a vacation trip on their own or lack common sense of what type of company World Ventures is. Others who join are people looking for an opportunity and are tired of working that 9-5 job for $10/hr. Others have that entrepreneur mindset but are motivated by a false reality of success not realizing that World Ventures is a multi-level marketing company that you have to put all your time and effort in to become successful.

Now here’s a fact: If anyone trying to lure you in with the promise of fast easy money is pulling a fast one on you. Particularly if you have to lay out money at the beginning to get involved. Fact is, you are not going to get rich off of World Ventures, but if you sign up, World Ventures is going to continue to get quite rich off of you.

Before I keep going, I want everyone reading this blog to know that it is possible to make some money off of this company. I know 3 people personally who make residue income, go on trips and they each got a free BMW for recruiting more than 30 people that recruited people. That’s why I joined!!!

However, if marketing isn’t for you, like it isn’t for me, don’t even bother. Not only you need to know people to achieve success in this company, more importantly you need to have high training and skills in marketing and networking. Your chances of making money and succeeding here is very low as 90% of people who join don’t even succeed, don’t make money and lose lots of money and time. The statistics speaks for itself.

Fact: You need to put all your time and effort if you really want to succeed in a MLM company. 

The saddest thing for me is that World Ventures appears to actually be growing in numbers, which means a lot of people are being conned into paying their hard earning good money and effort down a rabbit hole when there are far more productive ways to achieve your travel dreams and make money. Don’t be fooled, never go for the “easy money” and “easy opportunities” because they’re always too good to be true. I promise you can do better. You have a better chance of going on vacation trips and making a lot of money by either establishing your own business or simply working that 9-5 job and saving up a little.

So there’s no magical way to travel around the world and get rich while doing it. That’s simply a false reality that grabs the attention of young people and low income people. But that doesn’t mean you can’t see the world though. You should already know there are plenty of ways to travel around the world for far less money than you think. Just do some research and find some legitimate deals. And yes, they require some of that less-fun stuff like working hard, and saving, but the end result is way more satisfying and sustainable.

As for me, I quit because I felt marketing wasn’t for me. It cheats people out of their time and money tricking people by a get rich quick scheme and sells them dreams. It goes against my character to be involved in marketing. Ever since, I’m doing great working at Delta Airlines as a supervisor cargo agent in LaGuardia airport. I can travel whenever I want with the airline benefits. 🙂

As for you, I wish you best of luck with this opportunity if you are involved in it. It’s certainly  a opportunity and certainly possible to succeed and it’s definitely “not a scam” like most people think.

But just stop and think… ask yourself “How is World Ventures sustaining itself as a company?” or “How does a multi-level marketing company work?”. World Ventures is getting richer off every representative who joins and doesn’t succeed. It’s in fact a pyramid scheme that presents a opportunity that doesn’t add up to it’s statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “My Perspective On World Ventures.

  1. It is awesome of you to put this article out! I am a new Worldventures member and am excited to be part of a company that does have so much potential. My thoughts on your “blog”, is what was your motivation to lead people away from something that you have seen work for others? If you personally know 3 people who have done well with this Idea, why harm their chances of success? I am not attacking your opinions or what you are doing, but attempting to get a better understanding of why people like you, who obviously didn’t “get it”, need to hurt others who are honestly making it work.

    I am very new, only recently got my first sign up, and I am doing this as a part time opportunity, so when I see all the numbers, all the income potential that I could receive on top of my already great pay, I have to ask myself, is it really that bad?

    I hope you have found something that works for you!

    Curry

    • Dear Curry,

      The goal of this website is to better people, not to knock people down. The goal of the World Ventures blog is to present my perspective on the company and my experience, as well as informing people of the facts of what World Ventures is. (multi-level marketing)

      I think people can succeed in anything they put their mind and heart into. I know people who have succeeded in the company and I observed and learned how they did it. Honestly, it was never my intention to steer people away from the opportunity World Ventures presents, but instead inform them of the facts of the company and let it be known that if you’re getting involved in a multi-level marketing business, you need to put all your time and effort if you really want to succeed.

      Thanks for the comment and good luck with World Ventures.

  2. I actually really like your post, for the most part. It’s putting out your opinion without excluding the fact that some people have, in fact, seen success as representatives for World Ventures. Like you, I know several people who have generated successful businesses using WorldVentures. Which begs the question…if we personally know several people successful with the endeavor, can it truly be labeled as a “scam”?

    I would like to point out, however, that you do NOT have to be a member to be a representative and do not have to be a representative to be a member. Thus the fee for becoming a representative is $111 with only an $11 maintenance fee per month that is waived upon recruiting 4 people. When you look at it from a business perspective…the cost of designing & maintaining the network/databases, cost to produce training materials and marketing materials, time and money spent compiling and shipping the packet new reps receive and other overhead involved…I feel that this is a nominal fee and reasonable cost of doing business. One must remember that you are not working FOR a company…but creating your OWN business, much as an insurance agent does. Most people don’t enter into such things with this distinction in mind. Having been involved with several businesses I am of the opinion that this is probably among the cheapest ways to start your own business.

    It may also be noted that should a person decide to become a representative without becoming a member then the person whom they sign up under receives no commission. Commission is only paid out on people who purchase the membership. Of course they’re going to WANT you to purchase it…and it IS a good idea for anyone wishing to sell a product to actually use the product they are endorsing, that’s just good posturing. it’s more difficult to sell a product that you don’t see enough value in using yourself.

    In this industry the techniques can be taught, skills can be developed…just like launching any other career. The mindset, however, is the most crucial part of success in any business, especially sales, and that is something that must come from the individual. Creating a culture of people excited about life and possibilities not only helps them achieve their goals but that of the company. I don’t really see many points that sustain an argument for an un-sustainable business model.

    Just like anything in life…it is what you make of it.

    People say “I’m just not good at sales/marketing” but we are surrounded by it daily, actively involve ourselves in it daily…but don’t recognize that because we just haven’t put that label on it in other areas of our lives. Traditional “jobs” that we do without thinking involve sales, even attracting a partner is a form of sales & marketing…but once we label it then our perception changes.

    As I read this blog, hear you put your opinion out with the intention of influencing others…I’d say that with the right motivation you would do phenomenally well because you already are. 🙂 Thing is…I’m not selling anything, except perhaps the merit of my argument.

    Just some food for thought. Contact me if you ever want to discuss such things further! Have a great day! 🙂

    • Agree. However I’m not interested in World Ventures as I once was before because I established my own business. Opportunist look for opportunities and that’s why and how I ran into this company. But when you’re a true business minded person, you start your own. 🙂

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