You’ve heard of ACN, right?
Yes you have. But, not because you’ve seen an ACN advertisement, or heard any radio commercials.
Think a minute on this.
Did you ever get a phone call from “an old high school friend,” who you haven’t talked to in 15 years?
Or, an out of town 3rd cousin, (once or twice removed) who had an “opportunity” he or she wanted to share with you?
The Phone Call
Friend: “Well, hello Pam! How are you? It’s been a couple of years huh? Yuk-yuk-yuckety-freaking-yuck..heheheheh.”
You: “Why yes, it has. How’s are things going Sue? And, where do you live now?”
Friend: “I live in Duck Mountain, Oregon, and I’m enjoying life!”
You: “That’s great!”
Friend: “The reason I’m calling is that I’m in business for myself now, and I just had to share what I’m doing with you.”
You: “Really? What kind of business are you in?”
Friend: “I’m in telecommunications.”
You: “WOW! Sounds pretty technical. What do you do?”
Friend: “Well, that’s the best part; I work part-time in my business, and it’s not technical at all.”
You: “Really? So, what do you do?”
Friend: “Well, it would be better if I showed you. Do you have access to a computer? There’s a video I just have to show you.”
You: “Yes, but what is it that you’re doing?”
Friend: “It would be best if I just showed you. Wait until you see this.”
You: “I really don’t want to waste my time. Is this some type of get rich quick scheme?”
Friend: “No, of course not, but I’d really love for you to see it.”
You: “What am I going to be seeing?”
Friend: “It’s really better explained in the video…”
Here’s Why I’m Bringing This Up
A gentle tip from The Franchise King®:
Do not buy a franchise until you know EXACTLY how to do thorough research.
Learn how here
According to an article in Salon, President Trump (before he became the Pres) appeared in a “promotional” video for ACN uttering these words:
“The two things I’ve mastered over the years is understanding the importance of timing in business and the ability to recognize great opportunities. So, I’m here to tell you about a company that provides these two essential components for success.”
He then added “I like real estate, but this is probably better.”
That was HUGE. The Salon.com article (from 2015) is worth a read.
A Press Release About ACN
SBWire: Company Helps People Achieve Dream of Owning a Business
Ok. Cool. So far.
Here’s the beginning of the release; (From SBWire)
“With the economy struggling and millions of people out of work, the thought of owning a business is suddenly more appealing than ever.”
“But what kind of business would be best to own? How does one even go about starting a company? Would a franchise be the way to go? (I bolded that on purpose) Questions like these can prevent potential successful entrepreneurs from taking that all-important first step towards owning their own business.”
“Recently, a website has received a lot of attention for its ability to help people start their own business franchise (again, I bolded it) and get on the road to financial freedom. ACN Inc., the worldwide leader in direct selling of telecommunications home and business based equipment, has helped thousands of entrepreneurs reach their goals of business ownership.”
So, it’s a business franchise, right?
Here’s where it gets weird;
The fee to start up a business franchise through ACN Inc. is only $499.
A franchise for $500? Really?
On the www.acninc.com corporate website, the business is described as “a home-based business.” (The text on their website used to say “Network Marketing business.” It’s been removed.)
So, what is it? (Besides being insulting to the entire franchise industry.)
Please let my blog’s readers know what ACN is…and does.
One More Thing: The ACN Facebook Page has 150,000 “Likes.” That’s scary.