Advocare and their advisers/coaches tell you that you need to have a "no excuses attitude." When I started Advocare, the business looked a little appealing because I'd just left a job and didn't foresee another in the near future. However, I'm not a "people-person", I don't network well, and I don't do things that will take any of my free time away from my boy. My "excuses" as they call them are: I have a 2-year-old, I have a husband, I am in graduate school full time, and I am working full time again...not to mention the day to day stuff I need to get done around my house, and I need to sleep at some point.
I get sick of hearing from coaches, advisers, and distributors: "Isn't your son worth it?" NO. The answer is NO...my son is not worth me not being there to tuck him in, read him stories, and whatever else may be going on at 8:30 - 9:30 at night just to call in and listen to some training that I don't have time to effectively use. Or to make phone calls to people who I know are going to say 'no' anyway. My son is worth me feeling my best and being energized for him, which Advocare products provide; but Advocare is not worth me taking ANY time away from him. I only get about 2 - 3 hours with him every night, I will not have that time taken from him.
My coach calls/texts no less than 3 times a week to tell me I need to get people signed up. Everyone I know cannot afford the products. ($190.25 retail for the challenge. $80 for distributor package with $50 worth of "free" products + $152.29 for the challenge. Plus shipping and Taxes.) They are VERY pushy to get their bottom-lines in at the end of the pay period. One saying is..."Spark 'em up!" Yep, Spark hooked me, that doesn't mean I am a salesman. Sometimes, you can't make a salesman out of a hermit. Another is..."Be persistent. A 'no,' turns into a 'maybe,' and a 'maybe' turns into a 'yes!'" That's great, but I'm not going to pester EVERYONE I know until I get deleted off of every friend's list and no one speaks to me. They also say "speak from the heart." I tell people about the products I use, and I speak about how awesome I feel, I let them try the Spark, ETC....no bites!!!!
I am now at the Adviser level, but only to get my 40% off. I have spent a TON of money to get to this point also. I have no desire to work the business and pester people. If people want to know about my weight loss, energy, etc, they're willing to come and ask me, or I can mention it in a casual conversation, but I will NOT be pushing the products on or cold calling anybody. Telling people about Advocare does not empower me in the least. The "knowledge" I impart on them also does not "empower" them when they cannot afford to use it. I love my products, but cannot be a "coach" and be a hindrance on everyone's life around me.
Reason of review: Poor customer service.
Advocare Pros: Energy, Weight loss.
Advocare Cons: Cost, Coaches, Advisors, Distributors.