If you are looking to find an honest opinion of ACN and in the same time find out more on what is ACN about, then you have come to the right place.
In this ACN Review, I will have a look at what is ACN and whether it is a legitimate business opportunity or a big old scam! I am going to dig deep to get some answers for you. Just a note, you are NOT looking at a review written by a member of ACN, so this is completely unbiased.
Product Name: ACN formerly known as American Communications Network
Website URL: www.acninc.com
Price: starting price of $500
My Rating: 1 out of 5
So what is ACN about?
ACN is one of the largest telecommunication, energy and essential services company for both home and business. They have been around since 1993. That’s not that long to have achieved such success wouldn’t you say? Perhaps you use their services, know someone who does, or maybe you have been approached to join the business?
Starting off the the US in 1993, they changed their name from American Communication Network to ACN to reflect the fact that they were taking the business international. Sounds big huh? I bet you fancy a piece of that action. But hold your horses, there is more.
By way of asking the question of what is ACN, here are some of the products they sell.
- Cell Phone Plans
- Local Long Distance Calling
- Internet Plans
- Energy (Natural Gas etc.)
- Television Channel Plans
ACN is an MLM (mulit-Level Marketing Company) which means that you make money in two ways: You can make money using both these methods or just one.
- Selling the products to consumers
- Inviting people to join your team to sell the products and making a commission from anything they sell. This is all part of a complicated 7 level compensation plan which I will go into a bit later in the section about making money with ACN
Who is ACN for?
They say it is for anyone.
But I would disagree and this is the problem.
ACN relies, like many MLM companies, rely on recruiting people into your ‘team’ to earn money. This is absolutely the hardest part of MLM. You have to be a certain type of person who is willing to find friends and family and try to recruit them into your business. You need to be pretty thick skinned to take rejection, and you need to be, lets be honest, a hard seller. And furthermore, you need to be ok about losing some friends along the way.
If you are this ‘right person’ then you might do well at ACN. If you are a natural born salesman then maybe this is for you. But be prepared for your friends to start avoiding you!
How do you make money with ACN?
As I mentioned earlier, there are two ways, selling the product or building a ‘team’.
No one really gets into it to sell the products alone. It is all about the team building, this is where they say the real money is. I think its important to note that in order for a MLM business to be legal, the product needs to be good enough to make money from on their own.. otherwise it is known as a pyramid scheme.
Well, guess what, the products aren’t great. If you don’t believe me have a look at these many reviews. Admittedly these reviews aren’t just about the products but about being recruited for the business too. So this business is borderline legal.
So lets say that the only way to make REAL money is recruiting people into your team. People you recruit are otherwise known as your downline and you make money out of every sale they make. As you move up the ladder, by collecting points and recruiting more and more people to your team you rise up the ranks and your percentage of each persons sales becomes higher.
It is a very complicated compensation plan with lots of different levels.
They have a number of levels from a team trainer to an executive team trainer, to executive team level to senior vice president. I won’t attempt to explain it in detail as reading this would send you to sleep, so just have a look at the video which should give you more detail.
Now this is the unique part, and this is where I feel the business is dangerously borderline.
ACN strictly prohibits any of its members from taking part in cold marketing in order to gain new customers.
What they mean by cold marketing is contacting people with whom they have had no prior contact. This means that if you join this business, the ONLY people you can get into the business are people you know or have some form of connection with. And they qualify this. When someone signs up to the business and if they don’t personally know you and verify HOW they know you, they you do not get the commission, even if YOU brought them into the company. You can check this in their policies. Small print huh?
This is madness to me- Who has endless friends? This means your ability to succeed is limited to your social circle.
The latest stats stand at the moment, that less than 1 in 200 people will get back their original investment in ACN. Have a look at this article from Ehow
How much does it cost to join ACN?
There are several layers of costs. Shock – (excuse my sarcasm). They start you off by claiming you can get it for $500. Let’s have a closer look at that and break it down.
Here are the levels
Frequency per yr
|Team trainer Fee||1||$499.99||$499.99|
|Annual Renewal Fee||1||$149.99||$149.99|
|Monthly Business Assistant||12||$39.99||$478.99|
So you can see, the cost isn’t really $500. You are looking at $2,218 for the first year! When this happens, It always sets off alarm bells for me. I hate hidden costs, I like to know what you pay upfront
A note on ACN Your Business Assistant
This is a hidden charge which ACN say is optional, but that you NEED to succeed. Not much option then. Here is their quote about it, just another feature of their ‘hidden charges’
“Your Business Assistant gives you all the tools that you need to plug in every single day, month after month. Every single person out there who is serious about winning needs to subscribe to this package, so that we can pour all the positive things into your life that are necessary in order for you to win in ACN.” – ACN President and Co-Founder Greg Provenzano
The benefits of ACN
- ACN has been going since 1993, so it has been around for a little while. They must be doing something right?
- There is no disputing that some people have made money with them
- They have a large portfolio of products
- But still stay within a niche and don’t branch out to other ‘add ons’
- The telecommunications market is completely saturated and if you already have a supplier it is very difficult to get people to move suppliers – hence the HARD sell required
- Limited no of leads – if you are recruiting family and friends, and this is your ONLY option, then this makes your list of available leads finite.
- It is quite hard to move up the compensation plan ladder, with 7 levels, the majority of the profit is allocated to those on level 5 or above so the newbies find it hard to get in and hard to stay in. This means that those up the ladder are creaming off the profits from the newbies who eventually give up
- The products themselves are not that interesting to sell, unless you are into energy and telecommunications
- ACN advocate high pressure sales techniques to push sales. This isn’t for everyone.
- The products aren’t of great quality and the price point is not very competitive, making the sell even harder.
If you have read any of my other articles on MLM companies you can tell that I am not a massive fan. I don’t know about you but I don’t have an unlimited amount of friends that I am willing to lose. And with their restrictive policy on only targeting your friends, where do you go when you have tried to recruit them all. You try again. This won’t make you very popular. Urgh sounds awful and uncomfortable.
I prefer more of a pull sales technique where people come to you and are actively seeking your product than the other way around. Here is a great example of this type of business
ACN haven’t got a great reputation from all sides. From the quality of the product to people wanting to join the business. The internet is riddled with claims of people claiming their friends have FORCED them into the program. Tough sales banter is the order of the day, so if that’s not for you, then don’t go there.
It is well known that many ACN representatives don’t fully disclose their income earning potential. They also limit new business owners to selling products that aren’t priced competitively. How can you sell something which isn’t fantastic value. This means that those in the higher levels benefit most from the sign up fee of $500, making those at the top richer, and those newbies poorer. I hate this model. It’s totally unfair. There are many more businesses out there where new recruits pay exactly the same as the old hands
If you have any experience of ACN, I would love to hear from you!