ACN Home Business Opportunities

ACN is different from most U.S. top MLM companies, as instead of dealing with nutritional products, it deals principally in telecommunication products. Here is the data made available by  Wikipedia:

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ACN, Inc. is a Multi-level marketing (MLM) company that provides telecommunications, television, energy and other services through a network of independent sales agents known as "Independent Business Owners" (IBOs), who themselves recruit new sales agents below them. Based in Concord, North Carolina, USA, ACN began operations in the U.S in 1993 as American Communications Network. It extended operations to Europe in 1999, to the Pacific in 2004, to Asia in 2010, and now operates in 23 countries, on 4 continents.[5] As a reflection of its international operations, it changed its name to just the initial letters ACN.[citation needed] The company is a member of the Direct Selling Associations in North America [6][7] and Europe.[8] In the United States, ACN is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, where it currently has an A rating.[9] In 2012, ACN was placed #19 on Direct Selling News' Global 100 list of the top 100 direct selling companies worldwide.[10]

Is ACN a pyramid scheme?

ACN has had an unfortunate history of lawsuits regarding its MLM status, as were found in this Wikipedia entry:

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Since its founding in 1993 ACN has been subjected to five legal allegations regarding its MLM business operation.

The structure of ACN has led some to think that ACN is a pyramid scheme, however despite being litigated in various countries, courts have consistently held that ACN is not a pyramid scheme. In August, 2010 the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen (D) announced the issuance of a Cease and Desist Order and Notice of Proposed Agency Action against ACN, Inc. and several of its founders for allegedly operating a "pyramid scheme." [31] However, by September, 2010 the Commissioner moved to vacate the Cease and Desist Order, which was unopposed.[32] In the course of the Commissioner's investigation, the Commissioner determined that the actions giving rise to the initial concerns were not part of the ACN business model, but instead were isolated instances taking place by certain ACN's independent representatives in Montana. The Commissioner and ACN agreed that ACN will implement additional training with its independent representatives to assist them in better understanding their responsibilities as ACN independent representatives, and that ACN would contact its Montana video phone customers to assist them with installation of their service. The Better Business Bureau reported that "Both the Commissioner and ACN are pleased with this positive outcome, and the Commissioner's efforts to protect Montana residents." [33]

In Canada in 2002 [34] and in Australia in 2004,[35] ACN defeated allegations that it was operating an illegal pyramid scheme.[36] The Australian case is considered a landmark decision in defining the difference between legitimate multi-level marketing and a pyramid scheme.[37]

On June 13, 2002, ACN settled a case with the Bureau of Consumer Services in Pennsylvania wherein it was alleged that a small number of IBOs were "slamming", or switching consumer services without authorization. The exact details of the settlement are under court seal. However, the suit alleged that approximately 135 informal complaints were filed with the Bureau of Consumer Services (BCS) between June 2000 and November 2001. According to the representations made in the informal complaints, 22 consumers alleged that ACN Energy switched their generation service without authorization ("slamming"), 81 instances of overcharging ("cramming") were alleged, and 32 complaints with allegations of various violations of the Commission's regulations contained in Chapter 54, 56, and 57 of Title 52 of the Pennsylvania Code.[38]

SAS ACN Communications France (ACN France) was found guilty of false or misleading advertising by the Tribunal de Grande Instance [ District Court ] of Paris on March 19, 2007. ACN France was ordered by the court to pay a sum of 15,000 .[39]

In a televised interview with France 2 2010, Jérémie Assous, a young French barrister/lawyer, said that the business practices of ACN could be considered "a disguised pyramid selling". ACN charged him for oral defamation. The district court of Nanterre did not find Mr. Assous guilty, stating that Mr. Assous made a showing that he had a reasonable basis for opining his "suspicion of the commercial process of ACN." [40]

What you should know in order to succeed in ACN

It makes little sense for you to invest so much of your time - of your life - in a company which isn't going to give you the best of the home business opportunities available these days.

The primary problem which ACN and other MLM organizations have is that once a new distributor runs out of "warm prospects" (people he personally already knows), then he's dependent on those people who he has already sponsored to get their friends and associates sponsored. 

Generating network marketing leads to become new prospects has become a major issue for ACN and other MLM home based businesses. For any home business opportunity, we highly recommend learning and applying the "funded proposal" system as developed by Mike Dillard in his "Magnetic Sponsoring" training. Additional to this is Mark Hall's training site MLM Rock Stars, which gives you free training and necessary tools to generate your own MLM leads - which means, again, inviting them to come to you instead of buying cold lists and chasing them yourself.

What makes ACN a top MLM company?

These top MLM Companies were determined by the folks at Nexera. The reasoning behind their research is outlined below:

The best-selling car in the World is the Toyota Corolla. Apparently it's a great car, and yet at the same time is probably not the car of your dreams. Which begs the question, "Does an MLM company deserve a higher ranking simply because more people are involved?" It's a fair question. Here's what we know for sure: Popularity is definitely one of the best ways to determine what's going on in the marketplace. It plays a part in the movies we see, the music we download, and sometimes even where we invest our money.

1) The company must be a self-described Network Marketing, Multi Level, or MLM company.
2) The company must be in business for at least 10 years as of December 31, 2012.
3) The company must have a Google Page Rank - GPR. A scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best.
4) The company must have an Alexa Rank - AR. Here the smaller the number the better.
5) The company must show up in Google Trends - GT. All Regions. Last 12 months.

Why 10 years? Because that amount of time really seems to matter. For example, according to research, since 1956 thousands of different MLM, Multi Level, or Network Marketing companies have opened their doors; and to date only +/- 50 MLM companies have found a way to celebrate their 10th anniversary and still remain in business today. Now, to be completely fair, we should also point out that each and every company on our list was at one time a start-up company too.

For purposes of comparing Internet search term interest using Google Trends (GT), all  companies were compared to the term, MLM. A score of 1.00 would indicate the same level of Internet search interest; anything above 1.00 more interest, anything below 1.00 less interest.

Now that you know about ACN as a top MLM company, are you ready to learn and use the system which makes the top-earners what they are?

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