Many IBOs defend their continued losses in Amway (primarily due to standing order and functions) by saying that businesses often do not make money in the first few years, perhaps up to five years. This is a myth taught by uplines. I will go on to explain further.
A new conventional business may not make money right away. While that may be true, it is often because the owner has not yet made up his initial investment and may still be building up a customer base. However, once a business opens its doors, they make profits from customer purchases and for many businesses, eventually the customer base is enough to sustain the business.
In the Amway opportunity, many upline will entice recruits to join by saying their is no overhead, little operating costs and whatnot. Therefore, there is no reason why an Amway IBO should be in business for five years without a profit. This is just bullshit taught by uplines so their new IBOs think they are investing in their business or that this is normal, for an Amway business owner to not make money for a few years. This hides the fact that uplines are draining their downline's resources one standing order at a time, or one function at a time.
If you are an IBO or a prospect, there is no reason you cannot make a profit right away. Simply avoid buying training materials and focus on selling product. It is that simple. Uplines who tell you that training and motivation is your priority probably do not have your best interest at heart, regardless of what they might tell you.