I stumbled upon SFI quite by accident recently. Anyone who has read around the blog will know that generally I am far from a fan of MLM or Network Marketing in any form.
On first glance I was ready to skip over SFI, until I noticed it was free to sign up, with the promise of no investment required to earn, ever. So in the spirit of Show Me Some Money I signed up to have a good look around.
Upon joining SFI or Tripleclicks you are directed to your dashboard, which all looks a little overwhelming at first, but you are immediately then drawn to the Learn The Basics section, which explains everything in simple terms. The SFI support and advice section is really good, and your sponsors and team leaders are always on hand to answer questions or concerns.
Getting to know the site is broken down into handy bite sized pieces and lesson plans which are sent to you over your first 30 days as a member. You may unsubscribe from SFI at any time if you decide the system is not for you after all.
How does SFI work?
You can earn as an SFI Affiliate six different ways:
1. Direct Commissions – Each time an SFI affiliate that you have personally sponsored–OR a TC member that you have personally referred–places an order at TripleClicks.com, you earn 45% of the CV (commission volume)
Once a TripleClicks customer places an order, they become your customer for the life of your membership at SFI. SFI takes care of all order processing, product shipments, and customer service at no cost to you, and pays you a Direct Commission for every order placed by your members and affiliates for life. To start earning Direct Commissions, just start referring TC members and sponsoring SFI affiliates.
2. TripleClicks Executive Pool – For each SFI VersaPoint (VP) you accumulate during the month, you will receive one share of the month’s pool. The more VP you score, the more you will earn from the TripleClicks Executive Pool. Note that VP can be earned for doing a wide variety of actions around the site. To qualify for these earning you must achieve SFI EA (Executive Affilate) status, done by accumulating 1500 points over the month.
3. Co-Sponsor Commissions – Each time an SFI affiliate that you are the co-sponsor of places an order at TripleClicks.com, you earn 15% of the CV, again EA status is required for this bonus.
4. TCredit Bonus - you can receive, as part of your compensation as an SFI affiliate, up to 20 TCredits free every month. You must be in your second month as an EA to begin earning from Tcredits.
5. ECA Referral Program – Make referrals to the TripleClicks E-Commerce Associate (ECA) Programand earn SFI VersaPoints and lucrative royalties for life.
Refer companies that sell products to your SFI ECA Gateway. For each that becomes an approved ECA, you’ll earn 10% of the CV on all of their sales at TripleClicks.com. Plus, you’ll earn an immediate 100 VP when your ECA lists their first product.
The ECA referral program is very powerful because all you have to do is introduce an ECA to TripleClicks and you’re all set to earn royalties for life! Every time anyone—anywhere in the world—buys something at TripleClicks from one of your referred ECAs, you earn a royalty. You can help your referred ECA’s to sell by promoting their products.
6.SFI Pay-Per-Action – If you can’t be bothered building a team, or putting effort into promoting Tripleclicks then this is the easy option, you can opt to get paid a set amount for referrals and take the money instantly. Your referrals will be assigned to another sponsor so you won’t earn any residual income from them. This is the best option for making quick and easy cash!
Before signing up to SFI, I did a little research on them with the aid of Google. Despite the company being in existence for almost 14 years (albeit it with some major changes and tweaking along the way) there were still claims of the whole thing being a total scam. Upon further investigation, you will notice the scam claims are from those who haven’t made any money as an affiliate, this is because it’s NOT easy. To make a decent income as an SFI Affiliate you need to WORK!
The first month is very simple, you can earn your 1500 points in a day or so just by completing simple tasks such as uploading your photo, reading the SFI basics, joining the forum, etc. Month two becomes a little more difficult as you will need to begin your recruiting or sales promotions, but, by that time you will have read most of the training modules and will feel better prepared to begin your new business.
The Cons of SFI
As a fair review on the whole SFI Home Business opportunity, I will draw your attention to a couple of things that I feel concerned about.
The payment options:
You can request a TripleClicks MasterCard to have your payments loaded directly onto, this is great, apart from the fact that they charge a once off processing fee of $19.95! Bearing in mind the payout threshold is $20, then that is probably your first month’s commissions down the drain. If you consider how easy the first months commissions are to earn though, it may not be such a bad thing.
PayPal – a $2 processing charge is deducted from your earnings monthly. I would still choose this method.
The BIG concern I have is that you may choose to accumulate your commissions for six months without any charges BUT if you lose your EA status (don’t earn 1500 points) for any month within that six month period you will lose ALL of your money! I find this totally absurd and would even query if it’s actually legal?? If you are ill or take a vacation, or simply cannot earn the points for whatever reason for just one month EVERYTHING you’ve earned is just GONE!
Overall I would recommend this programme for anyone considering starting a Network Marketing Home business. It’s an ideal way to find out if it’s the business for you without being out of pocket and spending money on joining or start-up costs.
If you decide to join SFI, please make sure you set your default payment to MasterCard, PayPal or cheque, it’s just not worth the risk of losing everything you have worked for over 6 months!
One last point, upon joining you are entered into the New Affiliates Competition, the challenge is to stay above the green line with your points and outlast all the other affiliates that joined on the same day as you. Points are reset weekly, so pace out your VP tasks and don’t use up all your bonus points in the first few days! Stay just above the green line and the next weeks points will be easily achievable in around 10 minutes a day.
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