The content of this post is based 100% on my own personal experience with Nick Pratt.
So… This morning I was awoken by my 3-year-old as usual and got started with the usual morning routine – kettle on and juice poured for the little man.
whilst the kettle was boiling I sat on the kitchen bench and checked my emails and had a little scroll through Facebook and seen a suggested video for me from Mr Nick Pratt. (not sure if that’s his real name, to be honest), so, who is Nick Pratt?
Let me take you back to 2016, at which time I was starting off in an MLM business and was chomping at the bit to get started and build my own “work from home business” (my journey has taken a different path of late, more on that later)
So back in 2016, I can remember, following a google search, I came across Nick Pratt and watched his video’s which were based around generating leads for my business.
It all looked great and I can remember thinking, this may be worth pursuing so I dug a little deeper.
Now, it was 2 years ago so I may be a little thin on detail here, however, what I can remember is being lead to a sales pitch, promoting some form of lead generation software which was promising a multi-step system to generate targeted leads for my business, with a call to action of connecting with “nick” on facebook.
Soon after adding nick as a friend I received a private message and the sales patter continued.
Alarm Bells Started To Ring.
The red flags and alarm bells started to ring when I started to get recorded voice messages through facebook from nick, and the voice matched the annoying guy, who appeared in the videos.
Back in 2016, I was fresh out of working nearly 20 years as an employee and working from home was new and exciting, but also a little daunting.
I was taking my own risks now and being cautious, I continued to check this guy out.
Soon into my research of Mr Pratt I stumbled across a thread on a forum in which a guy had expressed his distress at being scammed after swallowing what this guy had sold him.
As I’ve said it was a while ago but I remember the post wasn’t of a man who was angry or bitter, but more embarrassed and devastated he had been ripped off.
The scam was basically a multi-step system which offered you an incredible amount of targeted leads (I believe it was sold as a 20 step system)
After around the 6th step, everything stopped and the chap in question was left completely in the dark and out of pocket.
Following this discovery, I went back to my chat and questioned Nick about these claims, what happened next was a real eye-opener.
Almost instantly nick disappeared from my facebook and blocked me without any further conversation.
Although I had not lost any money I was left angered that a simple search on google to help me start my business in the early days had resulted in coming close to a potential scammer, however, looking back now it served as a valuable lesson to keep my eyes open and not to be fooled again when researching online.
In truth, at the time I didn’t let the experience affect me and moved on with my journey but on seeing this guy pop up in my news feed this morning I felt obliged to write about the experience I had 2 years ago, as I really hate to see good people fall victim to those who are happy to take advantage of a persons desire to achieve and live the life they want.
Since coming across Nick back in 2016 I haven’t seen or heard of him since, maybe he is legit now and providing some value, personally in my opinion, after my experience, I wouldn’t trust this guy as far as I could throw him and I was genuinely surprised to see him pop up in my timeline 2 years on.
Feel free to do your research and I would love to hear of any experiences, good or bad, you may have had with this character.
Changing direction with my journey.
As mentioned earlier, I started off working from home as a network marketing distributor for the utility warehouse.
In truth, I actually had 2 separate attempts with this business and unfortunately, it just hasn’t been right for me.
If you are not familiar with UW they simply offer home utilities as part of a discount club and you have the opportunity to make money from;
- gathering customers
- signing up partners (more distributors)
- residual income (based on customer spend and products they have)
- earn small increments from your team signups
Although I have made money from this opportunity I felt that the business model just wasn’t suited to me.
I started to have doubts about the business on the first day of my qualifier training which in truth I found very cheesy and filled with exceptional success stories you could see only a small % of individuals would get close too.
It is fact that people have turned this into a full-time business but for me, being somewhat introverted, I found it hard to keep up with the constant badgering of friends, family, guys at the pub, work colleagues etc.
The way in which you are guided to recruit for the business, coupled with my “geekiness” for the online world and introduction to online marketing, soon seen me down tools with network marketing and continue on this very different path.
This Doesn’t Mean The Opportunity won’t Be Suited To You
As mentioned there are many partners in this business who have gone on to massive success and now make a lot of money on a residual basis as a result, so, How will you know if it’s for you?
As I have said I consider myself to be somewhat of an introverted character and although I’ve spent most of my working life in the sales and customer service game I have never felt comfortable making myself the centre of attention.
If reading this you consider yourself to be the opposite and of a more extroverted persona, then you could really fly with this sort of opportunity and quickly gain some serious momentum.
As a customer of the utility warehouse I can’t fault their services and have no problem in promoting their products as something which will benefit you, its just simply a personal preference as to why I focus my time on the online world as I get a lot from it and continue to learn on a daily basis.
Do Your Homework
Before I wrap this up I want to close by emphasising the importance of doing your homework when choosing a business opportunity to run with.
We do live in an era full of opportunity to allow you to follow your chosen path, however, in my experience, the online world can be very murky to navigate and if you’re not careful you could end up wasting a lot of your valuable time and in worst cases your money.
That being said don’t be put off in your quest for success as a little common sense and homework is all you need to beat the scammers and fakers which you may well come across online.
Please feel free to drop into my profile at; wealthy affiliate for a chat and a tour of a great learning community, however, don’t waste your time if you are looking for a get rich quick scheme and have no intention of learning how to build an actual business which is safe and sustainable.
3 months ago I had never published a blog and the thought of being able to build my own website whilst learning some valuable skills was nothing more than a thought.
Following a little homework and a desire to help people and potentially make a living online, I find myself on an exciting road and although I have no illusions that success takes time and effort, I believe I will get where I want to be.