|Received:||7/17/2006 7:59:17 PM|
|Organization:||Quixtar Independent Business Owner|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:Thank you for taking the time to review proper business practices among different opportunities. I appreciate that you are trying to protect people from businesses that operate with little credibility. However, I would like to give my experiences and opinions related to the Quixtar/ LTD system that I am affiliated with in hopes you could see a different perspective and a female perspective. I was introduced to this business opportunity as a young, single professional woman. I have a BS Degree from Florida State University and was working in the communications field at the time. The person who sponsored me into the business later became my husband. We have enjoyed having this business as a common interest and especially appreciated the opportunity to associate with people of character who have made our lives better, made us better spouses and now made us better parents to our 3 year old daughter. One huge impact this business has had our lives is giving us the financial means to have me leave my $45,000/yr job to stay home and raise our daughter. I might have been in another business where I earned the kind of money we earn now but I probably wouldn't have learned why being home to be a full-time mom was so important. It was the people I'm in business with that taught me that... NOT QUIXTAR. My point is that we are all INDEPENDENT BUSINESS OWNERS and I feel that when you are imposing rules that never applied to the way we or our mentors build business you are negatively affecting our financial future and the financial future of our family. Address the issues that pertain to certain individuals with those individuals. To address your items specifically: 1. The 7 day waiting rule - Given the fact that our business has 100% money back guarantee, I find this rule to be irrelevant. Maybe force other unethical business to have a 100% money back guarantee that spans at least 30 days..although ours is 180 days. 2.10 references - The way we at Quixtar/LTD conduct business is through attending weekly informational workshops where people have the opportunity to meet people and interact with them. Our high quality group of people that are at these workshops are the best references we could have. Having a list of 10 names is for one thing, an invasion of peoples privacy and #2 would eventually become the same meaningless replys to the people asking the questions. 3. List of legal allegations - Reading all of Quixtars legal matters would not have influenced me becoming an IBO. Any business minded person knows that the bigger you are the more negative you deal with. Anyway, ALLEGATIONS mean nothing to me. 4. Substantiating income claims. I feel we are already doing this in our business and feel that requiring it would hurt peoples business. I'd be very proud to show people how much I made and where it came from but don't require it of us. In closing, I am grateful that you are diligently working on resolving unethical business practices. But I feel strongly that having us disclose all of this information would make the uphill batte of promoting a non-traditional business a large mountain instead of the bump in the road that it is now. Please don't penalize our legitamate business and specifically address those or are doing business unethically.