Two years ago I really didn’t understand the term “network marketing” at all. If you separated the two words out, I was pretty good at both of those. I know how to network and build a network. I have experience in marketing and even hold an inbound marketing certification. But the two together? I wasn’t really sure how it worked or how it could benefit someone. Fast forward to today and my how things have changed!
I believe there is a lot of hype around network marketing, or direct sales, opportunities. Just browse social media for the topic, and you will find lots of posts telling you that if you just join this team, or that company, well, you can practically be a millionaire overnight! It’s pretty sad actually. There is no attempt to build a relationship, no discussion about what the person wants, and frankly no talk about the work involved! If you watch these posts, it’s also not long until you see multiple posts talking about the feeling that network marketing is a scam. So let’s talk about what it is and what it isn’t.
What It Isn’t
First, it is not a get rick quick scheme. You will not be able to just sign up with a company and start making money on day one.
It’s not an easy way to grow a team that provides you residual income. People will not flock to your opportunity, nor frankly do I think you want them to, but stay tuned for my thoughts on what it IS!
It’s not a scam. There are people making six and seven figure incomes in network marketing. Are there scams out there? Sure. Does that mean all network marketing or direct sales is a scam? Absolutely not!
It’s not “all up to my sponsor.” Your success, and/or your failure, will be because YOU worked your business to make it happen!
It’s not a JOB (just over broke) unless you want it to be. It’s not a job in the traditional sense. You are a business owner, not an employee.
What It Is
It is a business! When you join a network marketing, or direct sales, company, you are starting a business! Yes, that means there is a start up cost. It also means you will need things like business cards, display items, and catalogs. Is there a way to do that on a shoestring budget? Absolutely.
It’s work. Plain and simple. I heard a phrase this week from another leader that I loved. She said, your business is flexible, but not optional. We do have flexible schedules, but not showing up isn’t optional if you really want to succeed.
It’s about relationships. To be truly successful, you have to build relationships with people. This is perhaps the thing I love the most. You will meet new people, and really get to know them. Customers will become friends. Hostesses will become friends. As you build a team, you will build life-long relationships there as well!
It can be life changing. Imagine how your life would be different if you were building relationships with more people, making a difference in the lives of the people you mentor, and finding that you are earning more money than you ever have before. How would that change your life?
Let Me Share About My Team
I have a great team with South Hill Designs. My greatest blessing in this business is being able to mentor others to grow their business. In the past month, our team celebrated 16 promotions, which means people are moving up and making more money every month. I’ve see how it can work first hand.
I am now looking for just 20 to join my team. Let me describe that person for you.
You are goal oriented. As the great author, Lewis Carroll, once said “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” You like having goals to aspire to and work to achieve them.
You are disciplined. We work from home. I’ve worked from home for about 15 years now, previous in the corporate world and now in direct sales. It requires a certain amount of discipline from people. You have to be wiling to plan your day and be disciplined enough to accomplish what you set out to do for the day. That doesn’t mean there’s no flexibility. It does mean if you have interruptions, you continue the task until it’s done.
You are willing to learn. This business requires all of us to continually learn and grow our best practices. You will be willing to educate yourself, attend training that’s offered, and then take that training and apply it in your business. If you happen to be someone who already knows everything about direct sales, my team isn’t for you because we are learning and growing every day together.
You enjoy connecting with people. No matter what our product, it’s about the connections we make with people. A 2000 study by UCLA showed that when women spend time with friends, oxytocin is released. It’s proven that women need time with their girlfriends to deal with the stresses of life. As a consultant, you can help them do that through the fun night out parties that you offer for them and their friends.
You are ambitious. This means you can see the future and the potential. It means you’re willing to work to get there because you know the reward will be worth it. It means you are striving toward that goal to be able to provide the things you want for your family.
Is That You?
If you are a person who has all five of the above traits, or even three of them, and is interested in earning an extra $500, $1,000, $5,000 or even $10,000 a month, I want to connect! I’m not recruiting everyone for my team, and I know that the people who fit this description are out there! Might it be you? Let’s Connect!