I remember my first MLM like it was yesterday.
Almost an accident but it couldn’t come at the worst, best time possible.
My son had eczema (that’s the worst part) and I got bit by the entrepreneur bug, which is the great part.
My son’s eczema was not bad because he eventually got over it but it got us involved with our very first MLM.
That only made me think that MLM was the only way out of the 9-5 grind.
The company wasn’t that bad but I was completely new to any kind of business.
To make a long story short, we joined and eventually quit.
The lotion that we joined for didn’t work and we got backed up with the other products.
Some of you might know of this company as it is still very popular these days.
The company was called Melaleuca and it is one that I will never forget.
It isn’t the best but it isn’t the worst either.
Is there even a best?
Well I would like to put one on a pedestal but there really isn’t one.
There are many contributing factors as to what makes an MLM at least decent and it is only usually done by you.
With that being said, allow me to break down the oh so popular recruiting business model of what we know as multilevel marketing.
Or network marketing for those of you who want to feel better about themselves.
So What is Network Marketing?
I don’t care what you wanna call it, network marketing or MLM is very much the same thing.
You go out there and tell people about your product or service in hopes that they will join you.
They join you and voila!
You make money.
The idea behind network marketing is that you will recruit others so that you can make money.
There is no other way to do it and that is all you need to know.
So let’s get into a little of the ingredients that make up such a business so that we can see if this is really the right gig for you.
Are You Into Recruiting?
This is the name of the game and it is exactly what you will do to make your money.
Being a former infantryman, I’m not very fond of recruiters but I don’t hate them completely.
Hey, I did join an MLM and had to play the recruiting game for awhile.
I guess I wasn’t as good as my recruiter being that I quit.
Not because I didn’t get anyone to join me (because I did) but because the company I was with eventually got shutdown!
All that hard work went right down the drain and there was nothing I could do about it.
But besides that, recruiting was fine with me but I eventually found a way to make money online and hung up my recruiting badge.
Are You Comfortable With Talking to Strangers?
I am as social as social butterflies get.
Sometimes people probably get irritated by me but who cares.
However, that does not mean that network marketing was for me.
Sure I can run my yacker all day but talking about a business to others was not something I felt really comfortable with.
I have gone through all kinds of training and even at that, I still couldn’t find it in me to talk about an “opportunity” just so I can make money.
So talking to strangers, yes.
Talking to strangers about a business opportunity that they probably saw coming, no.
But that’s just me and I’m sure might think otherwise.
Is it Okay That You Make Money By Having Someone Join you?
Like I mentioned briefly above, I wasn’t comfortable talking to strangers about a business that they most likely did not want to hear about.
A big part of that thought is the money making aspect of the business.
“Hey join me so I can make money” is not something I can do easily, regardless of how it is done.
These days we are so immune to advertising and network marketers that we can spot it from a mile away.
Not to say that this is a bad thing because those same people you recruit will have the same chance to recruit others so that they can make money.
And guess what, you will most likely make money from those people too.
Are You Willing to Put in the Work?
I don’t care what business it is that you decide to do, it WILL require this thing called work.
Not just work but a lot of it at that.
Even if you wanted to start an affiliate marketing business, selling other people’s products, you will still need to put in some hard work
Yes it isn’t that much to get started but it will definitely require you to at least be passionate about things.
The same thing goes with network marketing.
You will need to treat it like a real business or you simply will not make it.
So if you think that you are going to join a company today and you’ll be successful tomorrow, you might want to really think about things.
This might not be the right gig for you.
Do You Even Know What You’re Doing?
Every single thing you do in life is going to require some knowledge.
With network marketing, it is going to require a very good understanding of how everything works or well, you’ll just be lost.
Being lost will then result in you making $0 and eventually quitting.
This will then lead you back to work, telling your boss how amazing you think they are.
Don’t do that.
If you want to do some good old network marketing, you at least want to understand what it is that you are doing.
And there’s no better way to do that than through gaining the right knowledge with the right people.
The Right Training
As a network marketer, your business will always start with the product you want to promote.
Other gurus will tell you this and that but it really starts with the products you are going to be buying.
I remember getting involved with a skin care company and I was only 25 years old.
What in the world would I need some make you look younger cream for?
I showed up to these events like some lost little puppy and only because I didn’t need that product.
I’m sure the other marketers in the room were wondering the same thing but couldn’t care less, as long as I paid my dues.
So please, join something that you at least will be using yourself.
Don’t be me.
Is There an Alternative to Network Marketing?
Of course there is.
Back in the day I used to thin there wasn’t, until I ran into the right people.
This didn’t happen before I dumped thousands of dollars into some Ponzi schemes though but I really wouldn’t do it any other way.
All that “failing” led me to probably the best way to make money online and one that I continue to do until this day.
5 years later and I am proud to say that I work from home full-time and I answer to no one.
Besides my other half and kids of course but they’re different.
So if you feel that network marketing is not for you, you might want to checkout that same exact program.
Again, it will require work like everything else but the end result will very much be worth it.
Now you tell me, is network marketing really for you?