The question “Should I join Network Marketing?“ is best answered by honestly answering a series of questions. I wish I was privy to these questions before I entered the industry. Answering them honestly would have saved me years of effort and thousands of dollars.
I think it is important that I acknowledge, yet again, that I am not writing these posts and promoting this blog because I hate the industry. Far from it. In fact, I appreciate the fact that companies offer people a chance to take control of their financial lives. Many people have. On paper the MLM compensation structure is typically a sensible proposition.
So, to keep this post short and readable, let’s get to the questions list. If you are are even remotely considering entering the network marketing industry please honestly answer the following questions:
- Are you willing to do some research?
- Do you like the idea of branding yourself?
- Do you like to rise to a challenge?
- Does rejection bother you?
Let me address these one by one:
Are you willing to do a little research?
I wish I could say that the industry of network marketing is full of total truth. But I can’t. There is so much of “the other side of the story” that you don’t find out until you are in the business. There is not enough space on this entire blog to address all of the “other side.” But there is quite a bit.
At the risk of patting myself on the back it is actually a very good thing that you found this site. Why? Because here you can get many of your questions answered just by reading the posts and pages. Also, don’t be afraid to contact me directly with your questions. I will be more than happy to help you. If I don’t know the answer, I have partners that do. firstname.lastname@example.org
Doing research into companies and the tactics of much of the industry will be amazingly beneficial. You want to make sure that you avoid “shiny object syndrome” when researching companies. Many companies can draw you in just by the hype, design, testimonials, and other aspects of the company website. You want to find a company that has a product/products or service you can be passionate about. You need to also find out if you have the personality for the company marketing plan.
Do you like the idea of branding yourself?
The concept of “branding” is a commonplace notion in today’s world. Basically it means that you are what you (or your company) brand yourself to be (here’s a related article). This means doing whatever it takes to let the world know that you’re an associate of Company A. This may involve:
- putting banners on your car or SUV
- wearing branded clothing and jewelry
- promoting a blog/website that’s all about the company
- building a presence through social media (ex: creating and joining Facebook groups)
- purchasing products from the company and sharing samples with friends
- possibly having home or hotel parties
- and more
Many people are just too introverted to brand themselves to such a degree. You may be one of them. Then again, doing all or some of these things may be something you find easy to imagine and do.
Do you like to rise to a challenge?
Some people really like to face challenges and strive to overcome them. To them, overcoming obstacles is the spice of life. You may be that kind of person. If so, then you should join network marketing. Why? Because building a MLM business can be a very lucrative and rewarding challenge.
People who see the challenge of building a network marketing business as a positive have accepted the expression made famous by the late Jim Rohn:
“Profits are better than wages.”
Many people don’t think in terms of being the master of their own domain. These people are happy with the status quo and striving to make ends meet through a job. If this is you, then you should not consider network marketing.
Do you fear the possibility of rejection?
Rejection and network marketing go together like toast and butter. Why people hate rejection as much as they do can only be answered within the field of human psychology. But the fact remains that most people hate it. Is that you? If so, network marketing is not for you.
If you are one who is comforted by the common network marketing phrase “Hey, they aren’t rejecting you personally, they are simply saying no to the opportunity,” then you are a prime candidate for the industry.
There will be people who will not be interested in your business opportunity or products. This is ok. Live and let live. If that reality doesn’t concern you, then find a company, join, and go for it!
I hope this post has been helpful.
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Tony Guthrie (tony@morningcoffeecommute)
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