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Avoid The Easy Ride

Dec-23-2010 By admin

Speaker at a Conference

When looking at network marketing or multi-level marketing as a means of breaking free to find freedom from the job market, it depends on you to be sensible about any claims made.

The universal law states ‘you don’t get something for nothing’ and so it is with becoming a business entrepreneur. All reliable businesses will require some effort.

Be very careful of any opportunity that promises a lot of return for little effort. You are unlikely to find freedom that way.

Actually network marketing can give you a greater return than a conventional business but to find freedom you still need to put in consistent effort in breaking free.

In any worthwhile activity it depends on you to push beyond what is comfortable and to grow. This will help you increase your self worth. But this is why so many people do not succeed as a business entrepreneur: they do not commit the effort needed or do not work at it long enough.

I know, as this is one of the mistakes I made.

Occasionally you may come across someone who tells you that success is guaranteed in his or her opportunity; that you will find freedom no problem. Do not believe them.

Success depends on you completely. It only comes if you do what is required and, as I have already mentioned, not everyone will have what it takes to find freedom.

Walk away from those who tell you that they can guarantee you will earn a certain amount of money or that you will find freedom. Do not trust them.

Of course positive thinking is good but watch out for this becoming misrepresentation.

As always, it depends on you to think like the business entrepreneur you are and assess whether the business is for you.

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Product Presentation At A Conference

In this short series of articles on network marketing/multi level marketing/direct selling we have so far examined understanding the people already running such businesses and how to discover if they are the sort of people with whom you can find freedom.

You want to be going alone as a business entrepreneur but also as a part of a network so you need products to promote too.

All businesses in all walks of life need products to sell: whether it is a solid item you can touch or a service.

80% of all businesses fail and this is true in direct selling. Often the reason is the products do not sell.

Of course it all depends on you but to find freedom it is always better to have a diverse range of products so if one does not sell well in a situation, you have another one to promote. The expression ‘not having all your eggs in one basket’ is especially relevant to people breaking free from the job market to find freedom.

In direct selling therefore diversification means strength: having one product is weak, two products are better but the ideal is a range of many products.

I repeat: any business has to have a product. This product has to be sold at a profit for an enterprise to survive and for you to find freedom.

It is essential you understand how any network marketing company makes money and how any bonus structure works. If the product is not specified and certainly if it does not even exist, make your way to the exit otherwise you may be entering into the dangerous world of money trees or chain letters.

The truth is there are widely varied ranges of products to be found in direct selling and it depends on you to find the ones that suit you and will help you find freedom.

Always avoid schemes where there are not benefits to everyone involved or there are no products.

Two businessmen in a friendly handshake

It depends on you to be responsible for You Inc. or You Limited so you must be clear if it is worth tying your budding enterprise to the one offered. Are they really worth your valuable time and effort?

As with all businesses you have stakeholders to satisfy: your family. Act like the business entrepreneur you are.

But the benefits need not necessarily financial. Good direct selling companies will offer training, which can be valuable in its own right.

Are you clear how the training works? Is it good quality and well structured? Can you see how it can help you find freedom?

The principles of success are timeless and universal: they have been taught since at least the time of the Bible. They work if applied in the right way and will improve your self worth and help you in going it alone so ensure any training system teaches them.

Also satisfy yourself that the organization will stand behind you and support you all the way.

In his interesting book, ‘Why We Want You To Be Rich,’ Robert Kiyosaki puts it this way:

“Donald Trump and I recommend and support the network marketing or direct sales industry primarily because of the education aspect of the industry. Not only do most of these businesses focus on training people to be business owners, many of these businesses also have great personal development and sales-training programs. Select an organization for the education aspect more than for the compensation.”

Another benefit to be sought in direct selling is the social side. I learned a lot from the success systems but have also made many friends too. That may be important to you and useful as a business entrepreneur. Once again it would be worth getting to as many meetings as appropriate where you can meet others breaking free to find freedom and ask their opinions.

Undoubtedly there will be a cost to the meetings and education system as no one can reasonably be expected to provide books, audio programmes, video programmes and meeting venues for nothing. But again it depends on you to assess if the costs are reasonable.

People have told me they were persuaded into parting £12 000 for support materials. Be self dependent : no-one can force you to part with large amounts of money without your permission. Keep aware and know when to get out when things are simply not worth the cost involved.

Be hard when assessing a network marketing business and understand if what is being offered really works and is of benefit to you.

Act like the business entrepreneur you are and you will find freedom.

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Two happy salesmen in suits

In my second post on network marketing or multi level marketing (MLM) I will examine who you can trust and who to avoid.

Obviously when you are breaking free to find freedom it depends on you and your feelings about people: I can only guide you.

I believe every one of us is born with a natural sense about people a whether they can be trusted or not. You only need to observe young children and indeed dogs to see this in operation. Both children and dogs take an instant like or dislike to someone with no apparent reason.

Learn to trust your own natural instinctive intuition and common sense when breaking free and going solo. This is particularly true when choosing a network marketing company.

Find out all you can about the people with whom you will be working. Many hold recruitment meetings and you can use these to find out more and meet the people involved.

If at all possible, get to meet them face-to-face and look them in the eyes. Ask as many questions as you can. Ask yourself if you feel comfortable with them. Do you really trust them? What is their body language telling you?

Don’t be afraid to be a nuisance as at this stage it all depends on you to find out all you can. A confident businessman will be flattered you are taking such an interest in his way to find freedom.

If however those involved will not look you in the eye and will not answer your questions, say goodbye and walk away. You are a business entrepreneur and need to make the right decisions at this stage.

Incidentally, if you want find out more about studying body language, Allan Pease is an acknowledged expert.

Two woman entrepreneurs in conversation

I have learned to be wary of what I call ‘Flash Harrys.’ These are people who are hyperactive, shouting quick fire slogans and making you jump up and down.

The only sort of ‘ra-ra’ I like is a type of skirt. In business it seems simply false and does nothing for me and my efforts in going it alone to find freedom.

False friendliness makes my skin crawl too. Be careful of those who employ false smiles and flattery. I am also wary of men with dodgy facial hair. It may be me, but a pencil-thin beard is too perfect for my liking.

Don’t get me wrong, of course it is right to look your best when breaking free and wearing a smart suit is important in the right circumstances, but to me there is a difference between flashiness and classic style.

My preference is for someone who does not take himself or herself too seriously but is prepared to sit down quietly with me and discover my needs, wants and dreams and then motivate me accordingly. Someone who can be a genuine friend. They are out there.

Having said that, I think it is worth giving someone a fair hearing no matter how snappily dressed they are but it pays to be wary.

Watch for what I call ‘smoke and mirrors.’ Discover the man (or woman) beneath the image and hype. I am afraid I get little from the high energy selling and motivation that is all-too common. Above all, avoid the hard sell: if they are out to sell to you whatever, be prepared to rebuff them in as rough a manner as necessary. I have seen too many people buy something they didn’t need and regret it soon after. Huge sums of money have been lost in this way.

As you look for ways to find freedom, always avoid someone at the other end of the spectrum too.

If somebody cannot make the effort to look presentable but continually turns up in a ripped T-shirt and scruffy jeans or has some indescribable antisocial habit, go home. They cannot even be bothered to make an effort to look professional or to present a good image. Clearly they are not interested in helping you become a business entrepreneur or find freedom.

People are at the heart of any good business – even online – and it is worth getting good at assessing those with whom you deal. It is a great way to ensure you tie up with reliable contacts and even to later help other people find freedom themselves.

The best business entrepreneur in my experience is the best at people skills.

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One of the methods of breaking free to find freedom available is network marketing or multi level marketing (MLM). There have been a number of criticisms of this method of going it alone so I thought over the next few days I would try to give a balanced assessment of this business type to give a sober review for those thinking of using this method to find freedom.

What is my experience of network marketing? I have been around the market for around twenty years with little or no success. You could say this method of breaking free has not worked for me.

My lack of success should sour my opinion of the industry and make me critical of this as a method to find freedom. This is the position of many of its critics. Actually this is not the case for me.

Until I started going it alone in internet marketing I had thirty years in the corporate world working in marketing and administration at various levels with several well-known companies. I even spent a short time experiencing door-to-door selling! I have gained some good knowledge of business models and am by nature a curious individual so, when introduced to direct selling (initially with the Amway corporation) I started to find out all I could about this method to find freedom.

It is true I have come across some scams but then that is true in many industries.

My general opinion is that network marketing/MLM actually has massive potential for those going it alone – especially now it has transferred successfully online in the guise of affiliate marketing. Indeed there are those making success working both online and offline.

The industry has the potential to help many people find freedom as it can be a hugely powerful marketing tool. I believe the possibilities would blow your mind, especially with the online opportunities and the way the economy is going.

The main shortcoming of network marketing is also its strength: and that is it involves people. There are always people who are less interested in helping people find freedom and more concerned about making a fast buck at any cost.

There are always people who will simply rip you off.

The majority, however, are willing to help you find freedom and the business works best when ethics, honesty, integrity, and morality are employed. In any case, most governments have begun to tighten up the legislation controlling this method of breaking free.

My experience has given me a useful viewpoint from which I hope I can provide some honest recommendations for those who might consider this method of breaking free to find freedom. The intention is to set out these observations over the next few posts. It depends on you what you do with the information.

I must stress of course that these are my own opinions based on my experiences and no organization has had any input.

Look out for the next post to start this assessment.

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