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To conclude the short series on articles on network marketing or multi level marketing, I will reiterate the need to check out an opportunity thoroughly to see if it will help you in breaking free to find freedom.

An opportunity to try the business for free should always be available, as should a meeting where you, as a business entrepreneur, can meet people already involved and hear their opinions and experiences.

It really depends on you to find out all you can. Ask yourself questions such as ‘Does this suit me? Does it help me find freedom? Do I feel comfortable with the business? Do I trust the people I have met?’

Always check to see if the opportunity and its founders have a good track record. Before going it alone with the business, it might be worth doing a little research online (but be wary of those who run down an opportunity simply because they failed in it).

A bad sign would be if the existing operators are unhappy with your questions or put you under unnecessary pressure to sign up. You are a business entrepreneur: be self dependent enough to say goodbye if you are unhappy.

Never sign anything until you are happy with the business or the people involved.

Try to interview people as high up the organization as possible. The business depends on you and people like you to operate so you are interviewing them.

Speaker on Conference Stage

How do you react to the senior distributors or executives? A good sign would be if they have excellent people skills and communicate well. Do they make you feel important or is their interest elsewhere?

Be self dependent and try to understand the law and regulations of the country you are in. In Britain it would be worth researching the Direct Selling Association and the Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Find out if they are aware of the business.

Many countries demand new members of direct selling opportunities are allowed a cooling off period, usually a couple of weeks in duration, within which you can change your mind and pull out with no penalty. It depends on you to find out how long you have.

Good network marketing organizations do exist and can help you find freedom. There are massive success stories out there. Be objective. Act like the business entrepreneur you are.

Always be asking yourself, ‘What can I do with this?’ and ‘ Could it work for ME?’

In conclusion, you need to be self dependent and examine the prospective companies, their structure and get a feel for the people with who you will be dealing. Does it work? Is it fair? Does it suit me? Can I find freedom this way?

Always avoid dishonest businesses: they never last long and leave a line of victims. Do not be one of them.

I hope these articles have helped you understand about network marketing or multi level marketing and you do find freedom through business.

I wish you great success in all that you do.

“The Network Marketing business has evolved virtually overnight without fanfare or advertising and could eventually become the largest business system of them all. Its success relies on the referral-based distribution system and is driven almost entirely by the enthusiasm of its members. It is one of the most dynamic opportunities ever created by the mind of man.”

Allan Pease


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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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