In the years I’ve been involved in network marketing I’ve always been asked why I got involved in the industry in the first place. I thought I’d write my story and explain why I believe network marketing is as popular as it is and why it will continue to grow in the near future as well as for the long term.
Most people in our society are brought up with a model of the world that says we should study while we are young, go to uni so we can get a good paying job, then work for 40 years receiving a capped income, and hopefully retire at 65 to spend the rest of or life withering away on a pension that can barely sustain our quality of life. Even before I saw network marketing I could see that I needed to look at following another path.
What are the other ways you can make money if you don’t want to work like most people? Basically there are two options: start a business and make investments. Making investments are awesome as you are letting the money work for you as long as you yourself know what you are doing or have someone with the expertise that will not lose all your money. There is no limit to the amount of money you can make when investing, but it is also high risk, particularly when you don’t have the knowledge. I think we can all agree that to invest money you first have to have money as well.
This leaves us with our last option of starting a business. Starting a business can mean being self employed or being the employer of a small, medium or large corporation. You need some stuff to work with first, either skills or an idea, something that you do better or different to others in the same industry. Owning a business or being self employed gives you the freedom to choose how much you earn as well as choosing from where you are working, just be prepared to put in the long hours. Any business involves hard work, it’s whether you enjoy it and are passionate about it that will decide how successful your business becomes.
What if you don’t have skills or a great idea? This is where network marketing and home based business become very compelling. For a small fee you can setup a franchise company that offers great products and run it from the comfort of your own home, and work the hours you choose. In my opinion it can’t get any better than this. There is however a catch, and I’ll explain my experience with the network marketing industry and how I stumbled through it before finding a simple way to creating success.
My first contact with network marketing came to me when a friend introduced me to Manna tech nutritional supplements. I have always been a very active person and am very passionate about dancing as well as martial arts so nutritional supplements have been a part of my daily life for as long as I can remember. I started using the products but I was never introduced to the actual business opportunity, making money never even occurred to me.
The next company that I got involved with, also through nutritional supplements, was Amway Australia, or Quixtar in the US. It’s the big cult/sect with a reputation for being “THE MLM company”. When I was introduced to the business opportunity I understood it right away and luckily I had never heard of the company before. I say luckily because not only did I meet some of the most generous people and phenomenal leaders I have ever seen, but the training I received on interpersonal skills, leadership, business management, dream building, etc, is up there with the best. Amway gave me an inspirational and educational reawakening. I had my ups and downs through the business but I learned a lot from the experience.
It took me two years until I joined another network marketing company. They say once you’ve been introduced to the industry, and you understand the concept, you’ll have trouble looking for something else. That is just what happened to me. After two years I went searching for an opportunity. I looked for a nutritional supplement company.
I found both Agel and Monavie. They both do gel based supplements, so it’s easy to ingest and is taken up by your body faster than pills. This is where I met my current mentors, who also introduced me to an exceptional network marketing pioneer, Randy Gage.
I’m a Monavie distributor and I’ll do another post later explaining why nutritional supplements and the wellness industry is such a big opportunity at the moment.
So why did I go through so many network marketing companies?
In my opinion you have to look at a few factors that will make you successful.
You have to trust your mentors. Every mentor I have had to date I have trusted because they are successful at what they do, so find a good mentor and listen to them because they’ve been through what you are going through.
It’s important to stick with a product that you believe in, you can’t recommend people use something if you aren’t using it yourself.
Good training builds you as a person, your belief, your knowledge, it just helps you grow as a person.
Marketing is vital. It doesn’t matter if you have the best product in the world, and if you think you are the nicest person in the world, if nobody knows what you are offering. This is where I succeeded and failed so many times previously.
The hardest thing for me in network marketing was the part where I had to call my friends, family, talk to strangers and basically introduce the concept to as many people as I could find… every time I joined a new business. I always felt very uncomfortable doing this. I’m not a sales person and according to many books such as “Sales Dogs”, only 10% of our population are born to be sales people. Every time you receive rejection, be it personal or business, it still hurts. From a spiritual point of view it was great cause even though rejection still hurts, you learn to let go of it quickly.
While I was working in IT, at Ireckon Pty Ltd in Brisbane, awesome company by the way 🙂 , we developed an online system for an Australian distributor of Herbalife. Even though it was a great system I still thought to myself, there ‘s gotta be a better way of doing this, having an internet based system seemed like the right way to go though.
What I discovered will just blow most people away, and it shows where network marketing is heading in the future. To gain the success in network marketing that most people only dream of, without having to cold call or search for prospects, harass friends, you will be able to generate leads online through a new innovate system.
Think of how many new people you can physically meet in a day, 10, maybe 20. And out of those 20 people, how many will be interested in hearing what you have to say? I remember once talking to 100 people in a week, and nobody was interested. Because none of them was the kind of person I was looking for.
If you are serious about wanting to get into network marketing , or you already are involved in the industry , have a look at this system that will have people come looking for you because they are interested in what you have to offer, instead of you looking for them.