Switching Network Marketing Companies – Is the Grass Greener?

People switch network marketing companies all the time looking for greener fields. Does it really change anything?I received a phone call yesterday from another distributor in my network marketing company. She was approached by a former distributor who left our company and joined another and she’s thinking about going. Before she did though, she wanted to know what I thought.

She says that she believes very strongly in the products that she currently sells but she isn’t making enough money. She was told that she can build a business in the new company and also keep selling the products from her current company as a hobby.

She asked me about six months ago if I would help her take her business online so that she could make money without being constrained to her local area. So she wanted to know if I would still be willing to help her build her website if she was building this other company as well.

Here’s what I told her.

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Do You Have to be an Expert in Network Marketing?

Some people say you have to be an expert in your products. Some say you don't. Do you have to be a product expert to be successful in network marketing?I read a blog post recently that argued that you don’t have to be an expert in your company’s products to be successful in network marketing. The author believed that you could rely entirely on videos, brochures and third-party materials.

I disagree with relying so much on marketing materials, first- or third-party, because they are usually a lot of hype and don’t answer very many questions.

Your customers are going to have questions that they want answered, but do you have to be a product expert to be successful in network marketing?

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A Work AT Home Business vs Work FROM Home

There is a difference between a work AT home business and a work FROM home business, or home based business. Do you know the difference?In my blog post last week I mentioned that there is a difference between a work at home business and a work from home business. I’ll also include the term home-based business in here too.

I made it very clear that I wanted and am building a work at home business. My business is technically in network marketing because the company that I have affiliated myself with is a network marketing company. But network marketing isn’t traditionally a work at home business, so I’ve made some changes.

So, what’s the difference between a work at home business, a work from home business, and a home-based business?

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There Is Only One Way to Make Money in Network Marketing

There is only one way to make money in network marketing. Most network marketers that I have talked to don't know this.The proper SEO title for this post should be How to Make Money in Network Marketing, and while I will answer that question, there is something else I want to address.

I was working with another distributor in my network marketing company a few days ago. I’m helping her to get her business online so that it can be a true “work AT home business” instead of a “work FROM home business.” Yes, there is a difference and maybe I’ll write about it someday. In the mean time, my email address is at the top of this page if you want to ask me about it.

Anyway, we were talking and she told me that she is hearing people complaining again that it’s too hard to make money in network marketing.

Nothing annoys me more than that kind of talk because nothing could be simpler.

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Internet Marketers – Are You Stuck in the Old Rules?

Many internet marketers still confine themselves to the old Monday through Friday 9 to 5. Why?I read several years ago that with all of the new advances in alternative fuel, like electricity or fuel cells, that the design of cars no longer have to be limited by the same constraints that regular gasoline powered cars are. Our cars in the near future could look very different than they do now. The question is, will people by them if they are too radically different from what they are used to.

The same goes for how you design your life when you are self-employed as an internet marketer in network marketing or affiliate marketing. You no longer have to structure your life around a job the same way that people who work 9 to 5 Monday through Friday do.

Yet most of them still do. They still subscribe to the same “I dread Monday, can’t wait for Friday” mindset that they used to have to follow.

Why?

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Do You Want a Life of Stagnation or a Life of Growth?

Living a life of growth as an entrepreneur in online network marketer can be exciting an rewardingDo you feel like you are in a rut? You get up every morning, go to work, spend your day doing the same thing as the day before, come home, have dinner, watch TV then go to bed.

That’s how I remember it being for my father when I was young. The weekends were different from time to time, but five days out of every seven were the same thing over and over.

Last week I talked about Vishen Lakhiani’s book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, that our culture has a lot of rules that we are really not obligated to follow.

This week I want to talk about another point that Vishen addresses in his book, growth versus stagnation.

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Network Marketing Breaks the Rules

Our culture has rules about what you will do when you grow up. Network marketing breaks those rules.One of the things that you have to do to create success is read books. I think everyone knows this by now. I’m reading The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani and I’m learning that network marketing breaks the rules. He doesn’t speak directly about network marketing, at least not so far. He does talk about entrepreneurs who break the cultural rules to build their success.

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When Is the Best Time to Start an Online Business?

When is the Best Time to Start an Online Business in Network Marketing?Have you ever thought about starting a business? Maybe an online business in network marketing or affiliate marketing, or even your own product? You know exactly what you want to do, but you’re waiting until you have all your ducks in a row or for when the time is right.

In business I love it when I hear people say that they are going to do something, but they need to wait until the time is right, or until they are ready. It means that I don’t have to give them another thought. I can dismiss them completely (from a business perspective). If they ever do start, which is unlikely, they are going to be so far behind that they won’t matter.

No one is ever ready and the time is never right. That’s just the way it is.

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Network Marketing – Choose Your Co-Workers

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. - Jim RohnThere are many reasons why I like network marketing:

  • I work for me and my family, not someone else.
  • I work on my own schedule.
  • I get to decide what I work on.
  • I don’t have to beg for a raise or time off.
  • I don’t have any co-workers to annoy me.

I have another reason to add to that list now.

A few days ago a thought came to me while I was taking a shower (that’s where your thoughts hang out, just waiting for you). This particular thought ticked me off. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but it had to do with truth and beliefs.

Most of these beliefs have to do with the products we use, and why we use them, so I’m going to begin to explore them in my product blog later this week. I want to talk about one aspect of our beliefs here, and it is a great reason for building your own business, whether in network marketing, affiliate marketing, or something else.

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Do You Respond to Customers?

When a customer contacts you, do you respond back to them?This sounds like an insane question, right? Of course you respond when a customer calls you. Why even ask such a silly question?

I received a voice mail from a customer the other day, and when I called her back she told me that she had tried to call a few other distributors before me, but I was the only one who returned her call. That blows my mind. Do you respond to customers, or prospective customers, when they contact you?

Do you give away money?

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