I can’t take the credit for this one. I actually read it in one of my daily emails from Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter, if you don’t know who he is you definitely need to check out his site at www.FortuneNow.com He offers many free tips & resources for anyone and everyone in the Network Marketing/Direct Sales industry. I love the fact that he tells it like it is and tends to bring a smile to my face no matter what kind of day I’m having. ( He puts the “fun” back in FUNctional…)
Anyhow, here are some things to think about if you’ve been feeling a bit down and discouraged in regards to your success, or lack there of, in the Network Marketing world. All good things take time to reach their true potential, same applies here, it just helps to have other things to compare it with, things that make it all seem okay again.
Whenever you get a little discouraged with your network marketing progress, just think about the feelings people have in the corporate world.
You know you’ve been in the corporate world too long when:
- You’ve sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.
- Your resume is on a thumb drive in your pocket.
- You get really excited about a 2% pay raise rumor.
- You learn about your layoff on CNN.
- Your boss doesn’t have the ability to do your job.
- You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.
- Salaries of the members on the Executive Board are higher than all the Third World countries’ annual budgets combined.
- It’s dark when you drive to and from work.
- Being sick is defined as can’t walk or you’re in the hospital.
- You’re already late on the assignment you just got.
Again, thanks to ‘Big Al’ for these wonderful, little things to think about when we start to feel a little bit down & discouraged.
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.
You may have to work for it however…”
Google has a very awesome tool available that can translate any website, as well as a simply message, with just a few clicks.
For example, here is my site translated in Spanish…
Simply enter the site URL, choose the type of translation, and that’s it.
Even my work at home site can be translated.
You could also translate your files from English to Spanish or any other language you choose. Just copy and paste it into the translator and you’re done. How easy is this?
I mentioned this system a while back but figured that with the new year in full swing, now would be a good time to take it for a test drive if you haven’t already.
It’s the CEM Prospector Online Prospecting System and you can try it out for 30 days for only $1. Plus you can receive 50 or 100 free leads depending on which package you decide to pick. I recommend going for the Professional package with 100 leads. Either way you get the leads for trying out the system, and if you should decide to cancel it’s the same either way. It’s not hard to cancel, no questions asked. But if you find that the system works for you, then you can continue monthly and either choose to stay with the professional package or downgrade to the classic one as well.
This system really does simplify everything for you. It’s a complete package well worth taking a look. And Cutting Edge Media is a well known, strong company in the first place. So check it out and let me know what you think or what sort of results you get from using it.
I have decided to finally test the waters and move my blog over to WordPress. I just feel like I will have more flexibility and hope to improve upon my site and make things more easily accessible and easy to find. But don’t worry, I have moved everything that is here, on to the new site so you don’t have to worry about going back and forth between the 2. Simply bookmark the new site or subscribe to the feed and as always share any ideas or thoughts that you have and you feel would be helpful to others here in the work at home world.
See you there!
Oh and let me know what you think about the new site.
If you are looking into a home based business or any sort of direct sales, mlm, network marketing, there are a couple things that should be of concern.
For example, if you are speaking with a representative of the company and they are telling you that it is easy and anyone can do it…really? Than why are so many not doing it? Now I’m not saying that it is hard, I’m just saying that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all when it comes to this. It’s overall a simple process if done correctly and with the support needed. But it also takes effort and time to truly be successful.
Also, if they tell you that you don’t have to sell or use the products yourself in order to be successful…seriously? What do you think will happen if someone asks you whether or not you use it, and you say, “well no…but” do you really think that they are going to purchase anything from you? And any business that is built around recruiting and team building only just isn’t going to last long before it crumbles. You can’t expect to just build, build, build something without a quality product or service in place to offer.
Now I don’t usually focus too much on the compensation plan or pay structure, at least not right away. It’s best to find a quality product or service that is affordable and is somewhat unique. However you do want to look out for a company or opportunity that offers a large upfront recruiting bonus. What I mean is, if you get paid $200 for each new person you sign on to the team, just for finding them and taking that application, you might want to dip deeper for more answers. Such as how future promotions work and what it takes to move up within the company and pin levels? Is it simply by the amount of business or sales you have personally added each month? Or do you have to help people on your team in order to reach the next level within the company?
You see this is one of the biggest issues that I see within the industry. When the comp. plan is set up so that the more sales you have the higher you go up and the more money you make, then it leaves the ‘little’ people to fend for themselves quite often. If someone is new to the industry and doesn’t know what is required of them, or they don’t know how to prospect and talk to people just yet, they will struggle and the person who signed them up most often is continuing to bring on new people because that is what determines his own success.
However if you find a company and pay structure that offers a smaller initial payout for each new enrollment, and is set up so that future promotions and increased earnings are based upon helping others on your team move up as well, then you should have a solid, more secure base to follow.
Monthly quotas are another reason why so many people don’t make it in this industry. On one side, a person will sign up anyone with a pulse to be sure they reach the required quota for the month or else they won’t be paid. And on the other side, when it is difficult for someone to reach that quota they often times get discouraged to the point of giving up.
These are just a few things to look at when researching a work at home opportunity. The long term benefits of building your own home based business far outweigh the risk involved. All it takes is some determination, a strong enough reason why you need to work from home, support and training to plug into, and realizing that you must consistently work on improving yourself and your knowledge of the industry and what tools are available. You must become a leader yourself and to do so, it sort of helps if you know what your doing.
Is there anything else you can think of that would set off the red flags in regards to whether or not an opportunity is the right choice?
1. First Important Lesson~The Cleaning Lady
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”
Surely this was some sort of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade?
“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.”
I never forgot that lesson. I also learned that her name was Dorothy.
2. Second Important Lesson~Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30pm an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console tv was delivered to his home. A special note was attached:
“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Mrs. Nat King Cole
3. Third Important Lesson~Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
“Thirty five cents,” she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
“I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.
You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
4. Fourth Important Lesson~The Obstacle In Our Path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the rodeway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand…
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
5. Fifth Important Lesson~Giving when it counts.
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor. He thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.