Successful_Network_Marketing_-_The_Reality

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I first encountered Multi Level Marketing/MLM/Network Marketing in 1997.
It was a company offering cheaper long distance and international
telephone calls and I thought that I was on to a winner.

I was broke at the time but put together some leaflets promoting the
service itself and promoted the business through mail order mailshots and
advertisements. It didn’t work out for me for 3 reasons.

1. Although I really pushed the product, most people weren’t interested
in sav...


Keywords:
Network marketing, home business, mlm, business success


Article Body:
I first encountered Multi Level Marketing/MLM/Network Marketing in 1997.
It was a company offering cheaper long distance and international
telephone calls and I thought that I was on to a winner.

I was broke at the time but put together some leaflets promoting the
service itself and promoted the business through mail order mailshots and
advertisements. It didn’t work out for me for 3 reasons.

1. Although I really pushed the product, most people weren’t interested
in saving money off their phone calls. The main objection was that they
didn’t want 2 bills. The idea was new at the time, it was only a few
months after British Telecom lost their monopoly and people weren’t very
enlightened then.

2. I didn’t have enough start up capital to do my promotions justice and
although I introduced users and promoters I always fell just short of the
monthly join up requirements to be paid. Being paid for my efforts might
just have made the difference if I could have used what I had earned to
increase my promotions.

3. I joined with a very nice lady but she was also new to network
marketing. As her upline didn’t offer any help to her we helped each
other. It was fun but like the blind leading the blind.

I tried with that company for several months and never got paid. In the
meantime I had found information publishing where I was making money. I
was loathe to use that money to promote a company I had become
disillusioned with so put my earnings back into what was doing well for
me.
After a couple of years I published my own home business magazine and a
lot of what I saw involving MLM disillusioned me further.

I saw companies launching in the UK without the correct legal paperwork.
Lots of people would join and in their innocence spend money promoting
something that was actually illegal and likely to be closed down if the
DTI got wind of it.

I knew people who had piles of the products stashed away and never likely
to be used. Why? Because some of the companies require you to buy an
amount of product every month before you are paid for your efforts and
your downlines efforts.

A friend earned thousands of pounds every month with his company. One
month he spent 2 weeks on holiday and came back ill with food poisoning.
He fell 1 short of the required monthly recruiting figures and his
earnings went to his upline.

Companies shifting the goalposts just when promoters start to do well.

As a magazine editor I became a prime prospect for network marketers. I
could advertise for free in my magazine as long as nobody else was
promoting the same thing, and people took that little bit more notice of
what I was promoting.

I would get telephone calls inviting me to join a wonderful opportunity.
Because I am polite I didn’t tell them to get lost when they were
extolling the virtues of companies that I probably knew more than them
about. I would list my objections and get really annoying answers:

I’m not interested in the product
…The product doesn’t matter you will soon earn lots of money

I haven’t got time
…You only need to spend an hour a week on this business

I already have a lot of projects on the go and wouldn’t be able to do
this business justice and spend time helping those who joined with me.
…They won’t need any help this business is easy to run

I could   go on but I’m sure you get the drift. I really grew to detest
network   marketing and some of those that it attracted, but being in daily
contact   with them was part of my business so grinning and bearing it was
a daily   chore.

Then one day I had a telephone call from a new subscriber. He was a
network marketer yawn… and he tried to get me to join. What he said to me
during that call altered my bad opinion of network marketers, but he was
one among many.

He told me that I should be interested in the product and use it
regularly to enable me to truly recommend it. He said that I would need
to make a good initial investment to be able to promote the business
properly. I was also told that it was hard work, would take at least 20
hours a week of my time and that it would take a few months to start
earning and then my earnings would gradually build if I continued to work
hard. In a nutshell he told me the truth!

I was astonished at his honesty and told him why. His reply was that he
was always honest about the business and that he would rather have one
good joiner who knew the score from the beginning than 20 who believed
that they would earn a fortune with no money and little effort. That one
good joiner would earn both of them far more money than those who joined
on pipedreams.

That guy impressed me, he became very successful and his downline were
successful. I didn’t join his group and apart from placing ads and
designing brochures for network marketers I didn’t get involved with any
of those companies, mainly because I wasn’t interested in the products.

Recently I decided to give it a try with an internet company and I’m sure
that I will follow his lead knowing that is the way to network marketing
success.