Network marketing gets a bad rap. One that for a long time I believed in as well until I realized it’s not the business model it’s that people aren’t educated on the business model. But the big lesson I’m learning is that It’s not for everyone.
Network marketing, multi-level marketing, direct sales, whatever you call it has a place in our world and for many people it provides them with a sustainable and profitable career. It allows you to work from home, create your own schedule and your success is based on your effort.
All sounds great right? Then why do so many people have such a negative reaction to this model of business?
Network marketing is misunderstood
Most people likely had a poor experience. Either they are bombarded by friends asking them to buy their products or host a party, or they signed up with difference expectations and realized it wasn’t as easy as they thought. Or, you feel like everyone you know is part of a MLM and all you see on Facebook is posts about their products. I may have blocked a few people because I was annoying by their endless posting, and I was similar posts from other people too.
I never really understood network marketing so I avoided it. I was recruited by one person from a certain health and fitness company that really strong in their marketing. Very much to a point that I said no multiple times and in a short amount of time (probably less than 2 months). This was 2 years ago and thankfully the asking stopped, although I know realized there was a better way she could have handled that and it wouldn’t have left me so bitter about the company.
My experience with network marketing
Yet when I found a company that aligned with my beliefs and a product that I believed in I jumped in. What I loved was I was never pressured to buy anything, it was a lot of education and it wasn’t someone’s post that interest me. It was a presentation I went to where a highly respected doctor shared science behind the product.
My company doesn’t share testimonials, we share science based facts on how our product changes your body on the cellular level and you reap all these amazing health benefits. But look I’m not here to sell you on our products, but I am here to say that if you jumped into the networking marketing realm, you are brave. This business will change your life forever. It has changed mine.
About 2 ½ years ago I started making the moves to create my own business, by signing up with a business coach and attempting a fitness/running coaching business. That unfortunately did not align with me and after a year and ½ of that I stepped out. From there I jumped into the network marketing business that I signed up for a few months prior. I went to my first conference, and really believed this was going to be it for me. Then 2018 comes and I really start to dive deep into what I want out of life. My heart once again wasn’t fully into the network marketing business, yet I continued to work the business a little bit because I do see the potential.
Once I made the decision to leave my full-time job, I knew that network marketing wasn’t what I wanted my full-time career to be so I start my consulting business, I hired a business coach and I made the leap.
What’s next for me in network marketing
At this point in my network marketing business I have a team member, and I’m getting a small taste of what it’s like to teach someone, to support someone else and be a part of their journey. I also quickly learned that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies and you can’t force someone else to do that work (I am pretty sure my upline feels the same way about me, lol). This is all ok though, it is a part of the network marketing business model. It’s a numbers game and the more people you reach out to, the better your chances are of having someone say yes. You have to get through the no’s to find the yes’s and it’s the people willing to hear the no’s that will be successful.
My energy is focused on my own business, because I want that to grow quickly and doing two things at once just isn’t in the cards for me. Yet, I fully intend on staying in the business and growing organically as things happen right now. This is because it’s not costing me anything to stay in the business, and I’m making a little bit of money which is nice. I also see the potential, and when the time is right I can see myself putting in the energy and time needed to grow quickly.
This is a blog about how network marketing has some incredible potential and is an amazing business model. The question isn’t whether it works or not, it’s is it right for you. Not everyone is meant to be a lawyer, so therefore not everyone is meant to be a network marketer.
Network marketing, direct sales, multi-level marketing is not a get rich quick scheme, but if you are willing to put in the work it will be worth it!
I started my consulting business for a reason and I continue to stay with my network marketing business for a reason. Wherever they both lead me is unforseen right now, but I am living in the present and doing what feels good right now. What feels good is focusing my energy on my consulting business and continuing to discover where that is going to lead me. My network marketing company will be there for me when I’m ready (another bonus to network marketing, it’s up to you how little or how much you do).
Just know that for any business you must show up authentically who you are. If you are pushy and don’t believe in what you are doing people will see right through that and never buy from you.
Also if you want personal growth on steroids join a network marketing company!!!!! It will change you as a person for the rest of your life!!!