I’m going to take a stand here and it’s not the typical negative one. It’s the realistic one.
I like network marketing. I think it’s a great idea for the right person.
Not the wrong person. Only for the right person.
Typical Conversations of a Network Marketer
I have this conversation several times a year…
Me: You could buy the product you want or for a little more you could become a representative and sell enough to cover your costs.
Other person: Oh, I’m just not into that kind of business. I’m sure YOU aren’t dishonest or pushy, but I think people in MLMs take advantage of their friends.
Sales Training in Other Professions
I’ve also had this conversation with many people who sell other products, like insurance.
Me: How did you get into this business?
Other person: Well, I spent six months taking the $500 licensing course and passing the test.
Me: Did they train you how to sell the product?
Other person: Yes. Basically, they taught us how to go door to door and gave us a script of what to say.
Me: How is that working out?
If you’re in any kind of sales, you’re going to need training. Some people get good training and some people don’t.
Ever wonder why sales has a bad reputation as a whole? That’s why.
An awful lot of people in sales are poorly trained.
Why Network Marketing is Good for You
You’re not necessarily the wrong person for sales work if you are poorly trained. You’re only the wrong person if you are unwilling to become well trained.
It’s my observation that Network Marketing offers opportunities for better training than many other sales ventures.
Does everyone take advantage of it?
Could you take advantage of it?
Well, that’s up to you.
Is Network Marketing for You?
If you have any of the following characteristics, network marketing may be a good option for you:
- You like people
- You’re active on social media
- You like to learn new things
And here is why it is a good option:
You learn all about sales and marketing while earning (not spending) money
Like Getting Paid for Training
Do you see the brilliance of this?
You could quit your job, spend a lot of money learning a new trade, get a license and then take your chances practicing your sales skills.
You could pay a lot of money to go to school and come out with lots of academic knowledge, but little practical experience.
Or you could make a minimal investment, take advantage of the wide range of training and practice that training without quitting your day job or even leaving the house!
What I have Learned as a Network Marketer
Selling a consumer product with this model has forced me to find a way to integrate my patient, analytical, non-pushy personality with a sales profession.
It hasn’t been easy. I’m very protective of my relationships and don’t want to risk messing them up. That means I’ve had to learn
- How to find people who need what I have to sell instead of trying to sell to everyone
- How to ask good questions and find out what people really want
- How to be a better friend than before (Seriously! Sales teaches you to be a better friend!)
You Could Learn All This Too
If you’re unsatisfied with your job and thinking of starting a business, or you feel your sales skills could use improvement, I hope you’ll look into Network Marketing as a way to teach yourself an invaluable skill.
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And if you’d like to learn with me, I’ve got an option for that too. Contact me and let’s talk!