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What exactly is "Network Marketing"?

What do you need to know in order to be successful in Network Marketing?

How do you evaluate a comp-plan?

What are the best ways to recruit in Network Marketing?

What makes Network Marketing better than a regular job?

Does it matter if i only work Network Marketing part-time?


What exactly is "Network Marketing"?

  Let's dissect these two words to more fully understand their meanings. The definition for "Network" is a large and widely distributed group of people or things such as stores, colleges, or churches that communicate with one another and work together as a unit or system. Let's further separate the compound word "network" and look at the two separate words, "net" and " work". While there are many meanings for the word "net", I prefer to use the term that represents the amount left over after deductions such as a paycheck. We are all familiar with the concept of gross pay, the amount you made and the net pay, the amount you actually take home. It's the amount left over after all deductions have been made.

"Work" should be a no brainer word; but, my favorite definition is the physical or mental effort directed at doing or making something. "Marketing", in this instance used as a noun, means the business activity of presenting products or services in such a way as to make them desirable. When you combine these definitions you realize that network marketing is not a get rich quick "scheme" requiring no work and no effort. On the other hand, done correctly, you don't have to work yourself to the point of exhaustion, day in and day out, with little or no compensation for your efforts. Network marketing can offer anyone the ability to rise above the limitations of money and time to become financially secure. Network Marketing is an alternate business opportunity that differs from traditional business in that likeminded individuals work as independent operatives with the advantage of using the leverage of others to benefit all.


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What do you need to know in order to be successful in Network Marketing?

Initially, to achieve success in Network Marketing, or any business venture, you have to evaluate the prospective opportunity systematically before deciding to get involved.  There are a MULTITUDE of potential business enterprises available to entrepreneurs; and just as many compensation plans. In addition to the potions, lotions and assorted profit-making items being offered to sell, you need to determine how you will be paid. You will have to do your due diligence and investigate each opportunity thoroughly, or risk being deceived and potentially losing time as well as money. People who are successful in Network Marketing have guts, perseverance, and the desire to succeed. They refuse to be sidetracked and talked out of their goals. It takes guts to get involved and make a move outside of the "norm": whether you decide to get involved in an existing business; or a new startup business; whether it's your own or someone else's; if you're buying a franchise; or you're purchasing a business that someone is selling; or whether you're starting a business from scratch for yourself. It takes guts to get started and not be deterred. It takes the strongest mindset not to be swayed by the naysayers. You're not going to make it in any business unless you have that desire to get started and continue until the goal is realized. It's a plus to have support, but you have to be your own best advocate. That's crucial. You also have to be a self starter. Anything is possible when you solidify your goal and develop an action plan. With this approach and a commitment to stay focused, you will succeed. Though this is certainly not the only requirement for success, this is a fundamental first step that is vital.


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How do you evaluate a comp-plan?

"Comp-plan" is the shortened version of Compensation Plan or how you will be compensated (paid) for your effort. With all the compensation pay plans available, and the variations on the standards, you need an expert to sort through the junk, the hype, the propaganda and separate it from the legitimate. So the question is, "How do you know which one is which? How can you evaluate a pay plan when there are so many options? What are all the options?"

Luckily, for you, you've just discovered one of the "experts" in just this area. I have worked in Network Marketing for 45 years and have studied and thoroughly understand each compensation plan that's on the market. With that understanding comes the ability to evaluate them. Knowing the differences, the strengths and weaknesses of each pay plan, will help to evaluate what pay plan is right for you. Unfortunately, most lay people and even those working in the Network Marketing field, don't know the variations. The jargon and com-plans lingo sounds like foreign languages to them. Because it is a labor intensive process to review each individual plan, I am in the process of developing a Youtube presentation to explain the basic compensation plans in the field. In addition, I will be offering individual review of your specific Network Marketing opportunities.


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What are the best ways to recruit in Network Marketing?

Networking Marketing is all about teamwork. Therefore, when it comes to recruiting successfully, you need to, initially, examine the roles and positions that need to be filled on your sales team.

 Just as in most sports you need certain athletes, with particular skills to make your team successful, so it is with Network Marketing. The first question you have to ask yourself is, "where do I look for potential recruits?" Good question! Well, where do scouts go to find the best players for their baseball teams? They go where there are successful and talented people! They go to colleges, and sporting events. They look for people who are already in the profession and those who have a real passion for the game. Using this analogy, you are going to look for talented, motivated people with a passion for success and a desire to excel in the field of Network Marketing.

Now you know what kind of individuals you are looking for. Next, you need to examine your abilities as a recruiter. Not many of us have access to thousands of prospects. We don't all have a huge database of names and even if we did, not everyone is fearless in contacting all those people; particularly in person or by phone. Unless you are already in sales, and you have an unusual sales ability in person or on the phone, the best, default way to contact many prospects, is also the easiest way for most neopytes. To prospect successfully and to painlessly recruit people, the most comfortable method is through direct mail. Most people can employ direct mail without getting out of their comfort zone. Anyone can put a stamp on a piece of mail and deposit it in the mailbox. Direct mail will provide you with a duplicating system that is the simplest form of recruiting. This one of the easiest recruiting methods, but is by no means the only technique.


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What makes Network Marketing better than a regular job?

Where do I begin? Let me state that there are so many hard-working dedicated people out there. They work every day from nine to five, with paid vacations, cost of living increases, etc. I don't, in any way, trivialize their contribution to the economy and their ability to provide for themselves and their families. As for me and many other entrepreneurs, I have a very difficult time putting a price on what I do. At what point do you say, "Well, I think I've earned enough!"  Enough is a relative term. Some people strive to just keep a decent standard of living  while others do not recognize a ceiling and look beyond. Having said that, most would agree that being fairly compensated for their effort is still a pipe dream in the average workers life. Short of winning a lottery, or inheriting great wealth, most will retire on less money than the average poverty level in this country.

In my experience, there are a variety of ways in which Network Marketing is superior to a standard job. The main reason that people start a home-based business is simply - to make more money. That's the long and short of it, but beyond that are some very attractive perks. For instance: Your time is your own. That means you can decide when to get up, when to take a break, how long to work, if you want to work that day at all! You don't have a boss barking orders at you, you have no boundaries; you have unlimited income potential and you are able to explore your work from the comfort of your own home. In your pajamas, if you like.

 Network Marketing can be used to stay ahead of the bills and supplement your salary, or it can be your only income source. You can explore your creative talent and use your imagination to develop innovative ideas to market yourself and your business. This in turn gives you a whole new outlook on your life and a sense of your true value.

In the workplace, even in a team setting, where you work along cooperatively with other co-workers, they receive their salary and you receive yours. You may have put in more time on the project than the others or maybe you put in less. Maybe someone else contributed more, but there is no distinction.  Your salary is set based on the company's policy not your input. In networking you can do better than the person who introduced you to the opportunity. With the right program you can get paid a residual* income whether you worked or not. By utilizing leverage* within your team you can reap big benefits. This is not for everyone. Some people are more comfortable with someone else calling the shots. They're not interested in the "sink or swim" philosophy. But if you are dancing to a different tune, continue reading, educate yourself and get some of your questions answered by a veteran network marketer.

*These are some industry terms that will be defined and clarified in future FAQs.


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Does it matter if I only work Network Marketing part-time?

Absolutely not! As a matter of fact, many people who work in Network Marketing start out part time and remain that way. Some use it as supplemental income; while others, who are amazed at the potential, parlay a part time venture into a successful business. What matters is that you are going to be building a team, that can be propelled into a snowball effect that can't be stopped. You could reap the greatest benefits for the minimal amount of effort thanks to Network Marketing.


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