Are you game for a controversial discussion?
Because you need to evaluate your network marketing company and consider if there are any warning signs which would cause you to pack your proverbial bags and say, “Next!”
Needless to say, it will serve you to keep an open mind.
And note that I'm not taking sides or making any specific recommendations regarding one company vs. another—that's not my intention.
I'm simply giving you the tools to make the right decision for your business.
Plus, you need to realize that while virtually no one in network marketing actually likes to talk about this subject, soo many networkers—leaders and newbies alike—constantly jump from company to company.
We need to talk about that, because while sometimes this behavior is a symptom of “shiny object syndrome,” othertimes, leaving your company might be a sound business decision, based on your goals.
To start, let's look at a “typical” scenario of how someone joins their company.
We're often first introduced to network marketing through a family member or friend
Personally, I'd never heard of this profession, but I loved the product and wanted a business I could build from home.
Most people, I've found, sign up as a distributor because they've gotten results with the product.
But what most people don't understand, however, is that your initial excitement doesn't cut it.
Not if you're looking to build a sustainable, long-term business.
To succeed, you must carefully consider the…
- Leadership team
- Timing and broad industry trends
- Training and the company culture
- System (and if it is duplicatable)
- Compensation plan
But, when we're new, we don't know all that, do we?
When you're just getting started, all you know is: prospect and recruit, prospect and recruit.
But, once you get really good at prospecting and recruiting, then you've got to ask: are you getting…
- Support from your up-line?
- The training you need when you're moving into a leadership role?
So you need to really take stock and evaluate where you're at.
So many network marketers settle for second (even third) best
Many network marketers are stuck, and they don't know how to overcome that.
They are not even happy with their company or leadership anymore.
But they just stay put, because they don't know how to get out of their situation.
They think in scarcity, instead of thinking in the abundance of creating the business of their dreams.
Obviously, I'm not saying you should leave your company.
What I'm saying is sometimes, as you start building or growing a team and interacting with the leadership, is that you learn more about the policies of the company, which includes what you're allowed to do, and what you're not.
Hint: you might not like some of these policies.
And sometimes people feel like they're stuck, like they don't have a choice in the matter.
But you do—you always have a choice!
Ultimately, you must make BUSINESS decisions
You've got to ask…
- Does your company align with your values?
- Does the culture align with who you are?
You may love the product…but the product, in and of itself, is not a business.
In fact, a lot of people that I've talked to in network marketing say…
“Well *this* is wrong with my company and *that* is wrong with my company…I don't really like the leadership…No one is really supporting me…But I love the product, so that's why I stay.”
And I'm like…
“Wait, you can always be a customer of the product and love the product without being a distributor!”
Case in point: I still buy the product from my first company in network marketing.
So while I don't build the business, I still love and buy the products.
Nothing wrong with that.
So, ask yourself…
Are you going to be a consumer, or are you going to start making some REAL business decisions?
Because business decisions have to do with questions like…
- Where can I grow the most?
- Where can I create the biggest impact?
- What type of culture and leadership do I need to thrive?
And you know what?
Sometimes, that hard decision might be for you to move on…
And join another company, organization, or leader, more in-line with your goals and values.
In fact, I recently went through this.
So let me share a little bit of my story.
When I was first introduced to network marketing, like I said before, I loved the product and I was learning a lot.
But at a certain point in my career, I realized I really wanted to understand this profession as a profession, instead of a hobby.
I was already building my business on Facebook, because I didn't want to do home parties.
Now don't get it twisted, I'm not bashing home parties, I'm just saying that's not the business I wanted; I wanted to be home with my kids.
About a year and a half ago, I branched out and wanted to understand more about attraction marketing, so that people would come to me through my personal brand and online presence.
I didn't want to be known as the “shake girl”
So I dove in, became a student, and started implementing what I was learning.
What happened was some people in my company didn't appreciate what I was doing.
They didn't like…
- That I was sharing tips and strategies with other network marketers
- That I was starting my own coaching business
- Basically the entire philosophy of attraction marketing
They wanted me to build my business the way they built their business, because they were successful in network marketing for over 25 years, doing it their way.
And sure, what they did worked for them, when it worked for them.
But here's the thing…
You've got to “get with the times” to survive
And guess what…the trend today is building ONLINE.
Most network marketers, at least the one's I've been talking to, don't want to build offline.
They don't want to do home parties, they don't want coffee shop meetings.
But, because I was doing attraction marketing, I was frowned upon and pretty much exiled.
So, the culture of the company was no longer in alignment with my values and how I wanted to build.
Now, keep in mind, I was making multiple six-figures in this company and I would have hit millionaire status last year.
But here's the thing…
I couldn't just sit there, unhappy, and feeling unfulfilled just to collect a paycheck.
Unfortunately, most people don't think that way and they just stay for the sake of staying.
They stay because they say to themselves…
“Oh my gosh, my sister got me into this; how can I tell her I'm unhappy and want to leave?”
Or whatever it might be.
Maybe they're afraid of losing their income
And hey, I get it.
I was scared as heck of losing my significant income.
And I could have stayed and collected a check, but for me my integrity was worth more.
But I didn't want to get stuck in the limiting mindset of what I was losing.
So instead, I said to myself…
“Okay, I need to make this decision for me, nobody else but me. I know I have a team. I know I have a big downline, but I need to feel fulfilled and happy. And I don't want to stay just to collect this check.”
So I left that company.
I found somewhere else to go and I have never been happier.
And that's the message I want to share with you.
If you are unhappy, why sit in misery?
Because I will tell you this:
Sometimes the grass IS greener on the other side.
Now I'm truly building an amazing network marketing business, quickly, with a true dream team.
Attraction marketing is working beautifully for me.
I don't have to recruit anymore; people just come to me.
There's no more prospecting and recruiting.
The organization I decided to join is in alignment with how I want to build and the culture is a perfect fit.
So keep in mind that..
It's not that one company is “better” than another
No, it's all about creating an alignment in values, culture, and passion.
Because when you're actually in alignment with the company, it also allows you to thrive and grow bigger than you could have in an environment you're not in alignment with.
And that's ultimately the lesson here.
And guess what…the income I walked away from, I replaced pretty quickly.
Now I'm thriving and growing faster than ever.
Now I'm discovering I can actually grow bigger than I ever thought possible because there is alignment with the organization.
So you need to find a company that supports your vision and goals.
That will allow you to run harder and build faster than ever.
So make no mistake…
There are PRACTICAL reasons for walking away from a company you're not happy with.
That doesn't mean it's easy, of course.
And I get it…
People are scared of change
They're nervous about what other people are going to think.
But I'll tell you this: I didn't get here in my life by worrying about what others think, because I've had arrows thrown at my back, I've had negativity, I've had to deal with a lot, but you must always go back to your inner guide and listen.
Really take stock of where you're at in your life and you recognize when a change needs to happen.
I always say you take those steps forward in faith and everything unravels and figures itself out.
I rolled with the punches and I rolled right into my dream team.
Sometimes you just have to leap.
Again, the message I want to bring today is not about hating on your network marketing company.
But instead to…
Evaluate whether you're at the best place for you
So, to those of you who want to do attraction marketing, but feel restricted and like you can't at your company, these are business decisions you're going to need to make on your own.
If you need to spread your wings because you can't operate within the policies of your company, then it's time to start looking around, for strictly business reasons.
If you love the product, then continue being a customer of the product.
I still like my past company's products; leaving the company doesn't mean I can't use them.
Don't know about you, but I'm not in this business for an extra hundred or two a month.
I'm looking to grow an empire and then help my team grow an empire as well.
And I needed to move on to find a company that aligns with those beliefs.
You have to do what's right for you
I'm basically giving you permission to consider some ideas that are not talked about in network marketing very often.
And hopefully your current company is in alignment with online recruiting methods.
If not, maybe it's time for you to consider a change.
Because there is simply no better strategy than to be able to build your business from behind your computer, from home, with your kids and your family.
I will tell you right now, branding myself and using attraction marketing has been a HUGE part of my success.
When I use attraction marketing techniques, I'm not really recruiting—people are reaching out to me and already want to join.
In fact, every day I get dozens of messages, because I use both passive attraction & active prospecting on social media, where I create curiosity on my page and follow-up using 3-way Facebook Messenger chats.
And here's my tactical tip for you today…
My number one, go-to attraction marketing tool is Facebook Messenger
Messenger is a powerful, low-resistance, rejection-free alternative to traditional 3-way calls and has been key to my success.
So if you need any help prospecting on social media, then you might like a resource I created to help out other network marketers who want to sponsor a LOT more people.
They're my 3-Way Facebook Messenger Recruiting Scripts, which are 100% free.
You can “copy and paste” these PROVEN scripts to quickly enroll 10-15 new team members each week.
…all without being “spammy,” without vomiting on people, and without sounding like an infomercial.
You'll discover the exact method I used to take back my time and personally sponsor 270+ reps and grow a team of 8,300 distributors, all from the comfort of my home, in just 3 years.
These strategies create such explosive duplication, that for every person I sponsored, my team would grow by an average of 30 people in depth each time.
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Cheers to your success!
Top producer and creator of “Social Media Recruiter”
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