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What is the mission that drives your business?

Happy New Year! I'm often ask, "what is your mission that drives your business" that is such a great question and that is why we want to start off this new year off with this important subject.

Have a blessed and prosperous 2015!

George Madiou

Founder and Publisher

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Mr. Botkin asks 10 questions to assist you in finding the company that 'fits' you best!

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J. Paul Getty once said he'd rather have 1% of 100 people's efforts than 100% of his own. This philosophy fits the multitude of new entrepreneurial network marketers - those people who have found themselves looking for either part-time or full-time work, caught in the crossfire of today's corporate penchant for downsizing. Why work for someone else who can lay you off on a whim?

Work for yourself, get others to work with you, and earn more than you even dreamed of is the network marketer's theme song.

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Walk into a hotel lobby, restaurant, or friend's living room almost any evening of the week, and you will find anywhere from 5 to 100 people listening attentively to enthusiastic speakers explain the benefits of becoming a distributor or representative for the products and services of Amway, Colgate-Palmolive, Free Life, Gillette, Mannatech, NuSkin, New Vision, or KAIRE International, among others-all companies that are part of the new wave of network marketing - friends selling to friends. These companies are joining over 1,500 companies today that have already found network marketing to be one of the most effective ways to get their products distributed quickly. Because of job insecurity or loss caused by corporate downsizing, many people are looking for part time opportunities that will help them develop useful skills and earn extra income. They want these opportunities without large liabilities or large capital investments. Network marketing is seen as a way of meeting these needs. The Home Based Business Journal reported in its May 1996 issue that home based businesses average an 85% success rate and a less than $1,000 investment. While non-homes based business average an 11% success rate and a $22,000 investment. With virtually no overhead, no employees, and no law suit worries, costs are low.

Most network marketing businesses validate these high success rate - low investment possibilities.

Consequently, don't be surprised when the engineer next door or the corporate manager from across the street calls, offering you a chance to earn some money in your free time. A few days later, you find yourself on your way to your first meeting. You do it as a favor to your friend, and you're skeptical, of course, but you're also a bit curious. After all, you saw some homeopathic supplement in your doctor's waiting room last week and were shocked to find out he was a network marketer. What's the deal? In the meeting, you look around, are slightly uncomfortable. You've dressed casually and find yourself in a sea of suits. The man on your left is an accountant, the woman on your right a journalist. You begin to dismantle your stereotype of who does network marketing. You find out that, for the most part, the people around you are already making good salaries in full-time jobs, however few feel secure, and they are looking for a safety net. You listen to the sales presentation, done by one of the company's top producers; you're promised the possibility of earning a significant six - figure income if you are persistent. Moreover, you learn about the tremendous tax benefits available to small businesses. Your skepticism begins to diminish as you wonder if network marketing isn't something you should consider. After all, you hear, more new millionaires are coming out of network marketing today than any other sales field. This is the point in the evening when you need to stop and breathe deeply. Before you decide to get caught up in the enthusiasm, which will be contagious, and buy in immediately, take this advice: Let the enthusiasm cool off! Then begin the process of deciding which company to join by finding the answers to the following 10 questions: 1. How stable is the company? Two ways to judge a company's stability are: first, get a credit report from Dunn and Bradstreet. Second, find out how long the company has been using network marketing. Most companies never survive two years. Therefore, at least two years in the business is a good yardstick in judging a company's stability. 2. Does the company stand behind the promises it makes about its products? This question is important to ask product companies. Call the company and ask these questions:
  • Does the company validate their products' claims, e.g., does a health food product have clinical trials done by independent laboratories?
  • What is the company's refund policy if the customer is not satisfied? How quickly do they refund the money?
  • What is the company's buy-back policy on inventory purchased by distributors? Most companies promise to buy back inventory not more than a year old. But sometimes this policy is illusory because of the complex administrative hoops the distributor must jump through and because there is no limit on when the refundable money must be paid back to the distributor.
  • Finally, buy the product and try it. Do you like it?
3. Does the company want you primarily to (1) sell products/services, (2) recruit people, or (3) both? Most companies want you to recruit people to distribute who in turn will recruit people to distribute who in turn will recruit people to distribute. But if the company is only recruiting people and no one is selling the product/service, you may want to look carefully at the company. Will the distributors use enough products to keep the company afloat? Further, you may just want to market a product and not manage a whole sales force of downline (the people you get to sign up under you) distributors. If so, find a company that will let you do that. Your commission should be enough to let you make money retailing the product or service without having any downline. This means that the commission paid on retailing should be about the same as the commission paid on recruiting new distributors. Nevertheless, it's useful to remember that most of those who earn top money in network marketing are the people who are able to get others to overcome the stigma of network marketing - to recruit, train, and finally support people (called their "downline") who are able to get others to recruit, train & support people, etc., etc. 4. Will the products sell? Before you buy too much inventory - a good guideline is, don't buy more than you can sell or use in a month - do some comparative shopping to find out answers to these questions:
  • Is the price of the products reasonable? Can MLM CUSTOMERS find just as good a product on the market for less? Usually network marketing companies offer products which are only available through them and which are claimed to be (and may be) better than those offered elsewhere.
  • If the products are not unique, are they priced competitively?
  • Are the products so desirable that people will continue using them and recommending them even if they stop being distributors? This is an important question, since most companies have a high attrition rate among distributors.
  • Will the products sell even if not marketed through network marketing?
  • Does the company really have momentum? Every company will claim that the time to join is now because of the "S" curve, a curve that marks rapid growth times. Momentum is important because growth magnifies efforts.
If you join during a growth period caused by either the age of the company, or by introducing a new product, or by getting a new patent, this growth can attract new distributors and more sales. If the company or product is growing at 3% a year, your business growth will mirror the 3%; but if the company or product is growing at 30% a year, then your business growth should also mirror that percent. 5. What kind of sponsor support is offered? We can't overstate the importance of this answer. Not all sponsors are created equal. The person who takes you to the meeting becomes your sponsor if you sign up under him or her. You are locked into that person for a long time. To avoid this, don't sign up immediately. You can wait, shop around, and find a sponsor who is known to provide strong support to his people. It is not polite for a sponsor to accept you at a meeting if you have been brought there by another sponsor. You will need to get the person's card and call them after the meeting.
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