Is Network Marketing Really A Stay at Home Job?
Often I find people speak of stay at home jobs and refer to network marketers who do this very successfully. As a network marketer I feel good about the success of the profession of course...but I feel compelled to explain that network marketing does not belong to the genre of stay at home jobs.
Why? Because network marketing comes in three parts. Part one is using products of your network. This is the part that is easy to understand because people get involved with network marketing in order to help themselves to the commissions that are frittered away in traditional distribution. So when everyone uses their own product a percentage of group sales gets redistributed in the group and everyone makes money proportionate to the size of their networks.
It is true that product usage is a stay at home job but if your friends and neighbors also want the products at discounted prices from you, you're in the service business and not exactly staying at home. True, there is not tension in the job and socializing is quite a lot of fun... but you might need a helper around the house anyway. Rest assured your business will pay for the 'helper lifestyle'!
The second part of network marketing is developing the mindset. You see, networks are built with unconventional education. Conventional education teaches us to work. Network is not-work. Just as you orient yourself to 'work' in the first month of your job, you need to orient yourself to 'network' as you go along this process. A lot of this can be learned from books and CDs but associating with others in the networking meetings can be critical to one's personal success. Meetings again do not happen at home. Neither does counseling fro your mentor. So if building large royalty-paying networks is your reason to be a network marketer, it's not one among stay at home jobs.
The third aspect of network marketing is sharing the opportunity and helping people grow. Now you must know that networks are not built with friends and family. They are not built by bullying colleagues into joining you. They are not built by hypnotizing people who come visiting you. Networks are built by meeting strangers in their living rooms and getting them exposed to possibilities. Guiding them towards belief and running alongside them till the learn and grow.
I do not understand why one cannot do all these things with the people we know from earlier...but my finding is the same as all my brothers in this industry... that networks are built with strangers, who eventually become the best of friends.
Anyhow, the point is, this involves scheduling a few evenings every week for meetings that share the opportunity and that's not a stay at home job. True, once one succeeds in building a large network that can take care of itself, you might find networkers staying at home quite a bit... but then, they have no job!
Walk into my shoes and alongside me as I build my networks. Online you'll find me training people at my MLM success training site. Or you could start with my video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKB0Hz-M3OU