Sunday, March 19, 2006

Success thought 3-19-06

Success thought 3-19-06

Everyone has it within their power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow.
Louis L'Amour

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Success thought 3-18-06

Success thought 3-18-06

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Oliver Goldsmith

Is the sermon you're preaching the best sermon you can give?

Friday, March 17, 2006

Success thought 3-17-06

Success thought 3-17-06

Life is a unique combination of "want to" and "how to," and we need to give equal attention to both.

Jim Rohn

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Success thought 3-16-06

Success thought 3-16-06

Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.
Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.

Brian Tracy

Are you willing to up your failure rate so you can succeed the last time?

Monday, March 13, 2006

Which Company?

Which Company?

How to Select a Network Marketing Company

When we started our business, Carol Ann listened to Robert Allen’s "Multiple Streams of Income" audio (we were familiar with Robert Allen through his books “Nothing Down” and “Creating Wealth”), called the 800 number Robert suggested, and we started our business with one of the top 10 MLM companies (ranked by MLMInsider magazine).
Here’s what Carol Ann and I didn’t do – we didn’t research the company before we joined! Thankfully we had an excellent recommendation from Robert Allen. In the 4 years that we have been involved in Network Marketing, we have watched companies go out of business, get investigated and fined for unsubstantiated product claims, and get shut down for being illegal pyramid schemes. Do your homework! Research the following areas when selecting a Network Marketing company and you should be fine.

Support – this includes both support offered by the company, and your sponsor/upline support team.
Company: Does the company offer professional quality marketing materials? Informative, up to date websites that can be replicated? Regional distributor conventions attended by top management?

Sponsor/upline support: It is extremely important that you are comfortable with you’re your sponsor/upline support team. Is there a system in place that you like? Do you feel like your support team is as concerned about your success as they are their own, or are they just “selling” you into the business? Does your team have their own websites (in addition to the company websites)? If so, does the website have complete information, including start-up investment and monthly overhead, or is it just sizzle? Do you have access to your sponsor’s upline leader? Is your support team available when you need assistance, or are they only available during set hours?

Products – Do you believe in the product field? (Make-up, water filters, health & wellness, etc.) Do you enjoy telling people about the products? Are the products top quality and manufactured by the company, or do they buy them from another manufacturer? Are the products consumed on a regular, repeat basis (leading to consistent income)? Does the company’s product website have quality, science based information, or is it hype? (When you read the website, does it feel like somebody is selling you a magic potion or snake oil?)

Market – includes both the geographical and the demographic target market. Geographically, the company should have distributors in all 50 U.S. states, and preferably international markets also. Demographically, the market should be large enough for ongoing, consistent growth. For example, the health and wellness company I work with originally targeted people 35 and older (which includes baby boomers, a huge market) and as the medical research continues to mount, the target market is rapidly becoming everyone who is concerned about their health – a nice sized market.

Age – I would suggest limiting your search to companies that are at least 3 years old. Most new network marketing companies, like new businesses in general, go out of business within 3 to 5 years. I know there are a lot of people and companies out there hyping “ground floor” opportunities, but here’s my thinking: I want to create long term residual income – I’m putting in my time and effort now so I can reap the rewards for years to come. If the only way to make money is to be one of the first people in, what will happen to your business after the 2nd or 3rd year? Will you have to find another ground floor opportunity and start over? That isn’t residual income. If the products are high quality, and the company is well run, it shouldn’t matter when you get started – you should be able to build a successful business based on the products, not the hype.

Management – does the company have a management team that has experience with both network marketing and also running a large and growing corporation? In other words, make sure the management team isn’t just a group of distributors who think they can make more money by starting their own company. The company should have the departments traditional companies have – R & D, MIS, personnel, accounting, marketing, etc.

Finances – does the company have sufficient reserves to continue in operation regardless of a potential setback? This is often difficult to determine because so many network marketing companies are privately held. If the company is traded on the stock market, check out the stock price and press releases.

Compensation plan – There are a number of different compensation plans available, and almost every company has put their own spin on their compensation plan. Whatever the plan, your primary question should be: is the plan equitable? Can a new person just getting started make enough money to maintain their excitement and commitment? And does the plan also have the upside for you to create a sizable, residual income once you have built a successful organization?

General – does the company have a membership in the Direct Selling Association? Are there legal complaints against the company (Federal or State)? Are checks paid on time? Are products shipped on time?

Complete your research, select a company and team that fits your personality and will assist you in achieving your goals, and your odds of success will be dramatically improved.

Click here for a quick 10 minute overview of the company Robert Allen recommended.

Click here for complete information on the company Robert Allen recommended.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Success thought 3-11-06

Success thought 3-11-06

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
Zig Ziglar

Is your team helping you get what you want? Are you helping others get what they want? Done correctly, Network Marketing is a team business - people helping themselves and others get exactly what they want in life.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Personality Analysis

Personality Analysis

Are you right for Network Marketing?

What is it you want? A big home in the country to raise your family? More time to spend with your children? Be your own boss and earn the income you’re worth? Take your family on a month long tour of the country? Or Canada, Mexico, Europe? Does the idea of being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it excite you?

Now the question becomes “How bad do you want to change your life?” Would it be “nice” if you could quit your job and stay home with your family? Or do you feel it is so important to spend quality and quantity time with your family that you will do whatever it takes to make that happen? Do you fall somewhere between – you’re willing to put in the effort to achieve your dreams, but you also want to maintain balance in your life?

I suggest you take a few minutes and complete this self-analysis. It will give you a feel for where you are currently, and also show you some areas that could be improved. Rank yourself for each attribute from 1 to 10.

Desire: Desire is the cornerstone – without the desire to change, a person has no reason to even get started. With a burning desire for change, a person becomes unstoppable. Where do you rank?

1) I’d like to make more money, but only if it doesn’t interfere with my weekends or favorite TV shows.
5) I’m tired of my boss, my job, and not having enough money to do what I want, and I want to make a change.
10) I deserve to live life on my terms, to pursue my dreams, and nothing is going to stop me.

Discipline: Are you willing to do what needs to be done whether you feel like it or not? Are you willing to turn off your favorite TV shows to create the future you desire?

1) I’ll get started after my TV shows.
5) I’ll create my future unless there is something special on TV.
10) I’ll still spend time with my family, but I’m not watching TV until I’ve reached my goals.

Attitude: Think about the people you know – your family, friends and co-workers. If they are like the majority of the population, they are not very positive people. They don’t like their jobs, they complain about traffic, taxes, their boss, gas prices, etc. Are they open minded, or are they the type of people who always see the downside to everything? Are they the type of people who used to say franchising is a scam, the internet won’t last, my uncle Harry tried Network Marketing and never made any money, so you shouldn’t start your own business either? Where does your attitude rank?

1) I think most new ideas are just scams, and everybody is out to get my money.
5) I believe there are some great new ways of creating wealth, but I’m not sure which ones work.
10) I know people are making fortunes with new business models, and I will find one that works for me.

Confidence: Do you know that you can succeed at any task or goal you set yourself? Do you have the confidence to talk to successful people?
1) I’ve never been able to achieve my goals, and I don’t see how this could be different.
5) I’ve been able to achieve many of my goals, but I get nervous around successful people.
10) I always achieve my goals, and I’m successful. I have no problem talking to other successful people.

Teachable: Are you willing to follow directions and procedures, even if you don’t fully understand the purpose of the directions and procedures? Which phrase best describes you?

1) I already know how everything works, and I’ll tell you, Howell, how I’m going to build my business.
5) I’m willing to listen and follow some procedures, but I will also try to reinvent the wheel.
10) I’m all ears. I will work my business following an established, duplicatable system.

Sales or Network Marketing experience: Not necessary. In fact, experience can be either an asset or a liability. We use a low key marketing approach – we are looking for people who are open and serious about making a change in their lives. This is true for both the business and the products. When someone wants to improve their health, wealth, or lose weight, we’ll get them all the information they desire and answer their questions as consultants, but they make their own decision to buy or not to buy. This is Network Marketing! This is not “Hound your friends, neighbors and relatives until they buy or refuse to talk to you!” With this in mind, rate yourself:

1) I’m introverted, and I don’t want to have to talk to anyone.
5) I like people, and when I find a product I like I tell others about it.
10) I love people, and when I find a product I like I tell everyone about it.

Here’s the great thing about Network Marketing – people don’t succeed for what they already know (like a job), they succeed for what they’re willing to learn! If I had scored myself when I first started my business (actually Carol Ann started our business) I would have scored a 1 or 2 on all the categories except Desire. I knew there was more to life than working, and I wanted it.
It would give me great pleasure to be able to tell you I was an overnight success in Network Marketing, but I had a lot of learning and growing to go through. Once I moved my scores into the 6, 7 or 8 ranges, my business started to consistently grow. What does this mean for you? If you scored low, I can coach and guide you on your journey to raising your scores and building your business (and raising the quality of your life). If you scored high, I can tie you into our system and assist you in building your business as big and fast as you want.

Here’s a link to a quick,
10 minute overview of the company and products.
Want complete information on our business and system?
Click here. And again, if you prefer not to be contacted, just put 222-222-2222 in the phone number field.

Success thought 3-7-06

Success thought 3-7-06

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson