In order to explain network marketing for beginners aka network marketing for dummies, we need to start with the definition of network marketing. I have been involved with network marketing for about 6 years now and the best definition I have found comes from Jordan Adlers book, Beach Money it is as follows.
Network Marketing for Beginners Definition
Network Marketing is the distribution of products and services through a network of independent representatives. Each representative is responsible to consume and sell a small amount of product recruit others to do the same. Sales volume is generated through a lot of people each buying and selling a small amount of product. Commissions are paid based on training new distributors and the consumption of products or services in the network. A company offering a product or service can eliminate the need for expensive advertising campaigns by deploying a network of individuals who get paid for sharing products or services they love with others through word of mouth. An individual seeking an income opportunity can generate an unlimited stream of commissions through repeat business and sales within his or her growing organization.
So now that we have the definition of network marketing for beginners, how can someone go from being and absolute newbie to earning a 6 figure income in network marketing? It all starts with the company you decide to join, (here is my number 1 recommendation).
Choosing the Right Company for You!
I cannot put enough emphasis on this, you need to choose a company that has a product and vision that you can stand behind. If you are able to shout down from a mountain top how excited you are about a company or product other people will want to try said product. You need to find a company that you are passionate about.
I have always felt that the right person could succeed in any company but for the rest of us it is important to choose wisely when joining an opportunity. If you find a company or product that you are passionate about it will make it that much easier for you to promote and build an organization in.
So let’s say you have now chosen a network marketing company that is a good fit for you. What do you do next?
Network Marketing for Dummies…. Go All In!
Half measures availed us nothing… I am a recovering alcoholic/addict and that term half measures availed us nothing comes from the Big Book of alcoholics Anonymous. If you are an alcoholic or addict and you want to change your life, you need to quit! Cutting down, only drinking beer, switching brands, or only casually using does not work! If you are going to change your life you can’t do so by half assing it. The same is true with network marketing, you need to make the decision to succeed in network marketing. I recently heard a woman explain it really well.
She had been failing like so many other people at network marketing until one day she got married to network marketing. Before that day she had really only been courting the idea of network marketing but the day she decided to marry network marketing, that was the day that everything changed for her. She decided to go All In with network marketing. She decided that network marketing would be the vehicle that took her to her dream life.
Now, I am going to give you an exercise to do! While it may sound silly or futile, I promise you that if you do this you will have a clearer vision of what you want your life to look like and it will help you going forward with your network marketing career or just life in general.
Network Marketing For Beginners Exercise.
Find a quiet place to sit and relax, take a book or some paper and in detail write out your perfect life. Write it out in the present tense as if you had already achieved it. essentially you are asking the universe for the the things you desire by putting your dreams on paper.
Be thorough,go through every facet of your life and the things you want to change. Write down how you look, how you feel, the people in your life. The scents, sounds and smells that you experience. How much money you want, where you live, your relationship status don’t leave any thought out. I do not know why this exercise works but it does, so bear with me.
Once you have your ideal life written out, put it on your bedside table and read a couple of paragraphs each night before you go to bed. After doing this for six months to a year take that journal and put it in a box and forget about it.
So, why did we do this? Simple.
You now have a clear vision of where you want to go, and you also have the vehicle that is going to take you there (your network marketing company). Now it is time to get started.
Getting Started… Network Marketing for Beginners
This is where the rubber meets the road. So, by now you have went All In with Network Marketing, you have chosen a company that is aligned with your beliefs and has a product that you are over the moon with. You have a sponsor or an upline in said company and that person should be guiding you through the process of getting started off on the right foot with your company.
If this isn’t the case do not be alarmed. Your sponsor is not responsible for your success… You Are! If your sponsor is not showing you the ropes or paying enough attention to you that is not a good enough reason to quit. Success love speed! Your goal with or without your sponsor should be to get off to a fast start.
In order to do this you will want to find yourself a mentor. There are a plethora of network marketing coaches and trainers out there but you really do not need one. In this day and age we have youtube and podcasts. I personally recommend the MLM Nation Podcast, Simon Chan interviews top leaders in the industry and his shows are all full of gold nuggets. Listen to the podcast on your way to work or while you are doing dishes at home. Simon Chan focuses on the 3 A’s of success in network marketing. Attitude, Action and Accountability. Honestly, any one of his interviews could be the catalyst to your success.
If you do not hit the ground running you are 10 times more likely to fail.
I could go on for days here but I hope you now have a clear understanding of what network marketing for beginners is. In a later blog post I will cover some vital information that will help you hit the ground running. Network Marketing does not discriminate, it gives each and every person the ability to generate some good old passive income but you have to want it!
Feel free to check out any of my other posts but, if you are new to network marketing you may want to check out my article about Network Marketing For Couples