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5 Cost Effective Ways To Market Your Business Online…

Let’s be frank! Online marketing is not easy. You’re spending money, time, and energy hoping that something sticks and that you hopefully become the next big thing or you get some ROI on your investment. What works for my business isn’t going to necessarily work for another. You have to be creative, diligent, and always be watching to see what is working and what isn’t.

Not only is there a huge learning curve for beginners, but you have plenty of marketers coming after your wallet claiming to be experts in online marketing. If you decide to go at it alone, it will take you weeks, months, or even years to figure it out. If you hire someone you pray you made the right decision and don’t flush money down the toilet.

Personally, I have been marketing online since 2008 and have worked with many individuals and businesses on their online marketing. I wanted to take some time to share with you 5 of my favorite Cost Effective things you can do to market your business online that won’t waste your time or your hard-earned dollars if done correctly.

5 Cost-Effective Ways To Market Your Business Online

#1. Blogging — Even though blogging can takes months or even years to build up any sort of decent following, writing about things that are relevant to your audience can always increase traffic and in return get you more followers and customers for your business. If you choose to blog there are 2 things you will want to always remember — consistency leads to results and you will need to have patience — lots and lots of it. I personally, write 2 blogs for my business weekly (try to anyway). One is tailored for the solo entrepreneur and home based business professional and the other is tailored towards the small & mid-sized business owner. At times if it makes sense — I may share an article like this that could be relevant to both blogs. I have to admit it is harder than it sounds as you always have to scramble for good content and you need to be somewhat of a decent writer. If writing isn’t your thing you can always hire a freelancer to do it for you, or use an employee.

#2. Video Marketing— If you haven’t already consider setting up a YouTube Channel. This will be one of the best ways to reach out to people in your network and beyond. I really think that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) from Video is 10 times what it is for a website at least in speed. I can create a video and get it optimized in days vs. weeks, months, or years with a website. It’s hands down one of the cheapest and most effective ways to market your business. I have seen my clients including myself add hundreds and even thousands of dollars to their bottom line by simply creating a few videos and getting them to come up on the top of YouTube. I will add that this is a very competitive space, but if you learn how to optimize your videos or have a professional optimize them for you-you will be very pleased with the results. I have had a few videos come up #1 out of hundreds for search terms and this can be very beneficial for your business if done correctly.

#3. Email Marketing — Email marketing may not be what it once was years ago with all of the spam filters these days, but I still think that it is an effective way for you to stay in front of your customers and prospects on a regular basis. Like with blogging you will want to be consistent at least once a month, weekly, or bi-weekly. You will definitely want to sign up for one of the many email services to broadcast your emails (MailChimp, constant contact, Aweber, Icontact, etc.) My personal favorite is Icontact.com, but any one should work and they all cost about the same. Don’t be over the top with your marketing as many people will be turned off if you constantly send out emails. The key to email marketing is good copywriting skills (sales copy) and knowing the best times to send out your emails. If you’re promoting your business, probably not best to send out your emails on a Sunday. It’s also important to always be growing your email list. You want your subscriber base to grow so you have more people (hopefully targeted) to reach out to. One of the ways that we grow our email list is by giving away a free e-book on both of our websites.

#4. Social Media Marketing — If you’re running a business and you are not on at least Facebook (over 3 billion active users are now on Facebook worldwide), you are seriously jeopardizing the future of your business in my opinion. Those businesses that are active in social media will thrive in the future. I feel like a few years ago no one knew where it was really going, but today it shapes our lives from the news, to whats happening now, to sharing photographs of our latest vacation. It’s a phenomenon that is not going away anytime soon. Even if you don’t like it (and many people don’t) get involved if nothing less for your business. Your life depends on oxygen and water to survive. Your business nowadays depends on Social Media. Find one or two social media sites that you feel will best represent your business and be consistent and simply put yourself and your business out there. NO one ever made it big by playing it safe. This is your opportunity to share your business with the entire world and really connect with others in a much more personal way. Think of it like a giant party and you have an opportunity to not only promote your business but to make new friends.

#5 Content Marketing — similar to this site or even linkedin.com which now allows you the ability to publish articles. The great thing about using sites like medium or Linkedin to publish articles is it allows you the ability to share content beyond your social media networks, email, or blogs. A lot of times I will write my blog first on medium than copy and paste it to my blog. Make sure if you do copy & paste that you reference the article on your blog. I have found in the past that some of my best-written articles that got the most attention were not from my blogs, but from my articles that I wrote on these other sites away from my blog.

Well, there are 5 cost-effective ways to market online. I hope this helps you with your online marketing whether you are a newbie or a seasoned pro. Marketing is pretty much everything that happens prior to an exchange of money. If done well, it can make you a fortune, if done poorly it can waste a lot of time & money and in some cases even cost you your business. If you feel like you would rather stay away from marketing and focus more on the things you are good at — always feel free to reach out to myself or another online expert for help on making your business stand out in a noisy overpopulated online world.

This article was taken from another article that was posted by John Lowery  at medium.com
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5 Daily Things You Must Do To Have Success in Your Home Based Business

Succeeding in your home based business probably requires you to make a few phone calls every day – prospecting for business builders, and prospecting  for customers or posting on Social Media or writing a blog or article like this one.  In today’s blog, I want to share with you 5 things you must do on a daily basis to have success in your home based business.  In fact, these 5 things will almost guarantee you success in any business venture if you follow them daily.  These 5 things are probably not what you think about, but if you’re not in top physical and spiritual shape you will never be at the top of your game.

The 5 Things You MUST Do Daily To Have Success in Your Home Based Business.

  1. Prayer – if you believe in god or a higher power, I highly advise that you take a few minutes everyday preferably before you start your day and say a simple prayer – give thanks, ask for guidance, pray that god leads you to the right people for your business.  Get in the habit of doing this daily and your business will certainly grow over a period of time.
  2. Read – Take a few minutes every day and get in the habit of reading.  If you cannot read a book due to time constraints look for articles or quotes.  Just take a few minutes every day and read a few pages.  Challenge yourself to read 10 pages per day if possible. “Leader are readers.”
  3. Exercise – Take 30 minutes minimum per day at least 3 to 5 days per week and go for a walk, a run, or swimming.  Do something everyday to keep you in shape.  This will release endorphins that will make your day go so much better, plus it will build your immune system and help you to live a longer more productive life.  I personally try and surf at least 2 days per week and go to the gym 2 days per week and go walking or hiking the other 2 days.  In other words, Im getting exercise almost daily and it is so important for stamina and energy.  I’ve never personally met anyone who was super successful who didn’t exercise on a regular basis.
  4. Diet – Watch what you eat and eat at least 3 meals per day.  Learn about nutrition and make sure to get lots of fruits, protein, grains, and vegetables in your diet.  It’s almost impossible to get all of our nutritional needs through food alone, so make sure to supplement with vitamins.  Also, make sure to drink lots of water.  A good rule of thumb on water is to take your body weight and divide it into 2 (thats how many ounces of water you should be drinking per day).
  5. Rest – Studies now show that we all need around 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day.  Sleep is important and I know when I get 7 or 8 hours of sleep that I am much more productive throughout the day than when I only sleep 4 or 5 hours.  Make it a priority to get sleep and this will always put you at the top of the game when it comes to succeeding in your business.

I didn’t include this in my top 5 things you should do on a daily basis to have success in your home based business, but this should be on it – Meditation.  I have found that when I take 15 to 20 minutes per day and meditate that I not only slow down time but that I operate from a more heart-centered place.  It connects my spirit to my higher power in such a way that I feel contentment and serenity.  If you have never meditated before, but would like to, I highly recommend that you go to youtube and search for guided meditations.  This is a great way to kick off your day, every day.  Get in the habit of incorporating all 6 of my tips or a few into your daily activities and I can almost guarantee that you that you will not only grow as a person, but your business will grow too.

 

The Tax Benefits of Starting Your Network Marketing Business

The Tax Benefits of Starting Your Network Marketing Business

Making money in network marketing may seem difficult in the beginning, but it can be done.  Most enter the profession thinking of it the same way as a job – trade your time and get paid by the hour.  Keep in mind when you trade your time for dollars you are renting your time and not building any equity in a business or a job.  Most people fall into the employee mindset and have a difficult time working for anyone or anything without being paid by the hour.  You are also taxed on every dollar you make immediately as an employee whereas a business owner you are taxed on only the money that is left over after all of your expenses.  So the quickest way to make money in network marketing is to do it through taxation if you have a job and are already having taxes pulled out of your paycheck.  You now have the opportunity to write off everything you use for business – cell phone, business cards, transportation, gas, home office, meals, product, advertising, etc…  Get in the habit of keeping all of your receipts and change your filing status with your HR Department at your job and add a few more dependents and you will get an instant pay raise from The Federal Government.  This will immediately put a few extra bucks into your pocket every month.  I am not an accountant, so if you have one you may want to check with them, but most are familiar with the tax laws in our country and how they usually benefit the self-employed and having a home-based business would put you into this category.  One of my first mentors in the network marketing profession who had made millions would require every new person he sponsored to open up a tax file and begin saving all of their receipts.  Even if you don’t sponsor anyone, but actually put in the time to build your business and show the government that you are making an attempt to make money you will still benefit greatly from having a home-based business.  but actually put in the time to build your business and show the government that you are making an attempt to make money with your business you will still benefit greatly from having a home-based business.  My fiance who has been with the same company for 16 years was advised by her own accountant to start a

One of my first mentors in the network marketing profession who had made millions would require every new person he sponsored to open up a tax file and begin saving all of their receipts.  Even if you don’t sponsor anyone, but actually put in the time to build your business and show the government that you are making an attempt to make money you will still benefit greatly from having a home-based business.  My fiance who has been with the same company for 16 years was advised by her own accountant to start a home-based business to help with her tax burden.  So whether it be network marketing or landscaping, everyone should have a part-time home based business in my opinion.  It just makes perfect sense and will save you money on the money you pay in taxes, plus put a few extra bucks into your pocket each and every month with minimal effort.

If you don’t have a full-time or part-time job like 80% of the people entering our profession than you are either self-employed, retired, or unemployed.  Either way, you will still want to keep receipts for everything pertaining to your business.  This is by far the quickest way to put money into your pocket in network marketing.  All your expenses will go against any of the income you generate with your network marketing business and other income streams.

To learn more about the tax benefits of network marketing click here to watch an overview by Sandy Botkin CPA a seasoned tax accountant, former legal specialist with The Internal Revenue Service, and author of The Best Selling Book, “Lower Your Taxes BIG TIME”.

In closing, it is hard to say anything positive about paying taxes. It always hurts but we all have to do it. The good news is that by joining any network marketing company there are tax deductions that you would not have been able to deduct if you did not have a home-based business.

Always consult with a tax professional. We cannot provide any warranty about the information above.

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Recruiting Up For Success in Network Marketing!

It’s been said that network marketing is a personal development business disguised with products & services, however, I want to give you a better analogy after being involved in the industry for over a decade.  It’s really a sphere of influence business disguised with products and services.  I actually, got that from a million dollar earner Ken Dunn who I interviewed on one of my podcasts a few years ago.  I never heard anyone ever say it like that, but when he did – it made perfect sense.  This explained to me in one sentence why so many struggle just to sponsor a few people into the profession.  Another leader who was a mentor to me for a short time says it like this, “How you treat people today and in the past will determine how many people join you in your business”.  And that makes sense as I have seen many in my career with zero network marketing experience do well because they have a large network of people that they have built good relationships with over the years.  I’ve seen others with tons of experience struggle because they have burnt bridges with their network and are forced to go into the cold market (which can be really rough in the beginning).  I must add that I am not against cold marketing, but wouldn’t it be nice if everyone would not want to rush into it so fast.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot do network marketing if you don’t have a large network of people who admire you or like you, but what it does mean is that it will be a longer tougher road for you than it will be for the pastor, PTA Mom, Doctor, or realtor.

One thing I learned years ago from another million dollar income earner who I had the chance to work with on a daily basis for many months was that you need to look for people who are more talented than you.  Another term that has been used over and over again in our industry is to, “recruit up”.   That simply means you must look for good players and people with bad attitudes, poverty mindset, entitlement mindset are not going to get you to your goals.  I’m not saying to turn people away who are less talented, just don’t chase those people.  Put your energy into those people who would appear to be strong leaders or people who would appear to stand out in their circles.  Those are the people you want to go after.  You can build the orphanage later on after you’ve made a lot of money.

One thing I try to do whenever I am prospecting is to find about peoples past achievements – where did they go to school, have they ever owned a business, have they ever done sales, do they think long term or short term, are they in poverty or just broke.  I want to know what type of person I am going to be working with as these are people I’m going to be calling a few days a week and locking arms with.  I don’t want to lock arms with people who are going to bring me down, so when I go to recruit I am cherry picking those really nice looking cherries and throwing away the rest.

If you want to build a large network marketing organization you won’t be able to do on the backs of those that haven’t had some success in the past or those that have no friends.  It’s not impossible, but probably improbable.  So go out there and remember that network marketing isn’t just making sales, its building relationships and the better relationships you have and continue to build with the right people, the better your business will do.

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Best Ways To Make Money From Home

If you are like me and would like to make extra income or have multiple streams of income.  I don’t think there has been a better time than today to create that for you and your family.

You don’t need a bunch of money to get started and in many cases can begin earning an extra $500, $1000, or even $5000 or more from home each and every month.  Below I have listed some of the best ways I have found to make money from home.

Affiliate Marketing – affiliate marketing is taking a product that someone else has created either a how to book, a course, or a product and simply either promoting it online.  When you make a sale you make a commission usually 15 to 40%.  The best thing about affiliate marketing is you don’t have to invest thousands or lots of hours in time creating the product.  You simply find a product you believe in and go out and market it to your email list, social media channels, solo ads, blog, or search engines like Google & Bing and when you make a sale you earn a commission.  The downside is if you’re tigh on funds to pay for advertising you will need to have a big email list, a decent social media following, and an established blog to really make money doing this.  I have honestly had the best luck doing this with Twitter and Solo Ads.  The best place to start with affiliate marketing is Clickbank.com they have thousands of products to choose from and they do offer a bit of training on how to do it.

Network Marketing – You can join a company as a distributor for a small fee of anywhere from $20 to $1000.  Network marketing is pretty simple you just sign up with a company like Avon, Amway, or Nuskin and pay a small fee order some products and begin marketing your business to others.  When someone orders products you earn commission anyone that you refer you should earn a percentage off of their sales as well.  The beauty with network marketing versus affiliate marketing is once you build a network you continue to earn commissions without having to go out and sell all the time.  In other words, it should build up over time.  There are many great companies out there to choose from, but try and stay away from the companies that require a big upfront fee unless they have been around for at least 2 years or more.  Most start-up network marketing companies fail within a few years and you basically have a 90% chance if you join a new company that they won’t be around for very long.  You really have to think in terms of a 12 to 18 month period to really make big money in network marketing, so you really want to choose a company that will be around when you build a pretty big network.  You also want to find a company where you would buy their products whether or not a business opportunity was attached to it.  I’ve met very few people in my lifetime that can sell or market a product they don’t believe in.  If you need a great company or product to market – here is one that I recommend http://healthierwealthier.info .

Amazon & eBay Seller

If you don’t want to learn marketing and have a few dollars to invest you might want to look at Amazon or Ebay.  With eBay you can start even if you don’t have much money to invest by selling older items in your home (usually recommended starting out).  eBay is much easier to get started in as you don’t have the fierce competition as you do with Amazon as its more of an online flea market where as with Amazon, you’ll have to get really good at packing or finding some superb drop-shippers as I think the level of service on Amazon is usually a bit higher or expected to be.  Plus it will be tougher to get a good rating on Amazon early on and you will definitely want to have a professional account at all times to be taken seriously on Amazon which will cost you $40 per month + 15% per item, so you’ll want to really get good at estimating your costs after all expenses to see if an item is even worth selling.  Becoming profitable on Amazon and Ebay like anything else does take time and knowing what to buy and sell.  I’ve personally had some big losses in the past and even invested over $10,000 with a single company to sell on Amazon.  If you decide this is the way you want to go, I highly recommend you read some books and articles or take a course so you don’t lose money and make a profit everytime you sell something.  You will also need to get really good at customer service (answering emails, phone calls, etc).  Finally, if you’re willing to learn a bit, this can be one of the easiest ways to make money online.  I’ve personally in my spare time since selling on Ebay since 1999  and Amazon since 2012 made thousands of extra dollars very part-time this way.

Ridesharing

If you have a fairly new or reliable vehicle and don’t mind putting a few miles on it than ridesharing may be for you.  The nice thing about ridesharing is you don’t need any special skills that may be required to be successful in network marketing and affiliate marketing.  You just need to enjoy people and know how to drive a vehicle.  You definitely won’t get rich doing this, but you can certainly make a few extra bucks.  Many people do it very part-time and some do it full-time.  If you don’t have a newer vehicle Uber will allow you to rent a car through their app or lease one with no mile restrictions.  I would only consider the latter if I were going to drive more than 25 hours a week.  If you’re just going to do a few hours per week than using your own vehicle will make a lot more sense and be way less expensive as you won’t have the additional rental fees (which can run a few hundred per week).  There are also sites like hyrecar.com where you can rent a vehicle for pretty cheap if you like.  To get started with Uber or lyft the 2 best rideshare companies and begin earning dollars weekly just click on either of the 2 links below.  The best part about ridesharing is once you sign up and get your vehicle inspected you start earning money immediately and there are no up-front fees or additional expenses beyond gas, insurance, and regular maintenance which if you own a vehicle you already have anyway.

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Start your own Home Based Business

If you have any special skills like accounting, social media management, graphic design, photography or you know how to play and read music.  You can apply any one of those skills to be of service to others or to teach.  Simply figure out what your good at and create a blog a few social media sites and begin advertising your service on sites like Craigslist or if you have a few bucks saved up you can use paid ads on Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Bing.  Its pretty tough to start a business on word of mouth, so once you figure out what business you want to make money in, you’ll need to get the word out that you have a business and get others to buy into it through marketing.

With the exception of Uber and Amazon & eBay, you will need to get good at marketing to have any reasonable success.  Keep in mind marketing is simply what happens before a sale is made.  Marketing can include telemarketing (phone), cold calling (in person or on phone), advertising (craigslist, google, etc), blogging, creating brand awareness by using Social Media.  You can also use older more tested sources (radio, TV, or Print).

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Why Quality Of Your Product & Price Matters When It Comes To Network Marketing

I have been around the network marketing industry since I joined my first company Pre-Paid Legal back in 2000.  I have seen some great products and services being sold by word of mouth marketing over the years.  Who can argue that Amway, Avon, Legal Shield (formerly pre-paid legal), or Shaklee are not great companies with great products or services?  I’ve personally used products over the years where I never even became a distributor and was just a customer Juice Plus, Send Out Cards, and Nerium to name a few.

What I love about network marketing is it allows people to purchase products that in most cases are better quality than what they would get on the shelf in a store.  Mainly because of the distribution model being word of mouth the companies typically pay out around 50% of all income to their distributors instead of going retail and paying out nearly 80% to advertising agencies, wholesalers, resellers, and so on.  It also allows individuals with no experience or limited experience in business to create additional income with a very small investment. Unfortunately, certain companies out there don’t have that great of a product.  I still remember a few years ago sitting on a phone call with a company owner who was bragging how he was getting his product from China for $6 and selling it through his network marketing business for $60.   This is where I have a love hate relationship with the business as most businesses are built on a product or service first and a distribution channel later. In many cases in network marketing, the business is built on a compensation plan first than a product secondly.  In fact, I’m shocked that after what happened with Veema (being shut down by the FTC), and all of Herbalife’s problems in recent years that anyone would even consider starting a network marketing company without focusing on a product or service first.

You see, for a company to be successful in the long-term it cannot be built entirely by just recruiting people who are going to join the business and pay out commissions.  It must have products and services available to the general public that people would buy without a business opportunity attached to it.  And this is where it gets tricky.  Because as a network marketing begins the word of mouth is usually spread by distributors recruiting distributors.  After awhile if the products and services are good and priced right many distributors who originally got into the business to make money will just become loyal customers and the word of mouth will travel and over time there will be many customers and that is where you want to be.  In fact, if you just build a business model on recruiting distributors and have no customer base your business and company is doomed over a period of time – it will eventually fall apart like a deck of cards.  That company I talked about earlier where the owner was buying his product in China for $6 and reselling it to his distributors for $60 is no longer in business today.

Why are price and quality important?  If you put a product in the marketplace that isn’t priced accordingly then – it better make a person fly, because if people see they can buy a similar product that’s just as good elsewhere for a lesser price – you’re going to lose a customer. It’s as simple as that.  And I still believe today that most products I come across in network marketing are of good quality, but many still don’t understand that consumers won’t pay double or triple for a product they can buy elsewhere.

So if you decide you want to join a network marketing company before you begin marketing it do some homework on the products to see if they are priced accordingly, good quality, and something you would personally buy whether or not you joined the business to make money or not. Keep in mind in network marketing you are building a business for you and your family that could potentially pay you residual income for years to come.  Don’t make the same mistake I have in the past by joining a company just because you can make money quickly – that usually doesn’t last.  Ask yourself, if this company will still be around in 3 to 5 years?  Is this a business that I could put my mom or relatives in and sleep straight at night.  If the answer to the above is YES, than you may have found your company.

If you are looking for a company that has better products, is priced right and can potentially add an additional $100, $500, or even $5000 or more per month to your families budget than definitely click on the link below.

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How to do a 3 Way Call for Network Marketing

If you are involved in network marketing or thinking about it.  One of the best ways to build your business is by putting your prospects on a 3 way call with a leader in your organization.  In fact, I suggest that you have at least 3 or 4 leaders in your organization in your phone on auto dial, so you can plug into these folks when you need them.  If you’re new to network marketing you will want to practice using the feature on your phone.  You can google, how to do a 3 way call on your phone.  It’s pretty easy to do.

When is the best time to use a 3 way call

You should use a 3-way call after your prospect has seen a presentation either live or online and this tool should be used for 2 reasons, one is to get all of your prospects questions answered and to enroll your prospects into the business.  There will be those times where someone will just watch a presentation and will sign up for your business without a 3 way call, but in most cases, many will have questions before joining your business.  That is when you need to put them on the phone with your leader.  Don’t say too much at this point except, something like “That’s a great question, I’ve got my business partner on the other line and he has a lot more experience than I am.  Let me see if he is available.”  Then you simply dial up your leader and see if they are available.  If they are not available, call another leader until you find someone who is.  This is where you will use edification after you get your leader on the phone, “This is Bob, he has been with our company for 5 years and is having lots of success with it”.  After you introduce your leader, you don’t say anything, put your phone on mute and let them do most of the talking.

Why don’t I want to explain my business

The reason you don’t want to vomit information on your prospects is because you want a couple of things to happen.  You want them to say to themselves that I can do that and see  that they will not be alone in building their business.  A good leader won’t even vomit with information on your prospects unless they have watched a presentation.  You don’t want to probably even mention the company until they have agreed to watch a presentation unless they pressure you to tell them.  Keep it short and sweet and get them to a presentation and then use the 3 way call and you will find yourself succeeding much more in your business versus going after it alone.  Sometimes your leader will even enroll your people for you, but I think its best to use them as much as you can and not become too dependent on them.  Even when you get the business down to where you can walk and talk it, remember to always take your people to another leader for a 3 way.  Never over explain in this business or you will talk yourself out of sponsoring your next would be superstar.

Network Marketing Success Tip – How to build a decent sized downline in 90 Days or less…

Have you ever joined a network marketing business and waited until you got your products and kept making excuses until you made your list or got to work?  I know I have, I can remember times where I spent days or even weeks just working on my office or waiting until my business cards arrived or until I got my new products in the mail before I did anything with my business.  Some people I have come across over the years spend 90% of their time just doing that and not much more.  And you wonder why so many people are not successful with network marketing.  Some people I have come across over the years spend 90% of their time just attending events or training calls.  That’s valuable, but unless you get into action you will probably never see your business grow past an auto ship order and a tax write off.  If you want to make income in MLM whether it be a few thousand or several thousand a month you must sponsor a lot of people and continue to do so over and over again until you get a decent sized team together.  Once you get a good team going your activity will shift to get into the trenches and work with your people.  3-way calls, presentations, etc…

This article isn’t really written for the team leader with a large team, but more for the person just getting started in network marketing or the individual who is struggling.  I want to give you some valuable tips to build your business fast without being an internet guru.  Besides the internet rarely works building a large team if you don’t know how to connect with others offline.

So below I have given you some action tips that should really help you get up and running. But before I leave these tips keep in mind that you really only get paid to do two things in network marketing – recruit customers, and to recruit distributors.  Once you realize that -you can spend 80% of your time on that activity and the other 20% working with your team and on-going training.  I call it the 80/20 rule and you won’t move from that until you have a team of at least 50 or 60 people who are active and calling you for 3 ways or support.

Activity Tips to Explode your Network Marketing Business in 90 Days!

  1. Make a list of 20 people who know you and like you and call them and tell them what you are up to.  Don’t worry about the outcome just call them and announce to them that you are a distributor with this great company and wanted to share your products and opportunity with them. You might get a response like, isn’t this that pyramid thing?  You’re going to answer, “I don’t know about that, but I plan on taking my family to go see the pyramids after I build this business.”
  2. Once you go through your 20 then you will want to cold call.  You need to make a goal of how many calls you can make per day.  If you work full-time it may only be 5 or 10 calls per day.  If you’re scared of the phone you will need to get over it eventually, but you can reach out to 5 or 10 people per day on Facebook via Facebook Messenger.  If you need tips on how to do this you can fill out my form on this website and get my free E-book to help you get going.
  3. Always be adding to your network and make sure you have business cards on you at all times.  As you continue to expand your network there will be more and more opportunity to share your opportunity.  If you don’t get out of the house much then you may want to look up professionals in your area and email them until you get good posture on the phone.   You can do this through Facebook or LinkedIn by doing a search.  Only do this a few times per day.  I have an entire blog post on how to do this activity click here to read (read after you get through this post).
  4. Set a day and time that you are going to do your business and stick to it.  If you have a full-time job then you might only be able to work in the evenings (The best time to reach people anyways).   You will do only prospecting from 6PM to 8PM Monday – Friday and attend 1 training call per week.  That’s about 10 to 12 hours per week and very doable for most people.  You can generally reach around 10 to 15 people per day if you put the blinders on.
  5. Once you get someone who says they would like more information than you simply invite them to look at your opportunity – online, offline, wherever.  Most presentations take around 30 minutes.  Once they agree to watch your company presentation schedule a time to follow up and ask them one question, “What did you like best”?  Then wait for their response (first person to speak always loses).  Remember, you don’t care about the outcome.  If they are interested then you simply call your upline immediately and get them on a 3-way call or schedule a time to do this (please make sure you know how to do a 3-way call on your phone).  You’re off the hook at this point.  Let your upline enroll your downline and breath.

There is more that you can do once you start making money like advertising and purchasing leads, but these tips should keep you busy for a few months and get you a decent sized downline in 90 days.  The keyis to be busy every day and keep moving.  When you run out of people to talk to turn to Facebook or LinkedIn and just keep going and you will be successful.  If you feel like you need some coaching or just a mentor for a month or two to get you going feel free to email me at john@johnlowery.biz for a free 30-minute consultation.  I have coached many successful networkers over the years and know what it takes to build a large team.

 

Why You Need a Happy Goal!

A few years ago I remember thinking if I just got the bigger house or the fancy car or the bigger bank account I would be happy.  I got that and then one day it pretty much vanished almost overnight after a divorce.  I promised myself from that point forward I would only put all of my extra money into surfboards and guitars (which I did for awhile).  But then after 7 surfboards and 4 guitars, I realized that was kind of silly and that I basically would need storage for all the above.  Thankfully, my neighbor who is a good friend of mine now lets me store some of my surfboards in his storage house – ha ha.

You see, in business just like when you have a job you need to set goals.  Unfortunately, most goals are kind of mundane like – make more money, get a better job, or pay off debt.  These kind of goals are great, but they aren’t really happy goals.  Even though surfboards and guitars may seem silly to some, it’s actually not.  To me, I love to surf and play guitar (those things make me happy).

A few years ago I started reading up on happiness and minimalism.   And even though that didn’t force me to sell off all my surfboards and guitars I discovered something else that made people really happy, in fact, things really aren’t that important.  What they have discovered is what really makes people happy is experiences.  So a few years ago even though I had already done a ton of it already in my life, I started to travel frequently again. I would think about places to travel to and make a goal – a happy goal to take a vacation for a week or two and go and see new places and have new experiences.

“There are 3 things you need to be happy in life – someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.” Jimmy Buffett (American Musician 1946 – )

There is nothing quite like putting a vacation on your calendar for a week or two and scheduling it out for 2 or 6 months.  It does something to me when I work, as it gives me something to look forward to.  It’s a happy goal.  I find not only does my work become more manageable, but that I really enjoy those days leading up to that vacation.  In fact, I’m on vacation right now as I write this. I’m looking at the ocean and enjoying the tropical air from my hotel balcony.  it’s my 3rd vacation in the past 12 months. And when I vacation I don’t really do much business, I shut down and try to really enjoy the moments, because when it’s all said and done it’s not so much about the things you have, but the things you have done.  So my challenge to you if you aren’t already traveling and investing in experiences is to start doing it.  If you don’t vacation from time to time you are missing out in my opinion.  Plus, it’s a great way to recharge your batteries (your human batteries).

If money or your work schedule is keeping you from taking those much-needed vacations and traveling more, just know that happy goals will subconsciously force you to attract more money to make that much-needed vacation become a reality.  If traveling doesn’t interest you, at least find some things that you enjoy and start setting more happy goals around the things that you love.  It’s important to give yourself something to look forward to.

What is the Best MLM Marketing System

What is the best MLM Marketing System?  Since I entered The MLM/Network Marketing world online back in 2008, I have always been in search of good marketing systems.  I’ve used company provided systems (that usually cost a fee).  I’ve used free marketing systems by 3rd parties, and costly systems by 3rd parties.  What I have found is that most have a few negatives – the free ones don’t have a good follow up program that allows you to make phone calls and schedule follow-ups with your prospects.  The company provided systems are tailored only towards your company and allow for very little customization – no tweaking emails, videos, etc.  Most company provided systems don’t allow you to make money promoting them to your downline.  The company provided ones will be good for your friends or family members, but won’t allow you to generate leads on your own.

“The Fortune is in the follow-up” Every Successful Network Marketer Ever

Here is what you want to look for when using and an outside marketing system.

  • Capture Pages (non-company specific is best I think for curiosity sake)
  • Pre-Made and customizable pages (availability is good)
  • Customer relation manager (must be able to follow up, make notes, and schedule follow up calls.
  • An email autoresponder.  (You need to have a way to follow up with people when you can’t reach them by phone.  Great for list building too.)
  • An email broadcast feature (ability to send email broadcast to all your prospects at one time)
  • A way to earn commission (affiliate commissions).  Get your system for free or get paid to share with others.  Many may not join your company as they may already be with a company, but a 3rd party tool can always make a difference.

Which system have I found with all of the following above?  The company is called Prosperity Central and they have been around for about the last 6 or 7 years.  Everything is already set up for the novice and customizable for the pro.  If you have lots of leads to follow up with they have a software called Phoneburner that is built into their program which allows you to make calls up to 4 times faster than dialing manually.  I find it very helpful when I do big campaigns that generate a 100 or more leads a day and I need to follow up by phone.  In terms of price?  You can get started for as little as a $1 per day with all the bells and whistles ($25 per month) and if you refer 3 its free.  I’ve had my system for over 6 years and it’s never costed me a penny as my affiliates pay my monthly membership fee.  If you’d like to test drive it for free you can do that by clicking here.  I’ve also put together a short video below that shows you how it works.