My 20 Dollar Travel Business Opportunity Exposed! Read Before You Join

Are you researching the My 20 Dollar Travel Business to make sure it’s worth joining? You have come to the right place. I will give you a review based off my experience with it. I always give fair reviews where I first define what the business opportunity is and then I go over the good points of the opportunity, then the bad and the ugly. Let’s dive right in….

My 20 Dollar Travel Business

Information

Owner: Steve Gresham

Website: https://my20dollarbusiness.com/

Headquarters: Athens, GA USA

Founded: 2019

Cost to join: Either $1, $20, or $100 per month

My 20 Dollar Travel Business

Purpose

For $20 per month this business offers a travel search engine similar to Expedia, Priceline, or any other travel sight. The difference in their search engine is that the hotel rates are discounted. Most of them will save you about 10% to 20% off, some as high as 75% off. 

Business owners get access to this search engine, plus the opportunity to recruit other business owners and make a monthly residual income through 10 levels deep in a 2×10 forced matrix with the highest percentage paid out on the 10th level.

4 Review Criteria

What I look for in a Network Marketing company such as My 20 Dollar Travel Business are the following criteria:

  1. Does it have a system that I can can follow?
  2. Will I have the ability to brand myself?
  3. Will I have a mentor or a support team?
  4. Does the Company stand the test of time? Have they been around at least 10 years or more?

Does My 20 Dollar Travel Business have a system that I can can follow?

They do have a little bit of a system, but I have seen far better, especially in this day and age of internet marketing. In today’s internet marketing world, you should expect a system that sells your MLM business opportunity and/or your business’s products in an automated fashion.

The replicated website they give you is beautifully designed with a picture of a beautiful beach in the background, and they give some great information that your prospects will need to know, but I feel the layout is too noisy. It is easy for your prospect to get lost, which could in turn cause them to leave the website and not sign up for your business.

Can you create your own funnel web page that markets My 20 Dollar Business? You could, but it gets tricky, they require approval of your own self-created marketing tools that are not their own and from my experience, most MLM companies with this rule are unlikely to approve your own marketing tools.

The company highly emphasizes sharing the opportunity with friends and family. While this works for some people who have a high influence over their friends and family, it doesn’t work for the majority of people, hence the 95% failure rate. In 2020, internet marketing should be the main way to grow your downline.

They do offer decent emails with decent ad copy that you can use, but most of them are written to friends and family and very few are written in a way that would be effective to cold email leads. If you want to write your own emails, you must get their approval and we all know where that goes.

Will I have the ability to brand myself with

My 20 Dollar Travel Business?

With overemphasis on sharing with friends and family only, and with needing to get permission for any of your own marketing materials, it is extremely difficult to impossible to brand yourself. When everyone has the same replicated website, you look like everyone else and with only sharing with friends and family you are doing the same thing as everyone else. It’s hard to stand out and attract lots of prospects on auto-pilot with such strict and rigid rules.

Will I have a Mentor or a Support Team with

My 20 Dollar Travel Business?

This depends on your upline. If your direct upline is a proven leader who teaches, supports, and encourages his downline, then yes, you will have a mentor and your success will be a lot easier and faster. But, also make sure your sponsor is also someone who believes in 2020 online marketing methods. Steer clear of any downline who discourages modern business building and only encourages warm marketing methods only.

As far as a support team, the closest that My 20 Dollar Business has to a support team is a customer department. I don’t really consider them to be a support team. As support team should be a forum of other business builders who help each other out where you can ask questions and someone with experience will answer. You can also answer someones question and everyone grows together.

Does the

My 20 Dollar Travel Business

stand the test of time? Have they been around at least 10 years or more?

The quick answer to this question is “No”. My 20 Dollar Travel Business has been around since 2019. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. There are some advantages to joining at the ground floor level, but there is also bigger risk in the company going out of business. Nothing sucks more than building a huge downline with a 5 figure monthly income only to have it taken away from you overnight. Only 10 percent of new businesses last 5 years, and of those that survive, only 10 percent of those survivors last 10 years or more. This is true with brick and mortar businesses, and it’s true of MLM businesses too.

Other Pros and Cons of joining

My 20 Dollar Business

Pros:

  • Low cost to entry, either $1 per month, $20 per month, or $100 per month
  • semi-weekly business opportunity conference calls
  • great product, the travel search engine really does save you money on hotels
  • Other opportunities to save money such as weekly grocery coupons
  • weekly fast start bonuses

Cons:

  • Strict rules on marketing your business
  • Confusing back office, it’s hard to find banners and marketing materials for example
  • Company has been around a short time, higher risk of closing up shop
  • Confusing replicated business website, can turn potential prospects away
  • Per sponsor monthly payout is really low on levels 1-9, it’s only high on the 10th level

Conclusion

Some may be asking if My 20 Dollar Travel Business is a scam.  No, it is not a scam at all, but I wasn’t really impressed overall.  If I were to give an overall score to My 20 Dollar Travel Business, I would give it 2.5 stars out of 5.

There are some good aspects of My 20 Dollar Travel Business Opportunity and there are definitely bad aspects, it really depends on your preference. It just didn’t add up for me because of a lack of a good system to follow, the difficulty in branding myself, the lack of a support team, and the lack of time in business. 

However, if you are looking to start an online business and you want a compensation plan that’s very simple and easy to understand, where you can brand yourself and have an easy to follow system, with no PV requirements to get paid, I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate. You can read my Dead Honest Review of Wealthy Affiliate here for more details.

What more, if you do decide to join My 20 Dollar Travel Business or any other MLM, Wealthy Affiliate is a great companion to help you build your business, because you can set up a website that advertises your business opportunity and your products. So either way, check it out.

Why 95% of People Fail in Business and How to Become the 5%

There are usually a few reasons why you are failing at your business, but this reason is the biggest one. If you can master this, you inevitably will arrive at success. This applies to you whether you are doing e-commerce, network marketing, or affiliate marketing. One of the biggest reasons is the lack of:

Consistency

This has to be the biggest or one of the biggest reasons you are not succeeding. You’ve heard the phrase that consistency is the key to success, right? So let’s talk about consistency.

How to be Consistent

It would be helpful to spell out the dictionary definition of consistency. The best definition I found out there is “steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, or form.” Basically, you never give up and you remain steadfast to processes without giving up. You have dream, you have a goal. Keep going until you get there!

But Is it enough to be consistent? Notice in the definition that it mentions principles, course, or form? So you find principles and a course that is proven to work and you need to follow them consistently. Sounds simple right? It really is, but lets delve a little deeper. Shall we?

Correct Consistency vs Incorrect Consistency

I don’t care how consistent you are with an activity. If it’s not effective, you will not be successful. So if you are following a form that doesn’t work, then it’s time to change course. This is why it’s helpful to have a mentor who has been there before and can show you the ropes. You learn the ropes, take action, and don’t stop! It really is that simple.

Now you might be saying to yourself that you’ve tried what your mentor has taught you, but you’re not seeing results. I’ve also been consistent and my bank account is still in the double digits. Why?

Are you Really Consistent?

You need to ask yourself the following question:

How long have I been working at this? 3 weeks? 6 months? 1 year? How long do I need to work at my affiliate marketing business before I see results? The time it takes to be successful varies from person to person. For some the process is natural and they make only take a few months. However for most people, it takes 2 to 5 years! It’s a process of growth that you need to go through.

Ask yourself the following:

How long have you stuck to business opportunities before giving up and saying it doesn’t work? Did you give it 5 years of solid consistency? Or did you give it 6 months of waivering effort? I find that most unsuccessful people answer with the latter.

Be Part of the 5% by Doing This

First, determine what if whatever business opportunity you are in is one that you are passionate about. If you don’t feel good about the opportunity or the products, then you need to find a business where you can be passionate, because passion drives consistency. Without passion, being consistent is like trying to push a Hummer up a hill with your bare hands.

Second, if your business opportunity is something you are passionate about or if you found such a business. Have a meeting with your mentor, this could be someone in your upline who is already making full time income from the business. Ask them to share what activities they did to build their business. Most likely there will be more than one, so take those that you can see yourself doing, that fit your personality and income budget.

Third, do those business building activities consistently for at least the next 5 years. Make small adjustments as you see fit. Keep an open mind to new ideas your mentor may discover and try those out too.

Remember, with persistence and consistency success will follow. There will be ups and downs on the road to success. The best way to keep positive is to be constantly reading success books or listening to success audio books or podcasts. Affirmations to yourself are helpful too. Keep going! Do not give up on your dreams! See you at the top!

Master Yourself, and Master Your Life

When you can master your life 100%, you get to call the shots. You decide where you want to work, how you want to work, how much money you want to make and without limits, where you want to live, how you want to live and what you want to me. When you are your own master, nobody can dictate any of the above. It is entirely up to you.

It sounds great! Doesn’t it?

But Wait!!! There’s one thing. Have your learned to master yourself?

If I were to make a guess, I would say “not quite”. If I’m wrong, you need not read any further, but if you are like 99% of the people, you can do better with this.

Until you learn to master yourself, you cannot master your life and becoming financially free will be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

What does it mean to master oneself? More importantly How?

To master yourself, you need to first break bad and non-productive habits. If you are addicted to drugs, including alcohol, you will first need to overcome these habits. They not only waste time and money. They waste your mind and they sap motivation. Show me someone who is hung-over or high, I guaran-damn-tee you that they are not doing anything that will make them rich. You will see these people call into work sick, or worse, show-up drunk and completely screw something up.

Overcoming such habits as drugs or alcohol is not easy. To overcome them quickly and more easily, it is advisable to seek professional help. You will usually have a team of psychologists and psychiatrists who know the ins and outs of breaking habits and who serve as friends and cheerleaders for you throughout your process of breaking habits.

After you have gotten rid of the bad habits, you need to replace them with good and productive habits. If you want to be rich, you need to start implementing the same habits rich people have.

Consider this the HOW:

Below are some habits that rich people have that you can implement in your life starting now:

  1. Start reading books on a consistent basis. If you read my article on how reading can help you be rich, you will see that wealthy people read an average over 60 books per year. That may seem like a lot, so you can start out a little less. Perhaps you can read 30 books per year or you may even be able to read a book a week. If you don’t feel you have time to read, think of all the things you do to waste time. How many hours do you watch TV per week? Can you limit that? If you truly do not have time to read, you may want to invest in some audio books or sign up with Audible and listen to books while driving to work or while exercising. It is recommended that you read books on success, leadership, business, wealth, although you can read some fiction too. Not only does reading books teach you new skills, it will make you more of a master of yourself. Remember? If you master yourself, you master your life. Reading books is a great start!
  2. Start getting up early. Did you know that the majority of wealthy people get up between 4 and 5 in the morning? The saying “the early bird gets the worm” really means something. I would say “The early human gets the cash”. We tend to waste a lot of time during the evenings and stay up way too late, so we have trouble getting up early, if we get up early, we tend to get the day started early and get a lot more done. When evening comes around, you will find that you will be too tired to stay up late and will find it easy to get to bed. This transition is not easy, but it will payoff and in more ways than just being able to get more done. You also learn to master yourself even further, and remember, if you master yourself, you master your life.
  3. Take 15 minutes each day to relax, meditate, and think. When your mind is in a relaxed state of mind, ideas will more easily flow to you. Sometimes these ideas will be money making ideas.
  4. Start a side business. I am saying this assuming you work a regular 9 to 5 job since that is what most people do. Most wealthy people earn their big money from businesses, not from a job. Don’t quit your day job, continue working hard at it, but when you return home, you spend at least 5 to 10 hours per week working your side business. Once you earn enough money from your business to cover your expenses plus some, then you can quit your day job. MLM and affiliate marketing are great ways to start. My Affiliate Marketing business is Wealthy Affiliate and with this you have the potential to replace your full time income.

There are more habits that you will need to build to fully master your life, but these are a great start. Remember, master yourself, and master your life. See you at the top!

This One Thing will Make or Break You

There is One Thing inside of each of us that can determine whether we will be financially successful or dead broke. This one thing is why some people live on the streets, while others live in a multi-million dollar penthouse in Manhattan. It’s this one thing that determines if someone is happily married or living in solitary loneliness.

What is this thing? It is:

Attitude!


Our attitude determines how we meet the challenges that present themselves to us each day. All of us have crappy moments, crappy days, crappy weeks, crappy months, even crappy years. It’s how we react to these challenges that determines whether we come out winners or losers on the other side.

The Rich Have Gone Through Trials Too

People are under the mistaken belief that the rich have become how they are because of dumb luck, or because they were born into a rich family. Although the latter can be true, in most cases, the rich are rich because they set a goal, and they stuck with it through thick and thin. The road to riches is jam-packed full of trials, pitfalls, struggles, doubt, depression, feelings of worthlessness, and most people give up. The rich have persisted with a winning attitude, and if they get knocked over, they get back up again. If they face pitfalls, they may take a day or two rest and they get back up again and persist until they reach their goal.

How a Bad Attitude Kept a Collegue Poor and Single

I know of a guy, let’s call him Grouchy Gus. Now Gus was not his real name as I want to keep it private. This man’s wife divorced him 12 years ago at the time of this writing. He felt so hurt by this loss, that even today, he is not in any type of loving relationship with anyone right now. He often talks about how much he would love to get back together with his ex-wife. On the same note, he will talk about the terrible things she does to him to try to collect more and more money for child support, including lying to the judge in court, yet he cannot let go of her.

I don’t want to minimize how hard a divorce can be on someone, it’s a life-altering event that can be extremely difficult to get past. However, the attitude someone in that position needs to have is an abundance attitude. He first needs to accept the fact that he will never get back with his wife again, and that there are other women out there with whom he is compatible. If he had this better attitude, he would probably be in a different place today. He would probably be with someone and would probably have a better career, better health, and a happier life.

Have you heard the saying that if you succeed heavily in just one aspect of your life, that other aspects fall into place pretty much automatically? The same is true for those who let one aspect fail in their life. If you let your love life fail because you are unwilling to move on, your career, health, and happiness will likely go with it.

Read an Autobiography on Someone Successful

You should be reading at least a book per week. That’s what the rich do…..Get this right and other aspects will fall into place. One of your books can be an autobiography, or even a biography on a rich person or successful person. Abraham Lincoln has some biographies written about him and his life of extreme struggle, depression, loss, and disappointment, all leading up to his presidency. What was his secret to overcoming all these challenges and being recognized as one of the most successful people in history? His attitude, he had the right attitude and stuck to his goals.

Read some other biographies and autobiographies of successful people and you will often find stories of struggle, of loss, of depression, and how they overcame these hurdles with the right attitude.

What you can do now

No matter where you are now, if you are in a crappy low-paying job, lonely, divorced, even if you feel you are a downright loser. Try to change your attitude from this moment forward and have the attitude that you will win in life. Look at your current state of affairs, and see them as a temporary setback. See the light at the end of the tunnel and run toward it. It won’t be easy, but with the right attitude, you can do anything and you can overcome any challenge and come out stronger on the other side.

Robert Kiyosaki’s Book on Network Marketing!

Everybody and anybody who’s somebody in the world of entrepreneurship knows that Robert Kiyosaki has written several books on financial freedom, investing, and much more.

There are not a lot of people however, who know that he has written a book about Network Marketing. I think the biggest reason people don’t realize that he has written such a book is because the Title of the book does not contain the words Network Marketing, MLM, nor Multi-level Marketing, not even Direct Selling!

Robert Kiyosaki’s book on Network Marketing is titled The Business School For People Who Like Helping People.

 

Reading this book will do 4 things for you. It will:

  1. Help you determine if Network Marketing is the best path for you

  2. Remove any doubts you may have on the legitimacy of MLM
  3. Re-ignite or increase your level of belief in MLM
  4. Re-ignite or increase your level of excitement and motivation

This book does not:

  1. Provide tips on network marketing
  2. Teach business building skills
  3. Recommend any specific Network Marketing Company

Help you determine if Network Marketing is the best path for you

There are many paths you can take to reach your financial goals, especially if your goal is Financial Freedom. Network marketing is just one of these paths. Robert Kiyosaki lists other ways you can become rich outside of Network Marketing and he gives the pros and cons of each.

Robert also spells out the kind of person you need to become in order to be successful in Network Marketing. The Title says it all, you need to like helping people, whether that’s helping someone learn the skills needed to succeed in their business, or helping them save money on their utilities or take better care of their health through the supplements you sell.

He also explains the benefits that come from becoming successful in a network marketing business, not just in more money and more free time, but other benefits that snowball from more money and more time.

Finally, Robert will let you know what type of person will NOT be successful Network Marketing and will even tell you story of someone he knows who was at one time extremely successful in MLM, lost everything, and went bankrupt and what you can do to avoid letting this happen to you.

Remove any doubts you may have on the legitimacy of MLM

Let’s face it, Network Marketing is probably one of the most controversial ways to make money and to reach financial freedom. In my opinion, the industry is misunderstood, I think if most people looked at the industry with fresh eyes and an open mind, they would see this a very legitimate way to reach one’s financial goals and not just an industry of pyramid schemes.

Because of this stigma that Network Marketing has, and because of the lots of the rejection that comes with marketing this type of business opportunity, sometimes these doubts will enter into the minds of those who are Network Marketers. They may question themselves on whether what they are doing is legitimate or even honest. These doubts, if left unchecked, can impede the growth and progress of Network Marketers.

The good news is, that reading this book removes those doubts. Hearing a very successful business man give his positive, but very detailed insight and opinion on the Network Marketing industry is a great way to remove these doubts and increase confidence. It feels like you have Robert on your team as a cheerleader.

Re-ignite or increase your level of belief in MLM

Once you remove the doubts you may have about what you are doing, it becomes a lot easier to increase your level of belief in MLM. This book gives you a comparison with other business models and really lets you see how MLM may be the best way to reach financial freedom. He lists the benefits that come from doing MLM and your belief level goes up.

Re-ignite or increase your level of excitement and motivation

Once your belief goes up, you become really excited and really motivated about your business. Robert Kiyosaki’s wording in this book is very upbeat and positive. Reading this book and reading his words will give you a similar experience that you would have if you were listening to a motivational seminar put on by one of the highest income earners in your MLM company. It’s funny that Robert did not earn his wealth from a Network Marketing company, in this book, it sounds like he’s an expert in the industry.

This is only some of what this book does. This book will dispel a myth about the MLM industry too. Have you ever heard someone tell you that you do not need to sell or be a salesperson to be successful in MLM? Robert touches on the importance of sales skills and MLM in this book.

The Business School For People Who Like Helping People is one of the best books on Network Marketing and despite how much information is packed in this book, it is only 128 pages. You can read this book in just a few hours, even if your’e a slow reader.

Pick up a copy of this book today, and see what difference this will make in your business and your finances!

 

Does Religion Get in the Way of Financial Success?

This may be viewed as a controversial post, but it really shouldn’t be. Many religious people believe they have to choose between being rich and a humble follower of God. Some of this stems from Biblical verses found in the New Testament. Some of this belief comes from what is said at the pulpit from local pastors, and some of this stems from certain religions’ specific beliefs about following an exact blue print that God wants you to follow, and being rich ain’t part of this blue print.

Biblical Verses

The two most sighted verses from the New Testament are

“For the love of money is the root of all evil”

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

So many Christian people will look at these verses as well as some others and will come to the conclusion that being wealthy is evil.

Sometimes they will have a winning financial opportunity fall right into their lap, and when all they have to do is take action, they choose to rattle off one of these verses and they push the opportunity away.

Other times they will use these verses as an excuse to not get ahead at their place of employment.

Back when I was an Indepedent Rep for the MLM company Excel Communications (out of business now), it was my first MLM that I had ever joined and I was really excited. I went and told my church friends all about it and tried to recruit them. Although I had no luck with them, other than a couple of people who signed up as customers, there was one particular guy, we will call him John, even though that wasn’t his name.

While most people at my church just said they weren’t interested, this particular guy John really made an effort to try to “save” me. He quoted both of the verses above, and many more. I only mentioned the MLM opportunity to him once, but we talked about it many times over the course of more than a year. He was the opposite of that guy who can’t shut up about his MLM opportunity. He couldn’t stop trying to convince me to leave my MLM opportunity.

Now here’s where it gets interesting. He was a pretty bright young man, but he worked in road construction making $8 an hour. He lived in a poor and unfortunately dangerous side of town. He drove an old car that always broke down, in other words, he was the epitome of poor. I even tried to coax him into jobs that paid $12 an hour that I knew he was more than qualified for, but he was insistent on staying put at all cost. He really took those Biblical verses to heart and refused to pull himself up by his boot straps.

Intentionally keeping one self poor is far more evil than becoming wealthy.

Local Pastors and Leaders

There were quite a number of people in one of my church congregations who were recruited by a guy who was also in our congregation to join the MLM company Amway. He recruited a small handful of people, and they went out and pretty much tried to recruit everyone else. Some people in the congregation complained to the pastor and the pastor decided to get up to the pulpit and do something about it.

Instead of going up to the pulpit and requesting people to not bother other congregation members about their MLM opportunity, he got up and outright condemned the whole business model of MLM, calling it an evil abomination and calling those who were involved in this MLM business to repentance. Now, this was Amway, a legitimate MLM opportunity. Now, what effect did this have? Well, people in the congregation for the most part believed him and walked away from that sermon with the belief that MLM is evil. How dare someone try to be rich!!!

God has a Blueprint, being rich ain’t part of it

Okay, not all religions follow this belief, but there are some. And what does this whole blueprint thing even mean? Have you ever heard anyone say “thy will be done”? In some religions, it is believed that you need to follow God’s will on everything in life, whether that be employment, a career choice, even a spouse. You will hear it said, sometimes in the form of an excuse, “it’s wasn’t God’s will.”

This has gotten so extreme, that they are people who don’t even live for themselves. They feel they need God’s permission to do just about anything. Just as the Biblical verses mentioned above do, they allow this belief of needing to follow God’s will to hinder success in the workplace and becoming rich, all because they are afraid that following such a course of action to wealth……..just may be against God’s will for me.

During some of my attempts to share an MLM opportunity with members of my congregation, some of them answered to me that they needed to pray about it to see if God would give them permission. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with praying about a business opportunity, but it’s all in how you do it, praying for God’s permission versus praying for financial success.

During a time when I was struggling with my MLM business, my roommate who was part of my congregation suggested that I was not having success because what I was doing was against God’s will and that God did not want me to be rich.

If you spend your time waiting to get God’s permission to be rich, you will forever stay poor.

Sometimes I wonder why rich people sometimes stray away from their church and congregation. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the judge mental attitude toward rich people that exists in their church. -_- Sense the sarcasm there?

How to be Wealthy and Religious

As a religious person myself, I will state this in the most sensitive way I know how:

“It is not a sin for you to be rich! It is not against God’s will for you to be rich!”

As far as the Bible verses go. Just remember to be generous with your extra wealth. Donate to charities generously. Give to the poor. If you do this and do it on a consistent basis, these Bible verses do not apply to you.

Also, if you are generous, it will never be against’s God’s will for you to be rich. Did he not command us to give to the poor? How can we possibly do this……..if we are poor?

What more? According to the universal Law of Attraction, the more you give, the more you will receive. So those who are not generous and become evil because of their wealth, are likely to lose it all anyway.

Final Word

I hope that I did not come off anti-religious in this post. I am actually quite religious myself. I don’t mock religion as much as a mock some religious people who take their religion to the point of being self-destructive.

People Must Like You – important!

You may be tempted to overlook and ignore this post. I beg of you, for your own good, to read this post all the way through. Why? Because people prefer doing business with people they like! On the flip side, NOBODY likes to do business with people they do not like. It’s really that simple.

How can you get people to like you?

The answer is simple, but the process and the bad habits you need to break and the good habits you need to adopt are not easy. However, the largest and most difficult journeys begin with a single step.

What can you do today to make more people start to like you?

1. Show an interest in them

It is tempting to go out in public or to a party and want to talk about ourselves a lot. We want to talk about our job, our family, our spouse, our kids, our house, our successes, and much much more.

I admit it feels good, but take a moment to switch roles. What if someone else approached you or had a conversation with you and all they talked about was them self? How would you feel? Well, if you’re like most people, you would probably resent that person and maybe even make fun of him or her behind his back. So keep this in mind if you are tempted to tell someone about all the places you have traveled.

Do this instead:

Next time you are with a friend, or a new acquaintance, ask the other person questions about himself or herself. Be genuinely interested in their responses and learning about them as a whole. If you adopt the philosophy that you can learn something new from everybody with whom you come in contact, it will make it easier to find interest in them.

After each question you ask about them, let them respond and you listen to them. Do not talk, do not interrupt them, but do be interested. Don’t fake it or don’t go into the conversation with any other motive other than their interests.

2. Complement them

During the course of your conversation, or other circumstances where you are dealing with people, find something they do well and complement them on it. Just like with showing interest in them, make sure it is genuine. If you can’t find anything to complement them on, don’t complement them. Being phony is always a lot worse than saying nothing at all.

If you are at a restaurant and your waiter/server provides you with excellent service, you let them know about it. What will that person do? They will go home at the end of the day feeling like a million dollars. Imagine if a lot more people did that, imagine the impact that would have on society.

3. Look to solve their needs, not your needs

This sounds very obvious and seems like it should belong in the course People 101, but it would surprise you how many people in Sales or Network Marketing go out to work with the mentality of trying to make a commission, or trying to build a downline. They go out prospecting for themselves and their own success in mind, that they completely fail to think about the person to whom they are selling.

When you are selling a product or selling a business opportunity, always ask questions of the other person to discover their true needs and their true desires. If what you are selling is a match for them, they will know it and will basically sell it to themselves. You may have to give a gentle little push to resolve any remaining concerns they may have, but you should never have to convince them or hard-sell them. If your product or service is not a match, then that’s okay too. No need to push a service down someone’s throat who doesn’t need it.

Do you want a satisfied customer after the sale who will tell everyone how great you are because you listen to them, complement them, and look to resolve their needs? Or would you rather have a dissatisfied customer who tells everyone that you pressured them into buying something they did not need or want, or would you rather deal with returns and Better Business Bureau complaints? None of this sounds pleasant, so always put their needs first.

How does this apply to MLM sponsoring?

Would you rather discover a prospect’s needs and find out that your MLM opportunity is not a good fit for their needs and goals and they do not join you, but go out and tell their friends how awesome you are. Or you find out that your business opportunity is for them, they do join you and they work their tail off to grow their business, thereby making you more money?

Or

Would you rather hard sell someone into joining your organization when it’s not a good fit, and they resent you, talk bad about you to their friends, and even file a complaint against you with your MLM company?

I think the answer is obvious.

Getting in the habit of being interested in other people and their needs is not an easy habit to acquire, but if you do, success is yours, no matter what industry you are in.

So today, try to get people to like you by implementing the above strategies, even if you don’t do them perfectly, you will probably have more people liking you, and the more people that like you, the more people that will want to do business with you.

 

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Hello, and Happy Memorial Day to those of you who live in the USA such as myself. I hope you are enjoying your 3-day weekend (at least the majority of you) and that’s you have so far spent a good time with family and friends chatting and eating delicious food.

It’s still Monday morning where I am located and the day is still fairly young. Between barbecues and festivities of this weekend, if you haven’t already, I recommend that you take a few minutes to think about the people who have died for our country in defense of our freedom to live, to have families at whatever size we want, to have free enterprise, and to worship how we choose. It’s a brave and heroic thing for men and women to put their lives on the line in defense of our country and today we remember those who have died fighting for our right to be free. My Grandfather fought in World War 2, and even though he passed away 5 years ago and survived during World War 2, his legacy of sacrifice for his time spent serving will be remembered in my family for generations too.

Free Enterprise

Of course, with this being a business blog, I will be talking about one of the core freedoms we have because of those who have died for us, and that is the free enterprise system we have in the USA. This is a freedom very few people take advantage of, and I believe more people need to take advantage of this freedom. So many people have talents that could make them millionaires if they would just tap into those talents and use them to serve as many people as possible.

Almost everybody not just in the USA, but worldwide choose to take the easier path of trading their time for money and most have only enough money to pay the bills. I believe that is a tragedy and we are not taking advantage of the gift we have been given; free enterprise.

Don’t get me wrong, we need employees who work for people and who work for companies, but there needs to be a balance. Right now, there are too many employees vs businesses, that is why there are unemployment problems that still exist in certain parts of our country and certain parts of the world.

So, if you have a small spark inside of an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to seriously think about what you can do to start a small free enterprise company outside of your day job, where you can start making some money in your spare time. If you really put a lot of energy into learning some skills, growing your business, and learning from your mistakes, you may be able to make enough money some day that you will be able to leave your full time job if you so choose.

Free Enterprise Worldwide

I realize that a large portion of my audience is outside the USA and this blog post applies to you just as much. The USA is not the only free enterprise country. In fact, the USA is not even the best free enterprise country in the world. In today’s world, fortunately there are many countries that are free enterprise zones where people can choose to make money how they wish and to make as much as they wish.

According to a 2012 study, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland are among the best of the free enterprise economy countries. Now my point here is not to compare which country is better than the other when it comes to free enterprise. My point here is that there are many places around the world that are free enterprise zones, and that benefits everybody. It especially benefits those who run an online worldwide business versus those who a have a local brick and mortar business.

Worldwide Business

The ideal business for today’s world is a world-wide business:

You can start a business from scratch, hire employees, grow your business, branch out across your state/region, then branch out across your country, and then branch out across the world.

or

You can start an online business, you can expand it across the world right away, you don’t have to hire employees if you don’t want, and you can usually grow it much more quickly and cheaply than you can a standard brick and mortar business.

Obviously you need skills to be able to do either of the above directly.

First, if you haven’t already, I would read a couple of books that can teach you how to think like an entrepreneur. The first two books I recommend before any others are Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant (read them in that order).

If you want to start a business online from the comfort of your own home, you need to learn online marketing skills, such as SEO and Social Media Marketing. Wealthy Affiliate University is the best platform for that and you can sign up as a starter member for free.

Conclusion

The bottom line, is a lot of us have the gift of Free Enterprise in our countries, and we should remember those who came before us that made Free Enterprise a possibility where ever we live in this world. We also need to take advantage of this free gift.

There are so many tools out there that can teach us how to not only start our own business, but that can teach us how to be rich. I hate to say it, but it’s true, highly paid entrepreneurs have more freedom than employees (including highly paid employees). At this point it comes down to you and what you want to do. You have the freedom to choose. Choose wisely.

Stop Being Jealous of the Rich….

Jealous of the rich? Well, depending on your goals, that may not be the wisest thing to do. If your goal is to be rich someday, that is most certainly not a feeling you want to have toward wealthy people. If your goal is to get a good job that pays well, you probably would not want to despise the rich either. There quite a few reasons why you should not only not be jealous of the rich, but to actually and genuinely be happy for them and even praise them.

You repel what you despise

Whatever you despise in life, you repel it away from you. What is the opposite of repel? Attract! The law of attraction is a real universal law that applies do you whether you like it or not, or whether you believe it or not. So when you are thankful for other people’s success and you praise them deep inside, you are actually attracting more success to your self. Do you ever wonder why those co-workers of yours who complain a lot about the company and about the CEO somehow never manage to get promoted? Do you notice that those who are thankful to the company and are thankful for their job are the ones who get promoted and move up in the company? This all falls under the law of attraction and this will always be the case.

So the opposite of the word attract is repel. Does it not make sense then that those who complain about a company or about a CEO are really repelling success in their own lives?

Are you guilty of complaining at work? I am not here to condemn, I have been there before, and there is something you can do about it.

Decide from this moment forward, that you will be thankful for the success of your employer and the CEO of the company you work for, that you will praise him or her, and that you will wish more success.

As you do this, you will realize for yourself how important of a role you play within your company and you will actually find yourself working harder for the company’s success. This is in turn do at least two things for you. 1. You will be happier at work, and 2. You will likely get promoted as opportunities come up as you will stand out from other co-workers.

Don’t repel wealth, Attract it

If you are reading this blog post, you are likely looking for more out of life than just being a good employee and moving up in the company. Or you are looking at this blog post because the Title is somewhat controversial and you want to see why someone like me could be so crazy as to conjure up such as crazy idea. Either way, this is good advice for every body including you.

Do you want to be rich? At the same time, do you find yourself criticizing the rich for their overly large houses or having 24 luxury cars? Have you ever found yourself referring to the rich as “rich snobs”? As stated above, this attitude toward the rich will keep you poor and this will continue to be the case until you not only stop, but also until you start being happy for the rich and being thankful that they are around. Think about it, if there were no rich people, you wouldn’t even know what being rich is. Sometime in your life, you heard about rich people, and you were inspired to decide to be rich yourself, right? In a way you were praising the rich and you wanted to be just like them, right? You need to get back to that mindset again today.

You cannot attract that which you despise…..

On the flip side, you will attract that which you are thankful for and that which you praise.

What you can do starting today

Do you want to see your life turn around quickly? Do you want to see yourself grow in your career? Do you want to start making a lot more money than you are currently? Then do this:

  • Start being thankful for your job.
  • Be thankful to your CEO for working really hard to get up to his or her current level in the company.
  • Be thankful to and praise all the rich people you know
  • Be thankful for the money you are making now even if it is a meager amount

Making the 4 changes above will immediately begin the process of attracting more good in your life. You will begin to enjoy work more. If you have a boss that treats you in a lousy way, he or she will start treating you better, or your boss may change completely to a better boss.

You will see opportunities to move up in your company and you will be able to more easily move up compared to those co-workers who are not exercising these changes.

If being rich is your goal, you will start attracting business opportunities to yourself and you will attract certain people to your life that will help you achieve your goals of becoming wealthy. Although you should exercise caution and use good judgment before jumping into any business opportunity, when you feel good about one, you should jump in with both feet.

One way to get the ball rolling for yourself in an online business, is to be educated on how to launch an online business. You can also begin earning while you are learning. The best training platform for this is Wealthy Affiliate. If an online business is not your cup of tea, there are other ways to become rich. You can begin buying franchises, you can invest in real estate, or start a business from scratch. It is up to you.

Either way, don’t be critical of the rich, this is the surefire way to not be successful in life. Be thankful for them and you will open the door of abundance to yourself.

ACN: The Dead Honest Truth…..Read before you join

ACN Information

Owner: Charles Barker

Website: acninc.com

Headquarters: Concord, NC

Founded: 1993

Cost to join: $499

ACN Purpose

ACN provides utilities such as phone service through VOIP, energy, high-speed internet, home security, and Satellite TV sold through a Network Marketing or Multi-Level Marketing business model. When a representative signs up for ACN they are referred to as an Independent Business Owner (IBO) and they are authorized to sell these services to themselves and to others. IBOs earn a monthly residual commission based off their sales and if they sponsor IBOs on their team they can earn a monthly residual commission off their sponsored team members’ sales down through 7 levels.

4 Review Criteria

What I look for in a Network Marketing company such as ACN are the following criteria:

  1. Does it have a system that I can can follow?
  2. Will I have the ability to brand myself?
  3. Will I have a mentor or a support team?
  4. Does the Company stand the test of time? Have they been around at least 10 years or more?

Does ACN have a system that I can can follow?

ACN’s business model as well as many other MLM companies is to build your business through your warm market. You contact friends and family and attempt to sell them home phone VOIP service, Satellite TV, and/or high-speed internet and you also may sell them the business opportunity at ACN in order to sign them up as an IBO on your team.

Personally, I don’t consider tapping into your warm market a full business system that anyone can follow. In order to have a good and full business system in the 21st century, it must include training on how to build your business online. You would need to learn how to sponsor new IBOs through online marketing AND acquire new customers (non-IBOs) with ACN, which may prove tricky because ACN offers services that are already offered by so many competitors, and there is nothing that is really different that stands out with ACN’s services vs. the competition. For example, they sell high-speed internet through existing carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Century-Link. Why would some stranger sign up through you and ACN instead of signing up directly with AT&T or Verizon?

Really, the only way to acquire customers through ACN is through the warm market, since they will be more willing to do you a “favor” and sign up to be your customer when they can just sign up for Dish Network through Dish Network directly. If you suck with your warm market, you are screwed.

Will I have the ability to brand myself with ACN?

ACN them self does not train you to brand yourself, you are selling their services and in some cases other service providers such as AT&T and Dish Network. You can brand yourself with any business opportunity including ACN, but you best find a sponsor who can train you in branding yourself. When you brand yourself, you will be able to sponsor more easily, and strangers will be more willing to buy the services from you too, because they are buying from you and your brand, not from AT&T.

Will I have a Mentor or a Support Team with ACN?

If you are sponsored by a Mentoring type of sponsor, then yes, you will have a mentor with ACN or any other business opportunity. Does ACN have a support team? No, the company itself does not have a support team other than customer service, it’s important to join a winning team and a good sponsor if you want multiple people helping you to grow your business.

Does the ACN stand the test of time? Have they been around at least 10 years or more?

Yes, this is one of the pluses of ACN, they have been around 25 years at the time of by writing this. They have stood the test of time, while their previous competitors such as Excel Communications and Fortune High Tech Marketing have both fallen by the wayside.

Other Pros and Cons of joining ACN

Pros:

  • You are selling products that people already use every day, you are not asking anyone to buy something they haven’t bought before or may not need
  • You would be joining an MLM company that has stood the test of time, the chances of them ever closing up shop are slim
  • You can earn a residual monthly income off your customers, and your team’s customers down through 7 levels, if you can build down that low, you can make some serious money in residual commissions

Cons:

  • High starting cost at $499, even though this is way cheaper than buying a franchise, or building your own business from scratch, it is higher than a lot of other MLM companies
  • You have to be good and tight with your warm marketing as that is really the only way to acquire customers (non-IBOs), otherwise you may not have a very large customer base, which can significantly reduce your earnings.
  • Building up residual income from your customers and your downline customers takes a lot of time, and residuals will be tiny for the first while. There are weekly paid customer acquisition bonuses, but you must have 600 customers points between your own customers and those of your team, and that can take time too.

The Verdict

So, the verdict is that ACN is legit, it’s not a scam. However, you need to be good with your warm marketing in order to truly be successful and that leaves so many people out in the dust limiting not only them, but those who are trying to sponsor others into their business.

However, if you are looking to start an online business and you want a compensation plan that’s very simple and easy to understand, where you can brand yourself and have an easy to follow system, and you can completely suck with your warm market, I would recommend Wealthy Affiliate. You can read by Dead Honest Review of Wealthy Affiliate here for more details.