Amway MLM Review 2018: The Dead Honest Truth…

Amway Information

Owner: Steve Van Andel & Doug DeVos

Website: www.amway.com

Headquarters: Ada, MI

Founded: 1959

Cost to join: $173.74 to join as an IBO (independant business owner) and less than $100 per year thereafter

Amway’s Purpose

Amway started in 1959 by selling the first biodegradable liquid organic cleaner through a relationship marketing business model.  Over the decades, they have added in Health and Wellness, personal cleaning products, make-up, beauty, and now they are partnered up with Target, Best Buy, Auto Insurance, Credit Cards, and many other retailers.

It would be easy to say that their purpose is to make people healthy, but they also help people save money with Auto Insurance, and they help Independent Business Owners by providing multiple ways to make money.  They are involved in a lot and so it seems that nobody can really pinpoint their main purpose, but on their website, they state their purpose, and they state they have

  • Brands That Do Wonders
  • Opportunities That Empower
  • Relationships That Endure
  • Global Citizenship That’s Purposeful

They put a lot of emphasis on opportunities and relationships which tells me that one of their main purposes is to help people around the world to be successful in their own business.

 

4 Review Criterias

What I look for in a Network Marketing company such as Amway 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 Amway have a system that I can can follow?

When someone joins Amway, they usually join a team that provides a business system to follow.  Amway itself does not provide the system.  The team will usually have a system where you join as an Amway IBO under a mentor.  Then that mentor will have you make a list of all your friends and then you call that list of friends and have them meet with you and your mentor to go over the business opportunity.

Once you are an IBO, you are also urged to plug into the system bty (1) signing up for Amway’s autoship called “Ditto”, (2) signing up for the monthy CDs and book, (3) and attending all the quarterly success summits that take place in different parts of the country.

By doing the above and inviting others to learn more about the business opportunity, you will be able to build a huge organization and make a lot of money from the sales within your organization.

Will I have the ability to brand myself with Amway?

In my opinion, YES.  But not if you only follow the outlined system above.  Branding yourself goes far beyond just talking to your friends and family and pitching them on your products and your business opportunity.  When you brand yourself, you stand out from all the others.  You are unique.  One way to brand yourself is to create an online presense through your own website and/or blog.

If you can brand yourself and build a following, you can then market products or your business opportunity to that following.

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

You will most likely be joining a team within Amway what comes with a Mentor and a support team.  Sometimes that team may be it’s own company such as World Wide Dream Builders.  If I could give anyone any advice, I would suggest they don’t join any business unless they are joining under a true mentor and support team.

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

Amway has been in business just shy of 60 years.  They do stand the test of time and have thrived through many recessions, they must be doing something right in order to last this long.  It is highly unlikely that Amway would go out of business anytime soon.

Other Pros and Cons of joining Amway

Pros: 

  • They stand the test of time and are unlikely to shut their doors suddenly
  • The cost to start a business is low compared to some MLM opportunities
  • The health, beauty, and cleaning products are far superior to what you can get at Wal-mart
  • They offer opportunities is multiple niches. Have a niche?  They likely have a product you can market, whether that be one of Amway’s products or one of their partners products

 

Cons:

  • The products can get expensive and the dollar amount you have to spend to earn a certain amount of personal volume (PV) is a concern for many prospects.
  • Amway has than early MLM stigma that can send potential prospects running for the hills the moment they hear the word “Amway”
  • There is tremendous pressure from uplines and sponsors to “go on system”, which can cost over $100 per month to get motivational CDs and books.  Although it’s not required to be successful, some uplines will use scare tactics such as “you will never be successful unless your on system”
  • They really pitch the old way of doing MLM (list of friends and family, and hotel rah-rah meetings). Unless you can find a team that will teach you to brand yourself and market your business online, you may very well end up in the 95% unsuccessful since such tactics do not work for most people.

The Verdict

That is my review of Amway.  Overall it is legit and is a good company that offers great products for their IBO’s to sell, their weakness is that they push their IBO’s to run their MLM business the old school way, they don’t offer you any assistance on how to brand yourself, thereby making it hard to stand out, they don’t have a simple straight-forward compensation plan, and you have to meet Personal Volume (PV) requirements to get paid.

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.

How to Choose the Right Online Business

So, you want to start your own online business, but you are not sure what type of business should you start.  Choosing the right online business is one of 8 steps to succeeding online in any business and is crucial to your success since you will be dedicating the rest of your working days up through retirement on it.  Don’t rush to get into the next hot program, or the next free online business opportunity that offers you untold wealth without having to work, or talk to anyone or sell anything.  Take this process seriously and take your time with it.

There are a few steps you need to take to determine the right online business that you can be passionate about, one that you will look forward to doing each and every day.

Choose Your Niche

The first thing you need to do is to choose a niche or field that you are passionate about. Niches can include, but are not limited to Health and Wellness, Travel, Making Money from Home, Self-help, sports, weightlifting, basketball skills, etc etc.

Once you have chosen a niche, you need to do market research on that niche to make sure it’s profitable.  Doing Market research is quite easy.  First you do a google search on your niche and see how many results show up. Then you check Amazon, Clickbank, or other affiliate sights to see if there are products or e-books related to your niche.  You should also check to see if there are any Network Marketing businesses that are related to your niche.  As of right now, there are network marketing business opportunities in Health and Wellness, Travel, Telecom and Technology, Legal Services, E-commerce, and so many more.

If you don’t see any products, e-books or business opportunities related to your niche, you may want to think about choosing another niche that you are passionate about and do market research on that until you find one that can be profitable.

Determine Your Business Model

You have some options when it comes to how you want to make money with your Niche.  Let’s say you chose “travel” as your niche.  You can start one of the following business models:

  1. Your own online business from scratch
  2. Affiliate Marketing
  3. Network Marketing Business

Your Own Online Business from scratch

This is the hardest way to start a business, especially if you don’t already have experience running your own business.  With this model, you would go out and find suppliers that sell travel products and you would buy wholesale and sell retail on your own e-commerce website.  You could also drop ship, which is where you buy the product after the customer buys it from you and you have the product shipped directly to your customer.  You pay wholesale price, your customer pays retail price and you collect the difference.  You can also create your own products to sell if you are creative and have lots of investment capital.

You could also get a license and become a Travel Agent, and help people get the best deal possible on vacation packages.

The problem with this business model, is that it is the riskiest model, it is the most expensive model to get up and running, and it takes up a lot of your time unless you hire employees, but who wants to do that?  It is also not very profitable unless you can get your hands on high ticket items to sell.  High ticket items are not available for all niches.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have ever heard of the concept of selling other people’s products and making a commission, that is known as affiliate marketing.  There are several advantages to selling other people’s products versus creating your own products or writing your own books.  Such advantages are:

  • No inventory to maintain
  • No expensive/time consuming product creation
  • Low start-up costs
  • short learning curve to success
  • ability to earn up 75% commission
  • unlimited income potential

If your niche is “travel”, there are several opportunities to sell products and travel hacking courses from sights such as clickbank.com.  You could sell travel related products on Amazon such as suitcases, power outlet converters, inflatable airplane neck pillows, and the list goes on.  Also all the airlines, and third party booking sights such as Expedia and Kayak have affiliate programs. We are using travel as an example of a niche, other niches have plenty of affiliate marketing opportunities tied to them too.

All you need to do is create a website, start a following, and when people begin to know you and trust you, they will want to buy from you.  One of the best programs that can walk you through this process in easy to follow steps is Wealthy Affiliate.  You can read my review here.  It in itself is also an affiliate program.

Network Marketing Business

Network Marketing, also known as multi-level marketing or MLM for short is a business model that has been around a long time.  The first MLM business started in the 1950s, it is still around today and it’s called Amway.  Today there are hundreds of Network Marketing businesses across the world covering several niches.  If there is a network marketing company that fits into your niche, you have another business model to choose from.  Lucky you!

This business model has definitely had its ups and downs.  Unfortunately several scams following an MLM model were started by some unscrupulous people, they offered no products or services, just the passing upward of money and soon people would be passing money up to you,  but really all the money flowed to the top, such programs were labeled as Pyramid Schemes.  Not surprisingly many assume that legit MLM businesses are pyramid schemes and they refuse to learn anything about them.

Network marketing basically works like this:

You sign up in the MLM business as an independent rep, you buy the products or services for yourself and market the same products to others.  You earn a commission off your own purchases and off the purchases of others.  You then sponsor other independent reps who join under you in your downline.  In turn you earn commissions off their sales too.  They go out and sponsor new reps, and you can often earn several levels down.

The big advantage with this business model is that you can make a substantial amount of money from the efforts of others in your organization.

When it comes to Network Marketing, there is a right away and a wrong way to do it in the 21st century.  The best way to go out it is to do it the right way.  Here are 8 Network Marketing Tips Your Sponsor won’t tell you.

Get to Work

Once you’ve chosen your business model, get to work.  One of the habits you want to pick up immediately is consistency.  One of the biggest reasons people fail to make money online is because they are not consistent.  They are given a proven business model, the follow the steps for a few days and they give up at the first sign of challenge.

There are going to be challenges, there are going to be tests and trials. If you remain consistent and learn from your mistakes, you will be successful.  It’s really that simple.

What are your thoughts?  Do you agree? Do you disagree?  Please comment below:

Law of Attraction and Why You’re Failing in MLM

Are you in an MLM Business or an Affiliate Marketing business?

Have you heard about the Law of Attraction?  I would actually be surprised if you haven’t, so I am assuming you have heard of it.

Do you know the Law of Attraction?  Do you follow it?

If you have not seen the movie The Secret, I have an assignment for you.  Watch it!  At the time of this writing, it’s still on Netflix, so watch it, or read the book.  In the movie you will find some universal laws that apply to you and me, whether we know it or not, or whether we like it or not.

The two most important aspects of the Law of Attraction are:

  1. You are what you think about
  2. Gratitude

Are you applying these principals in your MLM business?  Are you applying these principals in your everyday life?

You Are What You Think About

“As a man thinketh, so is he” –  Proverbs 23:7

How can you be rich?  Well according to the above passage that’s inspired from the Old Testament verse, you have to think like a rich person.

How do you think like a rich person?

You should first ask yourself what mental attitude to rich people have?

For starters rich people tend to be very positive people.  They look at challenges, adversity and problems with a positive attitude.  They look at their business with a positive attitude.  In your MLM organization, what kind of attitudes do you see among your top money earners.  You see them on stage or hear them on a conference call and they are positive, full of energy, and they’re always full of passion and excitement!

This is what you need to implement in your life.  I know!  I can hear it already!  “But Josh, those top money earners are financially free and they have all the money and time in the world and that’s why they are positive and full of energy.”  And I would tell you “No, you have it all backward” they didn’t get this positive attitude and energy after they got the money and the free time….no, no, no, they developed this attitude and mindset BEFORE they became successful.”

First you change your attitude and your thoughts to those of a rich person, and the riches and financially freedom come AFTER you have developed those attitudes.  It’s “be, do, have” not “do, have, and be” and certainly not have, be, and do.

Another way to think like the rich is to associate with them.  In your MLM organization, get to know the high income earners.  Talk to them, take note of how they treat others, and see if you can find an opportunity to learn how they overcame adversity during their journey to financial freedom.

Another important part of your thoughts, in the movie The Secret we learn the phrase “Thoughts Become Things”.  What this means is that you need to visualize how you want your future to look.  Do you want a large downline organization?  Visualize it.  Write it down.  Do you want a large mansion with a big pool and palmtrees lined up with your long driveway?  Visualize it, write it down, and post a picture of it on your wall or on your computer background.  Do you want a BMW 7 series?  Write it down, post a picture of the car on your wall or on your computer.  Put all these items you want on what they call a dream board and you look at it and think about it everyday.  If you do this enough, soon the physical manifestation of these things will take place.

Gratitude

“Gratitude is riches.  Complaint is poverty.” -Doris Day

Having an attitude of gratitude is one of the most important key components in the process of become rich.  What should you be thankful for?……..  Everything!  Yes, everything!  Even the bad stuff in your life!  Think of the most horrible thing you went through in life.  Are you thankful you went through it?  You should be.  What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and that’s why you should be thankful because you know that you can get through some pretty tough crap and come out stronger on the other side.

Gratitude is an attribute a lot of people struggle with.  Especially MLMers!  Yes you read correctly!

Well, think about this.  Most people get into MLM because they are not thankful.  They hate their job, they hate their income, they hate their debt, they hate commuting to work in the morning.

How many of you have referred to your job as a J-O-B?  It stands for “just over broke”.  I will bet money that you learned this acronym in your MLM business.  You may have heard it from your upline.  Well, it’s the worst possible attitude to have toward your job.  Going forward, you will be thankful for the day job you have.  If you truly hate your job and can’t stand going to it everyday, then switch jobs to one that you don’t hate.  You don’t have to love it, but it needs to be acceptable enough that you can be thankful for it.  Being thankful for your day job will lead you to become successful in your MLM business.

Be thankful for your house.  Do you not have a house? Do you live in an appartment? or a singlewide?  Be thankful.  You have a roof over your head during the cold and rainy weather.

Be thankful for all the things you have in life, even if they are not everything that you want.  When you are thankful for something such as your house, you attract more of it into your life.  If you are thankful for the 1 sponsor you have in your downline, you attract more sponsors to you.  If you are thankful for the $30,000 annual salary that you have, you’ll attract more income.

MLMers fall into the trap of complaining a lot about their current situation.  They come into MLM with the goal of being able to fix their problems, but if they have an attitude of complaining, they will be part of the 95% who don’t make it.  MLM is very hard in the beginning, so you need to be constantly thankful so you can carry yourself through the difficult beginnings of acheiving financial freedom.

If you can master Gratitude, the whole world is yours for the taking.  It’s not easy to always be thankful, in fact it’s probably the hardest attribute to take on.  However, it is totally worth it!  So, change your attitude today and start earning more tomorrow.

What are your thoughts?  Do you agree? Do you disagree?  Please comment below:

Shaklee MLM Review 2018 – The Dead Honest Truth…

Shaklee Information

Owner: Roger Barnett

Website: www.shaklee.com

Headquarters: Pleasanton, California USA

Founded: 1956

Cost to join: $49.95 Distributor Fee OR $150 Qualified Distributor Fee

Shaklee’s Purpose

Shaklee’s purpose is to make the world a better place by improving the environment through the sale of organic, green cleaning supplies for the kitchen and bathroom and by improving people’s health through state-of-the-art vitamins and supplements that have passed rigorous inspections and research. They conduct over 100,000 tests a year on their products to make sure the end consumer is getting a product that is safe and healthy One of their slogans is “Everything we do has been designed In Harmony with Nature”

The sales of their products are conducted through a Network Marketing style of business model where a distributor can join under a sponsor and then purchase and/or sell Shaklee’s array of vitamins, supplements, and green/organic cleaning supplies and earn commission. The distributor can then sponsor other distributors in his or her downline and can earn an override on their sales as well.

4 Review Criterias

What I look for in a Network Marketing company such as Shaklee 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 Shaklee have a system that I can can follow?

Shaklee offers its distributors a website where their prospects can shop for products, sign up for autoship, and join Shaklee as a distributor on their downline. Distributors can also log into their back office and complete trainings on Shaklee Products.

As far as a system that distributors can follow that will teach them how to effectively market the products and the business opportunity to others, I feel Shaklee is a bit weak in this. In their trainings they emphasize word of mouth with friends and family to market the products and the business opportunity and do not give any training in online marketing, which is necessary in 2018 if you really want to build your business fast and effectively.

If you were to join Shaklee, I would recommend finding a sponsor who grows his or her business online and can show you the ropes on how to best to that. The best place to find such a sponsor is to look through the search engines. If they rank high, then you can rest assure that they know what they are doing. You can join under them and they can teach you their system.

Will I have the ability to brand myself with Shaklee?

The simple answer to this question is YES. You can brand yourself as a Shaklee Distributor, but Shaklee does not have any infrastructure to help you do that. The website they offer looks just like every other distributor’s website.

You need to learn to brand yourself if you join Shaklee, there are many resources and books that will teach you how to brand yourself. To brand yourself online, you typically need to have your own website aside from the website Shaklee offers, and you need to learn how to stand out from all the other distributors.

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

Your Sponsor should be your Mentor and should teach you how to build your Shaklee business. They should be patient with you as you learn the ropes of marketing your business opportunity and your products. They should offer you support if you have any questions or if you are discouraged with something. Your sponsor should also push you and challenge you to do the hard things that business owners have to do to achieve success.

Be sure to choose your sponsor wisely and avoid those who are only interested in high volume recruiting and not in coaching and mentoring.

Aside from their customer service team, Shaklee itself does not have a distributor support team that can give you business building ideas or teach you marketing skills, that’s why it’s so key to choose a good sponsor.

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

As of the day of my typing, Shaklee has been around for 62 years. They DO stand the test of time and it is highly unlikely that the business would suddenly close its doors. Should you decide to join Shaklee, one thing you can rest assure is that they are “in” for the ultra long haul.

Other Pros and Cons of joining Shaklee

Pros:

  • The products and services are far superior to what you can get at your local store, they are products that you can believe in and proudly promote to your prospects
  • The cost to entry is lower than average compared to other MLM companies
  • You will become healthier and feel better because as a business owner you will be your own customer and will be consuming their vitamins and supplements
  • Company has been around a very long time and is well established
  • Unlike other opportunities, you don’t need a whole bunch of active sponsors in your downline to make a decent amount of money. If you have a mere handful of active business builders who are on monthly autoship and are meeting their PV (point value) requirements, you can make a nice amount of money each month.

Cons:

  • Some of the products are quite expensive, and although they are far superior to what Wal-Mart offers, some prospects may struggle to grasp this concept.
  • The Compensation Plan is somewhat complicated and some prospects may be turned off by this and the compensation plan is a huge factor for some prospects.
  • You must be willing to spend more for your vitamins and supplements than you did before, although you get what you pay for, if you’re on a tight budget you may struggle until your business grows large enough
  • You have to meet your minimum required PV of 100 to qualify for commissions. This is roughly $150 per month.
  • For some people, Shaklee has that multi-level stigma that other early MLM companies such as Amway and others have, and some people may immediately run for the hills at the mention of Shaklee because of memories they had of early days when distributors had to buy a bunch of products up front and then turn around and sell it only to have a garage full of products that they couldn’t sell.

The Verdict

So, there is my review. Shaklee is legit and is a good company, but it lacks certain keys that are necessary for success in the 21st century. Word of Mouth alone does not cut it for most people today.

If you are really into Health and Wellness as your niche, and you can find a sponsor who will train you to build your business online, then go for it.

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.

Financial Freedom: 4 Things You Can Do Today

Do you want to be financially free?  I’m sure everyone wants to be, but not everyone is willing to follow the steps and do the work that is required to reach financial freedom.  Although the journey toward personal financial freedom is a rough road, the reward at the end is a life time of financial freedom, time freedom, and for many the ability to work from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.

As with a journey of 1,000 miles, the journey toward personal financial freedom begins with one step.  The problem is a lot of people only dream of financial freedom but fail to take the first step.  This will be the most important of all financial freedom articles that you have read thus far because I can give you the first four steps you can take TODAY to start your journey.  Are you ready?

1. Set your Financial Freedom Goals

Determine how much money you need to make on a monthly basis that would allow you to walk away from your job if you wanted.

Secondly, decide how long you want to take to reach your goal of financial freedom?  Do you want to take 2 years, 4 years?  5 years?

Be sure to set small milestone goals that lead to your ultimate goal.  If $10,000 per month means Financial Freedom for you, set a milestone to get to $1000 per month, then once you’ve reached that, set a goal to reach $5000 per month, in other words, work your way up little by little and reward yourself when you reach each milestone.  This will keep you motivated to keep going.

Finally, write your goals down.  According to a recent study, those who write down their goals are 42% more likely to acheive them.

2. Choose a Vehicle

I am not suggesting a car or truck here, but an actual method that allows you to make more money in your spare time.  Fortunately, there are many vehicles you can choose from, and you need to figure out which one works best for you.

Here are some Financial Freedom Vehicles:

  • Start your Own Business from scratch
  • Buy an Existing Profitable Business
  • Buy a Franchise (such as a fast food or gym)
  • Join a Network Marketing firm
  • Join an Online Affiliate Program

This is most certainly not a complete list, but they are the most popular financial freedom vehicles people use.  My preferred vehicle is an Online Affiliate Program, see my review on one affiliate program called Wealthy Affiliate.

3. Change your Mindset and Grow

When it comes to acheiving financial freedom, your mindset plays a huge part of the process.  You need to learn to think like a business owner, you need to think like an entreprenuer.  The best way to change your mindset is to read success books.

To give you some ideas of some books you can read, I recommend starting out with Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.  This book is a must read for every beginner who is entering the world into Entrepreneurship.

The second book I recommend you read is Cash Flow Quadrant also by Robert Kiyosaki.

The third book you may want to read is Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.

These books will build you a mindset foundation and from there you can continue to grow your mindset (and your wallet!!) and you will want to continue this indefinitely for the rest of your entrepreneurial career.  Millionaires on average read two or more books per month, most of them related to success and leadership.

So, do you want to be rich and financially free?  Start doing what the rich do………

If you feel you don’t have time to read, buy the audio books instead so you can listen to them in your car or at work (if allowed).

4. Create a Schedule and Stick to it

Remember remember (yes, I said it twice, this is not a typo), make a schedule and stick to it.  Set aside a set number of hours per week that you will work your business.  If you have an online affiliate business or a network marketing business, you can work these businesses pretty much anytime of the day you’d like.

Are you an early morning person?  Get up early and work an hour before you go to your day job. Are you an night owl?  Work the business during the late hours of the night, this is especially helpful if you have kids.  Do you work varying hours every week?  Once you know your work schedule, work your business around it.

For those of you who work a full time day job (probably the majority of you), it may be a challenge having to work, and then come home and work again….I completely understand as I have been through this myself.  Some days you are extremely tired when you get home.  The best way to get around this is to have a schedule that allows you to work and still have some free time to wind down.  You need some relaxing time and some play time, otherwise you will burn out and be tempted to quit.

If you focus on these 4 things over the next year, two years, five years, you may become financially free and you may be able to quit your daytime job and focus on your business.  You will also be able to increase the time you work on your business from 5 or 10 hours a week to 20 hours a week (if you want) and explode your business growth and your income.

With time freedom and money freedom, you have the option of spending more time traveling, buying investment properties, attending success seminars that will further upgrade your mindset, or whatever you want to do.  You will own 100% of your life and you will be able to do whatever the hell you want, whenever the hell you want with no time clocks or bosses dictating your life.

Are you willing to put in the extra time and work over the next few years to make that possibility a reality?

What are your thoughts?  Please comment below:

 

8 Online Network Marketing Tips Your Sponsor Won’t Tell You

Are you struggling to sponsor new recruits in your Network Marketing business?  Welcome to the 95%!!!  Now get the hell out!  I mean this with all the love in my heart!  You don’t belong in the 95%….You deserve much better!  It is time for you to join the 5% successful financially free!  Do you want to fire your boss in 2018?  Well, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting….which for many of you is nothing.

  • Are you bugging your friends and family about your products or compensation plan?
  • Are you wasting money on worthless MLM leads?
  • Are you following the 3 foot rule?

STOP!

It’s the 21st century!  There are better ways to build your business in 2018.  You need to learn how to build your business online and you need to learn how to do it right.  Do you want to learn how to build your business online?  Do you want to truly be able to work from home in your pajamas or in your underwear if you feel so inclined?  Then read on:

There are 8 Online Network Marketing tips that can propel you into success in 2018. The sad truth is, 95% will not follow these tips and that’s why 95% of people will fail in Network Marketing this year.

1. Pick the right Network Marketing Company

Even if you are already in a network marketing company, you need to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Are you passionate about your company?
  • Are you passionate about your products?
  • Are you passionate about your compensation plan?
  • Does your company have a good reputation?
  • Has your company been in business at least 5 years?

These are important questions, because without passion, you will lack confidence when you share your opportunity with others and they will sense that, even with the written word.  Your company needs to have a good reputation, in the 21st century people research companies all the time before they spend their hard earned cash. Longetivity is also important, what a bummer it would be if you built up this huge network marketing team only to have the company close it’s doors without warning.  Believe me, it happens.  Be sure to pick a company that is in a niche that interests you.

2. Pick the right Sponsor

Your sponsor can make or break your business.  You need to have a sponsor that will support you in building your business online.  Unfortunately a lot of sponsors are robots that repeat the mantra “make a list of your friends and family” and if you give them the idea that you want to build your business online, they will discourage you by telling you that “it’s not duplicatable.”

Your sponsor needs to at minimum support you in your endeavor to build your business online.  It would be preferable to have a sponsor who knows how to build a business online so they can support you, teach you, and mentor you.

3. Change your Mindset

To become successful more quickly, you need to change your mindset.  It’s not enough to just go through the motions of building your business if your mind is not in the right place.  You need to think like a millionaire, you need to change your ideas about money.  By the way, learning to do this is FUN!

The best way to do this is to read books and apply what you learn.  Two books I would recommend that you read are Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Cashflow Quadrant, both by Robert Kiyosaki.  If you don’t have time to read, buy the audio books and listen to them in your car or while your at work if they allow it.  I have read and listened to many books, and Robert Kiyosaki is by far the best author when it comes to breaking things down into simple concepts that anyone can comprehend.

4. Learn Online Marketing Skills

If you want to build your business the 21st century way, you must learn how to market online.  You need to learn how to build a website, you need to learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO), keyword strategies, pay-per-click advertising, social media marketing and more.

It does sound daunting, believe me, I get it.  Thankfully there are websites and programs that teach these skills.  One that I recommend is Wealthy Affiliate as they teach you these skills in an easy-to-understand language and they make it fun!  There definitely is a learning curve, but if you master even just a couple of these skills, your financial life will be adundant!

5. Brand Yourself

It’s not about working systems that are duplicatable, it’s about branding yourself online.  Just like Nike, Coca-Cola, and McDonalds are their own brand, you too need to be your own brand.  When you brand yourself, you stand out from your competition.

What would you rather wear for running shoes?  A pair of Nike’s?  Or the less expensive running shoes from Wal-Mart?  How would you like to be perceived against your competition?  Do you want to be the Nike or the Wal-mart?  What can you offer the market that your competition can’t (or won’t)?  Here is a good article on branding at inc.com.

6. Be a Leader

Only leaders become financially free through Network Marketing.  Are you a leader?  If you don’t feel like you are, no worries.  Nobody is born a leader.  Leadership skills are learned and developed.

One of the best ways to be a leader that really doesn’t require any special skills is to lead by example.  You can start that today!  When you join your Network Marketing business, be a good example to your downline and to your prospects by working hard and staying positive.

Also, be there for your team and help them become very successful in their network marketing business, do not fall into the trap of recruiting a whole bunch of people and not training them or assisting them….don’t throw a bunch of mud at the wall to see what sticks.  You may make a lot of money in the short term, but in the long term you’ll go broke.

Your downline needs to want to be part of your team for the long haul, that’s how you will become successful.

A book that I recommend to get you started down the path of leadership in Network Marketing is Magnetic Sponsoring by Mike Dillard.

7. Set Goals and Write Them Down

When you start a Network Marketing business, the most important thing you can do is to set goals, write them down, and work your butt off.  Constantly take action with income producing activities.  If you are working hard on organizing your home office, or staring at the compensation, those activites are nice, but they are not helping you reach your goals and they are not income producing.

Income producing activities include posting blogs, writing new ads for facebook, or giving a business card to your checker at the grocery store.

Constantly take actions that will lead to more product sales and more sponsors.  Don’t fall into the trap of treating your business as a hobbie.  Treat it as a business just as you would if you opened a store in your city.

8. Have Fun and Be Positive

Sometimes is may feel like a grind to start your own website, to learn and practice SEO, or to research keywords.  You need to make this fun and you need to have a positive attitude.

Keep the end goal in mind.  If you practice these skills long enough, you will find online success!  Think of the house you could live in if you were making $20,000 per month from your online business. Think of the kind of car you could drive if you were making $50,000 per month.  Does that seem unrealistic? There are online marketers just like you and me that are making 10 times that amount!  Dream a little about how your life could be and then get to work!

Being positive and having fun will attract more customers and prospects to you.  Do you like to do business with fun and positive people?

That sums it up.  If you follow the above tips you will no longer have a struggling Network Marketing Business, you will have a thriving Network Marketing Internet Business and to me it would seem unlikely that you wouldn’t be successful, but like I said earlier, only 5% of Network Marketers will put in the consistent effort to follow these tips, which is why 95% will fail in Network Marketing this year.

Will you be part of the 95% or part of the 5%?  it’s entirely up to you….

What are your thoughts?  Do you agree? Do you disagree?  Please comment below:

Wealthy Affiliate Review 2018: The Dead-Honest Truth – read before you join….

By now, you have likely figured out that the internet is chalk-full of Affiliate Programs, MLM opportunities, and get-rich quick schemes and scams all promising you the world if you just sign on the dotted line and part ways with your money. You may have even joined some of these programs and were promised that you would earn $$$thousands of dollars a month within your first few weeks only to come away broke and even more frustrated than before! Believe me I have been there more than once and it really sucks!

Is Wealthy Affiliate one of these get-rich quick scams?

Before you join any opportunity, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

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

Let’s see how Wealthy Affiliate stacks up to these questions:

1. Does Wealthy Affiliate have a “system” that I can follow?

Yes, Wealthy Affiliate has a step-by-step system that you can follow to build your online affiliate business in a niche (topic) of your choice. It has easy-to-follow courses that walk you through building your website, posting content, strategic keyword planning, SEO, Affiliate Bootcamp and much more! Plus it’s all done at your own pace.

2. Is it possible to “brand” myself with Wealthy Affiliate?

Yes it is. Branding yourself is extremely important to building any online business (even any offline business). The problem with a lot of the other affiliate programs out there is that they don’t train you to brand yourself. Most of them teach you to bug your friends and family, copy everything they do, copy their ads, copy their marketing emails, and that if your process is not duplicatable that you will FAIL!

At Wealthy Affiliate they teach you to find a niche that you are passionate about, they teach you step-by-step how to build your website around that niche, and how to market products related to your niche to your website visitors. I want to emphasize, you build your OWN website and YOU are the expert in your niche.

Branding is far more important than being duplicatable! To get your training started, sign up at Wealthy Affiliate.

3. Will I have a “Mentor” or a Support Team at Wealthy Affiliate?

Yes and yes! There is a Live Chat feature that allows you to ask questions to the community where there are many online marketing experts who can answer your questions. We are a community of beginners and experts, some of us are really good at some aspects of internet marketing while others are expert at other aspects, we help each other out and support each other. In a great sense we are mentors to each other. Also, if you sign up, I will be your mentor and I will support you in your online business endeavors.

4. Does Wealthy Affiliate stand the Test of Time?

Wealthy Affiliate has been helping individuals like you and I to start an online affiliate business for over 10 years and this is important because there are so many get-rich-quick schemes that are here today promising you untold wealth, only to close up shop next week…..often after they’ve taken your money.

You may have also heard that 9 out of 10 businesses fail within their first 5 years….unfortunately this holds true for affiliate opportunities and MLM opportunities as well. I have seen and I can name a few affiliate programs and MLM companies that went out of business and left some of their top income earners out in the desert with no water.

Wealthy Affiliate is here to stay, the owners are passionate about helping people succeed online, and there is a community of hundreds of thousands of people that have trained with them.

The Verdict

If it were a get-rich-quick scam, it would be one of the best get rich quick schemes out there!!  But seriously, it’s not a get rich scheme at all.  It’s a training platform where you learn how to build a legit business online in your own chosen niche..  As with any other opportunity, in order to be successful you have to work hard and put in the time and effort over a significant period of time before you will see big results.

It has a good system to follow, it’s built upon the idea of branding yourself, you will have a mentor and a support team of like-minded individuals, and it stands the test of time.

Wealthy Affiliate’s Overall Score: 9.5 out of 10

How much does it cost to sign up with Wealthy Affiliate?

You may be wondering how much Wealthy Affiliate costs? Good news, you can sign up as for free as a Starter member and you will have access to various courses to assist you in getting your business off the ground and running.

You can also become a premium member and that opens up more courses to help you become an advanced internet marketer and allows you to earn twice the commission if you choose to refer others to Wealthy Affiliate and they become premium members. You can become a premium member for only $19 your first month and $49 per month thereafter.

The premium membership is optional and you are under no obligation to become a premium member should you decide to join.

What you must know before you sign up….

As with any Entrepreneurial endeavor, when you sign up with Wealthy Affiliate, you are making a commitment to yourself and you are making a commitment to your business. Being an online affiliate marketer should NEVER be a hobby that you partake in once in a while, nor should it be something that you just “try out” for a month. If you go into this or any program with the attitude of testing out the waters, you are setting yourself up for failure. You have all the tools you need to succeed here and it’s all about how committed you are to achieving your financial goals….the ball is in your court!

When you go through the trainings in Wealthy Affiliate, you will be asked to do things that will stretch you and that will require you to work, and to think. Your brain will hurt some nights, but if you stick with Wealthy Affiliate and follow all the lessons, learn from your mistakes, and improve yourself in each of the skills they teach, you will start seeing success.

The Verdict + an awesome BONUS!

At this point it’s time to take ACTION.  You can join right now as a start member for $0.00.   It’s FREE, you have nothing to lose at this point and only a lot to gain.  If you join now, I will present you with a BONUS opportunity inside that you will love!

Join Wealthy Affiliate now and I am going to offer you a bonus if you choose to upgrade to premium within your first 7 days.  But before you even think about premium:

and I will personally send you a message welcoming you to the team and what steps you need to take to claim your BONUS!

Thanks for reading.

 

About Josh

Hello there and Welcome to Online Success Habits.  My name is Josh Fulkerson and I am here to help you be more successful and make more money in your online business.  I am here to help you to change your mindset, which in turn will help you make more money in your online business, whether that be affiliate marketing, e-commerce, or network marketing. 

I study these principles on a daily basis and I learn new things everyday, and through this website I can share my knowledge with you.

Like many aspiring online entrepreneurs, I too have struggled to make money online and I found that the missing ingredient was having the correct mindset, skills, and habits that are 100% necessary to become a full time online business owner. 

Through this website, it is my goal to write interesting and inspiring articles that will give you ideas and the knowledge that you need to have the correct mindset, it is also my goal to teach you good habits that will propel you to success in your business, and I want to teach you the necessary skills that will help you become the person you need to be in order to be successful.

By becoming the right business minded person with good habits and the right skills, it is impossible for you to NOT be successful in your entrepreneurial endeavors, and if I have helped you in this direction, then I feel that I have done my job.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Josh Fulkerson
onlinesuccesshabits.com