If you’re anything like me, you see those tag lines and think to yourself “that’s got to be a scam”. However, if you think about it logically they can’t all be scams. Obviously, someone is making money. The truth is, in 2011 direct sales generated near $30 billion in the US. “There is good news coming from the direct selling segment. Despite the economic climate, direct selling continues to be a source of income and support for independent consultants across the U.S.” says Joseph Mariano, President of the Direct Selling Association, http://www.dsa.org.
Separating Fact from Fiction
What exactly is direct selling? Direct selling takes away the retail location and markets products and services through individual distributors. Mary Kay and Avon are great examples of companies that bypass the middle man and distribute their products using independent consultants. They are reputable, well known, established companies with great reputations that provide a way for self-motivated individuals to work for themselves, from home. There is nothing “scam-like” about it.
I believe the negative connotations come from the get rich quick pitches we hear promising unrealistic returns for unrealistic efforts. Truth is my friends, that network marketing isn’t going away and it’s actually a wonderful way to supplement your income. However, just like anything else, you have to keep your expectations real, you have to take a little time to research the company you’re getting involved with and you have to prepare to invest some time, energy and effort into it.
You Paid Your Fee, Now What?
Often times people become disillusioned with the company they joined because it seems like they paid their fee and now they’re not getting any support. You were so excited and now the flame has dwindled. It’s like a bad romance. You feel used, manipulated and discarded.
The truth is that a network marketing company, just like any other company, gives you the tools you need to get started and it is ultimately your responsibility to seek out any help you may need. It is unreasonable to believe that your “upline” is going to do all the work for you. Does your manager at your current job do all the work for you? Probably not. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, start squeaking, my friend. If you don’t know what you’re doing, participate in calls, find a mentor and listen to audio tapes. Success will be measured by your effort.
Get Rich Quick!
There is no doubt you can get rich quick in this world. All you have to do is pick the right lotto numbers! Cleanse your mind of the belief that extraordinary is going to occur with ordinary effort. It’s never worked before, it’s not going to work now. You can’t take a pill and lose weight, you can’t sit on your couch and get healthy, you can’t sit at home, do nothing and expect great wealth just because you paid $199 for your kit. You have to get serious and develop realistic expectations and goals for yourself. Dave Ramsey says “if you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else”. So I ask you, what are you willing to do now to change your reality?
Growth in the direct selling market is pretty impressive, especially if you factor in the weak economic climate and the staggering unemployment statistics. Take a look at a few of the facts, according to US Census statistics and the Direct Selling Association.
-Someone starts a new home business every 10 seconds (U.S.).
-15.8 Million people working from home full-time (U.S.).
-Another 38 million or 12% of the total population working from home part-time (U.S.).
-8,493 new home businesses open every day (U.S.).
-Increasing by over 600,000 people per year (U.S.).
-82% of distributors are female and 18% are male (U.S.).
-By 2015, it is estimated that 50% of homes will be involved in the MLM Industry (U.S.).
-$29.87 billion in Direct Sales (Network Marketing) in 2011 (U.S.).
-23% of all Network Marketing sales are related to the Wellness Industry (U.S.).
-Average work from home income $59,250 per year (U.S.).
-20% of home based entrepreneurs said that their business grossed between $100,000 and $500,000 last year (U.S.).
In essence the question really shouldn’t be “does network marketing work?”, the question should be “do I have what it takes to make it work?”. Those are two very different questions and the answers are what separate the winners from the losers.
Listen to How The Pros Do It
You now have a few facts. I’ve helped clarify the reality versus the expectation and you still need to figure out how to make extra money without committing to a second job. Click on http://bit.ly/Ze7NIJ and get inspired. Do your homework, make a decision! Your future is in your hands!
–Home based business wage earner’s success rate is over 85% compared with small businesses like retail shops and restaurants, at about 95% failure rate after 5 years.
-84% recommend working from home to others (U.S.).
-29% work at home with other family members (U.S.).
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