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MLM Then, MLM Now

Aug 31st 2010 at 10:24 AM

My boyfriend hates multi-level/network marketing companies!  I hate to even tell him I am involved in any because of the bad taste he has from an experience years ago.  To be honest, I was not crazy about them myself. But not because I didn't think the compensation plans were good or honest.  Not because I didn't think the products that were offered were any good.

In the past, network marketing meant something to me that I simply could not see myself getting on board with. I didn't want to be the person who made friends and family tense up for fear that I would want to try to invite them to a meeting.  I didn't want to be the person who went up to complete strangers in elevators, on the subway, in the grocery store and handed them a tape, a CD, a DVD depending upon the era in which we were in, telling them to please listen or watch and then let me give them a call to see what they thought.

I was never a hard core sales person.  I couldn't see myself doing these things or being this person.  I went to a meeting once as a favor to a friend and was cornered by some people in her upline.  I didn't like that.  I couldn't see myself doing that nor could I see bringing people to something like that knowing that it would happen to them.

I was always a relationship type sales person.  I built trust with customers and because of that I succeeded in sales.  Earlier network marketers, to me anyway, needed to be more hard core than I could ever be.  

But like I said earlier, I never thought that the multi-level compensation plans were bad.  Most sales structures are multi-level.  In a car dealership you have the sales person and sales manager.  In most corporate settings there is a district or area manager.  All of these "levels" are paid on the sales made by the sales people.  This is multi-level.  

Once I started looking to earn a real living online, at first I resisted the MLM companies.  I still had that negative connotation in my head but once I really took the time to think about it and once I learned what people are now doing with these companies online, it all came together.

I can do these businesses now without involving a single person I know in my personal life.  I never have to take flyers or DVDs out with me to local events to hand to people.  The internet is my flyer, my meeting, my DVD presentation!  

I can post video, I can post links to sites with lead capture and auto response systems in place.  I can invite people to live webinars.  This is the best!  It's all the good stuff from MLM without the (in my opinion) yuck!

Visit my Faceplate for info on a couple of great MLM businesses that I promote online as well as some that are simple affiliate programs.

 

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Jan 18th 2011 at 1:09 PM by nostate
Stumbled! Return the favor on one of my topics, please?
   
Sep 24th 2010 at 6:58 AM by ChuckBartok
Kicking around marketing for the past 50 years has allowed experience in many Venues. MLM provides a platform for a certain "crossover" of the TRUE Business Mindset and the Employee Mindset. I enjoy Income form MLM efforts, but would never Rely on it for Sustenance requirements. That can be only be assured form YOUR Businesses in your Control
   
Sep 22nd 2010 at 8:06 AM by bizsuccesskeys
Yes, I like affiliate programs, too, and am a part of some. But MLM is great for residual income...
   
Sep 16th 2010 at 3:51 PM by blackfolder1
I myself prefer a nice simple good ole affiliate program where you sell an actual product.
   
Sep 10th 2010 at 8:52 AM by TimRR
That is a very good article,,and true for alot of people..There was alot of them that were no good and had weird rules..No support,, but then there are alot of good ones too as you pointed out..
   
Sep 2nd 2010 at 10:22 AM by bizsuccesskeys
Thanks!
   
Sep 2nd 2010 at 10:16 AM by incomepowerboost
Great story thanks for sharing
   

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