from that humid Summer heat that plagues that area in early August.
A few minutes went by and all of the sudden the door flew open with a ruckus, and it was my friend’s dad. He about scared the bonkers out of us. We didn’t know what he was murmuring about , but in a hurry he made his way over to us to show us something he had just gotten.
It was some kind of Kit and on the outside of it there was one big, bold printed word on it, AMWAY ! Inside were endless brochures and paperwork and other stuff I really did not understand at that age .
Well, my friend’s dad proceeded to tell us this was his answer to financial freedom and the opportunity to make a million dollars.
I wasn’t sure what financial freedom meant at that time , but I sure knew that a million dollars was a lot of money lol
Now fast forward to 10 years later. At this time, I was a recent grad from University of Tennessee Business school. I knew a little bit more than I did years before about most everything including the financial arena.
That Summer after graduation I was sitting downstairs in my parent’s house. And I heard some quick moving steps coming down the stairs towards me . It was my brother, Mike. And guess what he was holding in his hand ? You got it, a Kit with a distinct printing on the outside that read Amway !
Well, to make a long story short my brother and I became distributors for Amway that year. We worked it for a few months and decided it had too expensive products and it was hard to build an Organizational down line with such
pricey items like 7$ tooth paste and $5 under arm deodorant. And this was like 1991 !!
We tried several more Network Marketing Companies including some health and nutrition companies and water filtration but the same thing; expensive prices to become a Associate and expensive products to try to hawk to your down line.
And going out to recruit new distributors was almost impossible as every friend and relative ran the other way when they saw us coming to pitch them again and again with our business ventures.
It was just one big dead end street for us.
My how things have changed in Network Marketing in the past 25 years or so.
With the advent of the World Wide Web there are numerous <a href=”http://bestdarnhomebusiness.com”>Network Marketing Opportunities</a> to take advantage of as communication is so much faster and effective than the old archaic ways of the early nineties and the eighties !
It has been quite a revolution in the way we communicate and conduct business !
It is just not your so called ‘warm list’ that you have to rely on to build a successful MLM. You know your family, friends, co workers, neighbors, and most anyone with a pulse and trying to get them into Amway like my brother and I did in 1991 lol
These days many people get online and try to find businesses that they can start up immediately and do it from home. One good way to find this kind of valuable traffic is to do some SEO and make a Website or Blog and rank high in the Search Engines at Google and Yahoo !
The search engines will provide your Site with laser targeted visitors and instead of running down after uncle Joe to get him to join your MLM ,you will have John Doe running you down to get in your MLM 😉
That is a nice change of dynamics wouldn’t you say ?? 🙂
Other ways such as running solo ads in a business forum or just socializing with like minded people on Facebook and other online social outlets are really great ways in building your business.
However, there is also some short falls in building your Network Marketing Business online. With the convenience of being online also comes the convenience of anonymity which can lead to scams and other forms of misconduct.
There are countless number of people and businesses that have lost a tremendous amount of money because they
were dealing with con artist and dealing with people who were just no good and looking for prey behind their computers !
The proliferation of MLMs on the Web has probably increased by 10 fold compare to all the MLMs back in the early nineties. This is great is some respects but like I said it can be bad for some who jump in a MLM on the spur of the moment.
If you do decide you want to get into a network marketing company just be sure to check out the founder of the MLM and all the upper executives. See what their track records have been.
Contact other associates who have been there awhile and get their opinion. Ask yourself are the products of quality and value ? Is it something that retail customers would be keen on buying ? Or is it just some high priced product that never reaches the real market but is there to be dumped on every down line member for up line commissions ? Also make sure the upfront cost to start are reasonable.
And one last thing is to just put the MLMs name into Google search and see if there are many articles that question its authenticity.
Because you want to be safe and as I said before and will say again this is not your Dad’s MLM back in the 1980s :>)