Expanding your ‘warm’ list.

So you want more people to know or partake in the the products or services you offer but seems those close to you have no interest in what you are currently doing. Bit of a frustrating spot but if you want things to progress you will make the moves to get that business out there!

Its not about whats you know but who you know.

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Networking groups may seem like a bit of a cop out but if you find the right people with similar ideas that could work well with yours you can make things happen! Other people who attend networking groups probably go to more than one so have a fairly large base of contact.  Attending these can be a massive help, but its advised to not try and plug yourself too hard for the get go but make acquaintances, gain trust and work your way up from that point.
The more trust you have the better chance you’ll get at winning some great contacts from this!

Cold calling isn’t something people enjoy but you don’t have to pick up the phone to completely random folks for this. Select businesses or organisations that may have an interest in what you have to offer and let the work begin. Walking in to make small conversation is a great ice breaker!  Writing a script of what to say (especially for phone work) can help massively with choosing the right working when contacting doing this, practicing also makes the words stick so try it!

These are just two ideas on how to make your lists bigger and get a better idea of who is ‘yes and who you leave alone. Don’t try to push anything at any stage, doesn’t make them change their minds but can ruin your confidence as well as their trust in you – if they have second thoughts they know how to contact you!

The secret to making it big is to keep networking, don’t stop when you’ve found one, two or ten – they could easily go cold so keep up the expansion and learn to accept the occasional rejection. Its happens but its not your issue so move on, find more and you’ll forget about it in no time at all!!

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Social media: The benefits and downfalls.

Many of us have been coerced or bribed in to opening accounts online where others can find us, contact us and in some cases stalk us. This is the modern day method if keeping in touch, move over telecommunication, social media is taking over! Some are still resisting the loss of privacy and quite rightfully so but when it comes to business you needn’t be so private. Social media sites such as facebook, twitter and linkedin have various privacy options making the sites slightly more comfortable for those not so willing to share their lives but to get noticed and keep a steady flow of people contacting you I highly advise using social media to advertise your company.

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Facebook.
Otherwise known as stalkerbook, this social media site allow you to open pages and groups specifically for what you have on offer, whether it is an MLM opportunity, a shop or a service you can gradually build up a following by using these in combination with your own timeline. By posting links on your page and sharing the post on your own timeline, the origin (your page) will be seen whenever the article is shared. This is pretty easy but you have to make the material interesting or it won’t get people noticing, ideally relevant to your page too or it will seem irrelevant and like you’re clutching at straws! Keep it interesting and not too self orientated and you will get yourself a following on the posts alone.

Twitter.
This is a quick fire update social site, so is good for self publicity more than business. You can use this by posting quirky personally experiences day to day and then adding the occasional link to something business related, for example a item about your business on your face(stalker)book page. Same rules as before with the interest level, over self promotion can be detrimental so keep it sparse but make sure you keep it entertaining and classy. Watch the followers stack up!

LinkedIn.
This little gem is a pure network site where people advertise their skills, qualifications and professional networks. Here you can join groups relevant to yourself and post about subjects others will put their opinions on. It is also great to find professionals you may want to get the attention of, for example in MLM you’d be looking for network professionals so a person with experience in that area will see if you have view their profile.

If you adopt a professional yet entertaining persona on all of these sites and keep your updates and posts flowing regularly you will get yourself the right attention. So despite the loss of privacy and potential for having your picture used in a Christian singles site advert there are definitely some benefits you could harness. The choice, my dear readers is yours!

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The success of Multi Level Marketing.

Britain’s work ethics have changed drastically with the adaptations made to childcare costs, pensions and holidays. Work is sparse so when a job is lost is is hard to find something without falling in to debt and our new workfare schemes, supposedly aimed at getting people jobs is forcing people to work for much less than the minimum wage to keep their benefits, some doing the same job they were fired from. The lack of security has made many scared, and understandably so. Who can afford to work and pay for childcare on top of the ever-increasing living costs? Not many and more are finding it hard to feed their families based on these new idea to help lessen the countries recession.

Working hours are long, pay is meager and stress levels are soaring. So much effort for so little to show for it is a pretty dire way to live.

More and more people are changing their thinking by moving outside of their comfort zones and starting their own businesses in multi level marketing (MLM). In recent years multi level marketing has become a more popular means of income, allowing freedom of choice in working hours as well as personal choice in work done and wages earned. You may well think this is too good to be true but I assure you it’s not. This is where I found my fortune, it’s not a free for all and requires your effort which is the only real catch there is. Franchises require a large set up fee and percentages given to the umbrella corporations you franchise with, networking marketing or MLM requires less of the set up costs and more of the love of your product, you only pay for what you order and you get a tidy profit back based on how hard you’ve worked. But its doesn’t stop there, the product sales are just one aspect of MLM, the other is training. If you can assist someone to be as successful as you, not only does it feel great but this also works amazingly in your favour. This is exactly why people are turning to MLM! It’s all dependent on the energy used but once established the rest simply works well on its own.

Various companies have different benefits and incentives to keep their distributors and trainers aiming high, some of the benefits are fantastic but in some companies they aren’t worth the investment. Only a small selection of Direct Selling MLM’s have a worthwhile set up. some expect too many buys from their distributors and allow very little profit from both sales and training so the business is very hard to succeed in. Others have a nicer balance with increasing discounts and profits, as well as good percentage on training and promotions.

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I joined the Forever Living business on the basis of the products. I’m training in alternative medicine and have an aloe vera plant in my kitchen purely as I know exactly how good this little succulent is! The rest came along with my tenacity, the previous post’s planning etc and the best support anyone could wish for. Now that I am established I’m confident enough to be picky about who I recruit in to my team but I cannot stress how much I love the team I have.  Not all who work in this industry can hail the same but in that before taking the plunge its best to do some research on the company you think you would like to work with, taking your time will make you feel more secure in deciding which is what helps build the faith in what is about to unfold.

MLM’s can offer a fantastic lifeline to people who feel stuck financially. With some effort and faith a person; with little to no qualifications, can grow to become as successful as I now am. I am glad to share what I know with people who are starting out in this industry, but to those who aren’t feel free to do some research and post comments or questions you have about how I became a successful home worker.

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A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

We all have dreams. Some small, some big, some beyond reality but we still have them. Its a common reality shared among humans. We grow up thinking of being superstars or astronauts (or a vet in my case) and play our little hearts content with the ideas of success and the things we would do when we got there. But how often do we get there? Not many of us can say we’ve been to the moon or achieved superstar status. Disheartening but while we thought of the end results we often didn’t think of the means.

Achieving high standards can be off putting to some but as a peer once told me “its not about working hard, but working smart”. This means using your time correctly, donating yourself to the appropriate means to better your growth. This motto works in all areas, business included. Success mean being organised and active, allowing yourself to arrange when its time to knuckle down and graft correctly and when you can be at rest. You can’t just pour out great business work without having a bit of respite right? You’d be burnt by your own dreams too soon so its not the ideal way to go but planning and being clever about how to get there is exactly what makes people succeed.

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So you have dreams and would like to get them to become reality but have you ever asked why? What is it that drives you? Is it a bigger house? Fame? Nice tidy bank balance? Think of these things and map out why you are thinking of such grandeur, think big, think huge if you can and from that you will discover this lovely new thing we call ‘motivation’!!!

Never stop thinking about your whys, if anything revisit and expand weekly to reinforce your new found incentives!

From the whys you have to move on to the hows, this is where the planning begins! How could you get there? Would networking enable you? How about study? map out means of getting to the hows!
The hows can then be broken down in to smaller bite-size or pigeon steps. What of these could you do in a week? Make a plan of what you wish to get done by the end of the month, a SMART target helps you look at this but even better using a diary can remind you of what time in the day you have free to try.

Don’t be disheartened by failure, you learn from it. A wise word to those who are starting out: don’t push yourself, take your time and step lightly so you have less chance of failure. Plan things right, better timing makes a better result!!

Nothing comes for free but with the right amount of insight to where you want to be you will begin that journey to making it real!!!

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