Guest Post by Kathy Marie Howell
If you’re new to network marketing, welcome. If you’ve been around for a while, I’m sure you can relate! What I want to do in this most is share some of the valuable lessons I’ve learned during my network marketing career. My list isn’t in any particular order and there are way more lessons that my top 10, but I thought I would narrow it down a bit for you.
# 1 Be Committed and Accountable
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. If you’re going to say yes to something, really commit to it. I think this is the number one reasons most people fail in business, heck, in all aspects of their life for that matter. What I have found is that most people don’t even know what it means to be committed to something anymore. I find it sad that we live in a society where it is easy to get out of responsibility. There will always be someone there to clean up our mess and most of the time people don’t even give it a second thought. Does it sound like I’m a little passionate about this one? It’s true, I am. I’ve seen so much potential being wasted every day because of this one thing. So, next time you consider taking that project on, think about your commitment level and see if you have what it takes to see it through. Find a partner to help you be accountable and then show up when you say you will.
# 2 Invest in Yourself
Network Marketing is a personal development business with a product or service attached to it. How many times have you heard that? I’ve heard it a lot and have personally witnessed it in my business and with those I associate with. I once thought I should market to young people who have read the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I think you can tell a lot about people by the books that they read and the people that they keep company with. Attend the seminar, read the book, surround yourself with people that want you to succeed. Consciously working to be our best selves is what will make the world a better place to live, for all of us.
# 3 Know What You Are Offering
This one seems simple but often time people forget to do their homework. They get caught up in the fun (which is not a bad thing) but forget this is network marketing. We are problem solvers. We help people find a solution to their problems with what we have to offer. Think about why YOU joined the business. Would you do it if there wasn’t a financial reward? Now, think about the other person and keep your focus there. How can you be of service to them?
# 4 Manage Expectations
Where do you see yourself? If you’re like me, you have high expectations. I have never doubted my capabilities when it comes to business. I know that resourcefulness will get you far in life and I have learned to be very resourceful over the years. When I first joined NWM I heard the term, you’re in business for yourself but not by yourself. It sounded good to me! What that really means is, in order to get to the top ranks you have to help others to be successful as well. Of course I loved that idea! That meant I needed to find leaders or develop leaders which takes time and patience. When you hear someone say this is a 3 to 5 year business commitment, take that as a starting point and know that you will work as long as it takes to see the success you truly desire.
# 5 Be Consistent and Persistent
This is one of my favorite and what I feel everyone needs to do to be successful. It’s simple to do and yet simple not to do. The top networkers figure out how many times they need to show the plan every day to be successful, and then they do it. They figure out the accountability system that works for them and then they don’t quit until they have completed their task. It’s that simple.
# 6 Be a Leader, Not a Boss
This may seem silly to be on the list, but there is a huge difference between the two. A leader is someone who shows you the way, works with you and rarely if ever asks you to do anything that they wouldn’t do themselves. A boss on the other hand is someone who manages people. What I have found is that most people will do anything for a good leader and rarely stick around when they are being bossed around.
# 7 Work With Your Team
When I hear the word TEAM, I think of Together Everyone Achieves More. In this business there is no other way. Find out what each of your team member’s strengths are and work with them on those strengths while developing other areas of strength. Communicate and do it often. I’m not saying you have to micro-manage but knowing that your team has your support means a lot. Be the example and the leaders will follow until they can lead by themselves.
# 8 Have a Business Plan and a Coach
This is where most people fail. I don’t know of any serious business person who does not have a business plan or a business coach. If you aren’t planning your success, you are planning to fail. Work with someone who has a good track record and has your best interest at heart.
# 9 Find a Company With a DSA
Different, Sustainable, Advantage. Three little words that will make your life so much easier. Easier, but you still have to do the work. When you are looking for a company to partner with, these three words should always be used to see if you are in the right place at the right time. You want to partner with a company that people have a true need for and the market isn’t saturated. Stay away from the ‘me too’ products that you can get anywhere. You will be constantly trying to show how yours is better and often fall into bad habits of knocking the competition. Look for a company that has quality products, good resources and is readily available and can increase production on demand. Lastly, look for a company that has products that will be around and in high demand for a long time. Think consumable goods for personal use.
# 10 Believe in Yourself
After being in the NWM business a while and hearing many stories, this seemed important. I am always surprised by the amount of people who have limiting beliefs in themselves. Not only whether they can do the business, but even if they deserve the success that comes with doing a good job. So many people self sabotage themselves and don’t even realize why. Most times it’s because of old programming that they may not realize they have. Do whatever it takes to clear the old programming and get to work, you are worth it!
It all boils down to treating your business like a real business. If you’re not ready to treat your business like a business, then you have a hobby. Hobbies can be expensive and time consuming while even a part time home based business can be very rewarding. Be honest with yourself, why did you say yes to the opportunity of owning your own business? Now think about how you want that to play out. Do you want to have something to show for your efforts or do you want to be one of the people who failed to get started because they didn’t treat their business like a business? Successful people plan to succeed and then work the plan until they do.
About the Author
Kathy Marie Howell, 49 year old mother of three married to the man of my dreams. My story just goes to show you that when you seek passion in your life, you often find solutions to help your dreams become reality. I got into the beauty industry to develop my talents and to serve others never realizing the profound effect it would have on my future.
I have found my experience as a Master Cosmetologist, specializing in health and wellness and coaching over the past 25+ years, has well prepared me to help others find their passion as well. My intuition and deep spirituality have led me to where I am today… living a life of purpose and joy.
I AM a MOMpreneur and blessed to be one. I AM a coach and a cheerleader and will be your biggest supporter. I AM here to help you navigate through our changing world with confidence. I AM here to bring innovative and new solutions to the world and it starts with an open heart and mind. I AM here for you.