5 Tips to Get More Referrals for Your MLM Business

Referrals are the lifeblood of every business, especially your network marketing business.  If you are building your business the right way, you should get AT LEAST two referrals from every person you talk to about your business.  So if you prospect 50 people this month, you should have an additional 100 referrals.

Please note that this won’t happen by accident.  In other words, referrals won’t just fall into your lap. You need a game plan and strategy to get referrals.  What I’d like to do is take a moment or two and share some of my insider secrets.  Here are some tips I recommend you use to get more referrals for your MLM Business.

1.  Live the “Golden Rule”

The Golden Rule talks about treating everyone the way you want to be treated.  That means that you treat people with respect and basic courtesy, whether they join your team or not. You show up on time, never a minute late.  You do what you say and say what you do.  You don’t pre-judge anyone and you treat others as well as you would treat your own mother.

You might even want to take it a step further and follow the Platinum Rule.  That’s what I call it anyway.  Rather than treat everyone the way YOU want to be treated, treat people the way THEY want to be treated.

Do the little things that most business owners don’t do.  The little things really do matter.

2.  Be a Professional

Obviously, if you follow the steps I just mentioned in tip # 1, you will be on your way to being a network marketing professional.  Other aspects of being a network marketing professional include product knowledge, industry knowledge, dressing like a professional, using proper grammar and vocabulary, never speaking badly of others, and having integrity.  Let’s face it, people are NEVER going to give you a referral if they don’t think they can trust you.  Be a professional. Look and act the part.

Act as if you have one million dollars invested in your business.  You must act like a six figure earner before you will ever become one.  This means you take pride in what you do.

3. Ask for Referrals

Your next step is to ASK for referrals.  Most distributors forget to do this.  Immediately after you give a presentation (whether they join or buy or not) ask them for referrals.  Ask them questions such as “who is the sharpest, most motivated person you know?” or “who do you know that would enjoy our products?”  Be as specific as possible.  Another good question is “which one of your closest friends would be interested in this product line or business opportunity?” Or, “can you give me the name of a doctor who might be interested in promoting our product line?”

If you just ask the prospect for a referral, the person will be confused and won’t be able to think of anyone.  The best thing to do is be specific and describe the type of person you are looking for.  The bottom line is that if you don’t ask, you won’t get referrals for your MLM Business.

4. Create a Referral Program or Compensate People for Giving You Referrals

Don’t be scared to compensate people for giving you referrals.  Send them a gift card, a cash bonus or free products for anyone they refer who becomes a customer or distributor on your team. Let them know that you take your business seriously and appreciate referrals.  For example, if someone refers you someone who becomes a distributor and you make $100 profit for singing the person up, send the other person a $50 gift card or cash bonus for giving you the referral. Do this and I’m sure you will get even more referrals.

Remember that finding new customers is typically the greatest expense for most business owners.  Don’t be stingy with your profits.  Take good care of the people who give you referrals. They are a very important part of growing your business.

five tips to get more referrals in your mlm business5. Always Follow Up When Someone Gives You a Referral

ALWAYS do two things when you get a referral from someone.  First and foremost, call the referral to introduce yourself and try to schedule an appointment with them.  Tell them who referred them and why.  Next, call the person who gave you the referral to thank them and tell them that you contacted the person they referred.  A little bit of communication goes a long ways.  If someone goes out of their way to give you a referral, make sure you follow up and thank them.

When most people get referrals they never thank the person who sent the referral.  That is a big mistake.  A personalized, hand written thank you note will go a long ways to getting more referrals.  Also, keep the person posted about what the person they referred has decided to do. They will really appreciate it.

Final Thoughts

In summary, referrals the lifeblood of your network marketing business.  If you are building your network marketing business the right way, you should have a constant flow of referrals for your business.  Make sure you follow the advice mentioned above and you will be well on your way to sponsoring more people and finding more customers.

What are your thoughts?  What do you do to get referrals for your MLM Business?  Leave a comment and let us know. I look forward to hearing from you.

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9 thoughts on “5 Tips to Get More Referrals for Your MLM Business”

  1. I’m going to have to agree with the rest, loved your take on the golden rule. Most people don’t treat themselves very well to to treat someone better than they expect is best. Asking for a referral is one of my biggest challenges. Time to step up my game and start asking for them. Thanks for the reminder!!

    1. Kathy,

      I used to be shy about asking for referrals as well, but then I realized ” Why shouldn’t your family and friends want to help?”. Even if they personally don’t buy from you they should know someone who would like the products or need to earn an extra income. Think about the favors your family or friends have asked from you. A lot of people ask for money, you are only asking for a referral.


  2. Great post! I agree with all your points, especially number one, the golden rule. Of course, I think this applies to all of life. But in network marketing, while selling, while recruiting, whatever you are doing, always treat others the way you would want to be treated.

  3. I enjoyed reading this article about getting more referrals for your MLM business. I chuckled over The Golden Rule; I loved your slant – treat others as you would your mother. That hits home, doesn’t it? So many times we try to treat others well, but do we really treat them THAT well? Probably not. Being a professional is something people sometimes forget, too. It’s easy in our busy world to be abrupt (slightly rude) which is definitely unprofessional. Thanks for such great reminders. These are all good ideas for generating referrals!

  4. These are some basic, but great tips. Many of which can be forgotten quickly.

    I recommend writing them down or printing them and taping them on your refrigerator, rear view mirror, or any other place where you will read them often.

    The Golden Rule is so very important. If we treat others with respect, it will come back. Some people make it very difficult, but trust me, respect them and they will you in the long run. I once made a cold call in which a very old gentleman called me names that I dare not mention here. He cussed me out for nearly five minutes, but I stayed respectful with him. That same man called me back several days later and apologized up and down. He was even crying and asked for my forgiveness. I visited him the next day and discovered why he was so angry. His wife had just died and he had no insurance on her. His church had helped him and he had felt he owed me a big apology. One year later the same gentleman called me and bought a house-full of windows. It never would have happened if I hadn’t followed the Golden Rule.

    Thanks for bringing that wonderful memory back to me.

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