Today, I’d like to share some of my top Advocare success tips and teach you how to make money as an independent distributor. Although I am not a distributor with the company, I’ve been involved in the network marketing industry for over 16-years now, and have experienced success.
Top 15 Advocare Success Tips
I’d like to share a few things that have helped me immensely in the industry, that I know can help you grow your Advocare business as well. These Advocare success tips are listed in no particular order.
# 1 Act Like an Entrepreneur, Not an Employee
Without a doubt, the biggest issue most new reps have is they don’t treat their Advocare business seriously. Because they don’t have much money invested in their business, it’s not a top priority to them. As a result, whenever life gets in the way, the business gets put on the back burner.
Even worse, most people join the business with an employee mentality. They’re used to trading hours for dollars and taking orders from someone else. They’ve never owned their own business before, so they don’t act or think like an entrepreneur.
When you join Advocare, you start your own business. You become an entrepreneur. You need to transition to the entrepreneur mindset if you want to succeed with your Advocare business. This means you have a big vision, clearly identified goals, a plan for success, and a strong work ethic. It means you see things before they exist, and you take the long-term view, instead of expecting immediate gratification.
# 2 Put Together a Business Plan & Marketing Plan
All successful businesses have a WRITTEN plan and strategy. You need to do the same thing with your Advocare business. Take the time to determine your Unique Selling Proposition, which is another way of saying “why should people do business with me and not someone else?” In addition, determine your target market and how you will reach them. Put these things down on paper.
A good plan will have:
- Your long-term goals
- Why you are doing the business
- Your mission statement
- Your Unique Selling Proposition
- Your target market
- Your marketing strategy
- Your daily routine
Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.
I have a simple one page business plan for my business and it helps me immensely.
# 3 Find a Mentor & Follow Their Lead
There is no need to reinvent the wheel in Advocare. Find someone who is already successful in the Advocare business and follow their lead. Humble yourself enough to swallow your pride and do what they suggest. If they’re already successful, they know what works and what doesn’t work in the business. Having a mentor in your corner is vitally important to your long-term success in the business. In most cases, this mentor will NOT be your sponsor. Instead, it will be someone successful in your upline.
# 4 Work the Numbers
No matter what anyone else tells you, know this. This business is a numbers game. Most people you talk to will not join or buy. Most people you sponsor will do nothing and quit. Your job is to keep personally recruiting new distributors, and finding new customers, every month, and never stop.
More than half your team will drop out each year, no matter what you do to help them. Lead by example, and always recruit at least two to four new distributors each month, personally, and find 2-3 new retail customers each month.
To make it to the top, you’ll probably have to personally recruit 100-200 people, to find 3-5 serious people. Those numbers seem to be the norm in most network marketing companies.
If you sponsored just one new person a week, you could sponsor 100 to 200 people in just two to four years. Even a part-timer can do that, if they work the numbers.
# 5 Be a Student of Your Business
Learn everything you can about the products, the company, the system, and network marketing. Subscribe to trade publications. Attend all company and team events. Listen to tapes and CDs to improve your skills. Read books. Work on your personal development. That is what serious entrepreneurs do. They are all a student of their own business and industry. You should do the exact same thing.
# 6 Recruit Up
Look for people at your level of success and motivation and higher. Do not approach people who NEED the business. Focus on people who WANT the business. Look for people who have credibility and contacts. Approach success minded people.
Most people recruit “down” rather than “recruit up.” This is a huge mistake as I see it. Typically, the people most successful reps in Advocare were already successful in their previous endeavors.
I like to personally recruit people with network marketing experience, small business owners, salespeople, and professionals. Those target markets have worked great for me.
# 7 Create a Work Schedule
Just like you have a schedule at your job, you need a work schedule for your Advocare business. This means you plan out your week each week. You determine what days, at what time, and what activities you will do to grow your Advocare business each week. Plan it out, schedule it in your day planner and have the discipline to do the things you know you should be doing, even when you don’t feel like doing it.
# 8 Taproot
Work through the people you sponsor and tap into their warm market. Typically, your best people will not be personally sponsored. Instead, they will show up somewhere in depth in your organization.
Help each person you enroll sign up someone quickly, from their warm market, and then start working with that new person. Keep repeating this process over and over in depth until you find someone who is a leader.
When you find your leader, that’s the person you want to spend most of your time and energy with. This is one of the best Advocare success tips if you want to build a big organization.
# 9 Manage Your Finances
Just like any other business owner, keep a close eye on your business finances. Keep an updated monthly profit and loss statement. Track your income and expenses. Open a separate checking out for your Advocare business. Consider paying yourself retail for the products, as a way to fund your business expenses. And, make sure you maintain a few loyal retail customers each month to give you good cash flow in your business.
# 10 Automate the Follow-Up
Whether you are building your Advocare business online or offline, you should use an auto-responder. This is a software program that helps you manage your leads. Basically, it automates your follow-up process.
Realize that most people need minimum five to ten follow-ups before they sign up or join. Some people need even more follow ups than that. You need a way to stay in touch with people UNTIL the timing becomes right for them. I suggest you get an auto-responder to help you do this. I use Aweber.
# 11 Lead by Example
Your job is to set the pace and do the things you want your team members to do. It’s not your job to motivate people. Each person on your team is responsible for their own motivation. Each person is their own boss.
That being said, you should set a strong personal example that inspires people by your own actions. Never ask your team members to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself. Set the pace and work with the people who keep up with you!
# 12 Work with the Willing
Only a TINY percentage of your team will be willing to work. If you have 100 people on your team, you might have one to five people who are willing to work. That’s it. These are people who are coachable, hungry and willing to follow the system.
These are the people you want to spend your time with. Spend 95% of your time with the 5% of your team who are the serious people. And remember, you only need three to five quality people to build a team with tens of thousands of people in it.
# 13 Focus on Income Producing Activities
This is one of my most important Advocare success tips. Do not confuse busy work with being productive. The only two activities that pay you in Advocare are retailing and recruiting, for personal recruits, and helping your team members do it. Everything else you do is busy work. Spend at least 90% of your “business hours” on retailing and recruiting and your business will grow. Focus on busy work and you will spin your wheels.
# 14 Have Patience, Be Consistent & Be Persistent
You will not build a big business or get rich overnight. This is a business. It takes time to launch a business and grow it. The goal your first year in business is simply to survive. It normally takes a year or two to make a profit in a new business, and five or more years to build a solid, stable, successful business. Rome wasn’t built in a day. This is not a get rich quick business. It takes time, hard work and patience. Have faith, put in the work, and be persistent and consistent.
# 15 Know Your Real Business
You need to know your real business. Your business isn’t to just retail products. Yes, you need some retail customers. Ideally, you want to maintain three to ten personal retail customers at all times. Once you’ve done that, you want to focus on recruiting, so you can build up your network.
Remember, network marketing is about a lot of people each doing a little bit. It’s not about one person selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of products every month. Everyone uses the products, finds a few customers and sponsors a few distributors. That is how network marketing is supposed to work.
If you just focus on the products, you will find customers. If you focus on the business, you will find distributors. If you focus on your vision, you will find leaders. Of all the Advocare success tips I shared with you today, this one is the most important.
There you have it folks. These are my top Advocare success tips so you can make more money with Advocare. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.
Disclaimer: Advocare is a registered trademark. The views in this article are just my opinion and may differ from the company’s views. Individual results will vary.