Burnt Out on MLM: How to Avoid It

Are you burnt out on MLM?

Have you worked day in and day out in your network marketing business, but not gotten the results you want and deserve?

I’ve found that lots of leaders and doers get burnt out on their business.

It’s quite normal in most businesses.

Let’s be honest for a moment.

Building a successful business of ANY kind requires tons of time, money and hard work

It takes a special person to see it it through, and succeed.

This is one of the most common reasons so many businesses fail.

What are the major causes of burn out in network marketing?

  1. Working your business part-time 30 to 40 hours a week in your network marketing business while you have a day job
  2. No duplication in your business
  3. Working long hours but not getting the financial results you desire
  4. No systems in place to leverage your time
  5. Doing more for your team members than they do for themselves
  6. Focusing on the wrong activities
  7. Difficulty finding quality people to work with
  8. Attrition – Having a revolving door in your business

These are just a few things that come to mind.

Have you ever experienced any of these things?

I know I have.

Fortunately for you, it doesn’t have to be this way.

What I want to do in the rest of this article is share some helpful ideas to keep you from getting burnt out.

These are some practical things you can do to work smart in your business.

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First and foremost, you must realize that this business is a marathon, not a sprint.

Yes, there will be times when you have to sprint, to build up momentum and get your business off the ground.

But, you also must realize it takes most people a few years of part-time, consistent effort to grow a large network marketing business and replace their day job income.

It’s probably closer to FIVE YEARS.

One of the best things you can do is set a pace that you can maintain that won’t lead to burn out.

The second thing you must do is have a game-plan.

You must manage your time wisely and focus on the money producing activities.

burnt out on mlmDon’t stay busy just to stay busy.

Work hard, but also work smart.

Use a day planner and schedule your tasks each week.

Make sure you spend most of your time on the most important activities in your business, which are generating leads, showing the plan, following up, getting customers and training your team.

Try to do your similar activities in batches.

Another thing you can do is develop SYSTEMS in your business that will help free up your time.

You should have a simple system to generate leads, to follow up with prospects, and to train your team and keep in touch.

Leverage technology such as auto-responders to help you do this.

Systems really are the key to success.

Furthermore, make sure you work with the RIGHT people.

Don’t spend much of your time with people who aren’t producing.

Don’t do things for people that they should be doing for themselves.

Work with the people that are actually doing the work and helping your organization grow.

Another simple tip is to outsource. 

It took me a long time to figure this out.

Have someone else help you or do the tasks that you don’t enjoy doing yourself.

For example, I have someone help write for me, do editing of my posts and do the web development on my blog.

My final tip is to do MOST of your training in a group setting.  

If you have a large team and work with everyone one-on-one you won’t have much of a life.

Leverage webinars, group meetings and conference calls to do most of your training.

This will free up a lot of your time.

Only give individual attention to people who deserve it (by their actions).

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is to work smart.

Realize that in the beginning of your business you will put in a lot of work before you see much of a return on your time investment.

This is very common in every business.

You have to work hard to build up momentum and launch your network marketing business.

You must also have a long-term mindset for your network marketing business and set a pace that you can maintain for several years, especially if you have a family and day job.

What are your thoughts about burn out in MLM?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great day.

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12 thoughts on “Burnt Out on MLM: How to Avoid It

  1. Greg Boudonck

    The first thing I will always say to this predicament is: take a break…take a vacation…go have some fun.

    The business will still be there when you get back, and it won’t miss you for a week or so. Just contact your upline and downline and explain. Everyone should understand.

    Sometimes when we step away from it all for a bit, we can see the bigger picture and get ourselves straightened out.

    Make a plan of action and write it down. You can climb out of burn out by just backing away for a moment.

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  2. Liz

    Everyone in MLM should read this! MLM is about setting goals and working in a smart way to reach them. Being proactive and creating systems to simplify your life is great advice. I also agree with cutting out dead weight – you can’t carry the burden of others who aren’t as determined and goal-oriented.

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  3. Diamond Grant

    I agree with the term MOST when it comes to training. It can save a lot of time and energy. However, there are still instances when one-on-one training is beneficial and necessary to help your team members achieve at higher levels. But when it comes to basic level training it is valuable to work smarter by sharing the information with everyone at the same time.

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    1. S.J.

      I agree there has to be a balance between group and individual teaching. I have always used the approach that starts with broad based group instruction, then if there are individuals who need some extra help or guidance then I work with them on an individual level.

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  4. S.J.

    Thanks for sharing this! It is so easy to get burned out in any business or industry and it can be so devastating when it does happen. You offer some great pointers here on things to look out for and what can be done to avoid burn out and head it off when it start to strike.

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  5. Faye

    This is good advice for almost anyone. If you do view your goals as long-term rather than sprints, then you will be less likely to suffer from burnout. No matter what your business, take breaks or time away from your work. Recruiting people that you can produce and whom you can trust will also help you avoid burnout. If you feel that you cannot rest of take a break, consider this: is it better to take some time off, or later quit and waste all of the time that you have put into your business.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Burn out happens for a lot of entrepreneurs. Taking breaks is good. Setting a pace you can maintain is good. Thinking long-term is good. Keeping things part-time and keeping a day job are good until your MLM Income is at least twice your job income. Food for thought.

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  6. Adil Abid

    This article shared on your network marketing blog gives really useful tips for all the businessmen out there. It is surely not needed to work harder when with right apps, right tactics and right people you can work smarter. Working smart would lead you to successful entrepreneurship. Not only you should work smarter but must also encourage people who strongly advocate smart work within your organization.

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