How Long Does It Take to Succeed in Network Marketing

How long does it really take to succeed in network marketing?  I’d like to start by responding with “what is your definition of success?”  Everyone has different goals and objectives for their business, so what might be success for one person might not be success for another.   Some people just want a discount on the products.  Others want to get free products or just earn a few hundred dollars per month.  And a select few want the big bucks. 

For the rest of this article, I’m going to assume that your definition of success in network marketing is earning $100,00 per year in your business.  For most people, that would allow them to quit their job and go full time in the industry.

Assuming $100k per year is the definition of success, I’m going to share below what you can reasonably expect.

I should start out with a quick disclaimer and tell you that individual results will vary.  Even if you work your tail off, you still might fail.  That is a risk associated with ANY type of business.

It’s also important to realize that everyone has a different attitude, skill-set and work ethic. Some people will build it quickly and others will take more time.   The numbers below I’m going to share with you are assuming that you are working your network marketing business 20 hours per week and that you are showing AT LEAST 10-20 presentations per month.

From my experience, with what I’ve seen in the industry, you could potentially build a six figure income within two to five years of joining your company.  This assumes you stick with ONE company that entire time AND that you are working your business every day and every week.

In most cases, it will take you six to twelve months to be profitable.  It should take six to eighteen months to earn $1000 per month in profit.  It should take eighteen months to thirty months to earn $3k to $5k per month and three to five years to earn a six figure income.

Once again, this is just my opinion, based upon what I have seen in the industry.  However, I’ve met people who worked hard and never earned anything and I’ve met lots of people who built their business up to a six figure income within a year or two.  Once again individual results will vary.

What I would like to say is to have realistic expectations based upon the amount of time and effort you are willing to work your business every week.  Show me your calendar and I can give you a good idea as to how successful you will be.

You’re not going to build a six figure income within a few years if you are working your business one day a week or a couple days a month.

You have to sow before you can reap.  And you can’t take out what you haven’t put in.

People in our industry have such unrealistic expecatitions about how quickly they will make money.

In the traditiaonl business world, people invest a HUGE start up cost to start a business and they don’t expect to make a profit for a few years!  Yet, people in MLM give up and say they were scammed if they aren’t making big money within 90 days of joining.

I really don’t get that, but it’s a reality.

Your success really boils down to how bad do you want it and what are you willing to do to become successful.

Everyone has the potential to become a top earner, but few people will ever do it.  It’s not much different than the real estate, sales, or insurance world either.  Most of those folks fizzle out and don’t become top producers.

Obviously, you can become successful quicker if you are willing to take massive action and build your team quickly.  It helps if you have certain skills, too.  And if you are a part-timer who is dabbling with it, there’s a HIGH likelihood, you will never earn much more than $500 to $1000 per month.

You don’t build a six figure income doing anything if you are just dabbling with it.

At the end of the day, you must ensure your goals match your effort.  Otherwise, you are only fooling yourself.

If you are a successful network marketer, I would love to hear from you.  How long did it take you to become successful?  What are your thoughts on the time frame I shared with you? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.


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7 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take to Succeed in Network Marketing”

  1. I love the fact that you are honest with us, Chuck! Even if I work my tail off, I still might fail. That is indeed a risk associated with any type of business. I concluded that the most important thing in this business is continuity and consistency. First of all, 20 hours per week and 10-20 presentations per month is NOTHING if the end result is a 6 figure income in just 2 years. It is very important not to have unrealistic expectations because if we don’t meet those expectations we will quit very soon. We must ensure our goals match our efforts! Patience and hard work are key to success. Very very realistic and helpful article, Chuck. I would recommend this article to everybody who is starting their first MLM business.

    1. Yes, every business comes with a certain level of risk. There is no way to escape that, just minimize it.

      10-20 hours per week for 2 years can result in a six figure income IF you spend that time on income producing activities and talk with lots of new prospects about the products and business.

      How many business models even offer that?

      Of course, individual results will vary. But it is possible.

  2. That is a pretty good time table you gave there. I agree that commitment is everything. You have to be 100% in it to win it if you want to earn big. A half in attitude and a part-time effort will only give you minimal results. And like you said some people may get there quicker than others, but it shouldn’t be about comparison. It is about doing your best and giving your all- everything else will fall into place if it is meant to be.

    1. I agree Diamond. Success isn’t necessarily measured with wealth or material possessions, it is how you feel about yourself. If you are giving it your all, in my opinion you are successful. There will be good times and bad times, but how you handle yourself during any of these times is a true measure if you are a successful human being.

      I do like how you put this post all together Chuck. If we as network marketers follow the steps, success is in our pockets.

  3. In the area I live in, the average daily commute is two hours. If you add that to the typical work day of eight hours, workers are spending ten hours a day, fifty hours a week working a j-o-b. This is time spent building someone else’s empire. Why is it so difficult to imaging putting that kind of time into building their own empire? And to be frustrated when they don’t and things don’t work out? It is an unrealistic expectation to believe that an MLM business will make a person rich with minimal effort.

  4. Corrisa Malone

    I like the 99% B.S. statistic – LOL

    Where a lot of people go wrong is that they assume that this industry is some kind of miracle make money overnight scheme. As a result people don’t treat their network marketing business like a true business. It takes consistent effort and skills in order to reap the rewards.

    Great post that hit on some very important points!

    1. Glad I could help.

      All businesses take time to build, nurture and cultivate.

      Expecting to make a profit in ANY business during your first year is probably unrealistic for MOST people. That’s inside or outside of MLM.

      However, if you stick with it, learn the skills, and keep moving forward, you can succeed.

      Thanks for the comment.

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