Two days ago, I did a Facebook live training for my team about how to build a Big MLM Team. Due to the popularity of that training, I decided to write an article covering what I talked about.
If you’re willing to put in the work and stay the course, this industry can change your life for the better. While I cannot guarantee you will build a big team or make millions of dollars, it is possible! Many people have done that. That is the beauty of our industry. Anyone CAN do it, even though most people WILL NOT do it.
Success will not happen by accident. When you look at the top earners in any company, you will quickly discover they did certain things in a certain way. They did not leave their success to chance. They mastered a few basic fundamentals, they put in the work and they stayed the course.
What you will see below is what I did to build a big MLM Team. I currently have about 75,000 team members, so I feel I am qualified to write this post.
How to Build a Big MLM Team
# 1: Make a Decision
Success starts with a decision. You already know that. You will never build a big MLM team by accident. It’s not about luck either. At some point, you need to draw a line in the sand, eliminate your option to quit, and DECIDE that you will build a big business no matter what.
Most people never make that decision. They just go with the ebbs and flows. They dabble. Or even worse, they try it to see how it goes. Success never works that way. Once again, success starts with a decision.
You must DECIDE you will build a big MLM Business no matter what. Once you do that, things will start to fall in place for you.
My best advice is to act as if you wrote a check for ONE MILLION DOLLARS to start your business and you only have one year to earn it back. If you adopt that mindset, you will do very well in our industry.
# 2: Create a Game-Plan
Without a plan, your goal of building a big MLM Business is nothing more than a fantasy. Your plan is your road-map that will help you get from where you are to where you want to go. Your game-plan should include your long-term goals, short-term goals, marketing plan, and daily routine. In other words:
- How much money do you want to make? How much volume and what rank do you need to achieve that?
- Who will you approach?
- How much time will you commit to your business each week?
- What type of marketing budget do you have?
- Who is your target market?
- What will you do each day to grow your business?
- What is your ultimate goal with the business?
- What is your why?
You must take some time to answer these questions. Your plan does not need to be perfect, but it must be written down on paper. You should refer to it daily. By all means, tweak and adjust your plan when needed, as you learn new skills and figure out what works. And make sure you share your game-plan with your coach, to get their input.
# 3: Launch Your Business
Amateurs start a business. Professionals launch their business. If you were starting a traditional business, you would do a proper business launch. You would advertise. You would tell everyone you know about it. You would share it on social media. You want to do the same thing with your new network marketing business.
It’s so much better to start your business the right way, so you don’t need to start over! To launch your business properly, you need to create your name’s list of at least 1,000 names. You need to invite these people to watch a third-party business presentation (ideally a webinar or video) or purchase a product from you.
You need to purchase your starter kit and be on auto-ship. You need to go through your name’s list as quickly as possible, so can sponsor a bunch of people right out the gate, and create some momentum in your business.
# 4: Make Your First Circle Work
The only thing you control in this business is what you do. It’s vital that you make your first circle work, so you lead by example at all times. This means that you do the following things:
- You buy a starter kit
- You sign up for auto-ship
- You talk to minimum 5 to 10 new prospects daily
- You maintain 2-10 personal retail customers at all times
- You sponsor 4 new business builders monthly, every month
- You attend every event
- You stay plugged in to your team’s or company’s training system
- You work on your personal development daily
- You talk with your coach daily
- You are persistent and consistent, day in and day out, no excuses
If you’re trying to build a big MLM Business, these things are MANDATORY! They are non-negotiable. You must do the things you want your team to do! Set the pace and you will inspire the right people. Be someone worth duplicating!
# 5: Recruit 1 New Business Builder Distributor Every Week
This might sound extreme, but it is very doable, even for the part-timer. To sponsor one new business builder distributor each week, you will need to approach approximately 5 people per day. Anyone can do that, if they decide to!
By doing so, this gives you new people to work with, but not too many people at one time to make it overwhelming. When you sponsor one new distributor (business builder, not wholesale customer) each week, you have enough time to help them launch their business properly.
Learning how to recruit will help solve almost every business problem you ever experience.
# 6: Launch Your New Reps Properly
As you sponsor new distributors, it is VITAL that you take them through these exact same steps. Your number one goal is to help them sponsor a few people right out the gate, so you can start taprooting and building depth in your team. It makes no sense to sign up a new rep and just hope that they will follow your system. They won’t!
You must give them a sense of urgency. You must HELP THEM launch their new business if you want to succeed. Spend some time with each new distributor during their first few weeks in the business and it can really pay off.
Plus, as you help them sponsor people, you will anchor them into the business. You can then start working with THEIR new people and simply repeat this process in depth.
# 7: Be a Student of Your Business
Every successful entrepreneur, in every endeavor, is a student of their business. They study their industry, they know their products, and they are constantly fine tuning their skills. This business is no different.
You need to learn everything you can about leadership, sales and network marketing. You need to work on your personal development daily. You should listen to audio programs, attend events, read books and listen to your mentors so you can fine tune your skills.
Most importantly, you should get in the trenches and stay in the trenches. That is the best way to learn and fine tune your skills. Remember, skills pay the bills in this profession! To make more money, talk to more people and improve your skills. Set aside at least 30 minutes per day to improve your skills.
# 8: Stay in the Trenches for 2 to 4 YEARS
Never, ever go into management mode. You must stay in the trenches for MINIMUM two to four years. This means you never stop sponsoring new people and finding new customers. You stay plugged in. You keep recruiting one new business builder distributor ever week. You keep talking to minimum FIVE new prospects daily. You keep taprooting and driving depth. You keep doing the things you want your team members to do!
Most reps make the mistake of sponsoring a few people, and then stopping their personal recruiting to go and manage their team. If you do this, you will fail! Stay in those trenches until your foundation for your business is so solid, you no longer need to recruit. For most people, that will take minimum two to four years.
The Fastest Way to Build a Big MLM Team
Without a doubt, the fastest way to build a big MLM Team is to recruit people with network marketing experience. While you follow the 8 steps mentioned above, I highly recommend you recruit “free agent” network marketers and people with former MLM Experience. This will help you catapult your business growth.
People with prior network marketing experience already have some basic skills. They already believe in the industry. And they have contacts! Always keep your eyes and ears open for former and current network marketers looking for a new opportunity to build!
There you have it folks. These are my best tips on how to build a big MLM Team. None of this is rocket science, but it does work. If you follow these steps, I can’t guarantee you will build a huge team, but I do believe the likelihood of you doing so is significantly greater.
What are your thoughts? What are your best tips on how to build a big MLM Team? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.