How to Find and Pick a Good MLM Sponsor

Today, I want to educate you about how to find a good MLM sponsor.  I tell everyone that I talk to that the person you decide to choose as your sponsor is just as important as the company you decide to join. You should research potential sponsors just like you would the company. Don’t just team up with someone simply because they introduced you to an opportunity.

No, it’s not your sponsor’s job to make you successful or build your network marketing business for you.  But it does help to work with someone who is accessible, helpful and knows what the heck they are doing.  I’d rather partner up with someone who is experienced and serious about the business than partner up with someone who’s probably going to quit the business within the next 60 to 90 days.

There is a process that I use and recommend to find the right MLM sponsor.  I’m going to share it below.

#1 Pick a MLM Company

Your first step is to pick a MLM Company to work with.  Don’t let the company pick you.  You pick the company.  Find a good company with a good reputation, good products, a fair compensation plan, and a proven history.  Make sure you are passionate about the products or services that they offer.   Make a list of three to five potential companies that interest you and become a customer of each one before you decide to sign up as a distributor.  Do lots of research.  Be an INFORMED and EDUCATED person.  Make your research just as thorough as if you were investing in a six figure franchise. Learn how to find the right MLM company.

# 2 Research Successful People in the Company

Once you have a company you want to join, your next step is to research potential sponsors. Look at the company’s official website to see some of the successful distributors.  Do an internet search for the name of the company plus the words “success stories” or “top earners.” Read the biographies of each of these people, visit their website and do your due diligence.  Try to come up with a list of at least five to ten potential people.  If possible, look for someone in your local area who is serious and committed.  You don’t have to have a local sponsor, but it definitely helps if you plan on doing meetings, one on ones and in home parties.

# 3 Interview All of Your Potential Sponsors

Once you’ve compiled a list with five to ten potential sponsors, it’s your turn to interview these people.  Give them a call or send them an email and see if they are accessible and responsive. At a minimum, ask them the following questions:

  • How long have you been with the company?
  • Why did you join the company?
  • How long have you been in the industry?
  • How many people have you sponsored?
  • What type of system do you have to build your business?
  • How do you train you team?
  • What is your pin or rank level in the company?
  • How many people have you helped become successful?
  • How do you help your new team members get started?
  • How do you build your business?
  • How would you help me if I partnered with you?

As you ask these questions, please keep in mind that not everyone will answer every question. What you are really looking for is someone you LIKE and TRUST.  You want to ensure they know what they are doing and are willing to help you.  In addition, you want to ensure they have a success system you can follow, or that they can help you come up with your own system.

I should also note that you should tell the person upfront that you have already done your research and are serious about joining the company.  Tell them that you are interviewing several successful distributors to find a potential sponsor to work with.  They will respect you for being candid and honest with them.

# 4 Pick the MLM Sponsor You Are Most Comfortable With

Once you’ve interviewed a few people you should have a good idea about which person would be the best person to have as your sponsor.  At this point you want to get back in touch with that person and tell them you are ready to get started.  In addition, make sure you follow up with everyone else that you “interviewed” and give them some closure.  Let them know you appreciated them taking the time to talk to you, but that you decided to work with someone else.

# 5 Follow Their Lead

This step is important.  Be ready to eat some humble pie here.  Don’t act like a know it all.  If you went through all of this work to find a good sponsor, do exactly what they tell you to do. Don’t question them.  After all, they know what they are doing and you sought them out because they were successful and had a game-plan.  Have some faith in them and the system they use before you go and try to build the business your own way.

What If You Already Have a Sponsor?

If you are already part of a company and already have a sponsor, here’s what I recommend. If you can’t get along with your sponsor, if they’ve quit, or if they don’t know what they are doing, you can simply call people in your upline until you find someone that you feel comfortable working with.  Unless you are the master distributor, there’s a good chance you have a lot of people in your upline who are successful and willing to help (if you reach out to them).

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right MLM Sponsor is a VERY important decision.  You want to work with someone who is successful, experienced, has a game plan, is accessible, is willing to help you, and is someone that you can get along with.  Spend some time and do your due diligence before you pick your MLM Sponsor.  That way you are informed and can find the right person to work with. No, it won’t guarantee your success with the company, but it will definitely help.

What are your thoughts? What steps would you recommend for finding the right MLM Sponsor? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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7 thoughts on “How to Find and Pick a Good MLM Sponsor

  1. Greg Boudonck

    This is most likely the top reason I have had bad times in the past when joining MLMs. I usually jumped at the first “pitch” without doing research on the company or the sponsor.

    Thank you for providing this great system for finding the right sponsor. It does make sense to use a sponsor that is well established and has a proven track record with the company.

    I also agree with the very last tip…time for Humble Pie. It is easy to think we know what we are doing. The worst can be former sales people or people who were with other MLMs. We need to follow our sponsor’s suggestions, because their way does work.

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      1. Greg Boudonck

        Yes, and if we have an idea that we think may work, we should always run that idea in front of our sponsor first. He/she may be able to explain why it may not be a great idea, or they might just tell you to go for it.

        We must always remember our sponsor has more experience, and also is there for our good. Normally, they will not mislead us, because if we are successful, it helps them be successful.

        If more people followed this system of finding the right MLM, I believe there would be far fewer negative responses to network marketing.

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  2. Diamond Grant

    Research is such an important part of the process. I cannot tell you how often I have come into contact with people who just go with the names of individuals referred to them by friends or family without investigating for themselves. While people you know may be well meaning in providing names of sources for you, what/who worked well for them may not work the same for you. It is important to know for yourself as much as you can what these potential sponsors are about and make an informed decision on your own accord.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      People seem to “rush” into everything nowadays. I tell everyone to educate themselves first, especially when picking a MLM Sponsor. The person you partner up with is just as important as the company you join.

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  3. Tristan H.

    A very, very logical and pragmatic approach to finding an MLM sponsor. This decision is such an important one, but it doesn’t need to be difficult if we have steps to follow. A sponsor is a mentor, one that can help with life and business decisions. They lead with words and by example, demonstrating what to do and what not to do. Selecting the right sponsor for you really does seem as vital as deciding which MLM company you want to work for. The steps outlined here have given me a much better idea of how to systematically go about finding an excellent sponsor. Thanks!

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