Today, I want to educate you about having fun in your MLM Business. While the real purpose of every business is to make a profit, I do believe it’s also a good idea to try and have fun at the same time!
Truthfully, if you’re not enjoying what you do, you’re doing it wrong, and you probably won’t stick around in this business very long.
Network marketing is unique in that it is a volunteer Army. That means that you can’t boss other people around, people don’t have to follow you and people don’t have to stay on your team!
Most people already have a boss and already have enough stress in their lives. The last thing they need is another boss or a bunch of extra stress from a side business. Make sense?
That’s where you, the creative and resourceful sponsor can make a big difference. Your goal is not only to help your people, but to create a team culture where people can win, be successful and have fun at the same time.
In the paragraphs below, I want to share a few ideas that you can incorporate in your own network marketing business to have more fun. These are ideas you can use yourself and with your team. Enjoy.
# 1 Celebrate Your Success
You should always look for something to celebrate. If you do something right, take a moment and celebrate your success, regardless of how small or big it is. If you set a bunch of goals for the month and you reach them, or even some of them, take your family out to dinner to celebrate. If a team member gets a rank advancement, sponsors their first person, or hits any other big or small milestone, call them up to celebrate their success with them.
# 2 Have Get Togethers
We are social creatures. This business is not meant to be built in isolation. Your goal is to have events such as a barbeque and potluck dinner with your team. You can all get together for fellowship, to share ideas, to celebrate, and to get to know each other better. Spend a day and go bowling, go to the amusement park, or do something else fun and exciting. Everyone wants to below to a group of people who have similar interests and values.
# 3 Laugh at Yourself
Take your business seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn how to laugh at yourself. Get together on the phone each week with a few of your team members and talk about the dumb stuff you did. Laugh with each other. Tell a few funny jokes and lighten the load. Laughter is a great way to boost morale. Have a special award for the person who did the dumbest thing.
# 4 Have Contests
I love a little friendly competition. Having a contest is a great way to encourage your team and at the same time, have fun. A good contest will stretch people out of their comfort zone and challenge them to do more than they normally would. Make sure you have decent prizes and make the competition so there can be more than one winner. By all means, have a grand prize winner, but make sure you have “realistic” goals for your contest, so everyone can participate. Keep in mind that 99% of your team is part-time.
# 5 Recognize Your Team
People love to be recognized. Look for the little things that people are doing and find creative ways to recognize them. You don’t have to spend much money. Get creative. You can buy inexpensive awards, medals and certificates online. People will really enjoy receiving these things. Public recognition is one of the best things you can do. Most people crave recognition more than anything else.
# 6 Give Gifts
Give small, personalized gifts when people on your team accomplish something in their business, such as a rank advancement or sponsoring their 10th person. Send handwritten notes. Have a holiday party with your team and do a Secret Santa. Send neat t-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, pens, and other personalized items you can buy online. It’s even better if these items have your company’s logo on it, along with the distributor’s name. Everyone loves to receive a gift.
# 7 Spend Time One-on-One
Spend some one-on-one time with each of your team members, especially the serious ones. Get to know them as people. See a movie together, go out to dinner, or just do something fun that is quality time. Visit a museum or even exercise together. This will allow you to strengthen your friendship with the person.
# 8 Dream Build with Your Team
Take your team dream building. Drive around town and look at expensive properties. Test drive a fancy new sports car. Visit a high end retail shop and window shop. We did some of these things during my time in Amway many years ago and it was really powerful. Help your team start to think big and think of the possibilities that they could achieve if they built a big business.
The bottom line is that you need to find ways to have fun with your MLM Team. People love to have fun. Spend some time to build good relationships with your team. Fellowship together. Laugh together. This is one of the keys to building strong relationships, building a long-term team, and a long-term income.
What are your thoughts? What do you do to have fun with your team? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.