Today, I want to take a few moments and talk about how to work smart in your network marketing business. Let’s face it; most of the people in our industry are part-timers, who are pressed for time. Most people in our industry have a day job, kids, a spouse, responsibilities at home, and additional responsibilities to take care of. This can make it difficult to manage your time and get much done in your business. I hope to help fix that.
You really can build a successful network marketing business in just 45 to 90 minutes per day if you are disciplined and work smart. That is the key to success; set aside time every day to build your business and be persistent and consistent. In the rest of this post, I’m going to show you how to do that.
# 1 Plan Out Your Day
I learned the importance of planning in the Army. I know that if you don’t plan out your day, things will come up and you won’t be anywhere near as productive as you could be. Failing to plan is planning to fail. You need a day planner and a daily “to do” list at a bare bones minimum. Write down all of the things that need to be done that day, delegate what you can, and plan everything out so you can manage your time wisely. This includes your work time, your family time and your network marketing business time.
# 2 Set Business Hours
The next thing you need to do is set business hours. All businesses need business hours. If possible, set business hours for the same time each day. I understand things will come up and it won’t always be possible to work your business at the same time every day. That’s fine. When you know you have a hectic schedule, you still need to set business hours. I suggest you try to find a 45 to 90 minute time window that you can follow every day. This might be your lunch break, late at night, or right after dinner. Or, you might have to wake up an hour earlier each day. Just find something that works for you and set your business hours.
# 3 Have a Daily Mode of Operations
We are all creatures of habit. You typically wake up at the same time every day, have the same breakfast, drive the same way to work, eat the same lunch, drive home the same way from work, eat similar dinners and watch similar television shows. All of these things are habits. To succeed in your new business venture you need to form new habits. The best way to do this is to have a daily mode of operation. This is nothing more than a short list of three to five money producing activities you will do every single day to grow your business. Here’s an example daily mode of operations:
- Meet two prospects during the day
- Connect with two people on Facebook
- Call two prospects
- Call one team member
- Follow up with two people
If you do these things daily, every day, you will form new habits that will help make you successful.
# 4 Exposures
If you were only going to ask yourself one question each day, here’s the question you should ask yourself. “How many people did I expose the products and business opportunity to today?” Success in this business comes down to exposures. If you do nothing else on this list, contact at least two to ten people every day about the business and/or products. Do that daily and there is no way you can fail!
# 5 Avoid Time Wasters and Non-Productive Tasks
There are so many things that you can do that do nothing but waste your time. Organizing your office is a time killer. Surfing YouTube and Facebook is a time killer. Looking through your company catalog is a time killer. The ONLY five activities that help you build your business include prospecting, showing the plan, following up, training your team and getting customers. These are the money producing activities. Make sure you spend at least 90% of your “business working hours” doing one or more of these activities. Remember there is a difference between being busy and being productive. Everyone is busy, but successful people are productive.
To be successful, you need to learn how to work smart in your network marketing business. The best way to do that is to plan out your day every day, to set business hours, to create a daily mode of operations, to focus on exposures and avoid time wasters.
What are your thoughts? How do you think someone could work smart in their network marketing business? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.