MLM Accountability Partners: Why You Need One in Your Network Marketing Business

Today, I want to take a few moments and talk about accountability partners.  As I see it, an accountability partner is someone you report your progress to.  It’s someone who holds you accountable for doing what you said you were going to do.  It’s someone you can share ideas with and mastermind with you.

When it comes to network marketing, it really helps if you have an accountability partner.  This could be your spouse, your sponsor, your upline, someone in your cross-line, or even someone in your downline.  You want an accountability partner you can talk with once a day and report the progress of your business.

The beauty of having an accountability partner is that they hold you accountable.  They encourage you.  They listen to you and offer support and help.  You share your goals and action plan with them and they make sure you do what you said you were going to do.  This keeps you focused, so you don’t get sidetracked.

I’ve had accountability partners before.  I can speak from personal experience and tell you that it is very beneficial.  You see, when you have to “report in” to someone, you’re much more likely to follow through and do what you said you were going to do.  If left to your own vices, who knows what might happen?

I’ve found that when I’m trying to lose weight, save money, or build my network marketing business, it really helps to have an accountability partner.  It’s easy to get frustrated and demotivated without one. However, when you know you need to check in with someone every day, every week, or every month, it’s much more likely you will stay the course.

If you already have an accountability partner in your network marketing business, consider yourself lucky.  If not, what I suggest you do is call people in your upline until you find someone who is serious about the business and is willing to help you out at the same time.  Ask them if it would be okay if you reported in once a day or once a week with them regarding the progress in your business.

If they are serious about the business, I’m sure they will be up for it and want you to do it.  If you can’t find anyone in your upline to be your accountability partner, you could pick your spouse, someone else you admire or respect, or even a high performer in your downline.

Whoever you pick, make sure they have similar goals and are willing to spend a little bit of time with you each day either by phone, SKYPE or in person.

And if you’ve never had an accountability partner before, I encourage you to try it out for 90 days.  Set some goals, find an accountability partner, and follow up with them at least once a day to share your progress, tips and get encouragement.

mlm accountability partnerAlso, make sure you are accessible for anyone on your team looking for an accountability partner.  This is one of the easiest ways to mentor your team and create growth in your network marketing business.

The bottom line is that having an accountability partner can really have a positive impact in your network marketing business.  Find someone you trust and respect, set up a reporting schedule, set some goals for your business, and stick with the reporting schedule.  It will help keep you focused and motivated.

What are your thoughts?  What do you think about having an accountability partner in your network marketing business?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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10 thoughts on “MLM Accountability Partners: Why You Need One in Your Network Marketing Business

  1. Kathy Marie Howell

    I love having an accountability partner and have always had more success in business when I have worked with one. I encourage my team to have one as well and encourage them to work together with my support. That has worked out nicely taking pressure off me and empowering them.

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  2. Kristen

    I think having an accountability partner in the marketing business is a great idea. I also like what you said about making sure they share the same goals as you. If you were trying to lose weight, would you choose someone who had no desire to lose weight as your accountability partner? No. Because they wouldn’t be helpful to you. you need someone who will motivate and inspire you and someone that you can do the same thing for.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Yes, having an accountability partner is very important. It helps when you are trying to lose weight or reach any other goal. Having someone to share ideas with and support you and keep you accountable to what you said you were going to do is very important.

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    2. Greg Boudonck

      That is great information Kristen. Yes, the best accountability partner is one who has “been there and done that.” That is why Alcoholics Anonymous works so well is because everyone you are accountable to was once an alcoholic. If you are trying to use an accountability partner who is not involved with network marketing, they probably will not understand what to look for and what to confront us on. Just like the losing weight part, I would not be a person that would make a good accountability partner because my problem is not losing weight, it is gaining it.

      Yes, look for a partner that will understand because they are in network marketing.

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  3. Diamond Grant

    I think that this is both a logical and smart idea. Why not implement a person who can help to hold you accountable for the benefit of your business? There are often things we miss and areas we overlook in our businesses that an accountability partner is able to catch and call us on so that we can make the changes we need in order to succeed. Who would you recommend as being the best person to be serve as an accountability partner? Could your mentor fulfill this role?

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    1. Greg Boudonck

      Diamond, as Chuck pointed out, yes your mentor could handle the position of accountability partner. Sometimes they have more they can handle for that, so maybe a spouse, or partner. Someone from your up line can be a great choice too.

      As a last resort, you could use someone from your down line, but just be sure the person will be willing to be honest and forthcoming.

      It is a good and wise decision to have an accountability partner.

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  4. Greg Boudonck

    I agree that an accountability partner is a very important idea. I will mention that I think the very last resort should be anyone from your down-line. I think that they may not be honest with you and tell you if you are “slacking.” Being in your down-line, they may treat you as a superior and will not “call you out” if you are not doing the things you need to do.

    I believe the best choice for an accountability partner would be your sponsor, but it could be they don’t have the time or patience. I believe a spouse is also a great choice, because we all know most spouses are not afraid to confront.

    Great post Chuck. By having an accountability partner, we are more apt to carry through with what we need to do.

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