MLM Names List: How to Build a Big Name List for Your Business

If you’re involved with network marketing, it’s important that you come up with a MLM Names List.  Some people brush it off, but I believe it is vitally important for your success, especially if you are new to the industry.

What is a MLM Names List?

A MLM Names List is nothing more than a group of people you know or know of.  You don’t have to be close to these people or even know them all by name. You just need to know of them. A few examples might be the bank clerk, the guy who sold you your car, or your hairdresser.

I once heard that the average 18-year old adult knows at least 2,000 people. I believe that. Now, you might not be able to think of everyone right off the top of your head, but if you put some serious thought and time into it, there is no doubt in my mind you could come up with tons of names.

Why Do You Need a Names List?

You need people to talk to, if you want to grow your network marketing business.  The more names you have on your names list, the higher the likelihood you will find some people who are interested in the products and business opportunity.

If you only have 20 to 50 people on your list, you are going to be emotionally involved with each person’s decision. You’ll worry about what they think and whether or not they sign up.

On the other hand, if you have more than 1,000 names on your names list, you won’t care who gets in and who doesn’t. You’ll have plenty of people to talk to.

My Best Advice

Act as if you are getting paid $1,000 for each person you add to your names list.  Treat it seriously, as if you have one-million dollars invested in your business. If you adopt that mindset, I know you can easily come up with at least 1,000 names, probably more.

10 Tips to Create a Big Names List

Step # 1: Get a Notebook and Pen

For simplicity purposes, I suggest you use a notebook and pen.  You can create your list in Excel or on your computer, if you want to. Just remember you don’t need a FANCY spreadsheet. I would go to the Dollar Store and get a notebook and keep all of your names in one central place.

Step # 2: Write Down EVERY friend you have on Facebook

Most people have 200 to 500 or more friends on Facebook. Some people have a little bit less and others have a lot more.  Add all of these people to your name list.

Step # 3: Write Down Your Spouse’s Facebook Friends

If you are married, and your spouse is on board with you, do the same thing with their friend list.  This should easily be another 200 to 500 or more names.

Step # 4: Write Down Your Phone Contacts

Most people have anywhere from 10 to 100 phone contacts in their cell phone.  Add these people to your names list.

Step # 5: Write Down Your Email Contacts

Repeat the same process with all of your email contacts.

Step # 6: Write Down People on Your Christmas Card List

If you send out Christmas Cards every year, like I do, add these folks to your MLM Names List.  This should be another 10 to 100 names.

Step # 7: Play the Alphabet Game

Start with the letter A.  Write down everyone you know whose first name starts with the letter A.  Then move to B, and the rest of the alphabet.  After you do that, write down everyone you know whose last name starts with the letter A, and proceed through all letters in the alphabet.  Finally, think of each profession you can think of, starting with the letter A, and write down everyone from each profession you can think of.

Step # 8: Use a Memory Jogger

After you done the previous seven steps, go online and find a memory jogger.  This will give you tons of ideas to help you think of additional names to add to your list.

Step # 9: Prioritize the List

Once your list is complete, you need to prioritize the list.  Put a star next to the people who have business experience.  Put a star next to people with sales or marketing experience.  Put a star next to anyone with network marketing experience (that you know of).

Put a star next to anyone who is ultra-successful in their chosen profession.  Put a star next to anyone who is optimistic and has a good attitude. The people with the most stars next to their name will normally be your best prospects.

Step # 10: Develop a Strategy to Contact These People

Connect with your sponsor or upline mentor and find out what you should say to the contacts on your list.  Have them teach you a few scripts and teach you what to say.  See if they will help you contact the first few people on your list. There is a right way and wrong way to contact people, so make sure you do it the right way.

Things Not to Do

If I could make one suggestion, I would tell you to contact each person individually, ideally by phone or face-to-face.  Do NOT just start spamming your business link all over Facebook or send out a mass email to everyone you know, to tell them about your business.  If you do that, you will lose out on a lot of good prospects. 1-on-1 interaction is key.

In addition, don’t pre-judge people. It’s not your job to determine who’s qualified for the business and who isn’t.  At the end of the day, you never know who will join or who will build it big. Share it with everyone you know and let each person decide for themselves.

Final Thoughts

In review, these are my best tips on how to come up with a big MLM Names List.  I hope you will put some serious time and effort into creating a big names list, so you can launch your business properly.

What are your thoughts about this?  What are your tips for coming up with a big MLM Names List?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Chuck Holmes is a Network Marketing Professional, author, and blogger. He's been in the industry since 2002. He is currently the top producer in his network marketing company. He is happily married and lives in Florida with his beautiful wife, Rachel. He enjoys flea markets, reading, writing, walking, fishing and funny movies. You can call Chuck during business hours at (352) 503-4816 EST or you can email him at

6 thoughts on “MLM Names List: How to Build a Big Name List for Your Business

  1. thanks chuck i never knew i have a lot of contacts to put into my name list until i came across this 10 steps i`m sure my business will now boom as i`m going to follow this steps.thanks a lot

  2. I originally did not think I had as big of a contact list as I did until I went through these steps. I had well over 500 names after only looking at the Facebook names and well over 1000 names after going through all the other steps. Now the next step is to make a plan in order to reach out to some of these individuals who I never even considered as contacts in the past. I appreciate this post. It gave me a whole new realm of people to tap into.

    • People would be AMAZED at how big of a name list they could come up with if they followed these steps.

  3. Recruiting friends and family is good, because you know what their financial situation is. You know whether or not they hate their job, and are looking for a better opportunity. Don\’t assume that because someone has a big house or nice car that they don\’t need money. If you have kids that play sports, their parents are recruiting opportunities. PTA members, teachers, etc.

    • You have that right Ty. So many think that just because a person looks like they have the world by the tail that they won’t need an extra income. In most cases these are the people who need another income the worst. We should never discount anyone until we actually give them the opportunity. It usually works out that the people you didn’t think would join do, and the people you thought would, don’t.

      This was a great post showing network marketers how to build a huge name list. I say that you should always ask for references too when you speak with these people. References can help that list grow even larger.

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