This post will be short and to the point. In today’s post I want to talk about setting business hours for your network marketing business. A lot of people join our industry in hopes of becoming successful. Sadly, a lot of these same people fail to reach these goals because they don’t have a sense of urgency and they don’t know how to manage their time effectively.
Many people work on their business just an hour or two a week and wonder why they aren’t getting the result they desire. It should come as no surprise to you, but if you want to succeed in this business you have to invest A LOT of time, and you have to be consistent.
When it comes to conventional business, a restaurant owner wouldn’t have her restaurant open one hour per week and expect to make much money. A dry cleaner wouldn’t be open just one day a week and expect to be in business very long. A realtor wouldn’t work five or ten hours per month and expect to be overly successful.
Yet, in network marketing that is what people expect. Rather than being committed to their business, they have a lottery mentality and think their success boils down to luck! To be quite frank with you, I’m not sure WHY anyone would think they could build a successful network marketing business (or any other business) if they just work it “some time” or “when it is convenient for them.”
To succeed in this business, you have to be focused and disciplined with your time, even if you are working on a part-time basis. You have to have set business hours. You need a daily to do list. You need to invest at least an hour or two per day to grow your business. You need priorities. And you need to focus on the money producing activities when you do work your business.
In order to make all of this happen, this is what I suggest you do.
# 1 Determine how many hours per week you will build your business
The first step to working smart is to determine how many hours per week you will commit to your business. I would suggest minimum of 10-20 hours per week. Anything less than that won’t get you very far in the business. The amount of time you will work must match up with your goals. The bigger the goal the more time it will take.
# 2 Determine which days of the week you will build your business
At a minimum, you should work your business five days per week. Six days a week is better, but five is the bare bones minimum. I suggest everyone take Sunday off to spend time with their family and relax.
# 3 Determine which time of day you will work your business
Once you know what days of the week you will work your business, the next step is to determine what times you will work your business each day. Ideally, you should try to work your business the same time every day, but I understand that’s not always possible. It really boils down to your job and family schedule and what works best for you. Just pick a time and have enough discipline to stick with it.
# 4 Determine which activities you will do when you are working
This is where the rubber meets the road. You MUST focus on the money producing activities in your business when you are working. Surfing YouTube, organizing files, spending time on your website, and participating on conference calls does not count as a money producing activity. The only money producing activirtes are prospecting, showing the plan, following up, training your team and getting customers.
# 5 Follow your schedule and NEVER miss a day of work
Discipline is the key to success. It does you no good to do the four steps mentioned above IF you don’t have enough discipline to commit to it. No excuses. You go to your job every day, even though you don’t want to. You must treat your network marketing business the same way if you wan to succeed. Treat it like a business and it will pay you like a business. Treat it like a hobby and it will pay you life a hobby.
That’s it folks. I know it sounds like common sense. It is. At the end of the day you need set business hours for your network marketing business. You need to work smart. And you need to have enough discipline to do it every day, no matter what. Do that for a period of a few years and you will be well on your way. Don’t do it and you will fail!
What are your thoughts about setting business hours in your network marketing business? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.