Stop Trying to Manage Your MLM Team

Stop trying to manage your MLM Team!

There, I said it.

I see it day in and day out in our industry.

Heck, I’ve even done it myself many times, mostly because I didn’t know any better.

Thankfully, I finally learned a valuable lesson.

MLM is much different than the corporate world.

Very different indeed.

In the corporate world, we are taught to manage others.

We have titles and seniority so people do what we tell them to do, mostly out of fear of losing their job.

MLM, on the other hand, is a volunteer Army.

No one has to do what you tell them to do and most people won’t!

We are all independent contractors.

We are all responsible or our own businesses.

None of us has a boss.

To most people, that sounds exciting.

Most people are TIRED of having a boss.

Yet, when they become their own boss, they absolutely suck at managing their time and productivity.

You could argue that most people FAIL in our industry because they are the boss and they don’t know what to do.

They won’t listen to their upline and they won’t do the things they need to do to move their business forward.

But heck, that’s another blog post idea.

Here’s what you need to know.

Trying to manage your MLM team is a complete waste of time.

It will lead to frustration, stress and burn out.


Because people don’t have to listen to you and they probably won’t!

I see it day in and day out in our industry.

People sponsor a few people and then they immediately go into management mode.

Or, they sponsor a lot of people, and stop sponsoring, to manage their team.

In other words, they stop doing the money producing activities that made them successful to begin with and they focus on trying to get their team to produce more.

Sound familiar?

They lead conference calls, training and webinars.

They call on their team frequently to see how they are doing.

They do tons of different things to get their team to do more.

Sadly, this typically results in ZERO growth in their business.

For the most part it is time wasted.

I don’t want you to make this common mistake like I did for many years, so here is some simple advice for you to follow:

go get a new mlm team# 1 Get in the Trenches and Stay There – The best way to lead is to lead from the front.  Never stop personally recruiting new distributors and finding new customers.  Do the things you wish your team would do month in and month out.

# 2 Accept People Where They Are – Walk with the walkers.  Crawl with the crawlers and run with the runners.  We lose so many good people from our industry because they are forced into leadership positions they don’t want.  If someone is simply ordering the product, be grateful.  If they sponsor one person, be grateful.  And if they are a heavy hitter, be grateful.  Learn to accept others and help them accomplish the goals they have for themselves.

# 3 Focus on What You Do – The only thing you can control in this business is what you do.  Stop worrying about what other people are or are not doing and focus on your own calendar and personal production.

# 4 Keep Building New Teams – This goes hand in hand with tip number one.  Never stop building new teams.  New reps are the lifeblood of your business.  Rather than managing teams, build one or two new teams each month, either personally, or in depth.

# 5 Work Where Your Time is Deserved – Always work where your time is deserved, not where it is needed.  Work with the people who are actively building a business, just like you are.  In most cases, this is no more than five to ten percent of your team, if that.  Do not EVER waste your time with folks who are not serious.

Other Posts You Should Read

  1. The Money Producing Activities in MLM
  2. Why Your Team Does Nothing
  3. How to Recruit
  4. Your Daily Mode of Operations

Final Thoughts

By following these five simple tips you can work smart and stay in production mode.

The bottom line is that it’s not your job to manage your team.

If anything, it’s your job to inspire them and show them what they should be doing themselves.

What are your thoughts about managing your MLM Team?

Does this make sense to you?  Why or why not?

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 thoughts on “Stop Trying to Manage Your MLM Team

  1. Glad I could be of help. Good luck in your business.

  2. Great article. One of the reasons people quit network marketing is because uplines think that they own them. they expect them to take their orders and to follow them wherever they go.
    Thank you for teaching the world about this.

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