One question that people ask me all the time is “should I switch my MLM Company?” They tell me they’re not getting good results in their business and then they tell me about a new opportunity they heard of that they are thinking about joining.
I literally get 5-10 calls like this per WEEK from people who visit my website. It’s definitely a reality in our industry.
I wanted to take some time today to answer that question from my own perspective. I don’t expect everyone to agree with what I am about to say, but I still want to voice my opinion. I want to educate people about this topic so they are not misinformed.
Let me start by telling that you that in probably 9 out of 10 cases, switching companies is NOT a good idea. I learned a long time ago that the grass is seldom greener on the other side. I’ve learned that if you struggle in one company there is a good chance you will struggle in your next company, too, until you develop the right skills and the right mind-set.
You see, the company itself is not the answer to your struggles. YOU are the solution to your struggles. And until you get YOU right, you will keep struggling in EVERY company you join.
I know this sounds harsh, but I can speak from personal experience on this one. At one point in my career, not all that long ago, I was a MLM Junkie. I would change companies like people change their underwear. I would try a company, struggle, and then move on to the next thing.
When that one didn’t work out, I would move on to another company. Doing this created a few problems. First of all, I lost a lot of money by doing that. I also lost credibility with my friends and family. And I lost any momentum that I had built with a team. HINT: No one wants to work with a junkie!
So, in most cases, I am AGAINST people switching companies, especially if they are not already successful.
I figure if someone is successful and making good money, they already know what to do so they don’t need my advice.
However, on the flip side of the coin, there are a few times when switching network marketing companies might be a good idea. Here are a few reasons you might want to switch companies.
1. The company goes bankrupt – This actually happens a lot. A lot of businesses, inside and outside of network marketing, go out of business and close down. If this happens to you, you will need to find a new company to work with. This is one of the reasons I would only work with an established company that has been around at least five years. Ten years is even better.
2. The company changes the compensation plan – Believe it or not, some companies change the compensation plan and really screw over their reps. Some companies switch business models altogether and get out of network marketing. Other companies make changes that significantly lower their distributors’ pay. When the company no longer has your best interest at heart, it might be time to go.
3. There is no demand for the products outside of the distributors – This is something that very few people ever talk about. This is the most critical factor I look at before I join a company. If the only people using products are distributors, you are in the WRONG company. You must work with a company that encourages products sales and retail sales. You want a company where people outside of the business think your products and services offer a good value and they are willing to buy them.
4. The company has a HORRIBLE reputation – I’m not sure why ANYONE would join a company that has thousands and thousands of pages of bad reviews online. A few bad reviews is normal, but if all you find is negative things online, that might be a sign that you are with the wrong company. My company has nothing negative that I could find online and they’ve been around more than 20 years. To me, that speaks volumes. Ideally, you want a company with a good reputation. You must remember that your prospect will evaluate your company online before they join. If all they can find is negative stuff, that isn’t good for you!
5. You cannot find support from ANYONE in your upline – Lots of people have become successful without upline support. Having a good upline is not mandatory if you want to become successful. But, it sure does help! If you call everyone in your upline and no one knows what they are doing and no one is willing to help you, you have two choices. You can leave the company or you can find a mentor outside of your company. I would try to find a mentor outside of the company before I quit.
Those would probably be the only reasons someone should even consider switching MLM Companies.
The bottom line is that switching MLM Companies is seldom a good idea. There are only a few instances when you should even consider it. In most cases, it will do more harm than good.
What do you think?
When should someone switch MLM Companies? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.
Chuck HolmesWebmaster, OnlineMLMCommunity.com
Phone: (352) 503-4816
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