Top 7 MLM Duplication Tips

If you are involved with network marketing, you probably understand that “duplication” is the key to your long-term success. You can be a star recruiter and recruit new distributors until the cows come home, but until you get the people you bring into the business to duplicate what you are doing, you won’t have much leverage and you won’t make much money!

In the paragraphs below, I would like to share some of my favorite MLM Duplication Tips. These are some things I’ve learned during the past thirteen years through trial and error, from mentors, and through books.  I hope you find the information helpful.

Tip # 1: Invest Time in Your People

When you get people started in the business you have to invest some time in them. You must be willing to invest 10-20 hours with each new person to teach them the ropes, build a relationship with them and help them get started right. Don’t make the mistake of sponsoring people and then forgetting about them.

Your real job as a sponsor is to be a teacher!  You have to transfer your knowledge to your new distributor, teach them what right looks like, and work closely with them when they are just getting started. It makes NO sense to sponsor someone and then simply move on to the next person.  If you do that you will constantly be replacing people.

Tip # 2: Work with No More than 3-5 People at a Time

If you sponsor a lot of people right away, you won’t be able to work with them properly. Ideally, you want to work with three to five serious people at any given time. That’s about all that most people can handle if you are doing three ways calls, face to face meetings, and home parties with them. It’s time consuming to help a new distributor get started right.

You might need to sponsor 20 or more people to find three to five serious people though.  Keep working with the serious people until they know what they are doing and are independent of you, or you find out they aren’t really serious after all.

Tip # 3: Work with People Who are Serious and Committed

Spend MOST of your time with your serious people. By all means love on everyone else and give them support. But work with the people who are doing the work.  These are the MAVERICKS who will produce your bonus check.  Work with your studs one on one and train everyone else in a group setting.  You only have so much time in a day and you have to work smart.

Tip # 4: Have a Game Plan for Your People to Follow

You need a game plan for your new distributors. This is known as a system or step by step process they can follow to get started right. Don’t let them try to figure out things on their own. Have a game plan to help them succeed.  Don’t force your plan on them, but at least show them what right looks like.

I think it’s wise to help each new distributor develop a written business plan, a marketing plan and a daily action plan their first 24-48 hours in the business.

Tip # 5: Don’t Recreate the Wheel

If your upline or sponsor has a system that works, don’t reinvent the wheel. Use their system with your team. The only time you should create your own system is if you are already successful in the business or your upline doesn’t have one to offer you.

Whatever you do to build your business, keep it so simple an 8 year old can do it!

Tip # 6: Give Your People Realistic Expectations

You must give your new distributors realistic expectations about the business. Make sure they know it’s not a get rich quick type of industry. You must teach them that results WILL NOT come until they do the work. Tell them what to expect and they won’t be disappointed.  Keep them motivated, but don’t hype them up.

Make sure your new team member’s goals match their commitment level.  Show them what their organization will need to look like (volume and distributors) to reach their income goals.

Tip # 7: Lead by Example

Always lead by example at all times. People will do what you do, not what you say. Be a sterling example for others to follow and some of your team members will follow your lead. Do what you say and say what you do.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, to succeed in network marketing, you must have duplication in your downline. The key to success is to get a lot of people on your team to do a little bit, rather than having a few people do a lot.  In order to get duplication in your team you need to follow the advice mentioned in this post.  It’s also important to realize that most people on your team will NOT duplicate you or do anything at all. Your goal is to identify the serious people and help them duplicate your efforts.  I hope that makes sense. 

What are your thoughts?  What are your favorite MLM Duplication Tips?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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6 thoughts on “Top 7 MLM Duplication Tips

  1. Faye

    Wow – I like the tip to only sponsor three to five people at a time. This flies in the face of everything that I have heard from recruiters before, who say “recruit, recruit, recruit!” What you say makes sense. You really want to have a manageable number of people new to your group at any given time. Otherwise, some will fall through the cracks. Worst case scenario: the best new recruit will leave you because they are smart enough to know that they need someone who has more time to invest in them. Quality, not quantity, is always a good idea.

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  2. Brie

    I really like the tip about working with 3-5 people at a time. That is a manageable group size and I can easily take 2-3 people to help with home parties. I think this will be a goal of mine to sponsor 3 to 5 per month and help to get them grounded in the business.

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  3. Greg Boudonck

    I personally think #7 is one of the most important. I have met many people who will tell you, “Do it this way,” and they then turn around and do the complete opposite right in front of the person they stated that to. Leading by example is important in all facets of life.

    #1, Investing time in your people is also highly important. Many quit just because their sponsor did not give them just a little time. They hand them a few pieces of paper and kick them down the road with a “make it or break it” attitude. Spending just a bit of time and instilling #6 will keep many that you may have lost.

    Not recreating the wheel is of utmost importance. When something works, don’t fix it!

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