What to Do if Your MLM Sponsor or Upline Quits

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Today, I want to share my thoughts on what you should do if your MLM Sponsor or upline quits the business.  This is actually a very common trend in our industry.  Since our industry has a high turnover rate, like most other selling professions do, there is a high likelihood that at some point in your career your sponsor or upline will leave the business.

This happens for a variety of reasons to include change of priorities, divorce, new goals and interests, health challenges, life changes, burnout, frustration, changes in company leadership, and more.  It seldom has anything to do with the company or industry, and usually has something to do with the person involved.  You should know that just because your sponsor quits, it doesn’t mean your company or the industry is bad.

When your sponsor or upline quits, it can be very frustrating and discouraging, especially for the newest distributors.  In many cases, when the upline quits, everyone on the team quits.  I’m not sure exactly why that happens, but it is a common reality.

If you ever have to deal with this situation, here are a few of your options:

# 1 You Can Quit – Once again, this is what most people do.  I don’t think this is the best option for most people, but it is an option.  If you only joined the business because of that person, you could follow them to their new company (if they switched) or leave the industry for good.

# 2 Take Responsibility for Your Own Business – This is hands down the best advice I can share with you.  You need to remember that no one cares about your business as much as you do. Man up or woman up and take 100% responsibility for your own success.  I would argue that until you do this your business won’t grow much anyway.

# 3 Find a New Mentor – Finding a new mentor is not hard to do.  For most people, just by making a few calls in their upline, they can find a new mentor.  Even if that’s not an option, you have other choices.  With YouTube alone there are more than enough mentors out there to help you learn what it takes to become successful in your business.  You can also read books, read blog posts like this, and mastermind with people in other companies.  You can also find mentors outside of the network marketing industry.  Most of my mentors I’ve never even met in real life!  Most of my mentors are from books.

# 4 Press Forward – I think this is a great option.  Keep moving forward.  Once again, it’s your business.  I believe that ultimate success is the sweetest revenge.  Show your former sponsor or upline what they missed out on by leaving the business!

# 5 Have Several Mentors – My final piece of advice will help prevent this problem altogether. I suggest you network and build friendships with several successful people in your upline, right from day one in the business.  Meet several people in your upline who are successful and willing to help you.  Build strong relationships with all of them.  That way if one of them leaves the business there won’t be much of a transition period for you or your team.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is that you need to be prepared for this situation, because there’s a high likelihood that it will eventually happen.  Following the advice listed above should help you get through the experience with any setbacks.

What are your thoughts?  Have you ever had your sponsor or upline quit the business?  If so, what was the experience like?  Can you share your thoughts and recommendations?  Leave a comment below to do so.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Chuck Holmes is an author, blogger and network marketer. He is a top producer in his network marketing company. He is happily married and lives in Florida with his beautiful wife, Rachel.

4 thoughts on “What to Do if Your MLM Sponsor or Upline Quits

  1. This is information that needed to be shared, and I am glad you did. Oddly enough, this scenario has never crossed my mind, but with such a high turnover rate in this industry it is a topic that everyone should consider. The idea of a sponsor, who is likely also a mentor, quitting can be scary but if you have a plan in place before hand you can cope and make a rational decision. It is all about being proactive and not reactive.

    • It is a very common reality in our industry and everyone should be prepared for it.

  2. Personally Chuck, I believe #2 and #4 are the best answers to this issue.

    From day one we should be taking responsibility for our business, and it should be able to run without a sponsor or up-line. This is where #4 comes in…just keep pressing forward and do what you know will help the business succeed.

    It would be a great idea to search out another mentor, but a person can get a plethora of information right here on your website. If we are doing it correctly, we really don’t need to depend on our sponsor or up-line.

    Very good post Chuck!

    • Yes, there is enough information online that anyone can find the information they need to succeed, even if their sponsor quits or goes inactive.

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