I have people ask me all the time why I only work on my MLM Business for about an hour a day.
I figured it would be an interesting topic for a blog post, so here it goes.
First off, I love the industry.
I’ve been doing it a long time (just over 14 years) and I have a huge vision for it.
I love it even more today than I did when I first joined the industry a long time ago.
That being said, it isn’t my only passion in life.
I also enjoy treasure hunting, writing, blogging, selling on eBay, learning, volunteering, traveling, watching movies, reading and spending time with my wife, Rachel.
I am blessed to be able to work from home full time.
My wife does not have a job either.
We’ve created a multiple income stream business that allows us to live life on our own terms.
We’re by no means rich, but we are comfortable and we own our life!
In the past, I used to work my network marketing business at least 4-5 hours per day.
During my time with Amway, more than a decade ago, my business was an OBSESSION for me.
I spent every spare moment working my business.
It quickly took over my life.
It was my choice to do that.
No one forced me to.
It had nothing to do with the company either.
However, I made a vow I would never do that again.
I believe in the work-life-family balance, even though it is a constant struggle for me.
You see, with my personality, I don’t do anything half-ass.
I take pride in everything I do and want to be the best at what I do.
Sometimes I even take on too many projects, just for the challenge.
Can you relate?
When I joined my current company two years ago I made a commitment that I would simply be STEADY and CONSISTENT for at least FIVE years.
I would work my business 60-90 minutes per day, six to seven days a week, for five years, and then re-assess what I was doing.
I knew that by taking it slow and steady it would take me longer to reach the top ranks in my company than someone going all in from day one.
I’m okay with that.
To me, my business is a LONG-TERM, part-time project, and is part of my financial and retirement portfolio.
I’m about two years into my journey and things are coming along nicely.
I’m by no means setting records with my company, but my team grows every month and I have some great leaders stepping up to the plate.
If I stay on the same pace, I will hit ALL of my five year goals.
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I believe that it’s very easy to get burnt out in our industry.
Starting a new business typically requires a HUGE time commitment and amount of work.
Most business owners I know in traditional business work a couple YEARS before they earn their first penny of profit.
Building a successful business of any kind takes time.
Doing MLM full time from day one is a big mistake for most people, because you will work a TREMENDOUS amount of time and normally see very little money for the first couple years.
This is just a reality in business.
That’s why some of the “serious people” who go all in right away get burnt out and leave the industry for good.
I would much rather see someone come into our business and commit to working just ONE hour per day EVERY DAY, for five to twenty years with ONE company, than work it around the clock from day one for a few months and then quit.
I like when people think of their network marketing business as a part-time, long-term project for their future, rather than an immediate income source.
And, I personally believe that is the best mindset to have in our industry: the long-term view.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with selling out and working your business around the clock from day one.
For some folks, that’s a great option.
Also, for most people, that’s not possible, especially if they have a job and family.
For me, working an hour a day was the best choice.
This gives me time to build my other businesses (non-MLM), have a life, and not get burnt out.
What do you think?
Do you think slow and steady is the way to go, or should someone be all in from day one?
Why or why not?
Do you think someone who is part-time is still serious?
Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
I look forward to hearing from you.