Why Your MLM Business Isn’t Working Out for You or Growing

Are you struggling in your network marketing business?

Do you want to throw in the towel and quit?

If so, you’re not alone.

When it comes to network marketing we have a really high failure rate.

Well, to be quite frank with you, most businesses do.

Building a successful business is tough.

Building a successful network marketing business will be the HARDEST thing you ever do in life.

Your upline might not have ever told you that, but it’s the truth.

Most network marketers have the following problems.

They have no leads.

They can’t get customers.

People don’t want to join them.

They have not been trained properly.

They don’t have a set work schedule for their business.

They build the business the wrong way because they don’t know what they don’t know.

Can you relate?

I’ve been there and done that.

It sucks.

It sucks bad.

Fortunately for you, I’m here today to offer you a simple solution to your troubles.

I wish I could claim it as my own original idea.

It’s not.

I learned this in David Ward’s awesome book “Recruit and Grow Rich.”

If you haven’t read that book yet, order a copy and study it.

It’s money well spent.

Here’s a quote from the book that really resonated with me.

“If you aren’t having the success you want in your business, there are only two reasons.  Either you’re not doing something right or you’re not doing enough of it.”

Isn’t that powerful?

Let me state it one more time so it sinks in.

“If you aren’t having the success you want in your business, there are only two reasons.  Either you’re not doing something right or you’re not doing enough of it.”

not having success in mlm memeIn other words, you are either doing the right activities the wrong way or you aren’t doing ENOUGH of the right activities.

I would take it one step further and say that most network marketers don’t do ANY of the right activities, which include prospecting, inviting, presenting, following up, closing, training and getting customers.

Two simple words: Retailing and Recruiting.

Remember that.


Here’s my simple challenge for you.

Make a list of things that are working well in your business for you.

Next, ask yourself, WHY they are working?

Once you do that, make a separate list of what isn’t working for you in your business.

Be honest with yourself and write down WHY it isn’t working.

That “ugly list” could be a real eye opener.

The truth is, you need to improve your skills.

Like any other profession, your skills must be mastered over a period of time until you are proficient at them.

Figure out what parts of the business you suck at and get some help.

Read some books.  Find a mentor.  Attend a workshop or training.

Strive to get better every day.

Make your strengths stronger and try to improve your weaknesses a little bit.

Become a student of your profession.

And remember this, the best way to learn something is by doing.


Here’s the million-dollar question.

It’s going to hurt.

How much time do you HONESTLY spend building your network marketing business each week?


How much time do you actually spend each week on retailing and recruiting?

For most people the answer is about three minutes a week.

Do yourself a favor and ask one of your team members how much time they spent working their business this past week.

A typically response might be ten hours.

I would respond to their answer by saying “how many conversations did you have with new prospects?”

A typical response would be three people.

My response would be “great, what did you do with the other 9 hours and 50 minutes?”

You see, people fool themselves.

They confuse busy work with money producing activities.

They confuse thinking about the business with actually building a business.

That’s a big mistake.

Increase your activity and you will increase your results.

My mentor told me once that if you “triple your activity you will triple your income.”

Remember that.


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  4. Top MLM Skills to Develop
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I hope you have enjoyed this article.

I would like to end it by asking you to ask yourself these questions at the end of each week:

  1. What I am doing in my business that I shouldn’t be doing?
  2. What am I NOT doing in my business that I should be doing?
  3. What am I currently doing that I could do better?

Answer those questions honestly each week, and come up with an action plan to remedy each problem.

If you do that, you will be amazed at your results.

What are your thoughts?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think about this simple concept.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 thoughts on “Why Your MLM Business Isn’t Working Out for You or Growing

  1. Erik C. Johnson

    Very honest post, Chuck.
    Not many MLM Leaders are going to lay it on the line like this and this is brilliant.
    This is what every distributor should read when they become a IBO in a network marketing company.
    I had to devour 100’s of hours of video from trainers on YouTube to discover this myself.
    My sponsor wasn’t even there for me and if he was he was trying some new tool that he was praying would make him rich.
    His sponsor was no better. He spent all his time trying to perfect the perfect capture page with a three-step opt-in process.
    I called him two times.
    The second call was three months later and he was still working on the capture page.
    People love fooling themselves.
    They fooled themselves thinking that MLM was going to be easy and that Uncle Rita and Cousin Bob were going to make them rich.
    Awesome post man.


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