How To Build An International Network Marketing Team – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2.  So How Do You Build an International network Marketing Team?

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Can anyone build a team internationally?  The answer is YES, but not everyone tries because it seems an impossible task.

Hard, but not impossible.  You may want to start with How To Build An International Network Marketing Team – Part 1 to get some background on building an international team.   Then below, we get into the gist of things.

What Do You Do – How Do You Start

If we’ve chosen our network marketing company wisely, it should everything in place to make it easy for us to do business – that’s a given. In other words, it’s got to have the following:

  1. A good to great compensation plan
  2. Good and responsive leaders and easy access to them
  3. Current supplies are in stock (believe it or not this is a problem sometimes),
  4. Distributor Websites are current and up-to-date for its distributors,
  5. Easy access to leaders

So what comes next?  What you need to build an International Network Marketing Team is the following:

  1. A creative mind. You’ve got to dig down deep to figure out how to make it work because there will be issues and problems that appear out of nowhere all having to do with distance, training, learning and educating your team. Again refer to my article above to see some of the things I did to get my PNG team up and running.
  2. Internet access – a must by phone or computer. My team in PNG had little Internet access.  Even mobile was limited.  Many people in PNG didn’t have easy access to the Internet.  Many don’t have computers.   If someone had a computer = we had groups get together in one place to have meetings by Skype. I did video trainings and introductions then sent them to the team members with computers so that all could share in their meetings.
  3. Get Interpreters or people who speak the language fluently and are readily accessible.  A must if you are recruiting internationally.
  4. Develop leaders in that country quickly and provide access to them for recruits. We pretty much had  24 hour availability while this team was reamping up.
  5. Products readily available. Make sure new recruits get their products as soon as possible.  It is better to have products in hand for them to show. Showing is more important than ‘selling.’ If a person can see it, taste it, and put their hands on it, it becomes more real.
  6. If someone in that country has made money, share their success stories. I had one lady that made 3 years of salary in one check in one month and she gladly shared that with recruits who ‘saw’ the money and a fellow recruit’s success. People were signing up right and left to be on her team!
  7. Make sure shipping is in place and relatively easy and inexpensive.   Make sure everyone is aware of international fees, duties and taxes.  This must be explained and clear so expectations are set on how much money is involved. With duties and taxes however, it was not always inexpensive.  Shipping internationally can be a pain so let all customers know up front what ‘all’ the costs will be.  No surprises will keep you in good rapport with your customers.
  8. Payment plans and how to get paid instructions must be easy and accessible.  Usually International distributors must fill out a W8 form and get bank information set up properly and this takes a bit of time depending on the country.  International distributors usually need a government ID that will have to be faxed and sent to the network marketing company they are joining.  In addition, working with international banks (from their country) can take some time as banks verify ‘everything’ to ensure safety of a customers’ money.   Make sure all this gets handled immediately when a new distributor signs up.  Nothing more discouraging than waiting or not getting paid on time.
  9. Finally, be excited for your team and show it. Open lines of communication about their success is one of the motivating things that can urge a new team on no matter what country you’re in.

These are some of the things I found critical to building an international network marketing team.  I hope these help others who are expanding their reach internationally.

So have you tried building an international team?  If you have  what experiences have you had, successful or not so successful?  What did you do to be successful?  Please share.
Much love and inspiration to all.



  1. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Great Post!!

    Reading the first and second parts makes lots of sense and the points are all spot on and will be a great guide to follow.

    Thanks Barbara for sharing your experience with us and I look forward to the third part!! I am curious to know all about recruiting internationally.

    Have a great week!!

    Be Blessed,

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  2. says

    Wow Barbara,

    Now knowing what you went through already to get this team in place, I still found it rather overwhelming when I went down your list of what you need to have in place.

    I already applaud you that you would be up in the wee early hours because of the time difference helping these people. Only because if I don’t get enough good sleep I make myself sick so this would not work for me I’m afraid.

    I know also for me with my hearing loss that listening to people with a heavy accent is hard too. I don’t understand a lot of what they’re saying so the interpreter would be a must even if they spoke English. I went to the store last Sunday and the girl at the checkout counter was telling me something and her accent was so heavy I just had to apologize and tell her I didn’t understand a thing she said.

    You are just such a go getter and I know that you’ve really been able to help change people’s lives in PNG. I think at the end of the day that would be the most rewarding feeling in the world.

    I know this is possible and I think if you have the drive and determination others can do this too. I think this will be a great reference post for them too.

    Bravo Barbara, bravo!

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    • says

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thanks so much for your encouragement. Yeah, it’s a little hard because the time difference is 14 hours. A big one! Trouble with the multiple languages was difficult too, particularly in PNG as there are tribes and there are multiple languages within a tribe. It got a little tough at times, but was all worth it. 🙂

      I’m hoping to continue to change lives there for the better. Getting them back up and running again is a main objective of mine. Sometimes it gets discouraging, but it’s all for the better.

      Thanks for the support and encouragement.
      Have a blessed week-end.

  3. says

    Excellent post Barbara!

    I thoroughly enjoyed both parts! And I learned quite a bit and had my eyes were literally opened to a ton of potential issues and or mishaps that might arise, whenever you attempt to do business overseas!

    There is just so much going on simultaneously, that a lesser skilled and less experienced novice in these areas, such as myself could easily become overwhelmed and extremely frustrated!LOL!

    You really laid it out! You probably need to create a step by step “how to” guide and sell it out right and make it available as a free quick start bonus for everyone that joins your team after they see a presentation! Wow!

    Even though I’m not in the home based business industry! If and whenever I have any questions about setting up a team and or doing business for the very first time overseas.

    I definitely know who to cal!LOL! You really did a fabulous job Barbara! Thank you so much!

    I really enjoyed reading this entire series! It was jammed packed with practical info!
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    • says

      Hey Mark,

      I’m so glad you found it informative and you’ve given me a great idea about how to get this info out there. We are all novices and we learn through our experiences as well as others. That’s the great thing about learning and sharing. For instance, you mentioned doing a series and selling it outright! Great, great idea and I’m on it!

      If you do decide to work your business, keep in touch and if you need any help, I’m here for you.

      Thanks for supporting me.
      Take care for now.
      Barbara Charles recently posted…How To Build An International Network Marketing Team – Part 2My Profile

  4. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I read part one and now part two! Wow…You are doing such a great job marketing internationally. People do forget so many things that need to be done BEFORE they get into an international marketplace.

    You really stepped up and took leadership on this product and I am doing a happy dance for you. You have successfully lead a business with language barriers, time differences, and so much more.

    This should be an Ebook!

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    • says

      Hey Donna,

      Thanks so much. You’re the 3rd person who’s told me that this should be an eBook and I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Got to as there was so much more to do.

      The thing about international is that you have to step up and be actively involved all the time in order to be successful. Not that much different than doing business here but you need a lot more support there. The problem is people haven’t thought of it, but it is quite doable.

      Anyway, loving the support and thanks for the idea. Let you k now when it’s done!

      Barbara Charles recently posted…How To Build An International Network Marketing Team – Part 2My Profile

  5. says

    Hi Barbara

    Thanks for part 2 here. I congratulate you as PNG is not an easy place to do business. It is one thing to expand into Australia from the USA but this is a whole new layer.

    There are quite a few network marketing companies that make Australia the head office of South East Asia and warehouse here. But shipping into someone like PNG has it’s challenges.

    I commend you for your resourcefulness to work it all out an to make it happen. Most would not do that.

    I am enjoying digital products right now and that does eliminate some of the challenges.

    A great post Barbara and I think if you make this happen in PNG you will do it anywhere.

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    • says

      Hi Sue,

      There were certainly some challenges and still more to come. PNG is certainly ‘off the beaten path’ so to speak as almost a 3rd world country which made it even harder, but there are people there who wanted to be successful and if you have that, then all obstacles can be overcome! It only takes a few leaders to build a successful team, no matter where you are. 🙂

      I’ll keep you posted on the continuing saga!

      Hope you are well. Talk soon.
      Barbara Charles recently posted…How To Build An International Network Marketing Team – Part 2My Profile

  6. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m back on blogs for now 🙂

    This post reminded me my days as a network marketer, and to me the hardest part is to find a good company that doesn’t screw you .

    I remember the company I joined was really promising, and I really loved two of their products that I miss to this day, but the company was not nearly as good as they said they were and it ended up being sold over a year ago.

    I knew a guy who had put so much trust in this company that he totally gave up his blog and his whole online presence when the company got sold. He was actually pretty bitter and depressed all because of a network marketing company. Thus the need to choose wisely.

    This is a great series for those who need what to expect and what to do. Great job 🙂
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    • says

      Hey Sylviane,

      Yeah! Welcome back. Glad you’re back to blogging. Hope you are well.

      Yes, I’ve been in other network marketing companies but this one I’ve been in for 6 years. I love the products and the people so that makes a difference. I agree with have to choose wisely but these things could happen to any company. We can only go by it’s history and that’s why its important to go with company’s that have a proven track record of longevity. Although nothing is everlasting, there are plenty of companies out there for over 20+ years. Those are the ones we need to look at.

      Thanks for the support. I’m working on educating people about network marketing and that it ain’t all bad. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

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