Welcome to Part 2. So How Do You Build an International network Marketing Team?
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:
- A good to great compensation plan
- Good and responsive leaders and easy access to them
- Current supplies are in stock (believe it or not this is a problem sometimes),
- Distributor Websites are current and up-to-date for its distributors,
- Easy access to leaders
So what comes next? What you need to build an International Network Marketing Team is the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- Get Interpreters or people who speak the language fluently and are readily accessible. A must if you are recruiting internationally.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.