You all know I’m a network marketer. I make no secrets about it.
Most people try to say they are ‘not’ network marketers because there is a certain stigma attached to it.
One thing I want to be always clear about is that there is ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ in network marketing, just like there is in any other business.
But it is never the ‘business/network marketing company,’ it is the people that make or break their business.
Network marketing definitely gets a bad rap, but you’ve heard me continually talk about my success as a network marketer.
I’ve never been a millionaire (nowhere near it), but I’ve certainly made between $6,000 to $10,000 a month on a regular basis.
But it’s not always a bed of roses and more than once I’ve built strong, large teams that made money and then something went horribly wrong and had the team and the money dwindle down to nothing.
I’ve had to re-build from scratch and gain that success back twice.
I think anyone who wants to go into network marketing, needs to know this. It is a battle at times to stay ahead of the game and keep going.
This is the way of network marketing. Building a team is hard and managing, handling, building and teaching the team can be phenomenally challenging for many reasons.
I’m here today to talk about some of my experiences so you can know that even the successful have gone through ups and downs and if you don’t get back up again, we can become one of those people who ‘curse’ network marketing.
You’ve heard of one of my success teams in my post How to Build An International Network Marketing Team. Definitely the good! 🙂 Now let me tell you some of the ugly. I call them learning experiences and just like ‘life’ it is sometimes very painful.
Learning Experience No. 1
A couple of years ago I went to a networking party, social get-to-gether after work. Usual Friday night get together of business people. I had just joined my company,
Ardyss by name.
I had a group of people around that were interested and by the end of the night I had sold about $300 worth of products and had one person very interested in the building.
This one recruit was an awesome young lady who went out and started working! She had personality, energy, enthusiasm, charisma and people flocked to her like wildfire.
Her first get-to-gether, she signed up 12 people and yep I was there – saw it with my own eyes!
Just the kind of person every MLM’er wants to find! And she rocked the business! She was a Master Recruiter and that line grew to 500 or so people in less than a year!
So What Happened?
Once she got where she wanted to be, I think she felt she was better than the leaders and wanted to go somewhere else, particularly with the other flashy, in your face kind of leaders. Attention getters.
I am not an attention getter. I go quietly about doing my business. Working steadily toward a goal.
I wasn’t flashy enough for her and she wanted that glory and such that went with the ‘upper echelon’ of the company. Problem was the company did not allow her to move to another team member within our own company so she gradually stopped working, stopped recruiting, and went to another company.
She took all of her team with her and left/stopped working!
I lost a whole team, almost down to nothing: team members and cash flow. I’m being honest here with you. Bottom line is I lost the team. But so did she.
Although she had success elsewhere, her team members did not and they all stopped working. Why?
Because she wasn’t really a leader, just a Master Recruiter.
Never learned the comp plan sufficiently…never taught anyone else what to do…recruit’s were left high and dry and didn’t know where to go as I was no longer their upline. Very sad and everyone lost out.
I had to pick myself up and re-build from scratch and get another line up that would bring in the income I lost from that line! I had to go out and find another Master Recruiter and it took about 2 years to do so.
Point Of This Story:
I didn’t stop working my network marketing business. I hustled and kept it going, still recruiting because there were two things: great products that really helped people and a great comp plan which couldn’t be beat (even to this day!).
I never stopped hustling. See my story on How To Renew Your Business Like A Rampaging Zombie to understand what you need to do in business when things go wrong.
Learning Experience No 2.
Now some years later, I had another strong line. I started marketing online internationally and found two sisters in Papua New Guinea (near Australia) who were excited about Ardyss. Read their story here).
This story is a bit sensitive so I’ll try to keep it short but to get the point across. My PNG sisters put in a team of 200 people in 3 months. Unfortunately, they had signed up under someone else who ‘ripped’ them off.
They didn’t get their products, website, training, nothing. The lady took their money and ran. They knew they weren’t signed up under this person so they came searching online for another recruiter and found me!
Shortly after we discovered this woman’s long history of criminal activity (taking thousands of recruit’s money and not signing them in the business.)
It was not a pretty scene and typical of what people thought of network marketing.
Long story short, the company found out about this woman’s criminal activity and kicked her out of the company but felt in all fairness to the criminal’s upline, they had to take the team I had built up and put them under the criminal’s upline since she first introduced the people to the company. Bad decision!
Talk about pissed off! I was !!! OMG!!! Yeah, it was unfair and horrendous and I had a beef with my company.
Down A Second Time
Again, everything dried up.
That team stopped working and never got started up again because they had an upline who didn’t even know they were there in his line ‘somewhere and technically didn’t care.’
My source of income, as well as my team were gone due to a criminal network marketer taking people’s money.
A second time I had to restart. 🙁 But let me tell you something.
I have never stopped. It took me a time to get over my disappointment with my company’s decision, but I understood they were trying to be fair.
Sometimes it hard to be fair when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place.
Renew and Regenerate
After about 6 months, I started again. I had to drag myself up out the depths of despair and I did it!
It’s about how hard you believe in your business and yourself. I ultimately knew that it’s about how you do your own business that counts.
How do you keep yourself going? By the seat of your pants sometimes and then it becomes about the small successes that keep you encouraged to keep you going.
My company has great products, a good great comp plan and I know how to do the business. I know how to build and train a team and keep them engaged and encouraged!
I am a good leader and know how to help people get what they want by guiding them toward their success goals.
Whether it is network marketing or another brick and mortar business, it’s about keeping your eyes on your goal.
Don’t let people stop you. Don’t let the opinion of network marketing stop you. Don’t let disappointment stop you.
Take the small successes and use that as encouragement. Take the large successes and enjoy them and expand on them. Take the disappointments and learn from them.
All of these things will make you a better network marketer. The bad experiences are learning experiences for the better.
We should walk away from every experience gaining insight into life. I hope you’ve learned from sharing my experiences with you, my failures and my successes.
What are some of your experiences as a network marketer? Did you have any successes or failures and what did you learn from them?
I’d love to hear your own stories of success or failure. We can all learn from them.