Have you ever done a Facebook live video, where your kids assume it’s the right time to fight or ask for a snack? Or is that just my kids? In the beginning, I wondered if it was ever possible to start a business with kids. But now I can say YES, You can totally rock your business with kids.
If you’re just starting out with your home business, you might find working with kids overwhelming. Tantrums when you’re closing a new client. Yelling in the background of important conversations. While that’s a typical part of your day, you might feel it looks unprofessional at work.
My advice is to just roll with it.
I have got three kids. One of them at’s home and two of my girls are at school full-time. When I started out, I found the background noise to be embarrassing. I was constantly apologizing to people I was talking to. Later, I realized that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
My kids are a blessing. I started working from home for them. My kids need me. Before I started network marketing, I used to have a heartache every day before leaving for work. So, now I have something that I’m happy with. I’m grateful.
What might feel embarrassing and unprofessional to you, might look inspiring for the next person. They might think, if she can run a business with all this going on, I can do it too. You can be an inspiration, a role model. That’s exactly what you want in this business. Many people will find this endearing.
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My tips to Rock your Business with Kids
I am still trying to figure everything out, but here are some things that work for me.
Save the gadgets for emergencies
So you have a really important call scheduled and you just can’t have kids climbing over you or following you around? That’s when the tv comes in. Save it for later. Offer gadgets as a treat on those rare occasions when you need your 100 percent focus. That’s when it would hold their attention. You can still supervise what they see while you are on call.
Make use of your time
You are learning some amazing things from your business. Let your kids be a part of all this. Listen to those self-empowerment and training videos in the car with your kids. That way that would also soak some of the advice. You can also listen to coaching audios and videos while working out or while taking a shower. Use these small pockets of time to their maximum potential.
Prospect while your kids are playing
Befriend other parents. Talk to them about your business. You never know they might be looking for exactly such an opportunity. Or they may know someone who’s looking for this opportunity. Network marketing is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents. It offers such parents the chance to earn money from home.
Don’t try to do it all
Learn to accept and hire help. Hire a part-time cleaner. Have someone look after the kids while you escape into your office. There will be days when you have a very long to-do list. You can always hire a babysitter to play with your kids, while you shut yourself in the office. With kids, a one-hour job can take three or four hours. Hire a sitter for that one hour and spend the rest as quality time with your kids.
Don’t be afraid to show up are you are
No one expects you to show up looking like a movie star. Your presence matters more than your appearance. It’s a great thing if you like to dress up, do your hair and put on makeup. And if you do that, I respect and admire that, for sure. But for many people in your team, hair and make-up isn’t an income-producing activity. Although I attempt to have the hair and makeup done, it’s not the top priority. And when you show up as you are, you empower and inspire your team to do do as well. To be honest, I’d rather be spending that time growing my business and enjoying time with my kids.
Involve your Kids
Involve your kids in your vision. Show them how you are helping others, what your plans are and what you are doing to achieve them.Share the results. For me, involving isn’t just about enticing them through Disney trips or other treats. I’ve found that they don’t truly get it (at the young ages my kids are now). Involving them in your vision is a more impactful way of enrolling their help.
Hope my tips to rock your business with kids work for you and your business too. If you are a mompreneur or a parentpreneur, I would love to hear your tips. Do write them in the comments below and help moms like us achieve success together.
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Although the stigma and skepticism around Network Marketing has greatly decreased, it still exists. And it still exists for some pretty good reasons. The manner in which Network Marketers conduct business may still contribute to that stigma. And as ambassadors for this industry, it’s our job to fix it. Today we’re going to talk about why people hate on network marketing, why it might be our fault, and what we can do to fix it.
This weekend I witnessed that full on Network Marketing hate directly.
Most of you know I’m a triathlete. I’m very passionate about that, and I’m a member of a Facebook group for triathletes. This weekend an MLM rep posted in the group a very spammy message. It was immediately deleted (which it should have been), and I didn’t get a chance to view it. But it started a conversation when a friend posted something along the lines of, ‘Well thank goodness, that MLM crap was deleted!’ This started an onslaught of comments ridiculing, condemning and making fun of network marketers.
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Four Major Reasons Why People Hate on Network Marketing and How to Elevate the Profession
Amid the slew of comments it generated, it brought this question of how messages like these reflect on the entire industry. Why people hate on network marketing because of these spammy people. Although the stigma around marketing has so greatly diminished, as brand ambassadors of the industry, we need to talk about why it happens and how to fix the problem.
1. You’re Spamming People
Even though I know and you know we have a very best of intentions, we can very easily come across annoying if we’re not doing things the right way.
My #1 piece of advice around this subject is to never ever send an unsolicited link into someone’s private groups. No one is going to buy your product and all this does is raise resistance. You’re also running the risk of damaging your company’s reputation by marketing this way.
A second tip is: Don’t message anyone with an unsolicited link. A couple weeks ago back, I received a message from someone I had never spoken to. She just sent a link to a website. There was no introduction. I can’t believe that stuff like this is still happening. I’m all about being direct and getting right to the point, but always find out if your prospect is open to receiving the link before you send it.
A 3rd tip is to never add people to groups without their permission. This technique may or may not have worked a few years ago, but now people are being added to probably five to ten groups a day. If you’re going to add someone to a group, you’ve got to at least have a conversation to create a mutual understanding of what they’re being added to and why.
Tip 4: Be very selective about who you share which company you’ve partnered with. You lose the opportunity to connect with people when your prospects google your company name instead of asking you for accurate information. It can also raise resistance when you’re consistently blasting your company name publicly on social media. See more about why to stop sharing your company name openly on social media in this blog training.
2. Your Network Marketing Company Is All You Talk About
Were you a human before Network Marketing? You STILL can be. Be your normal self. Converse with your friends with no agenda. Talk to them. LISTEN TO THEM. It’s funny that this is even a tip, but so many of us get so obsessed with what our company and products can do for people that we want so badly for everyone we care about to experience it. So we forget how to be human.
If it fits and you have an opportunity to help them, weave the company into conversation naturally. But when you’re having a conversation and only thinking about how you’re going to bring up your biz, you’re not listening to them…. and you may lose an opportunity to connect.
3. They Can’t Dig Your Hype
Let’s face it… Network Marketers have been known to be hype-y. I will admit when I first got started, I was so amazed by my product experience that I felt like I had to like tell everyone I knew. My advice: Take a deep breath and RELAX. Connect with people.
Approach people like a real person. My company leaders will often say something that I think is really important here: “the truth is always enough.” There’s never a need to exaggerate it, no matter how excited you may be.
4. THEY Are Misinformed
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding Network Marketing. TheyThese misconceptions are another reason why people hate on network marketing.
What are some of these misconceptions? How can we overcome that?
#1- People see all the spam that’s going on in social media, and they think that’s what they have to do to be successful with the network marketing. But, that’s totally false.
#2- They need to be doing home parties every night. That’s also not true. That’s probably an old school way to do things.
#3- People thinking that the business model doesn’t work. You see recruiters are recruiting recruiters recruiting recruiters without the understanding that the vast majority of people involved in Network Marketing are simply happy customers. Sometimes these customers may earn some referral incentives from time to time, but they’re not truly working it as a business.
#4- They have a brother in law who dabbled in network marketing. He has an enormous stockpile of the products just sitting in his garage. He lost interest, and/or quit. It didn’t work out for him.. But the model doesn’t work like that anymore. Products are typically shipped right to the customer from the company’s distribution centers. And it’s critical to note that …. Just like with any other business, Network Marketing requires time. It requires work. It requires mindset.
#5- Many people enter into this profession thinking it’s a get rich quick scheme. It’s not that. You have to put in your time to create income. If you were to open a franchise, would you expect to turn a profit in your first year? Most likely not. It’s likely to be several years before you expect to turn a profit.
#6- What’s success anyway? Every person’s definition of success varies greatly. There are happy products users. They may earn enough money every month to get their products fully paid for. They’re thrilled with that. They aren’t going to events. They are not engaged in training. They have no interest in the business and that’s OK. This clearly is success for that person, but this person appears NOT be a “success” to someone else who has a desire to earn five – ten thousand dollars a month or more.
You have to understand that people’s levels of effort are going to be totally different.
#7- Another misconception that I recently read in the facebook post’s comment string is that that “99% percent of products are crap.” Well coming from a consumer of MANY Network Marketing companies aside from my own, I can attest to that being completely inaccurate. Just foolish and totally short-sighted to make such a claim. There are so many network marketing companies creating very high-quality products. Through this distribution model, they make their products super affordable for customers. And that’s why this works.
To wrap this up
Regardless of what we do, there will always be people who are going to hate on marketing. Just like any other industry. There are people who hate on teachers. There are people who hate on doctors and there are people who hate on police officers.
And because this industry is more progressive, we have to deal with it frequently. What we can do is do our best to represent this amazing profession with honor, integrity and coming from a heart of service.
As leaders, we have to make sure that we’re training our teams on these basics. We have to elevate the industry to give it the respect that it deserves.
I have so much belief in this profession that I don’t care what someone says to me. I know what I’ve been able to bring to the table. And how I’ve been able to help other people. I’ve witnessed it right before my eyes.
So, you can tell me all day Network Marketing is a scam, but guess what,… that’s not going to change my perception at all. It has zero impact on the way I feel, the way I KNOW what I KNOW about this profession and what it’s done for so many people.
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I just finished up a training in my mentor group with Ray Hidgon. Exciting times. We talked a lot about how to protect and leverage your time wisely as a business owner. In the end, we can up with simple, make-sense advice for network marketers to implement in their business.
What’s your most valuable asset?
For a business owner, the most valuable asset is time. It’s not money or our assets. It’s our time. It’s precious to us. That’s why we are very conscious of how we spend our time. And I would advise you the same.
Be mindful of your time. It’s okay to be stingy with your time.
Many of us spend our time without any planning. You might be approaching some things the wrong way. Spending unnecessary time. One of them is prospecting. Let’s talk about it.
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How to Approach your Prospect
Prospecting is a crucial part of every network marketer’s business. To survive, we need clients. This may appear harsh but I’ll advise you against spending too much time with your prospects. Avoid long hours on the phone.
I have a plan.
Leverage your Time
If you are spending hours on the phone with a new prospect, you are giving them the impression that all this training and networking is a long process. That’s not helpful for both of you. You are wasting precious time answering the same questions to each new prospect.
Your prospect also gets the impression networking and training is a long process. They might give up thinking it takes too much time. Especially when you are training busy people. For instance, a mom with three kids. It’s not possible for her to talk to you for hours while you answer all her questions. She doesn’t have that much time. You don’t have the amount of time.
Create Duplicatable Resources
Duplicatable Resources are videos, blogs or other such resources that answer questions for your prospects. Instead of answering the same questions again and again, answer them once in a training video. So, when someone asks you those questions, direct them to your videos. Provide your prospects business training through duplicatable resources.
Prepare videos of questions you expect coming. And when someone asks you a question you feel will be asked by others to come, don’t answer the question. Make a video.
It saves time for your prospect, too. They can come back to the video. Rewind, pause and view it at their pace.
That saves way too much time when you have a team of thousands of people or prospects.
Think about it. You can’t take out the time to talk to every prospect separately.
Empower your Prospect
Give them homework. Let them take responsibility. Push the work to them. Ask them to report back to you when they are done. This way you are gearing them up for success. When they start taking ownership of their work, they get involved and motivated.
Create your system now. This could be a blog, a Youtube channel, or both. Think like a business owner in network marketing. That way you help both yourself and your prospect. You save time. Your prospect takes responsibility. If you are mindful of your time, you teach your prospect to respect her time. You are setting the precedent for success for both of you.
Did you find this advice useful? Let me know in the comment section. I have tons of advice for network marketers on prospecting. Keep reading!
Social Media offers network marketers exposure. We have this amazing platform where we can easily connect with millions of people. That’s why it’s easy for many of us get carried away. I was there, too. We get so excited that we’ve found something so powerful, and you just want everyone to know about it, right? But social media has become so incredibly noisy over the past 2-3 years, and spammy methods aren’t nearly as effective as they may have once been. You could be alienating your followers instead of attracting them to you.
So, why you need to stop blasting your company’s name all over social media?
Here are My 5 Biggest Reasons to Stop Blasting Your Company’s Name and Products on Social Media:
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The objective of marketing is to have your target audience responding out to you, right? You’d like them to reach out to you to gather what they require to make a decision, and ultimately purchase from you if it’s the right fit.
Reason 1: Resistance
When you’re blasting your company’s name all over social media, you appear spammy. That’s when people start resisting your message. Outwardly blasting your agenda creates resistance. It’s okay to knowingly alienate a particular group if it’s NOT your target audience, but typically method this will alienate the people you intend to attract… and just about everyone.
Remember that the purpose of social media marketing, as Ray Higdon likes to say: is to seek conversation, not conversion.
Reason 2: Eliminates Curiosity
Curiosity is a good thing and will attract people to you. It doesn’t mean you are hiding something. When you create curiosity, you are creating an “open loop” that may spur a potential client to contact you. Then you get to help that person.
You can then find out their needs, if you can help, share your story, start a relationship and help them to achieve their goals.
Reason 3: Encourages Independent Research
If you’ve closed the loop and given the “ending of the movie,” your followers have no reason to reach out to you to get access to information. What are they going to do? They’re going to do what we all do… They’ll hop online and type it into Google. There they’ll find lots of different info… good, bad, fake, real. This marketing technique is backfiring on you over and over, and the thing is: you don’t even know that they were interested and you lose the opportunity to help them.
Sure you may be able to capture some low hanging fruit from time to time. And you might argue that this method worked maybe even just a few years ago. But the fact it, social media has become an extremely noisy place and may have become either totally immune to or annoyed by these amateur techniques.
Reason 4: They Buy, But Not from You
So, what happens when they go to Google, easily search the product you’ve so blatantly vomit all over social media, and find information that moves them towards the sale? Well, they might go back to social media, try to remember which of their hundreds of friends posted the same graphic photo, happen upon yours, and contact you. That’d be cool.
But I’d bet, they instead simply click the bright and shiny button to a link they’ve happened upon during their google research. And now the person who has created that online marketing funnel gets what could have been your sale.
Reason 5: Brand Yourself Instead of Your Company
Another advantage to my recommendation that many may not consider is the benefit of branding YOU instead of your company. I know you love your products and your company, but what were to happen if your company decided to choose a different marketing channel? … if the company goes out of business? …. changes the compensation plan structure? … begins to compromise on certain values that you deem too important to settle on? What happens then?
You are left in a situation where you’ve built amazing marketing and branding capital for your company, and sadly you’re left to start over from square one.
On the other hand, if you’ve instead invested time and capital into building YOUR brand, if/when the unthinkable happens, your transition into another company or another venture altogether could be quite seamless.
This is a sad scenario to consider for many of us who find us IN network marketing to begin with because of our amazing product experiences, but the fact is that you’re a business owner, and it’s your responsibility to protect your assets.
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