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Friday, October 8, 2010

How to Evaluate Network Marketing Companies

This article gives tips and insights on how to interview a network marketing company, or "home-based business". Learn how to make some money from home...

You have decided that you want to look into what everyone is talking about and get into network marketing.

What is Network Marketing?

– MLM or network marketing is when you actually recruit other sales people into an organization or down line in order to sell products. This type of marketing has been confused with illegal pyramids in the past, but in actual fact, some of the largest marketing organizations such as Avon, Tupperware and Amway, to name just a few- can all be categorized as MLM. (Yahoo Dictionary)

Where do you start?

First, you have to find the business that YOU will find interesting and YOU will want to stick with.

Researching Yourself

Before you start looking at mlm companies you need to look at yourself. This will help you in your search.

  • Do you like to help people? If so, how?

  • What are your interests, likes, dislikes?

  • What past experience do you have that might help.

  • What type of things are you interested in?

  • Start Looking Around for Network Marketing Companies

    It will not take long to find companies that are looking for you to join their team. In some cases, they might find you. You can go to many of the work at home portals and various job sites; just type in “work at home” or “home business” and you will find many. There are many websites that specialize in providing this kind of information to you through advertisements and message board entries that tell you what they do.

    Talking to These Companies

    Now you have looked around and chosen a few mlm companies you want to look into. What type of questions should you ask?

    • How long has the company been around?

    • What will I be doing?

    • Will I have a mentor/sponsor to help me after the training?

    • How long have you been with the company?

    • How much will I be paid?

    • How long does it take before I start seeing results?

    • How will I be paid?

    • How much will it take for me to get started?

    • Are there any monthly/annual fees involved?

    Some of these questions might seem rather blunt, however these are important for you to know before you make a decision about a network marketing business.

    Do not agree to join until after you have had a chance to research the company. Give yourself a few days and set an appointment for them to call you back.

    Research The MLM / Network Marketing Company

    No matter what company it is, you should be able to research it.

    Check with the Better Business Bureau- there are ways to check online companies as well.

    Go to the work at home websites, and look for message boards and forums. Join and start asking questions. You might want to ask the same questions everywhere to see if you get the same responses. It is good to talk to more than one person within a company; this gives you a view from a different prospective. They might have different methods they use to be successful- and just because one person is successful it doesn’t mean everyone will be, and vice versa.

    Go to the company’s main website and look around.

    Weighing The Odds

    Make a list with each company of the pros and cons that you have found in your research and from talking to people with each company.

    There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding.

    No matter how good the company is if you are not willing to work and be trainable you will not succeed.

    You must choose a company that offers unlimited support or you will find yourself with questions that you cannot get answered.


    Choosing a company to partner with is important because it will be a long term commitment and you wan to make sure you are in alignment with the company’s vision, cause, management and product.

    Product/ Service: You MUST have a breakthrough product or service that is a life essential need. You want a product that people will purchase regardless of whether they make money or not in a down economy. (customers are important for residual income)

    Timing: Timing is everything in this industry.  You want to position yourself for momentous growth with room to expand!

    Ownership/Management: You must have experienced, reputable ownership with a solid track record of success and there must be a powerful mastermind team driving the company into the future.

    Vision/Cause: You want to make sure the company you choose has integrity and a powerful vision that you can align yourself with.  You want to work in partnership with the company.

    Click the  Image below to learn more about a business with these key factors!!


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