Can a Part-Timer Make it in Network Marketing?

When I started in my network marketing career, I was working 60 hours a week selling real estate.  I felt like I had no time for life outside of work.  And you want me to get started in a business on the side, in my “spare time”???  I have NO “spare time,” you clown! — is what I wanted to say.  Well, I did kind of say that to the person trying to recruit me 🙂  I am so thankful he was strong enough in his conviction that he didn’t just cave in and walk away from me.

He replied, “Do you like being that busy?”
I said, “No.”
He said, “So what makes you think that if you keep doing what you’re doing, that five years from now you’ll be any less busy?”
I said, “I don’t know, I don’t really think about that.  I’m just focused doing what I do.”
He said, “Well, if you ever want to have a life again, you’ve got to get some passive income coming in that will allow you to let up off the constant gas pedal and have some time freedom.  And the way to do that is by using this side business to create that.”
I said, “Yeah, I get that.  But you aren’t hearing me.  I don’t have time to build a side business that you say will create this time freedom.”
He said, “Yes you do, it’s called Split Second Marketing.  How long does it take you to tell someone about a great movie or restaurant?  Well, those are the split second time slivers you’ll employ to build this business.  You pique people’s interest, get them to review the info, sign them up, plug them into the system, and repeat.  That’s how we will do this together and create the passive income for you, and get your time back.”
I said, “I’m in.”

So that was my beginning.  I worked this business into my day as much as I could.  I used lunch time.  I used drive time.  I stayed up late and made calls out west.  I basically wanted it so badly that I made it happen.  Heck, when there’s a will, there’s a way.  Ninety-eight percent of network marketers are part time.  Most really are NO TIME, to be honest.  But let’s assume you haven’t quit on yourself and your dreams, but you are struggling to figure out how to make time to get this going.  You are willing to accept coaching though, and willing to execute on some advice to relaunch your business and get some momentum going.  If this is you … let’s give you some suggestions.

  1. Take out your desk calendar (buy one if you don’t have one) and look at the Month at a Glance.
  2. Commit to going to your company’s local monthly event (if one exists), and write it in. (4 hrs.)
  3. Commit to going to the weekly business briefing/meeting, write it in. (1-2 hrs.)
  4. Make 2 calls a day to prospects, inviting them to the weekly meeting or to any sort of in person or virtual presentation (“2-a-Days”)  (10 min.)
  5. Make 3-5 follow up calls a day to people you’ve already got into your funnel, looking to move along to review further info, attend an event, or do a 3-way call. (20-30 min)
  6. Look for every chance you can find to expose people to what you do when you’re out and about (get their contact info and promise to get them material to review)  (split second)
  7. Listen to your team training calls each week (30 min.)

If you add these activities up, we are talking about 5 hours a week.  But they are not big blocks of time that are hard to manage.  You just find places to fit them in.  Some things you calendar, some things you fit in on the fly each day.  The key here is – YOU CAN DO THIS!  And you will, IF you decide it’s worth the trouble.  The reason you haven’t been doing the activity up until now is likely because you haven’t been convinced the effort and inconvenience will be worth it.  I am here to remind you that success is never found in the room space as convenience.  Being broke is.  Being content because you’ve settled in life is.

I truly hope that you will take this message to heart, and act today.  Like now … not saying “Oh this is great” and saving the email.  Decide right here and now, call your upline and proclaim your commitment and ask for their pledge to help you, and roll! By the way, if you don’t have an upline (like I don’t), that’s still no excuse.  There are people in your company you can buddy up with and create a workout partner relationship whereby you agree to support each other all the way to the top.

OK, there we go. Get to it and let me know when you see this made a difference!  I love hearing feedback after you’ve applied some ideas.

PS – If you haven’t download The Recruiters Creed document to read to yourself twice a day, get it here for free.

About the Author Brian Carruthers

Brian Carruthers has helped thousands of business associates to become successful business owners and get out of the corporate world rat-race, and begin to spend real time with their families and doing the things that are really important to them. Brian is one of the top trainers in the network marketing industry and actually does what he teaches.

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