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Network Marketing Puzzle

Updated on September 15, 2009

More Than I Bargained For

Again I sit and ponder the best way or the right way, if there is such a way, to promote and grow my business. I've read so many articles and watched so many videos that I've actually taken some time (which I should have done initially), to organize and categorize some of the info I've been over, much of it free, some of it paid for, to see if any patterns emerge, or any sort of consensus exists.

The first thing I discovered was that almost everyone has spent 1000's of dollars on failed systems, rip offs, and scams, and then found out almost by accident a REAL way to make money online and off through your home based business. Almost universally these people are so happy to have found "THE WAY" that they want to save everyone else from having to go through what they did to find success. Most of their sales letters are long on words and short on content. They typically offer you countless free e books and reports from experts and successful network marketing persons. I have to ask myself, if all of this stuff they're giving you free is so great, why did they have so much trouble finding their way to success?

Recruiting for your business in most cases is obviously the key to long term success and residual income. Doing this successfully, at a reasonable cost, is where those without lots of experience and/or money seem to hit a wall. I've seen many online marketing sites which promote the use of social networking sites to grow your business. I do see some real value in this approach, but I've had trouble in arriving at the best way to do this without just having a Face book site that pitches your business. It just doesn't seem like what people typically go to Face book for, but I admit I'm somewhat new to the whole scene. I hate spammers and constant pitching so it's something that I don't want to touch. A lot of the stuff I've seen suggests that you be an affiliate for a well known internet marketer and MLM guru.  To do this you send people to their site and try to earn an affiliate commission.  I guess I've become a skeptic, but if I go to a site and find an unbelievably successful person that can train and show me everything, why do I want to go back to the schlub who sent me to his site?  I'll just start buying stuff or whatever from the expert and move on.  This fact has made me very reluctant to "build my list" through this method.  I'm not accusing anyone of being unscrupulous or dishonest.  I'm just a bit jaded at this point.

Cutting to the chase in all of this I arrive at the place where I have done what my upline suggested, and my success has been 3 strikes and you're out. I am convinced that you can't do a one size fits all list of chores and expect people to be successful. Some people have lots of friends and family, some don't. Some people hang out with people who are interested in owning a business, while others associate with people who just want to get up and go to work and get their paycheck at the end of the week. Personally, no one in my family has any interest in having a business of their own. Several of them are older and just not interested, some are younger and are still hanging on to the old paradigm of go to school, get good grades, get a college degree, get a job, and try to be the boss or something similar. I think if you're in touch at all you know that this used to work, but that our current economic condition and the way companies work today make this far less likely than it used to be. People used to think in terms of doing 30 years with a company and retiring. I read recently that a high school grad today can expect to hold as many as 12 jobs during their career. Doesn't sound like a lot to look forward to me.

I'm just going to keep moving forward and find an answer that works for me.  When I do find my way I plan to share it with everyone who's involved with me, but at this point I don't expect to be giving my secrets away, or for that matter selling them with a laundry list of free e books and other junk that wastes peoples time and may give them false hopes.  You can never get your time back, so I think the least we can do as home business start-ups is respect the time of those who are trying as we are to succeed on their own.

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