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Been in Amway Before? Then You Will Understand This!

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Welcome back. I wanted to talk about my experiences back when I was in Amway. In 1989, that’s when I first got started in it actually, and I was in it for over 10 year. And I was thinking about it this morning. I don’t know why. But, you know, I was thinking about a couple people back in the day that I worked with while I was in Amway. When I got involved in in network marketing, with Amway, I didn’t have a negative viewpoint on it. I didn’t know anything about the company when I was presented with the opportunity. I didn’t know anything about network marketing, but I thought what a great business concept this is and you know, we started learning more and building our business.

QUIXTAR

What happened over the course of time, was that the company got handed to the second generation and some good things happened when they made this next step to what they called Quixtar which was same company but under a different name. And they started moving towards online shopping concepts and more of a digital age. I remember having a little miniature CD that had a little video embedded into it was called the digital business card. I still have some laying around. And I thought what an amazing concept. This was back in the beginning when the internet was really brand new. I mean, we still had dial up Internet access, if you could believe that. And most people probably don’t even know what dial up Internet access is. It’s still a classic sound that is used if you ever saw the movie, you’ve got mail.  with actors, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. They would email each other and have the dial up sound of the modem. And it was really unreliable and slow. And so, I kind of looked at it where we were ahead of our time, because many people didn’t trust online shopping. And they were afraid to put their credit card number in because somebody might, you know, get ahold of it and their personal information and people were very unsure about it. And I think back, you know, to those times, I thought, while we were on the cutting edge. I’d already been in Amway about five years by the time that started happening. And then they kind of messed up, you know, the second generation of the family that owns the Amway Corporation took over and things got kind of messed up.

MORE CHANGES

At the same timeframe, we had changes going on in our own lives, you know, and so, what I found was is that the network marketing business was fantastic, that business concept is still great. And that’s why billions of dollars are done in network marketing today. I mean, more than the NFL, the movie industry and many others combined. Network Marketing produces billions and billions of dollars. Look it up. It’s pretty impressive. There’s nothing wrong with the business concept, multilevel marketing, network marketing, it’s the same thing. But what usually screws it up are the people. You know, you look at it. I mean, we had a pretty good organization, we reached a higher level than the Amway business. And, you know, we didn’t reach financial freedom at that point in time. We weren’t diamond level or anything like that. But that was our goal. And we’re working towards it. What we found interesting over time was is that the business that was our own, it was supposed to be our own. We didn’t get to make any of the decisions in it. You know, we had an upline that was controlling what we were doing, what we could do, what we can’t do. And I’ll give you a key example of it. I was thinking about it this morning, and I think about my time in the Amway business so often and it’s mostly positive, but there are some negatives.

COLD CONTACTING? REALLY?

You know, there was a lot of things about the business concept that were fantastic, majority of them, frankly. But a lot of the people had methods that I just wasn’t comfortable with. And I found most people weren’t. I’ll give you one good example cold contacting after you’ve, shared the Amway business with your friends and family, one of two things usually happens and sometimes some of both, your friends and family either start to ignore you and avoid you, or some of them get involved with you. And you find out that they have a negative idea of Amway, and in some cases, even some family members or friends start to think that maybe you’re better than them because you’re trying to improve yourself or your situation. And I always cracked up about that. None of those people ever came to save the day for me and my family when we were having financial difficulties. But all of them had an opinion about what I shouldn’t be doing to make more money and be more successful. And yet, you know, I didn’t listen to any of them because none of them were actually paying my bills or even offered to help financially. So, if you’re in that situation, you know, look at it and think about that for a second, why listen to people that are not supporting you, financially, or helping you financially? Why should you be discouraged about doing something that improves your family’s financial future? One of the things that came out of that process is you had to learn how to cold contact, because after your friends and families, seeing the business or did refuse to see the business, whatever the case may be, you have to talk to people that you don’t know. And this is the thing here, they teach you methods that are very difficult for the average person to use. You have to be able to talk to people that you don’t know and approach people, cold and so forth. And I got very good at doing that. But they always had a thing called duplication. Everything you had to do had to be duplicatable. I used to think about it and I thought what about cold contacting is duplicatable? Frankly, nobody duplicates it. Very few do, only the leaders do. And there’s few of those, why does it have to be so difficult? And Isn’t there another way to do it?

 

ARE YOU PLUGGED IN?

And, you know, you really had no wiggle room to innovate or to do your own thing you had to follow the system. If you weren’t “plugged in”, then you kind of get shunned by the upline, and then they would go around you and, you know, talk to people in your group negatively about you and say that you weren’t plugged in, and it’s just a bunch of crap. And it’s amazing people start getting into a position of what they call leadership. But really, they’re not leaders. They’re just people that want to control everything, and getting your own business is about you controlling what you do and controlling your future and deciding to work when you want to and work the way you want to. Now there’s some exceptions to that. I believe in my opinion, and in my business, you need to be ethical, honest, and you have to be able to build with the right intentions. So, there are some limits there. But the as far as flexibility and innovation, I mean, that’s what people want when they start their own business. Yes, they want a pattern for success that they can follow. They can follow their leadership; they can follow their leaders into success and do the same thing that they did to get them successful. I mean, it always made sense to me. If you wanted to be a millionaire, you need to find someone who’s willing to teach you and do what they did. And you always had that opportunity. What I found over the years was that I got very discouraged with the network marketing business and Amway not with the concept but with the people. After a while you started feeling guilty, you know, as you’re in the business for 10 plus years, things change, you know, you have children, your life changes, but if you weren’t able to be as committed as other people, you may not be able to do everything you did before. I always love this; right? My main upline was in Utah, and they’d hold their functions in their own backyard, basically in in their city in Salt Lake City, Utah. And make everybody feel like crap and guilty that couldn’t spend money or time to travel to Salt Lake City to be at their major function. It was very convenient for them, but they’d make it inconvenient for everybody else and then treat you like dirt if you couldn’t be there because you didn’t have time off from work, or you couldn’t afford the travel or you had childcare issues, and they weren’t very understanding. And I thought this is not about people caring about people. This is about people that care about people that do what you say. And I don’t like that. That’s not what individual business ownership is about. So, I kind of got burned out for a long time on the idea of dealing with this because I saw several other opportunities over the years and they all have the same kind of what I call old school thinking. Do what your upline tells you or else. And if you don’t, you’re not plugged in. If you’re not plugged in, we’re not going to support or promote your opportunity meetings or your business or work in your downline or whatnot. And I thought that’s a bunch of Crap.

WHY NOT TWO LEGS, NOT SIX?

The other difficulty is, is that we had to build six legs to be a diamond level and who had time outside of working a job to build six legs? Especially here I live in California. So, you know you need a substantial income to retire from your job if you live back in the Midwest, that’s at this time or back east, and you weren’t already a successful professional with a lifestyle that revolved around that income that you were earning. And you made $40,000 a year, it wasn’t that difficult to make $40k a year in Amway and retire as a diamond without a big organization, and then try to help other people retire. Unfortunately, it takes a whole heck of a lot more people to retire at a six-figure income for a working professional in Southern California at the time, and it’s no different today, frankly, in many other states as well. So, there was a lot of unrelatability between a lot of these old school network marketers.

STILL OLD SCHOOL-YIKES!

So, over the time, I started looking for new opportunities. And I thought, you know, the best kind of opportunity is one where it’s not a set of corporate people that own the business and run the business at a corporate level. It’s about a company that’s been started, owned and operated by network marketers that understand what the challenges are, and have built a company and organizational structure and training system around the needs of the network marketer, the distributor or the affiliate, the representative that whatever your term is. And finally, after several years of looking, I thought I found that and there was a very successful network marketing person from the old Amway days who was in my upline and that was involved in that business. And the products were fantastic and they still are, I use several of them every day. However, the building style of the business is still old school, they’re still doing it the old school way. And because they have a replicated website, they think that that’s modern and the fact that’s like, you know, 10 years old technology, and they have a canned app. And you know, nobody knows how to use attraction marketing, social media. They don’t have any of the things that we have in our business that actually work, especially when people are doing things on their cell phone more and more, and tablets, laptops and their computers. And during this time when you’re under a stay at home, or how do you expand your business when you’re old school and you got to go have home meetings, one on ones, open opportunity meetings? How do you even get people to go to those things when they are allowed?

NEW SCHOOL-FINALLY!

We build our business without any of those things. We have a network marketing business that’s successful with a system that is a “done for you” marketing system provided by the company for free. It doesn’t cost money to enroll in the business. It doesn’t cost money for the training system, because you want everybody to be successful. You provide that equally to everybody, not just the ones who could afford $24.95 a month. And then that’s just to buy the privilege for you to be able to buy the tools and things. And the reason why, is that there’s a lot of money in the training and tool system in network marketing. And in the business that I checked out for a short period of time, the person who’s running that training system, he’s got everybody locked into it. And basically, it’s the same old school thinking, if you’re not plugged into that training system, then you basically you can’t build your business successfully. And in fact, if you’re not part of that system, you can’t rank advance. What it was a scheme that is, I mean, that’s crazy, right? And then they don’t even give you the tools to be successful. And so, we work in a business that doesn’t have any of those restrictions. If you were in Amway before, or any network marketing company that this sounds familiar. You need to look around because what we’re doing; and there are other companies doing it too, that are started by network marketers having fast growth, great products, free training systems that are current up to date, and constantly being improved and evolved with the changing marketplace, the changing needed the distributors. And it’s unbelievable. That business that I was in for a very short period of time, they haven’t had a new product in a year. And they haven’t updated their methodology for building it since they started. They’re still doing what they did five years ago. And look at the comparison in growth. They haven’t grown. They probably have 20,000 distributors worldwide. And the company that I’m working with now we have over 800,000 in the same period of time. So, the numbers tell the story. It’s not about one master distributor making a lot of money. It’s about everybody being able to make a significant income and you just have to look at the compensation plans to get the opportunities.

THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY IS HERE

So, if you have been in Amway or other businesses before and you loved certain aspects of it. Don’t give up on that concept that concept works but you do have to work a little harder to find companies that are doing it right. That are using methods that allow people that are already searching for opportunity to find you. That’s what I do and that’s what I teach my team. We work with attraction marketing, you know, I don’t cold contact. People that are already looking are able to find me and the opportunity and that’s the key and nobody has to cold contact. What’s more duplicatable than that? Because cold contacting is not duplicatable when people don’t actually do it and don’t feel comfortable doing it or they don’t ever get really good at doing it. How can you duplicate that? If one out of 10 and it’s probably not even that high, actually would do cold contacting successfully and comfortably and also key here, confidently. How duplicatable is that? Who wants to enroll 10 people that maybe only one out of 10, or one out of 20 even will be successful at duplicating that? And the process of “let’s just have them, enroll a few friends and family” and then hopefully, you know, they keep doing that until you find a leader is so much harder and takes so much work. And it doesn’t stay together. If you have to teach people how to do something that they don’t like doing, and that they won’t do; the business is not sustainable. And I was part of a group that had well over 800,000 people in the group, not my group, but I was part of that team. And that whole team is completely gone! That 800,000 plus people and the team of that person in Amway doesn’t exist anymore. And it wasn’t sustainable. And there was a lot of reasons for that. But we got out of that business and for over a decade I still was looking and thinking and wondering god you know, there’s got to be a network marketing business that’s awesome. That is run right and is done right. That’s what we’re doing today. And that’s what we’re teaching people how to be successful using new methods online. It works beautiful during the stay at home order, because people are still reaching out last month 24 or 25 people I sponsored personally, in the business and I did not chase a single one of them, they all found me and wanted to get involved. So, it’s a completely different thing.

RESEARCH AND EVALUATE

So, if you want to understand more about it, I’m happy to share with you if you don’t want to get involved in what we’re doing. I totally get it but I’m not pushing for anybody. Obviously, I’ve got so many things to do. Right now, I don’t know how many people I could work with at the moment. It’s really been crazy because a lot of people are looking and they want to do something from home in a home-based business. But I’m happy to answer questions and if you do have time and you want to look at the opportunity and ask some questions after you check out a couple of key videos HERE. I’m happy to talk to you about it. I just want to share those experiences if you are an old network marketer, and I don’t mean old age, but you’ve done the old school way, and you love certain aspects of the business, like Amway and others out there. I don’t need to name them because I wasn’t part of them. But you know, the ones we’re talking about. Things are different. And you just have to find the right opportunity for you. If you love what you’re doing in companies like Amway, then stay with that group. You don’t want to be jumping around, but if you’re looking, you’ve been uncomfortable, you felt guilty. If you feel bad about yourself, then, you know, make some changes, at least do some research, you need to make sure you’re always educating and keeping going. Like I said, if some of the key people in Amway are no longer in it, and they were at very, very high levels, making millions of dollars a year and they’re no longer in that business. And we were part of that team of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people. You got to ask yourself, are there good reasons for that? And yes, there are. Things are changing, and they have changed. Some people haven’t realized that yet. But if you’re looking for something new, it’s out there, and you can find it. And we’ll help you to do that in any way we can.

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How An MLM Can Grow Your CBD Business

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Perhaps you have heard about the benefits of CBD products and you want to create your own CBD business. Maybe you have used CBD products and have seen, first-hand, how they can change the lives of people (or pets) dealing with common problems like pain, anxiety, and sleep.

Or perhaps, even, you have heard some of the hype about the CBD industry’s estimated growth from $600 million to $22 billion by 2022.

You may be asking yourself, “I believe in the value of CBD. But how can I grow a CBD business that is profitable and sustains in the long term?”

One answer to that question is building a multi-level marketing (MLM) business that sells CBD products.

Before the red flags and horror stories of pressuring friends and family take you out, consider that the MLM industry you have been exposed to and the MLM industry that exists today are two separate things. For example, those awkward calls to your brother or your best friend from high school are a thing of the past, thanks to the internet.

Let’s explore the topics of CBD and the MLM industry, and how building your CBD business as an MLM could in fact be the move you are looking for. To do that, we must first look at how an MLM operates in today’s world, its benefits as a business model, and how you can generate passive income with automated tools.

Benefits Of An MLM

As there are multiple types of businesses, running your CBD business through an MLM may be a choice you’d like to consider. Let’s take a look at the benefits of the structure of an MLM.

  • Low start-up cost: Usually, an MLM will have an initial, one-time fee to get started, with a monthly membership fee or promise to re-stock your inventory. The initial fee is normally in the few-hundred-dollar range. In comparison to a brick-and-mortar CBD retail store, which with rent, insurance, technology equipment, advertising, signage, interior decor, and professional services can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, the initial fee to start an MLM is small.
  • You are your own boss: Simply put, you call the shots. Without the expense of hiring employees looming over your head, you can re-invest your earnings or pay yourself earlier.
  • Opportunity for passive income: Consider Bruno Mars, who writes a song once, then collects royalties every time that song is played from then on. Similarly, with your CBD business as an MLM, you will get paid for work you’ve done in the past. That means instead of trading dollars for hours with a salaried or hourly position, you can continue earning money regardless of if you work today with the concept of passive income. This isn’t to say that getting to this point is easy to do; if it was, everyone would be doing it. However, it is possible. As a network marketer, I have grown my business to the point of generating passive income and helping others achieve their financial and well-being goals.
  • Unlimited income potential: Unlike a salaried or hourly position, with an MLM you are in a compensation plan with no ceiling. With the Top 200 Income Earners in MLM companies all making passive income north of $1,000,000 per year, there is no cap on income potential. Goals like a few thousand dollars per month to pay your bills and provide discretionary income are achievable with hard work and dedication. Nothing worthwhile in life is easy.
  • No education requirements: One barrier that is very real for a lot of people is education. They can’t make more money than they do because they need certifications or a degree. The average four-year degree will cost between $35,000 and $140,000. With an MLM, there are no education requirements.
  • Automate your MLM business: As stated, today’s MLM industry is vastly different than that of traditional ideas of Amway and bugging people you love (or being the one being bugged, for that matter). How? Through automation. By employing methods such as pre-enrollment, sales funnels, and email response systems, you can flip the script. That is, pre-qualified leads will come to you. Gone are the days of nervousness and landlines being land mines.
  • Constant training and development: While running your CBD business as an MLM, there are very often regional and national events where you are trained by the founders and top performers of your company. There is much to be learned from them. Furthermore, large repositories of free training in the form of audio and video exist to empower and enable you to reach your personal goals, financially or otherwise.
  • Tax deductions: If running your CBD business online, consider a few of these common tax deductions you can claim in part on your tax return: wireless internet, your computer, your mobile device, and any travel expenses related to your business.

Benefits Of A CBD Business

In addition to the benefits of an MLM, CBD has a number of benefits in and of itself, which is why the industry is currently in the stage of growth that it’s in. Let’s have a look at the benefits of CBD products and the sorts of issues they help to address.

  • Anxiety: CBD can calm the mind and body. Oftentimes, people can suffer from anxiety, such as obsessive thinking, fear in public, on airplanes, in vehicles, speaking in front of others, or even reliving traumatic experiences. CBD has been known to slow down the mind and relieve the effects of anxiety.
  • Sleep: The relaxing effect of CBD can help people sleep. With roughly 60 million people in the U.S. suffering from sleep-related health issues, the market for helping people getting sufficient shut-eye is large. Your impact is tangible, especially given how coveted sleep is for human beings.
  • Chronic pain: Similarly, around 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain, with 40% of them having high-impact chronic pain, which severely impacts life and work activities. Users of CBD often report relief from pain.
  • For athletes: Whether it’s pain, the frequency of travel, or the nerves of performing at a high level, athletes can use CBD for a variety of reasons.
  • For pets: Just like their human counterparts, pets can get nervous. Personalities, types of breeds, and past experiences can play a role in the quality of life of pets, and CBD can help in this regard.

 

How Growing Your CBD Business As An MLM Is Smart

Now that we have covered the benefits of the MLM industry and CBD products, we can finally delve into the reasons why combining the two may be a smart idea.

  • CBD is on-trend: When the wave of momentum is strongest, the buzz of a community is too. As such, since MLM is about teams, mentors, and learning from one another, CBD and its current state of hype makes it a viable option for using an MLM to start your business.
  • Done for you: There are already plug-and-play CBD MLM’s such as Hempworx that have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into products, shipment, websites, and research. With features like auto-ship and warehouses of inventory, all you need to do is plug in and leverage what’s already been done.
  • CBD is a recurring expense: Since your CBD business is centered around generating revenue, the fact that users of CBD must replenish their supplies plays into your favor. This means that customers with whom you grow your reputation and trust will become repeat buyers with you. This is a cornerstone in any solid and long-lasting business.
  • CBD has a wide audience range: Given the range of problems that CBD can help solve, such as sleep, pain, and anxiety, the number of people you can help means that the number of people who can join your business or buy from your MLM store is equally as large.

As such, we covered the benefits of MLM’s, CBD, and why running your CBD business as an MLM may be a smart move. CBD is here to stay, and the results of the products speak for themselves.

What’s more, the MLM industry has evolved into a business model that can leverage the beauty of the internet and automation to grow your revenue without having to annoy relatives and friends. I’ve used this process, as an introvert myself, to generate passive income for myself and for others, and now it’s my full-time job.

If this is something you may be interested in, feel free to take a tour of Hempworx. Also, consider continuing your research into this topic of your CBD business. Knowledge is power.

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Is The Hempworx Business Saturated?

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Now that more people are finally hearing about CBD and learning that not only does it have some health benefits but that there is a business opportunity that can be had. Some people are wondering if it is saturated already. This is a term i first heard after I joined Amway back in 1989.

When I first saw the Amway opportunity it was all new to me. The company, the products, the network marketing method. All of it! I had never heard anything about it and it had already been around for 50 years.

After I joined and started sharing the business opportunity, I had a few people who saw the duplication process we discussed and said that the business couldn’t work because it would get “saturated”. To them that meant that everyone that wanted to get involved, already had. Funny how most of those that gave that excuse never got in, so how could it get saturated?

 

To give you some perspective about the Hempworx Opportunity becoming saturated, consider this. in 1989 when I joined Amway they had been in business for 50 years. Done about $2 billion in business. The group I was involved in had over 600,000 people in it when I joined. Over the next 10 years we saw thousands of new people join the business. Obviously it wasn’t saturated yet was it? How could it be really? After all every day there are people who are turning 18 years of age who can now get involved in your business.

As of this writing Hempworx has about 60,000 distributors and did $100 million in sales. Even though it is one of the fastest growing network marketing businesses with a CBD product focus we still have a long way to grow to even get close to reaching our full potential.

What you really have to consider is are you going to get involved while Hempworx is in it’s initial stages of growth or when they are doing $2 billion in sales? As you can see from my own experience with Amway it doesn’t really matter when you get involved. You set your own pace and your own growth rate. You can have a large or small part of the multi billion dollar business as it grows.

For Hempworx they are just in their infancy still. As the company and it’s distributors continue to expand the business momentum will be reached where it will seem like everyone is getting involved. That’s when it is going to get really fun and there will be millionaires made at that time.

Does it really matter when you choose to build your own business? If you become a millionaire a few years later than some others, is that still acceptable? For most the answers are No and Yes. To others it may not be okay. That’s what’s great about building this type of business you can go fast or slow. It is all up to you.

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How To Recruit For Your MLM Business 24 Hours A Day

When I first started in network marketing it was 1989. The Internet and cell phones were not used by many people yet. Those that even had a home computer would be rare as they were very expensive. What was there to do on them anyways? Play games with CGA graphics and keep track of your expenses on Lotus?

Cell phones were big and bulky. We called them “brick” phones. Because they were heavy and about the size of a brick. You had to be fairly wealthy to have one.

I had joined Amway and started to learn about how to build the business from my upline and learned as much as possible from books, tapes and seminars. The only way to build the business was person to person. If you wanted to share the business opportunity you had to call someone on the phone (landline) or go and talk to them in person. Or invite them to a meeting.  All of these methods were initially pretty scary to a lot of people, me included.

 

Eventually we did get the Amway business into a version of what was called “E-Commerce” via Quixtar. This was a better, more computer driven business model. The only thing that really changed though was how you ordered products. Instead of the paper order forms we started with, we entered the orders into the web page via the internet. Man was it slow and glitchy!  We were using dial up internet. If your under 25 years old, you probably don’t know what that is, but the speed was measure in kilobytes (KB) per second. And when it was the best we had 56KB connection speeds. WOW! of course today we have 100MG speeds routinely available over WiFi.

We did not use the internet to generate leads and prospects 24 hours a day because no one was really on the internet yet. Can you imagine a world like that?

Generate Your Leads 24 Hours A Day-7 Days A Week

Today with most people in the world using a smartphone and having access to the internet using one device or another, we can now reach anyone in just about every country. Using social media, blogs, websites, videos and emails we can build our businesses day and night. Asleep or awake. At work or on vacation. There is always someone looking for a better way to make a living or to fulfill their dream by staring and building their own business. Now you can help them find you.

The best thing about using these methods is that the “content” that we create, can be used for years after it’s initially created. It can keep working for you forever basically.

Can you image creating a video on YouTube today, that will be seen 3 or 4 years from now that gives someone a better understanding of what your business opportunity is? They get excited and join your team. Become a successful business builder all because you were able to educate them and help them understand what you are doing. As we create this content today we don’t know how many lives we can touch, but it sure is a lot more effective at reaching out to people from all walks of life than just talking to people you meet during your normal day, right?

Highly Duplicate-able

One of the things you need to grow a big network marketing business is to have anyone on the team be able to do what you did, or are doing. Building using these methods are certainly more suitable for the younger generation that grew up with this technology. My own kids will tell you they don’t use a cellphone to talk to their friends. They just text them. People like myself will have to relearn some things, but it can be done, and I have done it.  The good news is that you can still build using the old ways and learn to adapt to the new ways while you’re building. Earn while you learn.

You can bet that these methods will continue to evolve so you may need to plan on continuing to learn and grow as the market and technology changes. Just stay flexible and take it one step at a time. You can do it.

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How to Start Your Own CBD Business

There has been a lot of interest in CBD Oil to help people with lingering pain, anxiety and other issues that seem to plague us as humans as we grow older. There is also a lot of news on how CBD can help your pets. I have seen first hand the benefits of this for my dogs and have written about it here.

Many people are also looking into the business opportunity side of CBD Oil. There has been quite a lot of press lately about the booming industry of CBD, but not a lot about how to start your own business. Let’s address one of the best ways to do that.

Brick and Mortar?

This not the best way to do it actually. There are a lot of regulations when you start a conventional business. Additionally there are significant costs involved. I know my ideal business does not have these things in it. Storefronts, buildings, employees, inventory, insurance, book keeping, large investments, long pay back periods, sourcing products, marketing, sales and stress.

When you really evaluate what you are looking to achieve I don’t think many people will want to start this way. Let’s see what is the best way to do this!

Best Way to Start

In my opinion the best way to begin is to evaluate the CBD products and companies that offer you an option to start a network marketing business with their products.

This allows you the best option and the lowest risk. With this you have no large investment and you don’t have to figure out any of the stuff listed above.

For under $100 you can start building your own business right away. You get the same tax benefits and income earning potential without all the trouble and stress.

Think how fast you can become profitable with this type of business! You can make your initial investment back in a week! Then it’s all profit from there.

For some people it is not a “real” business unless they put everything on the line, including their home. That is an old way of thinking that still happens today.

Now it is about working smarter not harder. Why risk everything when you can be successful faster and with a minimal downside?

Network Marketing Business? What is it exactly?

The simplest way I can explain this, is like this. You know how you will tell a friend about a great restaurant you found or a great movie you saw? You tell them how they should try it, or see it because you just know they will love it as much as you do.

So the next week they go and eat at the restaurant and they in fact do love it! When you referred your friend, did the restaurant send you a thank you card with money in it for helping them get a new customer and grow their business? Nope.

Then your friend tells someone they know about the restaurant they just loved and then they go too. Just by your word of mouth promotion of this restaurant they gained two customers and increased their business again.

YOU received nothing other than good feeling about how you helped your friends out.

Everyone does this either in person or on social media, but not many get paid a referral fee for it. In Network Marketing it works exactly the same except everyone can earn a little bit from these referrals.

You Are Already Doing It

As we have already covered, everyone is already doing this. You are a consumer and you already share with others how great what you have discovered is. Now it’s time to get paid along the way.

This business is very easy. You just share what your experiences are with the CBD products with people who you believe it can help. Some of those will be interested in learning about how they can also earn while sharing and now you’ve got a business started.

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If You Don’t Like Other People, Then Network Marketing IS For You! Really!

 

If you are introverted, shy or just don’t like working with other people then you can still being very successful. I have been a shy person most of my life. I have to “work” at being a bit more extroverted or people think I’m mad, angry, bummed or something. Most of the time I’m just thinking about things.

When I started in an MLM called Amway in 1989 I was having a very difficult time sharing the business idea with people, in person. That was way before we all had internet in our homes and on our phones. I had to learn to call cold contacts on the phone or approach them in person. Wow! That was a bit challenging but I finally got pretty good at it. I would even teach others in my group how to call people out of the phone book and set up meetings to show the business plan.

Today we don’t have to do that at all if we don’t want to. Although, I do still talk to other people face to face about my MLM; I primarily build it online using the same methods that you would for online dating in a way.  Instead of generating dates. I generate leads online using several different techniques. We share the business opportunity and products online, we can email or text. And many times we still have a phone call to go over the details of how things work and to get some questions answered that are harder to ask and answer in a text.

If we share everything else online and on social media so comfortably, then why not share about our business and learn to establish business relationships as well.

What’s really amazing is that I can build my business with 100% cold contacts and some people are joining my business that I have not even met or talked with at all!

Now, I do believe that you need to establish a relationship with your team members who are actively building. Ultimately you will want to develop your team and leaders. You just cannot do that by not communicating with them. Hopefully by that time you will have learned how to be better at working with others and you can learn this as your business grows.

Blend the best of both online and offline business build methods. Use all the tools available to you and don’t forget to read books and articles that help you grow as a leader too!

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How Has Recruiting Changed Since The Days Of Amway?

Back when I joined Amway in 1989 we were shown how to recruit for the business opportunity much the way you probably were. Talk to your friends and family, then go to your warm market and finally to your cold market. You remember the ever popular cold contacting that we did. No, well I’m not surprised as most people who join a MLM will not contact cold contacts because it is a very uncomfortable thing to do sometimes. I left Amway about 10 years after getting started so I am sure they also have went through a transformation of sorts from the old days.

Lead Generation

Today I use a method of lead generation that creates 10-20 leads each day automatically. This is a big change from the old days when we would go to the shopping mall to meet people, who we would call later to see if they were interested in looking at a business opportunity. Yikes! I even called people out of the telephone book. Harder to do that today as most people don’t even have one of those anymore. And how does anyone have the time?

Today I use a combination of social media, You Tube, advertising and blogging to generate content that draws people in to see what you are doing and that’s a big change! The old Amway ways taught us to deal with the rejection because while cold contacting you were going to get a lot of it. Today you don’t get that rejection because people who are looking for what you have just need to find you. You don’t need to find them.

Online Dating

Only a few years ago people wouldn’t think about meeting their life partner or significant other using an online dating site. Today there are literally millions of people using them. I personally know of two different people who used them and met and married the person they met online. It’s a very common method today and very accepted for busy people, people who are generally shy and would never “cold contact” someone they met in a social situation somewhere.

So today why not meet your next business associate that way. This method that we use is similar to online dating in that you create content to interest people who are looking for a business opportunity and business partners. It works just the same.

I generate leads every day that come and check into my business opportunities. After those that are interested want more details we have a call or two to answer their questions and review the business plans just the same as we would in any traditional business. After they join your team, you work with them the same as before. Help them get started, teach them how to build a business and then teach them, to teach their team members.

Increases The Circle You Can Reach

There is no other way you can reach out to as many people using the old ways. You simply will not meet as many people and its takes along time. That’s not as effective or efficient as using current methods that people use daily to share ideas, comment on products and services and meet and communicate with others online. How can you meet people in other areas, regions and countries? By using online methods to create content and help them find you.

We teach people how to create content and use the online tools and our proven methods to generate leads everyday. If I can learn it so can you. I am willing to teach anyone who wants to learn how to create a full time income in an online business.

Try it . You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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Why Amway And Other MLM Companies Are Not Cults

The thought that some people have about Amway and other MLM companies being cults has always amazed me. There are times when I wished they were, because in cults people blindly do what the cult leaders tell them to do. Our team members all have minds of their own and businesses of their own and they can do what they want to do.

Anyone who has actually been part of building a network marketing team or organization can tell you that almost no one does what they are asked or told to do regarding building their business. Even when they are the ones asking! That right there should convince you it’s not a cult. But let’s examine some of the concerns people have stated that tells them it’s a cult.

#1 The People In MLM Have A Cult Like Attachment To Their Company

I find this one very interesting as most people have an attachment to their employers company but don’t seem to think it’s a cult. In MLM people are supportive of the company and its products because it is supporting their business too. As far as people having a cult like following, you should check into the companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo or Apple. Their employees are the most involved, passionate, cultist people I have ever seen outside of a real cult. They have their own campuses for their people with living areas, chef run kitchens and lounge spaces to encourage you to be creative and dedicated at all hours of the day. People are driven to be part of these companies.

If the naysayers meant people who are dedicated to what they are doing in a business of their own, then that could be confused with a cult, I guess.

 

#2 The People Are Very Religious

It is true some people in network marketing are religious. Some are not. It is a business that accepts all kinds of people and has no prejudgment for religious affiliation. It seems like some of the people who have been part of a MLM business have been uncomfortable with people having a pledge of allegiance or a prayer before a meeting or  a seminar. I myself don’t think it should be part of the business proceedings and that it can be off putting for some people.

However it is a right that owning your own business brings. It is no different than what the founder of Chik-Fil-A decided to do. Many of the company’s values are influenced by the religious beliefs of its late founder, S. Truett Cathy, a devout Southern Baptist. Most notably, all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed for business on Sundays, as well as on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

That does not make them a cult does it? Even the Federal government of the USA closes down on these holidays. We all happily enjoy the paid time off for holidays from our employers right? No double standard there right?

#3 The People Are Fanatical

This can be another true observation that some people in MLM are very passionate about their opportunity to build their own business. It shows us that the American Dream which is so alive in immigrants to the USA, can also be stimulated in the people who are already here. It’s too bad so many people have forgotten or never knew that the USA was built on people who had their own businesses not jobs,

Most people were farmers, tradesmen and artisans before the industrial revolution. You know , people like bakers, tailors, blacksmiths, barbers, weavers, apothecaries etc.

These people were also fanatics about what they did. If not; they would not be able to survive.

Owning your own MLM business is like that in a way. The way, that allows you to be excited to build something for you and your family. That brings out the passion and excitement in people that had no other opportunity to start a business of their own with very little money or training. Somehow being excited about your own enterprise is now a cult. I guess they have never seen the people who go on the show Shark Tank or the Profit. They are fanatical about what they are doing. Starting and owning their own business.

I think it just makes some people uncomfortable that they are bored and not excited about their jobs but don’t have the ambition to do something of their own. Sad really.

I think that people just need to give other people their space to do what they want to do. As long as it does not affect you or what you are doing then keep moving on with your life, would you? If you were offered an opportunity to build your own business by a friend or family member then feel lucky that they saw something in you, that maybe you don’t. Possibly they believe in your capability more than you do. Feel fortunate; not put off by the invitation. They had your best interest in mind.

And if you decided not to join them in their “cult” then you proved my point that network marketing companies like Amway and others cannot be a cult, since no one does what we ask or tell them to do in MLM. After all you did not join right?

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How to Sponsor Engineers in Network Marketing

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Lets face it Engineers are not the most people friendly prospects you would want to work with in your network marketing business. I know first hand, because I am one.

I have only been prospected two times in my life for a network marketing opportunity, and both time I joined. I certainly wasn’t the easiest person to deal with both times.

The first time my soon to be sponsor and I argued for about 2 hours on the follow up phone call. I argued that the Amway business couldn’t work and that no one would do this business. This was in 1989 when Amway only did about $2 billion in business!!! Duh! So of course I knew everything about it, even though I didn’t. Finally my sponsor told me “fine then don’t build it!”

Now that really upset me and I then proceeded to tell him that I would join and show him this wouldn’t work if its the last thing I do. I know; that was really dumb for me to say that too. I eventually did apologize and we did build a successful Amway/Quixtar business. I’m no longer in Amway but the method worked that got me interested and it can work for you too.

All We See Are Problems

I guess once he tried to pull the opportunity away from me, I did not like it and I wouldn’t let him. There’s a lesson to be learned here when dealing with Engineers. We always see a problem that can be solved. Sometimes posing the business opportunity as a potential problem that needs to be solved may help you reach the engineers you know. Tell them you found a business opportunity that you don’t think can work and they will figure it all out for you. In the process they may even join you.

Sharing the Opportunity

Here is my best advice on this topic. Don’t tell the Engineering prospect how great this business is, and how much fun it is. How they will get to meet all kinds of different people, and be recognized for achievements and such.  And never, ever tell them that you have these really cool “functions” or “Seminars & Rallys”. It won’t work because we don’t care about that stuff. (at least outwardly). Additionally we don’t like that many people and we are generally introverts and afraid of public situations. That’s why we became engineers, right? We like computers, and machinery and software.

I remember the first Seminar and Rally I went to very clearly. I am pretty sure I am still traumatized by it actually.  The seminar was great! Lots of information and how to’s. We like that kind of stuff. The problem was in between the two sessions where some of the leaders wanted to get everyone excited and “fired up”.

They started competing in different sections of the room saying “I’m excited how about you?” to see who was louder. I think I was ready to walk out right then. I’m done here!

Engineers like data and scientific studies, testing and reports. We need to know how everything works. So be prepared to be able to explain it all. If you’re not you may find yourself in front of an Engineer who will take one look at your information, then proceed to explain to you how it works. That may be okay actually!

Following Up

My advice here is to be ready to overcome objections and answer more questions. Appeal to their logical side as we make many decisions “logically”. That being said continue to try to get out of your engineer prospect what his/her hobbies and interest are. Try to find out what his/her goals are. This may best be done by asking questions about the latest hot car. Or talking about the coolest airplane or video on this cool electronic gadget that allows you to bend space and time. Those things are of interest to Engineers and will allow you to establish some level of rapport. Find out what they liked best about what they saw. Don’t be surprised if you do not get an answer to that question. But instead they tell you what they did not like. This is typical of most people actually, not just engineers.

Be direct and say “I want to partner with you in this business”. Most Engineers cannot say no to a request for help and they may see this as a way to show you how much they know. We like that kind of thing.

Teaching and Training System

Once you have enrolled your engineer get them involved in the teaching and training system. They love that stuff. The more data and information the better, remember?

This will help them to get the details that they “need” to be able to move forward. I also suggest you get them with your experienced upline when you can so they can get a different perspective as soon as possible. It helps when they meet other like minded people.

Be Patient

Hang in there but don’t wait around for the Engineer to start building. The best thing is to leave them in the dust and asking you for help as you move on without them! Engineers are competitive and like to be right about everything.

They don’t like to lose, more than they like to win. So make them keep up with you.

As always you need to share with everyone, but keep in mind these tips for your technical people prospects. This includes doctors, engineers and scientists.

Keep at it and don’t be afraid to circle back to those who did not get involved right away.

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