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Old 12-13-2015, 07:43 PM
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Default People don't like network marketers

Did I get your attention? What I mean by my title is that because of a few, network marketers often have a bad rep. People have a perception and often make a judgement even before you get out of the gate. You have probably met those network marketers who are pushy, salesy and frankly just in the game for themselves.

I think the way to change this perception in the long run is to give back to causes that we care about. I take a portion of what I earn from my business and give it back to causes that have meaning to me. I do this during the holidays and throughout the year. It makes me feel like I am a part of something so much bigger than myself and that I am helping to make a difference in the community and the world. Plus, when I mention this to people, they understand that I am in this business for so much more than myself.

We are in very exciting times. More and more people are joining the network marketing profession than ever before. What a difference we can make together by giving back to causes we love!
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:06 PM
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Integrity and caring about others can go a long way.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:25 PM
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I agree with you. There are a lot of people out there working together to make this industry great again. And giving back is an important part of this. I love it!
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:28 AM
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The network marketing business model is one of the best marketing models out there; however, it is also one of the most abused. There are network marketing, direct selling, multi-level marketing, affiliate marketing, even corporate companies out there that are not reputable but guess what, when they arenít, they donít last. Nevertheless, you donít throw the baby out with the bath water so to speak.

A genuine MLM company, or WAH, or affiliate marketing or whatever you want to call it is, in my opinion, very similar to a corporate environment. Why? Because these environments offer a product/service to people and THAT is the goal. Good companies place emphasis on selling the actual products especially to outside customers, and consider recruiting new members only as a means to drive sales, rather than as an end in itself.

Itís all a matter of doing your research and finding the best company out there to work for. The true definition of a Ďpyramid schemeí are companies (and I use the term very loosely) that do not offer ANY products or services in exchange for money.

There are plenty of genuine MLM companies out there: Mary Kay, Scentsy, Avon, Advocare, Ameriplan..just to name a few who have been around for years and offer products that people want and will purchase that is why they are still around. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of corporate companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Target who are using this similar structure to pay commission to people to now work from home to sell their products and/or drive traffic to their websites.

In conclusion I want to say this, donít be scared or intimidated by the amounts of scams you find when doing your research about work from home opportunities. If you are reading this, you are already in the right place. The Laak Group was founded to prevent you from joining something designed to swindle your money. There are plenty of scams out there, and not just fake companies pretending to be or closely mimicking MLM.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:53 PM
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To me NWM is about distribution. As for the scam part a product or service should be able to stand on its own to have merit. Then comes compensation. How are associates compensated? Network marketing is about sales and teaching others to sell and get the product or service to market. The big money earners know this which is why they say work the numbers to find the motivated.

I don't think people have a bad taste for network marketing I think it's just a case that not everyone is cut out for the sales profession or don't want to learn. All the trips, cars, money, homes and all sounds good until the realization hits that to get to those things something has to be sold. Then the question become meeee sell something? Rather than try people quit.. Art Williams spoke on it years ago.. It doesn't matter how good the service or product is most people don't want to learn to sell yet everyday everyone sells something even if it's an idea or an opinion.

Hector said his business grew once he stopped trying to motivate and started looking for the motivated. Sure most anyone would like to be able to work at home or work from home but only a select few are really self motivated especially when it come to the network marketing world. "What,,me sell something"?

Ya gotta get paid...
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:27 AM
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With people I know, I never "recruit." The only thing I do is tell people what I am doing with my business. I let my Facebook friends know when I will be out and about at community events. I let them know that my team is growing. I let them know when my company or I are offering specials.

But I never beg them to join my company. I never harass them with constant posts about joining my company.

I've always been a bit of a renegade - not falling into the "warm market/cold market" trap. Your business is only as good as your products. Sell good products at good prices and your business will grow on its own.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:56 PM
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Although I have been in network marketing before I am not in it right now but I am doing affiliate marketing. I like network marketing I think it is a great way to make money. I do think it is people who give it a bad name because of the way they go about it. Many times when people join a network marketing company they need money now. So, because of the desperation they feel they market desperately. Which turns people off. It takes time to build any business and when you train people I think that is what should be told to them. I have to blame the people who sponsor them. Either they train them wrongly or they don't train them at all. This is how network marketing gets a bad name.

I also think they shouldn't make autoship mandatory but that it should be optional. I think that is another turnoff. I know it's not for companies like Mary Kay, Avon, etc. It is for a lot of the nutritional supplement companies though.

Network marketing is a great way to make money but it takes time and effort. Some people just don't want to put forth the effort.
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