Today I want to talk about taking responsibility for your business. Part of doing this is knowing what you’re getting into when you submit that payment.
A lot of people get involved in a home based business because they’re under the impression for one reason or another, that it’s going to be “easy” and they’ll make money “quickly.” They jump at the hype letting excitement overtake them and don’t bother thinking about it long term.
When you get into ANY business, you have to understand that it’s not going to be easy. There are costs involved and actions required. It’s not a game. It’s NOT get rich quick. And if you’re in it just for the money or the misconception that you can get a bunch of people in and then sit while you collect a paycheck off of their efforts, you’re sadly and sorely mistaken.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s fun, it’s simple (I said simple, NOT easy), it’s an adventure and it can be rewarding, but it’s a lot of work.
A large amount of people get involved because they have the wrong idea about what it is and how it works. They don’t know, let alone understand, what it takes to make it and when they figure out it’s not as easy as they thought, they have a pity party and play the blame game. It’s their sponsor’s fault for not staying on top of them and telling them exactly what to do, when and how, it’s the company’s fault for being setup the way they are and it’s the team’s fault because the sky is blue. To them, this business is now a scam and they will proclaim “These pyramid things don’t work!” Oh, they do! But in order for them to work, YOU must work, first!
You’ll need to learn the following skill sets to truly take personal responsibility and learn how to build a successful business:
People skills, relationship building, networking.
If you’re shy, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and become a people person. Learn how to strike up conversation with anybody and remember, relationship first! Business does not always follow.
Business prospects do not come to you in the beginning, you must put yourself out there and let people know you’re the go to person for your product. Business cards, flyers, post cards. Get the word out!
Sales. More specifically: The sales process.
Calling your friends and family gets you started, but you have to learn how and when to follow up, how and when to close, and how to nurture the relationship beyond this to keep them coming back for more.
Prioritize and time block! Set aside specific times to work your business and get other tasks done, in a way that allows you to FOCUS on ONE task at a time.
You need a strong WHY; a strong reason to keep plugging along when the going gets rough because it’s not always sunshine and roses.
Initiative. Motivation. Self-Discipline. Drive. Whatever you want to call it.
The ability to get going and keep going without someone breathing down your neck to work. This is YOUR business. It’s up to YOU to make it fly. Not your sponsor. Not your team. It’s all YOU.
All of these skills get developed over time with trial and error. Rome wasn’t build in a day and neither will your business be. Mistakes are part of growing and you will make lots of them. But the most important thing you can do is learn how to recognize when you’ve made a mistake and claim it, then correct it. Be willing to fail forward. Fall flat on your face. It’s all part of the seriously knotted, twisted up journey to success.
Last and most important: ACTION. Without it, all of the above is useless.
Network Marketing is a beautiful profession. Let’s help keep it that way by making sure people understand it’s a simpler way to build a business, but it’s not EASY.