Frequently Asked Questions
Is this pyramid selling?
No. Do not confuse network marketing with old, illegal pyramid schemes. With a pyramid, you only progress as you buy product, which you were persuaded to do in bulk. Somebody then ends up with a garage full they can't resell. With network marketing, you only buy product after you have pre-sold it. No outlay = no risk. In fact, all businesses - even governments - are pyramids with the president at the top, and labourers at the bottom.
What is so good about network marketing?
1. Low start-up costs. There is no obligation to ever order again, and often no renewal fees.
2. Work part or full time, hours to suit.
3. Be your own boss. Work where & when you want.
4. Unlimited opportunity. The more you work, the more you earn.
5. Equal opportunities. Handicapped, ex-convict, business-man, race, gender, irrelevant.
6. Build a business that will earn a residual income for more than your lifetime - pass it on to your children.
7. Build a business that will keep running when you go on holiday or feel like time off.
8. Save tax by working from home.
9. Minimal overheads. No stock or buildings needed. No risk of overspending.
10. Be able to help others to achieve their goals - and the more you help them, the more you help yourself.
11. Be independent yet part of a team - your upline is there to assist, not compete. TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More.
Do I need to be a good salesperson?
No. If you try the product and get enthusiastic about it, you are automatically selling. Some of the most successful network marketing people start out thinking they can't sell. Salespeople try to 'close' a sale. Network marketers try to 'open' people to what is best for them, by giving them all the information they need. It's just like telling someone how much you enjoyed a TV programme, except you might get paid for recommending a product.
It can't be possible to go on recruiting people forever, can it?
Only when everyone in the world is a member will you run out of potential customers. One man in Japan has so far recruited 45% of his 2,000 village families.
But, old-established companies must be nearing saturation. Isn't it better to get in on the ground floor with a new company?
No. Network marketing companies are like any other - new ones tend to go out of business in the first few years. A company that has been running profitably for 10 years is more likely to be providing you with a living in another 10.
I understand the theory, but is it a good idea in practice?
Don't take my word for it. Here's what Tony Blair thinks:
"I'm delighted to ...... point out to you
how big a part direct selling is of our domestic market in the
sale of goods and services. We've got something like 13% of the
entire home shopping market done by direct selling, almost half a
million people are involved in direct selling and 40,000 of those
are doing it full time. So there are tremendous opportunities for
women who want to combine family responsibilities and work. It
also shows how, in a changing economy and changing labour market,
there are great new opportunities out there. I want to say to you
both that this is a good thing to be involved in and that we, as
a Government, recognise the tremendous contribution that people
who are taking up direct selling opportunities can make to the
overall prosperity of the economy. So it is well worth doing,
well worth being involved in and I wish those of you who are
engaged in it, the very best for the future".
Extract from the DSA web-site: The Prime Minister The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP.
What is the best product to promote?
Consumable goods. I personally promote health products. I take them daily because they have improved my health, and I tell others how good they are.
What about web-based opportunities?
Fine. Just don't believe you can get rich by signing up and doing nothing, like some sites tell you. You still need to actively promote a product. Here's one you can promote for free. Click on http://snurl.com/freeaudio which offers an opportunity called "Millionaire at 31" - it's not worked for me, though!
How much does it cost to join?
£30. You really need to add an order of around £94. So, you need to be serious about the idea.
Want to visit my own health website and see the products? Go to http://stores.ebay.co.uk/wholesalehealth - I sell them at around the wholesale price.