In the anonymous survey I put out yesterday, Money Aside, one question was:
What do you dislike most about your NM business?
Here are three telling answers:
1. “I think the thing that puts me off about MLM (in general) is all the meetings. The best time I had with a product was when I was totally ignorant and just told people what the product did for me. People would ask me if I could pick some up for them when I ordered again and I grew a decent customer base and began to make money. The uplines tend to take the “fun” out of it.”
2. “I know that retailing isn’t the same as business building, but I hate the emphasis on recruiting. You know, before you even get into the door yourself they (upline) want lists and three-ways, etc. Can’t a person just get used to the retailing before we start bringing in others to train and teach?”
3. “The challenge between following the company’s success plan, and my own personal plan. They sometimes conflict, especially if it comes to recruiting for the business on the first call.”
Bottom line, upline: Don’t nag your people. Get new ones if you’re not satisfied with who you have. No one signed up to have a boss nagging them. Did they?
The way to be a most helpful sponsor is to ask new sign-ups:
What would you like to do first – recruit or get customers?
They pay you about $10 for each customer order of $75 and you make $100 for each recruit who signs up for $750 product order.
There you have it. Yes, recruiting makes more, but we all know how hard it is to find anyone like that, much less someone who sticks. There are way more customers. So while it’s less, there are more of them. And it’s more normal, you know?
Don’t pressure them to recruit if they want to build a customer base first. And don’t pressure them to turn every customer into a recruit. You’ll likely lose the customer as well.
Really, upline, what do you care what they do to make money as long as they stay IN the business? Would you rather risk losing them because you pressure them too much and take the fun out of it? Get more people if you aren’t happy with who you have. 🙂
P.S. There are many examples in the Orange book of folks who lost their customers after they pressured them to start selling to their friends. That’s very last century, you know.