James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
“The world has the habit of making room for the man or woman whose words and actions show they know where they are going”. Although I know where I’m going, in the sense that I have a definite purpose, I’m finding it difficult to find network marketing opportunities which are five pillar businesses.
I was first introduced to network marketing when I answered an advertisement about earning extra income from home. In a very slick presentation, the salesman, using circles and arrows in a pyramid shape showed me how I could build a residual income. He then left a water filter, what he called, the “silent salesman”, on my tap and asked me to use it for drinking, making tea and cooking vegetables, and to let him know if I liked the water. I was asked to attend a business opportunity meeting in a week or so. On attending the meeting, I signed up as a distributor and was given some scripts to use when approaching friends and family. That was my first decision and it did not take long to realize that there were problems with it. The filters were quite expensive and I had to buy some demonstration models while the household ones were more expensive as they were designed to last from 3 to 5 years. I did do presentations for family and friends, but found it difficult to get sales, much less to enrol distributors. The recommended scripts didn’t make “The Ten Ton Phone” much lighter and family and friends became more reserved in my company and some adopted a slightly condescending tone. After some time, having exhausted my warm market, I turned to cold calling, but with no great success.
My second decision caused me to become involved with a catalogue distribution company. By distributing catalogues in my neighbourhood I could earn immediate income from taking orders. The household items were cheap, convenient and affordable and really there was no selling required; just deliver the catalogues and get orders. Building a network would follow, I felt, when I showed people how much I made from taking orders. However, it was difficult to sell the idea to others. No sooner would one distributor be enrolled than an existing distributor would quit, and distributors required a good amount of help and support.
It is not easy to research network marketing companies; I can appreciate how frustrating it must have been for Michael Dlouhy when he studied and tested hundreds of them. There are so many different compensation plans, like stair-step breakaway, binary and hybrid schemes and the terms and conditions can be daunting. I would like to be able to choose from a number of companies. Having made poor choices in the past, I will not neglect to do adequate research this time.
I know what I want and I am taking action to find it, but my decision, this time, will be an informed one.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.