Archive for August, 2009

Done and Dusted

It’s only lunchtime but I’ve got the six in the bag already.
In the carpark at my breakfast meeting was a man cleaning cars – a entrepreneur if ever there was one. In fact, once we got talking, it turned out he was a toastmaster on the side: The picture of him on his card (red coat and white tie) showed that here was someone with diversity. So he’s looking.

Next we have a friend staying from Columbia. Her parents live in Kent so she needs an internet phone – so she called them and put me on.

Number three was a woman ringing to tell me if I could get a grant to go on a neuro-linguistic programming course (only if I employ five people). What’is your business, she asked.

So I told her.

I called someone who had responded to a text yesterday. How serious are you about making money – on a scale of 1 – 10?

“I’m not serious at all.”


Next was a call to a referral. They didn’t want an appointment but they did want an email about the cashback card.

And finally I get a call from a young man trying to sell me a domain name for our bed and breakfast business.

“If I take one, do you get a commission?” I asked him.

“A bit,” he said.

“And do you get paid every time someone looks at my website and then comes to stay?”

“Well.. no.”

“Would you like to?”

And now he’s looking.

So that just leaves the daily activity from the Business Development Plan. And that means going into town.

Here’s my list:
Post a parcel.
Collect my son’s glasses.
Get some keys cut.
Pick up the new blinds.
Go to Boots…

… and in the process shift 24 Independences and 21 micro cards.

And I bet I’ll see a couple of tradesman’s vans to send a texts to.

What’s it all about?

This is the diary of a successful Multi-Level Marketer making money from home and fitting a part-time business into a busy life.
Over the years it has developed but the objective remains the same: To demonstrate how anyone can build a successful network marketing business in "the nooks and crannies of the day".
Eventually this spawned a training programme which I called The Cold Market Academy. This began as a seminar available only to MLM-ers working with my company. Then it went online as an e-learning course.
Now it is a book available through Amazon: MLM, Network Marketing and the Secret of the Free Prize Draw (you can see more about this on the "MLM Prize Draw" tab above.)
But at the heart of the Network Marketing Blog is the answer to the two most common questions people ask when they look at this business - and the two biggest challenges they face when they start:
1. I'm not a salesperson.
2. I don't have the time.
These are genuine concerns and all too often they get brushed aside: "Don't worry about that. We'll show you how..."
This blog is designed to show how it works in reality and in real time - how anyone, no matter how busy, can work their business consistently in small fragments of time. Because that's all you need; just a few seconds to find out if someone's interested.
And please bear in mind the entries here are only a tiny snapshot of the daily activity. Most of what goes on would make very dull reading indeed: Making calls from the list ... adding names to the list...making calls from the list...
As for being a salesperson: Have a look and decide for yourself.
Is it sales?
Let's say you call on a friend unexpectedly and find them up to their ankles in water and battling with a burst pipe.
Imagine it: There they are, soaked to the skin, trying to wrap a towel round the leak while they shout: "I rang the plumber but all I get is the Ansaphone..."
Honestly now, would you ignore their plight or would you volunteer the number of your own plumber.
Would you do what you could to help them or would you consider that going into "sales" on behalf of the plumber would be beneath you?
And what would your friend say when they realised you had deliberately chosen to leave them struggling to stem the flow and all because you felt embarrassed about "selling" something.
Network marketing is all about spreading good news and it's all about helping people.

If you're thinking of getting into Network Marketing - or already in it but not making enough money - contact me at

About Me

John Passmore,
United Kingdom.

For 25 years I was a newspaper reporter - ending up as Chief Correspondent for the London Evening Standard. Then I gave it all up and, with my wife, set out to live the simple life on a small boat while writing a column for the Daily Telegraph. Five years and two children later we moved ashore - and five years and another two children after that I ran out of money. Nobody wanted to give me a job and I couldn't afford to start a conventional business. Then at a craft fair in our local community hall, somebody showed me network marketing. It was described as a home-based business that would provide anyone with a second income if they were prepared to work for it. I was sceptical. There were claims of high earnings and something called a "residual income". But what if it did work? And besides what alternative did I have? So I threw myself into it wholeheartedly (which is the only way to succeed at anything). I'm not saying it was easy or there were never moments of doubt but if you're prepared to learn and determined never to give up, then there is a statistical certainty that you will make money. I started in April 2005. I was broke and embarrassed. Today I have no money worries whatsoever.