Archive for August, 2011


You know you’re old when you fall over and everyone rushes round full of concern?
I know what people are saying behind my back:
“How’s John?” they’re saying.”Well he had a fall you know…”
It’s what you say about your 90-year-old Granny.
OK, so I fell over. I tripped over a tangle of dinghy trolleys on a muddy hard down by the River Deben and in that instant between standing and and going “splat”, I thought: “Oh no, I’m about to get seriously muddy.”
And so instead of rolling onto my shoulder, continuing in a controlled martial arts move and leaping to my feet in a fraction of a second (which I promise you is what I normally do), I put my hands out to save myself – the worst possible thing to do.
Well that was to months ago and my wrist is still reminding me about it so I ended up at the Physio. He keeps my wife fit for her marathons and tends to our athletics-mad 13-year-old. But he had never seen me before.
Name, address? he wanted to know.
Then: Occupation?
“Well, um… I suppose the best way to describe it is to say that I help people make money.”
“Really?” he said, looking up from his screen with an alarming display of interest. “Could you help me make money?”
“Sure. It takes me about 15 minutes to show you – although I suppose you’ve got another appointment after me.”
“No, no,” he assured me – indeed I think he would have been quite happy to abandon my wrist to its own devices and concentrate on the money. But I hadn’t booked an appointment for that.
So instead he manipulated the joint, he plied his little ultra-sound machine. He will see me in three weeks if it doesn’t improve.
And then he said: “So how can I make money?”
“Well that depends,” I answered judiciously. “How much do you want to make?”
We discussed his options which amounted to the following: a: charge more or b: work longer.
… or, as I explained, c: spend two hours a week building up an income that will grow month by month until it pays him far more than he could ever earn no matter how many hours he put in or what astronomical fees he charged.
Judging by the fact that I was still there an hour after my initial appointment time and there was no other patient hammering on the door, I think “c” is going to be his best option.

Happy Holidays

It’s the school holidays and I’m off with two of the children, staying in a B&B in Maldon while they spend their days racing sailing dingies on the Blackwater.
Does this mean I’m on holiday too?
Let’s see:
After breakfast the landlady explained the difference between four stars and five stars. Five stars for a B&B, would you believe, means silver cutlery, crystal glasses and fresh flowers in every room. She can’t run to that – not with the way business is going.
Oh yes, the recession has hit the B&B business. It was supposed to buy them their pension. Now they’ve no idea when they’re going to be able to retire.
Well, I was just off to the sailing club so it wasn’t a very good time for me but we’re going to talk next week about an alternative strategy…
Then, down at the water’s edge as Hugo, my eight-year-old set off with his skipper into the throng of flapping sails and shouting children, the skipper’s father introduced me to the skipper’s mother – we had something in common:
I used to be a reporter for the Daily Mail and she works as a freelance writer for them – and I can tell you that anyone who has worked for the Mail has a fund of stories to tell – not all of them with a happy ending.
“Well, at least they pay well,” I said.
But apparently I’m out of date. In the new economic climate, freelances are suffering too. And this was a woman who by her own admission, likes to spend money – and not just on her son’s boat.
Now, I could have leapt in there and then with “I ought to tell you what I do.” But the conversation was clearly going to continue…
“No, the only writing I do now is a blog. I’d recommend it: For instance, if you think of a better way of saying something, you just go back and change it. Also you haven’t got some young tyro in their early 30’s deciding to change the brief or the deadline or the length – and there’s no-one to go through it all taking out the jokes…”
“What do you blog about?” she asked.
“Network Marketing. I love it.”
And so, sitting at a picnic table in the sun, chatting as you do on these occasions, I gave her a brief run-down on what we do. I showed her how the money works – how there’s no pressure – how a couple of hours a week on a consistent basis can build up an income which will keep her in shopping and her son in boats for the rest of their lives…
We’ll be talking again next week when she’s watched the DVD.
And I’m still on holiday.

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.