Archive for July, 2013

Busy life

Here’s a bit about fitting an MLM business into a busy life: My ten year old son Hugo is invited to a sleepover at his friend Kit’s. This would be fine if only there wasn’t an item on the kitchen planner about cycling in Trinity Park tonight. I try to text his mother and find “No Service” on my phone.

The doorbell rings. This is really the last thing I need but the parcel delivery man is standing there wanting my signature. I could have given it, taken the parcel and closed the door. But once you’ve got a Network Marketing business inside you, you can’t do that any more.

So instead I said: “Have you delivered here before? Have I asked you my fantastic question?”

– No, what question is that?

“Really. Well I’ll ask you if you like. Are you ready for it? It’s fantastic.”

– Yeah, okay…

“If there was a way for you to earn more money without it affecting what you do at the moment, would you be interested.”

– Could be.

“No that’s no good. You have to be really keen. Are you really keen to earn more money without it affecting what you do at the moment?”

– Er yeah.

“Right I’ll get my book… What’s your name… Now I’m going to send you some information by text. What’s the best number to send it to?…Right there’ll be a link there to a website. How soon will you be able to check that out…

By the time we were done, I was becoming acutely aware that Kit’s mother was expecting an answer. But I had to get this text off first – I have learned from experience, that if I don’t do it immediately, it doesn’t get done – nor does the note get into the phone’s calendar about when to follow up.

But of course, there was no mobile phone signal was there (this is where we came in).

By the time I had re-booted the phone (and the signal had come up with five bars as usual) the washing machine repair man had turned up.

I suppose that what I’m trying to say is that yes, your MLM business can fit into a busy life (it just gets busier, that’s all).

Bed & Breakfast

Just like Jim Rohn didn’t want to give up his job because he would have to give up his fabulous story – you know the one, about working part time on his job and full time on his fortune – so I’m will be sorry to sell the house and give up the Bed and Breakfast.

Not because I want to carry on doing Bed and Breakfast – but because I will have to give up conversations like this one…

“I’m ringing to ask how much you charge for a single room for one night.”

– It’s £60 for a single. But currently we have someone staying every night through from Sunday night to Friday morning so unless it was at a weekend…

“It was a Thursday.”

– I’m sorry but I can give you a number to call. They might be able to help you.

[then] … while I have you on the phone may I say what I say to everyone who rings?

“What’s that?”

– Well I ask them whether they might be interested in an extra income – provided it didn’t interfere with their regular occupation, of course…

“I might be.”

-Well I could send you some information. You could have a look at it and if you like what you see, we could take it from there. How would that be?


– Right then. I’ll send you a text with a link to our website and also an information line where you can listen to a recording if you can’t get to a computer. So what’s the best number for a text? And your name is? And where about do you live?

The one thing I did not write down is when I’m supposed to get back to her. I have an awful feeling it was tonight…

The Dog again

Is the dog tax deductible? If I was a farmer she would be – and isn’t Network Marketing supposed to be like farming?

Here’s how it happened this time: At the sight of the Border Terrier, Meg went into attack mode.

Attack mode is slightly absurd for a Springer Spaniel. It involves walking with her shoulders higher than her backbone and her chin on the ground.

But the Border Terrier and its owner were impressed. They stood aside to let us pass. As soon as the coast was clear, Meg shot off, the terrier in pursuit. The terrier’s owner was full of apologies: “He only likes playing with bigger dogs. He’s not interested in anything his own size.”

We walked along together discussing dogs. Then we discussed places to walk them – she was three miles from home on the river path. She lived in Melton. We’re moving to Melton…where abouts… it’s lovely there.. all the woods…and the river’s not far…

By the time we were almost at the fork in the path, I had to say it: “Do you know we’ve been walking along here chatting away for ten minutes. Most people won’t give you a “Good Morning”. Has anyone else noticed that? You see I’m always looking for people who are easy to talk to. I don’t know if this is of any interest but if there was a way you could earn an extra income from talking to people – without it affecting what you do at the moment, that is – would you be interested?”

And now she’s looking and I must phone her tomorrow to see if she’s coming to our Open Evening.

Music and old cars

Next to the music centre is a man who restores old cars.

This is what you get in these business units which have been springing up in the place of old farm buildings all over the countryside.

The last time I took Hugo for his bass guitar lesson, the car man was outside cutting up an enormous carpet and saying goodbye to a 1960’s Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

“Nice car,” I said.

“It was going to be my wedding car but it broke down,” he informed me.

And that was all the connection we had. But in Network Marketing every connection counts.

So when I got home from the lesson on Tuesday and found I had lost my planner, I went straight back and found the car man waving it by the gate.: “I knew it was yours as soon as I opened it and saw the leaflets. You must have left it on the roof when you drove off.”

How we got from there to my sitting in his living room last night and hearing about his £1,000 a month mobile phone bill (yes, last month, he did spend £1,000 calling back to the UK from Hungary) I will leave you to guess.

But in future he will be able to do that for nothing.

… after all one good turn deserves another….

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.