Back to work

This is the view from my office this evening.

They say that Network Marketing is all about making dreams come true and certainly the idea of living on a boat would still be a dream if it were not for this industry.

If you’re wondering why this blog has been silent for a while, it’s because I had some health challenges and decided that if I didn’t go ahead and make things happen, then quite probably, they never would.

So, I stopped work and bought a boat. At the foot of this column you will see a link all about that (it’s quite a story) but one way and another, here I am anchored in an Essex creek and if it was just me that I had to think about, I would be quite content to sit and watch the sunset. However, Number Two son finds that Liverpool University accommodation fees are over budget and Number One daughter is about to take her driving test for a second time and I can see even bigger insurance bills looming. One way and another, maybe I haven’t finished with work.

The Sailing blog, when you get to it, is designed to produce its own income but, I thought to myself: How can I carry on my Network Marketing business from the boat? After all, it is supposed to be the most flexible business…

So, as an experiment, once I had the anchor in the right place (second attempt), I sat down  at the chart table, opened the laptop, connected to the hotspot on my phone and looked up tradesmen advertising on the internet and sent them text messages saying, I had just arrived in Walton on Naze and was looking for people who might be interested in earning some extra money. They would need to give up five hours a week and learn a new skill but there was good money in it…

I received seven replies. Three wanted to know more. I had a good chat with two of them and sent them all to check out the website and research the company thoroughly on Google.

Now, this is not ideal. Ideal is meeting for a cup of coffee and taking your prospect through your presentation step by step. But I don’t want to do that, do I? I would have to go ashore for one thing – and you can bet they would want to think about it and meet again next Thursday. I might not want to be here next Thursday…

I have no idea how successful this will be. But I do remember how I joined: Someone gave me a leaflet. I went away and researched it myself. A week later there was hardly anything I didn’t know about the company or its directors. Its market and its prospects. I made my decision without any help from my sponsor.

And considering I went on to rise to the top 0.2% of the company, it must be at least possible that there will be someone else like me out there. All they need is to be steered to the information.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in the other side of the story, go to www.oldmansailing.com.

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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 info@networkmarketingblog.org.uk

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.