15 Reasons Why People join MLM Opportunities

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  1. Recognition and Appreciation – Our greatest desire as humans is to be recognized. However recognition and appreciation in the context of employment are seldom experienced, as many people believe that receiving a weekly or monthly salary is the reason you came to work. The money we receive is obviously important, but we look for something extra in everything we do. The something extra is called humanity and we expect to be treated in a way that recognizes us for the talents and abilities that we have. MLM (Multi Level Marketing) or Network Marketing provides real recognition as you are truly part of a team, your success will always contribute to the success of the team and you will be recognized for the success you bring to the team. This is unlike the corporate world where when we contribute to the success of the team, the leader gets the recognition and we perpetually hope that they may give us a small performance bonus, which is usually absorbed by cost cutting initiatives to ensure the directors get huge bonuses for all the so-called ‘hard work’ they do.

  2. Exponential Business and Personal Growth – I believe our purpose is to grow, that is the basic principle of life. Therefore when we are growing we are fulfilling our purpose. We grow when we make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. If we fail to make a difference we stagnate, and that is often where we find ourselves when the mundane and the routine sucks the life out of us. When we put in our best effort and we work hard we would like to see the fruits of our labour, yet the system is designed to use us and advance the system. Often the system does not want us to grow as we would then be overqualified for the job we are in. MLM gives you an opportunity to grow beyond your wildest dreams, the possibilities are endless – very soon you could be the leader of an organization of over 5000 people. To achieve that result you would have had to grow, and your business would have grown exponentially.

  3. Avoid starting life in Debt – Most of us have been sold the 40 year lie: Go to school, get good grades so that you can get to university to study for a degree so that you can get a good job. Did you know that the average student who completes university has at least a debt of $50000. I am not saying don’t study, but do avoid debt at all costs. By joining an MLM company and utilizing your free time to setup an income stream for yourself, you can decide on what field of study is really interesting to you, as opposed to pursuing a field that has more definite short term earning potential. Choosing the wrong career and wanting to be free is one of the reasons people start businesses and join MLM companies late in life. Why wait? Empower yourself and get the chance to make the right decisions for your life without the regrets that many people have.

  4. Work for the next 50 Years? – Yes, no matter how old you are now, would you really want to work for the next 50 years? Due to downsizing, the financial situation and business failure my father worked until he was 82. It was only then that he could finally relax and within the next year and a half, he passed away. Would you like that to be your legacy? Will people remember you for always working, or will you have the freedom to travel, valuable time with your family, be able to volunteer for charitable causes and make a difference in the lives of others?

  5. Inflation Shrinking your Earnings – We all work for a very similar reason and that is in the hope that one day we will have more money at the end of the month that what we need. Well if that was true, the credit industry would be shrinking and there would be far more people who are happy with what they are earning. Unfortunately inflation catches up with us and we often need to resort to expensive credit just to survive. This worsens our financial reality and often leads to stress and heart attacks. Inflation is a reality, it is never going to go away, so the only alternative is to get a second, even third job and work yourself to death just to maintain the payments. MLM gives you the opportunity to change the inevitable and earn more than you require monthly.

  6. Internet Based Business (Work Anywhere) – The internet has changed our lives, but few have actually utilized the opportunity effectively. We have been conditioned to look for opportunities where we are, as opposed to going to where the opportunity is. MLM offers the ability to find the people who are looking for the opportunity as opposed to trying to convince those who don’t want the opportunity that they need it. Good MLM opportunities will train you how to use the internet as your greatest tool as opposed to training you how to lose friends and irritate people. I personally have an ethical problem with MLM companies who teach that your financial success is more important than your broke friends. That is not what we are called to do and that is not making a difference in the lives of others.

  7. Build your dream, not someone else’s – Do you have a dream, can you build on your dream in the situation you currently find yourself in? Invariably you cannot and the reality is you are usually helping someone else build their dream. The only way to make a dream come true is to work on building your own dream. MLM gives you the freedom to dream your own dreams, set your own goals and accomplish the things that are important to you.

  8. Like Minded People – They say birds of a feather flock together. In the world of MLM you will find many people from diverse backgrounds but there is one golden thread, and that is that they are interested in helping others succeed. Africa has a principle called Ubuntu which says “I am who I am, because of who you are”. In no other industry have I experienced the spirit of Ubuntu being so strong as in the MLM industry. MLM is not unique, it is actually a concept that is so in line with life and that is what gives MLM its true power.

  9. Job Security – the 9-5 Jobs are extinct – The job market has changed and no one is sure about what the next wave may be. You could be working for a company today and tomorrow the product or service is no longer in demand. As much as the company would like to be loyal and keep you, they cannot keep you if they cannot make a profit so that they can pay your salary. MLM connects you to people, and as they say your network is your net worth. Build a network before you need it, as it is never wise to start digging a well when you are thirsty, you need to dig it long before you need it.

  10. Pay it Forward (The Gratitude Principle) – When we find something good and have received value out of it, would you not share it with those you cared for? Yes, you more than likely would.  We help others because we have been helped and we share opportunities with others just like we were shown an opportunity. This the gratitude principle of the MLM business. BUT here you need to be honest about the benefit you received and this is where the true power of MLM comes into effect – just like any power it has a good side and a bad side. You need to make sure you are sharing something that is truly good because you have experienced it and you are not using people to benefit yourself. This is probably the biggest reason why people fail in the MLM business, and for that matter why any business may fail. Remember people are not buying the opportunity when they join an MLM company, they are joining you and the belief you have – don’t use people for your gain. Never forget your purpose is to make a difference in the lives of other people.

  11. Double your income yearly – In MLM your efforts are rewarded and people who are willing to put in that little more effort will see the results, often seeing their business double in size and income yearly. This will not happen overnight and typically will take a few years to create this kind of momentum. As they say ‘fortune has always favored the bold’.

  12. Lifestyle – If you would like a lifestyle that is different from everyone, you must be prepared what to do others don’t. MLM is the vehicle that enables the type of lifestyle you never thought was possible. Make no mistake, nothing comes easy in life – so be prepared to work hard and endure the challenges that the road to success will throw in your path.

  13. Real Financial Freedom – Wisdom has always been coupled to Financial Freedom and in the MLM industry you need not only to work hard, but you need wisdom too. I have seen many great opportunities and they fit into different parts of our lives. Some opportunities are great and they give you more lifestyle benefits than income, so know what you looking for before deciding on the type of MLM company you join.  It’s great to have frequent flyer points, but most frequent fliers never earn enough points to actually redeem them. Know and fully understand the actual value you are getting before joining. Some opportunities have monthly fees that will force you to spend even more of your hard earned money and then, when you are eventually earning, erode your earnings by making you spend to keep your position active. The other HUGE misconception in MLM is the so called ‘Residual Income” or “Passive Income’. Very few MLM opportunities actually give you passive income. They need you firstly to have active teams, so that you can earn a passive income. So how do you keep your team active when you are not there to motivate and work with them? Let me assure you it is almost impossible and you may never be able to go very far from your teams for an extended period of time. So find the opportunity that does not require you to be the magic. Good opportunities are easily understandable, making them easy for your people to duplicate and thus freeing your time up to concentrate on other activities.

  14. Tax Advantages like the Rich – Did you know that rich people pay less tax than most of us? Yes, because people in business get the tax advantages of having a business and claiming expenses. By having your own MLM business you can be entitled to deduct expenses like travel, conferences, accommodation and entertainment. Tax varies from country to country, but all allow legitimate business expenses to be deducted from the final tax you pay. Speak to a tax advisor and he can assist you in getting the most from your money.

  15. Retire Wealthy – We all have a concept of retirement, but few of us understand what it means to be wealthy. Wealthy by definition is taking your net worth, then determining what it costs to live on a monthly basis and divide it by your net worth, this will tell you how wealthy you actually are. An example would be if you had $500000 and it costs you $5000 a month to live, presuming you would never earn anything again you would be able to survive for 100 months or 8.3 years. You need to determine what you would consider as real wealth. However if you had $5 Million and you only needed $ 5000 per month you could consider yourself truly wealthy. You would have enough to sustain yourself, perhaps relocate and even leave some money to your children.

I have been involved in Multi Level and Network Marketing for over 20 years, I encourage you to consider the challenge the industry provides. I would be glad to share more of my experiences with you and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to email me at richsimmondsza@gmail.com

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About RichSimmondsZA

Retired but still Disruptive
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