Are you hiding your Network Marketing Business from your loved ones?
Countless people join network marketing businesses everyday, yet it’s still an industry that has a bit of a rocky reputation. Many people are scared to tell their family and friends that they have joined an MLM or network marketing business because they simply don’t want to be judged. Or they don’t want to hear the dreaded words, “Isn’t that a pyramid scheme?”
If you are too scared to tell your family you’re in network marketing you don’t have confidence in the business, and if you don’t have confidence in the business you are much more likely to fail! You need to know 100% that you’ve joined an excellent company in an excellent industry if you’re going to stand a chance of getting other’s to join you.
Come out of the Network marketing closet!
I used to tell friends and family that I was working on a “business”, but would never tell them what it was. This kept me feeling like I was doing something immoral or wrong, and made them think I was being a bit secretive.
Once you start to tell people, it’s fantastic! It will boost your belief in what you are doing, your confidence in yourself, and your enthusiasm for your business. And who knows, maybe the enthusiasm will catch and your friends and family will want to join you!
Tips for Telling People You’ve Started a Network Marketing Business
1. “Isn’t that a pyramid scheme?”
Don’t be offended by this question… many people are actually completely uneducated when it comes to home businesses. I simply say, “Pyramid schemes are simply people passing money around in exchange for a spot on the pyramid, when it collapses the people at the bottom make nothing. In network marketing you are selling products for a company and teaching others how to do the same. People only make money by actually selling something.”
Don’t go into details about how this works or fast start bonuses, leader pools, etc. Keep it simple and people always get it: Pyramid=money for nothing, network marketing=direct sales of PRODUCTS.
2. Don’t view friends and family as prospects!
You will feel 100% more comfortable with talking about your business if you aren’t trying to sell it to anyone. Your friends will pick up on it if you start trying to sell them your business. Make a rule with yourself that if someone says they WANT to learn more about it, send them to an online presentation or get them to talk to your upline. This will stop you from pushing them or putting a strain on your friendship. If you urge them into it and they fail, you will feel terrible. If they’ve made the decision 100% themselves you won’t feel responsible, except as their upline for training.
I explain my business to friends and family because they want to know what I do, NOT because I want to sell it to them.
3. The Soft Approach
Sometimes it’s easier not to announce your new network marketing business in person. A bunch of negativity and questions can derail you. Let people know via email or a Facebook update. DON’T put a link to your site, if someone’s interested they will tell you. Just tell people you’re excited about starting your new venture in the xxx industry (health, weight loss, education, etc). You don’t even need to say network marketing, they can discover that later.
4. What to Do If They’re Negative?
Some people just won’t like it no matter what way you tell them! Why?? Because you’re bucking the system! Most people seem to want everyone else to stay as miserable they are and secretly get jealous of those who are living their life on their own terms. Don’t let these people drag you down. And it could be anybody friends, family, partner, etc.
First, recognize that they don’t know more about the business than you do, they probably know less. This means that you can discount their negativity as simply an OPINION.
Second, ask them not to talk about it. If they don’t think you should be in business tell them you’ve already made the decision to join, so at this point you need to move forward. Tell them that if they aren’t going to support you, you would rather talk about other things.
Third, get involved with members of your community who “get” what you are doing! Make some new friends, chat and ask questions online, etc. Having a community behind you will be amazing for boosting confidence, and watching other people become successful will help you boost your belief.
Finally, READ! I honestly think reading the right books is the solution to most people’s problems. Read books about success by successful people and it will help you see yourself as a success. You will know that you are on the path to greatness and the naysayers are just part of your success story. When someone gets in your head putting down Network Marketing read Robert Kiyosaki’s book “The Business of the 21st Century“. It will completely renew your faith!
The support and help of your family and friends could be invaluable to your business, but the most important thing is feeling like you are doing something worthwhile and admirable. Tell your friends and family your goals so that you are more likely to stick to them and update them with how you are doing. It’s INCREDIBLE how motivating the support and expectations of your loved ones is. I find the more people I tell the more I push myself to succeed and do them proud .
Entrepreneurship is all about learning new skills and getting uncomfortable. Take the first leap by coming out of the network marketing closet!!