Have you thought about Network Marketing?
Chances are if you are in a position where you need or want flexible working you may have been approached by someone offering you a network marketing opportunity at some time.
Network marketing is a type of business opportunity that is very popular with people looking for part-time, flexible businesses and has been around for a very long time – think of Avon and Tupperware.
Living in the digital age provides a greater advantage than ever to succeed with network marketing yet many people are apprehensive about what it involves and whether it will work for them.
Let’s consider some common objections:
Friends and family will get annoyed with you constantly offering them the products
It’s a fact that friends and family are a great place to start with network marketing and most people are more than happy to be the guinea pigs and help spread the word. You will soon get a sense for which ones are interested and which aren’t and in any business you wouldn’t keep returning to clients with no interest in buying. There are plenty of other ways to expand your network both in real life and online so you won’t be solely reliant on your immediate network for long term business success. You never know they might actually really like the products that you are offering them!
It’s really hard work to make any money
Network marketing isn't a get-rich-quick scheme, but then what job is? Success in network marketing is based on basic principles and the reputable businesses will provide you with support and training to follow a simple, proven and duplicable system to help you achieve your business goals. Many people start network marketing alongside another job and there are many positive examples of those who have been able to give up their other job with the income from network marketing far surpassing their previous income. There are also plenty of people who do it to supplement their monthly income and it isn’t a game changer but a positive life enhancement. As with anything – what you put in, you will get out.
You need to pay a cost up front to get started
This is true for some schemes but in most circumstances it is a fairly low cost. In any new business there tends to be some requirement to invest in something. In network marketing the advantages of it being a low-overhead, homebased business with no minimum orders, no special qualifications or skills needed, that can be run flexibly tends to outweigh the downside of an initial investment.
It’s a pyramid scheme
Network marketing isn’t a pyramid scheme. A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services. Network marketing is providing real and legitimate products that people want and need at a fair price.
Everyone’s doing it, how will I find new customers?
There are lots of different opportunities and you need to find the right one for you. Many of the larger network marketing businesses have a wide range of products, you may choose to specialise in a few product lines which aren’t so well known such as focusing on products for animals or particular skin types or tones enabling you to tap into under developed markets. The upside of going with an established brand can be a real advantage when it comes to confidence in the product from your purchasers. It is important to research the companies carefully and ensure you choose one that you feel happy to represent. If you believe in it, there is a strong likelihood that the people around you will also be able to see the advantage in it too. There are also new opportunities with lesser known companies so you may prefer to try something new.
Network marketing isn’t for everyone but anyone can do it. You don’t have to be super confident; with the help and support of the team around you, you will find what works for you. It can be a great people-to-people business that can provide you with a good income and also significantly expand your circle of friends.
Have a look at these great opportunities:
Flexible Minds is committed to finding all types of work on a part time and flexible basis for professionals. Some individuals may prefer the traditional workplace orientated opportunity, which remains a key focus for Flexible Minds, however network marketing shouldn’t be dismissed as any less of a valid work opportunity. It won’t suit everyone but no one vacancy will. If you like the sound of it - good luck, if not, keep your eyes on our vacancies page for other great part time and flexible opportunities.