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I worked for the United States Postal Service for 26 years and for much of the time it was very unpleasant working there – everyone was miserable and negative and I thought that there had to be a better way out there. When I was offered the chance of an early out from the post office I took it and really went on a leap of faith that network marketing would be a good way to earn some extra income.
I have been in and out of networking marketing now for 18 years. I just heard all those stories about how you could become a millionaire through network marketing and I heard the success stories of those who made good money doing it and I thought, well – if they can do it I know I can do it!
The thing I liked about network marketing was that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. They have all the tools and marketing systems set up for you to use – you don’t have to rent a space or hire a secretary, or any of the stuff you need when you start a traditional brick and mortar business – or all the expenses that go with it.
The thing I like about the company I am with now – they help you save money on your gas and electricity bills – is that you don’t have to change anybody’s buying habits. Its an expense that they incur month in and month out anyway. They pay their light bill – they save money – I get paid – they are happy, I’m happy – its a win win for both of us.
I have tried a bunch of product based companies in the past, but there you have to persuade them, almost against their will, that they need this or that product – vitamins, lotions, potions, I even sold insurance for one company for five years.
The perception in network marketing has always been that once you have talked to your friends and family, your co-workers etc you kind of run out of people to sell to – but that isn’t true if you do a system known as “tap-root” – which is where when you talk to a friend you get referrals from that friend. Then when one of their referrals decides to get into the scheme you can go back to the original contact and say – “Look your friend is getting in, do want in?” And invariably they will say yes because their friend is doing it. That way you never run out of people to talk to.
But when you are looking for people to join in you want to find people with honesty and integrity, people who are excited about what they are doing. That’s the type of person I always look for. You don’t want people in business with you who are always grumpy and complaining at you.
The first thing to always ask someone who wants to get into network marketing is “why” – why do they want to get into the business. A good ‘why’ is a good indication of how they will approach the business – will they be always there, will they be on time, will they be honest, will they be excited by what they are doing? It all starts with their ‘why’. You need people who are going to be passionate about what they are doing and why they are doing it.
The nice thing about being in business for yourself is being in charge of your own time. In the Post Office you had to take lunch when they told you, take vacations when they told you, what shifts they told you to take. Now I can choose my own hours, write off all my expenses – there are a lot of tax benefits – but most of all you get to work around people you WANT to work with – not like at the Post Office where if you can’t stand one of your coworkers you have to work with them anyway!
I just want to be able to take vacations when I want, maybe build a house back in Jamaica where my dad was from, support my three grandchildren so that my son and daughter-in-law don’t have to keep working double and triple shifts.
Network marketing might give you residual income but you have residual bills too – so I want to be able to make enough that I don’t have to worry about them. And network marketing is giving me the ability to do that.
Favorite Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
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Favorite Resource: LinkedIn
For 26 years I was in the postal service. Much of that time it was not very pleasant, it was a negative environment and people were just not happy in their jobs. If you’ve ever felt that way in your job, then you know what it’s like.
I knew I had to make a career change but I really don’t like trying to get people to buy anything. I knew I had to find something that people needed, yet they didn’t have to change any of their buying habits. It also had to be something that I would love to do, that I could make money, and that I could help people too. Well, I found it!
I got involved in the energy market and IT IS ALL THOSE THINGS! What a different experience! The best part is I do not feel like I am selling anything! I am simply helping people SAVE MONEY! I actually get PAID for recommending a company that HELPS PEOPLE save money!!! AMAZING!
I really enjoy telling people how well this has worked for me, so if you would like to know more, I would be happy to share with you.
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