Network Marketing #10 No-No – We will Build It For You!

Just sit back and I will build you a multimillion dollar business!

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We have reached the number 10 pet peeve I believe most people have with network marketing. I began this rant more than 10 weeks ago with my first post, People Don’t Dislike Network Marketing, They Dislike Network Marketers.

In that post I outlined 10 behaviours I believe need to be changed for network marketing to undergo the revolution I know will occur when we discover the potential this economic model has to lead business into the future. For the ten weeks following that initial post, I have expanded on each of those 10 behaviors. (click for a complete listing to all posts on this subject).


Does it sound tempting? “Wow, I just sign up and buy this guy’s kit of goods and tell him/her the names and phone numbers of my friends and relatives and sit back and wait for the postman to arrive.”

You may laugh and think “how foolish, surely that doesn’t happen” and if it did, “well, who would fall for such a line”?

Well, get rich quick schemes are the one industry currently undergoing a huge growth in this turbulent economy.

When you are desperate, afraid, low in self-esteem because you have lost your job, or are at risk of losing it, or you are just finding there is more month than money… it can be very tempting.

There are also some network marketing pay plans, like the binary plan, designed to pay out bonuses only when each of the legs produce the same volume. In a plan like this, it  rewards lazy people or non-workers and is tempting for the person who is highly motivated to make such statements as he/she juggles to place people down each leg and balance the volume so they can receive their bonuses.

There are also occasions in organizations where the pay plan does not require such juggling, but overly ambitious distributors make this offer to help them reach quotas or incentive levels. “If you just sign up and buy some products I will be able to move on to the next pay level and you don’t have to do a thing.”

I believe these methods are rampant in network marketing businesses as a culture of fear, of loss, and of competition takes hold. It loses touch with ethics and, most importantly with SUSTAINABLILTY.

There are many incredibly ethical companies in the industry and there are hundreds of thousands ethical distributors who have built a business based on excellence in customer service and relationships with their team and downline. If you are just looking into the industry, and I do believe you should be, as now is when you should be  thinking about a Plan B…now, more than ever. This industry affords an opportunity for you to earn whatever amount of money you are prepared to work to earn.

But you must do your research, choose your company wisely, and choose your sponsor wisely. That will make all the difference.

Good luck – and good success!


If you know a company that is making a Mindshift towards serving humanity while still turning a profit, we would like to know about them. Let us know by contacting:: or leave the information in the comments section of this post.

Organizational Behaviour Consultant
network marketing consultant and trainer
author: Imagine Your Soul Abundant: Attracting Success, Fulfillment and True Happiness
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