Network Marketing is a Booming Profession!

Isn’t it time for network marketing to get the respect that it deserves?

Isn’t it time for network marketing to be regarded as the brilliant business model that it is?  That being a business that truly embodies the core values of relationships, service, community, abundance, potential and true leadership?

Look, I’m as sick and tired of the increasing numbers of scams and businesses built on a house of cards as you are (maybe more!), but if someone led you down the primrose path telling you that you could make wild amounts of money with little effort, and you believed them, DO NOT let that be a reason for you to go around saying that you tried it and “it” doesn’t work or that the industry is a scam.  The industry didn’t fail….either a particular company failed you or YOU failed, right?  So tell it like it is!

Let’s take a look at why people really fail in Network Marketing:

If you do not do your due diligence and learn how to properly evaluate and choose a company with all the essential elements of a high-potential business venture, you will either fail quickly or be blind-sided down the road.   I’m not saying it’s easy to find a great company, heck, I bet for every 1 great company there are a thousand others that range from mediocre to downright scammy!  What I am saying though, is that it IS possible to find a great company.

The truth is, there are tons of great products and services available in the network marketing industry.  But considering that there are only around 10 companies that have reached $1 billion and beyond, doesn’t it make sense that maybe 1 venture out of 100 even warrants a second look?    With a 95% industry failure rate in the 1st 3-5 years, is your family’s future worth that risk?

It also could be that you had unrealistic expectations.  This industry has a tendency to attract opportunity seekers who are looking for something for nothing.  This is a profession, and when you treat it as such, you will be rewarded far greater than other professions out there.  The bottom line is, you have to hustle…you have to WORK YOUR FACE OFF (if you have not read Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk yet, go grab a copy now, you will be thrilled you did!)

Or perhaps you were consumed by fear & scarcity instead of faith & abundance.  The simple truth is that fear & faith cannot occupy the same space at the same time. You must CHOOSE (but the cool thing is, the choice is YOURS!).  ;-)

Maybe you were just too focused on promoting your business as the be all and end all (which I’m sure it is by the way!), BUT to truly succeed in the bustling network marketing arena of today, you need to be promoting YOU!

So who is it that succeeds in Network Marketing?

Well for starters, it takes commitment, unwavering belief & perseverance.  It takes a fire inside that CANNOT be extinguished no matter what, a fire that leads to consistent, inspired action.

It takes surrounding yourself with the right people!  This truly will make ALL the difference in the world!   First, make sure you are part of a team of movers and shakers in your company.  If you happen to be in a company you love but your upline is not supporting you, call upline until you find someone who will!    If you are not yet with a company, take the reigns and interview the team you will be joining to make sure they are the right people to take you where you want to go!

Second, find a Tribe!   This is about being part of a mastermind alliance, which is in essence a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that can collectively move you forward much faster than you could do on your own.  Having a tribe will inspire you to be more, give more, grow more and receive more!  Oh, and of course have a ton of fun along the way!

Finally, successful network marketers choose faith, not fear!   They get that it is their influence and posture that creates the culture of their team.  Because they are producers, they attract producers.   Like-attracts like, right?  If you are bringing people on to your team who “need” the business, you will attract “needy” people.  Bring people on to your team who are relentless in their pursuit of excellence & growth and I promise, your team will be unstoppable!

Failure or Success, the Choice is Yours!

Look, if you are truly looking for prosperity & abundance  in life, the bottom line is that success in ANY venture requires hard work.  Ask any sharp entrepreneur with vision, and they will passionately tell you there is more opportunity now than ever before.  No, it’s not always easy, but it IS rewarding beyond measure. It’s when we move beyond our judgments of failure and success that we can see that our results are just set up as markers of our effectiveness in communicating a message.  So we fine tune, we commit to personal-development and study, and we keep moving forward. We DO NOT GIVE UP!

Network Marketing will take you to cooler places, both inside and out, than any other profession I know of.   So if you are serious about building a thriving business, a life-changing business, do your due diligence to find a GREAT company, because they ARE out there!   Find a company that’s proven, has gone through the growth pains but is not saturated, and where you know if you build it there, you’ll be rewarded long-term.

Yes, YOU need to be a great leader, but no matter how great you are, if you do not have all the pieces of the puzzle and they do not fit together just right, you will eventually be let down (not to mention all the people you will let down in the process).

Invest your heart and mind and build it right from the start (or from this point forward).  Create relationships.  Listen.  Mentor.  Lead. Treat it like a business (because that’s what it is!), not a hobby, and your life will be forever transformed, both personally and professionally.

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56 Responses to “Network Marketing is a Booming Profession!”

  1. Beth,
    Congratulations for accurately and concisely clearing the air about Network Marketing. Yes, it IS hard work and the benefits are well worth it.

    Those who come from a place of integrity will welcome your statements, those that don’t, will never understand.

    Thanks,
    Val

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Val ~ I actually questioned whether this was a bit on the harsh side ~ because that is really not my style. But I think anyone who has come to know me through my blog knows that about me, so I decided that I could make some statements that I’m really passionate about even if they may offend some. Sometimes it just has to be done! ;)

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  2. I personally like the “harsh” Beth! This is great – honest, educational, and thought provoking. People need to hear this, before they get into network marketing. Good for you for telling it like it is! Enough said, I have to get back to working my face off :)

    Sharon Hiebing
    Creating Wealth through Caring & Connecting
    http://www.wealthships.com
    .-= Sharon Hiebing´s last blog ..Motivating Others – 3 Reasons Why Do It =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hey Sharon! Well I’m glad to hear you like the “harsh” Beth ~ it all comes from my passion for raising the integrity and sharing what is brilliant (and what is not) about this amazing industry. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Beth,
    You have hit it on the head with this post. In my mind, the most important thing you can do is spend the right amount of time researching the company you want to align with. Then you have to roll up your sleeves and go to work.

    Too many people think that this is easy because they went to a meeting and someone there told them they could make a pile of money in no time and so they joined them. Then they found out that this wasn’t the case. They didn’t work, didn’t have instant success and so they quit and blame the industry for their loss.

    It’s called Net “Work” marketing for a reason…it takes work.

    Thanks Beth for sharing this important point.
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..Honey….Did You Pack The Bags? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, net “work” marketing ~ I like that. Thanks for being a man of great integrity in the industry, Don!

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  4. You have me all pumped up here. I love this part:

    “The simple truth is that fear & faith cannot occupy the same space at the same time.”

    This is so great and absolutely true.
    Thanks for these great words.
    .-= Jose H. Caraballo´s last blog ..Forget Your Why…Begin With Your Purpose! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sure thing, Jose! Happy to provide the pump! ;)

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  5. So often, people get into Network Marketing with either their head in the clouds or their head in fear. Regardless of the type of business, traditional or not, neither of those approaches make for long term business success. However, in what many consider a desperate economy though, when given the respect and attention it needs, Network Marketing provides powerful consistent leverage that makes traditional business models look sad. No where else can you consistently make the lifestyle gains more consistently! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Kimberly Castleberry´s last blog ..How To: Change Your Twitter Name Without Losing Followers =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your insight & wisdom, Kim. You are right on!

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  6. Absolutely correct, Beth! Network marketing is a profession. Get inspired! Find a tribe! Sooooo correct, lol.

    Oh and Crush It came in over the weekend, I’m starting it tomorrow… Stoked!

    Garrett
    .-= Garrett Miller´s last blog ..How Were You Purple Today? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hey Garrett! Thanks for stopping by, great to see you here! Enjoy Crush It ~ it’s a fast, fabulous read!

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  7. Beth,

    I love the tone of your post, so many people want an easy ride or a get rich scheme. But success doesnt happen like that. Like you say it takes hard work, due dillegence and determination.

    I love the fact that you should interview your potential team, this is so true. This is a business afterall and you wouldnt just partner up with anyone in the corporate world so why would you do that in the network marekting industry.

    You are a great listener, leader, mentor and friend and I am so thrilled to know you sister.

    Beth
    .-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..Pruning your Life =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I feel the same about you, Beth! Thanks so much for your support & friendship ~ you are one of the hardest workers I know, so I know you get the bigger picture here. Keep rockin’!

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  8. Beth:

    As always, your posts are ultra! You are right on with finding synchronicity with your tribe; as well as, recognizing that you are a professional…with all that is expected with that title.

    Must pick up Crush It….Thanks for the reminder.
    .-= Dr Linda Douglas´s last blog ..WHAT IS YOUR STORY and HOW WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Linda ~ I really appreciate your nice comments!

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  9. Beth, Your passion for putting a professional name on Network Marketing is admirable! I am with you on this 100%. People fail because they don’t do what they are supposed to do, yet with NM, it is so easy to point fingers at the company or the model itself rather than look in the mirror and ask what could have been done differently? The reason this business pays as well as it does is because you have to EARN your place! There are no free rides or handouts here. If there were, everyone would be doing it, right?
    Thanks again for another wonderful post and a plug for the Tribe! :)
    ~Mary Lou
    .-= Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog ..Why Saying Thank You Will Increase the Value of Your Personal Brand 100-Fold =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you Mary Lou ~ yes, putting a professional name on network marketing is definitely a passion of mine, glad you are on board! I don’t know anywhere there is a free ride….so why should there be here?!

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  10. Beth,

    Your post is right on… Seems we sing to the choir often but the reality is having a successful business takes time, commitment and desire.

    Faith, not fear. So many people live in fear of everything. True entrepreneurs will surface and act in spite of their fears.

    Tribes…. fastest way through the learning curve and makes business fun. Great post… :) thanks for the value.

    Debbie

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, I agree Debbie. I know with some of my audience I’m singing to the choir ~ but for those that hear a message here that connects and changes their trajectory, well then it was well worth it! I really appreciate you stopping by!

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  11. You are right on the money with this one Beth. I think a lot of people get hooked into the idea that it is a get rich quick thing because of all the scammers out claiming that it is. For a newcomer to the internet that seems to be what you see more of than anything at first glance.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I hear ya, Glyna. That is why I resisted coming online for so long ~ I truly didn’t know there was a real, authentic way to build relationships. It’s been a blessing to discover, but I’m really passionate about spreading the word that to get through the mess takes educating yourself and doing real work! :)

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  12. Beth,

    I agree that NM is just like any business, you have to work to see results! Commit, take action,
    Thanks!
    Becca
    .-= Becca Moss Kratky´s last blog ..Finding Balance =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Becca, yep…you’ve gotta work, no way around it! :) Glad you stopped by!

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  13. Beth!
    It’s true! It’s all about HARD WORK! Gary V knows what he’s talking about! As well Tribe Tribe Tribe so important! I am so glad to be in a tribe with you my dear!

    Keep up the great posts! :)
    Eleni
    .-= Eleni Liapakis´s last blog ..If I Can Do It, So Can You! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Eleni~ Yes, Gary and Tribes both rock! :) I’m happy to be connecting with you as well my friend!

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  14. Woah Beth. Full speed ahead huh? Thank you for the inspiration and shooting it straight about Network Marketing. It does get a bad rap but it really should not. As always, please keep your posts coming. I really enjoy reading.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yep, full speed ahead, Matty! You can always count on me to be a straight shooter ~ sometimes brutally honest, but always with a loving edge. :)

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  15. All too often, please fail to look back on what has been given to use before, like Napoleon Hill talked about masterminds years ago. And when you point out this fact in your article brings his words to light today. The reason why some fail in Network Marketing is they feel they need to go at it alone instead of having a NETWORK of like minded people building with them.

    Thank you for sharing your perspective on this subject which gets too much bad press…
    .-= Wayne S. Bell´s last blog ..SMS Marketing on local Radio Stations! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, building a network of like-minded, passionate entrepreneurs is key ~ and so is doing your due diligence so you efforts will matter years down the line! :)

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  16. Beth,

    What a fabulous post! It is so important to follow the advice you laid out for people. People do not take this profession seriously and so may of them are the “get rich quick” ones who get burned because they bought into the lie and didn`t do the work.

    I believe NWM will be the profession of choice in the next 5-10 years if not sooner!

    Thanks for what you do!

    Susan
    .-= Susan Davis´s last blog ..30 Day Free Trial Approach to Goal Setting =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Susan! I agree with you that NWM will indeed be the profession of choice in the not-too-distant future. Great to be leading the charge, right?! :)

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  17. Beth,
    Right on! R.E.S.P.E.C.T is absolutely what Network Marketing deserves. I appreciate your forthrightness with instructing “due diligence”. Not properly researching a company before jumping in can cost thousands in lost time, resources, and quality leads. Look before you leap is what my grandmother used to say. God bless her, I believe she was right!! Great message here, keep bringing the value my Network Marketing friend.

    Krista

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Krista! Yes, look before you leap, great advice from your grandmother. And my dad always says, “investigate often, invest seldom”. Our elders are so wise! :)

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  18. By the way, thanks for the time you spent with me the other day. You made a great impact and now I read your posts with even more enthusiasm.

    You really are at the top of your game and it is an honor to be part of your readership.
    .-= Jose H. Caraballo´s last blog ..Forget Your Why…Begin With Your Purpose! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Of course, Jose. The pleasure was mine, and thank you for these kind words!

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  19. I thank you all for your kind words. They are very much appreciated!

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  20. You can say that MLM companies are like restaurants. There are some good ones and bad ones. I have been watching Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Ramsey. He will go into a failing restarant and find that they are preparing meals months ahead of time and then freezing them. Then they may microwave them before serving it.

    In the last one, the restaurant had hundreds of frozen dinners and he threw them all away. Then there are also great restaurants. There is one MLM that had a powerful impact on the U.S. It introduced a plant to the U.S. that no one had ever heard of. They said that it had many benefits when used internally and externally.

    This plant became so popular that now it is in hundreds of prducts in the U.S. The company, Forever Living Products, introduced aloe vera to the U.S. Despite the FDA, everyone knows that it’s gel is great for burns.

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s a good analogy of network marketing co.’s to restaurants ~ the industry has everything from 5 star dining to fast food ~ and I would agree that if people would undergo a proper evaluation, they would be able to see the distinctions. Instead, a lot of people thinks that all that glitters is gold, and make decisions based on excitement or even greed. Thanks for sharing these thoughts, Chuck!

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  21. Beth,
    You hit this one right on! I think one of the reasons the failure rate is so high is because people expect success to be handed to them. Success is definitely commitment, persistence, belief, consistency, and action orientated. “Success is failure turned inside out.”

    Michelle
    .-= Michelle Shutter´s last blog ..Proclaim Your Passion!! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Michelle, I completely agree. I’ve never heard “success is failure turned inside out” ~ I like that! :)

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  22. i couldn’t agree more. it’s so important to do a lot of research before you jump head first into it. good looking out.

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    bethallen Reply:

    glad you enjoyed it ~ and glad you agree! :)

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  23. Another great post!People sometimes see Network marketing as a scam. It is a wonderful profession and you are correct when you say you have to hustle and work hard to succeed. Many fail because they quit too soon. Thanks for a great post!

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks again, Beverly. The tricky part is that there really are a lot of scams out there, and a lot that aren’t scams but just don’t have it all together either. Lots to figure out when evaluating the industry, but so worth taking the time to do so!

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  24. Hey Beth: Tell the world, network marketing is a profession. How about forming a network marketing professional organization the provides education and recognize people as members who pass a set of courses, exam, and abide by strong ethical standards. I refer you to the Appraisal Institute that give a MAI designation. It is about time the professional network marketer is so recognized! Call me if you would like to join me in creating a tribe to do this.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hey Arlan ~ something like that would be awesome, though very complicated to regulate members. I’m always up for a visionary conversation though! Let’s connect!

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  25. Another great blog post, Beth. Network Marketing is definitely hard work, but once everything gets rolling I find it to be quite entertaining.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks again, John! I’m glad to hear that you’ve put in the hard work that so many won’t and discovered the FUN that is network marketing! :)

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  26. Hello Beth

    What an exciting and refreshing article to read. Yes, network marketing is a profession. The dictionary definition of profession is as follows: an occupation requiring considerable training and specialized study. Thank you for telling it like it is. Our profession is a lot more than comp plans, products and hype.
    Perry A Davis Jr´s last blog post ..What is the real reason people quit network marketing

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    bethallen Reply:

    So glad you found this post refreshing, Perry ~ I believe there is no other way to tell it than like it is! ;)

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  27. This is what exactly what I am looking for about network marketing. You have wonderful insights Beth. I love your explanation about being a part of mastermind alliance. Brilliant!

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    bethallen Reply:

    So glad I could help, Derek. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  28. Hello there Beth!

    I am wondering if network marketing can also be used as a brilliant business model for other type of business such as legal business/enterprise to attract clients. You have an insightful post on network marketing. Informative! Keep up the good work.

    T. Charles

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hmmm, I’m not entirely sure I get where you’re going with this, T. Charles? Network marketing is a specific business model and an enterprise taking on such a model dramatically changes the way they do business ~ from large scale advertising to word of mouth for example. Obviously both “networking” ~ getting out in person and connecting with your target audience, and “marketing” ~ using the right channels to promote your product/ service, are both essential models for attracting clients, but as I said, network marketing is a model in and of itself. I’d be happy to chat with you more anytime ~ you can find me on facebook. :)

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  29. I agree with you. All points you stated are important but what really struck me is looking for the right company. I think that’s the main reason why networking succeed. Choosing the right company means that your working with the right people with the same commitment and goals of the company which would eventually lead to success.

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