Job – Treat Network Marketing as One Because It Is

In Network Marketing You Do Have a  Job

Today is one of those days when I am angered by the attitudes and conduct of some people! How on earth does one expect positive results when they put zero effort? It truly boggles the mind!

When people work for someone else they call it a job and they are proud of it.

When people fork out thousands or millions of dollars to set up a conventional brick and motor business, they show up seriously and proudly and treat the venture with the same respect they would a job.

When people become network marketers, they sign up, sit back and expect miracles to start happening. For some reason they expect money to flow into their bank account without any effort on their part.

Are you that kind of network marketer?

Act Employed Because You Are in a Job

As a network marketer you employ yourself. So start acting like you are employed. Treat your business like a job from the onset, especially when you start! How do you treat a job?

  • Show up when you must, not whenever you feel like it.

    Define your working hours. Are you putting in 2, 3 or however many hours after your regular job into your business? How many days a week are you working those hours? If you are full time, how many hours a day are your official working hours? At your job you do not rock up when you feel like it. You show up when the boss says you show up. Act like you will be fired if you do not show up.

  • Have structure for your working hours.

    Be clear on the activities that constitute your work routine. If you do not know what to do you will do nothing. Define your KRAs, Key Result Areas and hold yourself accountable for delivering specific timely results in those KRAs.

  • Do not drift and allow anything to distract you.

    In a job it is possible to apply for time off and be denied and you accept it. Yet for some reason as a network marketer any and every situation that calls you away from your work is important and warrants time off. Why? Because you are doing a “thing”, not a business or a job. Revisit your company’s compensation plan to remind yourself how much potential income awaits those who put in the work.

  • Have a Defined Work Area.

    Your home is a dangerous work environment. It can easily pull you away from your planned work into what is going on in it. That is why it is important to define your dedicated and sacred working space. Seal a deal with your family to not defile your time and space once you close n that door. Just like they cannot casually walk into your office at the job, they should not do that into your home office.

  • Respect the Office Hierarchy.

    You are all corporate roles rolled into one and each one of them have their place and they must shine! As the CEO, set the vision of where the business is going in the short, medium and long term. As the section manager fill up the calender with activities and appointments and work with your team of other Independent Managers. As the floor worker obey the calendar, dig the trenches and deliver results, with your calendar being your direct supervisor. In the earlier days of your business, trench digging forms the bulk of your roles and that’s what urks many new Network Marketers.

  • Respect the Value of Work.

    Pay checks go to those who work, not to those who hang out in network marketing. Money is a commodity try that requires your b time and effort before it can land into your bank account. Never forget that. Work Hard. Do not be lazy. Avoid the entitlement syndrome. Never check your bank balance without working for the money that you expect to find in it.

It is certainly your job to make your network marketing business pay you the full potential that your company’s compensation plan has. Now get to work or get fired!

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Nomusa Mhlanga 315-copy-412x540-320x420-150x150Nomusa is a loving mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful God praising network marketing business owner.

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Three Career Mental Blocks Against Network Marketing To Overcome

A mind block stops visionary thinking.

A mind block stops visionary thinking.

When I got started with network marketing for the first time, I was a fully fledged career woman with a beautiful corner office working as a corporate executive with mental blocks to the profession.

What attracted me to the concept at first was the product. I loved the product and I saw a lot of value in using it. It was the kind of lifestyle product that I had always wanted for myself and my family.

I was very skeptical and suspicious about the business model of network marketing as I had never done it before and was yet to meet someone I knew personally who was successful in it.

The fact that I could not afford to use the product because of lack of extra money at the end of my salary opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to look at the business concept differently. Through it I could raise enough side income to be able to use the product that I loved so much.

That was when my journey in network marketing began. In this post I share with you three important mental blocks I had to come to terms with in order for me to start seeing some significant success with my business.

1. Understand The Power of Network Marketing
No. 1 of Mental blocks was that NWM does not work.

Network Marketing is a 100 Billion dollar per year industry. There are individuals that I know personally now who have completely changed their lives through this business model. From being frustrated, overworked corporate employees to being healthier, happier individuals who have cut down or completely eliminated their corporate office hours. I am one of those who are making an almost full-time income and have cut down the hours I put into my job related work to 30%.

Moreover, the job market in my resident and home country is shrinking daily and to see individuals who would have had no fall back after losing their jobs getting ahead to make a living for their families without a job is amazing. Also globally the baby boomer generation (of whom I am at the tail end) are retiring with less than exciting retirement packages. Many are finding a way of remaining relevant business-wise as well as beefing up their pensions through this noble profession. This article on the Forbes website is an eye opener on planning for retirement using network marketing.

2. Do Your Due Diligence
Number 2 of mental blocks was that NWM has no professional credibility.

One of the first steps I took after deciding to do the network marketing business was to do my background research. At first I started by Googling the company and the product. I must say based on what I found on Google, had I not used the product once before, and enjoyed the experience, I would have cancelled my membership and forgotten about the business. Some of the reports were so contrary to what I had experienced the one time I used the product that I knew they were lies. What I have discovered with time is that not all the information on the net is fact. Do a scientifically sound research exercise that covers a broad spectrum of criteria before making a conclusion.

So I decided to take a different route. I chose to attend a live event that the company was having in South Africa. I drove to Johannesburg and what I saw and heard there was enough to seal my decision. Meeting the company leadership from Head Office in the USA, listening to the long term business vision that the founders had and talking to local business reps and customers made me see the value of personally getting involved in the business as well. A friend that I trust with whom I partnered to do the research actually flew to the USA to check out the physical existence of the company. I even asked a former school mate who lived in the state where the company HQ was to go check them out as well. Their reports confirmed what I had already seen myself.

So do your research and make sure that the research is not just doing a Google search of the company name. Use your professional acumen and do a credible research exercise. Once your belief in the company and the business model they offer is secured, move on to the next level.

2. Believe In Yourself
Number 3 of Mental blocks was that I was too cool for NWM and I could not do it.

The fact that you are a corporate executive or a career professional means that you are an intelligent person who can make informed decisions about your financial future. Be confident about the decision that you have made. Approach your professional colleagues to market your product with them without shame or fear. Understand the mental barriers they themselves might have to the business model (you were once there yourself anyway) but do not seek their opinion or permission when promoting the concept with them. Shed off that I Am Too Cool attitude that I have seen cripple the networking careers of many conventional career professionals. The personal value that the network marketing profession has is way beyond what any job can offer (the earning capacity, the time freedom and the personal development you will build are invaluable). Believe in yourself and the decision that you have made and if need be, spend less time with those who deride the choice that you have made.

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Nomusa Mhlanga 315-copy-412x540-320x420-150x150Nomusa is a devoted mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful network marketing business owner.

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How To Leave Your Job Professionally for Continued Personal Success

How To Leave Your Job Professionally for Continued Personal Success

Good bye job

There are many reasons why people move jobs or change careers. At the end of the day it is up to you to stay employed where you are for the rest of your life, to move on to ‘greener pastures’ at another job or to decide to become an entrepreneur.

 

Keep in mind the cash flow quadrant though and be your best self whether you choose to be on the left or right side of the quadrant. the choice is yours.

 

I have some advice though for those who decide to move from where you are currently. Whether you are asked to leave, or you leave voluntarily, maintain an high standard of integrity during the time leading to your departure up to the time you leave and beyond.

 

Mentally you need to burn bridges so that you next endeavour is tackled with nothing but success in mind. The burning of bridges need not manifest in your relationships and how you conduct yourself with respect to your boss or colleagues.

 

I will give you three steps to follow if the departure is voluntary.

 

1) Announce Your Job Resignation/Departure In Good Time

 

No matter you have been in your job for a couple of months or for a number of years or even decades, it is courteous to make your intentions known.  Never announce your departure via email, a telephone call or message or a letter on your supervisor’s desk. This demonstrates a lot of immaturity on your part. Allow enough time, depending on your level of responsibility, for the organization to find your replacement and for the transition to be as smooth as possible.

 

Book an appointment with your supervisor and take your letter of resignation with you to the meeting. This meeting must definitely take place before you inform your colleagues or subordinates that you plan to leave. Even if you feel like verbally pouring out your frustration to justify why you must leave, politely thank them for granting you the opportunity to work at the organization. No matter how bad you may think the job was, your being there and interacting with everyone in your office contributed something to your career development. Appreciate that genuinely. Explain why you need to move. If there are weaknesses to be pointed out, do not be arrogant in how you present them. make sure you leave your supervisor with the understanding that even if you have to leave, you have good wishes for the organization’s future.

 

A decent organization will appreciate you and thank you for your time and contribution and wish you well for the future.

 

2) Offer a Job Transition Plan to Your Supervisor

 

Having a transition plan communicates that you are not just jumping ship and wish it sinks when you are gone. It shows that you still want the organization has a future after you have left.

 

Present this plan to your supervisor when you hand in your resignation letter. Recommend a person or people who could be your replacements within the company and propose how you are going to pass on your skills and knowledge to them.

 

Discuss all the projects that you were working on, how far they had progressed and what you plan to do for their completion or continuity. Remember that all jobs go through a transformation from one incumbent to the next. Highlight the evolutionary changes that will have happened during your tenure so that your supervisor considers incorporating them into the position’s job description for continuity.

Be honourable and give your supervisor the names and contacts of the clients and contacts that you were dealing with including the ones that you brought in yourself. I know the tendency is to think that you are doing yourself a favour by hoarding the ones that you introduced yourself but believe me, God has a way of returning that behaviour to you with the people you will work with in the future. He also has a way of rewarding integrity.

 

If the system allows it, especially if you are very senior in the company, offer to assist in the recruitment of your replacement and start inducting them during your notce period.

 

 

3) Do Not Slacken During Your Notice Period

 

Take advantage of this time and use it to the best of your ability to leave a lasting impression with the organization and your supervisor. I tell you if you do that you will get rave reviews should you require referrals in the future. Even if you are going to start your own business, future business partners can visit your previous work places t ask for credibility referrals on you.

 

Never adopt a ‘couldn’t care less coz I’m leaving’ attitude. Industries and individuals are more interconnected than you realize. Word can get around about you.

 

Leave a legacy wherever you go, including your work and business associations and you will create allies with whom you can continue to work no matter what you choose to do in life.

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 Nomusa Mhlanga 315-copy-412x540-320x420-150x150

I help working moms and dads succeed in network marketing by showing them how to have the right mindset for success and teaching them online and offline marketing skills to build residual incomes and retire when they want.