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How to Manage Your Network Marketing Business your Time and Your Life Without Feeling Like a Guilty, Discouraged, and Lonely Alien!

So, let me guess…

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When you first started off in this network marketing adventure you were thinking about how you were going to be able to work your business for 2 hours a day, and then go chill out on the beach for the rest of the day with your family right?

Isn’t that what you’re told after all – that you’ll have financial and time freedom like you couldn’t believe?

Well hopefully you’ve got some more financial freedom, but it’s very likely managing your time, while still having something that resembles a life, has proven to be a bit more difficult.

Here’s the thing about this whole concept of time freedom though… in case you’re feeling like you’re never going to be able to get to that point where you’re sipping cocktails on the beach while your bank account is filling up.

I know several people in network marketing besides myself who could actually have this happen. We’re talking about people who have tens of thousands of people in their downline creating wealth for them around the clock.  But the funny part is… that even though they/we can do that…it doesn’t happen. The fact is that we all get caught up in the business so much, and end up enjoying it so much, that working on our business is part of the benefit of time freedom.

In other words, we ARE doing exactly what we WANT to do with our time which is building our business! It may sound a little bit weird, but let me back it up with this. Just read this first paragraph from Donald Trump’s best-selling book titled “Trump: The Art of the Deal”.   Here’s what Mr. Trump has to say:

“I DON’T do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”

Now I’m sure that when he was first starting out in Real Estate he was thinking about sitting in the sand at some of the greatest beaches in the world and letting his real estate earn him a fortune. But he doesn’t!

But don’t think that I’m being insensitive or passive about the fact that this is actually a burden for you.  Because sure, there’s a huge difference between having to work your butt off and build a business just to get by and not take a loss – as compared to doing it because now it’s become a passion. I totally understand that.

In fact, it’s why I went to having my own home business in network marketing in the first place.

Before I ventured into network marketing I was actually living what many would consider the “glamorous life” … flying around in jets with rock stars, staying in great hotels, and getting to meet the most famous people in the world! But it wasn’t fun and games… it was WORK! They were enjoying their time while I was working my butt off to keep their estates afloat while they were often spending their money like drunken sailors.

So, I know what it’s like to feel like you’re spinning your wheels when you shouldn’t be. I also know what it’s like to be working extra hours on your home business, while inside your home, and wondering what the heck has gone wrong when you’re not even spending time with your family.

This can be tough to swallow at first but believe me if you’re in a situation where you’re actually working hard on your business, then you’re on the right track. You see it’s those people who never work their butts off, who don’t make it to the point where they could slack off a few days and still make money.

But There Are Some Key Things That You Must Do To Make This Time Bearable and Actually Much More Productive…

First you need to be grateful. Yes, I know this sounds weird but you need to be grateful for the fact that you ARE able to work from home. That the time and technology allow this to happen! You need to take note of the fact that there are many people who work 2 full time jobs… and when I say work I mean stuff like laying bricks, roofing in the hot, hot sun, washing dishes, digging trenches.  So as bad as it seems to be stuck trying to figure out how to put a website up, or struggling to dial the last number of a prospect you’re afraid to call, it could be much, much worse.

Next, you need to organize yourself.  A great deal of your time could very well be spent on “busy” work that’s actually wasting your productive time. So, make lists of your most important “money making” activities and do mostly those. Set aside a half hour to an hour a day to get the busy work done. Schedule it in, and it won’t infect your other allotted work time.

And last but for sure not least, take time to spend with your family and doing things that you enjoy with them. It’s very easy to get stuck in a working rut and then going to bed feeling bad that you didn’t even ask your spouse or your kids how their day was, or pet the dog – or whatever your family consists of.

If you make time to do these things, those nagging feelings of regret and feeling like you should be doing something else won’t be tugging at your heart strings while you’re trying to work on your business.

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How to Lower Stress in Network Marketing

Stress happens and some people become a wreck when they are overly stressed. There are plenty of ways for stress to creep into network marketing. However, you can combat it and have a lower dose of it. Some techniques may work, while others may not. Consider this as a guide for you to find the best practices for lowering the amount of stress and chaos in your business. One core element is what you do with the stress. If handled badly it can interrupt one’s dream and goals. It can also affect the whole body on every level. This is why it’s so important to develop anti stress behaviors or modifiers early on in the business.

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Developing anti stress methods now

 

Developing anti stress methods will help you stay productive and focused on the end game. You can use a variety of healthy tools to help combat stress. If you’re early in your network marketing  business, it is wise to examine your methods to reduce stress. Coping mechanisms don’t work, they only allow stress to build up for a longer period. They don’t attack the root and eliminate the stressful pressure.  The methods you develop should look at what is causing the stress and the way to calm your mind and body down.

 

Step back from your network marketing business for a couple of minutes. Examine your stress level and figure out where the stress is coming from. What part of your life or business are you overly concerned about it. What is not performing well enough for you? However, you do it, you need to take note and deal directly with the cause. Don’t blow it off. Write it down, if you need and now you can deal with the root. Once you have the root cause, you can figure out to cut it down into manageable bites. If you’re worried about numbers, try looking at the promotional aspects or content. Are you producing enough, how often are you sharing or interacting with others? Step back and see if you can bring up or change your efforts.

Dealing with the stress itself

Once you have a plan for your network marketing elements, you can then deal physically with the stress, by walking or relaxing and letting your mind unwind. Don’t think about the issue or the solution. Think about something different and focus on relaxing. If you mediate or perform yoga, then focus on these elements. If you pray, then focus on that instead of the stress. In most cases this should be the first step after finding out the stress, so later on you can deal with making changes to your routine or style.

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How to develop trouble shooting skills as a growing leader

No one said network marketing was going to be easy. With that in mind, you can focus on growing as a leader. Troubleshooting is a much-needed skill for marketers. Without this one key skill they wouldn’t have a business or an effective one. Knowing how to spot problem areas and applying a solution not only helps you but your growing team as well. This is vital for success on many different levels. Sometimes only you can see the whole issue behind an event.

 

Life learning and experience must work together

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Life learning and experience are the foundation for troubleshooters. Other skills can be learned but these are the core points to leadership growth and troubleshooting. They layout the path that leaders use to help struggling teams conquer their issues. No one can argue with experience, opinions don’t have value when a team mate can’t close a deal. Experiences are important only if it leads to eventual success.

 

Life learners are powerful resources. They go beyond the basic need to know stuff and often lead teams to success through critical thinking and research skills. This cornerstone enables the person to find and fix issues quickly. The added benefit is they gain valuable experience on a given subject. Getting started is tricky, but running a business is often the best place to start. In this capacity the person will gain experience in dealing with an uncontrolled environment that is ever changing and presenting new and difficult challenges.

 

One can rise above the fog of war, only if they are truly wanting to evolve into something better. Mistakes are learning tools that are valuable, not to be frowned upon. Making the same mistake over and over requires a change for the person and more education. Perhaps helping them spot their mistake and explaining why it is one.

Lead the way or let someone else do so

Now is the time to chose your path. Don’t waste people’s time. Its simple, be valuable by providing a clear pathway for your team, yourself and the world around you. Be humble and help those who need it from a position of love. One can have a good life if they focus on the right habits and goals. Money comes and it goes and so does status. Keep your eyes on personal development and serve and watch peace flow into your life.

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Why education is still important in leveraged sales?

Leveraged sales are a means, not the ends to your educating your prospects are still the primary goal. The more informed they are, they can make wiser decisions. While sensationalism sells, it will bite you in the end. However true stories can be quite educational and entertaining as well. As you consider your next move, remember that your secondary offers require their own material. Your eBook can and should tie into your main opportunity at some point. This doesn’t mean every page should talk about it. Like a movie trailer it may hint and tease at the bigger picture.

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Keeping grounded in leveraged sales

Educational material doesn’t have to be boring. You can spice up some stuff, but you do need to stay grounded in the long run. Watching your leveraged sales grow is great, but don’t lose sight on your primary objective either. Measure your traffic, page views and shares to get a picture of the short game. Your weekly analysis is important for you to help create content that is useful and relevant to your prospect’s needs.

If you focus too much on leveraged sales, you will lose sight of your prospect’s needs. Everything evolves around your prospect’s needs. If you turn your eyes inward, you will lose business. Even your special offers will have little value. It is often preached to new marketers to do their homework on their ideal prospect. The other aspect is to have a marketing plan in place. This will help you stay grounded and focused on them. Only then will you be able to create relationships that are valuable.

 

Tweaking your leveraged sales promotion to gain maximum attention

Leveraged sales will need some reworking from time to time. This is due to the life cycle of the content. Knowledge changes over time. This means your offering will need to change, be updated or replaced. Some offerings can stay green for years, while others die in a matter of minutes. So be careful with your offers. Keep an eye out on changes in your industry and with peers as well. In some instances, some marketers run more than one offering at a time. If you’re comfortable doing so, go for it. It will increase your chances to gain sales and build up a following. Social promotion is important especially with cross over efforts. A cross over happens when you promote one social site on another. Keep each social media promotion different in order to boost views on them.

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Why leveraged sales help small businesses grow?

Leveraged sales are no longer for the big boys anymore. Thousands of small businesses are turning to a different model to help increase profits and decrease overhead. Increased profits are always good, it doesn’t always have to come from the main product line. It can come from smaller supportive or secondary products. These are usually cheaper and easier to deliver than the main product or service. This is not a replacement for the main service or opportunity, but an enabler in the sales pipeline.

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Leveraged sales are meant to sustain a business. Small businesses can use it to increase consumer awareness, education, loyalist and to develop a pull towards the primary opportunity. It has been easier for McDonald’s to sell all day breakfast items than to generate day long sales of its Big Mac. They offer breakfast food that is affordable all day long, which in turn draws more sales than its other food. You can develop your own opportunity to draw in sales.

 

Creating leveraged sales from information

Information sells and you can use it in a leveraged sales environment. There are different ways to bring prospects to your main opportunity, while making a bit of revenue in the meantime. You can use videos, eBooks, emails, workbooks, web conferencing, chat and others as premium offerings. You can use as many offerings as you want or as little as one. You can build your own online shop and sell them as digital goods.

Your leveraged sales tool bag is only as limited as you make it. The opportunities to make revenue are available as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort. You don’t have to put advertising money behind a video series, unless you think it’s going to be big. Only do this if you have the numbers to back up your plan. This means promoting your offer for free for a while until it gains traction.

 

Moving forward with your leveraged sales plan

Pick a leveraged sales offer and move forward into the development stage. Take a look at your strategy and see how you can integrate it with your marketing. Once you rework the marketing strategy, you can develop your offer and then promote it. Don’t rush through the process. You may need to experiment with the marketing aspect of your secondary offer. Just don’t give up.

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