Posts Tagged ‘legitimate mlm alternatives

25
Jul
12

Multi Level Marketing Conspiracies Unleashed

Are Multi Level Marketing “MLM” business opportunities a pyramid scheme or a legitimate way to earn stratospheric income.  Everyone pursuing a home based business on the internet or through classified ads has seen the outrageous claims of instant riches with little or no effort.

Not too long ago MLM was a legitimate business which provided a way for companies to get their products to customers in small towns and rural areas which had no access to their goods. The MLM structure gave flexibility to distributors with little or no paid advertising.  Companies such as Amway and Herbalife utilized recruits to sell to friends, family members, coworkers and anyone else they could find to buy the product.  Inherent with this system is the need to gather a large group of recruits or a “downline” to purchase the goods and continue to this process.  This is where the pyramid aspect of MLM originated.

Who Profits?

As in most bottom heavy organizations only the top 2-3% are going to profit.  The drop out rate is astronomical.  Over 90% of recruits quit within the first 30 days.  For MLM programs or recruiters to be successful in today’s market they must constantly recruit.  Recruits will buy the product with hopes of realizing incredible gains only to end up filling up their garage with product they cannot move.

One weapon that has increased the ability to add recruits is the power of the Internet.  After recruits have exhausted or alienated their circle of close friends and acquaintances, they need to find more bodies.  All MLM programs provide recruits the ability to buy leads.  However, most people dislike calling prospects and soon lose more money on this process.  The next frontier for distributors is to mine for prospects by advertising on the Internet.  While this is a viable alternative to offline advertising, there is a great potential to lose more and more money without the proper training.

What is the answer?

As in any venture one must do their due diligence and thoroughly research the MLM opportunity.  There are many legitimate MLM companies that have built great publically traded companies that provide employment opportunities and income for many people.  However, ask yourself, why should I have to purchase then resell this Product?  If you are advertising and selling the product shouldn’t a legitimate company facilitate this for you?  Yes they should and it’s called “Direct Sales”.  In a legitimate Multi Level Marketing organization, commissions are earned on sales of services or products not from recruiting associates.

In the end it all comes down to finding the right opportunity.  Fraudulent MLM companies will require exorbitant start up fees and require the recruit to buy expensive amounts of product.  Seek transparency and filter out the losers. Do your homework, find your comfort level for losses in the beginning and be prepared for the long haul.  Anything that promises instant riches and very little work is looking to profit from a weak and unknowledgeable prospect.

Chris Benoit

www.WorkWithChrisBenoit.com

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13
Apr
11

Exploring Franchise Opportunities In Today’s Economy

So many people today dream of business ownership as an alternative to the brick and mortar rat race we all grew up with. It’s no wonder with the fragile economies and high unemployment rates that the world is facing right now, that more individuals are researching franchises and franchise alternatives than ever before.

When one thinks of opening a franchise, one immediately thinks of a burger or sandwich joint as the model of business. However, in this day and age, the options of franchise alternatives have grown more than ever before. Sure, you can still invest in burger joints, but if that’s not your cup of soda, there are so many other alternatives available to the would-be business owner, many at a low cost to start up.

Whatever your personal interests, there are franchise business opportunities that will help you get started. Perhaps you’re a parent and children are your life. In that case, there are many tutoring, inflatable jumping arenas and sports photography businesses that offer franchise opportunities to the inquiring business owner.

It could be that you are looking for work from home opportunities that will bring in a substantial income. Franchise alternatives exist here in the Internet realm whereby you can buy into other peoples working models. They offer you support and instructions on how to get started setting up web pages and driving traffic to them. For many, it’s a turnkey type of business whereby you provide the traffic and point the traffic to another website that does the actual work. You make money as the middle man.

 Some find that a business offering an opportunity to make money with no employees is the right way for them to go. This eliminates salaries and workers compensation insurances.  They want a chance to work independently, get their own customers and do their own work. Opportunities like franchised lawn care companies, DVD kiosks and vending machine companies offer the industrious individual a chance to buy into a successful firm but remain their own boss, setting their own schedules and hours. Carpet cleaning is another area where hard working individuals can make money through a franchise opportunity.

Working from the comfort of your home can save you a lot of start-up costs and eliminate a lot of the headaches involved with owning your own business. You’ll save a great deal of money on commuting and generate an income at the same time.

Christopher Benoit

http://OnlineHomeBusinessSite.com

17
Feb
11

Network Marketing Through Direct Sales

Looking for a solid career to start from home?  Network Marketing is a great way to change your profession and create a great stream of income for you and your family.  Probably the biggest question is what do I market and what products or services are available in the internet marketplace.  This article will touch upon the power of direct sales to move your business forward.

How do you find your niche?

Many Entrepreneurs look to Network Marketing to help them get a product they have created to the marketplace to gain access to potential customers.  However, what if you do not have a product of your own to sell, what do you do to tap into this lucrative business model.

The first step is to sit down and start the research process.  With the advent of the Internet almost anyone in the world can research companies looking to help with the selling process.  Many marketers act as independent contractors and run their own business, many from home, to sell products.  Their income can be derived from commissions on product sales and residual income from their downline or team members.  Commissions, for non multi level marketing efforts, are usually the greatest source of income.  Commissions will vary with distributors, however it is not unheard of to make anywhere from 10% – 50% on the product being sold.

Residual income can become a great source of additional funds for the network marketer.  Essentially residual income comes from people who have purchased your product and depending on the product you are selling will be a team member.  These members form a downline of recruits who will provide income to you for their selling efforts.

Direct Sales

Essentially the scenario presented here represents the direct sales aspect of Network Marketing.  Direct sales efforts depend upon commissions to be the majority of your income.  Multi Level Marketing or “MLM” depends upon your ability to recruit people to sell the product you are representing; this discussion will be for another article.

Both direct sales and Multi Level Marketing are viable ways to earn a legitimate income.  My opinion is that direct sales are a better and more logical approach to earning a respectable income from home.   There are a myriad of services and products you can represent.  It took me close to five months of research to locate a product that I was comfortable with and a company I trusted and respected.  One huge advantage of pursuing direct sales as a career is the ability to build personal relationships in your customer base.  Unlike many retailers, direct marketers build trust and loyalty with their customers and team members who can only enhance you ability to build your business.  Clients, who feel a bond with you and your product, even though something cheaper and flashier may come along, will reward you and your efforts over the long term.

In conclusion, depend upon your gut instinct and pursue the opportunity that excites you and allows you to enhance your life.  Do not let anyone bog you down with negative advice or opinions.  Stay the course and accept the alternative way of creating wealth to the outdated corporate structure.

Christopher Benoit

http://www.workingathome.co/18807?homebusiness

16
Feb
11

Network Marketing Through Direct Sales

Looking for a solid career to start from home? Network Marketing is a great way to change your profession and create a great stream of income for you and your family. Probably the biggest question is what do I market and what products or services are available in the internet marketplace. This video will touch upon the power of direct sales to move your business forward.

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03
Feb
11

Legitimate Online Business Opportunities

For anyone considering the daunting task of attempting to work from home, the biggest concern is the legitimacy of the Endeavour.  As with anything in life, how do you know you can trust the information that you obtain from your research.  The biggest task I faced when looking to change careers was finding an honest company to become associated with.

Reasons for change

I was the same as most people when it came to my desire to work from home.  I would get up on my day off and dread going to work the next day.  I had been working in restaurants for the past 10 years in a management capacity and the work schedule stunk.  In the hospitality industry you have to adjust to the fact that you will work weekends and holidays.  If your spouse works a “regular” 9-5 Monday through Friday job then there is little time to be together.  All in all, lousy schedule, long hours and pay that is usually not commensurate with ability.

Research

Since restaurant experience did not lend itself to finding an online home business, I looked to the Internet to see what was out there.  So my journey began, I would search for opportunities to start a home based business on my days off and after a particularly bad day at work.  My main desire was to work from home and get away from demanding bosses, whiny employees and rude customers.  I had owned a franchise restaurant for a couple of years and did not want the hassle of high rent, 100 hour work weeks and the general hassle that comes with a traditional brick and mortar business.

I have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and I was determined to find an opportunity that would put me back as my own boss.  As we all know the Internet is a vast expanse and there are a myriad of opportunities to explore.  I did what most people do; I went onto Google, Yahoo and Bing searching for the right opportunity.  I would click on offer after offer trying to figure out what the site was about.  I must have put my contact information down a hundred times to get additional information.  Inevitably, the desire for more information would lead me to purchase a kit or packet for $39.95 or so.  I was serious about my intentions to change my career so a few bucks here and there did not bother me.  However, there is one word that came up time after time; I call this the “S” word.

Scam

This “S” word is all over the Internet.  The biggest fear; is this a legitimate home business opportunity?  Nobody wants to be scammed and the fear is prevalent when looking to invest or buy into anything.  As mentioned, I bought a few packets and if they were not transparent I would return them for a refund.  I have to admit my money was refunded every time, but not always that quickly.  I was determined to ignore get rich quick advertisements and proclamations of unrealistic income generation.  What I desired was something I could grow and make into a solid business for years to come.

I ended up after close to 5 months of part-time research, on and off the Internet, picking an opportunity that was very transparent from beginning to end.  I found an online home business and I am embarking on a new journey.  Working at home requires discipline and a positive mindset to stay focused on your business.  However, I know after a couple of months in my new Endeavour that my extensive research paid off and I was able to find a legitimate online business opportunity.

Christopher Benoit

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30
Jan
11

Legitimate MLM Alternatives

If you are searching for a home based business, where do you begin?  There are several factors when considering an alternative to a typical 9-5 job.  There are many different business models to consider and I want to touch upon two.  Multi-Level Marketing “MLM” and Affiliate Marketing.

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