Top Tier Direct Sales Vs MLM

Top Tier Direct Sales or MLM, what’s it gonna be? While both fall in the category of the Direct Sales industry, they are very different business models that both carry advantages and disadvantages. So, for the purpose of this little piece, I’m going to help clarify a few things for you. Maybe after this you will be able to decide which is the best direction for you.

Top Tier Direct Sales: If you’re simply a sales person, this is for you. If you’re used to being paid commission only and your income is determined on your production only, this is for you. Do keep in mind, however, that a good majority of Top Tier Direct Sales companies do offer a residual incentive. The residual incentive is not going to be the bulk of your income, your straight sales volume and commission will be the determining factor of your success. The reason it is called Top Tier is simply because of the price of your item. This ranges from anywhere on the low end of $2,000 up to, and possibly over, $20,000. If you are someone who is involved in MLM this may seem like a very high price to get involved with an opportunity, especially if you’re having difficulties selling $40 bottles of vitamins. I want you to keep in mind that it is just as easy, if not easier, to sell a $20,000 item as it is a $20 item. I’m serious! You’ve already done all of the Marketing and Advertising. If your sales process is well thought out and effective, it becomes the same game only with more zeros!! Also, most Top Tier Direct Sales companies pay great commissions. For instance, if I sell a $20,000 item, I have the opportunity to walk away with over $10k. Not bad for one sale. Now, think about turning up the advertising and Marketing and averaging one or two of those a week and you begin to see the draw towards this business model.

MLM: Now, with this business model, the payouts are practically complete opposites. Your largest up front pay day might be $50. And let’s face it, that’s pretty much paid out to gain enthusiasm and recoup some up front costs. Your residual on the other hand can grow to be an absolutely staggering amount of money. It is not uncommon in this industry to see Top Earners in MLM companies making 6 figures a month from residuals. If you’re planning to go this route and have your dreams set on this type of business model, you are going to need to have a system in place that duplicates your success. The fact is 80% or more of your team will do little to nothing. So, you have to be an extremely good leader and motivator to enable your teams success. Get yourself 5-10 great leaders on your team and you’ll have yourself one heck of an organization. Simply do the math… If each of you can personally sponsor 50 people per year, your business grows to 250-500 people based on the amount of leaders you have. If you sponsor this many people and have that many leaders, I promise you your organization will be much larger than just 500, it would probably be closer to 5,000 or more. At this point you’re walking on stage and becoming a star in your company.

So, the decision is yours. What sounds better to you? Making huge up front commissions and smaller residuals, or making small up front commissions and huge residuals? There are many factors to think about when deciding which direction to head with your Direct Sales career. Keep in mind, whether it’s Top Tier Direct Sales or MLM, this industry always rewards leaders and those wanting to work to build a big business that generates a lot of Volume. I hope this helps you on your Journey. Until next time, Happy Marketing!

Making Money With Article Marketing – Internet Secrets For Success

Making Money with Article Marketing – Internet Secrets For Success

Creating an article and trying to make money from it doesn’t require you to be a graduate of any prestigious school or to finish any specific course. There is also no requirement for you to acquire any kind of certification to get started with article marketing. Internet success can easily be found by learning as you go along. The only real requirement is that you have to be a pretty fast learner and very eager to learn using a modicum of common sense. Don’t expect to gain income when you haven’t learned anything.

Here are my top 5 secrets you need to know for success;

  1. The most important secret is that there really are no secrets in article marketing. Internet media has long passed conventional media and if there were a secret it would be that common sense will always prevail… no matter what you hear. As long as you choose a good article marketing network (like EzineArticles.com) you are good to go.
  2. It is also no secret that picking the right articles can make your article marketing online more successful. There is a wide variety of content on the Internet for you to choose from. You can buy some and there are also some available for free.
  3. Keywords play an important role in your success in article marketing. Internet courses are available to teach you how to pick the best keywords with the least competition which will bring your article marketing submissions to the top ranks of the search engines.
  4. You must also learn the best current SEO techniques. Look for a good article marketing video which usually covers the basics of this, which is quite easy once you learn how. Learning how to optimize your website will allow it to shine above the rest.
  5. You must learn the different ways of marketing your website using, of course, the Internet, especially if you have chosen to focus your attention in a large market. The best way I have found is with article marketing. Internet sites and search engines love it but you must know how, when, where and to whom to market your website. You must determine who your target audience is and how to market directly to them.

First thing first is that you must have enough of a budget to support and start your article marketing campaign; you must also have a little knowledge on how and when to start. Buying a general book about internet marketing will be helpful for you to get started. When you learn some of the above mentioned skills, in just a short time on your own, you will be on your way to becoming a successful Internet marketer. You have to be aggressive and determined and success is in your hand.

Are You Talking to Your Family and Friends About Your Direct Sales Business?

If you are looking to your family and friends to make the sales to build your business, you just might be looking in the wrong place.

I know I’m always saddened when I read training materials that suggest making a list of everyone you know and then trying to get them to both make a purchase and also join your team. In fact some training materials tell you that if this feels uncomfortable to you then direct sales might not be right for you.

There is a reason that you get a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach when you think about having to contact your long last relatives and friends you’ve not seen since the last big gathering. It feels funny, because it’s not the way to build a business.

My sister in law cuts hair. When she cuts my hair or my kids’ hair, she doesn’t charge us. Her business is not built off making money from those in her family. I have another friend who specializes in the graphic design field. When she helped me with a banner, she did not expect payment. Her business is built off of customers she has found through her marketing efforts. One more friend owns a restaurant. When his family comes to eat, they are not given a bill. They come and eat for free. So, why in direct sales are distributors told to build their businesses off of family and friends?

Before I continue, I want to be very clear that letting family and friends know you are in business is fine. It’s very different to make a statement, versus making a sales pitch.

Think very long term. Even if you knew 100 people and 50% of them ordered products from you 3 times per year, you are looking at only 13 orders per month. This is great, but it’s not a full time business. Again, you can not rely on your family and friends to build your business.

Over the years I personally have lost two friendships due to poor training from a well meaning upline leader. In both cases the upline leaders convinced my friends that if I were a true friend I would support them and that support meant joining their team. While not all prospecting efforts end relationships, it certainly can damage them. Remember that funny feeling in your stomach? You know that a potentially damaged relationship might be the result of approaching family and friends.

Instead of relying on family and friends to help you build your business, develop a marketing plan. Your marketing plan can be very simple, but it will be a plan of how you hope to find both customers and those who wish to build a business with you. Of course let your family and friends know you are in business, but market according to the plan you have created. Don’t harm relationships by approaching family and friends.