Are You Right For Network Marketing?

Disclaimer:  The information in this blog applies equally to Network Marketing, Multi Level Marketing and Affiliate Marketing.  We use Network Marketing as the primary because of search relevance.

The First Thing To Know Before Joining A Network Marketing Company

There are tons of people joining the Network Marketing industry right now.  Unfortunately there are also a lot of people failing in the Network Marketing industry.  I think one of the reason is they skipped the very important first step that I reveal in this video.

Are You Right For Network Marketing Quiz?

This test is for you only, nobody will see it unless you choose to show it to them.  Don’t give the answers you think you should, give the answers on what you actually feel when you read the question.  This will only help if you are absolutely honest with yourself.

Mindset questions:  True and False

1)      I believe I am a person worthy of living the life I dream about.

True          or         False

2)     I believe that I have the potential to be a leader.

True          or         False

3)     I believe in abundance, that there is enough wealth to go around.

True          or         False

4)    I believe that most wealthy people earned it by adding value to other people lives.

True          or         False

5)    My desire for success is more powerful then my fear of failure.

True         or          False

Give yourself one point for each True Answer and zero points for each False answer.

 

Mindset question:  Multiple Choice

1)    I see someone driving a really nice car and I think to myself…….

  • A)  Good for them, I can have one too if I really want one.
  • B)  So unfair those jerks have that, I could never afford one.

2)    When I hear someone talk about a personal development seminar coming to town I think……..

  • A)   That would be so cool I would love to hear what they have to say.
  • B)   What a waste of time, besides I might miss New Jersey Housewives.

3)    I think goal setting is…….

  • A)   An important part of my life
  • B)   A scam that some people sell to make money

4)     The most likely way I can achieve wealth is……

  • A)  Positive Mindset + Action + Time + Right Vehicle will lead me to wealth
  • B)  Lottery tickets

5)    I believe that my retirement plan is the responsibility of…….

  • A)   Only me
  • B)   My job and the government

For each (A) answer give  yourself one point, for each (B) answer give yourself zero points.

 

Skill set questions

1)   I am able to communicate clearly with people.

True          or             False

2)  I am organized and invest my time wisely.

True           or             False

3)   I have the ability to motivate and inspire others.

True            or            False

4)  I have the ability to train others.

True            or            False

5)  I am coachable and am willing to learn from those who have mastered the skills.

True            or            False

Give your self one point for each True answer and zero points for each False answer.  If you answered true to question 5, give yourself points regardless of the rest of the answers.

 What is “Are You Right For Network Marketing” Score?

There is a possible 15 points in this quiz.  If you scored……

12 – 15 points – You are an excellent candidate for Network Marketing.

Less that 12 points – You need to work on some mindset barriers before you could be successful in Network Marketing or almost any other field.  Here is the great news if you want it bad enough and you are willing to do the personal growth that any good Network Marketing Company has you can still be an excellent candidate.   It may take you a little longer to see success while you are learning, but you will still achieve it here quicker then anywhere else.

Now that you know if You Are Right For Network Marketing…

It is now time to learn how to evaluate Network Marketing companies so that you can partner with a company that will give you the best chance at success.  To see my presentation on “How To Select A Network Marketing Company” click here.

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The Number One Adversary to Success Is……..

I just finished an hour long webinar with Darren Hardy, the editor of Success Magazine, where he shared some incredible insights on Success and Achievement.  If you were not there you really missed out, but I wanted to bring you the cliff note version right here.

The Number One Adversary To Success is Distraction

We live in the most technologically connected world ever and all of these powerful tools that are suppose to simplify our lives and increase our productivity, but in reality it often does social media cloudthe very opposite.  We can get lost in the Candy Crush, Facebook updates, Tweets, YouTube, Text Messaging and yes, even blogs like this and many others.  While often these can be good and offer valuable information, like this one, it is very easy to get so involved with them that you finally come up for air you find you used all your productivity time.  Never mind the distractions that offer no real value to your life at all.  This is why so many of us feel like overworked, underachievers!  We feel like we work all day, but get little accomplished.

To maximize your Success you have to be focused and doing the right activities, but you also have to be just as committed to avoid wasting time on the wrong activities.  Ask yourself what are you willing to give up today, if it will help you reach your goals tomorrow.  Do you need to give up Office spaceexcessive time following the news (big one for me), watching TV, playing on the computer or whatever it is for you.  It reminds me of the old quote “To live tomorrow in a way others can’t, you have to work today in a way others won’t.”

In a study done about a decade ago, company executives were asked, how much time did they spend daily on their most important activities.  The answers averaged to about 2 hours a day.  That same study was repeated 2 years ago and the result had dropped to about 30 minutes per day.  These were high level executives and they are having many of the same problems with focus as we are.

To Maximize Your Success You Have To Get Radically Focused

What are your Vital Few?

The vital few are the activities that produce the most actual results when they are acted upon.  This is a concept used by the most hugely successful people like Donald Trump, Richard Branson and the late Steve Jobs.  They spend the majority of their time working on the most important activities that only they can do and they delegate everything else.   focus

In Timothy Ferris’s book “The Four Hour Work Week” he talks about this same concept.  As an example, if your vital few produce a result that is worth a set amount, let’s use $50.00 an hour for this example, then any activities that are worth less than that amount you delegate, allowing you to spend time on the highest production activities.

So do you know what your Vital Few are?  I believe a lot of people do not.  Before you can know, you first need to know what your end result is.   Once you know your end result, find someone who has that result and ask them what highest production activities are.

How To Triple Your Results and Your Success with HIIP

If you are into working out you have probably heard of High Intensity Interval Training as the most effective way to increase metabolic rate, increase calorie burn and shred body fat.   Similarly, High Intensity Interval Productivity is the best way to maximize your success and income.

Here is how it works.  Take one of your most important activities, set a timer for 90 minutes and turn off your phone, don’t check you email or social media and work on the activity until the alarm sounds.  Then you take a break, check voice mail, emails and whatever else you need to do.  Do this 90 minute sprint a minimum of once per day if you are part time in business, two to three times a day if you are full time and your productivity and results will skyrocket.

Don’t Live Your Life to Achieve Your Work Goals, Instead Work To Achieve Your Life Goals

This technique is not about working longer hours.  It is not about spending more time on your business.  IT IS ABOUT working with a focused intensity so that you can accomplish much more in a shorter period of time.  This will allow you not only to get more results, but have more time to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

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#YPR

Welcome to the Verve, Young People Revolution!

Let’s face it the youth, from high school to college graduates and 20 somethings, are some of the hardest hit in the current recession. Living expenses are up, college tuition is up, unemployement is way up and for those that are working wages are down. Verve is a company that is changing this reality for young peopVerve Magazinele all over the country.  In this introduction to the company you are going to get a vision of how big this is going to be and exactly how it can change your life.  I will let you see it through it through the eyes of those it has already impacted.

Lets face it, energy drinks are huge.  How many of your friends are drinking Redbulls, Monster, Rockstar, Nos or any of the other crap laden energy drink that are being used.  How many of your friends have ever got a check from one of those companies?  The story here is so freaking simple.  Throw away your shitty energy drinks and drink Verve, it gives you the energy you want, the nutrition you need, tastes great AND YOU GET PAID TO DRINK IT.  The picture to the left is some of our Young People Revolution Leaders.  How would you like to see your picture on a future edition?

Verve is one of the coolest companies you are going to find.  Recently Eric Thomas the Hip Hop Preacher agreed to host our YPR Podcast, where he interview top income earner from #YPR.  This video is just a brief overview of some of the interview he has done it his podcast.

 

We became the official energy drink of the Phoenix Suns and have a 4,000 sq foot nightclub in America West Arena and the Phoenix Suns are actual brand partners with our company.   How legit do you have to be to get approved by the NBA.  Can you see yourself partying in the lounge with your friends.

 

 

So you may be asking ok, what is this business all about.   This video is a little longer, but if you truly want to be free you will jump at the chance to watch it.

 

There is so much more that I can share with you, but for now we will leave it here.  When I call you back let me know what you liked best about what you saw and the questions that you have.  I will get you the resources to get your questions answered and help you start making some money.

If you are so jacked up that you can’t wait for me to call you, feel free to call me at my number below.

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The Secret to Retention

One of the most important things you can ever do in business is to learn the art of retention.  It has been said that acquiring a new clients is three times more expensive than keeping a current client.  The trick is how to do that, how to keep your clients from being seduced by the latest val-pak coupon and even how to keep your team members from falling for the latest shiny object (competing offer).  After all, keeping your team is every bit as important as keeping your clients.

The  Secret to Client Retention (and team members)

This week at church we did a study of the book of Ephesians and part of the sermon jumped out at me.  It amazes me how much of personal development and business trainings are rooted in the Bible.  Don’t worry, if you are not a believer the information in this blog can still be of tremendous value to you.   If you would like to see the whole sermon that I am referencing I have attached the video below.

LoyaltyThe part of the video that I am focusing on is the structure of the town of Ephesia.  At this time in history you really did have a world of two classes, about 2% of the citizens controlled all the wealth.  The wealthy citizens were called Patrons,  the interesting thing is, the Patrons took responsibility for the rest of the citizens.  If they needed something they would go to a Patron to get it. The more people they took care of the higher their standing in the community.  I know on the surface this sounds like a socialist utopia, which I don’t believe in.

The real message is about creating loyalty.  That is what the Patrons did by caring for and helping the citizens.  That is what you need to do to drastically increase client retention.

Under the video I go into the actual steps that you can use to create this type of loyalty with your clients and your team members.

 

Loyalty Is The Key To Retention

So how can you create that type of loyalty with your clients and your team members?  The type of loyalty that will stop your clients from jumping ship to the lastest discount service provider.  A loyalty that will see your team stick with you through the good and bad times.

The best way to achieve this type of loyalty is through caring and service.  Now hear me on this, when you get right down to it, business exists f0r one primary reason……..To Make Money.  Without that there is no business, so how do you create loyalty and still make money?

Two Quick Tips On Creating Client Loyalty

Understand Lifetime Value of a Client:  I made a huge mistake with one of my clients.  I had a referral source who sent my carpet business a lot of work.  Our agreement was I would give them 10% of any invoice from a client they referred.  Such an awesome deal for me, and them.  One of the clients they had referred me to called me again the next year.  They did not identify themself as a referral and I could not find them in my system, so I gave them my normal new client discount.  I got a call from my referral source a couple weeks later asking about their referral fee.  I actually told them I could not pay it, because I didn’t know they were a referral and I gave  the discount to the client.  If I also paid the referral fee it would remove all profits.  To this day I believe that I was technically right, however, my decision to not pay a $40.00 referral fee has literally cost me thousands of dollars over the past several years.  Had I understood the lifetime value of my client and been willing to lose money on one job to honor them I would have built up loyalty and they would still be referring me today.  Instead I chose to step over dollars to pick up pennies and now some other company is now getting my referrals.

Service After The Sale:  A study was done awhile back that showed most clients don’t remember the name of a service company that they used AND LIKED, six months after the service.  If they forget about you, they cant be loyal to you.  Offering service after the sale and giving beyond their expectations, not only keeps your name in front of them, it builds loyalty.

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Give Them a Vision:  Let them understand the mission and vision of your company.  Allow them to feel like they are  part of something bigger than themselves, to feel special.

Understand Their Dreams:  Invest yourself into your teams and show them how the dreams, wants and desires they have for their life can be achieved by being part of your Vision.

There is obviously so much more that can be said about this subject.  Entire books can be written on the subject, but use these tips as a foundation to build your loyalty programs on.  If you have any examples of great ways to build loyalty that I have not discussed, feel free to comment below, I would love to hear your input.

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Does the IRS want you to be rich?

DO TAXES FAVOR THE WEALTHY?

In this current political cycle we have heard a lot of discussion on the tax code being unfairly weighted to benefit the wealthy.   The mantra of “Tax the Rich” and the belief that it will fix all of our countries economic woes, that it will fund all the programs that our politicians want to give us, in an attempt to buy our votes.  It all sounds so great, but it begs the question do the rich wealthreally pay less in taxes?

Here is the reality, there are actually three different, primary tax codes.  One is for W-2 employees, two is for business owners and the third is for investors.  The tax code does not care how much money you make and it doesn’t have different rules for different incomes.  It does have different rules for these three categories, regardless of how much you make.  Lets take a look at them.

(This article in no way should be considered tax advice from me to you and I highly recommend you talk to a tax advisor to determine how this information can affect you directly.)

W-2 Employees Pays The Most Taxes, Because They Have Less Deductions!

The tax code is a simple concept, made unbelievable difficult by thousand upon thousands of pages of exceptions, deductions and rules.

The concept is you make “X” per hour, per week or per month, etc,  you then deduct certain and specific items from your gross income.  Your “adjusted gross income” is what you get taxed on.

Here is where W-2 employees LOSE BIG TIME with the tax code.  You are allowed very few IRSdeductions from you gross income.  This simply means that you pay your percentage of taxes on a high percentage of your total income.  THAT REALLY SUCKS!!  This is the same no matter how much you make as a W-2 employee and as you can see the more you make the higher your percentage and total taxes you pay.

This break down of the tax rate you will pay based on your adjusted gross income is correct for the 2012 tax code..

Tax rate Single filers Married filing
jointly or qualifying
widow/widower
Married filing
separately
Head of
household
10% Up to $8,700 Up to $17,400 Up to $8,700 Up to $12,400
15% $8,701 – $35,550 $17,401 – $70,700 $8,701 – $35,350 $12,401 – $47,350
25% $35,351 – $85,650 $70,701 – $142,700 $35,351 – $71,350 $47,351 – $122,300
28% $85,651 – $178,650 $142,701 – $217,450 $71,351 – $108,725 $122,301 – $198,050
33% $178,651 – $388,350 $217,451 – $388,350 $108,726 – $194,175 $198,051 – $388,350
35% $388,351 or more $388,351 or more $194,175 or more $388,351 or more

Business Owner Pay Less In Taxes and Keep More Of Their Money

First let me make this very clear business owners pay the exact same percentage rates on their adjusted gross income as W-2 employees do, but here is the HUGELY IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE.  Business owner get to deduct many more things from their gross income the W-2 employees do.   This means as a business owner, with the additional tax deductions, you will pay taxes on a smaller amount of adjusted gross income than a W-2 employee who makes the exact same amount of “Gross Income” as you do.

Many of the deductions that you can take are on expenses that the W-2 employee also have, but they are not able to deduct.  Watch the video below for some examples of this.

The reason our government gives these incentives for people to have businesses is because anti irssmall business employee a majority of our countries population.  The tax code doesn’t care if you are rich or poor it just cares HOW YOU MAKE MONEY.

Investment Income Has The Lowest Taxes

This is income that is earned through investments.  This income is actually taxed at a lower percentage rate, it is also the income talked about in the much discussed “Buffet Rule”.  Some consider this tax a second bite at the apple because the money invested was already taxed when the money was made.  Others disagree, because only the profit on the investment is taxed.

The bottom line is this type income pays the least amount of taxes, but it is difficult to ever keep enough money as a W-2 employee to acquire enough investments to take advantage of this benefit.  The trick is to take advantage of the tax benefits and extra income potential of having a part time home based business to make enough money to start investing.

In this video I interview and enrolled agent with the IRS and small business tax specialist. We discuss the tax code for employees and small business owners.

There are several deductions that we did not have a chance to talk about, but are very important.  Including deducting your medical insurance and paying your kids for working in your business tax free.  To take advantage of these types of deduction you need have three things.

#1  You need a good small business accountant.  I highly recommend Kim Rossenbach with Computek Financial Services.  She can be reached at (602)493-7947 or on her website www.computekfinancial.com

#2   You need a good way to track legitimate business expenses.  Keeping good records is extremely important so I recommend and use a program called TAXBOT.  You can find out more about this program at http://www.taxbot.com.

#3   You need a business with an intent to make a profit.  There are a lot of options on how to do this, but if you would like to find out about the business I recommend filling out the form on the bottom of this blog for immediate access to information on my company.

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Goal Setting Step 4 – The Secret To Massive Action

The Secret to Massive Action For Goal Achievement

Wow – this is the final installment of my goal setting series.   So in  Step 1 we discussed taking inventory of where you are and writing the story of your perfect year, in  Step 2 we discussed how to turn that Perfect Year story into S.M.A.R.T. goals, and Step 3 covered the emotion of goal setting and how to get leverage on your goals.  Now to the final step we are going to discuss managing your goals daily and I mean managing both the daily activity as well as your mindset and attitude.

Jeff Olson says “It’s not the how you do something, it the HOW YOU DO the How You Do”.  What he basically means is what is the mindset and attitude behind the actions.

If you study self improvement at all you have probably heard about the Law of Attraction.  Many trainers make this seem to be almost a mystical force, a genie in the lamp, that you simple state what you want and it just appears for you.  Why that sound really awesome, I don’t believe that is how it works, but I do believe in the Law of Attraction as a matter fact I think it can be shown scientifically.

The Biology Of The Law Of Attraction And Goal Achievement!

In this brief 5 minute video I will explain how parts of The Law of Attraction can be explained through actual biology and the Reticular Activating System. I will tell you what it is, prove to you that it works and show you how you can harness its power to help you achieve the Results you want in your life.

 

Your Daily Action Plan For Goal Achievement.

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Goal Setting Step 3 – Get Leverage

Get Leverage On Your Goals

This is the third step to power goal setting and achieving.  If you haven’t already read Step 1 and Step 2, please read them first by clicking on them.

Making a goal is the easier part.  The difficult part is managing the daily activities or decisions that it takes to make your goal a reality.   That is because any worthy goal requires change at some level and change often is synonymous with pain.

You have to be prepared for the disappointments that come when you step out and try to do something you have never done before.  Any change will come with resistance, sometimes the resistance is your own belief systems and habits, sometimes the resistance factors are friends and family, or it can be something totally different.  Either way resistance will come and to succeed you have to know what do when it happens.  Jim Rohn refers to this as “disciplining your disappointments”.

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Goal Setting Part 2, Get SMART

 

Goal Setting Part 2, Get SMART

If you haven’t read part one, or done the exercises in part one please do them first.  It will help you in this section so much.  You can see part one here.

Great now that we have taken inventory of our last year, future paced our next year to see it’s greatness and took a serious look at the balance we have in life it is time to talk about the actual mechanics of goal setting.

To Set Goals You Need To Be Grateful

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Goal Setting Part 1, Getting Real

Goal Setting Part 1, Getting Real

Have you ever set a goal, or New Years Resolution, only to fall short of achieving your desired result?  Why do you think this is?  Maybe you didn’t actually want the result.  Maybe you simply weren’t willing to pay the price to achieve it, or maybe you didn’t know how to get the result.  At different times these issues and many others may have derailed you from what you want.

In this series I will share with you what I have learned from some of the leading minds like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Paul Meyer and Darren Hardy to name a few.

To Achieve Your Goals, You Must Know Where You Are Starting.

Before you look forward you must look back and take inventory.  You must know where you are, to properly plan to move forward. Grab a notebook or journal and answer these questions about the year we are just finishing.  Be brutally honest with yourself, if need be.

What is the smartest decision you made this year?

What was your biggest disappointment last year?

What was the biggest risk you took last year?

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Are We Programmed for Mediocrity or Success

Are We Programmed For Mediocrity or Success?

I saw a video recently that made me think about how we really feel about success in our country.  Do we still look at it as something to be admired and strive for, or do we look at it with a skeptical and resentful eye?  Do we think like the late great Zig Ziglar, who said “You can have everything in life you want, IF you help enough people get what they want”, or do we think the successful took advantage of others.

I think it was Brian Tracy who said “We will never, on a consistent basis, earn more than we feel we are worth.  You will always find a way to sabotage yourself to bring your income in line with your worth.”  If that is true, which I think it is, we should really look at what our true feelings about success are and how we got them.

Take a look at pop culture, who are typically the good guys and who are usually the villains?  From movies to comic books and even many who will misquote the Bible, the villains are normally a rich and successful business man that is portrayed to hurt the people.   The hero is normally someone of meager beginnings who rise up to battle against the successful or powerful.

Perhaps the worst I have seen is this video that was produced by a California School Board.  Now they claim it wasn’t for the students, but for the teachers.  However, when you see the cartoon like way this video was done, I personally have trouble believing that.

The California School Board Video on Success

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