Wednesday, January 28, 2009

How to Save Time and Leverage Properly With Your MLM/Direct Selling Business

The hope of entrepreneurs lives and dies based on time. Money can really come and go, but the aspirations of so many entrepreneurs are fleeting because they don't know how to manage their business effectively.

They give up so quickly because of fear that time will catch up to them or that they will run out of money in the time they have allotted in their mind. The truth is that you can really always find money, you can't bring time back. These are some simple areas to look to leverage your time well to get to your success faster.

1. Money- You should look to save a lot and spend wisely. Many people put money in areas that are not going to bring them any money back.

2. New Associates- Get referrals from your customers and use it to impact others. This will save countless dollars in marketing and advertising.

3. Star Associates- Protect your most productive associates and use them as sounding boards for everything that you do. They have the understanding of what is going on in the battlefield and their opinions will always be valid. Be willing to wrestle ideas with a panel of members from your company to find out what will bring the greatest amount of success.

4. Systems- Learn how your business will operate the best and let it run by itself without you pulling it along. These systems have to be simple, easily understandable, and the most effective way to empower your associates with the steps they need to make you, and them, the most profit and people coming into their business.

5. Cutting Edge- Be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and systems. You will be very attractive to customers, media, investors, and employees. Make sure your opportunity has the newest cutting edge product.

6. Research and Development- When you have found what areas you can improve in or gain ground on the competition then make sure that you move correctly to find out what the consumer is really missing today. Quality is a priority before quantity.

7. Create an Avalanche of Excitement- The funny thing is that you probably already have the answers to a lot of questions, but you are not looking close enough to see what is making your business special. Find that unique selling point and announce it to the world. You will create an impressive niche.

8. Reputation- Create a brand that is credible. How many commercials do we see of companies claiming to be patriotic and how that is supposed to appeal to an American consumer like apple pie? Create your own apple pie image that will make your Granny come with a fist full of dollar bills.

9. Focus- Don't multi-task or you will spread your energy and put in mediocre efforts and it will be noticeable after a while. Make a list and get it done in order each day. This will save you hours.

10. Walk Away- One of the hardest things that any entrepreneur can do is be willing to step back and let the process happen. Many want-to-be entrepreneurs feel it is necessary to micromanage every aspect and that will frustrate your associates and misuse their skills. You are only burying their talents and missing out on more financial success.

I hope you are having a fantastic day…as I am and always do!

Don Egnor
TFF Mastermind Group

Friday, January 23, 2009

Business Opportunities From Home…Can You Really Succeed?

Have you been looking at business opportunities from home because this is a dream of yours? Have you always wanted to make any of the business opportunities from home a success so you can live your life the way that you want to? Then you are not alone. There are thousands of other people who have the same dream.

No matter what your reason for wanting to start your own home business with any of the business opportunities that are available you need to know that it is very possible for you to succeed. How successful you are with your new business will depend on you. Let me explain what it will take for you to be able to realize your dreams.

First, it will take hard work and persistence on your part. A lot of people get online and expect to be able to sign up with a business opportunity and just start making money right away. You need to realize that just like with any business it will take work on your part over a period of time. Once you have the business making some money you will not have to work as hard but you will always have to work at it.

Second, it will take commitment from you. A lot of people want their own business to be successful right away and when it is not, they quit before they ever give themselves or their business a chance. Don't ever give up. When you commit yourself to making your dream of running your own home business come true you will need to stick to it no matter how long it takes. You are the only one that can do this.

Third, one of the most important things that you will need is education. Just like with any business you will need to educate yourself on the business opportunity that you have started your home business with. You will also need to educate yourself on how to market your business. When people don't know that you are there, you will not make any money at all no matter how long you wait. So learn all you can about internet marketing and find out how to advertise your business.

There are more things that you will need to make your business successful. However, these are the most important three that you will have to know. Without doing even one of these things you will never see your dream of your own successful business come true. So once you have decided on which of the business opportunities from home that you are going to do make sure that you commit to yourself that you will not give up no matter what. That is the key to becoming successful even if it takes you a while.

I hope everyone is having a great day…as I am and always do!

Don Egnor
TFF-The Mastermind Group

Friday, January 9, 2009

How Are You Different and Unique…In The Sea of Competition?

What do you differently on a daily basis to make sure you aren’t just like everyone else doing the same old thing? How do you set yourself apart from the masses? How do you convince someone to join you and your business when everyone is pulling at them from all different directions?

Is there a huge trick to getting peoples attention to share your story with them, your “why”, the things that drive you and why you are the one they need to join. Is there a magical elixir that can be spread through the internet, phone lines, texting, through Skype or whatever, to get them to listen?

Are there trigger words, splash pages, auto responders, capture pages, mind control or emotions to get them interested in you and your opportunity? When you find out where any of the above stuff can be bought or rented from then let me know because I want to see a fool and his money parted.

There is nothing on the free market to be had that will give you the power to control people and make them do your bidding…at least not on this planet. Just look at all of the marketers on the net today trying anything and everything to part you with your money and they must have some of that coveted fairy dust that’s going around!

The big problem is that some people will believe all of the empty promises and BS. When this happens they waste their money, time and resources to go out and hustle for 6-8 weeks or longer, and not get anything in return for the work they have put in. This in turn gives them such a bad experience so they will never look at anything else.

The biggest secret to get people on your side and to like you is simply to be real, honest, a true friend and above all, just be yourself. Don’t try to be a fake, don’t try and sell anything to anyone or push them into doing anything they don’t want to do or anything there is any hesitation about.

You should offer to help them in any way you can, and mean it when you say it. If you don’t or won’t follow through on what you say or what you start then how can you expect anyone to respect or listen to you? When you do things the wrong way it will come back eventually and bite you where it hurts.

One of the worst things you can ever do is just throw your business in someone’s face with even asking if they really want to look at it. This is the biggest problem I see today on all of these social sites and people using them the wrong way. These sites are for making friends, contacts and developing relationships…nothing more!

You should make them aware you are in business and have information readily available if they want to explore it further, but let them make the decision when they are ready to look at what you offer and the things you can do for them. The worst possible thing you can do is try and shove something down their throat.

People do not want to be sold on anything; they want to sell themselves on it. This is just human nature and we can’t change it. I think it is due to 1000’s of years dealing with club and wheel salespeople from Stone Age times to used car salespeople today, no pun intended folks…I was one of those guys for 20 years before I found a way out.

You need to really care about and enjoy meeting and working with new friends. If you come across as anything else then people will shy away from you and tell their friends about it. If you come across as a salesperson then just quit what you are doing and go back to selling cars, wheels, clubs, houses or whatever it was that you were selling.

You see, there is a principle in our world called "The Value Proposition" and basically what that means is...

Money and Success will come back to you... when you offer enough value to the marketplace and the people you come into contact with. But most network marketers don't think like this and they are running around out there 'Spamming People'. One of the sites I am on is terrible for this so I am going to delete my account with them.

Every time someone puts a comment on this site and my page, (no names mentioned) all they are doing is “Spamming” me, and I hate it with a passion. I started out just stopping their emails and comments but other people have started doing it. No way would I ever pay any attention to these people because they do not have my best interest at heart.

When you really are trying to help people and are sincere about it then this is the way you will come across. If you try and “fake it till you make it” then you are just setting yourself up for failure and this is not the end result you are looking for. If you don’t have the right system and teacher this will be your end result.

Always treat people the way that you want to be treated, never lie, never make empty promises and always do what you say you are going to do. I know this is “old hat” to some of you but will be eye opening to others and they really are looking for that perfect opportunity so who knows…it could be you they are looking for, so treat them with the utmost respect when you come into contact with them.

They could be your next associate or business partner and will rely on you to help them get started off on the right foot…so don’t ever let them down.

I hope everyone is having a great day…as I am and always do!

Don Egnor
TFF-The Mastermind Group