People who have jobs make money. Are you making money in network marketing?
If someone happens to be in network marketing, it seems that one of their jobs is to make every other form of earning a living out to be some sort of evil. Maybe I exaggerate a bit there. On one hand the network marketer will say something like, “There’s nothing wrong with having a job.” The next thing that they say is, “I’d rather put a red hot poker up my nose, than have a job.”
Then there is the guru who says, “It’s a stone cold fact, that we have a better way.”
I hate to break it to him, but I’d say that a higher percentage of employees make money than the percentage that make money in network marketing.
I’ve heard it said that owning your own business is just creating a job for yourself. In some cases that’s true, but not in all cases.
I heard one network marketer say that they’d rather take a cyanide pill than to have employees.
I heard someone say that if you aren’t building a business is order to sell it then you’re some sort of nut job. The same person has repeatedly said that it takes many years for a business owner to become profitable. There is some truth to that. The business people who have invested large sums of money to get started may take many years to turn a true profit. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t making money. They finance loans and make payments for years so they aren’t really in profit until those loans are paid off, but they are pulling money out of the business to live off of.
The more that I’ve had to hear these network marketer say these things the madder I’m getting.
In theory, network marketing is a better way and anyone who reaches the top level will have no problem telling you that. I agree with them, to a certain extent. You don’t have nearly the overhead in network marketing. You don’t have to carry a large inventory. You don’t have to have a store front. You don’t have to have employees. You don’t have to make payroll every week. There’s a lot to like about network marketing. However, there’s a lot not like about network marketing. The worst thing is that only about 3% of network marketers ever make any money. When push comes to shove, most people are going to have to opt for a job rather than losing money in network marketing.
Unfortunately, network marketers call these people anything from idiots to losers or quitters.
Personally, I can’t blame them.
I’d like to hold myself up for example in the job vs. business owner debate.
I got my first job at 16. I worked part time, while I was going to school and at age 22 I went to work full time. I got sick of having a job by the time I was 26 at which time I started my own business. I had $135.00 to my name, at the time. I was in profit within my first month of business. I set my own hours and I got to pick my own clients. Did I just create a job for myself. Yeah, probably so. That was okay, I liked what I did, even though it was labor intense. I worked 5 hours per day, 5 or 6 day a week. I worked 25 to 30 hours per week and I made pretty good money, for 1985. At least I didn’t have a boss looking over my shoulder telling me what to do!
I worked in my business for 16 maybe 17 years and then I started to hire employees. I have phased myself out of working “in the business.” I manage it now. I have no intentions of ever selling it. Well, I don’t think that I will. I may have my kids take over the business, some day.
I’ve also been a network marketer for many of those years. In theory, network marketing is better, but in the really world it ain’t that great. I keep working on my business and hopefully, one day, I’ll see you at the top!
Not everyone wants the same things for their lives.
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