Advice For Network Marketers And Your Recruits

Sponsor Confusion

A lot of people in Network Marketing / Direct Sales get lost. Those that are earning $4K/mo and above don’t seem to understand their way of marketing might not work for everyone and certainly isn’t the only way. They’re also largely unaware that many new promoters/distributors/etc (whatever your company calls you) are sincerely broke.

Broke as in no coffees, no fast food, maybe even no tv or WiFi (if they even own a computer).

And all the marketing advice given by many NM/DS companies doesn’t cater to people who are legitimately broke and in a rough spot and/or doesn’t have a workable warm market to target.

And these same people (sponsors), when trying to sign these people (recruits), or getting them (recruits) to buy product to push after signing up, don’t understand they need to talk differently to these people (recruits) and offer different marketing techniques.

My DS company is really good at that. “You need to get on this”, “You need to start pushing product/giving away free samples”, etc. I’ve heard it all. Though my sponsor isn’t like that. He’s a real person. But even he has it easier than a lot of legit broke people in this industry.

My Story

This is true at the time of this writing. I will not be updating this section as it helps prove a point.

Let me tell you a little about me. At the end, I want you to share this with everyone you know in NM/DS and with every potential recruit to your team. There is a message in here, and lesson, for all of you.

I fall into the legit broke category. I have no tv, no expensive clothes or shoes (havent bought any new clothes period in years, I have a cheap android with MetroPCS, no computer or laptop so no WiFi, and my car is 24yrs old being held together with bubble gum and glue. I literally only have my rent, my cell, my electric, my auto-insurance, food, and supplies.

I know how hard it is for many people. But I also have my own business that I’m bootstrapping. Do you know anyone who commercially fishes out of a canoe? You do now. I decided I was sick and tired of not having anything, not being able to have anything. I was going to work just to go to work. It takes three full-time jobs just to cover all my expenses. And remember, no tv, no computer or WiFi. I’m building my business strictly in-person and using my phablet. And no I don’t live in a rich area. My area is quite poor. But things are expensive. And I have a family, it’s not just me. And you know what? Thats when I realized I have more then anyone. I have a wife that loves me, a small ministry I pastor (and now a customer base of my fish market) full of people who love me. Money can’t buy that. And I don’t need to wear air jordans or armani suits either.

No matter where you are financially, if you’re determind to get out of that rut, you will.

Now, I’m also in this DS company. I’d love to get other people on the products, let them see how amazing they’ll feel and how much healthier they’ll be before buying any themselves. But what do I do? Not pay a bill? Not cover my businesses overhead? After all, I’m in slow season, so why pay for my business, right?

No, I’m busting my behind trying to get the funds together so I can get packages to sample out and get people on these products. In the meantime, I know what these products are capable of and I have plenty of resources to show to my prospects. Having money to do something doesn’t mean shit if you’re not in the right mind to do it. Sometimes it takes to be a broke back bastard like myself to truly appreciate what life has to offer. And when you’re broke, if you really want to get back up, you will.

See, I think people who are all about the coolest jordans or latest iWhatever or most expensive thing on wheels or the most bedrooms, bathrooms, and private rooms in their home have completely missed the mark. Those are objects. Objects don’t define you as a person. How you feel about yourself does, how people see you does, whether or not you have a heart does.

You see, I dress like your average joe. Some of my clothes I wear haven’t worn out yet in over 10yrs, and other clothes I got as gifts from my dad and others on several birthdays or Christmas’. And you know what? People love me and respect me despite that. They don’t care I’m not driving a 2018 ferrari sitting in the driveway of a 100 bedroom, 25 bathroom mansion that’s sitting on hundreds of acres of property as I’m dressed in a $100,000 suit. They don’t care.

Material objects don’t make you. If you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever you have to to get it. No matter how hard it is or how long it takes to get there.

A few years ago I lost everything. I mean everything. It would have been easy to just give up and accept being poor. But I can’t do that. But, I can say that what happened to me taught me a valuable lesson and has allowed me to see things from a whole new perspective.

So yes, money is an excuse. If you’re poor, why is that? And how hard are you willing to fight to not be poor anymore? Or do you view yourself as a statistic that you can’t do anything about? A lot of poor people, money isn’t there problem. There problem is they have no hope left. They need someone to give it to them, to support them and be there for them. And you will be amazed how fast they turn $0 to invest into $1M revenue.

Advice For The Sponsor

Once you (the sponsor) understands that some people are legit broke, you need to find a way to help your recruit. They need a different method than spamming their warm market, that won’t work. They need ideas of how to market that will work for someone in their position. If that means fronting them a free product to get on themselves and use themselves as their own selling point, then pass down the PV. If it means giving someone a free sample for your downline, then hand it out. But don’t push them in a method that won’t work. You’re only going to push them away from the business feeling like they can’t do it.

You don’t need money to invest if you’re willing to invest the time and effort. If your downline appears that they will do the work and stop at nothing, that is the downline you want to help because that downline won’t take your help for granted. They will take that little bit of help and blow up their downline. They’ll be unstoppable.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying help everyone with a sob story. You want people that legitimately need the help and are willing to do the work at all cost, without giving up; these are the ones you help if you want to grow your business. You have no idea what a little bit of encouragement, support, and hope can do for someone when the rest of their world is crashing down on them. Sometimes that’s all they need.

Sponsor, don’t just disregard your recruit because of funding. Vet the recruit, see how willing they are to do the business, and help them get started.

Advice For The Downline/Prospect

The key to growing any business is persistance. It helps to have a supportive and understanding sponsor. But this business is yours. The level of success you reach is a direct reflection of your own efforts and consistency.

Don’t let your current financial status hold you back. The right time to begin is the very moment you decide you want to better yourself. Even if you’re legitimately broke with no extra spending (ie: coffee from 7eleven or Starbucks, fast food, etc). There are companies (such as mine) that are free to start. And there are sponsors in other companies that are willing to help those that will treat the business like a business and actually work it.

There are also more than one way to properly market your business without spamming your family and friends and scaring everybody away. I’ll touch base on a few of these methods in a future post and link it here.

If you’re legitimately broke, nothing extra you can cut away, you can still grow a business if you’re willing to put in the efforts. You’ll need to invest additional time and effort due to the lack of funds to jumpstart you’re business. But it can be done. Yes, it may take longer than if the funds were available; but it can be done. You just need to keep in mind that no empire was built overnight. And, because you’re broke you have something that others don’t – accelerated drive.

What I mean by accelerated drive is this:

  • Most people who have the funds don’t have the same drive,
  • Most people with the funds aren’t willing to put in as much time, or go the lengths, that you are willing to do,
  • People with the funds aren’t in your shoes. They don’t have the same desire to better themselves that you do.

So you see, you’re a warrior in disguise. Whether you know it yet or not. You can do this. Don’t let anyone or anything act as an excuse to keep you down.

Stop using your financial woes as an excuse. All you’re doing by doing that is guaranteeing your permanent poverty. If you want to get out of poverty, you need to do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if that means making the life you’ve grown accustomed to a bit more difficult. But this difficulty and hardship will only be temporary if you give it your all and not give up. If I can do it, anybody can.


If you’re sponsor sent you to this article, work with them. You’ll do fine.

If you found this post in a NM/DS group or a search engine, and are looking for a company to join, click here for an overview of my company and get in contact with me.

If you’re a sponsor with a recruit or potential recruit using finances as an excuse, show them this article.

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About Rev. Dr. Red
I'm the Founder and Sr. Pastor of Spiritual Messiah Ministries, Health Enthusiast, Fisherman, and Small Business Owner. I'm passionate about helping others any way I can. I hope to help as many as I can lead a happier, healthier, fulfilling life. This began with my ministry, and has since expanded into a complete wellness movement.

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