Where to meet new people in Network Marketing

Following on from my previous post about building your Who Do You Know List in network marketing, many people are put off starting a new business as they feel they don’t know enough people who could become customers or team members.  After you have approached everyone in your immediate circle of friends and family then where do you go from there?

What you need to remember is there are literally thousands of people our there who have never heard of network marketing at all, let alone your particular business, and what you need to work on is strategies to open a conversation with these people in order to make a connection with them.

Where to Meet People

It is no good joining a network marketing business if you want to stay in all the time and be by yourself, burying your head in a good book or playing online games.  You need to get out and be social.  Is there a hobby you fancy having a go at that you have never tried?  Could you volunteer locally ? Are there social organisations locally you have never visited?  All these are excellent ways to get our and meet people.

You also will come across people in your daily life who you just pass the time of day with.  Your bus driver who always looks miserable, the checkout operator at your local supermarket, the server when you go out for a meal or receptionists and staff at your hairdresser, doctor or dentist.

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You can meet people all around you.

How to open a conversation

It doesn’t need to be a hard sell once you have gone out and found more people to meet . I am not suggesting you go along to a new group or class and immediately try plugging products and business opportunities to the people there, as you will soon get people’s backs up and become very unpopular.  To be successful in network marketing first you need to make connections and just get to know people with no mention of your home based business at all.

Sometimes a simple complement to someone you see in your day to day life can open a conversation and create a link with them which can naturally lead to more.  In the health and wellness industries, like with my business in Forever Living, a simple “How Are You?” then listening to the reply carefully can open doors for you to talk about your products.  The secret is always to be open and ask questions and listen to the answers before rushing to tell people all about yourself.  If you are a product of your products the rest will come in time.

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Listen first, talk later!

With those you pass in day to day life you need to be a bit more forward as you may not meet that person again.  Have some business cards or similar available with your details on to pass to people with a simple comment such as “you’ve given me really great service today and you are just the sort of person I’m looking for to join my business, can I take your details and give you a call about it at a more convenient time?”. Take their number or email address if they will give it to you and pass them a card with your details.  You never know if this might be just the right time for the person you are talking to.

Where will this get you?

Don’t even think about the promotion and the money you want to make from your business, just think about meeting people, talking to people, and giving your customers and anyone interested really good service and the rest will come with time.

Interested in joining Forever Living ?

We offer support in the form of training courses and videos to help you with all aspects of network marketing to help you build your business with Forever Living.

If you would like to join my business and benefit from the coaching and mentoring I offer then get in touch for details.  I am currently recruiting allover the UK, and around the world with my most recent team members being from Eastern Europe.  I am particularly looking for people who would like to become team leaders in South Africa and Ireland at the moment due to the number of enquirers I am getting from those areas.

In the UK you can join easily online at https://application.foreverknowledge.info/ and if you wish to be coached and mentored by me then you need my details as your sponsor on the form which are  Alison Mead, ID no 440100686316.


UK Trading Standards Statutory Warning

”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”

Is the Forever Living marketplace saturated?

If you are a Facebook addict, or you do a lot of small business networking, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Forever Living market is saturated.  You might know several people who have approached you about the products or the business opportunity at various times in your life.

One thing which puts people off joining is they think the market is saturated and there is no room for them to join the party.

But with Forever Living we sell consumable products which people will return to buy again and again.  Many products are used daily, such as the drinking gels, and if you join the business and look after your customers they will keep coming back for more as the products are so fantastic.  There is also a huge untapped marketplace for our products in the health, weight management and beauty sectors.

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Take a look at your local High Street

How many shops sell bottled water?

How many hair salons are there selling the same hair care products?

How many chemists are there all selling the same high street brands of make up and a myriad of other products?

And all these products are available online too, so you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your house to buy them, and yet there are enough customers to keep all these sales channels open.

And look at how many gyms and exercise classes there are springing up all the time as people are spending more and more leisure time and money working on their own fitness and well being.

The things is there is a HUGE market for our products, and there are not enough active distributors to fill this need.  For example in Wales there are less than 400 active distributors and a population of 3.1 million (est). That’s one hell of a gap in the market which you could help fill.

So if you think there is no one to sell to then look again.  There are literally thousands of people living their lives day to day that have never met a Forever Living distributor or have never heard of our products.  They are your untapped market, so join us now and help fill the void.

Want to join us?

If you are interested in joining the business and you are ready to take the next step then get in touch for details.

In the UK you can join easily online at https://application.foreverknowledge.info/ and if you wish to be coached and mentored by me then you need my details on the form which are  Alison Mead, ID no 440100686316.

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Alison at an event.


UK Trading Standards Statutory Warning

”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”

Joining Forever Living in South Africa

Forever Living products are growing in popularity in South Africa.  The company held their annual global rally in Johannesburg in 2016, where over 10,000 Forever Living Business Owners gathered from around the world to share experiences, learn from each other, and receive their Chairman’s Bonus cheques from our CEO Rex Maughan.  If you are in the UK then take a look at my previous blog post “how much does it cost to join Forever Living”.south-africa-global-rally

Who Can Join Forever Living

Forever Living is a business which anyone can do.  Forever provides ordinary people with an opportunity to build an exceptional financially secure future. This is a chance to start a business with real potential, uncapped income, and proven results, while still being able to achieve that elusive work-life balance.

How to Join Forever Living in South Africa

To join you simply need to fill out an application form and make your first order for products.  You can use the South African application for in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Click on the link to download the distributor application form.

When you submit your application form you need to include a copy of your ID document and the top section of your bank statement as per the FICA requirements.

Your first order for products needs to be for at least 1 or 2 case credits (1cc or 2cc) which is our internal currency used in Forever Living to value the products, not a monetary value.  Download the price-list-for-new-distributors-2016 and see page 2 for the suggested combo pak lists and their case credit value.  The prices for the packs are given on page 4 of the order form.  After your initial order the minimum order quantity is reduced to US $ 100.00 before VAT at 14% (SA), the VAT rate can vary between countries.  In SA the minimum order is R950 before VAT.

Full instructions are in the how-to-join-south-africa document with bank details for paying in South Africa.  If you are in any of the other countries listed then you should contact operations@forever.co.za for the appropriate bank details.  The office locations in South Africa are also included in the document.

How do you earn money with Forever Living?

The first way you earn money with Forever Living is by retailing the products.  You buy the products at a discount which varies according to where you are on the Marketing Plan. This is something which seems quite complicated before you first join, but you soon get used to it with the help of your sponsor in the business.

Basically, if you choose to join placing an order for 1cc then you will earn a 15% discount on your products, which you will then earn when you sell to your customers at the standard customer prices, shown in the price-list-for-customers-2016.

If you first joined with the 2cc order you skip straight to the 2nd level on the marketing plan, assistant supervisor, which earns you a 30% discount on the products plus an additional Personal Discount of 5%.  You can move from 15% to 30% by placing 2cc of orders over 2 consecutive months as your business grows.

As your business grows further you will be able to work your way up our marketing plan first to Supervisor where you earn 8% Discount, then to Assistant Manager for 13% Discount, to Manager at 18% Discount.

Forever Living also reward you for introducing new people to the business, you can learn about this once you join.

Support and Training

Forever living as a company offers events and trainings you can attend all over South Africa and beyond.  Also, the person who introduces you to the business, or your sponsor, will be able to help and support you in how to find customers, in learning about the products, and how to find potential team members.  Choose your sponsor carefully as teams can vary widely in the sort of training they provide.  You will see on my blog here under the Business Building category the kind of help and advice I can help with if you choose to join my team.

Any More Questions?

If you have downloaded the forms and read all the information but you still have questions you want answering about joining Forever Living then please Contact Me and I’ll answer your questions and assist in any way I can.

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Something had to change by Frances Woollard

This post is taken from a feature article in the Forever Living magazine in July 2016, following Frances’ promotion in the business in January this year.  It’s in Frances own words :


I did an engineering degree in the eighties and immediately went into the world of IT, working my way up to team leader. I loved my work, but my life completely changed when I had my children.

My children are both the result of IVF treatment, and so I knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum. Life was wonderful, but when my youngest turned two, money started to become an issue and I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I needed to be able to work from home so I set up my own IT business. I loved the flexibility this business gave me and I would often work late into the night so that I could spend quality time with the children during the day.

Unfortunately my business was hit by the recession, and in 2011 I was divorced after twenty-four years of marriage. My life fell apart. I was on anti-depressants and my health was getting worse. I knew I had to change something but I also knew that I didn’t want to work for anyone else. One day I heard a lady talking about a recent promotion in her Forever business; she looked so happy. We met up and I immediately saw an opportunity which meant I could continue to work from home around my children. I signed up in June 2012.

After signing up my health started to improve and my confidence grew. But after getting to Assistant Manager I stopped believing in myself and my business stopped growing.

About a year ago I realised something had to change; I decided to work on my self-belief and my mindset and that’s when, in January 2016, I achieved Manager.

My life is getting more and more exciting every day, and my daughter (who is now eighteen and who has always believed I could do this) has also joined the business – she is now ready for when she goes to university in September! Forever has given me so much: I think it’s absolutely amazing that I’m able to set up my daughter with her own business at eighteen, and now I also have the freedom to spend time with my mum who is in her eighties.


I am so proud to call Frances a friend as well as my sponsor.  She supports me in my business, and helps all my team too.  We work together to help others build their Forever business.  If you would like to find out more about starting your own Forever Living business then please get in touch via the Contact Me link at the top of this page.

20 Ways to Raise the money to join Forever Living

I get contacted often by people keen to join Forever Living, but they can’t afford the £199.75 for the UK Business Owner Box (or BOB as we affectionately call it) and they want financial help in order to get started. Prices vary depending on which country you are from. See my previous post on How Much Does it Cost to Join Forever Living.

However when you join Forever Living you are starting your own business, and if you don’t make some sacrifices yourself to join, or actually invest your own effort and time into raising the funds for your box you may well not see the value in your new business. Also would you give another person who contacted you out of the blue via the internet £200 just like that?

I am very happy to give my time, expertise and support to help others start their own business, but you need to also commit your time and effort too or your business will never grow. Take a look at my previous post How Not to Grow your Network Marketing Team on more reasons why funding someone to join Forever Living is not a great idea.

So how can you earn enough to buy your BOB if you have no spare money – here are my top 20 tips….

  1. Collect £2 or £1 coins
  2. Ebay your surplus clothes
  3. Cash in the attic – sell those treasures you have forgotten about
  4. Sell your unwanted belongings
  5. Do some overtime
  6. Baby sit
  7. Clean for Someone
  8. Walk dogs
  9. Clean cars
  10. Have a garage or yard sale
  11. Ask your family
  12. Credit Card (but pay it back from your first orders)
  13. Ask 20 people for £10
  14. Ask 10 people for £20
  15. Give up alcohol or smoking
  16. Stop eating out
  17. Take your own coffee instead of buying from Costa/Starbucks
  18. Do someone else’s gardening
  19. Do someone else’s shopping
  20. Do someone else’s ironing

I appreciate that not all these options are available to everyone, but pick one or two from the list or find your own way to save up your pennies, and you will find the £1s will soon mount up.

Also while you are saving then contact me and I can share some fabulous resources and background reading to help you learn more about this fabulous business so when you have saved the money you are ready to get earning straight away.

So what are you waiting for – start saving today – and come and join my team.

 

 

Updating your Who Do You Know List

What is a Who Do You Know List?

If you are new to Network Marketing then one of the first tasks your sponsor will ask you to do is most likely starting a Who Do You Know List.
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On this list you should write down everyone you know, regardless of whether you think they might be interested in  your products or business.  You then use this list as your source for approaching people about the products and the business – but if you have been in Network Marketing for a while have you kept your list going adding new names as you think of them or as you meet people in your every day life and talk to them about your business?

My Story

I let my list go for a long while when I wasn’t totally focused on my business as life had got in the way, but last year when I decided to get serious about recruiting and building a team I printed out a load of template pages from our Forever Living First Steps to Manager book and every time I talked to someone about the business or the products I added them to my list with a short note on how I know them, or where they are based.
This is how I can keep track of how many people I have spoken to about my business.  Then I highlight a name in yellow when the person becomes a customer, and in pink when they become a team member.
This acts as a fantastic tool for me to see visually how well I am doing. I now have over 700 names on my list, and I have 21 (1 in 33) team members  of which 10 ( 1 in 70) are active (they place orders most months). I have also built up a database of 150 (1 in 5) customers over the last few years, so I can see how successful my business is by looking at the numbers, to get new customers or build my team I just need to talk to new people.
This means roughly if I want 1 new ACTIVE team member I need to speak to 70 people, and if I want a new customer I need to speak to 5 people. It really helps me to focus as if I’m not recruiting in any month, I can see immediately it’s because I’ve not spoken to enough people.  This isn’t an exact science, some pages on my list have loads of yellow and pink highlights on them, and other pages have none at all, but it’s a great guideline.

Keeping Good Records

If you are treating forever like a business and not a hobby then you need to track your activity and keep these kind of records, as otherwise you have no idea how successful your business is.  In Forever Living we have templates for keeping these lists which come in your First Steps to Manager booklet, as well as profile sheets to keep detailed information on who you have spoken to,  and an Activity Tracker to keep track of what information you have sent to prospects and when you have invited them to a Business Presentation and when they joined.
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When you start out in Network Marketing you are starting your own business and you are your own boss.  Make sure you keep good records, so you can effectively follow up on inquiries as often you will need to speak to prospects several times over a few years before it is the right time for them to join your business, and without good records that fabulous new team member may well end up joining someone else’s team.

Sound Interesting?

I am currently expanding my team in the UK and beyond.  My last 3 team members who joined are based in Cheshire, London and India and I currently have space for more team members to mentor.  I would particularly like to build a team in South Africa due to the huge growth the business is currently expanding there.

If you are looking to try something new and want more information then take a look at our business brochure then message me via the Contact Me link at the top of this page and I will send you more information.

Independent, but NOT alone

It can be a daunting experience working as an independent business owner, and knowing where to turn for support can often be a minefield. But it’s important to recognise that all the most successful people in life, at some stage, will have depended on others to help them along their journey; whether that’s through a mentor, guide books or something more personal.

As a Network Marketer, the likelihood is you will constantly be learning and developing both yourself and your business, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what is on offer, particularly if your upline is relatively new to the business as well. This post is designed to help you build up your confidence, not only by suggesting where to go to for support, but also through encouraging a pro-active approach; one that seeks to promote your independent status

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Be Brave and Network

Networking is absolutely something you need to adopt and become confident in since it enables you to both learn and progress. In fact, progression is reliant upon networking, and this means you need to look further than your immediate friendship group!

Company Events

Regularly attending events and trainings is a fantastic way to put your face out into the world, and you are also guaranteed to learn something new whilst you are there. Even if you avoid people the first few times, eventually others will begin to recognise you; plus regular attendance will help you to feel more comfortable, particularly as you become more familiar with other regular attendees.

With Forever Living we have Success Day, Company Trainings and Business Presentations which are all fabulous ways to mix with other Forever Living business owners and learn something new while you are there.

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Social Media

We appreciate that, for some people, initiating conversation can be terrifying. Sometimes taking that first step outside of your comfort zone is easier when done behind a screen. If that’s true for you, begin by utilising social media. Build your virtual network by messaging others in your business who you admire and asking for their advice, but whatever you do, don’t just start adding loads of people randomly. As a general rule, it’s usually more acceptable to follow people on Twitter randomly than adding them as friends on Facebook!

In Forever Living most teams and area leaders run Facebook groups, so it’s always worth joining your local group and initiating conversation here first.

YouTube is also an excellent tool that can help build your understanding of the business, but it also provides training videos that will enable you to learn from top people in your business  in the comfort of your own home. If you find a story you relate to, why don’t you see if you can find that person on social media and start by telling them how much you enjoyed hearing their story? It’s always a good idea to start with a compliment rather than a request!

Build your Confidence

If you feel confident in your business knowledge, you will feel more confident in yourself, and such confidence will make approaching prospects a whole lot easier. The most effective way to develop your business and product knowledge is through research. Attending events and conversing with other business owners is important
, but reading up on key areas shows initiative.

Forever living have company literature and  online resources you can access.  Some are open to anyone in the company and others are team specific, so if you haven’t joined a team yet it’s worth double checking the resources available with whoever you are thinking of joining in the business.  Training with Forever

Expand Your Horizons

Looking within your industry is fundamental when you need to brush up on product knowledge and company policy, but if it is motivation and general business-building skills you are after, it can be helpful to look further afield. Knowledge is King – A Forever Living approved supplier – provides a wonderful array of books that could help develop your approach to business. Advice books from top entrepreneurs, such as Jim Rohn and Darren Hardy, are worth investing in, particularly if you are looking to be inspired, but the Knowledge is King website – www.knowledgeisking.co.uk – also sells guides to business such as network marketing, prospecting and goal setting – all areas we encourage you to familiarise yourself with. If reading is not something you favour, Knowledge is King also offers audio books – perfect for the car as you journey to prospects or team meetings.

If all else fails…

If you still find you are struggling and you have already approached your sponsor and other business owners, Head Office may be able to help you. There are processes that can be set in motion that may be of help. However, these routes should only be utilised if you feel you have exhausted all other avenues.

Would you like  more information about Joining Forever Living?

If you fancy finding out more about Network Marketing with my chosen company, Forever Living, then please do Contact Me  via the form on my website, and I can tell you more about the specific support and help I can offer you if you join my team.


UK Trading Standards Statutory Warning

”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice.

It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme.

Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”