Network Marketing Opportunities-The 7 Top Things to Find Out and Ask about an MLM Company

Written by Doug Firebaugh

So, you have decided to jump intorepparttar Network Marketing Industry, and join a reputable company. Great Move! It will open up doors in your life that you never knew existed, andrepparttar 146262 personal development you will experience will be amazing.

But you may be thinking- what do I look for? What should I be asking? What should I be trying to find out?

The first thing you need to do, is ask yourself a question. "What type of product would I like to market? A tangible product, like vitamins or skin care? Or would I like a more intangible product like internet malls or legal services?" Once you decide that, you can have a direction to look towards and decide on.

Then you can start looking at MLM companies and doing some research. Research is KEY to finding out about Network Marketing Companies and what they have to offer. Start looking and researching onrepparttar 146263 internet, and also call your Better Business Bureau, and see if there have been any complaints about that company.

The questions you should be asking are these:

1) How long hasrepparttar 146264 company been doing business?

Many start up companies will not be around next year. Most MLM companies after three years are gone. If you are looking at a start up company, make sure they are well funded, and have good management to get it throughrepparttar 146265 rough spots typical of MLM start ups. As a general rule, 3 years in business should be a minimum of considering a company.

2) What isrepparttar 146266 reputation ofrepparttar 146267 owners and management?

Many great companies that could have been superstar companies are no longer around because ofrepparttar 146268 decisionsrepparttar 146269 owners made. This is true of real estate companies, mortgage companies, and any other entreprenurial ventures. Checkrepparttar 146270 owners out. Ask questions, and do some research on them as well. What kind of reputation do they REALLY have? You will be glad you did if they have a past of possible questionable integrity.

3) Do they pay their checks on time?

Find out if they have missed paying any paychecks. If they have, this is NOT a good sign, and I would suggest to look at another company. This one has some problems you may not want to be a part of inrepparttar 146271 future.

4) Are people making money?

How many people are truly making money? Many times, hype can blindrepparttar 146272 truth. Do some research and find out if it is easy to make money with their pay plan, and if a lot of folks are. If many people are, that is a good sign. If it is a start up, and not many are making a lot of money yet, see what kind of compensation plan they have, and if it is "distributor friendly." If it seems hard to make money withrepparttar 146273 plan, then you have some thinking to do. It should be easy to make money in MLM.

My Company's Leadership Sucks!

Written by John McKee

Maybe it'srepparttar season or just a more buoyant job market; but lately I'm sure involved in a lot more discussions about leadership. I'm receiving more requests for help definingrepparttar 146261 key characteristics which make a great leader; and I'm hearing a lot of negative stuff from clients about their bosses. Most leaders die with their mouths open: I recently read an article in Fast Company magazine which reflected onrepparttar 146262 issue of leadership. In it, they quote Ronald Heifetz,repparttar 146263 founder of Harvard's Center for Public Leadership, who maderepparttar 146264 above comment back in 1999. He followed it up by saying that, "leaders must know how to listen - andrepparttar 146265 art of listening is more subtle than most people think it is. But first and just as important, leaders must want to listen." You'd think this is simply basic stuff, right? Like what we learned in Management 101. I doubt there's any exec in business today who wouldn't say they 'know' this already.

But in my experience, in many cases, leaders don't seem to think it applies to them. And yet, I'm continually told by executives and professionals that they don't feel 'heard' enough by their superiors. And here'srepparttar 146266 really interesting thing about it - I hear this frustration cited by people at every level within organizations!

What this means that managers at every level, are busy looking 'up'repparttar 146267 organization chart for someone to listen to them - but they're not giving their own managers and staff 'below' themrepparttar 146268 same benefits! So we haverepparttar 146269 situation, in many companies, whererepparttar 146270 managers go around telling those who report to them what to do & how to do it but rarely ask those same people for their input. How dumb is that? Our North American companies are pretty inefficient: OK - this is a random poll: Please raise your arm if you believe that your company is at least 90% efficient. Based upon what I hear from clients, there aren't many arms raised out there, I'd guess. In fact, most executives tell me that their own organizations are actually inefficient. Many are concerned that their employer is getting less competitive on a global scale. Some worry about cutbacks or reduced investment spending which may result. Atrepparttar 146271 same time, they'll often tell me that they personally are bored, unchallenged, stale, and losing interest. So, let's review: Inefficient businesses - no one is listening to those closer torepparttar 146272 real action - and stale managers who are worried about global competitiveness.

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