The first network marketing program I joined was Forever Living. That was way back in early 1980s. I was a failure in it. Just couldn't get people to come to meetings. One or two people did sign up, but then they did nothing. Eventually I dropped out.
Over years I have tried several others. It was always same story. My friends and family were not interested. If someone did sign up, they did nothing.
Some of companies went out of business.
I have no idea of how much money and time I put into all those programs over last twenty plus years. However, it was a fair amount.
Probably main reason I failed is because it is very hard to motivate myself to do something I don't enjoy doing. Being shy by nature, I don't like to approach strangers about a business opportunity.
The truth is I'm not a natural networker. I'm not good at schmoozing and talking people into doing things I want them to do. I'm too upfront and honest for my own good.
So why am I back in network marketing?
Well, I always wanted to be a stay-at-home dad. Network marketing is a good way to do it, for some people.
Looking back, its obvious that OFFLINE network marketing is not for me. I know people that are great at it, but I am not one of them. If you are good at offline marketing, go for it.
I'm simply not comfortable with many of offline methods that are used to recruit people.
However, I'm managing to do a decent job of building my organization in a few network marketing companies. I work on building my organizations each day and enjoy doing so. So what has changed? Why am I now being successful?
The answer is in changing from OFFLINE to ONLINE. The Internet has completely changed way I, and millions of other people, do network marketing. I love Internet.
With Internet you dont have to use phone or talk face to face to family, friends, and total strangers about your company. Instead you use things like opt in mail lists to approach people that may be half way around world.