We all know that there are major differences between jobs and home business. However, that doesn’t mean that our business deserves any less respect from us. A great man in my company always said “If you can give this the same respect you’d give a job, in a much shorter period of time, you could be much farther ahead of the game.”
Unfortunately, many of us treat our business more like a hobby. There are things that many of us are guilty of in our business that we wouldn’t dare do on a job. Likewise, there are things we’d do in the process of helping someone else get rich, but won’t do to make ourselves rich. These things include the way we spend our time and the way we talk about our company. The following are a few ways in which we respect our job far more than our business, and how to remedy the habits.
Have You Ever Missed Out on Something Because of Work?
A common reason why people trade the job system for network marketing is that they’re tired of having to miss out on things like their children growing up, their friend’s wedding, etc. because of work. Take a moment to think about all the things that you had to cancel because you had to work at your job overtime or on your day off. Now take another moment to think about all the things you had to cancel because you had to work on your network marketing business.
If you’re like most marketers, you don’t have anything to think about. Why not? I get that we’re in charge of our own schedules and can make time, however, is that the best excuse we can come up with? How is it that we’ll put everything from doing things for loved ones, to postponing doctor visits for a boss, but we’ll put our business on hold for the most mundane tasks?
Why not make a schedule of exact times that you’ll be working on a given day, and do whatever it takes to do the work at those times? Maybe you can pass out flyers from 7:00am to 9:00am. Or social media marketing from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Or put out polybags from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Or make cold calls from 8:00am to 9:00am. Whatever times you choose, work like the boss is watching over your shoulder, and keep working unless there’s an emergency or special occasion. Put a “do not disturb” sign on your door if you live with other people.
A Business Without a Sign is a Sign of No Business
An easy way to work outside of specific schedule times is to carry your materials everywhere and advertise whenever you leave home. Whether you’re walking to the gym, the mall, the library, or anywhere, give out some business cards. Heck, bring a whole bag of cards or start wearing cargo pants and shorts with cards in every pocket. Do you go to the mall often? Bring some dropcards and leave a trail. Put a magnetic sign on your car, and ask to put some on the cars of your friends and family. Get a pin that advertises your business and get into the habit of wearing it every time you leave home.
Better yet, get into the habit of having some kind of advertisements on you at all times. Train yourself to instinctively promote your business everytime you go out in public.
Where Do You Work?
Have you ever noticed how ashamed some people sound when telling people that they work in network marketing? In most cases, regular employees just come out and say what they do, even if they don’t like their job. They could be janitors, McDonald’s cashiers, customer service reps, etc. Yet we’re so afraid of the salesperson stereotypes that we over-complicate the answer, if we give one at all. But we’ll go to business presentations cheering about how much we love our company.
There are simple ways to tell people what you do. You don’t have to flat-out tell them that you’re a network marketer, or even a salesperson. Instead, you can let them know what problems you solve. Who knows? They or someone they know might need what you offer.
Rain, Heat, or Snow
When you walk or drive through town on a snow day, the majority of stores you pass by have something interesting in common: they are still open. Those employees won’t let a little thing like falling cold stuff stop them from turning that open/closed sign. Even if it means waking up an hour or so earlier to shovel snow out of the driveway, then drive on slippery or barely-cleared roads.
If we wake up to a 98 degree day, we’ll still get out of bed and go to our jobs. The car air conditioner could be broken and the seats could be one degree away from combustion, but you better believe we’ll get to work. Even if it means standing around in a hot kitchen all day and putting up with customers who allow the sun to fry their patience.
Are you doing the same for your business? Granted, there are several ways to work from home, however, many marketers mainly work outside. All it takes is a few drops of rain, and half of America is scared to step outside unless the boss is watching. Meaning a day off or a few for some network marketers. If you’re reading this, I hope that isn’t you.
How Many Days Off Do You Have?
Everybody knows that the average person loves their days off from work. They live for those days off. Unfortunately, with network marketing allowing us to be our own boss, we tend to take vacation time too far. One common mistake that new people in particular make is, they see and hear all this stuff about time freedom, and they want to do that part right now, when they just signed up last week!
My colleague has an awesome video about this subject. He breaks down a great schedule for those of you who want days off. Check it out below.
Isn’t it amazing that so many network marketers will do just about anything for their jobs and bosses, but not for a business where they are their own boss? When would now be a great time to change that?
Make a nice day!