When you got started in your business, I bet the first thing you were told to do was to create a warm list of 50, 100, or maybe even 200 people. I totally believe in that, but not for the reasons you may think.
The truth is 95% of the people you talk to are never going to want to join your business, and that includes your warm market. I think it is important to develop that list to give yourself a place to start and then you can work out from there. It is not your job to try to get everyone on that list to join your company. It’s not even your job to get them all to buy from you. It is your job to call them, connect with them on facebook, send them an e-mail, mail them a postcard or contact them some other way to let them know you started your own business and ask them if they’d like to receive a brochure or information.
And let them know that you can help them start their own business if and when they are ready; and if they know anyone who might be interested to please let you know. There’s no reason to put any strain on your relationship. If they love your products, they will probably buy from you because you’re their friend. If they don’t, you didn’t put any pressure on them to purchase something they won’t use and they will appreciate you for that. Eventually some of your warm market will come back and ask about your business after they see you achieve success. That’s all there is to it!
Then you go back to sorting. What are you looking for? Well, you want someone who wants to start their own business or has a need to earn extra money, has the desire to do something about it, and are ready to get started now.
When you find that person who has met those requirements, you owe it to them to share your opportunity. You have a solution to offer and should be honored to be able to help them meet their needs.
And, when you show enough people how they can have their own home business, your business will really start to flourish! Some people you talk to will join immediately and others will refuse just as fast. Some will wait and think about it, and eventually decide your opportunity is not for them, while others will want more information before they join you. Some have preconceived ideas about your company, Networking Marketing in general, or even their own ability to earn money. As impersonal as it sounds, you just need to sort through the masses because doing that and improving your skills is what works.
So your next step is to build a funnel where your prospects will come to you. This allows your prospects to sort themselves. The top of the funnel is where you are casting a huge net to get the attention of as many potential recruits and customers as possible. I use every means possible to attract people to me. But you can also distribute brochures if your company has them, you can setup a booth at a college or trade show, you can pass out flyers… There’s no limit of the ways to get the word out about your business. The biggest key is to let go of the emotional attachment. You’re just casting a net to see what comes in.
Be sure to talk to everyone you meet. If you’re having lunch in a restaurant you can give your business card to the waitress and say something like, “You’re really taking good care of us. I would love to have you on my team! Would you be interested in learning more about having your own home business and earning some extra money?” If they say no, that’s OK – you asked. Asking is the most important part. Now you can ask them to pass on your card to someone else who might be interested, and you say next! But of course, continue to be friendly to them. This is about building relationships more than anything else.
Mostly these days, I market online, casting a wide net from many different online sources. The greatest advantage of marketing online is that once your system is setup, you can sort through multitudes of people without a lot of effort on your part. But I do believe that, especially when you first get started, you need to work your business both offline and online to reap the quickest success and build a strong foundation.
When marketing online, those who are interested will step into the funnel and contact you. These people are usually already interested in starting a business and ready to get started soon. They may have already checked out your website and spent the time learning about your opportunity and/or products, or may have questions for you. These are the people you want to talk to. There is usually no need to convince them, just help them get started. Isn’t that a much nicer position to be in?
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. You’ll notice this sorting system doesn’t involve any of the dishonest and annoying practices that give selling a bad name. Just focus on identifying qualified prospects, educating them, and letting them make the right decision for themselves.
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