Beware! MLM Home Business Pitfalls of Building Online

Too many people these days become obsessed with building their MLM home businesses online, which more often than not results in their business dying!

Now don’t get me wrong, I think the internet is a great tool that everyone should be using to an MLM home business, or any business for that matter!

Am I talking out of both sides of my mouth?

No. Let me clarify (don’t you just love riddles?:).

Here’s where the problem lies: most people when they learn about online marketing go into “get-rich-quick mode” thinking that NOW they have finally discovered the SECRET that’s going to build their business automatically for them and make them rich overnight! All logic and reason goes out the window because they heard about some guy who went from homeless to millionaire in a weekend using the internet. That person therefore who may have been struggling and beating their head against the wall to grow their business suddenly finds out about this new previously-unknown-to-them “magical” way to make their business really work and basically stops building their business to become an online marketing guru/genius.

Of course, they don’t mean to put their business on hold but what they don’t understand is that – like any other great marketing approach or system – success won’t happen overnight, and they end spending more and more time learning and less and less time doing anything productive and guess what, their organization, however big or small, duplicates – they don’t do anything productive either…

Avoid the MLM Home Business Internet Trap

For most people, it may take 6 months and maybe longer to really master the different online marketing approaches necessary to create enough leads consistently – on a daily basis – where you no longer need to be prospecting any other way. Yes, there is always exception to the rule but when you consider the average networker only has a few hours a week to put into building an income from home, there isn’t much time left to learn these new skills and strategies. If you had 10-15 hours a day uninterrupted where you could study in a cave and really learn it, then yes, you could learn it much faster, in a matter of weeks probably, but that is very unrealistic for the average person, for the 80% of the networkers out there.

In order to create a growing, profitable MLM home business, you must be able to really connect with people.

Utilize the Internet for what it is, a great tool to leverage communications and marketing but don’t forget the fundamentals. This is a relationship business, and real relationships are built and maintained through communication.

Start slow when incorporating the internet, don’t go all in right from the get-go. Slowly start adding online marketing strategies to your existing business building approaches that are working. Perhaps setup a lead capture page to direct your suspects to – the people you need to sift and sort through to see who your prospects really are. Start communicating to your team with trainings and live presentations via webinar or online video format each week. Maybe setup a Facebook page to establish a basic online presence where you can connect with people and where they can go to learn more about YOU (again, people join people, not companies – don’t give out your company replicated website, give out your webpage, like your Facebook page to start) – you can also search for your prospects on Facebook and learn more about them as well.

Continue to build your MLM home business offline while also continuing to learn new ways of marketing and connecting online to create leads – but don’t sacrifice the offline activities for the online ones as you’ll only end up killing your business and having to start all over again. Anyone can begin an MLM home business from day 1 offline by keeping it simple and prospecting – simple, non-technical, duplicatable skills people have used and continue to use to create millions in their MLM home business (before there was the internet – or DVDs or cell phones even) and that anyone can learn.

But the same cannot be said for online marketing – it is a skill that must be learned, and although it’s becoming more and more necessary to have computer and Internet skills these days it’s still nowhere near as natural or common as talking with someone face to face, or even on the phone.

Again, the Internet is a great tool everyone building an MLM home business should learn and eventually master. But also realize that in reality it does take time, it won’t happen overnight. Also realize that people start and join MLM NOT because they want to push out the time frame to quit their job or retire or reach their goals but rather they join because they see it as a way to get there faster.

Therefore start with the offline methods and begin to slowly integrate your offline recruiting methods with your online generation efforts. As you begin to create more and more leads online you can cut back on your offline efforts or simply continue to both and make that much more money instead.

What duplicates duplicates

Again, your team will do what you do. If you focus only or primarily on online marketing so will your team and you will lose urgency and momentum and therefore substantial growth of your team due to the 3-6 month learning curve your people will have to overcome (plus you don’t want them getting distracted and only selling products and tools – no residual income, no leverage of people, no team, etc – big mistake!).

Why Build Your Own House?

Drive along the cities of the United States, and you will see commercial properties boasting real estates. They are stylish and commercialized houses sold at approximately a million dollars. Smaller and simpler houses can be bought for half-a-million bucks. Be that as it may, an average American would find it difficult to buy a million-dollar home. Real estates in commercial neighborhoods are generally expensive. Hence, most people prefer building their dream home instead of buying one.

Some say that building your own house is a laborious task; you need to hire architects and engineers to help you plan your blueprint. You need to elaborate details for house features, such as a number of rooms, dimensions, colors, and materials. In commercialized neighborhoods, all you need to do is to move in to your new home. It’s like browsing a menu catalogue in fast food chains and picking a meal when you have chosen one. When you build your own house, you have to do all the work.

Nevertheless, some see the benefits of building their own home. The focal point of building your own house is personal control; you are the mind, body, and heart of home-building. Hence, you can ask architects to enhance your home plan. More importantly, you can request engineers to implement good engineering techniques to strengthen the foundation of your home.

Aside from these, you can choose the location of your house. Sometimes, home buyers like the style and design of a house, but they do not like the neighborhood. When you build your own house you can personally choose the place for your home. You do not need to adjust for ways and traditions of a neighborhood. After all, you are the heart of home-building. You are the project manager of home construction.

Moreover, when you build your own house, you can personally handpick construction materials. You can choose energy-efficient materials for windows, doors, walls, and roofs. Through this, you can save energy, time, and money. Energy-efficient materials are a good and long-term investment for your home.

Everyone dreams of signing a real estate property contract. Before you contact your real estate agent, think about building your own home. Weigh the pros and cons, and see the advantages of developing your own real estate property. You can save a lot when you build your dream house.

Teaching an Online Course: The Professional, Stree-Free Approach

The Advantages of Learning Online…

Who hasn’t received email about online learning and thought how wonderful it would be to “attend” lectures, take exams, and interact with instructors and classmates through chat rooms, without driving to some campus? How convenient: work at your own pace from the convenience of your home or office. Most online courses have been degree programs in fields that lend themselves to this approach, like business, technology, health, and law.

How many more people want simply to enrich their lives by delving into something interesting or practical on an ongoing basis? That has been a service community colleges supply, hiring many people with specialized knowledge and experience in a wide variety of fields that appeal to enough citizens to make it worth listing in the catalog.

What About the Advantages of Teaching Online?

When you stop to think about it, most adults accumulate enough knowledge and experience to have something worth sharing with others. Most of them truly love their special field and believe they have a unique slant on it. Only a few, however, apply to teach at their community college and those who are accepted get to share their expertise and passion with only a few dozen people at most per semester. Many knowledgeable and passionate people are intimidated at the thought of designing a course – writing up descriptions, syllabi, outlines, and lecture notes without professional guidance or assistance. Of those who get this far, how many freeze at the thought of standing up in front of a classroom and talking in public?

If this describes you, there is great news. You can now teach what you know and love while “hiding” behind the Internet. Even better, you can get talented professionals to help you create and develop a truly excellent course with all the trimmings. You can get access to tools that let you enroll hundreds of students at once and still manage to encourage them to complete their assignments, pass quizzes, and participate in online discussion groups.

UniversalClass.com – Where Learning and Teaching Come Together…

One such online service is UniversalClass.com. It offers a “Virtual Classroom” in cyberspace. You set up an account quickly and easily, and then concentrate on typing in or uploading specific content for your course through a “wizard,” an automated program that prompts for necessary information and offers hints. Make no mistake, it takes planning and effort on your part, But you are guided through the whole process. Once you’re satisfied with your draft, UniversalClass.com professionals critique it and tell you how to improve it. Once the Course Review Committee approves your course, it is made available online to potentially thousands of learners, who pay whatever course fees you stipulate. You receive sixty percent of these fees. And you’ve paid nothing to set up the course. As you “teach” the class repeatedly, feedback from students and your own evolving insights can be edited in and your course grows in excellence.

What Can I Teach?

It’s time to brainstorm. Start a notebook of ideas. You don’t have to be a “guru” or expert for people at some level to benefit from your insight. Four to six years work or field experience after finishing school may suffice to build a practical course around. Help people learn the “inner workings” of something you do every day effortlessly. Help them avoid trial and error. If you are a skilled craftsperson or hobbyist, you have the makings of a first-rate course. Remember, the Internet lets you incorporate artwork, music, and even movie clips – without you having to know any programming.

What do you enjoy talking, reading, and learning about most? What do you enjoy doing the most? What do you find yourself talking about most with family and friends? What do people most ask your help with? What good and bad life experiences have you been through? How did you cope? What are the biggest problems on the job and how would you fix them? What do you find yourself saying, “I could do that better” about? Or, “If only they’d try such-and-such.” Start here.

People want courses in things like:

  • accounting
  • bookkeeping
  • marketing
  • financing
  • office skills
  • telemarketing
  • entrepreneurship
  • New Age
  • self-improvement
  • holistic healing
  • Yoga
  • fitness
  • birthing
  • dreams
  • self-hypnosis
  • meditation
  • quitting smoking
  • computers at every level of expertise and every specialty
  • cooking (all forms)
  • the visual arts – how to and academic views
  • decorating
  • landscaping
  • genealogy
  • reading music
  • playing instruments
  • the languages of the world
  • law
  • criminology
  • taxation
  • parenting
  • grand-parenting
  • caring for elderly parents
  • caring for pets
  • real estate
  • religion
  • social work…

With a little imagination, your list of ideas can grow to unbelievable heights…