Why I am a Network Marketer and How to Become One!

Written by Mary Pirela on . Posted in Blog, Health and Wellness

Me wearing my pin for reaching Silver Manager

Me getting my pin for reaching Silver Manager

There are many ways to succeed online as a business owner. There are also many business models to choose from. One such business model that many have found tremendous success with is called Network Marketing.

Network marketing, also known as Multi-Level Marketing, is a business model that rewards people based on the number of people that they recruit. As a network marketer you represent a company. You promote and sell their products and earn a commission on your sales. However, you also recruit other people to join the company. For each person you recruit you also earn a commission on the sales they make.

Network marketers sell anything from candles and jewelry to herbal supplements and cleaning products. It’s an industry that has a lot of controversy. However, it’s also an industry that can make a lot of money, IF, you work hard and take it seriously.

When I first heard about Network Marketing was when I was a child ( I remember Tupperware and my mom buying any plastic gadget that you can imagine!) but I had also heard about being a “Scam or a Pyramid thing” which kept me away from the opportunity of exploring MLM for a while.

It was through my husband that I started learning a more healthy approach about MLM but without looking it as a business opportunity until I started having the need of finding something valuable to do that would help me generate some extra income while staying at home with my kids who where 3 and 1 ½ years old at the time. It was through some friend’s Facebook post that I got interested in this company, products and business opportunity. I’m a 11 years experienced fitness instructor and I was looking for a company whose mission, values and products were aligned with mine. I studied the compensation plan and found that it had not structure (legs). I did not have to keep or maintain inventory and I will get paid every day!  The investment was minimal and there was not risk at all. I could get my investment back in less than 3 days. I really had nothing to lose so I joined!

It has been 3 years now since I became a network marketing professional and it has been an amazing and profitable journey. I have had good month and low months like in ANY other business. I have had to work hard on disciplining myself, learn some new kills, learn about the company and products and be a product of the products. I have had to deal with the fact that who you thought would support you and would jump in with you into the business would not (like close friends and family), rejections, friends that avoid you cause they don’t want to hear about your business opportunity (called SCAM behind your back!!) and so on. But all has been WORTHY it!

What I have loved the most is that sense of ownership. I control my time, I get to plan all my family activities around my business not vice-versa! I have the freedom to schedule trips, vacations, taking days off when needed, set up doctors appointments, play dates, etc without asking to a boss because I AM MY BOSS!! I’m saving a lot in daycares (my kids stay at home with me), gas (I don’t have to commute back and forth to any job place), tax saving (read The Financial Benefits of a Stay-at-Home Parent). Once I got to start building my organization, I started receiving what is called residual income, which is the income that continues to be generated after the initial effort has been expended. In other words, I’ve been on vacation with my family and I keep getting paid!!!

My other great reason to keep doing it, is the priceless feeling and reward of being able to help others to lose weight, improve their health and finance. Inspiring others to do the same with their friends and family. Being a messenger of health and wellness.

So, if this is something that you as a Stay-at-Home mom would like to explore, here are some steps that you need to take:

  • Step #1 Decide if You Have What It Takes to Succeed:  Network marketing is about educating and talking with people. If you don’t enjoy sales or talking to people, then it’s not the right business for you. However, if you enjoy engaging people and talking about their life and their problems (and how your products can solve their problems), then you’ve found a calling. You also want to be self-motivated. Network marketers are self-employed. There’s no boss hanging over your shoulder telling you to get to work. You have to tell yourself to get to work. You have to set your own goals and keep yourself accountable to achieve them.
  • Step #2 Find A Company That Appeals to You: Because you’re going to be a sales person, it is vitally important that you like the products you’re selling and that you believe in them. Sure you can sell things you don’t believe in, but it’s easier to be successful if you do. You’ll also want to make sure it is a company that has a good reputation both with customers and with sales people. The reason the industry has a bit of controversy is because a few bad apples get a lot of attention. There are many good and reputable network marketing companies.
  • Step #3 Find a Mentor: A mentor will help you skip all the beginner mistakes everyone else makes. You’ll be able to launch your career and your income much faster. A mentor may also have some insider secrets and tips that you can use right away. Finally, a mentor is good to help you get and stay motivated. If you don’t want to find a mentor, consider creating a team of other network marketers to meet and motivate each other on a regular basis.
You also need to think about theses four rules (From the book GO PRO by Erick Worre) once you decide Network Marketing is for you:
  • Rule 1 – Detach yourself from the outcome: Focus on Education and Understanding to educate other about your company and products instead of convince them to join.
  • Rule 2 – Be Yourself: Focus on being your best self.
  • Rule 3 – Bring some Passion: Be enthusiastic, positive, smiley, inspiring
  • Rule 4 – Have a Strong Posture: Be bold, be strong, believe
Network marketing is a great business model for the self-motivated professional. You are able to make your own hours, work with a company you love and there’s no income ceiling or cap that you have to deal with. The sky is the limit. And that’s why so many people love network marketing.
“If you are a person with big dreams and would love to support others in achieving their big dreams, then the network marketing business is definitely a business for you. You can start your business part-time at first and then as your business grows, you can help other people start their part-time business. This is a value worth having – a business and people who help others make their dreams come true.” - Robert Kiyosaki

Have you ever considered joining an Network Marketing Company? If not, what have stopped you from doing it? Please share.

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Why my Products Don’t Work When Trying to Lose Weight or improving your overall health

Written by Mary Pirela on . Posted in Blog, Health and Wellness, Losing Weight

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Why my Products Don’t Work When Trying to Lose Weight or improving your overall health

On our way to church on Christmas eve, I decided to check my email from my cell phone. I received several messages. Most of them coming from blogs that I’m subscribed with messages about the Holidays. Only one email caught my eye and my desire to open it immediately. It came from a friend who is a Zumba® student of mine and a client. Her name is Cathy. The subject of the email read: “Thank You”. I opened the email and my heart was full of joy. Only one word came out of my mouth: “WOW!” My husband who was driving asked: “What’s wrong?”. With tears in my eyes and my voice a little shaken I read the email to him and another “WOW!” resonated but this time it came from my husband and then he asked: “What do you think?”

Throughout this year, many people have given me the opportunity to work with them to help them improve their lives and I’m deeply grateful for that. My motivation and deepest desire is that each of them achieve that change, achieve results or at least stay on track with the new life style adopted. I’m dedicated to them. I’m in constant communication to make sure everything goes well. I provide the necessary information. And most importantly they have my unconditional support.

Unfortunately, not everyone experiences the change they are looking for or they don’t want it bad enough to make the necessary sacrifices. Not everyone wants me checking on them asking how they’re doing, how they’re feeling and how their meal plan is going. Some of them ignore my messages. And some of them the only time they respond is to tell me that the products didn’t work or the products are no different than any other products in the market. Of course, there are out of control circumstances that can affect the “getting healthier/adopting a new life style” process and I totally get it but that is not what I’m referring to, I’m referring about things that we have control over.

I want to clarify that Cathy’s success story is the result of her dedication and commitment. She didn’t allow excuses to hinder her process of getting the results she wanted. During the time she used the Xyngular products she traveled around the country and even internationally. She even took the products with her in some of her trips. She celebrated birthdays, attended dinner invitations, etc and still she was able to lose weight and control her cholesterol level. I only provided her with the tools she needed and my unconditional and sincere support.

So, what did I think about when I read her email?

1) That I love the area of health and wellness. Nothing more rewarding to know that I’m making a difference in people’s well beings, in their lives. For the last 6 months I have been praying to God for confirmation and I feel that HE answered my prayers.

2) That it is totally out of my control how some people excuse their weaknesses and are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices to get the desired results.

3) That my focus and motivation should be channeled towards those that really want a change in their lives.

In health and wellness, there is a saying: “facts tell but stories sell” and some people could think that the most important thing for me is that my clients get the results they want so I can sell more and nothing could be further from reality. Obviously, this is my business but financial rewarding is not my main motivation. Much less in this highly sensitive area such as Health and Wellness. My biggest motivation, what I look for and want to hear from my clients is what my friend Cathy summarized in her email.

Xyngular products or any other weight loss product for that matter will not work when trying to lose weight if when everything is said and done you are not fully honest with yourself and blame the products, other people, circumstances and anything else but yourself. Your actions WILL MAKE a difference. NOT your INTENTIONS.

I end this blog post with Cathy’s Thank You email:

Hey there!!  I wanted to say THANK YOU for all you have done for me!  My 2013 was a great year and a lot of it was due to you!  

1.  I have you for a wonderful Zumba® instructor and best of all, a good friend!  
2.  I have a whole new Zumba® family in my life that gives me inspiration!
3.  I have 15 less pounds on my body (and I’m keeping them off!).
4.  My overall health is great–cholesterol controlled!!
5.  I can Zumba for an hour and then say “Is that it?  Can we go for another 1/2 hour?”
6.  Feeling good about myself…and being better at 40 than I ever was in my 30s is definitely something to be happy about!
So that was just a small token of thanks. God bless and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

And because of this success story and many more that I haven’t even shared, I begin this year with a heart full of GRATITUDE to those who gave me the opportunity to make a difference in their lives both in the health and financial area.

I will continue my mission of empowering others to take control of their health and well being. Best wishes to you for a healthy and prosperous 2014.

What steps are you planing to take to improve your overall health this year? What about your finances?

Many Blessings,

Mary Pirela

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