What’s the difference?
Time is something you can never get back, once it’s gone, it’s gone!
You can either spend your time doing something, or invest your time doing something, both ways the time will be used and can never come back, however you will reap the benefits of investing now for a lifetime, you will never get back what you already spent!
Tired of spending? Ready to invest in yourself for your future?
It is important if you are going to be working from your home and running the business yourself that you understand how to stay focused with your home business.
Without staying focused, you will not be productive and you will not have the kind of results you are after with your home business.
Ways to stay focused
Focus On Your Why
Focusing on the reasons why you started your Network Marketing Business. will give you the push and drive to keep going, especially when times are difficult.
Write Down Your Goals
The act of writing your goals down on paper causes you to contemplate that idea in a more focused and thoughtful way.
Create a daily to do list
Each night before you go bed at write down simple tasks you want to achieve the next day in order of importance on Notepad, a piece of paper or anywhere that will be seen often.
When working from home it is important to devote and commitment as much time as possible to your business in order to achieve success. Its important to pick times that you wont be distracted by simple things. The television, is a huge distraction while working so turn it off.
Connect With People That Have Similar Goals
If you don’t have people in your up line or friends and family currently with same mindset, then Social Media groups are prefect for this.
Reward yourself and celebrate
When you accomplish difficult task do not forget to reward yourself. It can be anything, doing something with your family or friends like going to a sporting event. Share your success with your Team and the people that have helped you along the way.
There are many factors that go in to achieving success in Network Marketing, however staying focused is key! Hopefully these tips on how to stay focused will help. When your focused and committed everything will fall into place.
Coffee is more than popular: it’s ubiquitous. No other beverage is as revered or respected. It can be seen in offices, during commutes, and on kitchen counter tops worldwide.
Coffee exporting alone is a $20 billion dollar industry, mostly consumed by industrialized nations while being produced by the world’s underclass. It’s so beloved today, you would never know drinking coffee once carried the death penalty.
1. After crude oil, coffee is the most sought commodity in the world!
There’s no shame in coming in second place to oil. Coffee is worth over $100 billion worldwide.
That puts it ahead of commodities like natural gas, gold, brent oil, sugar and corn.
2. Worldwide, we drink over 500 billion cups of coffee every year!
3. Coffee farms are the economic livelihood of over 25 million people.
Coffee is grown in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. And 67 percent of the world’s coffee is grown in the Americas alone.
4. Despite the different flavors and varieties, there are really only two types of coffee
Arabica and robusta are the two main commercially grown and sold coffee beans. Arabica is the more common type of bean grown (70 percent of coffee is Arabica), and it’s considered more flavorful. Robusta is hardier and cheaper, most commonly seen in instant coffee jars.
5. Over half of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee daily.
American coffee drinkers average 4 to 5 of coffee every day.
6. Coffee is the source of 75 percent of America’s caffeine.
Substantially more than any tea, soda or energy drink.
7. Coffee shops are the fastest growing niche in the restaurant business.
If it seems like there are coffee shops popping up everywhere around you, you might be right — coffee shops have a seven percent annual growth rate.
Starbucks, by far America’s coffee giant, is the third largest restaurant chain in the U.S.
8. 90 percent of the world’s coffee production takes place in developing countries.
And its consumption takes place in industrialized nations. The top three producers of coffee are Brazil, Vietnam and Columbia.
9. Finland drinks the most coffee per capita in the world.
Meanwhile, the first major coffee producing country to appear on the list is Brazil at number 13.
The United States ranks 25th per capita, but we consume the most coffee overall.
10. ”Fair trade” coffee is still a small portion of the market, but it is the most popular fair trade commodity in the world.
“Fair trade” coffee was instituted to provide growers with better conditions and a higher cut of the profit.
Under fair trade rules, the coffee importer has a direct relationship with the grower, and pays more to maintain that relationship.
Companies like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s all carry fair trade coffee.
11. According to the World Wildlife Fund, of the 50 countries with the highest deforestation rates from 1990 to 1995, 37 were coffee producers.
Coffee was traditionally grown in the shade. In order to increase yields, outside organizations pushed growers towards planting their crops in the sun.
New techniques include using chemicals and chopping down forests, which allow for greater output but diminish the coffee’s taste and ruin the habitats of the surround fauna.
As a side note, ”shade-grown” or “bird-friendly” coffee is now marked up and sold at a premium.
It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it in the extreme, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it and advocating it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing.
So, what is the problem with MLM and network marketing?
Maybe it’s the pyramid structure? But you can’t really take issue with the tiered compensation structure—almost every large sales organization in the world has that. Salespeople get commission, and sales managers get overrides or bonuses on top of that, and sales directors on top of that, and VPs on top of that.
Or maybe it’s the fact that you have to pay to participate in it? But that can’t be it—that’s a standard franchising model. And I assure you, the franchise fee of most traditional franchises dwarf the sign-up cost of any MLM program by comparison.
Now certainly, there are illegal pyramid, or “Ponzi”, schemes. This is where the money is all being made off of signing up other people, with little or no real product ever being delivered. But in spite of whatever perceptions people may have, the fact is that Amway, Excel, Meleleuca, PrePaid Legal, USANA, and many others have sold millions upon millions of dollars of products to happy customers, many of whom are NOT also reps. So, there may be a perception problem here, but if so, the perception is out of line with the reality.
But surely the bad reputation MLM’ers has some more basis in fact than the occasional illegal pyramid scheme?
The real problem with MLM is not MLM itself, but some of the people it attracts. Network marketing is just a business model, and it really amounts to “micro-franchising”. Its upside is that it has a very low cost of entry, with the potential for exceptional revenue, and there are those who achieve that.
But those same things that make it attractive make it attractive to many who are NOT really qualified or prepared to become business owners. The salient characteristics of MLM make it attractive to people who:
- have not done well in their business or profession and have little money saved up to invest
- have no previous experience owning or running a business
- have no previous experience in sales
- have little or no experience developing business relationships other than that of employer/employee/co-worker
- are not satisfied with their current level of income
- have unrealistic expectations of the amount of work involved compared to the revenue realized.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with any of these things, or that this describes even a majority of network marketers—only that it describes a disproportionate number of network marketers, and that many of them never do anything about it.
As a result, many network marketers end up:
- over-selling the opportunity
- inappropriately discussing business in social situations
- coming across as desperate
- over-focused on new recruits and neglecting existing customers as a result
- being either inaccurate or deceptive when talking about their business
Again, I’m certainly not saying that this describes a majority of network marketers, but it does describe enough of them to tarnish the reputation of the rest. To pre-judge someone based on the basis of a small minority of people in that group is horribly unfair, but we must realize that most prejudices have some basis in reality, even if it has been distorted.
So what’s the solution?
There’s a first time for everything. And network marketing/MLM is a great opportunity for people to have their first business, their first sales role, etc. My point is this—recognize it for what it is: it’s a business, and you are a business owner. And if you’ve never owned a business before, if you’ve never done sales before, if you’ve never networked before, you need to learn about how to do so, not just from the network marketing/MLM experts, but from established experts in those fields.
Network marketers who are serious about building a business should be reading and learning about business fundamentals, the latest sales and marketing techniques, strategies for networking and business development, etc., not just swapping tips at your team’s weekly or monthly meeting. Act like a small business owner, and people will treat you like one.