In order to achieve the goals you have set as an entrepreneur in a multi-level marketing (MLM) company you will need support. Understandably most people assume that support will come from their sponsor, the one who presented the opportunity. This sponsorship could be between two friends, acquaintances, or even strangers. Although your sponsor may have the best of intentions, you may find yourself orphaned. Depending on at what point in your network marketing career this happens affects you to a varying degree. This happened to me…on day 1. The timeframe in which I became an orphan may be unique but the situation is not. Here are 5 steps you can take to ensure you end up successful on the other side of this unfortunate situation.
Seek Support from Your Upline
There are several reasons why you ended up with an absentee sponsor. Don’t take it personally. More often than not it is your sponsor’s issue. They could be new, not know how to lead (check out an earlier post on leadership) you or just be poor at managing their time. Regardless of the reason, they don’t determine your success. If you need and want some direction reach out to their sponsor or another upline in your company. If you don’t know who this is then reach out to your company’s customer support team and get the information you need from them. However, it’s best if you do your homework before you reach out to them. If you want their advice on strategy, come up with your own solutions and then approach them. This way you can have a productive dialogue and get their opinion and recommendations.
Look Outside your Company for Support
While your company will have tools and strategies they promote there is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from marketers in other companies. With the power of the internet you can connect with so many network marketers willing to share their strategies. So, you are never alone or lost with Google, YouTube, and all the information on social media. Out of the box thinking is a great reward in business and is sometimes found by branching out beyond your small networking circle.
Find Support at a Company Event
Get out there and mingle. If you find yourself orphaned, one of the best things you can do is go to a company event. At an event you can meet other people on your team and find someone you want to mentor you. Mentorship and success in network marketing is highly correlated. So it’s important you get yourself adopted as soon as possible. If you are teachable, show a willingness to learn and work then you won’t have any trouble finding someone who will share their knowledge and experience with you.
Get Support from a Networking Community
One of the best things about network marketing is the community of like-minded people you can surround yourself with. Beyond the folks in your company there are several training communities for network marketers. Plugging into these communities can really boost your personal development and business if you apply what they are teaching. What I have found by being associated with a couple of them myself, is that the direction and marketing training is better than what you typically get from your MLM company.
Share and Support Others
Get busy and take action. If you have done a few of the suggestions listed before then you should have enough information to form a strategy that you can carry out. You also may want to consider that if your sponsor left you hanging then there are probably other orphans out there as well. If you can, you could reach out to them and help each other. Pool your knowledge and be each other’s accountability partners.
The most important takeaway is that your sponsor doesn’t determine your success. You can overcome a “missing in action” sponsor. This situation may even be the best thing for your business. If you have a vision and want to meet your goals then go and get the support you need and get to work.
Share this blog with fellow marketers struggling with lack of support. Then sign-up for a risk-free test drive in the training community I’m associated with here. It saved my network marketing career when I found myself in this situation.
Download the free 3 Step Top Earner Framework below.