Here we go again, sifting through all of this information surrounding finding the right business model that will allow me to make some extra income. I feel like I am in a jungle and I am not quite sure which way to go or what to do.
What can I do to make the right decision as I am very aware of the fact that their are many scams out their, along with real legitimate business opportunities. Lack of experience could be a factor in the decision making process or simply becoming extremely excited about being told everything that you wanted to hear.
The fact of the matter, is the only individual that we can blame for a decision made, is ourselves, so my objective is to help you to go through a process, that will provide you with a clearer picture of what you might be looking for.
The first point I would like to make is "WHY" are you looking at getting into a business, whether part time or full time? Most people are truly not in a position to commit to a full time business, simply because of a lack of resources and must therefore look at a means of of either focusing on a part time business, that they hope someday will become a full time career.
The next point is that you really must decide what kind of an income you want to create in your life. All opportunities are not created equally. There are those that will make it real easy to get started, by offering you the chance to get started "FREE" and really the return is limited. I find there is a big difference between no cost, low cost investment verses a business that rquires a serious investment of anywhere from $300 - $1500 to get started, which usually involves product, mentorship and a system to assist you in achieving your personal and financial goals. I should also add that the latter investment is one that will in most cases provide you with a break away income earning potential.
The next point comes down to who are you going to surround yourself with, winners or loosers. Yes, it is time to do some research and do your due diligence and figure out who you are going to be working with. One of the beautiful benefits of the internet is that you can find out all you need to know about your prospective business partners. A track record will let you know some very important facts, especially if you are planning on developing a career in the network marketing industry. You may want to know how long your potenyial business partner has been with his current company or has he been jumping around from one company to the other, always promoting the next best deal until another comes along. There is no better way to loose credibility, consistency in your business.
One of the major points I want to share with you is that it is imperative that you identify the "TREND". The trend is your friend and can last for a day, week, month or years. The important component here is that when you identify a trend, you identify an opportunity. A perfect example of a major trend today, is that we are seeing a significant increase in the ability to build a global business model, than just doing business in your own back yard. In fact given the right infrastructure, it is just as easy to build an international business. Just remember to surround yourself with the right people.
My final point is that you may want to consider a company that has been in business for at least three years as many companies in the industry do not survive there first year in business and a high percentage do not succeed in their second year. Do not feel for a minute that you are missing out on an opportunity because you did not get in on the launch date. Most successful companies have developed a culture, a successful way of building a business, instilling belief and changing peoples lives in the process.
All The Best,
Patrick S. Tulloch
In May of 2004 I signed up with my new network marketing company after being absent from the industry for a number of years. I had been busy running a traditional business for twenty three years with great success, but no free time, lots of stress and not in the best of health. I thought it might be time for a change.
Month's prior to getting started in my new business venture, my mother had made reference to seeing me in some type of business wher I was distributing a product that I personally new nothing about. Be careful when your mother speaks, for she may manifest things in your life when you least expect it.
It just so happened that month's later my mother experienced a health challenge, where her bowels had backed up, a very serious and unfortable situation for anyone to go through, irregardless of one's age. After visiting with her GP, who indicated that she would have to see a specialist in three weeks. Well you can imagine the surprise of receiving instruction of having to wait for such an extended period of time. People have died from bowel obstruction.
A good friend of mine recommended that we use a product produced by his company. He did not offer any guarantees, but felt it might help the situation and we had nothing to loose by using the product. We got a bottle the same day she came back from the doctors and she began to consume the recommended 2 – 3 ounces daily. The result was that within seven days my mother's bowels had cleared up completely and she was ecstatic about the results, who wouldn't be.
The story gets better with each day as my mother now began to share her story with friends and family and anyone else who would listen. She had a real life story and one that she could share, in fact I could share her story, simply because I did not have one of my own.
When you start to share a story, people listen, they know you are not trying to sell them something, they are sincerely interested in learning more about your personal experience. It is no different than telling someone about a good movie or an amazing restaurant. Word of mouth advertising is one of the best forms of advertising, not to mention extremely inexpensive.
The next month turned out to be a busy time of delivering the same product to her friends and family members who wanted to experience the many benefits that this product offered. There were many referrals that appeared as a result of hearing her story. The exciting point I want you to know is that in this peticular situation, my mother was not looking at developing a business and was wanting to share her experience with others. At the end of her second month of USING THE PRODUCT AND TELLING HER STORY, she received a cheque for a thousand dollars and she was not focused on building a business. Imagine, by using this simple approach, you have the ability to not only create an income, but a lifestyle and this is one of the reason's the network marketing industry will continue to grow and thrive in these economic times.
It doesn't matter what company you are with or considering to join, what matter's is that you are getting results and surround yourself with the right people. We are in a global economy weith many emerging markets desperately seeking opportunities that will provide their families with the lifestyle they desire.
Today, my mother continues to consume the product that made a significant difference in her life and I continue to be apart of that company that my mother had visualized me becoming apart of, now for seven years. I do hope this story will provide you with the incentive to go for it and make a difference in your life.
All the best,
Patrick S. Tulloch – BTBF
The Power of Words/Thoughts
By: Patrick S. Tulloch
Let me first ask you, "How have the words that you have heard or used affected you in your life?" I believe for most individuals we may not become aware of the programming that has molded us in many ways and has had a dramatic effect on our decisions that we have arrived at in life's journey. It began as an infant, when on so many occasions we would here the word, "no" over and over again. How so early in life our personalities were being shaped by others, who loved us, but were not aware of the deep implications these words would have on our futures. Were you one of those individuals who would do it again and again, even after hearing that dreaded word repeatedly? Or were you determined to get it right, succeed at all costs, no matter what the outcome?
It is so important for us to begin to get in touch with our subconscious mind, as that is the resting place of all that has been created in our lives, this is where we can begin to take back control of what we want and not what was planted there by others. It is here we can begin to plant new thoughts, ideas and images of how we see ourselves and to know what we want and get it.
This is not about "Trying" this is about "Doing." Too often is the word "try" used in our language, that it almost implies that you will not do it anyway. It is one of those words that I feel should be abolished from the english dictionary. Have you ever dropped a pen on the floor and then tried to pick it up, although a simple example, but it truely reflects the state of our thinking. We can actually defeat ourselves before even getting started.
On a positive note, let's begin to focus on the power of words, that will dramatiacally impact our lives. It has been stated by many great men, "I can", "I will", "I will not quit", "I will see myself where I want to be before I arrive", "I am a winner". Do you think that these words might have an impact on the results you might be looking for? Absoulutely. Here is a great quote that I wanted to share with you: Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is extremely important to take the time out of each day to recognize who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing in our lives and make sure we share these powerful thoughts by utilizing the powerful gift of words.
Patrick has been an entrepreneur for most of his adult life developing leadership qualities that have contributed to his success in understanding life and perfecting his business skills. Today he strives to share his experiences through his writings and mentoring activities to many searching for the answers that await them. His belief is expressed in his personal quote, “If you want to make a difference in life, it's not about what you are getting, but it comes down to what you are GIVING!Patrick S. Tulloch289.894.0244http://www.facebook.com/PST.BTBF
The Power of Motivation By:Patrick S. Tulloch
Have you ever wondered why some individuals are highly motivated, while others just simply are not able to find the motivation that will propel them into achieving their goals. You might be looking for ways that will permit you to become the person that you would like to be, but just have not found the right resource that has made a difference in your life. I have implemented a plan of action, that just might work for you and have outlined a simple system that you can start right now.
I want to talk to you about two types of motivations, the first being external. We have all had some exposure in this area. Do you remember a major sporting event that you had participated in some years ago, when the home team was on the verge of winning a big game. The score was very close, which onlty added to the excitement, the fans were screaming, people wer on their feet, everyone was clapping and stomping their feet, it was an exciting time and all at the event were extremely motivated to cheer on their team to victory. External influences can be a very powerful short lived experience as can be the case with going to church on Sunday. A pastor is preaching an outstanding sermon that is being felt by the whole congregation as you can feel the energy throughout the worship and praise. The message has been received and as the congregation exits the church, you can feel the motivation that has been instilled in the minds of those participating in this Sunday servvice. How long will the motivation last as those who attended the service begin to go back to the routines in their lives, how much cheering and celebrating will continue after the victory by the winning team is now complete?
I believe as individuals we want to be consistent in our lives and must therefore strive to establish routines that will yield the results that we desire. Internal motivation will give us the foundation that we can build upon and achieve greatness in all we do. For all questions presented, there is an answer and what I am going to share with you is an approach that you can take that will develop an internal motivation that will change your life and it is not the only one, but it is one that works.
We can be overwhelmed with distractions and negativity during the course of a day and in most cases the positive or good experiences we have had are dwarfed compared to the encouraging moments of the day, so what do we need to do on a daily basis?
The first action you need to do is grab an organizer, if you do not have one. The next step is to begin to record at the end of each day or as it occurs the important events that have been manifested throughout the course of the day. It does not matter how big or small the incident,atters is that you record it. The next step is to review the recorded events at the end of the day before you go to bed at night and permit these positive experiences to be absorbed into your subconscious. You need to fill your thoughts with the goodness of the day. This activity is to be done on a daily basis, day in and day out. Continue to focus on this activity for weeks and you will soon come to realize what a powerful resource tou have accumulated. When you think that you are not having a great day or someone told you it would not work, go to your resource and review all of those amazing events, that you have manifested in your life.
Remember you are the some total of all your thoughts and actions, so let's focus on what you want.
Patrick has been an entrepreneur for most of his adult life developing leadership qualities that have contributed to his success in understanding life and perfecting his business skills. Today he strives to share his experiences through his writings and mentoring activities to many searching for the answers that await them. His belief is expressed in his personal quote, “If you want to make a difference in life, it's not about what you are getting, but it comes down to what you are GIVING!Patrick S. Tulloch289.894.0244http://www.yourvisiontv.ca
Is Your RIM Too Small?
I recently had the opportunity to experience a favourite sport that I had played for years and at a very competitive level, the game of basketball. It was so fulfilling to get back on an outside court on a beautiful sunny day to shoot some “hoops” once again. I wasn’t the only one on this day who wanted the same experience. I was joined by another gentleman, who seemed to also relive the moments from the past and was shortly joined thereafter by his young daughter.
After watching my colleague for some time, he seemed to become more and more frustrated after shot after shot hit the rim. Finally after frustration he blurted out,“the RIM must be too small.” The comment immediately brought me back to thinking about our amazing industry of Network Marketing and how quickly we can make excuses for the results we experience in life. Here was a father actually teaching his daughter, who was taking in this lesson through her subconscious mind, that we can always come up with a good reason why things do not work out the way we would like and for some of us we have been subjected to these lessons of excuses for many of the formulative years of our lives. The real reasons for the missed shots was very simple, lack of practise, no real focus, no technique or system that would provide him with the belief and consistency that he had so desired on this day.
This brings me back to our industry, where so many individuals give up on their dreams and goals, because they too do not develop themselves personally to become the individual they truly desire to be. It is much easier to make excuses, than to face the challenges of growth and learn the success principles that so many have achieved in life. Professional basketball players develop a skill set for the position they play on a team, defensive players get paid millions to prevent an offensive player from scoring and adversely an offensive player, who may only shoot 40 -50% will also be paid millions to play the game. Keep in mind these individuals have invested many hours to become the player's they are today.
What are you doing to become the player you want to become in this industry? Are you surrounding yourself with successful entrepreneurs? Are you reading or listening to personal development material? Do you see yourself where you want to be, before you arrive? Do you have a plan of action in place that will put you on course? When I got started in this business, my RIM was small, but filled with vision and purpose, so my wish for you is that you never allow your RIM to be too small.
Patrick S. Tulloch - BTBF
What the heck is a drop card?
Even with all of the attention the internet is getting when it comes to creating phenomenal success in network marketing, there are still some offline prospecting techniques that work like gangbusters. Drop cards is definitely one of them.
A drop card is simply a business card that looks like a $100 bill when folded, and they are typically just dropped on the ground for an unsuspecting passerby. On the card is something about making some extra cash and a phone number or website for interested people to contact you at.
Effective Placement of Drop Cards
To get maximum AND quality exposure from your drop cards, make sure you don’t just drop them anywhere, creating litter and trash for someone else to pick up. Place them in these strategic places, and the response you get will be targeted and complaints will be at a minimum.
1. Bookstores & Libraries
Go into your local Barnes & Noble and pick a section of the store that your targeted prospect would go to (self-development, home business, etc.). Find some good books and magazines and place a drop card inside. Magazines are great because you can just locate the cover story and pop one of those suckers right in there. Targeted response / high quality leads.
This is a widely used avenue for placing drop cards, but nonetheless can be quite effective. Make sure you leave a decent tip then just leave a card with the tip. You can even ask your waiter or waitress at some point during the meal “Would you be interested in making some extra cash part-time without it interfering with your current job?” I mean come on, who in their right mind would say no to that?
Grab a stack of drop cards before you take your next trip and get a ton of leads from 30,000 feet. Make sure you are one of the first to get on the plane (or the last to get off), and place a card in the magazines in front of each seat. People are stuck the plane for hours at a time; being sold tons of goodies through magazines like Skymall, why not get in on the action?
4. Toll Booths
If you’re in an area that has toll roads, next time you have to pay a toll, look at the car behind you. If it’s a decent car, pay their toll and tell the attendant to simply give a drop card to the person behind you. Now you’ve caught their attention, they LIKE you, and they are holding the path to a successful business in their hands. What more could you ask for?
5. Coffee Shops
Coffee shops are perfect for drop cards that use a website rather than a phone number because people often times come here to do work on their computers. You get immediate exposure to your website or lead capture page and you capture a prospects attention while that drop card is still fresh in their mind.
What to put on your drop card
In the past, these cards have typically had a few lines of text and a phone number to call if you’re interested. That’s a great way to get on the phone and talk to your prospects, but you don’t have an effective way to sort those prospects prior to the phone conversation.
A much better way to increase the quality of leads is to send them to a website or lead capture page that gives a general overview of what you have to offer. Interested AND motivated prospects will opt-in to the website to get more information, while those who aren’t interested will simply stay away. Now that you have their information you can send them a series of emails THEN follow up on the phone. Quality leads and a professional sorting system makes for an explosive business model.
"WORKING WITH YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE"
Patrick's Tip Of The Month
I thought it was time to share with you, what I consider to be one of the most important ingredients that lead's you to success in this industry of Network Marketing. Many want to be Networkers have ideas about what it takes to be successful in this industry, beginning with being one of the first distributors in a start up company, to believing that the product is going to do it for them, some believe that it is all about the compensation plan. The other amazing fact is that when you ask some what they believe is the key ingredient to achieving your personal and financial goals, unfortunately, they do not have an answer, but in the mean time will not give you the time of day to hear what you might be in a position to offer them. In order to experience success, you will have to do things a certain way.
Here is what I believe to be a key factor to achieving greatness and that is MENTORSHIP. What is mentorship and how do you find it? Sometimes you might be fortunate and it will fall on your lap, but will you recognize it? Or you will just have to go out and find it. After running a successful business for the past 20 years, I knew what kind of effort was required to make it work and at the time I started my business, I did not have a mentor and I can assure you that really put me to the test. Imagine how the new distributor or even one who has been in the industry for 3-5 years and has not experienced any or little success, what do we attribute that too? We can definitely begin to come up with all the excuses as to why it's not working. I believe the first place that you must look is within. Are you really serious about this industry? Are you prepared to do what it takes to get what you want? Are you prepared to surround yourself with the right people?
After being in this industry for approximately 12 years with a couple of breaks in between, I decided that it was time to take another look at the industry. I met with some very successful Networkers, who revealed to me a system that was designed for success and I understood what they were sharing with me. This was not a get rich quick scheme, but one that would evolve over time and of course it was your decision as to how quickly you would want to see results. What do you need to asses as you move forward in the decision making process? TRENDS, GROWTH, GLOBAL PRESCENCE, IMPACTING PRODUCTS to name a few key elements in your search. The significant ingredient for me personally has been the mentorship and without it I do not believe I would be where I am today. Let me share with some of the qualities you will find in a mentor:
1. A mentor is someone who..... knows what you need in the mentoring process and is not afraid to let you know 2. A mentor is someone who..... tells you what they are going to do and follow through with their commitment
3. A mentor is someone who..... will teach & train you how to think like an entrepreneur, if you are not one
4. A mentor is someone who......has the right mindset and is willing to help you develop the same
5. A mentor is someone who......is on a journey and is willing to take you with him
6. A mentor is someone who......does not make excuses, but finds the answers
7. A mentor is someone who.....will change the way you see your life
8. A mentor is someone who.....will teach you how to qualify your prospects
9. A mentor is someone who.....will teach you about the many different personalities you will come in to contact with
10. A mentor is someone who.....knows and understands how to market yourself and your opportunity.
I have provided you with only a few of the key ingredients to what a MENTOR is, there are many more available and I can assure you that the value is much greater than any compensation plan, start-up company, product or even the cost of getting started into a company. A mentor will provide you with skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime and that does not cost you anything, but the one commodity we all have a little of and we call it.
What Is The Secret To Succes?
"Finding the right sponsor is the key to your success in Network Marketing. A sponsor is someone who will guide you and provide the necessary support to help you grow your business. Companies come and go, but friends and business partners will stay with you always."
-Robert T. Kiyosaki
Patrick S. Tulloch
I would like to know from you why do people fail in Network Marketing and others succeed? What can you bring to the table to shed light on this issue?