Network Marketing Business – Do People Really Make Money?

Kumar Gauraw

I decided to write this post on the Network Marketing business in this post. When I talk about business, this is one business model I have found that is very interesting and worth spending sometime learning and researching about.

Network Marketing - A Legitimate And Powerful Business Model

Thanks to the social media and the internet, meeting people has become so much easy. Sharing my content, networking with people from around the world, I met some of the most phenomenal people who I would have never met otherwise. It is absolutely amazing what can be accomplished in this social media dominated world today!

Is it perfect? Absolutely NOT! I keep running into people from every industry who want me to do something for them, people, who want to get me into something or sell me something – all the time. Since it is easy to communicate with others today, the noise is high too when it comes to internet and social media marketing.

Through Social Networking, I have made friendships with some really great people. But I have run into some "less than honest" people as well. And then, there are those who don't know what they are doing trying to build their business or trying to sell their product or service.

I also have met several people from various direct selling ( also known as Network Marketing or Affiliate Marketing) companies. I met some of the most phenomenal people who are extremely successful entrepreneurs from this industry. Some of finest human beings I noticed have extremely large network marketing businesses.

On the other hand, I also have others who have negative opinions and experiences. That's okay I think since there are negative experiences by individuals in every industry, every sector. Industries such as the real estate, IT companies, service companies, banks etc, have people with negative experiences and opinions. Not everybody can do everything and network marketing is not an exception.

I personally use some of the premium products and services distributed through the direct selling channel and as a family, we are very happy consumers. As a business, we, at Krishna World Wide serve several network marketing clients with their social media marketing needs. We enjoy working with them and serving them.

I think it doesn't need a genious to figure out that the Network marketing is a legitimate business that some of the widely respected people admire. Here are a few quotes from the well known public figures to add to the credibility of this industry:

Robert Kiyosaki – "Business School"

"If I had to do it all over again, I would have started building a network marketing business. The network marketing industry continues to grow faster than franchises or traditional big businesses."

Donald Trump – "Why We Want You To Be Rich"

"Network marketing has proven itself to be a viable and rewarding source of income. Make sure the product is worth your energy."

Paul Zane Pilzer – "The Next Millionaires"

"Direct selling provides an unparalleled opportunity for millions of people to take responsibility for their own economic wellness and create long-term financial stability."

David Bach – "Start Late, Finish Rich"

"When I read in Fortune magazine that Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor and one of the world's richest men, was investing in a direct sales [network marketing] company, I decided I was missing something."

T. Harv Eker – "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind"

"Network marketing, for example, is an amazing concept. First, it doesn't usually require you to put up a lot of up-front capital. Second, once you have done the initial work, it allows you to enjoy ongoing residual income, year after year after year. Without passive income you can never be free."

Zig Ziglar – "Network Marketing For Dummies"

"Don't laugh – $100 Billion a year is serious Business."

Fortune Magazine

"The best kept secret in the business world."

I believe these people as I have high regard for them for what they have achieved in their life and difference they have made in the world. I would not  question their ability to research before speaking.

The network marketing has proved itself as a preferred way to do business in the United States and around the world today. Affiliate Marketing, Direct Selling, Multi Level Marketing (MLM) etc are various other terms are used to represent businesses that follow this path and interestingly, most leading businesses are following this path today. It is a low-overhead, homebased business that can actually offer many of the tax advantages associated with owning your own business.

Network marketing isn't a get-rich-quick scheme and success in this industry isn't based on luck either. Like any legitimate business, your success depends on your ability work hard and to follow the business principles. It is a serious business for people who are serious about it. It is a very rewarding, yet very challenging because it's easy to give up when going gets tough. 

However, if you are excited about starting a network marketing business, you need to understand that it is more of a team building activity than sales. It makes sense to do your due deligence before joining a team because if you didn't start your business with a right team, you wouldn't be able to build your team. It is absolutely important to check the credibility and the strength of the leaders of the team you are thinking to join. It is also important to check about the opportunity company. Companies financial stability, how long they have been in business, how many products do they have etc are equally important. 

Robert Kiyosaki, the best selling author of the famous Rich Dad Poor Dad, wrote a very good book sharing the benefits of network marketing business model. He also shares the steps that you should take to evaluate an opportunity before starting your network marketing business. I highly encourage you to get hold of the book, The Business Of The 21st Century

Question: What are a few challenges do you think most direct selling business owners face today? How do you think social media could help overcome some of those challenges?

Kumar Gauraw

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Kumar Gauraw is a Personal Branding & Social Media strategist helping entrepreneurs and skilled professionals achieve personal and professional success by developing leadership and leveraging the power of the Internet, Blogging and Social Media.

21 Awesome Thoughts So Far, Add Yours Now...

  1. Lance

    Yes I agree with your point that it is a huge industry. Great article, by the way. I
    thinks it’s worth pointing out too that most folks join up to a network
    marketing business without realising they will need to understand that business means selling. If you join a network marketing business that says, “We don’t sell”, probably it is not a good opportunity to consider.

    This is often the downfall of many members and they simply drop out when they find first set of rejections.

    •  Very good point, Lance. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Nitin Kumar

    I am immensely thankful to Nutrilite brand of vitamins. Fortunately, one of my family friends is building Amway business and we were introduced to Nutrilite through them.

    Sir, my mother’s knee pain ( she struggled from years) disappeared like a magic just in 3 months of using Nutrilite vitamins. If not for network marketing, God knows how we would have got this product.

    •  Awesome Nitin. Thanks for sharing about your Mom’s story. It’s amazing – God helps in mysterious ways.

  3. Suraj Nair

    Sir, the biggest challenge is – even though people signup to join the business, but they never find time to do something about their business and then they complain that nothing is happening.
    They are the people who quit first and start badmouthing the whole industry. I can’t say how to handle that…..

    • Thanks Suraj. It takes work and discipline to succeed in anything. Success is always a minority. Keep on keeping on!

  4. Hi Kumar,

    Most engage in network marketing everyday. Why not get paid for it? We reach out, connect with like-minded people, share our views. Simply join a network marketing business and monetize what you are already doing. Smart advice here.

    Create value. Make connections. The business model is stunningly simple. So simple that many dismiss it. But with patience and persistence you can earn a great living with this industry.

    Follow a pro. Choose a trustworthy and helpful mentor to shorten your learning curve by years.

    Thanks Kumar!


    •  Absolutely, Ryan. It is definitely a great way to network with some of the best people and have a shot at creating an amazingly genuine wealth as Robert Kiyosaki calls it.

      Create value and get rewarded for that over and over again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Shishir Kumar

    Hi Dear,
    one of the big challenge in direct selling business is getting dedicated persons.Most of the people join the business but they don’t care about that for what they joined.This is due to lack of dedication.The another challenge is lack of product knowledge,one who joined the business without any interest,it is obvious that he won’t have any product knowledge. 

    • That is right, Shishir. You are right. Most people do not have a vision, a sense of purpose in their life and therefore they do not take anything seriously. The only reason they take their job seriously is because there is a fear of losing it otherwise.

      If you take your business seriously, that is not a problem at all. Find people who are serious and build it. As simple as 1-2-3. There are plenty of people with passion out there. You just have to find them.  Every business has to go through attrition and network marketing businesses too can’t escape the law of business.

  6. It gives in depth information and I have never read any article more comperehensive than this. Thanks for this valuable knowledge.Keep it up!

  7. I really like what you said about building and putting together the right team. I think it’s important you do find the right people who are dedicated to the work. While it’s something easy to start with your friends, don’t choose team members just because they’re your friends. Dedication and willingness to put in the long hours go a long way to success.

  8. Obviously people Do make money in MLM 😛

    There are 3 elements to every Network Marketing company.

    1. The product or service
    2. The financial opportunity
    3. YOU!

    Since the product and compensation plan is the same for everyone in your company, that means YOU are the only variable. If someone else can get to the top, so can you.

    Step away from blame and TAKE CHARGE!

    • Awesome Vineet. You have been doing some great work and I always admire your enthusiasm for this industry. Keep charging!

  9. Great informational article. When I first started in the network marketing industry, I used too read a lot of books about direct sales. Majority of the books listed I read and there is valuable information in them all.

  10. Bob

    Thanks for this great information and the reference of
    Robert Kiyosaki. I can agree that I’ve met some people out on
    social network that use their Facebook pages as more of a billboard
    than they do as a tool to network and meet new people the
    professional way (versus the spamming network marketer way).
    Unfortunately the people who refuse the change pass off these
    wonderful opportunities as a scam, but I sometimes wonder if they,
    themselves, are truly the “scam”. Thanks again for this great post!

  11. Blogging is the best way of making money online. I own 4 blogs and making money from it. Google AdSense is the giant of ads providers. You can make hundreds of dollars in a day from blogging.

    • Hello Aman,

      How much money you are making from your 4 blogs. And how often you update your blogs. If you don’t want to tell exact amount then just give me an idea. 🙂

      You should try affiliate marketing also to make some more money.


  12. Great information. I love network marketing,this is best way for promoting. Thanks for sharing.

  13. In my opinion, yes but it’s really hard and the work to profit ratio is well, not good in my opinion. I think Networking is for people with excellent sales talk skills. If you dont have that skills, i recommend to choose another method to earn

  14. The network marketing has indeed proved itself as a preferred way to do business these days. Thanks for sharing this in depth article.

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