Your sponsor

Most people seem to join NWM companies because they’ve been invited to look at the opportunity by a friend.  Companies often have big official presentations where they explain how everything works and encourage you to join.

And most people don’t hesitate to join up under that person.

But you don’t have to. You’re entitled to choose your sponsor and it makes sense to choose someone you can work with if you intend to take your new business seriously.  Yes it is a new business, although most people treat it as a hobby and wonder why they don’t get anywhere.

However, if you do decide not to join under your friend or colleague, be prepared for some bad feeling because of course they’re doing what they’re told to build their team and you were probably one of their best prospects!

Even if you choose a sponsor, it’s not easy to find the right person. I’ve done this several times and my theory was to go for someone who was already successful.  This can sometimes be a good strategy, especially when your sponsor is building a new leg and therefore places you in a critical position in their organisation.  That gives them an incentive to help you build you team.

But this can backfire if you’re not careful. Many years ago I joined a well-known large network marketing company.  I did all my research and looked for a successful couple near the top of the business.  I contacted someone and travelled several hours to meet them.  And they were very nice, made all the right noises and promised to help me do what they had done.

But later I discovered that the payment plan in their company had allowed distributors to rise to the top of their plan on the back of just one superstar. So the sponsors I chose had been fairly active, but their big success was due to one of the people they had recruited.

Unfortunately the company found this was unsustainable, so they started to change the payouts and the couple who sponsored me found their income was dropping. In fact they were looking elsewhere to supplement their income.

This was not what I expected, so your due diligence may need to go very deep.

On another occasion I sought out a big-hitter and called him. He answered all my questions and was obviously pretty clued up (as you’d expect).  But he didn’t personally recruit any more so he put me in touch with a dynamic couple in his team.  I met them, signed up and worked like a trojan. But I didn’t get all the help and support I was promised, except a few titbits at the start.

The lesson here is that it doesn’t really matter who sponsors you because your success is down to you. But it definitely helps if you have an active sponsor who wants to help you and who knows what they’re doing.  The problem is that it’s difficult ascertaining this information before you get started.

I’d say by all means look for someone you can get on with and you think you can work with, but don’t rely on them to get you where you want to go.