I’ve been in the network marketing industry since 2009. I’ve encountered a lot of objections to this business model since then and hope to address some of the more common ones here on the blog over time.
One common response to sharing a network marketing opportunity with someone is “I don’t know enough people.”
According to The New York Times, the average person knows about 600 people. Later in the article, they mention that the average person knows 10-25 people well enough to say they trust them. Even with that lower number, when you take into consideration that each of those people is connected with another group of people you don’t know…you can see how quickly and significantly your network can expand.
If you’re considering a network marketing business and you feel like you don’t know enough people, I would encourage you to start with that list of 10-25 trusted contacts you know. Reach out to them via phone and use your company’s “system” for sharing what you do. For those who aren’t interested, go for the referral. Ask if they would think of 2-3 people who might have an interest in what you offer. As long as you are coming from a genuine place of desiring to help people (and you’re not conducting business like Suzy Salesperson), people will gladly connect you with other people, but you’ll never know if you don’t ask.
If you’re truly looking to make a change, then commit to WIT! (Whatever It Takes!) One of my favorite things about my business is meeting new people and deepening friendships with my existing network. If you’re willing to genuinely show people you care, you will never run out of people to talk to. You can do this!