Is Direct Sales and MLM Business for Men Too?

I am a member of many forums and boards that are direct sales focused. Often the topic comes up that has to do with men in a direct sales business or MLM. Many times the question has to do with finding a male focused business that a husband would want to join. Do you realize how many men are involved with direct sales?

When I was selling Avon, we had many leaders and reps that sold for us. Personally, I had 2 in my downline and worked often with another male rep. They are usually successful and work the business hard. Men in direct sales and MLM business are plentiful and even if you are in a women focused business such as a beauty line, do not hesitate to talk to men about joining your business.

Here are Some Differences with Direct Sales and MLM Business for Men

* Men look at how the business is run – not necessarily on what the product is.
* Men look at compensation plans and return on investment
* Men look for businesses that can relate to anyone they know
* Men sell differently than women and usually do well regardless of who they talk to
* Men have great leadership skills
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Having a business that can work for anyone in the family is a plus. That is one of the reasons that my family chose to be with Jerky Direct through our site JerkyOnTheGo.com. The target market is large and yet it is an easy sell of a consumable product. My husband can take it to gun shows, while I can take it to a craft show. My son can sell it at school and I can hold a fundraiser. The opportunities are endless.

Adding men to your direct sales business is a smart idea. There are many families I know in the business that are growing together as a unit. A few in the coffee business, several in the card business, many in the health business, and loads in the jerky business! Some break the business into sections – one works sales and promotions while the other works training and leadership. Whatever works for you and your business is smart!

Are you looking for something a man could join, promote, and sell easily? Check out my business. We would love to have you join us and start making money today!

Not Everyone is Meant to Join Your Direct Sales Business

I think there is a fallacy in the direct sales business as a whole. There are consultants that recruit just for the sake of recruiting; growing their numbers and team. While that is not a bad thing directly, it can turn into a race of sorts. One where you feel that recruiting is the only way to make money in this industry. The bad part is that this method of business building is being taught by many to their downline too. Recruiting and adding members to a team only is not the way to build a strong and successful business.
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I have a policy in my direct sales business. I have always combined personal sales, recruiting and other forms of selling, like fundraising, in my business plan. The reason I do that is so I can build a strong foundation that will pay me in many different ways. If I put all of my eggs into just the team building basket, it can be a very one sided business that is not very stable. There are several reasons for that.

— People come and go in the direct sales industry all the time. If you are building your business based on recruiting only, then you must continually recruit and hit certain numbers each month. Very tiring!

— Recruiting continually means that you are talking to every single person you know, might know or don’t even know – pitching your business to them. This means that you are not able to pre-qualify your leads, you are looking for the warm body only. Just sign on the bottom line – next.

— Not everyone is meant for your business. Yes, it is true! Recruiting a warm body means that you are able to convince people to join but what is the rate of business closures on your team? How many people stay and become a true partner?

Those are the thing I think about when recruiting for my business. I want long term partners. Recruiting is hard work – don’t let anyone tell you other wise. It takes time to develop a team member, teach and groom them. Why waste time trying to recruit people that are not right for this business?

Think about that for a while. The warm body method is not always the right way to build a successful team. Talk to people for sure, but ask questions and make sure they are right for you and you for them. That is what makes a strong team that makes money and grows.

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Is Direct Sales Leadership Right For You?

How do you know if leadership in your direct sales or mlm business is right for you? Do you feel like you can lead. train and mentor a newbie or does it scare the hell out of you? Most natural born leaders know they are leaders and have what it takes but for those that are not what you would consider a natural born leader but want to learn, you can do it!

So, how do you know if you have what it takes to be a good leader? Leadership can be taught. Trust me. I’ve had to learn what it means to be a leader and how to grow in some areas so that those things are a natural for me now. If I can do it, so can you.

I’m going to show you some of the things I’ve done to increase my leadership ability. I am letting you know that these things do take time, effort and even some money. I believe there is no better investment than helping others. When you are in a leadership position that is what you are committing to do; help others. If you are going into leadership for any other reason, say for the glory, credit or recognition, then you are going in for the wrong reason. In addition, you probably won’t be a leader very long if you are in it only for yourself.

The first thing you should do is examine yourself. Ask yourself some questions like:

• What areas am I strong in? Am I naturally social or am I more reserved and shy? If you are naturally social, then you won’t have a problem talking to people. However if you are naturally shy, then you will need to work on this. I recommend you take some classes or read some books on growing your self confidence.

• Am I organized and do I know how to prioritize my time? If you aren’t a naturally organized person, practice being organized. How do you do that? Watch some TV shows on organization or get some DVD’s that teach you how to organize. You can learn to be organized. If you’re horrible at prioritizing your time, you can learn that too. Take some time management classes or have your up line teach you!

• Am I an available leader? Will I make time for my clients and recruits? Or do I get annoyed if they call at an unscheduled time with an urgent matter or emergency? Your recruit might be in the middle of a meeting and need an answer to a question right away that may make or break a sale. How will you handle that? You will need patience and understanding. Yes, you can learn to be patient, but you have to practice patience to learn it.

• How’s my attitude? Do I have a better than thou attitude? Am I short tempered or quick to get annoyed? Or do I know that I make mistakes and so does everyone else? Do I quickly learn from my mistakes or do I let them get me down? If you allow your mistakes or the mistakes of others for that matter, bring you down and you have a defeatist attitude all the time, you won’t be a successful leader. It’s best to get over it, learn from it and move on. Don’t let a mistake stop you from reaching your goals.

Good leadership takes patience, strength, perseverance and a good attitude. When you have all of those traits combined you have what it takes to be a good leader. These tips, coupled with the reading of books on leadership, attending leadership conferences, workshops, or any kind of online or offline training, you too can learn to be a good leader.