Four Levels of Support

So your friend has started a business?

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So your friend has started a small business or joined a network marketing company. They have likely asked you to support them, and you want to, but not quite sure how in a way that will both help them and make you comfortable. 

Well have no fear, I’ve come up with four ways that you can be an asset to your friend. I call them, the Four Levels of Support.

Passive/Neutral

This is someone who is slight positive at best, sees your biz as “oh that’s cool”. They may not have an overwhelming need for your product/service, for whatever reason. (Ex: I’m a guy so I don’t see myself buying women’s products, except maybe as a one off gift) Most importantly, they aren’t saying anything negative to, or about, you for pursuing your goals. However, if you stick to your guns and don’t quit, they could become a….

Fan

Now, this is someone who really wants to see you succeed​, always asks about your business and it’s progress. They are always rooting for you, and may buy something from time to time. A fan will not let others bad mouth you, and even though they may not make you rich, these people are the most important to have around, their encouraging attitude can pick you up on a down day and remind you of why you do what you do. Eventually they may even become a……
Loyal Customer

While these people may not want to make money with you, they know your product/service is so good they can’t see themselves without it. Business wise, these are important to have around because they literally make up your bottom line. Customers are the very people that legitimize your business and put money in your pocket. In a traditional business we know that the are your life blood. I learned a long time ago that a good network marketer has 5 customers to every business partner. Sometimes, your very best customers can become your….

Running Partners

This is he friend who, yes, wants to support you, but also wants to win with you. This is usually for their own reasons, goals, dreams, etc. These are the people that will keep things moving with or without you, as well as some of the easiest people to work with business wise, because as far they’re concerned, they’re in business for themselves and you’re helping them get what they want.

At one time or another we have been one of these for our friends or even a stranger, these are thoughts and observations from years of being around network marketing from the outside looking in, and as an active participant. In my opinion, as long as you remain positive, don’t be weird, and just be a friend to your friend, there will be a seat at the table for you when they win.

Thoughts? Anything you want to add, comment below!!

Truck Stop Heroes and Free Advice

Just how valuable is free advice?

My Paw Paw used to have a saying, “It doesn’t cost anything to take free advice” I can see where he was coming from with that, accept help from someone who’s willing to help you.

On the contrary, I’ve learned over the years that “free” doesn’t mean valuable. I’ve also come to find out that everyone has random opinions that they like to pass off as “advice”. Some people just like to hear the sound of their own voice, or wanna be able to brag about how they saved someone. Because of this, I have a VERY hard time accepting unsolicited advice.

Let me bring this point home with a quick story:

As some of you may know, I’ve been a truck driver for 5 months now, and as a whole it’s been awesome. However, it seems that every trucker I meet on the road is apparently the best thing on 18 wheel. I’m at a truck stop about to shut down for the night and I have to back my truck into a tight spot. Knowing this would be a challenge, I asked my partner to spot me. 

As we’re setting this up, I see this random guy talking to my partner and then random mouth breather comes up to my truck and tries to tell me a “bEtTer wAy” to back the truck in because “No oNe eLSe hAs goTtEn it riGht aLl nIght”. 

I wanted to call him everything under the sun and tell him to back up, but being the more mature person, I simply say thanks and proceed with my backing. I would up getting into the spot my first try, and Mouth Breathing Truck Stop Hero is all like , “Oh yOu a rEaaLL dRiVeR, huh” and I smile and say “damn right” and he goes on about his business.

I say all that to say this, there’s nothing inherently wrong with opinions and advice, we just have to check our sources for credibility.

This blogging is kinda fun, stay tuned for the next post.

Shawn Andre