Copyright 2002 by Dr.Vernon Brabham
Frequently overlooked by the man or woman who needs more
money is a business called "Network Marketing". This is a
home-based business that has, over the years, matured into a
Let's say that you are someone who, for whatever reason,
needs to make some extra money to keep your household afloat.
There are many things that could cause such a need. The
company you work for is downsizing, or threatening to, a family
member has a medical problem, you are retired or are about to,
or you just need more money to stay even with all those bills.
What would you think of first? Usually a second job. If you are
trained in some field this is what you would consider first.
However, you may be limited in your choice because of conflicts
with your present job. In any case, to get a job you just about
have to take what you can get.
If you can get a job, or an extra one, it generally means low pay,
Having to transport yourself to that job, having to clothe yourself
accordingly, being away from home and possibly your children
a good many hours a day. It means work that may be of low
interest to you and to be subservient to a "boss". It means that
your gender, your age, your educational level (low or high) and
your ethnic background could affect your success in that job.
Going to work at this job means your chance to improve your
salary as time goes by is slight. It means you have little or no job
security. In today's world companies letting workers go is something
we read about in the newspapers every day.
Now, let's look at Network Marketing:
1. You can work at home, thereby saving on transportation
2. You are your own boss.
3. You can set your own hours.
4. You are not judged by your gender, age, looks,education
5. Your potential earnings are unlimited.
6. You can start part-time and keep your present job until
your new business prospers.
7. As you build your business it becomes more valuable and
self-sustaining as time goes by.
8. You can count on a great deal of help, advice and training
from your network marketing group. These are people who
have an interest in your succeeding and making money since
they share in your success. They are called your "Upline".
You, in turn, will help others as you learn the business and
will share in their success. This is called your "Downline".
9. Since you are in business some of your expenses can be tax
All of this sounds good, doesn't it? But wait a minute,
let's take a look at the downside.
1. Maybe you don't want to work at home.
2. To be successful you must work, so you have to be
3. Your income is virtually unlimited but you are not
guaranteed any income at all.
4. You will probably have to invest some money. Maybe
$50 to $500.
5. Some start off making money but for most it takes at
least a few months for the money to begin to come in.
6. To really make a lot of money you must be willing to
commit to a minimum of 2 to 5 years in this business.
Okay, you have seen some pros and cons about network marketing.
Like any other endeavor the success you achieve depends on how
much you want it. If you are willing to give focused effort,
commitment and persistence you have the potential to reach any
level of success you desire. It is not unreasonable to expect, with
these qualities, within a few years to create a residual, walk-away
from, income for the rest of your life.
There is no other business I know of where this can be done
without investing a large amount of money. And in Network
Marketing you don't have to buy a franchise, rent a building,
hire help and deal with payroll taxes. It's a simple, proven
way to make money and is the wave of the future.
Vernon Brabham is a semi-retired Optometrist and a long-time
Entrepreneur with an avid interest in Network Marketing. For
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