This is undoubtedly one of those “taboo” subjects where you will receive multiple perspectives
across the board.
This question however, is not a “one-size fits all” approach. In certain countries, like Asia for
instance, most people often jump right into the profession full-time, whereas in North
America most start part-time and some eventually transition to full-time.
I’ve been fortunate to have traveled the world and had the opportunity to see this profession
throughout multiple countries. From those experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that there
are really only two ways to build in this business: one being full-time, meaning all of your time
is spent focused on network marketing, or two being part-time, meaning you spend up to 20
hours per week.
Alternatively, there is actually a third way to build that I personally don’t consider a viable
option as I’ve yet to find anyone who has been successful – and that is those who treat this
profession like a hobby. As you all know, hobbies often can be expensive.
Before I dive right into discussing the topic of this article, I’d like to share with you what’s
truly required to reach a success-level that most people dream of.
If you dream about reaching millionaire status, know that it will require at least five years of commitment at full throttle.
Although there are very few exceptions to this rule, the majority
of millionaires in our profession are average, hardworking people who have committed to at
least 10,000 hours to reach mega success. Here is the breakdown:
8 hours a day x 5 days a week x 52 weeks a year x 5 years = 10,400 hours
A part-time networker, working 20 hours a week, will have to invest at least 10 years to reach
As driven as I am, I believe in setting realistic expectations. If your financial goal is to make
millions, you need to understand the time commitment to achieve that goal. Does the idea of
5 years, full-time, sound scary? Think about it. You can spend five years at a job, waiting for
annual raises. You can even spend 10,000 hours dreaming about the life you want to live.
Or, you can commit to the time needed to achieve real financial wealth.
Whether you make the commitment or walk away, in five years you’ll fulfill the destiny you
set for yourself. As Mark Twain wrote: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Now that I’ve covered what’s required to reach that millionaire status, let me break down what
it is that you’ll need to do on a day-to-day basis working part-time. I go into greater depths on
this topic in my book Organic Networker, but here’s a reader’s digest version for you.
Part-time organic networkers are those who work three hours per day, four to five days per
week. To breakdown those three hours into duties, one hour is spent on follow up activities,
one hour is spent on recruiting, and the other hour is for getting your work related tasks done
Within each day, there are primetime and non-primetime slots. These slots guide you as to
when it’s best to schedule certain organic networking activities. Whether you work three hours
a week or 40+ hours a week, these guidelines should influence how you schedule your business
Primetime duties should be scheduled between 9am – 12 noon or 6pm – 9pm. These duties
should include team follow ups, recruiting new prospects and meeting new prospects. Nonprimetime
duties should be scheduled between 1pm – 5pm and should include emails/social
media, product delivery, meeting existing distributors at home or in the corporate office for
follow ups, and any daily non-business related tasks.
Throughout my 20-year tenure in this profession, I am often asked “when is the right time to
transition over to full-time?” Although I have heard many different responses to that question over
the years, my response has always remained the same, and it’s quite simple: you’ll know when the
time is right, when you no longer need to ask.
So, let me ask you, are you ready to transition over to full-time? Do you have the persistence and desire to excel in this profession? Persistence and a burning desire to succeed are common denominators found in all organic networkers who reach the highest levels of success.
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