Perhaps the pandemic has hit you in the pocket, and you want to recover your losses. Or maybe you’re done taking orders from your boss and want to go into business for yourself. Or perhaps you’ve decided that it’s time to begin your journey to financial freedom.
Whatever your reasons and motivations for coming to direct selling, know one thing: it is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
Direct selling is a business. And like any other business, success or failure rests entirely on the individual. In fact, at QNET, we relay this fact to potential business partners.
Can the business be rewarding? Of course. There have been many success stories over the years. But unlike illegal pyramid schemes, it’s impossible to sit back and enjoy a passive salary or make money just by recruiting people.
At QNET, for example, the only way to succeed is to sell quality products and services and be committed, goal-orientated, and productive.
The thing is, being committed, goal-orientated, and productive doesn’t necessarily mean being busy. Instead, they mean using your time and resources wisely to ensure success.
In short, working smart. Here’s how you can do just that:
Define goals and stop procrastinating
If you want success, you’ve got to quit doing the one thing found to hurt business success the hardest — procrastinating.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you’re trying to find your footing or when there’re too many things on your plate.
But if you keep putting off until tomorrow the things you can do today, they’ll never be addressed.
True, sometimes we procrastinate because our goals are not clear. So, before you start at tasks, ensure the goals are well defined.
Do you want to be an elite QNET representative? If so, you need to break down the end targets and get focused. As our co-founder Joseph Bismark says: laziness is a disease of the heart.
Work it like a business
We mentioned this above, but it bears repeating — direct selling is a business like any other.
And this means it requires a similar commitment. Think about it: at any traditional place of employment, would an hour of work be enough to earn you a salary?
Granted, everyone has different goals, and individuals are free to dictate how and when they work. But regardless of your lifestyle and circumstances, creating and sticking to a work schedule is necessary.
Remember that just like in a regular job, consistency is key.
Make lists and audit them
Do you pen down what needs to be done daily? Do you have a written, regularly updated list of people to whom you want to introduce the business?
If you want to ensure a high level of productivity and streamline action, there’s nothing better than making lists and letting them serve as your guide.
Some folks believe lists are unnecessary. But it’s worth considering that big business players such as Sir Richard Branson, Dato Sri Vijay Eswaran and Chief Pathman Senathirajah still make lists and audit them daily.
If you spend excessive time on mundane, repetitive tasks that bring minimal yield, it’s time to rethink your processes.
Can workflows be streamlined? Can you use social media to work to your benefit? Is there an easier way to manage a task?
Digital apps and innovative interfaces have revolutionised direct selling. So it’s imperative for direct sellers to make the best of the technological advancements available to them.
For example, there are currently tools that help declutter digital workstations and organise workflows.
Focus on quality
Often, marketing professionals focus on output and the number of hours spent on something while forgetting that quality is always better than quantity.
No entrepreneur can do it all. It’s physically impossible to chase down all leads, and that’s okay.
But what you can do is ensure you’re using the time you have to produce the best possible results. In other words, be smart when it comes to work!