Finding The Right Business For You: Keep Good Company

If you're thinking about getting involved in network marketing, choosing the right company to work with is essential. Get involved with the wrong outfit and you will be doomed to failure from the off.

As an absolute minimum you need to be sure that the company you decide to work with is financially sound. If not how will they pay your bonuses and commission? And since you want them to pay you, and then keep on paying you, you will want to have some confidence that they will be around for a good long while.

You will also want to avoid being scammed or ripped off in any way. This is easier to do than you might think - but there is a downside.

One of the tell-tale signs of scammers is that they don't stick around for too long. They set up their scam, collect the money and then close down before they get caught. Often they will reappear a short time later with a new scam or with the same scam under a different name.

And the same thing is true for operations which are financially unsound. They tend not to be around for very long - but for different reasons.

One of the best things you can do when choosing which company to get involved with is to select an operation which has been going for some time. It's not a guarantee of success by any manner of means - but it does mean you are much less likely to lose your money through illegal activity or incompetence on the part of the company.

It's a simple enough strategy which if followed will protect you - there's just one small problem of course. In many cases the best profits to be had will be with new, innovative companies who have no track record. At one time companies like Microsoft, Amazon, etc. were upstart startups with no history but plenty new ideas. It would have been good to get in on the ground floor with one of them - right?

Of course, for every fledgling mega star out there, there are probably a few thousand flops doomed to failure. Going by the numbers it probably makes more sense to avoid organisations without some pedigree - but risk and opportunity are two sides of the same coin. If your personality is such that you are prepared to take a little more risk then you may be rewarded - just don't invest more than you can afford to lose.

If you do decide to get involved with a relatively new company, in the hope of gaining higher profits, then do a little research to try to minimise your risk exposure. Something as simple as an advanced search on Google with the company name and "scam" as the search terms can yield results. It's also worth checking out the various forums that exist to help you avoid being scammed.

In addition to avoiding being scammed, you will definitely want to know that the company you are getting involved with has a good support structure in place. This is especially important if you are new to home business and this is your first venture into network marketing.

Make sure there is a dedicated support line and email address for distributors/affilliates and also check out what training is made available. Even if you have years of experience in other business ventures you will still need help with some of the fine details in the early stages.

Do a little investigation into not only the amount but the type of training you will be able to access. Basic training should be included in your startup cost - any serious company knows the importance of training and will expect you to go through at least the basics.

However, you should beware of any company that tries to charge you extra each month for training - it could be that training fees form a significant part of the company's income stream. since we want to be involved with companies that have genuine products then this should ring alarm bells.

Key Characteristics of The Perfect Company

  • Has a history that you can review.
  • Financially sound.
  • Good support structure in place.
  • Good training - included in your startup costs.
  • Hamish Hayward

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