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Getting Organized when Running an MLM Business

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/7/2006 | Home Based Business

When starting on a new line of business, one of the commonest questions you shall ask yourself is, But where do I start?

That may sound elementary, but is actually a big question. It is all the more pertinent in MLM because this is such an independent line of work. And if you don't know the right answer to that question, you need to find out pretty soon, for otherwise your business shall flounder about in a clueless way until you give up in boredom and frustration, not having anything to show for your undirected efforts.

The most important step, of course, is to organize you mentally. Remember that since MLM is an as-and-when type of job, you need to apply yourself all the more so as not to get bogged down in the dregs of your own annoyance and cluelessness.

Are you the type that cannot work unless there is someone to crack the whip behind your ears all the time? Do you find yourself lapsing into idle inactivity when you aren't threatened by your boss with dire consequences? Have you left your 9-to-5 desk job so that you can earn more by working less? If yes, then you need to disabuse yourself of any such idea at once. Here are some tips to stop indulging in vices which can destroy your hopes in this line.

First, since there's no one to whip you up into an active state, you shall need to do it for yourself. Set deadlines to meet and goals to achieve by those dates. Set realistic targets. Don't make them too easy or you shall soon fall back into the easy lifestyle, which can be very damaging during the initial stages of your business. Don't make them too tough in the initial flush of enthusiasm, or you'll become frustrated when can't meet them and lose your energy. Set targets that you can meet with a reasonable amount of work, and reap the benefits, both material and psychological, when you actually achieve them.

A system of rewards can be very effective both for yourself and your down line. MLM is a line of business where there is little or no punishment for not working, except not making a profit. It is driven by the psychology of rewards, and you can announce your own additional little bit to liven up your employees. The key to your success lies in how lively and agile your down line is. Make them do that extra bit for you by distributing bonuses when they perform better than expected.

Other than these, you shall also need to set yourself up in terms of office equipment and technology. The basic software you need for running an MLM business is, of course, an office suite. You can get one of the commercial packages from Microsoft or Corel, but there's an excellent free alternative that can do all you want, and more. It's called Open Office. It can open and save files in Microsoft's and other popular formats, so you don't need to worry about compatibility with other programs.

Specific MLM software includes the Office Automation and Distribution eCommerce packages, both from Prodigix Inc. Also very useful is the DH-MLM program from DH Softwares, with which you can effectively manage your entire down line tree, even up to nine levels deep.

Thus prepared both temperamentally and technically, you're now ready to go out there and make handsome profits if you can put your nice preparations to their proper use.