How To Decide Which Company Is Best For You
by Audrey Okaneko
Your head is swimming, you have been promised thousands of dollars, downlines that will be built for you, products that will change your life, an opportunity to achieve your wildest dreams.
Wow and you only had asked the simple question "is starting a home based business for me?"
How do you even begin to piece together the massive amounts of information you've been given so that you can decide which company is best for you?
You need to begin weeding out those that do not interest you. I will tell you one of the first places to start weeding is out is those offers without contact information.
If you do not have a name, a phone, an email address, of the person offering you the opportunity, get rid of it.
I can guarantee you if the person doesn't want to be known there is a reason.
Next, you can weed out those that promise to do the work for you. In my 17 years in the home business industry I have never found an opportunity that paid you to do nothing. It is important to realize there is a world of difference between helping someone and doing the work for someone.
I help folks every day of my life. In fact hopefully I'm helping you with the information in this article.
Right on my website I offer to help but I never offer to do it for you.
The next batch to weed out are the envelope stuffing offers. It saddens me on a daily basis to hear folks tell me their money was stolen by an envelope stuffing scam.
Of course there is no way to get your money back and no way to reach the person you sent the money to.
I have never found one of these to be legitimate, nor have I ever talked to anyone who has found one to be legitimate.
At this point you should be left with for the most part, very legitimate offers of home based businesses.
If the company offers a product or service you yourself would not use or purchase, throw it out.
Put yourself in the shoes of the folks you'll be talking to. Would you purchase something the seller has not used, and does not wish to use?
Now you can begin comparing what I feel are the key factors in choosing a company for you.
- How long has the company been in business?
Some folks like getting in on a ground floor opportunity. If your choice is a ground floor opportunity, ask about the owners.
Where did they gain their knowledge? What companies have they been associated with?
Do they have a real building or only a store front? Who do they have backing them?
There is nothing wrong with joining a new company. Every company was new at one time.
Equally there is nothing wrong with asking the above questions. If someone does not feel you are entitled to the above information, you may want to add them to your weeded out pile.
- Is the product (s) or service something you will personally use on a regular basis?
Is the product (s) or service something you would be comfortable to share with your family or friends.
If you would not be comfortable sharing with your family and friends, then this might not be the right company for you.
I am not talking badgering or pressuring, I am simply talking sharing. I remember a gentleman calling me once asking about my opportunity and beginning the conversation by saying "I will not sell anything to my friends or family". I thanked him for calling and ended the conversation. I am sure many of you have read the parallel about sharing a good movie or good restaurant.
With a company offering a service or product, the same concept applies, a two sentence testimonial, allowing the recipient to decide for themselves.
- Do you feel comfortable with the compensation plan?
Make sure you understand the very basics of the compensation plan.
I know some compensation are very complex. There is nothing wrong with complexity, however if no one can understand it, it might just be too complex. Everyone wants to understand how they will be paid and what will be required of them to achieve more pay.
- What type of guarantee comes with the product (s) or service you will be offering?
Even what seems to be the best product or service to us, may end up with in hands of a dissatisfied consumer.
Will the company back their product (s) or service?
- What types of quotas must be met?
Are you required to service a territory? Are you required to keep any type of inventory?
Are you required to sell a certain dollar amount each month or a certain number of products?
If you are offering a service, is there a certain number per month your must sell? While there is no right or wrong answer to these questions, I believe you should know up front exactly what will be expected of you.
- What type of support does the company offer?
Some companies offer support materials which is a great benefit to you, as you will not have to spend your time developing these materials.
Have you ever received a flyer that looked like it had been Xeroxed 10 times over?
This was probably a result of a company that did not offer support materials.
While the above may seem like a lot to consider, as you begin hearing answers to these key factors you will begin weeding out what’s left of your opportunities with the right opportunity soon being the only one left in your hands!
Audrey Okaneko has been in network marketing for 17 years and has won numerous trips and awards for her accomplishments. She can be visited at
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