How to Show Support to Your Network Marketer

by Kevin on July 1, 2012

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If you have read any other posts on this blog, you understand that I am passionate about helping to create a supportive community for network marketers/direct sellers.  The biggest and most impactful support, in my opinion, starts at home with the spouse.

The best way to show support is show that you care both publicly and privately.  The best support is out in public.  I do not mean running up to everyone you see in a shopping mall and telling them about your spouse.  What I mean is making it clear to the world around you that you are on your spouse’s side and consider yourself a partner in the business.

If you are not there yet, I get it.  That’s okay!  Honestly, it took me awhile.  In the beginning, I started from a place of reluctantly going along with my wife when she brought up wanting to join a network marketing opportunity (basically I did not try to stop her) to now I am running a blog encouraging others to be supportive.

Here are some tips on how to show support that range from passive and in the background to completely showing support in a public forum.

  • Help around the house – This is something that seems simple.  To my wife, at least, this is huge!  You can help free up time that he or she can devote to the business which often is beyond a normal workday at a job.  Whether doing chores or watching kids, you are showing an element of support.
  • Ask about the business – When I say ask, I really mean asking basic questions about how the business works and about the products themselves.   Try to avoid asking too much about sales and how much money is coming in, especially in the beginning.  It can take awhile to build the business. That is okay and normal.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your spouse will not make a huge income from the business overnight.
  • Genuinely show you care – Once you start understanding some of the lingo, you can ask more informed questions.  Keep track of the success and celebrate them together, however small.  Every guru/top-performer was there at one time and had to achieve the same baby steps to achieve their success.
  • Get to know other people in your spouse’s organization – This means both people in the upline as well as the downline.  Your spouse’s upline are an element of support and mentoring to your spouse, and those folks in your spouse’s downline are helping to build on your future.  The beauty is the vested interest that everyone has in each other’s success.  The most successful people in networking marketing get the fact that their success comes from helping others achieve their goals for success.
  • Show up to events – This gives you a chance to learn more about the people, business, and products.  It also shows your spouse that you care and are willing to devote your time and energy.
  • Talk up your spouse’s success to friends and family – Be genuine, and do not boast or brag.  You are basically saying to those close to you that you are proud of your spouse and his/her accomplishments.
  • Publicly support your spouse on social media – If you simply Facebook “Like” or make a positive comment to your spouse, you will be amazed at how many people will take notice whether or not they join in the online conversation.  I have discovered that there is a huge power in some very simple things on social media.

Depending on how comfortable you are with any of these things, I can tell you from experience that if you make the conscious decision to be more supportive of your spouse’s business you will become more comfortable, be a better advocate, and good things will follow for both your bank account and your relationship.

If you are a spouse, you can help impact others by sharing your stories below on what you do to help support your network marketer.