Network Marketing Success–red Flags to Watch for When Choosing a Sponsor

When you start a Network Marketing business, your sponsor should be the person to teach you the ropes and teach you how to be successful.  Unfortunately, many people quit Network Marketing altogether because they don’t get the proper training.  Choosing a sponsor who shares your philosophy and values to help you on your journey to Network Marketing success is critical.  Here are some red flags that you should watch out for when choosing your sponsor.

Doesn’t ask you questions.  A good sponsor will ask questions to potential team members.  He or she will want to know a little about your background, why you’re interested in Network Marketing, and what you can bring to the team.  If your potential sponsor doesn’t ask you questions, that should be a red flag.  No questions means they’re willing to sponsor anybody with a heartbeat.  They’re more interested in signing you up than finding out if you will be a good fit for their team.  You will want to be selective about who you sponsor, and you want your sponsor to be selective as well.

Doesn’t connect with you.  You will be working closely with your sponsor, so it’s important to choose someone you connect with.  You don’t have to be the same age, gender, political affiliation, etc. with your sponsor.  But you do want to feel comfortable talking with them, asking questions, bouncing ideas off them, etc.  You need to feel a connection with them.

Tells you he or she will build your downline for you.  While a good Network Marketing plan encourages teamwork, a good sponsor would never tell someone that they don’t have to work.  Instead, a good sponsor will show you how to work and achieve the best results.  Someone who tells you they will build your downline for you is desperate and not someone you want as your sponsor.

Doesn’t know how to market the way you want to.  If you want to market online, you need to make sure you choose a sponsor who has had success marketing online.  If you would rather focus on calling leads, choose a sponsor who has been successful calling leads.  You will quickly become frustrated if you choose a sponsor who doesn’t know how to market the way you want to.  You will save yourself time and effort by choosing a sponsor who has experience doing what you want to do.

Megan Marshall is a successful Network Marketer and stay-at-home mom. For more on this and other Network Markting topics, visit

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