Serious Newbie looking for mentor.

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by solid42, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. solid42

    solid42 New Member

    Good afternoon (at least here in Florida),

    I'm a disabled veteran and network engineer, I've been looking for a way to work from home (as it's kind of hard for me to get around) so I set up an office in my house, with a nice network and workcenter.. I just didn't know what to do (other than telecommuting and consulting, which isn't making me much money). I've always looked into working from home, and I am planning to use my Post-9/11 GI Bill to complete a Bachelors in Business Management to give me a step up.

    The problem I have is, after all I read, I think I just may not be too good at this without some experienced direction. This forum seems to be a serious place of discussion for the topic at hand, and from everything I've searched through and read, it seems I will need a mentor. I'm interested in network marketing, as I am in the same situation as a recent poster, supporting family (and medical bills, but the VA has been very helpful in that regard).

    I guess I'm going on and off topic, so, I'll sum it up. I'm looking for someone to attempt to teach me what I need to do to get into network marketing and start my cash flow. I don't need or expect much cash at first, and I have the time and patience to hopefully build up to be self sufficient.

    Anyone up to the task?
     
  2. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    Matt will be by soon... hang in there.[​IMG]

    I do affiliate marketing myself.
     
  3. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    I think that the best way for you to go at it right now is to know that your income online that you will be making will be made through selling other people's products. This is also known as affiliate marketing.

    I will be sending you a link to one of my good mentors online who really helped me succeed in this type of business so look at it in your inbox on this forum.

    Tal
     
  4. solid42

    solid42 New Member

    I got your link, Tal. I have a meeting with a VA college rep today (hopefully I'll get my BAH soon to start paying off my mortgage).

    I'll definitely wait around here, I haven't signed up for any other forums. Hopefully I'll get some good advice and be able to pass it on in the future.
     
  5. weebitty

    weebitty Member

    I wish you the best of luck in your search. I have a great plan and also excellent training and help. I have been in companies with no support but that isn't the case with what I am involved with now. [​IMG] You can pm me for more information if you care to. It will take time and effort on your part as anything will. Also if you find something outside of the forum that sounds good come back here and ask about it. One thing we try to do is keep people from getting scammed. that is part of the help that you get in forums. [​IMG]
     
  6. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    Jonathan,

    What ever you decide to do, I wish you success.

    Tal
     
  7. Matt Zenittini

    Matt Zenittini Silver Member

    mountainmom5: Matt will be by soon... hang in there.
    Haha thanks as always M5 :p.

    solid42

    Hello!,

    It is good to see you are looking into Network Marketing. That will definitely be the fastest way to make money for most people.. As well as build a residual income for later [​IMG].

    Have you looked into any companies specifically so far?

    Before finding someone to mentor you there are a few steps you need to complete first.

    I posted helping someone else here:

    http://www.work-at-home-forum.com/general-3/struggling-husband-father-of-2-need-your-help-plea se.-18649.html

    That should really help you out.

    Basically first you need to find a product you believe in and want to promote. I recommend something low cost.

    Then you need to find a stable company that isn't going to up and die on you.

    After that I recommend finding the mentor within that company. When you find them, you join underneath of them. Therefore they will be your up-line.

    The least important, but still worthy of looking into is the comp plan. It's important the company has a way for you to get paid fast, as well as make a great long term income.

    The reason the comp plan is not as important is because without the first 3 you will never see the comp plan [​IMG].

    So start searching for different MLM companies that align with where you want to be. Following this will fast track you to MLM success.

    Matt
     
  8. solid42

    solid42 New Member

    I haven't looked into any companies that I feel serious about joining as of now. I'm not trying to rush into this, I'm just trying to get a view of the big picture. I have a couple of other vets that recently retired as well, and they're interested in starting a small journalism / advertising corporation while I'm in Business school.

    They both work right now, but they (like me) are bored with their jobs, and would like the freedom of creating their own work. The more I look into not only marketing, but online journalism ventures the more serious I seem to become.

    I was looking for a mentor for some direction, but I think I'm just going to take off in every direction. I'll probably stick around here to attempt to pick up some tips and tricks, but I don't think I'm willing to pay for a mentoring package. I'm still serious though, and we'll see how it goes.

    (Only one way to find out.)
     
  9. westfam11

    westfam11 Member

    I have received a lot of guidance from tiffany dow. You can read her blog at tiffanydow dot com/blog (not my link). She gives away free tips and information to get you started in the right direction.

    She is a no fluff, no nonsense type of girl. She calls out the guru's and tells it like it is.

    Becky
     
  10. Matt Zenittini

    Matt Zenittini Silver Member

    solid42: I was looking for a mentor for some direction, but I think I'm just going to take off in every direction. I'll probably stick around here to attempt to pick up some tips and tricks, but I don't think I'm willing to pay for a mentoring package. I'm still serious though, and we'll see how it goes.
    Nobody wants any money to mentor you (normally). In network marketing that is. Because they make money by helping you to make money. That is what makes it the perfect package =].

    Be careful when choosing to go every direction. It is often more beneficial to start small and specialize then build out if that is what you desire.

    Matt
     
  11. solid42

    solid42 New Member

    Currently I'm gathering information, building a domain to support networking and collaboration between a team, and looking for a couple more people to complete the team I need.

    I have a pretty solid plan to slowly build an advertising and journalism venture while I'm in Business school, and once the last couple of people I'm calling and writing get on board things should take off pretty smoothly. I don't want to talk much about the actual ideas, which makes it kind of hard to ask for advice also.

    Does anyone have any experience with team building for these activities, and if it would be a good idea to manage people with different abilities to do basically the same jobs on a larger scale?

    A friend of mine is part of a "team" that basically spends time at work signing up and networking on sites like Linkedin and Facebook to advertise for the person managing them. I want to do something similar, but I want to create a small team that will be able to collaborate on my company domain and work from the cloud.

    It seems like a solid idea, and my plan seems like it would work (even though I wouldn't expect anything at the start), but I'm wondering if it has been tried and possibly has inherent problems that may cause it to fail.

    Not sure how organized that was, but here I go submitting it nonetheless.
     
  12. Matt Zenittini

    Matt Zenittini Silver Member

    I'm having trouble following enough to give a good response [​IMG].

    I understand if you can't give more detail..

    Neither can I =[.

    Matt
     
  13. solid42

    solid42 New Member

    Well, other ideas aside...

    I've got some ebooks focusing on online marketing (mostly SEO, PPC ads, and Clickbank). I think I'm going to start off in affiliate marketing, and maybe once I figure out what I'm doing move on to a network.

    The two questions I have at this point are:

    1) Are there any highly recommended ebooks or training programs? I understand pretty much each person has their own favorites, but is there a certain one that covers more broad (meta-knowledge) for beginners such as myself?

    2) As a beginner learning online marketing, what should I be trying to get from these books or courses? Are there certain parts I should focus on to be more efficient, or does the culmination of techniques and knowledge use the synergy effect to reach its full potential?


    I've created a separate instance of my browser for work, and I have some training courses and MSM companies bookmarked, but I'm not sure how to get into either.

    The training program pages have very vague information. Even after signing up and giving my email address to a few of them, the videos within the site seemed to say the same thing as the site. "You can make money, but you have to work." I honestly do not care how much money I can make from these programs, I'm more interested in the actual application of the program itself.

    The confusion I have when it comes to the MSM pages is probably from my own lack of knowledge regarding the working matrix and compensation plans. I've been reading up on this, and hopefully I'll understand it better with time. Some companies don't have well laid out plans or projects however, is it best to avoid these? (That's what I've done so far.)

    I marked Tiffany Dow's blog as well, I think I'll look at that once I've read the books a bit more. I'll probably start the practical application phase sometime mid to late this month or early next month (maybe sooner, depends how quickly I pick stuff up).

    EDIT: Also, thanks to "happywife" for the ebook links in your signature. I had a bunch of books downloaded, and I just grabbed the first on the list (Affiliate marketing) and it looks better than most of the others I've been reading through. Much appreciated.
     
  14. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    solid42: EDIT: Also, thanks to "happywife" for the ebook links in your signature. I had a bunch of books downloaded, and I just grabbed the first on the list (Affiliate marketing) and it looks better than most of the others I've been reading through. Much appreciated.
    You're more than welcome. As to your immediate goals of getting started correctly in online marketing, specifically affiliate marketing, you won't do better (in my opinion) that making the investment in a one year SBI package. It has everything you need all integrated together in one web business building package.

    Their step-by-step instructions are quite easy to follow if you focus on it.

    One major mistake that I've seen so many new marketers make is to try too many different things at one time. They end up not really getting anywhere.

    After I read that Affliate marketing course you mentioned, I signed up for my first SBI package and committed myself to focusing on it exclusively for 6 months straight. I think it was my saving grace.

    Once you've built one successful website business, building additional ones aren't difficult. You still have to put in the effort, of course, but you KNOW that what you are doing actually works and of course you can do it much more quickly the second (third, etc.) time around.

    I wish you much success.
    Blessings,
    Angie
     

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