There are so many differences between the two business models, that I will be breaking this up into a 3 Part Series. Over the course of this series I will discuss 10 differences in the two business models. As you go through this series, you will see that I am bias to Affiliate Marketing vs. Network Marketing, despite that I have made right at six figures in a Network Marketing company.
10 Distinct Differences
In Affiliate Marketing you:
- Don’t have to go to meetings
- Don’t have a boss
- Don’t have to make a list of all your friends and family
- Can promote more than one company at a time
- Are not restricted to your local city
- Don’t have to conduct face-to-face sales
- Don’t have to speak in front of people
- Don’t have to make phone calls
- Can outsource most of the work
- Your recruits DON’T QUIT on you
Now that you know the 10 differences I will be going through in this series, let’s break down the first three today.
1. Don’t Have to Go to Meetings
When I first started out in network marketing, I was told I needed to come to training every Tuesday evening, 7pm-9pm, and every Saturday morning, 9am-11am. The idea, from an ownership perspective, was that the more you met and engaged with your team the less likely they were to quit on you so quickly.
So of course, when I finally broke off from my “upline,” aka coach, and got my own office, I continued to have these meetings. For 5 years, that’s right 5 years, whether I went as a student or if I was in charge and giving the trainings, I had these meetings.
And don’t get me started about the once a quarter meetings that we called “Super Saturdays.” These meetings were designated as “special” and we would have recognition, and of course, they cost money to attend them.
Now look, I am not saying these meetings weren’t valuable because they were. There was some great training taught at these events. I learned from them and continue to teach what I have learned from them over the years…..but what got me was the time I had to take away from my family to attend them.
When it comes to Affiliate Marketing, you don’t have to attend any meetings! The difference is like attending college online vs. attending classes on campus. I have been doing Affiliate Marketing for over two years now, and except for a couple of webinars here and there, I have been able to build this website and do all my marketing campaigns, like PPC, after the kids go down for bed.
In Affiliate Marketing, my wife was, and continues to be, very supportive of this type of business model because it doesn’t cut into any of our family time. I would get home from my “job,” spend time with the family, you know, the usually stuff like: playing with the kids before dinner, eating dinner, helping with the baths, getting them ready for bed, and of course reading them books, praying with them, and tucking them in. I have two beautiful boys and, if I don’t say myself, a gorgeous wife, that truly deserves this quality family time, and they don’t stay young forever, right?
Once that was all done, usually around 8p or so, then I would jump on the computer and start my affiliate marketing business.
I have never been to a “mandatory” meeting and have no plans for it in the future.
2. You Don’t Have a Boss
Now wait a minute, isn’t one of network marketing’s selling points is that you can be your own boss??? Yes it is, but unfortunately you learn very quickly, the more you start actually moving up the ladder, is that your “coach” has more say in your business than you think he/she does.
For example, to get promoted the company usually has a certain promotion criteria that is marketed, but you find out in the “small print” that it’s all at your “upline’s” discretion.
That means if the company says, just recruit 3 people and we will promote you to the next level, which of course pay outs are bigger, your so called coach could say, “well I only promote my team to that level when they recuit 5 people…..yep, you read that right! I know, I didn’t believe it either, until it happened to me.
Or when I went from working my Network Marketing business from part-time to full-time, it was mandatory that any “full-timers” were to show up for 830am meetings every morning, Monday through Friday….now wait a minute….didn’t I just quit my job so I could make my own schedule???
The idea was that, when you go from a “job” to being self-employed, you are not use to making your own schedule, so this would “help” keep you on track. Don’t get me wrong, many people needed it, but that doesn’t mean I did.
In Affiliate Marketing, you really are your own boss, you do have to set your own schedule, your own time frames, and deadlines, but that’s exactly what I was looking for. I wasn’t looking to leave a job, just to find another one, that was being diguised as “network marketing.”
3. Don’t Have to Recruit/Sell to Your Friends and Family
Now if you are passionate about a certain product, then you should have no problem at all telling your friends and family about it, but what if you didn’t have great relationships with your family, what if you just moved to a new city and didn’t know anyone locally.
What if you already hit your friends and family up on the first 5 network marketing companies that you “tried,” and you know there is no chance in hell that they are going to sit down with you again, no matter how great the product may be for them!!!
The above can be a real problem for many people, especially the last one.
Well, in Affiliate Marketing, sure you can share it with your freinds and family, but you don’t have to. There is no “coach/boss” telling you to make a list and call them to set appointments to present them the product so you can sell or recuit them into the business.
The goal is to drive traffic through the world wide web, which over two billion people in the world have access to. This is something that I will get into more in Part 2 of this series.
If you have any other suggestions on the differences between the two business models or have an experience you want to share, please comment below. It is greatly appreciated! 🙂