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If you’re reading this, it’s either because you’re looking into joining Shaklee as a distributor, or you’re already involved in Shaklee and you’re wasting time reading blog posts when you should be concentrating on your money making activities. :D

Anyways, I wanted to share a few quick tips on how to find a good sponsor in Shaklee, or how to be a good sponsor for your new people (regardless of your company affiliation). However, I do have a couple of personal qualifications which I think you should seriously look at before you join (if you haven’t yet) that are vitally important to the long-term success of your Shaklee business.

1.  Make sure that the person who is sponsoring you isn’t a chronic ‘company jumper’. In my opinion, the worst person in the world to get involved with in network marketing is someone who is hopping from company to company all the time.  You know what I mean? Make sure that they are with Shaklee for the long term, residual income and not to build up a team and just to steal them away to another company.

One thing that I’d suggest you do is talk to your sponsor about their network marketing background. Is Shaklee their first company or have they been with multiple companies over the years? If so, does their reason for switching make sense (having a company go out of business, lack of support, etc.) or do they have the habit of jumping around to the “hot new opportunity” of the week?

2.  Make sure that your sponsor isn’t sponsoring you as a Shaklee distributor by saying things that are completely unrealistic. Now, in my experience Shaklee hasn’t been plagued by complaints of outrageous income claims made by it’s distributors (“Join us and you’ll make a million dollars in the next 30 seconds!”), but to be fair no company is immune from the actions of a few dishonest people. If in doubt, be sure to take a look at the actual average incomes that Shaklee publishes each year, which are based on the real average incomes earned by its distributors (by rank) that were reported to the IRS.

On a side note, sometimes people join multi-level marketing but they never want to pick up the phone and talk to someone, and they expect to build a business by checking their email and waiting for the millions to magically appear in their back account.  I’ve chosen to build my business primarily using the internet, but that doesn’t mean I never pick up the phone to connect with prospective Shaklee distributors.

Network Marketing IS NOT strictly a “marketing” business.

Like it has been for the last 50+ years, it is a relationship business and even if your sponsor is brand new – make sure that they are committed to building a long term relationship with you and will likely still be in business with you next year.

3.  Make sure that your sponsor is plugged into the company system. Shaklee distributors have access to a proven, time-tested system that works whether you’re building online or offline, and it’s extremely important to the long-term sustainability of your business that you’re not trying to completely “re-invent the wheel”.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about embracing new tools and methods which will help me be more productive, but at the end of the day it’s all about sticking to a system that’s proven to help people get results.

Lastly, even if your sponsor is brand new to the business, you should have no reservations about joining them because we all work together as a team in Shaklee. There are weekly conference calls by established leaders and “up and coming” business builders where we all share what we are doing to be successful, and we’re more than happy to answer any questions that you may have as you’re getting started.

That about it for today, friends – if you’ve got a sponsor who’s COMMITTED (even if they don’t have all the answers yet), I suggest that you consider working with them to become a Shaklee distributor, because your leadership team will still help you to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.

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To YOUR Success,

Brian Rakowski


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Hey everyone, what’s good in your life today? I wanted to take a few minutes and give an unbiased review on a relatively new company to the network marketing industry and to give the people who may be exploring this opportunity some questions to ask their sponsor which may prove helpful in determining if it’s a good fit.

The company I’m looking at today is Xocai (MXI Corp) which was founded in 2004 and markets a product line of “healthy chocolate”. Sounds good, right?

After spending some time today looking over their product line and compensation plan, I came up with 5 questions to ask your sponsor which I hope will help you overcome the question that every new person has when researching a prospective  network marketing company, “Is Xocai a scam?”.

1. “Is my personal autoship reasonable for personal consumption or do I need to re-sell it to friends and family?” When you join Xocai, you’re required to purchase 100pv worth of their product (about $110) every 8 weeks, and that requirement increases in amount and frequency as you go through the ranks, so you’ll want to find out what you’re supposed to do with it. Is it a reasonable amount for you to consume every month to enjoy the health benefits, or do you have to go out and actively sell it to prevent it from stacking up in your garage?

2. “What exactly do I have to do to get paid?” Alright, you probably didn’t need my help with that one, but it’s my blog so I’ll write whatever I want! :D Ideally, the answer you’re looking for here is you need to sell/use Xocai products and teach others how to do the same (aka recruit other distributors).

Here’s one thing to keep in mind when going over the compensation plan with your sponsor:  you shouldn’t earn a commission for sole act of recruiting people into Xocai (MXI Corp) unless there is an actual product order included according to FTC regulations. As far as I can tell Xocai is good here, but keep that in mind as you’re talking to your sponsor.

3. “What do I have to do in order to make the income I want?” If you’re looking at joining Xocai, I assume you’ve put some thought into what kind of money you want or need to make in order for it to be worth the effort to build a business. With that said, it’s important to find out exactly what you have to do on a weekly basis to get to where you want to be income-wise.

This was really my only real concern when I looked at the Xocai compensation plan, because with a $40 buy-in and a 100pv autoship requirement every 8 weeks (vs. monthly for most other companies) for new distributors, I’d imagine it would take A LOT of new people coming into your business on a monthly basis in order to quickly get to an income that makes it worth your while. You don’t want to realize after the fact that you need to recruit 25 people every month to make any money, amirite?

I’m not saying that’s the case with Xocai (MXI Corp), but it’s something I recommend talking about with your sponsor.

4. “What is the Xocai training program like?” What you’re looking for here is if you’re going to be taught to build a business that fits with your strengths and/or preferences. To clarify what I mean with my own story, I prefer to use the internet and social media to build my business because I don’t want to chase after my little sister or my best friend and try convince them to join me. So if I’m trained to “make a list of my top 100 friends to show the business to”, that wouldn’t fit in with how I would want to build a business. Nothing wrong with that method, it just doesn’t fit into what I want to do.

Does that make sense?

If you have a lot of influence over your friends and family, I know for a fact that can be a great way to build quickly. This is how my sponsor got his start over 14 years ago and it has lead to a comfortable six figure income for him and his family.

5. “Can you tell me about the team that I’d be apart of?” This is so important but almost always overlooked by people who are looking at Xocai for the first time. You want to be apart of a team with strong leadership in place. Even if your sponsor is new to the business themselves, it doesn’t matter if you have a leadership team that is actively building a successful business since there will always be someone to take you by the hand to show you exactly what you need to do. Luckily, there are many great leaders in Xocai (MXI Corp) that are happy to help you along the way.

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Until Next Time,

Brian Rakowski


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TVI Express has hit the market in the USA with a fury and power that is rare in the home business industry.  Because of the reputation I’ve built in the Network Marketing industry, I’ve been approached by over thirty people in the past few months who were looking for my opinion on this opportunity. Since I’ve seen a number of really good people get involved, I want to take a few minutes today to answer a few of the common questions that you may have about TVI Express – including the big one, “Is TVI Express a scam?”

First, BEFORE we go any further, I am absolutely NOT a representative of TVI Express, and the opinions in this article are my own, and are based on my understanding of the MLM industry over the last 9 years and working with distributors  in different companies all over the US.

I was very interested in TVI Express when it was first launched in the US, mainly because of the incredible amounts of money that distributors were claiming were being made from from such a low entry cost into the business.  Actually, I even had a lady I met through a local cooking class offer to pay my enrollment fee after she found out about the list of people I’ve developed over time. I guess she figured the $250 investment would be nothing compared to the money she’d make by sponsoring me and my team.

Unfortunately for her, she’d didn’t know that I have a strict rule which essentially says that I absolutely WILL NOT endorse anything that I haven’t used personally, so I decided to take a closer look at TVI Express. What I found made my jaw hit the floor (literally, it hurt!).  Here’s what I found:

What Does TVI Express Really Sell, Anyways?

One concern that I have for anyone that is considering joining TVI Express is that the exact product they sell isn’t clear. All I know is it’s travel-related (Airline tickets? Motel 6 coupons?), but if I pay $250 and sponsor only 2 people, I’ll be $15,000 richer . So TVI collects $750 total and pays out $15,000 (cue ominous music here)?

The first thing I look at with any Network Marketing opportunity is whether or not the product/service I’d be marketing has REAL value to my consumers, or if the product is just a reason to trade money around to a bunch of gullible “opportunity” seekers.  If you offer a product with ACTUAL value, Network Marketing is an extraordinarily profitable, stable industry if you learn how to build an organization the right way.

Is TVI Express A Ponzi Scheme?

Here is the biggest issue I have with TVI Express:  In order to make money in TVI Express, you need to “cycle” through what they call the express board, and every time you cycle you make a cool $15,000.  Like I said before, it costs about $250 to join TVI Express, and it’s a one time up-front cost.  So how do you pay $250, recruit 2 people who pay the $250 fee, and make $15,000?

Simple.  Loads of other people are getting involved with the company and paying $250 to start, and AS LONG AS THAT KEEPS HAPPENING, people will continue cycling through the express board.  However, the second the insane growth stalls (and it always does), there’s really no consumable product to keep the pay checks coming for the distributors.

So in my opinion, eventually the vast majority of the people who get involved with TVI Express won’t be able to cycle through the express board at all, because the ponzi will become saturated.

Normally, once a company reaches saturation, a distributor will still make money because the commissions are based on the sale of an actual consumable service or product.  I don’t believe that’s the case TVI Express.

Should You Join TVI Express?

Great question! If you’re looking to make some quick money that could likely be seized by the FTC Madoff-style, I sincerely wish you the best of luck.

Just be sure not to recruit anyone that you actually like…

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