As a Beachbody Coach, I think it’s normal to at some point have the feeling that your upline sponsoring Coach just wants to make money off of you.
I know when I first signed up, I was a little bit skeptical and thought to myself, “this guy (who introduced the business to me) just wants to make money off of me”.
I mean… why is so eager for me to join, he MUST be getting something out of this right?
But I was WRONG.
And thinking that way prevented me from taking action which affected my results (or I should say lack of results).
My problem was that I didn’t really understand the business model. So for me, the solution was to educate myself on the business model with books, videos, courses, etc., and that changed my belief, mindset, and how I looked at a lot of things.
The reason I’m writing this post is because I’ve had several Coaches come to me and say something along the lines of, “I want to build my Beachbody Coach business, but I don’t want my sponsor to benefit from the work that I put in.”
This is the COMPLETELY wrong way to look at your business. Always remember that your business starts with YOU. If you are worrying about who is benefiting from your work, you are focusing on the wrong thing.
Like I mention in the video above. Not building my business, not make sales only because I don’t want my sponsor to benefit from those sales is like not planting flowers in front of my house because I know that my neighbor across the street loves looking at flowers, and he a jerk, so I don’t want him to be able to look out his window and see my flowers… Even though I love flowers too.
I’m not sure if that’s the best example, but I think you get the point. If you love flowers, plant some for yourself, who cares who else sees them.
In one real world example, a Coach said she wasn’t making sales because she didn’t want her sponsoring Coach to benefit from those sales. I logged into my Coach Online Office to take a look and I discovered that the girl’s sponsor was not even “Active”, which means should would not benefit in any way anyhow.
So here’s a Beachbody Coach, and she’s not working her business for completely the wrong reason… it’s just silly.
“When I sponsor a new Coach into the business, it’s not about me making money off of them… It’s about me helping THEM make money.”
As I’m writing this I’m realizing that this is a topic that is difficult to explain and write about because each situation is different. The main point is, if you don’t like your sponsor, don’t NOT work your business because of that reason. Of course it would be great if you had a good relationship with them, but sometimes there is drama, jealousy, etc… and shit happens.
I’m not speaking for myself when I write this because I do everything I can to help my team members succeed. I’m always in contact with them, we have a private facebook group, I take their phone calls… but my thinking has always been that anyone can be successful, even without a sponsor. There are so many great resources available that having a sponsor really isn’t even required in order to be successful.
Here is a great message from the book Go Pro: 7 Steps To Become A Network Marketing Professional, by Eric Worre;
Decide today to never blame anyone or anything else for your lack of results.
In fact, in Network Marketing there is something of an epidemic going on. People just love to blame their upline (the people above them in the structure) for all of their problems. “If my upline did this for me or did that for me, everything would be better.”
If you’re committed to building a large organization, I’d like to encourage you to do something important. I’d like you to say goodbye to your upline. Call them up and say something like, “I want to thank you for this opportunity. I appreciate it. Getting into business for myself was important and I appreciate you introducing me to a company that you believe in and now I believe in. But from now on, when it comes to building my business, I will use you as a resource but never as an excuse. I may call on you from time to time. If you’re available, that’s great. If you’re not, that’s okay too. I’m going to build my business. It begins and ends with me.” Everything changes when you take full responsibility for your Network Marketing career.
The message above is a crucial one if want to build a successful business.
How Much Your Sponsor Actually Makes From Your Sales
Let’s take a look at some actual numbers. I talked about this same example in the video above, but in case you didn’t watch the video I will mention it again. Once you see how much (or how little) your sponsor makes when you make a sale you might look at things a little different.
Just for an example, let’s use the Annual All Access Challenge Pack. (Which retails for $199 and is an awesome deal.)
When you sell an Annual All Access Challenge Pack you earn a $70 Commission.
This Challenge Pack is also worth 65 Team Volume points for your sponsor (and everyone in your upline), which equates to $3.90 for your sponsor in the form of a Team Cycle Bonus. And $3.90 is the maximum, if your sponsor is not a Diamond Coach, and is Emerald or Ruby, that amount would be smaller. Also, if your sponsor is not Emerald, they would not be qualified to earn anything at all. Or, if your sponsor is Emerald, but doesn’t have Team Volume is the other leg, they still wouldn’t earn anything. In order for your sponsor to reap the rewards, they also have to produce.
(To learn more about Team Cycle Bonuses, click here.)
As Charlie Munger says, “To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.”
So if we expand on the example above, and you sell 5 Annual All Access Challenge Packs in one week, you would earn $350 in commissions, and your sponsor would earn $19.50 maximum… and that is ONLY if they are qualified to do so.
Keep in mind that your success has nothing to do with who your sponsor is. (Believing this and accepting it is very important).
There is no rule that says you can’t outproduce your sponsor and become a higher rank than them, and there is no rule that says you can’t earn a bigger check than they do. It happens all of the time.
Throw the petty stuff aside and focus on the daily activities you need to accomplish to move your business forward.