If you are thinking about joining Origami Owl or any other direct sales business, there are some things to consider before signing on the bottom line. For many people, the person that will become your mentor and team leader is a very important choice in your new business. If you are one of those that enjoys being led and mentored in your business, there are some things that you may want to consider.
1. Experience – While some people will tell you that experience doesn’t play a part in a team’s success that simply is not true. An experienced leader/mentor knows all about running a direct sales business and will want to work closely with you to help you get off to a strong start. Her experience in developing his or her own business and team will show you if this is the right leader for you. Do they grab the bull by the horns before they are even a director. Do they hold team calls, webinars, local meetings? Do they send out weekly updates? Do they communicate often and well on the group page? Do they answer messages via Facebook or text or phone as soon as possible?
2. Location – If you are new to this type of business you might want consider a leader that is local to you. A local leader can help you with “hands on” training and business coaching. If you have some experience or a lot of experience in direct sales, you should be fine with selecting a non-local leader. It really depends on the type of learner you are. If you jump in and can really figure things out, than you only need to access to your mentor. If you really are starting at the very beginning, you might want to choose someone who can visit with you weekly.
3. Availability – Many don’t consider the availability aspect when selecting a leader/mentor and it’s really important to find out when this person will be available to help you. If you are on the east coast and can only interact with your leader between 7am and 9am, and your leader lives on the west coast, this could be a problem. It is something to consider before selecting the team you want to join. I do work full time, but I have the benefit of having online access most of the day. This makes it easier when training and helping my team. Be sure to ask your potential mentor when they will be available.
4. Communication – How will this leader/mentor communicate with you? Do they only conduct business by phone or by email? Are you comfortable with these types of communications? If you only want to deal with a leader via email and they want to only deal with their team by phone, it could end up being a problem. Communicating with any mentor/leader on a consistent basis plays a big part in your business success. When I am about to sign someone up, I am sure to ask them how they like to be communicated with. Most of my team loves online interaction but some may not. I make sure to ask. If you don’t, you are setting the new designer as well as yourself up for failure.
If you take the time to ask these types of questions and are satisfied with the answers, then you have found a mentor and leader that will work hard with you. Never be afraid to ask questions that will make the difference between success and no success for your new Origami Owl business. A good mentor and leader knows that they are only successful when you are successful. They shouldn’t want to hide how they conduct their business and they should really find the right fit for you.