Following A Black Sheep

Over the past couple of years, it’s become pretty apparent that I’m the “Black Sheep” of the industry.

I’m ok with it…

I thought you should know it, though.

(Just in case, you’re not into following a black sheep) ;   )

So here’s the deal.

As business owners, we have choices to make in how we conduct our business.  Here are some of those choices:

• Using Company or Product Trademark names in violation of Trademark law.

• Showing bank accounts (accurate or PhotoShopped)

• Buying “likes” and “comments” on Fiverr or other outsource sites, to increase your Edge Rank or “social” proof.

• Buying “likes” or “comments” to win contests

• Knowingly violate advertising platform policies because “it works”

• Teaching others to violate advertising platform policies because you can make money teaching people that stuff.

• Using “black hat” methods to beat search engine algorithms.

• Promoting systems that engage in deceptive advertising just because it’s the “in” thing to do (and you can get paid well)

• Telling only “part” of the story about a successful marketing strategy, because, the truth would not be nearly as “sexy”. (i.e, “Learn how I generated 1,000 leads on Facebook” but conveniently forgetting to mention that you paid $3,000 to get those leads).

• Quoting how much money you made in a month, but “leaving out” the amount of money that has to be paid out to affiliates, etc.

Now some of you may be completely shocked to learn that these are things that some of the leaders that you have followed have chosen to do.  But it’s true and you deserve to know the truth.

Many of them have made a lot of money in a short amount of time as a result of engaging in these practices.

They’ll tell you it’s just clever “marketing”.

Which is probably why Seth Godin wrote a book entitled “All Marketers Are Liars”.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Two very important reasons:

Objects in the mirror are much smaller than they appear.

In other words, you’re not getting the whole story a lot of the time.

I’ve seen a lot of very talented entrepreneurs getting extremely discouraged (and almost quitting) because they aren’t making money as fast as “So-and-So”. Expectations in our industry have gotten insanely unrealistic, and someone needs to speak out about it.  It’s exactly WHY online businesses, home businesses, network marketing businesses get a bad rep.  

I believe aspiring and beginning entrepreneurs should be told the truth about what it takes to succeed on or offline. That’s why you’ll never hear me promising success in a short amount of time or with very little effort.

It takes hard work- but the rewards are SO worth it!  (I’m living proof!)

My brutal honesty and unwillingness to engage in “sketchy” business practices has cost me quite a few sales, I’m sure.

But, I don’t care.

I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and most importantly, I have to answer to God and I want to make Him proud.

I’m a rule follower.

If you’re looking for the promise of quick riches, I’m not your gal. I only teach sustainable business practices, so if you’re looking for the next “black hat” trick to cheat the system, I’m not your gal.

I’m picky as hell about what I promote, because I don’t want to steer my readers, customers and clients down the wrong path.  Rich and I have foregone a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money in a short amount of time, just because we know that products/services won’t deliver on their promises.

For me, slow, steady and acting in integrity wins the race.

With all of that said, if you’re looking for information that’s not full of BS and hype on how to build a sustainable business, I’ve put together a 4-video “tell-all” series that you need to watch.

In the 1st video you’ll learn the mistake I made that caused me to have to flush 18 months of business building down the drain.

In the 2nd video you’ll discover the big myth that could cost you your entire business.

In the 3rd video, I’ll help you get rid of the trash that is causing you to unknowingly sabotage your business and help you uncover the hidden gold you’ve been sitting on that you may have forgotten.

Make sure you really pay attention to Video #3 because I’m giving away an Apple iPad!! :  )

In the 4th video, you’ll learn how to build an authentic brand even if you’re brand new. You will also learn about the new course I just launched called Branded, which is my blueprint for building a sustainable business which allowed me to quit my full-time job as an attorney.

No fluff. No hype. No B.S.

Just good, solid, potentially life-altering information.

You can get all 4 videos here.

PS  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below and make sure you share this article if you know someone who can benefit from what you’ve just learned : )

12 Responses to “Following A Black Sheep”

  1. Carol Lamoreaux Says:

    Wow! This says it all! You and Rich have such great character and people see that. Too bad everyone does not look at building their business in this way. It really would make a difference for all of us. Thanks for writing this.
    Carol Lamoreaux recently posted..Your Own Marketing Team

  2. Candice Michelle Says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful post! I really appreciate all your post in here Natasha! Just always keep your good post coming!
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  3. Bonnie Cribbs Says:

    So what made you the black sheep of the industry? You seem straight up legit to me! I’m a big fan of honesty and helping recruits know exactly what they are getting into. The rewards are great if the work is great. Thanks for sharing your posts!
    Bonnie Cribbs recently posted..A Big MLM Fringe Benefit

  4. Natasha Nassar Says:

    @Carol Lamoreaux, Thanks so much for your kind words Carol. I have to admit, it’s very frustrating to see people “cheating” the system and getting paid for it. But, I feel like people need to know what’s really going on, so they can adjust their expectations accordingly and feel confident in where they are in their business.
    Natasha Nassar recently posted..Wake Up And Smell The Hypocrisy

  5. Natasha Nassar Says:

    @Bonnie Cribbs, I’m the black sheep because seems that everywhere I turn lately, many leaders are dong shady stuff under the guise of “clever marketing”. It may have taken me longer to quit my full-time job as an attorney, but I know that every step of the way I’ve built my business with integrity. And that’s what’s important.

    I’m glad to see you’re a big fan of honesty and being up front about what it takes to succeed! We need more people like you in this industry!

  6. Jared Hager Says:

    It is great to see someone is a straight shooter with honest intentions. Thanks Rich and Natasha for being realistic with everything and telling how it really is.
    Jared Hager recently posted..Working Your MLM Blog

  7. Melissa Sieks Says:

    Great post! It’s called netWORK marketing, not netSLEEP marketing or netGetRichAndDoNothing marketing for a reason: you have to WORK. I was fortunate enough to see success fairly quickly in my business, but when I tell people my story, I always let them know I worked hard and focused during that time. I had to make an effort. Anyone who tells you that you can build a business and do nothing is lying. Plain and simple.

  8. Monty Murray Says:

    Excellent! It is a refreshing change to see someone using knowledge and experience with honesty. This is something that is easy to forget once we are successful. Thank you and keep it up.

  9. Robin J Emdon Says:

    A refreshingly honest article Natasha! Just wreaks of integrity and honesty! Two professional qualities we need more of in this industry! Thanks for the reminders! ~Robin~
    Robin J Emdon recently posted..How To Lose Friends, Alienate People, Stay Broke, Bewildered and Befuddled!

  10. Natasha Nassar Says:

    @Robin J Emdon, Thanks for stopping by Robin! Glad to know you’re a Black Sheep fan! ; )

  11. Natasha Nassar Says:

    @Melissa Sieks, Ha ha ha netSLEEP marketing! Hilarious! Thanks for stopping by Melissa- your comment totally made my day!

  12. Lena Hartzler Says:

    I am very new to all of this and eager to learn from those of you who have gone before but are willing to do the hard work and do it honestly. Thanks for all of you advice and input!

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