Sidetracked? Here’s a Network Marketing Home Based Business Activity Plan

Plan to get back into activity in your network marketing home based businessDo you ever get sidetracked from your network marketing home based business because life takes over?  When I’ve taken a little time away from my marketing routine, I often feel like I’m getting back into a swimming pool after having been out for a while; Brrr…COLD.  Here’s the plan I follow to get back into action.

There are all kinds of things to sidetrack us in a network marketing home based business.

There are the major life changes like having a baby, grieving the loss of a loved one, and moving into a new house that have sidetracked me.  And there are minor life circumstances that have sidetracked me from my network marketing home based business as well; like a vacation, home remodel, the kids or me getting sick, or the dog in my most recent situation.

I apologize that it’s been a couple of days since my last post.  Our sweet 11 year old chocolate lab stole my son’s Halloween candy while we were gone Monday morning and has been very sick.  She somehow managed to get the gallon sized baggie of candy from the very back corner of the counter, even though I’d tucked it behind the toaster.  I was trying to hide it from my son, and figured it would be out of reach of the dog as well.  I figured wrong.  We came home to the remains of just a few scattered wrappers and some sucker sticks stuck in the family room carpet.

In the midst of this, my son has had appointments, one each morning, to be evaluated for speech therapy while we try to determine if he’s eligible for therapy through the school or if we’ll be hiring a private therapist for him.

So, between being a maid–mopping floors and steam cleaning carpets, taking care of a sick dog, researching speech pathologists, being a mom, wife, and chauffeur, my business had to take a back-seat.  I’m so thankful that the worst is behind us and our dog is feeling better, and relieved my son and I are finishing his last appointment today for hearing and vision screening. Whew!

The benefits of a  network marketing home based business:

Now, I totally love that, because I’m building a network marketing home based business and I have built a network of repeat shoppers as well as a team, my business keeps on growing and orders keep coming in.  But it’s time to jump back in.  I’m ready and I’ve missed working.

Although my want to-do list seems to have quadrupled, and my inbox…well let’s just say that overwhelming is a major understatement, I can pick where I want to start, and I can work at my own pace until I get to where I want to be.  And, because I can work around what excites me and what I’m passionate about, it doesn’t have to be something I dread.

Even so, looking at a list of items on a sheet of paper can be paralyzing to know where to start, so I took some time yesterday to refocus and implement my PLAN.

A PLAN to get back into activity in your network marketing home based business:

If you don’t have a list, spend a 15 minutes dumping the ideas of things you need to do, that are swimming in your head onto a piece of paper.  I find that breaking it down helps me to avoid overwhelm.


PRIORITY-PURPOSE: Break the items on your list into categories based on the purpose of the activity.  Choose the purpose of your activity, that you need to focus on first in your business.

  • Is my purpose to build the platform for my network marketing home based business: Blog, opt in form, set up my social media accounts?
  • Is my purpose to build my list: irresistible offer, directing traffic to my blog.
  • Is my purpose to build my credibility: blog posts, articles, videos, and wow ’em value packed content?
  • Is my purpose to build relationships: client care calls, making new friends on facebook, connecting with my teammates, sending thank-you notes, networking for future joint venture projects, etc.?
  • Is my purpose to build my bank account: picking up the phone to schedule appointments, mailing samples or new catalogs, placing orders, reminding customers of special offers that will soon be expiring, etc.

Your starting place will depend greatly on where you are in your business.  Do you have an established team and clients that need your attention?  How long have you been sidetracked?  Are you still in the getting started stage in your online network marketing home based business?  Figure out where you are and just pick a place to start.


LEVERAGE: Pick an activity in the category you decided your focus should be in for your network marketing home based business and determine which of the activities on the list are going to give you the most leverage.   The goal is to get into activity and see progress as quickly as possible!  Can the newsletter you’re creating about your company’s new products for your preferred clients also become a blog post for your online marketing, and a video to teach your new teammates something about the business?

If I’m doing a presentation for a potential business partner for my network marketing home based business, could I have a new business partner listening in to learn how to share the opportunity?


AUTOMATE: See if there is a way to automate the activity.

I like to relate automation to doing the dishes. You could wash them all by hand, one by one, dry them and put them away, or load them into your dishwasher and let it wash and dry them for you, and then all you have left to do is put them away.   It doesn’t mean that everything is done automatically for you without any work.

You still have to create the blog post, but you can automate content syndication by pinging it to your twitter and facebook accounts through your account at for instance.

Another example is the next time you do a training or a presentation, record it on video. You can then strip the audio from the video and have the audio transcribed, break it down into blog posts, tweets, articles, etc. and with one activity, you’ve automated several pieces of blog content.


Niche the activities you’ve decided to start with.  We talk about how important it is to find a niche to focus on so our ideal clients and potential business partners can find us, but we don’t often think about niches in other contexts.  I love to niche my project and put complimentary projects together.  If I am looking for photos for a Power Point presentation I’m creating, I can also pay attention to possible photos that will fit the future blog post I have planned.

If I’m writing a blog post and the ideas are flowing, I can keep writing to come up with articles and future blog posts.

I was in the back office of my company website yesterday downloading an excel spreadsheet of the clients and preferred clients who are up for renewal this month in my own network marketing home based business, and while I was there I also downloaded the lists for December and January.  When I was creating the renewal newsletter, I copied it and also scheduled the newsletters for the next two months.  Because I was already working on it, it took less time than it would have had I not “niched” them together!

So let’s review the PLAN to get into activity in your network marketing home based business:

  1. Priority Purpose
  2. Leverage
  3. Automate
  4. Niche Your Activities

Following this plan will help you get warmed up and building momentum in your network marketing home based business.

You know what to do now, right?  Leave some blog comments of course! You’ll get some link-love from me because you are on a dofollow blog! 🙂   And please share this post with your social media circles of sidetracked marketers building a network marketing home based business to help them get into activity!

Heather C Stephens, Clever Marketer Internet Network Marketing MLM       Home Business Blog Tips for WAHM MompreneursHeather Stephens

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  1. Hi Heather,

    thanks for sharing your experiences. Automation and delegation have become highly important for me in order to stay on the business rather than only in the business.

    It’s easy to get sidetracked, with your advice it should be possible for any one to get back on track again.

    Take care


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver!

      Delegation is HUGE, I’m so glad you brought that up. It’s a huge way to gain some leverage in our business.

      Thanks for adding value to my post with your comment! 🙂


  2. Hello Heather

    I know exactly what you mean.

    I too have been distracted due to my day job, specifically our year end audit which takes up all of my time.

    But it is now done and I am ready to work, leverage and automate 🙂


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for stopping by…I’ve missed you! I’m glad you made it through your day-job challenges and I look forward to reading your posts.

      Leverage and automate and delegate, as Oliver brought up! 🙂


  3. Hey Heather.. What an awesome post. P.L.A.N – that’s what I call quality information.

    Creating leverage and automation are 2 very important ones for me.. I’m constantly working on creating assets online that work for me when I’m not there – whether that’s a blog post, a video, a lead generation process, or a product.

    keep ’em coming Heather
    talk soon

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Hector,

      Getting caught up on comments…sorry for the delay.

      Automation and leverage are huge as far as knowing what to focus on when in our business. I took a course a while back called building social equity and as a visual person, I think of every little piece of content as painting a room, adding some curb appeal, etc on a house. It’s adding value both to my readers, but especially to my reach online.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  4. Good stuff Heather, I teach my team to #1 create relationships which is in your P of PLAN. One thing I have found is some get addicted to the studying of Internet marketing rather than remember this is a relationship business so I agree that is a very important part if not the most important, thanks for writing this =)

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Ryan!

      Relationship should trump everything in business, but unfortunately it doesn’t always. I’ve built my business primarily in my warm market and referrals up until recently (I just started online this past summer) and I find it so much fun to connect with people and develop a relationship with them.

      Online is a whole different set of circumstances as to the ways you can connect with people but the core principles of sponsoring still boil down to creating a relationship with someone, determining if there’s a need or a problem, and sharing a possible solution if you have one.

      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!

  5. I think the key to develop a skill on home based programs is patience. thank you for sharing this (even though i dont have any idea on network marketing plans :D)

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jim,

      Weddings? I was a wedding planner for several years with my mom. (Before I discovered internet marketing or network marketing.) It was so much fun. I miss the anticipation of the “big day” sometimes, but I’m so thankful for the ability to work from home now, and not have my weekends full.

      You’re very right that patience is key to a home based business.

      Have a great week,

  6. Hey Heather,

    Awesome advice you are sharing here. This is definitely a great plan to put in place to be able to get back into the swing of things.

    Thanks for sharing your insights and personal experiences.

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mavis,

      I’m playing catch-up tonight with my comments. This is probably your 2nd or 3rd reply from me. LOL (Feel the love!)

      Anyway, thanks for your comment. I appreciate it very, very much, even if it took me a while to get back to you.


  7. Heather,

    Great PLAN you have.

    I know first hand of these distractions. Even though my wife and I work full time. She is also in this Industry but works in an office.

    So…I put up the kids from school, cook and clean up dinner, finish homework, bring them to sports and take care of bedtime activities. I have been extremely distracted from my business, so this PLAN comes at a good time.

    Tommy D.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Tommy!

      You’re a Mr. Mom! 🙂 I love that! To be honest, my husband does the cooking in our family because I am really terrible at it. Sometimes it’s all hands on deck around here and even the girls 12 and almost 9 have to pitch in to keep the household afloat.

      I’m glad the PLAN came at a good time for you. Your wife is lucky to have you! I hear so many friends complaining about their husbands who do nothing to help and it makes me so thankful for Wes and all he does for us.

      Here’s to great Dad’s! 🙂


  8. It’s really great that everything turned out great. That is really good. and with regards these tips that you’ve shared, I couldn’t agree more especially with prioritizing, one should know what or which things come first and do it from the highest order of priority down to the lowest. Works really great if done this way.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Andrew,

      Please forgive me for my delay in replying to your very thoughtful comment. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

      The dog is back to normal and our household has settled down a tad bit. Prioritizing doesn’t always come easy to me but when I break it down like this it feels much more achievable.

      Thanks again for your comment!

  9. Hey Heather,

    Yes, life gets full at times. Mine has been lately too. Appointments every day. Next week is looking a little better. 😉

    Yes, the PLAN works. I love to automate things, although I’ll admit that sometimes I don’t get something automated as soon as I should have because I feel it takes more time to figure out HOW to automate it than just doing it. haha

    Thanks for another valuable post.


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Why do we do that, Susanna; put off automating things because it’s going to take more time to figure out how than just doing it?

      I’m there with potty training my son. We’ve tried a couple of times, and I just give up and put a diaper on because he’s totally not interested and I get tired of cleaning up.) LOL

      I hope your appointments went well and that your week is calmer than last. I apologize for my delay in getting back to your comment. Playing catch-up right now. 🙂

      Have a happy evening,

  10. Hi Heather!

    I enjoyed reading your post. I liked the PLAN concept. Cool idea! This mnemonic device PLAN is really helpful.

    Have a great week ahead of you!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Elmar,

      Thank you for commenting. I’m glad the PLAN helped you and you enjoyed the post.

      Looking forward to getting to know you more,


  11. Heather, what a great post. I love the P.L.A.N

    It’s always a good thing to have a plan and a strategy that will get you on track, help you to manage you time effectively and make you more productive in the right areas – I believe a good ‘activity’ plan is the best antidote to overwhelm and procrastination.

    Thanks for all you do ~ Maya

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Maya,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. A great activity plan, like you mention, really does help to prevent overwhelm. Plus, as you say, it keeps you focusing on the most productive activities!

      Thanks for the comment,

  12. Nice blog Heather, this is very detailed information. Everyone in our industry should red this and learn from it. You are correct distractions are everywhere. They will effect us who work from home more than someone who goes to an office to work.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for your comment. I can get so easily distracted working from home. It’s imperative to find routines and ways of dealing with it…especially for me since I’ve got some strong add tendencies. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

  13. Gosh, I always get distracted. I should reconsider and stop by a Starbucks with my computer.

  14. I’m always skeptical of acronyms at first, but this is an excellent P-L-A-N. The categorized list of things to build under P for Purpose is a resourse in itself. I’ve found that one good way to automate some of my work is to remote-outsource small projects one-at-a-time to specialists on platforms like oDesk and Elance.