If you sign up with a network marketing home based business, you usually sign up under someone. That someone will be what is called your “upline”. The role of this upline has changed considerably in the last 20 years.
20 years ago, most network marketing businesses grew locally from word of mouth, home meetings, and local classified ads. The upline played a primary role in getting the new distributor enrolled, trained, and mentored. Nowadays, your upline is less likely to be someone local and most contacts you will have with him / her is via email or the phone.
That makes it somewhat difficult to actually get to know the person well. While the role of the upline has diminished somewhat since the early days of network marketing home businesses, they still fill an important role to someone getting started.
This is why you shouldn’t sign up under just any old person. Try to get to know them as best you can before signing up. Ask some questions about how many other network marketing businesses they’ve been in and how long they have been with the current one. The last thing you want is to sign up under an Opportunity Hopper who might vanish a month from now.
So take some time with your decision if you are interested in the company and make sure you are signing up under the right individual.