Using Teamwork Online to Build Your Home Business

home business teamwork

I love this quote from The Power of Teamwork: 31 Quotes That Celebrate Collaboration by Megan Conley,

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

If you are in network marketing understanding how to use teamwork online to build your home business is critical.

In this article I am going to discuss 2 methods you can use to build a solid team and a solid foundation for any network marketing business. These methods are Onboarding and Taprooting.

According to, onboarding is defined as follows…

Onboarding, refers to the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders. Tactics used in this process include formal meetings, lectures, videos, printed materials, or computer-based orientations to introduce newcomers to their new jobs and organizations. Research has demonstrated that these socialization techniques lead to positive outcomes for new employees such as higher job satisfaction, better job performance, greater organizational commitment, and reduction in occupational stress and intent to quit.

If you are familiar with network marketing, you can easily see how this definition relates to what we do. Simply replace the word “employee” to distributor, member, affiliate, etc. and I think you get the picture.

To put it simply, onboarding is extremely important to your team building because, if done properly, it will help your new members get off to a great start and stay connected and plugged in to the team. Members who are “on board” and “plugged in” will achieve personal success more quickly, be more productive and much more likely to contribute to the overall goals of the team. Some methods to ensure proper onboarding of your new members include the following…

  • Be a strong sponsor Connect and build a relationship with your new team members. Make yourself available to help with any questions they may have. Motivate them and stay in touch.
  • Create a team website or page This is a great way to get a new team member started. Create a page on your site that gives step by step instructions to get new members off to a great start. Here is a team page I am working on for Empower Network… Click Here to Check It Out (It’s still a work in progress.)
  • Create a Skype or Facebook Group Consider creating a Facebook or Skype group for your team so you can keep in touch, pass on knowledge and news, and build relationships.

Taproot on Wikipedia

A taproot is a large, central, and dominant root from which other roots sprout laterally. Typically a taproot is somewhat straight and very thick, is tapering in shape, and grows directly downward. In some plants, such as the carrot, the taproot is a storage organ so well developed that it has been cultivated as an edible plant, for which its storage capacity has been exaggerated by selection for size and palatability.

home business carrot

According to Richard Wyche in his article Taprooting, Get This Down and Change Your Life, “This same process works like magic in any multi-level marketing opportunity or any opportunity that pays multiple levels deep. In multi-level or network marketing and building a team in general that requires depth, taprooting is a process of building your team as deep as possible and as quickly as possible, and it doesn’t matter what type of compensation plan you’re in. This works magically in a binary, a uni-level or in a matrix of any width.”

Put another way, taprooting in MLM involves building very strong downward legs in your organization. From a team building concept, this is advantageous because it helps new members get off to a great start while they are learning how to sponsor. It also helps to motivate team members as they see a line growing directly beneath them in their own organization.

My current team is working on building taproot lines, so I am able to see first hand just how beneficial this team building technique can be. At the end of the day, you have far more growth and stability with a team that has 12 strong taproot legs 12 levels deep, than a team with hundreds of legs 1 level deep.

Proper onboarding and taprooting are just 2 ways to use teamwork online to build your home business.

If you have ideas you would like to share, I would love to hear them in the comments.

To Your Success,

Bob Swetz

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