What to do if you're desperate

by Paul Myers 1212 replies
We've been getting a lot of threads here lately from people talking about tough times. Clearly, some are for real. Others seem a bit... iffy. One thing we can be sure of is that having a bunch of these scattered through the database isn't the best way to help anyone.

So, here's the suggestion: Pretend this is a request from someone who's in a tight spot, and needs to figure out how to make some money quick. We don't know if they're on the verge of getting kicked out into the street tomorrow, or if they've got a couple of months to get something going.

Give your best suggestions, starting off with the required skills and the timeline you're addressing. Let's get one thread with a ton of ways for people to handle a tough spot.

Then, when the threads come up, we can point them here. The folks who need advice get it - a lot of it in one place - and you don't have to re-type your answers every time.

Who wants to start it off?


Paul

Edited to add: AlexCN has created a handy index that you may find helpful in getting to a useful answer more quickly. You can find that here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post9002337
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Fastest way to make some quick money -- without knowing the person's skills -- is to go to craigslist closest to their area and search the gigs. Many times these are cash type jobs that can be done quickly and locally.
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      cool you are very direct and informative thank you. Where do I go to ask questions.
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      Originally Posted by Kevin_Hutto View Post

      Fastest way to make some quick money -- without knowing the person's skills -- is to go to craigslist closest to their area and search the gigs. Many times these are cash type jobs that can be done quickly and locally.
      This is not always the case. I've posted gigs for people in this troubled economy on craigslist, sirolist,oodle,bookoo, etc. just for simple stuff like pass out flyers house to house for a per diem wage or pay per enrollment sort of thing with me paying for the supplies and yet people don't contact me or ask me for details about the gigs. Its like they want to earn money, but just not in that way. I hate to say it but certain words come to mind "laziness" & "close minded".

      If I had a gig or temp job where I needed someone to clean toilets at a location I work at until my regular worker comes back from vacation. Then that would be it. Here's the amount of pay..........no negotiation. Some people (not all) seem to think certain jobs are beneath them. This is just my opinion on the gigs part on making fast cash on craigslist. A person has to be REALLY desperate to not care what the job entails.
    • Profile picture of the author Lokahi
      Originally Posted by Kevin_Hutto View Post

      Fastest way to make some quick money -- without knowing the person's skills -- is to go to craigslist closest to their area and search the gigs. Many times these are cash type jobs that can be done quickly and locally.
      Aren't there lots of scam type gigs on Craigslist? And, how do you keep from getting scammed?
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    • Profile picture of the author alfredturner
      Going to Craigslist sounds like a good start, but how do you filter through the garbage. Some of the gigs are legit, but most are not. Life is hard and a lot of times we have to take a gig doing something that we don't like until something better comes alone, some money is better than no money.
    • Profile picture of the author theidealist98
      Originally Posted by Kevin_Hutto View Post

      Fastest way to make some quick money -- without knowing the person's skills -- is to go to craigslist closest to their area and search the gigs. Many times these are cash type jobs that can be done quickly and locally.
      *Love this answer. I was going to say the same thing.. And that is a good place to start at.. you gots to start somewhere. I tell people this all the time.
  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    An immediate form of income, and the way I started my IM career, is to simply offer services. What are you good at?

    Writing=articles, ebooks, autoresponder series, etc.
    Research=are you great at sniffing out good niches? This was the first service I offered, and I'm still doing it!
    Software=if you have software to submit links, RSS feeds or articles to various sites, offer that as a service.

    Take a look around the WSO's and the WF Classifieds...find services others are offering and offer them if it is something you have the capacity to perform.

    It's money directly into your Paypal account and if you do a great job, you'll have MANY repeat customers.

    P.S. It's my personal opinion that EVERYONE who receives payment via Paypal should have a Paypal Business Debit Card. It takes days to transfer money from your Paypal account to your bank account where you can access it. When you have the Debit Card, every sale you make is IMMEDIATELY accessible, as long as it's not an echeck (I don't accept those at all anyways.) Having the Debit Card can allow you to have funds immediately available upon making a sale, and when you're desperate, that's priceless.
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    • Profile picture of the author katty129
      I've been using the PayPal debit card for 2 years now. Most of my money goes into my Paypal account and I can access the funds instantly. I don't know what I would do without it. You can use a Premier account too.

      Kathy
    • Profile picture of the author Richnana
      Offer your services. Writing and submitting articles for anyone on the Warrior forum will earn you some quick cash. Go a little step further than just writing the articles. Put a twist and submit them to the top 10 article directores. You can charge upfront 1/2 with the remainder at completion.

      Create a squidoo lens, a podcast, of their already written articles. The Warriors have money and don't mind spending it for quality work. so, if you are in a tight spot and you don't mind doing some work. You can earn money on this forum.

      If you can't write, find a college kid who can. Offer to do the SeNuke thing for a warrior at $75.00 per week, working as a virtual assistant. Get 10 warrior clients
      Get 10 college or even high school kids to do the work. You get the override. But you have ongoing income and you can help some kids
    • Profile picture of the author rixlo
      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      An immediate form of income, and the way I started my IM career, is to simply offer services. What are you good at?
      Good advice. Thank you. I am a newbie if you will and am just learing about IM and it's possibilities since I'm retired and looking for some add'l
      disposable income. I have to put on the old thinking cap.
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    • Profile picture of the author bcagle
      Good advice. I have heard a lot of people blasting PayPal lately. I for one have had great experience with them since I signed up years ago. I may have been one of the first to jump in.

      The debit card, as you said, can be a very welcome addition to your wallet when times are tough. Take if from one who knows.
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      An immediate form of income, and the way I started my IM career, is to simply offer services. What are you good at?

      Writing=articles, ebooks, autoresponder series, etc.
      Research=are you great at sniffing out good niches? This was the first service I offered, and I'm still doing it!
      Software=if you have software to submit links, RSS feeds or articles to various sites, offer that as a service.

      Take a look around the WSO's and the WF Classifieds...find services others are offering and offer them if it is something you have the capacity to perform.

      It's money directly into your Paypal account and if you do a great job, you'll have MANY repeat customers.

      P.S. It's my personal opinion that EVERYONE who receives payment via Paypal should have a Paypal Business Debit Card. It takes days to transfer money from your Paypal account to your bank account where you can access it. When you have the Debit Card, every sale you make is IMMEDIATELY accessible, as long as it's not an echeck (I don't accept those at all anyways.) Having the Debit Card can allow you to have funds immediately available upon making a sale, and when you're desperate, that's priceless.

      Wow this has helped me so much, thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author fatcats
      I think this is where Fiverr kicks in when offering a service. How times change from 2009 until 2012.



      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      An immediate form of income, and the way I started my IM career, is to simply offer services. What are you good at?

      Writing=articles, ebooks, autoresponder series, etc.
      Research=are you great at sniffing out good niches? This was the first service I offered, and I'm still doing it!
      Software=if you have software to submit links, RSS feeds or articles to various sites, offer that as a service.

      Take a look around the WSO's and the WF Classifieds...find services others are offering and offer them if it is something you have the capacity to perform.

      It's money directly into your Paypal account and if you do a great job, you'll have MANY repeat customers.

      P.S. It's my personal opinion that EVERYONE who receives payment via Paypal should have a Paypal Business Debit Card. It takes days to transfer money from your Paypal account to your bank account where you can access it. When you have the Debit Card, every sale you make is IMMEDIATELY accessible, as long as it's not an echeck (I don't accept those at all anyways.) Having the Debit Card can allow you to have funds immediately available upon making a sale, and when you're desperate, that's priceless.
    • Profile picture of the author MillionairePete
      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      An immediate form of income, and the way I started my IM career, is to simply offer services. What are you good at?

      Writing=articles, ebooks, autoresponder series, etc.
      Research=are you great at sniffing out good niches? This was the first service I offered, and I'm still doing it!
      Software=if you have software to submit links, RSS feeds or articles to various sites, offer that as a service.

      Take a look around the WSO's and the WF Classifieds...find services others are offering and offer them if it is something you have the capacity to perform.

      It's money directly into your Paypal account and if you do a great job, you'll have MANY repeat customers.

      P.S. It's my personal opinion that EVERYONE who receives payment via Paypal should have a Paypal Business Debit Card. It takes days to transfer money from your Paypal account to your bank account where you can access it. When you have the Debit Card, every sale you make is IMMEDIATELY accessible, as long as it's not an echeck (I don't accept those at all anyways.) Having the Debit Card can allow you to have funds immediately available upon making a sale, and when you're desperate, that's priceless.
      Hi Lisa,

      How do you go about doing the research of niches? I seem to be really good at researching low competition profitable keywords but how can I make money doing that, can you teach me your method? I'm going to spend a lot of time thinking now because you've opened up my eyes to something new and interesting

      I had a lady purchase from me once, asked me to come up with 10 website names that are available .com domains and I also made a slogan to accompany each site, she happily paid $75 for the research but these were not even keywords that I researched, instead they were what sounded good to me and she loved them, she said last time she had huge success with a domain I came up with for her, must have gotten really lucky but now I understand how to do keyword research , it's all about understanding how search engines function and what indexing is etc.... she gave me a theme to work around, it was to do with helping others publish their book.

      I think there might be a good business in researching profitable keywords and making a domain for others around a subject they would like to start a business with.
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      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      An immediate form of income, and the way I started my IM career, is to simply offer services. What are you good at?

      Writing=articles, ebooks, autoresponder series, etc.
      Research=are you great at sniffing out good niches? This was the first service I offered, and I'm still doing it!
      Software=if you have software to submit links, RSS feeds or articles to various sites, offer that as a service.

      Take a look around the WSO's and the WF Classifieds...find services others are offering and offer them if it is something you have the capacity to perform.

      It's money directly into your Paypal account and if you do a great job, you'll have MANY repeat customers.

      P.S. It's my personal opinion that EVERYONE who receives payment via Paypal should have a Paypal Business Debit Card. It takes days to transfer money from your Paypal account to your bank account where you can access it. When you have the Debit Card, every sale you make is IMMEDIATELY accessible, as long as it's not an echeck (I don't accept those at all anyways.) Having the Debit Card can allow you to have funds immediately available upon making a sale, and when you're desperate, that's priceless.
      I agree with Lisa.

      Go to services that match employers and employee.

      Odesk, Fiverr, elance, iwriter.

      You literally trade your time for money. It's not much but it's a great start to learn skills.

      Then when you know how to market your services, do cold calling, sales pitches, webinars, sales meetings, and sell your services.

      Again, your time vs money earned.

      Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
    If someone is really desperate and down to the wire, you cannot rely on the internet to pay off fast enough to get you out of your jam. Get yourself to any agencies you can find locally that will help you pay your rent, keep the electricty on or put food on the table. There is the Salvation Army, food banks, city human service departments and the like to help with emergency situations.

    Sell anything you don't absolutely need in a yard sale or on eBay. Do odd jobs around town or work overtime if you have a job and it's available. This could help give you some breathing room.

    If you aren't down to the wire yet but know you need to make money fairly quickly, selling some sort of service is probably the fastest way to do it. Think about what skills you have to offer - could be writing, could be the grunt work like putting up links, blog commenting, creating graphics...whatever you can do, you can bet someone will be willing to pay you to do it for them.

    While you're doing that to keep money coming in now, find a business model you like and start pegging away at it until it becomes a big enough income stream. This could be anything really - it doesn't matter, as long as you have some income coming in already.

    Tina
    • Profile picture of the author donhx
      Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

      If someone is really desperate and down to the wire, you cannot rely on the internet to pay off fast enough to get you out of your jam. Get yourself to any agencies you can find locally that will help you pay your rent, keep the electricity on or put food on the table.

      Tina
      Wisdom there, Tina. The Internet is not a magic source of money. It takes knowledge and time to create cash flow. People are far better finding a source of income in their local area if they need help fast. As you say, IM is a great way of building income when you are not under stress.

      Some have mentioned CraigsList as a source of work. I suggest a person in need beware of that. It's the last place to look, IMO. Start with family, friends and others in your network ("friends of friends"). There is no shame in asking for work. We have all done it at some point in our lives. People understand times are tough and are willing to help out when they can.
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      Originally Posted by Tina Golden View Post

      If someone is really desperate and down to the wire, you cannot rely on the internet to pay off fast enough to get you out of your jam. Get yourself to any agencies you can find locally that will help you pay your rent, keep the electricty on or put food on the table. There is the Salvation Army, food banks, city human service departments and the like to help with emergency situations.

      Sell anything you don't absolutely need in a yard sale or on eBay. Do odd jobs around town or work overtime if you have a job and it's available. This could help give you some breathing room.

      If you aren't down to the wire yet but know you need to make money fairly quickly, selling some sort of service is probably the fastest way to do it. Think about what skills you have to offer - could be writing, could be the grunt work like putting up links, blog commenting, creating graphics...whatever you can do, you can bet someone will be willing to pay you to do it for them.

      While you're doing that to keep money coming in now, find a business model you like and start pegging away at it until it becomes a big enough income stream. This could be anything really - it doesn't matter, as long as you have some income coming in already.

      Tina
      I Do sell electronic cigarrettes online and offline, sometimes i hang arround in my shop grinding the internet from there. one thing came up when i read this post: every 2-3 days or so some folks come buy and ask me if i want my shopwindows to be cleaned, i allways ask them HOW MUCH?, since my shop is pretty but small i think paying 3$ for cleaning one window is fair enough, since when you are really good in it you can clean a window in less then 5 minutes. so my conclusion if you REALLY NEED CASH IMMIDIATELY:

      ---> Get yourself a broom, a bucket (with soapwater or something simmilar) and some old newspapers to dry the windows...

      ---> Go to big shopping streets and ask smaller shops with big shop windows if they want to have them cleaned for arround 3$ each...

      ---> Ask them after you cleaned their windows when you should be cleaning them again? make an apointment...! tell them that every 10th cleaning is free...!

      ---> REPEAT...

      I as somebody that is running this shop will be REALLY HAPPY that you could do that...! i would even give you tip if this where done nice and neat!

      So, think about that for a moment...what you guys think about this idea?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Great Post Paul... I will contribute the following...

    If you are just starting out and you do not know what to do and your funds are very low or even nothing, then you can start with the below plan and build on it from there.

    Let's say I just started this great blog and now I need traffic so before I go give my great content away for free to some over glorified adsense article directory I think I will try the following...

    You can get hosting for a few dollars from Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Servers - Website Hosting w/ cPanel - HostGator and get a domain name for less than $10 at Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting - Free URL Forwarding, e-mail forwarding and DNS services are included with our cheap domain names registration service

    If you have no money at all, then you certainly can start a free blog at http://www.blogspot.com

    - Bookmark my new blog:
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    Clipmarks - What are you finding on the web?
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    Faves: Sites you'll love, from people like you
    Mister Wong | Social Bookmarking Tool (twitter function built in)

    * Those above will get you indexed in google with no
    problem, digg and clipmarks can have you
    indexed in 10 minutes.

    - Create 3 new articles similar to my blog content and turn them into PDF with links to my blog and upload it to sites such as:
    Scribd
    Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents
    Docstoc ? Documents, Templates, Forms, Ebooks, Papers & Presentations

    * fully fill out the profile and since I posted 3
    documents there is also an auto poster for twitter
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    - Locate my Rss Feeds on the bookmarking sites, my blog and the upload sites and post them to Rss Directories:
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    * many resources on that site above that can help.

    This would be a good start to get your content indexed before you even submit to any directory and notice since you are just starting out, none of this cost any money, its free advertising.

    James
  • Profile picture of the author samstephens
    I'm sure there's be a lot of posts about how to make extra money, so I'm posting something different, and something that I believe should be done straight away:

    Cut your costs.

    If your incoming money isn't matching (or greater than) your outgoing money, there are two things to do: increase your incoming, but also decrease your outgoing.

    Write out a list of the costs that you need to live:

    - Rent/mortgage
    - Food
    - Transport

    Food can be greatly decreased by stopping buying so many snacks (that's how our grocery bill creeps up), and instead start buying stuff that will last a long time - ie. making a huge pot of pasta and sause that'll last three or four days. Sure, not the most nutricious, but that's another issue altogether.

    Stop buying alcohol, and if you can, cut down on cigarettes as much as posisble (I'm not a smoker, and so I can only assume that's probably hard work for most people, but I'm also assuming it's better than being homeless).

    Rent/Mortgage - talk to your bank or realestate, and see if there is something you can work out. Sometimes there is, and sometimes you can work on payment plans.

    Transport - try and walk as much as you can, or ride a bike. Sure cuts down on those fuel bills. Too far? A bus? Or at least try and minimise your driving as much as possible.

    Entertainment - this is usually a huge cost, and so have a think about free things you can do around your area.

    Drop your mobile phone to a smaller plan, or don't renew your credit if you're on prepay. You can do without outgoing calls for awhile.

    Disconnect things you don't need, such as pay TV.

    This will be different for everyone's situation, but if you sit down and right out a list of all of your monthly bills, then break it down into weekly costs, then you can see what you're spending each week and what on.

    From there you can then knock down the bigger ones, and knock out some of the non-nessessities.



    Lastly - fast way to make some money? Get out there and do some work - mow lawns for friends and family, you may even get some referals for other people.

    Hit the local shopping centres, and see if you can pack shelves at night, or do some shift work at local factories.

    Often you can find unskilled labour - sure it doesn't pay great, but it's better than nothing, right?

    We'd all love to make it big on the internet, saving us by the skin of our teeth, and sure do that at night time, but if I was in serious financial trouble, I'd be knocking on so many doors begging for work that my knuckles would bleed.

    Hope this helps!

    cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author gordonfxtrader
      In reply to Sam & others with the same idea.

      Good post

      Cut your expense. Cut cut cut
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      Transport - try and walk as much as you can, or ride a bike. Sure cuts down on those fuel bills. Too far? A bus? Or at least try and minimise your driving as much as possible.

      Entertainment - this is usually a huge cost, and so have a think about free things you can do around your area.

      Drop your mobile phone to a smaller plan, or don't renew your credit if you're on prepay. You can do without outgoing calls for awhile.

      Disconnect things you don't need, such as pay TV.
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      Originally Posted by samstephens View Post

      Drop your mobile phone to a smaller plan, or don't renew your credit if you're on prepay. You can do without outgoing calls for awhile.
      I agree with all of this. Only thing different is that I would say don't just drop your mobile phone to a smaller plan. Drop it all together.

      Cell phones plans charge you for incoming calls as well as calls that you make, so you can get by on a landline if that will costs to help pay for necessities.

      If you are going to keep your cell phone, don't answer calls but the ones you are expecting, and don't keep one in your ear 24 hours a day like most people do. There are no doubt going to be much more important things at this point that you will need to be concentrating on.
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      Hey this was a great response thanks
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    1) Look at the Clickbank new products section on CBEngine.com for all the different categories.

    2) Make a list of the site owners with contact details.

    3) Reach out to them all and make an offer to write X number of promotional articles that their affiliates can use. Also offer to contact X number of potential affiliates to find guest blogging and other content syndication opportunities for them.

    Be sure to send them each a personalized message one by one.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnB23
      The quickest way I know of to make money is to cut your expenses.

      -Esp entertainment and buying "stuff" in a real brick and mortar store. Even if you don't think you can find it cheaper online, look any way.

      Even stuff like bubble wrap, it costs 3x as much at a store 10 minutes from my house, than if I bought it online (from ebay), even with shipping. Small expenses add up, so be sure to research everything.

      No reason at all to pay full retail for anything. Esp Dvd's or any movies. I don't believe in starving yourself, or taking extreme measures if you're desperate (like no tv or entertainment for 3 months).

      -Write down what you spend everyday and where it goes. You'll be shocked.
  • Profile picture of the author IMRookie1
    1. Sell stuff on a garage sale or on Ebay.
    2. Get a job nobody wants to do. (This is just temporary until you get back on track)
    3. Offer your services. There are a lot of marketers that pay for time-consuming tasks such as social bookmarking, link building, etc...
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      The first thing you need to do is create a plan.

      Start by figuring out your budget. How much do you currently make? How much do you currently spend? Where can you reduce or eliminate expenses?

      Too often, people just say they "need more money" but without a budget, they don't have a plan for the money they do get in. So, any extra money may not go to where it gives them the best bang for the buck. By having a budget set up, you can better figure out where to spend any extra income you get. And, when starting out online, for most people, any income they get is going to be spotty at best. So, figuring out where to utilize that money--whether it is $20 or $200--is very important. You want to make sure you use that money where it will help you the most.

      Once you have a budget, then you can develop a plan. This is where you'll figure out how much more money you need to make and how much more money you want to make. Do you need $50 more per week? $500? Do you need another $5000 a month? How much is long term? How much do you need in the short term? Once you've determined your needs, then you can start a plan of attack.

      Your plan may be finding work locally, providing services online, selling stuff on eBay, etc.--the things others have mentioned. And you have to break down your plan into short term and long term objectives. You might take a job temporarily at a fast food joint to help until you can get your online business going, for example.

      Hand-in-hand with your plan is a daily schedule. If you want to make money at IM, you are going to have to work at it on a regular basis. You can't just do stuff here and there. That will just lead to spotty results and you probably won't be able to earn a decent income with intermittent efforts. So, create a schedule that works around your regular job (if you have one), your temporary job (if you have one), and whatever else may be going on in your life (taking kids to soccer practice, for example). Make sure you create time to work on your Internet marketing business on a regular basis. Daily, if possible. If not, then make it as many times a week as you can. If you can only do it on weekends, then plan around that too. Bear in mind that software like WordPress allows you to schedule posts, so you create posts on weekends and schedule them to appear throughout the week so that your blog is updated daily. If you are blogging, of course. That's just one example. Some article directories let you schedule things to a degree, so take advantage of that where possible, etc. There are workarounds for many things, so don't let stumbling blocks steer you off-course.

      Consistency is what you really need to achieve results. So, create a plan and a schedule that will allow you to do that. Treat your IM efforts as a business not a hobby.

      Once you have your plan and your schedule, you're going to have to figure out what you're going to do when you're sitting at your computer ready to do your Internet marketing work.

      So, the first thing you'll need to do is find a niche. You'll want to choose a niche where there are hungry buyers to make it easier on yourself to sell something. You might choose multiple niches as well, but just stick with one thing until you get it going. You should diversify, but don't do it so quickly that none of your "diversifications" ever gets off the ground! There are plenty of threads around here for choosing niches, so I won't get into that here.

      Once you have a niche, then you have to find a product. You have several options. You could be an affiliate for an existing product. Look at places like ClickBank, Commission Junction, PayDotCom, LinkShare, ShareASale, etc. for products you may be able to promote as an affiliate. Another option is to create your own product and sell it. Another option is to purchase a product with Master Resale Rights or Resale Rights and sell it. Yet another option, if it is a physical product you are looking at, is to become a reseller for that product. This can be expensive and is not going to be a practical option if you are desperate. In that case, you'll want to look at dropshipping, where the manufacturer or seller will dropship a product for you so that you don't have to stock anything and you only pay for the product when you have a sale. So, there are lots of options. In most cases, however, going with a digital product is going to be the most effective for the desperate Internet marketer that's just starting out.

      After you have a niche and a product to promote or sell, then you need to promote it. You may be able to do this simply through article marketing and social networking, but it will be highly advantageous, especially for long term growth, if you create your own website. The ideal is to have your own domain name and hosting. If you cannot afford that, at least find a way to get $10 to register your own domain name. Then, you can start at a service like Blogger for free and point your domain name to it. That way, any marketing you do can utilize your domain name rather than a Blogger Blogspot URL. Then, when you can afford hosting, you can find a way to move your content to your own hosted blog and retain your incoming links.

      The next thing is going to be payments. If you are an affiliate, you don't need to worry about this but if you are selling your own product, you will need to have a way for people to pay you. For most new Internet marketers, this will probably mean something like PayPal. If you have a digital product, you can sell through ClickBank, and then they'll provide you with payment links and such. The disadvantage here is that you'll need to come up with $49.95 to open your ClickBank account as a vendor, which is $49.95 you may not have! so, PayPal becomes a more attractive option here. You might also consider 2Checkout and various other payment services.

      There's a lot to do, and it's easy to got confused or distracted and head off in different directions, which usually results in not succeeding in Internet marketing. That's why it is important to develop a plan and stick with it. You can keep reading things, but when scheduling your computer time, keep your "research" time and your "work" time separate. You don't want "research" (i.e., reading forums, reading eBooks, hanging out on Facebook, etc.) to cut into or reduce your "work" time. You have to work at Internet marketing to make it, um, work. So, don't allow distractions to throw you off-course. Develop a schedule and stick to it. If it helps, find a picture of some mean looking guy and put it next to your computer or use it as your desktop background and pretend that's your boss looking over your shoulder every time you're at the computer. Do whatever it takes to do the actual work of Internet marketing.

      Again, consistency is very important! As is just getting it done! A half-finished project will never make you money if it just sits on your hard drive and you never go anywhere with it.

      And, again, remember that Internet marketing will not likely be a short term fix. Short term Internet marketing successes are few and far between. Most success in Internet marketing comes from the long term. So, when you are in a bind, realize that, in all likelihood, Internet marketing is not going to help you. If you're only interest in Internet marketing is getting X amount of dollars by such and such a date so that you can get back to your "regular" life after that, Internet marketing is probably not for you. If you realize that Internet marketing is a business, if you are looking at Internet marketing as a long term solution to supplement or replace a current (or lost) income, then realize that you will need to find a temporary solution while you work at building your business.

      On the other hand, if you have existing skills that can be offered online (such as writing, researching and other things people have mentioned in this thread), then you may be able to get yourself out of a bind by offering such services. But, if you don't possess any such skills, then you are not likely to be able to use Internet marketing as a short term fix.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mira Johnson
      Originally Posted by IMRookie1 View Post

      2. Get a job nobody wants to do.
      I just discovered an online task fulfillment site called Task Rabbit (task rabbit dot com)

      You can be paid for odd jobs, house cleaning, deliveries, assembling furniture, etc. Perhaps a more direct and legitimate alternative to craigslist.

      Very worth checking out if you have at least a month to ramp it up.

      Great thread, btw!

      ~MJ
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    • Profile picture of the author LegalSecretaryofMLM
      Originally Posted by IMRookie1 View Post

      1. Sell stuff on a garage sale or on Ebay.
      2. Get a job nobody wants to do. (This is just temporary until you get back on track)
      3. Offer your services. There are a lot of marketers that pay for time-consuming tasks such as social bookmarking, link building, etc...
      I did just that when I was in a tight spot... got a job I didn't want. And, many times, this is what you are going to have to do.
  • Profile picture of the author joshril
    As mentioned here, offering services is going to be the fastest way to make cash. Trying to make money as an affiliate is typically not going to be practical if you're in a bind because most payout several weeks after you've made sales.

    The best plan of action is to determine what your skill-set is...

    Writing, designing, marketing, etc.

    Sell that service...

    You can sell here by scraping up $20 to start a WSO, or on other webmaster/make money type business forums. You can also offer services to offline business. This is probably going to the most lucrative as you can normally get a much higher price for your talent offline.

    Once you start having some cash rolling in, you can scale the business and begin to work on some passive forms of online money like promoting products as an affiliate, product creation, etc.

    I know this is a generic business model, but it makes sense.

    One thing I will add...

    In many cases I think getting a job when you're in a crunch is a bad play. Let's say you get a job that pays $10 per hour. You work 40 hours your first week, so you've grossed $400. After taxes are deducted, this amount will be even less.

    Plus, in many cases, it may be another week or two before you even see that paycheck... Now, you may be 3 weeks out before you get paid. This is not going to work for someone in need of quick cash...

    If someone actually spent those same 40 hours offering a service either online or to offline business owners, I'd put my money on them making more than $400. Now, I'm not talking about cruising Warrior Forum for 30 hours and working 10... I'm talking actually working, selling, writing, creating, consulting... whatever... for 40 hours. And, you'll get paid immediately, and in many cases, get all or a portion upfront.

    Now, for the people that won't actually work without being told what to do(and there are plenty out there), getting a job might make sense. But, for those that are truly desperate and willing to put in the effort to change their circumstances, getting a temporary job is the worst thing that can be done, in my opinion.
    • Profile picture of the author hometutor
      Originally Posted by joshril View Post


      Now, for the people that won't actually work without being told what to do(and there are plenty out there), getting a job might make sense. But, for those that are truly desperate and willing to put in the effort to change their circumstances, getting a temporary job is the worst thing that can be done, in my opinion.
      Man you just kicked me right in the experience

      Even a month ago I was desparate enough to work as a meal ticket supervisor at a school and then for a coffee company as their computer guy part time for minimum wage. As soon as I left there and had time to promote off and online I began making I knew I could making for starters. More is to come believe me. Even offering services cheap is better than working for someone else

      Working cheap you built your clientele to a large enough point to where you can raise your prices to full price

      Rick
    • Profile picture of the author morninjoi
      Originally Posted by joshril View Post

      As mentioned here, offering services is going to be the fastest way to make cash. Trying to make money as an affiliate is typically not going to be practical if you're in a bind because most payout several weeks after you've made sales.

      The best plan of action is to determine what your skill-set is...

      Writing, designing, marketing, etc.

      Sell that service...

      You can sell here by scraping up $20 to start a WSO, or on other webmaster/make money type business forums. You can also offer services to offline business. This is probably going to the most lucrative as you can normally get a much higher price for your talent offline.

      Once you start having some cash rolling in, you can scale the business and begin to work on some passive forms of online money like promoting products as an affiliate, product creation, etc.

      I know this is a generic business model, but it makes sense.

      One thing I will add...

      In many cases I think getting a job when you're in a crunch is a bad play. Let's say you get a job that pays $10 per hour. You work 40 hours your first week, so you've grossed $400. After taxes are deducted, this amount will be even less.

      Plus, in many cases, it may be another week or two before you even see that paycheck... Now, you may be 3 weeks out before you get paid. This is not going to work for someone in need of quick cash...

      If someone actually spent those same 40 hours offering a service either online or to offline business owners, I'd put my money on them making more than $400. Now, I'm not talking about cruising Warrior Forum for 30 hours and working 10... I'm talking actually working, selling, writing, creating, consulting... whatever... for 40 hours. And, you'll get paid immediately, and in many cases, get all or a portion upfront.

      Now, for the people that won't actually work without being told what to do(and there are plenty out there), getting a job might make sense. But, for those that are truly desperate and willing to put in the effort to change their circumstances, getting a temporary job is the worst thing that can be done, in my opinion.
      I totally agree with you. Getting a job has a way of sidetracking you subtly from any other project you are working on because of the demands of each job. When i was working,i took up interest in IM because the particular job i had left me with a lot of time on my hands. But this was not the case with certain other jobs i have done which takes so much of your time and eventually leaves you totally exhausted at the end of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author OMI
    Offering local services offline will help, too. Christmas is coming up right? Put up some signs in your local neighborhood or grocery store bulletin board that you will hang Christmas Lights on homes. The going rate in my neighborhood starts at $200 and goes up depending on the amount of work. You may opt to charge by the hour, but people may just want a flat rate.

    Hit the streets...go door to door to help get the word out. Some people may want you to start right away or maybe over the new few weekends. Print out some business cards or flyers (if you can) and hand them out to help spread the word. Drop them in the empty shopping carts left out in the parking lots.

    Tip: Tell them that you'll give them a "package deal" to hang them up and then also take them down after Christmas is over.

    Use a calandar/appointment book so you can jot down addresses and schedules so you won't miss any clients or times.

    Hanging lights is pretty easy if you aren't afraid of heights and ladders. If you don't like that, you can also shovel snow or scrape car windows.

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