What to do if you're desperate

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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?


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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:
    Digg - The Latest News Headlines, Videos and Images
    Clipmarks - What are you finding on the web?
    Home | Propeller
    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:
    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
    and facebook on Scribd - so I will tweet and post to facebook.

    - Locate my Rss Feeds on the bookmarking sites, my blog and the upload sites and post them to Rss Directories:
    RSS Submissions

    55 Active RSS Directories to Help Promote Your RSS Feeds!

    Blog And RSS Feed Submission: Best RSS Directories Where To Submit Your Blog Feed Part 1

    TopRank Best List of RSS Blog Directories to Submit Your Blog and Feed - Online Marketing Blog

    * 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.

  • 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!

  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    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 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...
  • 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 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.
  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    I've been in this situation. I'm still picking up the pieces, but I've been pulling it together.

    I got as angry as f***ing possible, but put it to good use. I channeled all that energy into working out. Exercise really does help you relieve stress, and help you sleep better. Once I worked out I could calm down and focus. I also lost some weight as a bonus.

    Once I worked through the negativity, I brainstormed again. I was back to the drawing board - I was already familiar with essentially zero-budget marketing that gave me pure profit. I'd abandoned it in the hopes of getting a membership site going, but once my situation struck, I had to scrap it and draw another plan.

    I'm currently ghostwriting. I've always loved writing and am constantly strengthening my skills. Since I've started I've learned how to become a better writer, have learned about a number of subjects, built relationships and earned hundreds so far. Nothing to retire off of, but it's a considerable supplement to a crappy retail job I also have.

    I'm also working on other zero-budget stuff that doesn't involve ghostwriting. I don't expect instant moneys, but I expect it to build substantially over time.

    Moral of the story: Burn off excess energy, calm down, get organized, get focused. Master these four things and go from there.
  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Change your mindset.

    Thinking about lack will only perpetuate lack.

    Identify one thing that would immediately improve your current situation.

    Form a clear mental image of that thing in your mind. If you experience difficulty forming that image, keep trying. Continue to perfect the image in your mind until it is very detailed and clear to the point that when you recall the image it immediately appears in your mind in a perfect state.

    Imagine how it will feel when you have the subject of the image in physical form.

    Develop an awareness for opportunities that may lead you to the attainment of that one thing you desire. When an opportunity presents itself, take action immediately.

    Develop an attitude of gratitude for what you already have. And when you receive something, be thankful for it.

    When you attain that one thing you desire, pick a new thing that will improve your current situation.

    If you have difficulty believing you can do this, start with something small. For example, a particular book, a five dollar bill, a can of tuna, anything. Focus on that one thing until you attain it to prove to yourself the process works, then move on to something bigger.

    There is a wealth of information on this topic, and a number of "systems" for using the process.

    One book that many have found easy to understand and implement is The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles.

  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    This is a cut and paste from another post of mine. It is very similar to my stock answer for this OP Qustion.

    Here is what I would do.

    First I'd build "momentum." I can work mad, I can work sad and I can work glad but I can't work hungry so first things first.

    I'd walk about two blocks to a business area and walk into the first business and say to the owner, "I'll build you a website for $300." If he said no I'd say, "How about $200?" If he said no I'd say, "How about $100." By now we would both be laughing and before I left I'd have some money in my pocket.

    Now off to Denny's, Norms or IHop for a BIG breakfast and a pot of coffee.

    From there I'd walk into every business and repeat what I did this morning. The only difference would be that I wouldn't settle for less than $300 with half down and half whenever.

    At lunch time I'd go to a mom and pop restaurant and eat a nice lunch and leave a BIG tip in plain view on the table as I asked to speak to the owner. The owner would come over and I'd tell him. "Your food is so good I want to give your restaurant a place of honor on my restaurant guide on the Internet. I'd walk out with that deposit and spend the rest of the day selling til dinner time.

    I'd be so far away from home by now I would pay to ride the bus home. Stopping off at the local market I'd buy some beer and salty snacks and stay up all night building websites.

    In a couple of days I'd return to all the people I sold to and collect the rest of my money.

    Now I would write a WSO on "How To Pull Money Out Of Thin Air" Outlining how I started selling to offline businesses and make another quick thousand or two.

    Oh wait. That's not what I "would do." That's what I did. Rinse & Repeat.

    George Wright
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Gee, I didn't know how to really put it down, but everything else here is as general, that I guess I will try to boil it down....

    1. Get a good positive attitude.
    2. Make a budget
    3. Cut back.
    4. Find a need. Hopefully one that uses your skills. The more skills it uses, the more bargaining power you have, and the higher the price can be.
    5. Try to sell it at a reasonable price.
    6. Try not to take no for an answer, but be gentle but confident.
    7. Keep/track/use contacts.

    I WILL add a few things though.

    1. Try to find services/products CLOSE to what you will offer. If you can't find ANY, try to figure out if there are problems with it. SOMETIMES, the lack of competitors is NOT good.
    2. Figure out the common features and try to standardize a price. Almost like a "COMP" in realestate appraisal.
    3. If you think the price is too low, try to add value that has a low cost but high value.
    4. Figure out your MINIMUM price, and try to make some amount over that.
    5. Try to anticipate problems/concerns, and have a good counter argument.
    6. Also, it may have been said, but keep a TODO list that can hide things you have done. That has been ONE of my problems.
    7. Keep a list of ideas. Yet another thing I have slipped up on.
    8. Always keep 6 and 7 in mind!

  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Call your creditors!

    If you get them on the phone and explain your situation, chances are really good that they will reduce your monthly payments tremendously. They'd rather get a little money from you than none at all.

    My brother in Tennessee did this and cut over $1,000 a month off his monthly bills. And all he did was get on the phone and ask...it cost him nothing.

    Allen Graves
  • Profile picture of the author bmspaul
    The answers are right under your nose. All the information you need, step by step, is in this forum.

    That's how I did it 3 years ago - You Can Too!

    Good Luck
  • Profile picture of the author billspaced
    Act like any sane business -- cut out unnecessary expenses and then focus on one thing to earn revenue.

    Unnecessary expenses might be cable TV, NetFlix, magazine subscriptions, Starbucks, etc.

    They're time wasters and take away from developing your business anyway. Plus, they're depressing...

    Necessary business expenses: Autoresponder, own domain, web host. Get a PayPal account and start selling! There are a ton of PLR products out there, many for free. Rip one up, make it better, tailor it to your niche.

    Be persistent, sign up to the War Room, and learn everything you can. Stay positive and you'll see success.

    Don't chase every online offer you get. Pick a mentor or two and follow them, short of stalking them! The OP here is a great person to start with
  • Profile picture of the author zainuri72
  • Profile picture of the author Taylor French
    Originally Posted by Mr. Goof Off View Post

    I am not gonna give a method even though I have a couple. Why not? Because there will be plenty of methods by the time this is over and done with. I will say persistence is a funny thing. One seems to get better at something when they are serious about it.

    Ice-T got a $500,000 check just by telling record execs he had a demo and he didn't even have a demo to give them(nor a music group)!

    Sohail Khan- He just told a corporation that he had a video he didn't even make yet!

    If you act to part and be persistent someone will fall in line out of "thin air". It is a numbers game.

    Pick any method up here and JUST DO IT!
    Legend has it that Bill Gates told IBM he had an operating system for their computer when he didn't. I hear he was a pretty good BSer.
  • Profile picture of the author JamesPenn
    I've copied and pasted this post from another thread that I responded to.

    This plan definitely isn't for emergency cash. With some marketing experience and skills then this plan could be up and running in 2-3 weeks (shorter if you really dedicate some hours to it) and it could be producing profit within less than a month.

    And it can produce a lot of profit, and it can be scaled up and turned into a real business with growing monthly profits.

    If you need to raise a significant amount of money in 2-6 months, then this is an ideal plan.

    Process 1:
    Pick a Market

    I know what you're thinking... "BOOOOORING".

    I know, I know. Every step-by-step guide seems to start with picking a market. But it's VERY important.

    I'm gonna make things a lot easier for you though. Just choose one of the markets below...

    Health and Beauty
    Real Estate
    Home Based Business
    Self Improvement

    All of those have been proven to be profitable. Competetive? Yes... but still profitable.

    The main thing you need to identify when choosing your market is... "Is money already being spent on products and services in this market?"

    If yes, then you likely have a winner.

    If you still need help with picking a market then do some more research on Google.

    Process 2:
    Lead Generation Product Creation

    Now it's time to create a free report, audio or video that we give away in exchange for a name and email address.

    To choose a topic on which you want to write your report about, consider the major problems your market has.

    If you've chosen the health and fitness market then a large proportion want to lose weight.

    If it's the dating market then a large proportion want to learn how to find, hook up with and keep their ideal partner.

    Create a quality product that people would be happy to pay money for.

    Process 3:
    Squeeze Page Creation

    Create a squeeze page with one primary focus... to get people to enter their name and email address and to download your free report.

    That's all for this step. Again, for more help Google it or search this forum.

    Process 4:
    Membership Site Creation

    Once a visitor has opted in to our list, we want to immediately present them with an offer for our $15-$30 membership site. At this price range it's a fairly easy sell without having to have a strong existing relationship with our prospects.

    Plus, it's really easy to create a membership site like this and provide value. At $20, it would be sufficient to create 4 premium articles about 1500-2000 words per month. Convert them into PDFs and deliver them to members. Add some interactivity to improve retention such as a question form and then compile all questions into a PDF and answer them at the end of each month. Add additional value by providing videos, audios and reports from other marketers - or create them yourself.

    Create your salesletter for your membership using all the traditional sales page tactics.

    Process 5:
    Creating Your High Value Offer

    Now, this is where the real money is. Selling physical products at $200 plus is where most of our profit will come from.

    Plus, creating high value products isn't as hard as you think... if you're comfortable talking or being in front of a camera. I'm not, but there are plenty of workarounds to this.

    When creating your high value offer, structure it like a step by step crash course. For example, how to do _________ in x number of days. And then the product takes on the form of a video product detailing exactly what you have to do on each day to achieve the desired outcome. Each video should last about one hour and that will be one DVD.

    A typical structure for a high value physical product is to have 6 DVDs and then 2 Bonus DVDs.

    Here's an example of a product that you could create in the weight loss market and sell for $200 plus...

    Weight Loss Market:

    How To Lose 15lbs Every 30 Days
    DVD 1: Why Being Overweight Is Killing You
    DVD 2: How To Get The Motivation To Eliminate Your Fat
    DVD3: Week 1: Your Daily Exercises And Diet Plan
    DVD4: Week 2: Your Daily Exercises And Diet Plan
    DVD5: Week 3: Your Daily Exercises And Diet Plan
    DVD6: Week 4: Your Daily Exercises And Diet Plan
    Bonus DVD 1: How To Make Sure Your Fat Stays Off... For Good
    Bonus DVD 2: Interview With A Weight Loss Expert – Dr. Joe Bloggs

    Here are some tips for creating your high value offer:

    1) Transcribe your DVDs and audios to add extra value to your offering. Some people like to learn by listening or watching, but others like to learn through reading.

    2) Include some digital products with your high value offer that are delivered instantly to your customers. Customers want instant gratification so providing some instantly delivered products with your physical course may sway some undecided potential customers.

    Process 6:
    Linking It All Together

    Each step at the moment on it's own isn't worth much, but when each one is linked together to form a functional, automatic system, then it can create a huge income.

    Here's how the system should work. (I've taken this section from a report I'm currently working on...)

    Step 1:
    You drive incredible amounts of traffic to your squeeze page (we'll talk about this in a minute) and a percentage of visitors opt-in to become subscribers

    Step 2.1:
    Those who subscribe are entered into a “prospects” follow up sequence designed to pull sales in for your membership, your high value offers and some affiliate offers. (The follow up sequence will be described in more detail in just a minute.)

    Step 2.2:
    Again, those who entered their name and email address on your squeeze page are redirected to your salespage for your $15-30 membership.

    Step 3:
    Some of your new subscribers will also become members of your membership and will be added to your “members” follow up sequence and removed from your “prospects” follow up sequence.

    Step 4:
    Those who join your membership will then be redirected to your high value offer salespage. A small proportion will invest in your high value course and will be automatically added to your “exclusive” follow up sequence and removed from your “members” follow up sequence.

    That’s the overview of the opt-in process, but that’s not where the bulk of your money is made.

    Most of your profit will come from developing rock solid relationships with your subscribers. You need to get them to know, like and trust you. That’s when they’ll buy your $297+ physical products – and remember, that’s where the profits are.

    Process 7:
    Pumping Leads Into Your Business

    The main objective now is to get as many leads into our business as possible. The more leads join the top of our business, the more leads come out of the bottom when they purchase our memberships and high value offers.

    There are loads and loads of ways of getting leads in, but we're gonna focus on just one...

    Affiliates and JV traffic.

    You need to set your process up so that affiliates can drive traffic to your squeeze page and then earn money on the leads they've referred that join your membership and purchase your high value offers.

    I use Rapid Action Profits, but I believe you can use 1ShoppingCart or Infusionsoft.

    Then it's just a case of finding JVs and affiliates and optimizing your sales process and generating a deeper and wider sales funnel.

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