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?


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.
    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Get a JOB.
    • Profile picture of the author wisrdb
      cool you are very direct and informative thank you. Where do I go to ask questions.
    • Profile picture of the author ChiBusinessman
      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 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 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.
      ric dalberri
  • 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.
    • Profile picture of the author stealthtargeting
      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?
  • 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:
    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
    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.

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

      Good post

      Cut your expense. Cut cut cut
    • Profile picture of the author Robert93
      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.
    • Profile picture of the author Walter Cyclid
      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.
  • 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 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...
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
  • 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 cjreynolds
      Moral of the story: Burn off excess energy, calm down, get organized, get focused. Master these four things and go from there.
      This is the kind of advice I don't usually see, but it is so pivotal to dealing with a major emergency of any kind.

      Before you can even start dealing with such a situation, you must get to the point where you are no longer in "panic mode". You do this by focusing, not on the problem, but on the solution.

      If I sit in terror thinking "This is it! I'm gonna be homeless in ____ days! What am I going to do with my furniture? How am I going to take care of my dog? What will my friends think of me when I hit bottom?", I will be paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything.

      If, on the other hand, I immediately think "What are my assets? What resources can I use? What will my next move be?" I will already be moving in the right direction, and my attitude will be vastly improved. Only then can I make progress in resolving the issue.

      joe
    • Profile picture of the author DAWallwork
      Fantastic advice Emily and so true!
    • Profile picture of the author therealargo
      Originally Posted by Emily Meeks View Post

      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.
      Very helpful You are correct in saying that you need to put some of those extra energy out, to get the frustration and despair out, too. Exercise really helps.
  • 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.

    John
    • Profile picture of the author buckapple
      Hi Paul,

      I'll suggest 2, because I've used both.

      Offline. One time years ago I spent the last buck I had for a room in Richmond Va. I got the room and I was staring at the floor (long before the internet, no computer to stare at) wondering and plotting what to do next.

      A guy knocked at the door and I'll never forget it, he looked just like Woodie Guthrie. He says in a W Virginia mountain drawl, "you wanna go make some money?" I said sure let's go...

      We go out to his car, he has a ladder tied to the top and a rake and he says were going to the rich part of town and rake leaves. So off we go, I stand in the yard holding the ladder and rake, he knocks on the door and does his polite looking for work routine and we get a job.

      So we clean the gutters and rake the yard, with one under our belts the rest was easy. All we had to do is point to the yard we just did and the next house didn't want a messy yard and said, "sure go ahead." I swear by the end of the day I had plenty of money to see me through a couple of days to apply for some real jobs and went on from there.

      Online... Depends on your expertise at the computer and IM. If you're just starting I would simply see what prices are for stuff on eBay and try to source a local place to get it cheaper and resell on eBay. Or just start selling what's in the basement, garage, closet, under your bed.


      Cheers.
    • Profile picture of the author Happy_Balance
      Originally Posted by John Rogers View Post

      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.

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

      Great advice John, thanks for the reminder.
    • Profile picture of the author ihab8
      Actually I find it very added and more pain to read the posts here , no way or fast solution to take us out of this , all are teachers and advise from non real situation , I believe that everyone has to go his own way and after he or she will pass this he will laugh out and watch others suffering as you are .

      very thankful for non logical advices
  • 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 garfw
      I really enjoyed reading this post, I like humor and this was pure humor, well done. Incidentily is that what you really did? If so well done, need someone to cold sell for me - only joking, probably couldn't afford you anyway...
  • 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!

    Steve
  • 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 seasoned
      Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

      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
      Well, it didn't work the LAST time I did it, but you can ALSO usually ask them for a lower rate. They USED to ALWAYS do it for me. Sadly, now they don't. The last time I asked, they talked me into a home loan. My debt IS, in 9 months, about $50K+ LOWER, average interest rate is about 5.8% TOTAL. and I have an extra $30K or so in my bank account. That is after doubling some investments.

      Steve
  • 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 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
    Fitness
    Dating
    Finance
    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.
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
      This is one of those things that surprised me when I discovered it:

      College Textbooks can sell for surprising sums on Amazon and can often
      be got for free at flea markets, garage sales etc.

      They have to be 2 or 3 years old at the most. Only recent editions
      have much value. Biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science -
      all these are areas where a student is put over a barrel by a
      professor who demands they get a specific text and they need
      it by a specific date too - so they go to Amazon looking for the book.

      The trick is to describe your book really accurately - in more detail
      than the mass-listers, and price it competitively.

      It's not a lot of money, but if you seek out the books you could
      easily make a couple hundred bucks a month with virtually nothing
      invested. Most books are pretty well worthless so unless you
      are pretty certain a book has value I would pass on it if it were
      more than a buck to buy.
    • Profile picture of the author silverhero
      Simple for me... I going to some happy long trip, just for refresh my brain and also to find some inspiration for my next bussiness
    • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
      Originally Posted by JamesPenn View Post

      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
      Fitness
      Dating
      Finance
      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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      Very clear and concise, this information could be packaged into a small little ebook to give away to people who optin to your list. Maybe even a course you could sell for a few bucks.
  • Profile picture of the author rcjcal09
    Personally, the best way to fight your way out of a tough spot is to change your mindset. Understand that it's Murphy's Law that things are going to fail and go wrong. I know this sounds stupid, but if you've hit rock bottom...the only way to go is up.

    I'm a little too much of an optimist, but I would encourage you that are facing hard times to not lose hope, dust yourself off and keep trying. Keep seeking out new opportunities to try and new ideas to experience.

    I wish you all the very best in your pathway to success.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Worthington
    Ok, we need money. Fast.

    How much? Nobody has specified, nor has anyone said
    how short our time limit is.

    For the sake of the thread, let's just go for it... as
    much as we can make in as short a time as possible.

    The first thing I would do is go to 7 dollar Mall
    and choose a product to promote that pays 100%
    instant commissions.

    Next, I'd come up with the money to buy whichever
    product I decided on - borrow it, sell a few DVDs at the
    pawn shop, whatever it took to come up with 7 bucks or
    so to be able to buy the product so you can become
    an affiliate.

    Why? Most of these require you to be a customer in
    order to resell it, plus, if you own the product you'll
    be able to talk about it better.

    Let's pick one and use it for our example.

    "White Collar Warrior - Self Protection skills" looks good.

    I happen to know a lot of people are interested in
    self defense and protection so at $7 it should be
    a good seller.

    At $7 it's an impulse item for most people and a lot will
    buy it in hopes there will be something useful.

    Now, you gotta have somebody to sell it to.

    You want to study the sales letter and make notes of
    why one needs to be able to protect themselves and
    the consequences of not being able to. Write down the
    whole sales letter if you have to, but you MUST know
    it well.

    You need to read the book as well and get as familiar with
    it as you can.

    (Yes, I know this is a lot of work, but you got to have
    money, and short of taking out a loan, this is going to
    be the quickest way to get it other than selling all your
    stuff at the pawn shop.)

    Next step, sign up for a free account at BlogTalkRadio.

    Now, you're going to do a short 15 to 30 minute radio show
    based on the notes you took while reading the sales letter.
    You'll save it on BlogTalkRadio as well as download the mp3
    to your computer.

    Why? Because it will get indexed in Google within an hour
    or so most times; sometimes quicker, depending on how
    well you choose your keywords.

    It doesn't have to be elaborate, just talk about the points
    made in the sales letter. You want to arouse curiosity and
    and a little fear when people listen to the recording so when
    you send them to the link, they're pre-sold. Just be sure to
    include your affiliate link at the end so they can get more
    information.

    Upload the mp3 of your recording to your webhost because
    you're going to be offering it as a free download.

    If you have a host with cpanel, you can set up a blog
    with Wordpress and make a few entries regarding the
    book, plus offer your mp3 as a free download.

    Otherwise, sign up for a free "Blogger" blog, or one
    from Wordpress.com. You want a little extra help in
    getting indexed in the search engines as quickly and
    as high as possible.

    Next, do a search for self defense forums and sign up at
    a few of the best ones you can find. Set up your sig file
    to point to your blog and the free mp3 your giving away.

    Join the conversations.

    AS always, add value to the conversation, not just mindless
    posts because you will get booted from most of these forums
    in a heartbeat if you break protocol.

    Sign up for Twitter, Facebook, SoKule, and any other social
    networking sites you want to. Put the link to your blog
    in your profile.

    Find news articles describing personal attacks on people and
    post links on your accounts. Make 3-4 posts to these news
    stories, and then make a post linking to your blog. Then do it
    over and over again. 3-4 posts about news stories, then a
    post pointing them to your blog.

    You want to get people to thinking about personal safety so
    they'll download your recording and listen to it. After that, you
    want them to visit your affiliate link and buy your product.

    You should be able to do all this in a day; two at the most.

    Now, you can also go to some free traffic exchanges and set
    up free classified ads. I have had some success with these
    pointing them to a squeeze page.

    You read ads for credits and trade your credits for ads. They're
    usually on a timer so you get credit after a few seconds. You
    can go through a dozen or so in a couple of minutes and rack
    up 75 to 100 credits fairly fast.

    The traffic isn't targeted, but there's a ton of it so you'll get
    a few bites along the way.

    You should be able to give away several of your mp3 recordings
    especially since you're not asking for an opt-in. (You're in a rush
    for money, remember?)

    One of my favorites is ClicksgoneWild.com.

    Another good place is Michael Rasmussen's Free Advertising forum,
    and Mike Filsaime's USFreeAds for placing free classifieds.

    Next, search for self defense blogs and leave good comments
    while leaving the link to your blog in the URL box.

    By now, you should have made a sale or two. Take $12.50
    and buy a top sponsor ad in 100,000 safelist emails at
    MPB Advertising.

    That's $12.50 for 100,000 opened emails, not necessarily acted on.

    You'll have to have a kickass ad to get people to click your
    link so you'll have to test and test.

    Once you get your ad converting at a decent rate, go to
    2 Bucks an Ad and place your ad in front of over 170,000
    ezine readers for another $10.

    Once you get some sales coming in, you can buy more
    ad space in other ezines at Best Ezines.com.

    At some point, you need to sign up for an autoresponder and
    start capturing names and emails addresses to build a list so
    you don't have to go through this again, but this will generate
    some quick cash.

    Once you get some momentum going you can go to:
    My Fave Affiliate Products
    and sign up for higher paying instant commission products.

    For instance, John Yeo's "Blogger's Paycheck" that pays $67
    payments straight into your Paypal account instantly!

    The only thing to do now is just get started and do it. This plan
    WILL work if you do. It's working for me right now!

    Fear is NOT an option!

    Good luck to you in your endeavors.

    Michael

    (edit) PS. None of the links in this post are affiliate links. I simply
    put them in for convenience sake.
    • Profile picture of the author Gantstar
      [QUOTE=Michael Worthington;1410613]Ok, we need money. Fast.

      How much? Nobody has specified, nor has anyone said
      how short our time limit is.

      For the sake of the thread, let's just go for it... as
      much as we can make in as short a time as possible.

      Great advise would love to know more ideas I am totally new to this area...
    • Profile picture of the author philrich21
      There's some fantastic motivation and methods in these posts

      Thanks guys, really appreciated them

      Michael yours was awesome

      Regards

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