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Unread 21st August 2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Failed Business - Losing the House.

Hey guys whats going on...

I'm only posting here because I have no idea what to do...

For those who dont know I'm 17, and am trying to make a successful web design business. I do have a site currently which has a portfolio + testimonials + packages/pricing etc. for our services.

Basically, I have tried hiring people off Odesk and other sites to hire telemarketers on commission (which is very hard to find decent ones) and of course I have recieved tons of applicants from India etc.

Over the course of trying to hire people for 4 months now I have never found a decent telemarketer who will actually make calls (on commission at least)

I have been getting my leads via yellowpages scraper and getting all the businesses that dont have a website. This is pretty easy to do but also a lot of the businesses do a website now and the yellowpages for their business is outdated. I would like to afford to buy real leads but unfortunatly cant.

I have also tried classified ads (craiglist mostly) and got about 5 ads up a day split testing different content/ sales copy but have never gotten any leads.

At this point I would get over my fear of cold calling and make calls myself but cant due to my scheduale.

I wake up every monring at 6 and go to school (senior yr at highschool) at 7 and then get out at 2:20..then I have varsity soccer at 2;45 to 5:00 then come home and take a shower, eat, and do homework. Finally, at 8:00 I am not able to make calls because most businesses are closed.

The latest thing I have tried is VBX software to call and leave voicemails to businesses and then call back later and offer whatever we provide. Unfortunatly I cant even pay to have the minutes for the software which is only 2 cents a minute

At this pointour family is about to lose our house because of my dad's medical bills (hundreads of thousand) when he had his Triple A.

I would love to help out my family and I have been trying for the past year or so to do this but I'm starting to think i cant make this happen seeing as I literally have $8 in my paypal to fund my business.

I have looked at the threads what to do if your desperate etc. and have failed at those suggestions...

Any ideas on how I can get this to succeed... I feel like if I had money to pay telemarketers (lets say $10 an hour) then I could close sales but at this time thats a no go...

thanks for listening and letting me vent, Connor.

I appreciate any positive feedback.
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Something has to give...
Have you tried talking to your friends?
Would they be able to go talk to business owners for you in exchange for a finder's fee?
Do you go to church? Can you offer a deal where for every site sold through the church the church gets half and you get half for your dad?
Do you have a portfolio?
If you had some sites done, you would have something to show and it would be easier to sell.
Can you manually build traffic? If you can get traffic to a site, you can sell it.
Have you tried contacting other companies and acting as a fulfillment house for wholesale rates?
What about Saturdays and Sundays? Can you call businesses then? Leave a voicemail for them to call back.

Something has to give....

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Something has to give...
Have you tried talking to your friends?
Would they be able to go talk to business owners for you in exchange for a finder's fee?
Do you go to church? Can you offer a deal where for every site sold through the church the church gets half and you get half for your dad?
Do you have a portfolio?
If you had some sites done, you would have something to show and it would be easier to sell.
Can you manually build traffic? If you can get traffic to a site, you can sell it.
Have you tried contacting other companies and acting as a fulfillment house for wholesale rates?
What about Saturdays and Sundays? Can you call businesses then? Leave a voicemail for them to call back.

Something has to give....
appreciate you post, I will act on your suggestions
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well you can sit down with your father and discuss the situation.

Find out specifically what losing the house means. Is the bank threatening forclosure? Or is it already in foreclosure?

What kind of wiggling room do you have, for example is it just 3 months back pay on the mortgage or more? When does the bank want that money? Could you talk to the bank and work something out? This will give you an idea of how much money is owed and how much time you have to come up with that money in order to save your house.


Your father might not want to tell you this because he might be ashamed but make it clear that it doesn't affect how you feel about him and that you are looking for ways to help out.

Also, cold calling is not the only way that you can generate leads. One thing that you can do is figure out who do you know in your network of familiy, friends, friends of friends, teachers, the local shop down the street, your local hairstylist, people on your varsity team, etc who might be able to help out.

and by help out it could be something as simple as one of your teachers who could refer you to a business person they know who is looking for some web design services. Or it could be someone on your varsity team's uncle, aunt, or their fathers friend who might be a potential client or helping out could be your whole varsity team coming together to figure out a plan to do some fund raising or another strategy to help you guys save your house.

My point it look for ways to access your network, people who might be able to connect you with someone else.

this can be quick or even quicker than cold calling to get you results

Let us know how things are progressing, and don't be afraid to ask more questions
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Build/scrape up your calling list whenever you have free time throughout the next couple of days. Sort through the numbers you have and find the ones that have A) No website or B) an out of date website.

Wake up early on Saturday and get to work. You'll find that Saturday is actually a good day to cold call to small businesses. Call as many numbers as you can without getting overwhelmed/rusty/tired. Take breaks. Get through a couple hundred dials. Leave some voicemails if you can't reach the businesses. You'll likely find somebody of whom is interested. Either close on the phone (more difficult) or try and set a date/time that works in the future for an appointment to close a sale. If you make enough dials you WILL find interested prospects.

Take those sales and invest them into building your business. Be intelligent about it, work hard, and you WILL succeed. I'm sorry to hear your family is having a hard time right now and you're a good guy for wanting to help. Be smart about this, though. You seem like a busy guy so manage your time wisely and you'll find that there will be openings and opportunities to make some money.

Best advice of all: Try and have some FUN with it. Smile while you dial.

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation, but keep your head up and use this as your motivation to succeed. I understand that you have school and other obligations during the day and with your limited funds it can make it difficult to use many marketing methods, but in order to run your business you're going to need time.

Your best bet is to cold call - it's free and once you get good at it, this method of marketing can turn a nice response rate. I think the reality is unless your schedule opens up, your business can't fully succeed. If people could work 3 hours at night and turn a nice profit, they would. It's just unrealistic, and I'll tell you why. Business owners are going to want to communicate with you about your services during the day, this is a time which you are unavailable.

The one other potential option I can think of is is email. Have you considered email marketing? You could access your email throughout the day discretely and follow up with businesses.

If you could get $100-150 it could open up some more options for you, as you've mentioned before. I think you need to start facing the realities, and from there you can make a decision that will benefit your business and family.

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You can have some kids from school help you with your business. Contact nonprofit organizations. Search help wanted ads for businesses who need your services, put together a portfolio and have your friends contact them.

As far as the house goes, there are different options your family may have depending on how past due the mortgage is. Loans can be modified or refinanced for a lower rate. Also, there are also temporary programs for unemployed people to lower their rate.
The government has information on this. Also, there may be nonprofit organizations that may be able to help. I will PM you.
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You can have some kids from school help you with your business. Contact nonprofit organizations. Search help wanted ads for businesses who need your services, put together a portfolio and have your friends contact them.

As far as the house goes, there are different options your family may have depending on how past due the mortgage is. Loans can be modified or refinanced for a lower rate. Also, there are also temporary programs for unemployed people to lower their rate.
The government has information on this. Also, there may be nonprofit organizations that may be able to help. I will PM you.
sounds great thanks!

Also thanks so much to everyone for all the help and positivity it means alot!
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Unless you have motivated, intelligent friends I would personally disagree with those of whom are telling you to get your friends to help out. I'm a teenager myself, and I know how unreliable and incompetent people our age can be (key word = CAN). Just keep that in mind. If you want something done right the first time, get it done yourself! Not to say that networking is a bad thing or that your friends can't be a great resource.. But I know that I personally wouldn't rely on that. Weigh out your options, focus on something, and take action. You can do it bud.

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are you on the east coast? call out west!!!
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Ultimately your family will figure out how to handle their situation. If you really want to help them right now you will have to do one of 2 things in my opinion.

1. Get a job on saturdays and sundays...yes a normal job that a 17 year old would have. Trust me I started young too and I swore I'd never do that and I never did. But for you it's the quickest way to start earning

UNLESS

2. You quit soccer, come home and start calling the east coast for 2 hours then the west coast for 3 hours until 8pm EST. Do your homework at night after that.

Another option is cold calls on saturdays which are absolutely okay to sell web design. Some might appreciate if you tell them your young and trying to drum up some business they might like your drive.

Your not going to do every cold call perfectly but you should be out there finding the lay downs for a while that just want a site and you make a deal. Don't waste your time on anyone that needs to know the value of a website...actually you should never waste your time on those people because they are morons.

Good luck man I know you can do it you remind me of myself and I did

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Ultimately your family will figure out how to handle their situation. If you really want to help them right now you will have to do one of 2 things in my opinion.

1. Get a job on saturdays and sundays...yes a normal job that a 17 year old would have. Trust me I started young too and I swore I'd never do that and I never did. But for you it's the quickest way to start earning

UNLESS

2. You quit soccer, come home and start calling the east coast for 2 hours then the west coast for 3 hours until 8pm EST. Do your homework at night after that.

Another option is cold calls on saturdays which are absolutely okay to sell web design. Some might appreciate if you tell them your young and trying to drum up some business they might like your drive.

Your not going to do every cold call perfectly but you should be out there finding the lay downs for a while that just want a site and you make a deal. Don't waste your time on anyone that needs to know the value of a website...actually you should never waste your time on those people because they are morons.

Good luck man I know you can do it you remind me of myself and I did
thanks for the help man! Unfortunatly I cant quit soccer..were a 5a school and top league in colorado..i made a commitment and sticking with the team! I will definatly try to get a job on the weekends and drum up some biz on saturdays as well. thanks!
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Hey post up your link and portfolio. Let us see what you can do.

Also, have you tried the warrior for hire section? You could sell services there.
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A 17 year old should not have this kind of weight on his shoulders. I don't really know the advice to give... I mean, you can do it, it's just a matter of adjusting things to make it work, but I dunno man.... That's a lot for you to have on your plate and I kind of believe your parents should be trying to figure that out, not you. I respect that you want to try, but enjoy your senior year as much as you can.

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A 17 year old should not have this kind of weight on his shoulders. I don't really know the advice to give... I mean, you can do it, it's just a matter of adjusting things to make it work, but I dunno man.... That's a lot for you to have on your plate and I kind of believe your parents should be trying to figure that out, not you. I respect that you want to try, but enjoy your senior year as much as you can.

I'll try to come back in a bit and give you a plan.
Thanks for your reply man. I dont want you to think that my parents are asking me for help ...they have no idea that I know anything about Internet marketing or marketing in general. I would love if you could come back with a plan thanks!
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I agree with Nameless. You should never have to worry about that kind of stuff at your age. It's definitely not good for you. Anyway, I would like to see your portfolio if I can. Also, maybe some of the ads you've posted. If you don't want to show them here pm me with them. I'd love to help in any way I can. You seem like you the attitude to get it done. That's the most important thing. You can learn how to market. You can't learn how to take action. You just have to do it.

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At 8pm at night you could call businesse and leave them a message like:

"I was just looking at your ad in the xxx newspaper and an idea hit me that
could be really valuable to you. If you'd like to hear about what I saw just give me
a call on xxxx either in the evening after 8pm or between 6am and 7am in the morning."

You'll be surprised how many business owners are up very early or still working in
the evening.

Giving them times to call you makes it sound like you're a busy professional
which should work in your favor.

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P.S. It's great that you want to help out your family but as has already
been said you shouldn't be killing yourself over it.

These things have a way of working themselves out.

At worst you move and start renting perhaps in a smaller home but you'll
still have the things in life that are important...like each other.

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At 8pm at night you could call businesse and leave them a message like:

"I was just looking at your ad in the xxx newspaper and an idea hit me that
could be really valuable to you. If you'd like to hear about what I saw just give me
a call on xxxx either in the evening after 8pm or between 6am and 7am in the morning."

You'll be surprised how many business owners are up very early or still working in
the evening.

Giving them times to call you makes it sound like you're a busy professional
which should work in your favor.

Kindest regards,
Andrew Cavanagh

P.S. It's great that you want to help out your family but as has already
been said you shouldn't be killing yourself over it.

These things have a way of working themselves out.

At worst you move and start renting perhaps in a smaller home but you'll
still have the things in life that are important...like each other.
actually i have left a script close to that one and recieved 50 callbacks..Unfortunatly I had people trying to close those deals on commission and we never closed one

thanks yea i hoped this works out
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I would never leave closing deals in someone elses hands. Do it yourself.
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I'm going to be honest but I have done far less than you have and seem to have accomplished far more.

I don't think me being older has anything to do with it. When it came to lead generation this was something I took VERY seriously. In fact when I first started I didn't have a website for 3 months, no testimonials, no portfolio, but still managed to sell 8 jobs in that time frame.

The reason why I believe is this. I would pick one lead gen method and REFUSE to give up UNTILL that method was actively producing leads. Like you said you tested copy on CL, but for how long? How many hours? How many copywriters did you study? How much did you really learn about copywriting?

At one point I was surviving pretty well on referals, than leads stopped coming in. I even made a thread about it here. A few weeks later I made a thread about how I had so many leads coming in from CL I had to give some away to people. Now when I need leads I don't pick up the phone, I don't go to direct mail, I don't rely on ppc or referals, I have an art I've mastered and thats my copy. The hundreds of failed ads I've typed up in msword, then the 15 or 20 that are ALWAYS responsive. I KNOW when I post those on CL I'm getting leads.

Its not 100% every single time, but it has absolutely become the bloodline of my business.

You NEED to invent that type of bloodline. In order for your business to work, you need a minimum of one lead gen method fully mastered and understood by YOU the business owner. If its only half way understood, and you branch off to another method, you are now half assing 2 methods.

I DEEPLY suggest you pick ONE method you are comfortable with and DO NOT - I REPEAT DO NOT STOP UNTILL IT WORKS FOR YOU.

It is NOT rocket science or magic. There are people on this forum when they need leads, they KNOW EXACTLY what they need to do. It angers me so much when I tell people I throw leads away on a weekly basis and they don't believe it. I'm mostly a one man show here so I can only tolerate so much work. I am not unique in anyway, I merely commited myself 100% to ONE THING untill it worked. After I didn't get one single lead for the first week I didn't give up and say "craiglist didn't work" because I've read enough threads on WF to realize I'd sound like an idiot. It became VERY personal, I became very focused at that point and was able to break through to the other side.

You ARE young and should relax a bit, but I still want to see you get back to it. Don't give up man, just pick one freakn method and stick to it. I PROMISE if you give it more time, are more patient, more committed to studying & applying good copy, you WILL succeed. I swear to you it is inevitable. Go find some guys on this forum who are succeeding at web design, guys who are in full control of their destiny, study them, watch them, copy them, ask them questions, test & apply then test some more.

Its not as much work as you think and you CAN do it. People like Ewenmack are handing out golden copy right here on WF. You can swipe his copy and post it right on CL or Facebook for yourself. However, if you plan on getting leads for the long term it is mandatory that you learn WHY his copy works. It is mandatory that you learn how to recreate the effect his copy produces. For you own success and longevity in this business.

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I'm going to be honest but I have done far less than you have and seem to have accomplished far more.

I don't think me being older has anything to do with it. When it came to lead generation this was something I took VERY seriously. In fact when I first started I didn't have a website for 3 months, no testimonials, no portfolio, but still managed to sell 8 jobs in that time frame.

The reason why I believe is this. I would pick one lead gen method and REFUSE to give up UNTILL that method was actively producing leads. Like you said you tested copy on CL, but for how long? How many hours? How many copywriters did you study? How much did you really learn about copywriting?

At one point I was surviving pretty well on referals, than leads stopped coming in. I even made a thread about it here. A few weeks later I made a thread about how I had so many leads coming in from CL I had to give some away to people. Now when I need leads I don't pick up the phone, I don't go to direct mail, I don't rely on ppc or referals, I have an art I've mastered and thats my copy. The hundreds of failed ads I've typed up in msword, then the 15 or 20 that are ALWAYS responsive. I KNOW when I post those on CL I'm getting leads.

Its not 100% every single time, but it has absolutely become the bloodline of my business.

You NEED to invent that type of bloodline. In order for your business to work, you need a minimum of one lead gen method fully mastered and understood by YOU the business owner. If its only half way understood, and you branch off to another method, you are now half assing 2 methods.

I DEEPLY suggest you pick ONE method you are comfortable with and DO NOT - I REPEAT DO NOT STOP UNTILL IT WORKS FOR YOU.

It is NOT rocket science or magic. There are people on this forum when they need leads, they KNOW EXACTLY what they need to do. It angers me so much when I tell people I throw leads away on a weekly basis and they don't believe it. I'm mostly a one man show here so I can only tolerate so much work. I am not unique in anyway, I merely commited myself 100% to ONE THING untill it worked. After I didn't get one single lead for the first week I didn't give up and say "craiglist didn't work" because I've read enough threads on WF to realize I'd sound like an idiot. It became VERY personal, I became very focused at that point and was able to break through to the other side.

You ARE young and should relax a bit, but I still want to see you get back to it. Don't give up man, just pick one freakn method and stick to it. I PROMISE if you give it more time, are more patient, more committed to studying & applying good copy, you WILL succeed. I swear to you it is inevitable. Go find some guys on this forum who are succeeding at web design, guys who are in full control of their destiny, study them, watch them, copy them, ask them questions, test & apply then test some more.

Its not as much work as you think and you CAN do it. People like Ewenmack are handing out golden copy right here on WF. You can swipe his copy and post it right on CL or Facebook for yourself. However, if you plan on getting leads for the long term it is mandatory that you learn WHY his copy works. It is mandatory that you learn how to recreate the effect his copy produces. For you own success and longevity in this business.

G/luck! - Red
No point in me coming back with a plan... Looks like this is all you'd really need. That pretty much covers what you have to do. Maybe not necessarily going with craigslist, or even direct mail, but using a form of lead gen until it works and works very well.

I do a variety of things... I have a lot of things in motion and even if I stop it, I still have sales coming in. It wouldn't have happened without first mastering one technique. That's really what it comes down to.

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I can't give you any expert advice like the others, I just want to wish you well with your endeavours. Puts my own situation into context. All the best man.

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i have left a script close to that one and received 50 callbacks..Unfortunatly I had people trying to close those deals on commission and we never closed one
Sounds to me like you already have your 1 lead generation method that works.

And you say it was a script. So it is replicable.

You need to plug the hole in the system which you already know. ie It is the 'what happened next.'

0 sales or appts from 50 callbacks is a fundamental falling down.

Is it just the people or is it the general script you have for them to answer the call back? Or a combination?

As this is the point your system fell down it might be useful for you to outline what was the process for the call backs and what was the script you had the commission people use?

You don't want to generate the new leads until you are sure of this bit so put it up and someone will double check it for you no doubt.

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Sorry to hear about your family's bad luck.

Here are some techniques that can help you and your TMs right now:

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Hey man, sorry to hear that... but it's a good thing you're trying to find ways to make it work!

I haven't read all the threads around here, so, if someone has already said that, excuse me.

Anyways, a good way to start doing business is by talking to your friends, to people in your classroom. Many of them will have their parents running business, or home-based business (like selling home-made pies, for instance), or they know people who have businesses...

The thing is, explore your network. What Facebook and other social networks show us is that there's ALWAYS a friend of a friend, or something alike, who could use your help.

So, tell your friends that you will pay them, I don't know, 20% comission if they bring you leads that convert. That'll get it going, until it builds momentum; And, also, you're getting your brand known, and you can get testimonials and portfolio -which is really important.

That's another thing... the one source that gave you 50 callbacks... explore that a little more and PAY COMMISSIONS, at least on the beggining. That takes your time from finding leads to actually doing the work, and you pay people for your time!

Good luck man, I hope I was of a little help.

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17 years old.

here is a quote I wished I learned when I was 17

"True maturity is reached with the realization that no ones coming to the rescue"

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Contact me and I think I can help with the leads and traffic. Service I offer and going to be a wso soon, but I will get our team to do it for free. Need certain details from you, but know, know we can help you start getting some calls. This is something we do and succeed and so should you. Give me a shout. Call me at 859-619-1779,

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I think I will offer some advice that hits at the true issue.

1. Can your family afford the house payment and house bills right now? If yes your first priority should be paying them and not paying any other bills.

2. You should not be paying on the medical bills. These will be erased by bankruptcy.

3. Has your family spoke with a lawyer? If not they need to now and should have months ago.

The best advice I can give you is use our bankruptcy system the way it was meant to be. And pray your family didn't waste money paying bills that will be erased by a chapter 7. Unless you are living beyond your means on good money most people who file bankruptcy for medical bills will get chapter 7. I did this myself.

Now is the time to stop thinking about how to pay and start thinking of how to save.
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There have been many great replies posted before mine that should really help you out. One I haven't seen posted, but worked for me is to build a website first and sell that to a target business or businesses. These are the same steps I showed my brother which helped him start making money.

The first thing you should do is get a part time job so that you have a little bit of money to invest. No matter what some people say, you can't run a business without any investment.

1. Look for businesses in your local area that (as you've done before) don't have or website or have a website that is outdated.

2. Check to see if they're ranking locally. (It's best if you can find multiple businesses in the same niche that are not ranking well in local results) If they're not in the local results for their main keywords, get a domain with their keywords and build a website that has similar info to theirs.

3. You'll need a local address to use on your website. I recommend getting a UPS box or virtual office address (Not a PO Box) as close to the center of your town as possible. You'll be able to rank your website higher than others faster this way.

4. Optimize the website and do some local SEO (submit to yelp.com, Google Plus Local, and any other local review site) setup a Facebook, Twitter & Youtube account for this "Demo Business" website and link from those accounts to the website. Also link from the website to all of the previously setup social accounts and review sites.

5. Once you have the website ranked, you can approach businesses in that particular niche to sell it to them. Now you can get a higher price because not only do you offer them a better website, but also a great position in local search results. (This is where there money truly comes from) You can also get hired to maintain their local seo on a monthly basis earning you recurring income.

6. If none of the businesses are interested in buying the website from you, you can sell them leads since you'll be better positioned in search than they are. Just setup a Free email form (Mail Chimp is free) to collect names and emails. Also with your VBOX account you should be able to get a local phone number that leads can call which you can sell to your niche.

Do this a few times and you'll be the authority go to guy in your area. In a few months you could turn your life around completely. I know it's not overnight, but success takes some time.

Combine these steps with the advice above and you'll do well. Just hang in there.

I hope this helps.

PS. I've been homeless years ago and I used similar methods to get myself off the street.
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Keen,

Maxwell covered everything I pretty much was going to say. Calling on Saturday is fine. I bumped into a thread here on cold calling on Saturdays just the other day - here it is: http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post4739251

Post #5 is pretty much what I took away from it.

Yes, this isn't something that should be on your plate. If you're still in clubs or certain things, I recommend trying to explain the situation and trying to stay in those clubs while doing the work for them some other time other than after 2:00 PM. Those extracurricular activities give you an edge when applying to college, no matter how silly they are.

Senior year of high school was possibly one of the easiest (and had the potential to be one amazing) year of my life, next to be being below double-digit age. This shouldn't be something for you to be handling. Power to you for being a boss and trying to take care of it early though.
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Hi Keen,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Lots of great advice has been already shared here.
As others, I recommend that you work part time and take action during your free time.
Don't be afraid of cold calling. Start with calling businesses the furthest from you because so you get some practice and as you get better call the ones closer to you. By the time you're calling the closer ones, you'll be a lot more confident and you won't have to travel as far.

It's all about practice.

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Keen creations,

If it's any comfort to you, I can assure you that you can make things happen. I am a high believer of the power of the mind. If you can get your mind right and a laser like focus mentality, you will make it through.

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" -Napoleon Hill

J.D. talks about a time he was struggling financially and locked himself in a room until he made a sale. All it takes is 1 sale for the domino effect to take place. It will boost your confidence and your attitude will become infectious to your prospects which will make them do business with you.

Listen to what these guys tell you -- Focus on two different marketing techniques, but do them well.

1. Pick up the Yellow Pages and cold call a niche... Chiropractors, cosmetic dentist, plumbers, painters, etc.

2. Post 20 listings a day in different three cities with at least 5 different copies to test. (Use a different number on each copy to test it's success)

You don't need a website, testimonials, or anything. I can assure you, when a client has a need/greed that you can satisfy, then they'll be sure to do business with you. Sales is the million dollar skill.

Listen to guys like Jason Kanigan that coaches on cold calling. Every conversation you have with a prospect, ask questions and diagnose their need/greed/pain and then show them how you can satisfy them -- don't ask for the sale, people love to buy but hate to be sold... Let them sell themselves.

What do I mean? Back when I worked at the bank, I found out what the client's issue was -- they needed $10k transferred over to a card with a low interest rate to help pay down their balance. He said he was paying too much, that he's barely getting by, and blah blah blah. I told him, "Sir, I am able to offer you a 1.99% APR for 12 months that will help you pay down the balance, save you interest, give you a lower payment, and help you get back on your feet, what would you like to do next?" He sold himself and said, "Let's transfer it."

Anyway, I'll stop ranting, but just know we're all here for support and know you can do it. I definitely admire the willingness to help your parents. Like someone mentioned earlier, it's a lot of weight to carry on your shoulders, but in my culture family always come first so I definitely respect your desire to help them in their time of need.
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Whatever you do, don't get stuck in "analysis paralysis"...wondering what to do next and looking at all your options. They will stun you.

Pick something and move forward, committed to making it work Whatever It Takes. Because the option is unthinkable.

Every day you lose to indecision is one you'll never get back.

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Have you made any progress?
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Any progress? Have you tried going door to door?

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I have not made any progress yet. I loved all your suggestions and im going to pick a few things and stick to them. I have not had time to do cold calls or anything yet because of soccer and homework. Like right now I got home from soccer early and now Im going to do homework (2 hours) and try to make a few cold calls.
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There is a wealth of good advice in the replies to your post. The one thing I would add is to go visit the local businesses in person to make your pitch on Saturdays. You will be amazed at how older business owners who see a young kid with the ambition to get out of bed and go to work on Saturday to build a business himself will respond to help you out. Trust me, there are some good people who are small business owners in your town who will want to help you but you have to go see them eyeball to eyeball, they need to see you and its the best experience in the world for a young person to go sell in person. Just do it.
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In most cases I don't think it would be right to ask someone to quit their high school sport. In this case, though, if it's down to losing your house and you feel like you could do something about it...I would say to quit the soccer and get to work.

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At this point, I agree about quitting the soccer as if the house is lost you would probably have to move somewhere else and not be able to play in that school district.

Is there any adult in your household that is working and bringing in money at all?

Are you living with both of your parents?
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If phone is not currently an option, then keep prospecting via email. Most smaller businesses check their email and you can communicate that way.

A working point for you may to just be honest and build rapport. You are a young guy with some good skills, making to look some extra cash. For that, you can help businesses at a good rate.

Goodluck.

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Mate, if you get a bit mroe than 8 bucks in your PayPal, let's say have 100 $, then you can start a website... this is how much it would cost you:

-1 domain (7-10$/year)
-1 year hosting (25-40$/year)
-1 paid 50 $ listing

You could do it cheaper of course... but meanwhile you could earn more...

And if you have 85 $ more, above this, then you could start selling on ClickBank:

-50 $ to join ClickBank
-35 $ approx. for downloader software...

The rest you can do for free.

I say you can start off a profitable business with about 185 $. I think you can get that amount. I hope...

Couldn't you somehow delay the process of losing your house?
Then you could perhaps sell it and move into a smaller house in a small town, where land and homes are cheaper?
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Another sad story. But you are young and you are a native english speaker so you can write articles etc to earn small money first when you find a method to work you can scale up. Even you lose the house now, one day you will win it back so don't be desperate.
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Start cold calling companies, it seems like you are trying everything to avoid this. In order to become sucessful you need to build up a list of clients that can drive refferall business to your business. The methods described aren't personal, you have to relate on a personal level with the business owner in order to get them to buy into your product or service..
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Dude, you are in a really bad situation.
Why donīt you first try to sell, what is unnecessary to gain some money? Ask friends and relative for advice and if you can possible loan some money from them, and promise to pay back with interest if they donīt want to.
Aside from this, maybe you should ask your school if you can take 1/2-1 year off and start selling newspaper or something that can bring in some money. Do it for one year and then re-start your bussiness if situation ahve changed...

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I feel for you, I really do.

I'm around the same age as you, however, just graduating. Stay strong.

My opinion for you: You've got to start making some calls. Take the first step into launching your career of web design forward. Only YOU can make that happen. Good luck to you.
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Here are some threads you should check out

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Hope those help. There's some gold there.



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Sorry - don't mean to be impolite but just that I'm uncertain about your ambitions - are you planning to do big on soccer?

If yes, why don't you fully focus on that, to the level that you can?

If no, why bother about varsity soccer at a time (post-lunch) when you could actually call those businesses?

To me, this seems to be the clear flaw in your business model - your lack of focus, or your lack of activities that synch with your focus - don't know which one but seems to be one of the two to me unless I missed something.

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I don't know the whole situation, but I do know this. In my life I've had two different occasions when things happened and I found myself looking at needing to make money fast, and as much as possible. Marketing can do that. But you know what else can? Serving others by cleaning houses, washing cars, painting rooms, cutting grass, etc.

In other words, I wasn't a professional marketer with a marketing business, but I did know some things about marketing from years spent as a telemarketer as a teenager. So, I made some calls, generated leads for myself, and within a week had two apartment communities that my wife and I were cleaning for. The other time, we had to shift our cleaning business about 5 years later when one of the largest property management firms pulled out of our area and we lost a ton of work. I started a mobile auto detailing business in no time.

In both cases, I used my marketing skills to get my own work, and we made decent money and hustled. Now I turn away work because I have so much I can't handle it, and I want to get more into marketing, but I can now do it from a position of strength.

So, could you generate leads and start doing things like cutting lawns or painting or whatever? Could you generate leads for your dad to go do some work if he's able, or your mom? It might be a place to start.

Whatever you do, best wishes. If your parents can't afford their home long-term, they may need to get rid of it and admit reality, but if they can do some things to handle other bills, they can have more to throw at the house and maybe keep it long-term. Buy necessities first, and credit cards and medical bills can just go without getting paid. You don't even have to go through bankruptcy necessarily. Just don't pay them. You can settle with them later for pennies on the dollar. Their credit will be wrecked, but it will be if they lose the house anyway. So make sure that every dollar coming in is only going to the necessities and stretch it as far as possible. Then get to work at making as much money as you all can together.
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I think that you're going to have do some online advertising is you want to grow your business. When was in college I started a cleaning business. I leaved in a small town so I ran a small advertisement in the local paper. I got one call and it I didnt get the business but you have put yourself out there. I went door2door handing out flyers to business and homes. I did anything I could to sell my business. I only had 300 in cash so I couldn't hire any one to sell for me but i did get a lot of experience talking to customers(at potential customers)
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I don't know the whole situation, but I do know this. In my life I've had two different occasions when things happened and I found myself looking at needing to make money fast, and as much as possible. Marketing can do that. But you know what else can? Serving others by cleaning houses, washing cars, painting rooms, cutting grass, etc.
So true. I didn't even think about that one.

Once I was broke for a few years after a devastating business failure that left me getting groceries from a church charity.

I fought my way out just like he said above. Every day I loaded a water hose, bucket, soap, rakes, hedge trimmers and anything else I could think of into the car.

I walked around my own neighborhood and neighborhoods all over town looking for shabby bushes and long grass and dirty cars.

I knocked on every door and told my story "My business failed. I have a family and I really have no money to support them but I am trying. Can I please cut your grass for $20? How about your bushes for another $10?"

Believe it or not, $100 days were not rare. If you are just honest with people, they will help you out. Think how you would react if someone came to your door like that...I would help them in a heartbeat because I was that person once and others helped me.

The winter is coming, do one last mow, rake leaves, shovel snow after storms, sweep sidewalks, repair wooden fences, clean out junk piles, tell them you will empty the garage and sweep it, clean all their exterior windows etc etc etc.
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