If the internet didn't exist, what else would you do to generate a passive income?

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If the internet didn't exist, what else would you do to generate a passive income?

I know this is not an internet marketing related question or topic, and it's not a "how to make $1000 in the next minute online" question either.

I was sitting and thinking to myself, "If the internet wasn't invented, how else would you generate passive income, and expose your products and services to potentially thousands to millions of people daily."

I'm living in a country where the electricity grid shuts down for hours during the day. Almost everyday of the week these days it seems, and it affects businesses, big and small alike.

What if your country's electricity grid somehow overloaded, like it seem our country's grid is, and all your power stations explode, and now you have to wait a couple of years to rebuild power stations before the grid can perform at it's peak again.

If the internet was to close down, or for some reason not be there for the next ten to fifteen years beyond your control, and generating income on the internet is your main source of monthly income and you lost it all. What will you do to replace that monthly income?
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  • Profile picture of the author charity4Uall
    Is there such a thing as potential passive income outside of the Internet? haha jk

    I would probably would have got involved in the food and service industry somehow, with the goal of running a handful of restaurant chains.

    Does that even count as passive income when you're working your tail off?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    This is cool. Nice thread, IT (like the imagination!).

    My twisted interpretation:

    "When the zombie apocalypse inevitably occurs, how are you going to make money while fending off flesh-eaters?"

    I'd get a shop to house my products, make some t-shirts, and - rather bravely - tackle zombies and wrestle them into the t-shirts. On the front? My ad copy! Back? Directions to the store.

    Front

    Hey, friend! Tom Addams here. Quick question: Did you just fire your last bullet? Uh-oh! If this sucker doesn't eat your genitalia...

    Back

    Buy bullets here! (Big arrow pointing to my shop, "Buy Lead or Be Dead").

    Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Probably go back to what I was doing before the Internet; see, I can remember back that far!

      I think if it was just the Internet that went down, I'd go back to running ads in one of the local newspapers for my writing and typing skills while helping my husband with his crafts.

      No, it's not exactly passive income, unless I wrote a book that became a best seller.
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        I would need something that I can get at no cost. I would sell, my sperm, blood, hair and compost my poop for organic fertilizer.

        The way I poop I doubt my life style will suffer any setback. Or - to put it another way - I'm fullofit!

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    • Profile picture of the author joseph7384
      Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post

      This is cool. Nice thread, IT (like the imagination!).

      My twisted interpretation:

      "When the zombie apocalypse inevitably occurs, how are you going to make money while fending off flesh-eaters?"

      I'd get a shop to house my products, make some t-shirts, and - rather bravely - tackle zombies and wrestle them into the t-shirts. On the front? My ad copy! Back? Directions to the store.

      Front

      Hey, friend! Tom Addams here. Quick question: Did you just fire your last bullet? Uh-oh! If this sucker doesn't eat your genitalia...

      Back

      Buy bullets here! (Big arrow pointing to my shop, "Buy Lead or Be Dead").

      Cheers,

      Tom
      I got to hand it to you, using t-shirts as a loss leader can be very expensive!
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  • Profile picture of the author internetz
    Real estate. Rent out properties for passive income.
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  • Profile picture of the author jordorules
    Real Estate flipping for business and Sales for cash flow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ayawa
    Originally Posted by Internet Trillionaire View Post


    If the internet was to close down, or for some reason not be there for the next ten to fifteen years beyond your control, and generating income on the internet is your main source of monthly income and you lost it all. What will you do to replace that monthly income?
    I'll create lessons how to make money offline, write to CDs and promote over CD shops. Upsells? Of course, I accept mail orders.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan2929
    I would take out tiny classified ads, which I would use to sell people info products about how to make money taking out tiny classified ads by using them to sell info products teachings people how to take out tiny classified ads in order to...
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
      Originally Posted by Ryan2929 View Post

      I would take out tiny classified ads, which I would use to sell people info products about how to make money taking out tiny classified ads by using them to sell info products teachings people how to take out tiny classified ads in order to...
      LOLOLOL!!!!

      Boy did you just date yourself or what. Dang, I remember those ....

      This has got to be the funniest thread in the forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author camohit
    I would do Network Marketing even then. Its not dependent on Internet. We can do it offline too. We need only a bunch of committed team members and then gradually the income becomes passive. Finding those members online or offline it doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    If there was no internet and I had to build a passive income offline, I would get into Amway or Herbalife.

    You just need to find a few good leaders under you and your income will just grow for years to come.
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  • I would definitely go into sales and marketing, cold calling still works very well btw!
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  • Profile picture of the author Silentkiller1
    I would have written books to generate passive income.
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  • Profile picture of the author XponentSYS
    Well, I got started in direct response marketing WITHOUT the internet. So if the internet were to cease to exist, I'd concentrate more on OFFLINE direct response (I still run offline campaigns anyway).

    I'd run info mercials and do postcards for cheap/free reports and courses and then build a boiler room to UPSELL these buyers to larger courses, coaching and memberships.

    The principals are much the same as IM, though obviously they're executed differently. I do a lot of IM these days but in some markets, I still use the "old school" offline stuff with great results.

    Also, if the internet vanished, one would be well served by becoming fast friends with Dan Kennedy - the guy from whom I learned almost 20 (!) years ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack107
    I'd get into the real estate market. Investing in properties etc is something I want to do later down the track anyway, so if the internet blew up, that's where I would probably head.
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  • Profile picture of the author esmartbizz
    Wow no electricity cavemen times, If that was me I suppose I would get involved in door to door sales of household wares or clothing. I would still have to have my home business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zodiax
    Well,

    You can hire someone to cause an accident and collect garnished wages passively.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I suppose I could quit holding out for Indiana Jones to swoop by and just get married to any income earner.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    would that spell the demise of the music industry and holywood as well?
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by hardraysnight View Post

      would that spell the demise of the music industry and holywood as well?
      I would think it would be a windfall for both of those industries. There are a few that would be way better off without the Net around. Publishing is another one.
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  • Profile picture of the author allegandro
    If internet not exists yet, I would first invest in new technology, to create a passive income.

    I would invent a system that could connect computers with each other, it not exist yet and I think it has GREAT potential.

    I would start something like a digital marketplace, where people can buy and sell stuff. Or a start a social gather place, where you can meet friend. Or maybe something like a place where people can see each other’s video's without visiting each other for real. And what about creating a tool where stores can sell products without that people actually come to their store. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    And when this idea's become big, maybe I should invent something like a search system.

    In some kind of way I think I can monetize all those idea’s even when they would sound stupid now, it might work!
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Cart
      I would educate myself and try to do what some people have been doing for centuries: trade on the stock market (since 1698 in London and 1792 in New York). Riskier than IM for sure, but desperate times...
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    If the Internet shuts down suddenly, I think we will be much more worried about other things than to figure out a way to replace passive income. It is likely that the Internet can only be shut in time of war or a major natural disaster of biblical scale.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    I will franchise my old lemonade juice station business. People will sell my product with my business name everywhere in my region. I just provide a supply to them. They will make money for them and me. And I can still do my own work in my advertising business like the old days. The juice will be my passive income. No worries if the net is death, or didn't exist!
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  • Profile picture of the author johngreenishere
    Rent my bicycle, car, room and house. Then teach people how to make money with rental. Publish book in that topic and lets people sell my books.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisacolins
    probably i will invest in real-estate..
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  • Profile picture of the author kevineverett
    Originally Posted by Internet Trillionaire View Post

    If the internet didn't exist, what else would you do to generate a passive income?

    I'm living in a country where the electricity grid shuts down for hours during the day. Almost everyday of the week these days it seems, and it affects businesses, big and small alike.

    What if your country's electricity grid somehow overloaded, like it seem our country's grid is, and all your power stations explode, and now you have to wait a couple of years to rebuild power stations before the grid can perform at it's peak again.
    Well, in that case, I would buy and then rent out generators and sell fuel for said generators. One time investment, repeat customers. Would that qualify as passive income?
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      build a list, a mailing list that is

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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    I was exporting English language books to second hand bookshops in Thailand before Kindle was around so that's what I would go back to. No Internet - No Kindle.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Many of you youngsters can't imagine life without the Internet, but for us geezers, we were doing this long before Altavista existed (although many of you don't even know what that is.)

    Mail order and telemarketing were the linear version of the Internet. It worked the exact same way, except the advertising and costs associated were much, much higher. You just don't know how good you have it!
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    • Profile picture of the author kevineverett
      Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

      Many of you youngsters can't imagine life without the Internet, but for us geezers, we were doing this long before Altavista existed (although many of you don't even know what that is.)

      You just don't know how good you have it!
      Amen from a fellow geezer
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  • Profile picture of the author joseph7384
    Using direct mail and put on some elbow grease and get on the phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Direct mail and SRDS baby... the offline version of solo ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author LaunchPurveyor
    Make bank selling used college textbooks : )
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  • Profile picture of the author agd3sign
    I have a boarding house and rent it to student in my town...
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    It's amazing how many of these answers still rely on electricity.

    How are you making phone calls without electricity? How are you creating that book and getting it produced?

    How well do you really think the real estate/rental market would fare with electricity and communications at a standstill?

    The best answer I read was the generators, by Kevin.

    You would need to find a commodity people need and can afford. One you can source. Then get a sales team that sells and delivers for you.

    It would not be 100% passive, but you could offload a bunch of the work.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
      Originally Posted by Barry Unruh View Post

      It's amazing how many of these answers still rely on electricity.

      How are you making phone calls without electricity? How are you creating that book and getting it produced?

      How well do you really think the real estate/rental market would fare with electricity and communications at a standstill?

      The best answer I read was the generators, by Kevin.

      You would need to find a commodity people need and can afford. One you can source. Then get a sales team that sells and delivers for you.

      It would not be 100% passive, but you could offload a bunch of the work.
      Okay, so the new rule is no electricity? Write scrolls on how to write good scrolls. Will trade for 2 lbs of mammoth. Tender parts only.
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      • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
        Originally Posted by Internet Trillionaire View Post

        What if your country's electricity grid somehow overloaded, like it seem our country's grid is, and all your power stations explode, and now you have to wait a couple of years to rebuild power stations before the grid can perform at it's peak again.

        If the internet was to close down, or for some reason not be there for the next ten to fifteen years beyond your control, and generating income on the internet is your main source of monthly income and you lost it all. What will you do to replace that monthly income?
        Originally Posted by TheGMa View Post

        Okay, so the new rule is no electricity? Write scrolls on how to write good scrolls. Will trade for 2 lbs of mammoth. Tender parts only.
        And here I thought I just read the OP's post...not a new rule.

        I've watched events like this unfold first hand in the Philippines..not years, but months without power for most people.
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  • Profile picture of the author msm24
    I would start a service based business selling access to AC repair or some other once every few years type of repair work on a low end monthly payment. Around $20 to $30 per month.

    I would then hire commission based independent contractors to cold call and go door to door for sales in the area. 25% for newbs, 30% for trainers and 35% for managers plus 5% team residuals.

    All I would have to do is hire contractors, answer phone calls (or hire a receptionist to answer calls) and schedule contractors to go out to the house and bill me directly for the cost of repairs.

    Kinda risky but very high potential.
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    • Profile picture of the author More Than Tips
      @ Tom Addams are you drinking some type of Red Bull Rum and Coke new product?!

      I thought you had to be in off topic to read something that freaking hilarious!

      Well anyway other than the MLM idea and I would actually start one not join one..that way you can not lose. (hopefully)

      Also if electricity goes out that frequently I would be selling generators on the side.
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  • Profile picture of the author haroldwise
    Real estate is been there since ages and that is the best qualified source for passive income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
    This question is asked like we always had the Internet...

    There was a time where there was no internet and there were Millionaires and Billionaires then.

    It's all about getting a crowd of people who know, like, and trust you and promoting products and services to them...

    Stuff they need all the time... Stuff you can keep charging them for.

    Royalties
    Write a book
    Open LaundryMat
    Vending Machines
    Renting stuff
    Investments
    Invest in businesses
    Open a College


    Or how about the Milk Man does his job qualify? people always needed it consistently...
    He was probably the first guy with a passive income.

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  • Profile picture of the author Madhavi
    I would rent a shop and start small. As for what I would sell, even without the internet, people have requirements, and there is always a niche to pick up offline. All I have to do is think of ways in which people can access them better.

    People love reading, and I love books too, so probably a small library is what I would start. And employ a couple of college kids to pick up and drop off books for readers. It gets them pocket change and also gets my business moving. That can expand to multiple shops in different parts of the city. Once I have a few of those running, I'll have a customer base and I'll start off additional services from those shops (additional classes for kids and home makers, delivering groceries, etc.). Once I have things working, ideas will keep coming in to make things better and better.

    So yes, I'll be making a living without the internet.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
      Don't forget people were generating passive incomes long before we had the Internet. Make investments or sell something. The Internet is a communications tool that gives you additional ways to market a product or service.

      Back in the 1930's long before the Internet and Amway, some people were creating residual incomes by building houses and renting them out. Some people were creating residual incomes by selling life insurance.

      Today some people create passive residual incomes renting things and selling things just like people did before the Internet.

      I find it odd that people think of the Internet as a business. Internet marketing is not a business. Internet Marketing is a way of marketing any business.

      If the Internet didn't exist today people would still be creating passive income streams.

      Today a lot of people fail to create passive income because they are so caught up in looking for internet marketing secrets to creating passive incomes that require little work and they have nothing real to market.

      Start with a real product, business or service. Then learn how to leverage the power of the internet to grow your business. But it all starts with having or creating something of real value to take to the marketplace... both online and offline marketplaces.
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  • Profile picture of the author san2hnl
    Dividend investing. A diversified and well-balanced portfolio of quality dividend paying stocks is about as hands off and passive as it gets.
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  • Renting out real estate, authoring & publishing books seems to have been common vehicles for generating offline passing income streams, since before electricity became a regular feature in homes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Okay...

    I'll chip in a serious reply. Although I will say - that's exactly what I'm doing when we're overrun by zombies.

    10 Passive / Semi-Passive Offline Businesses:

    1. Vending Machines (I like gumball machines, in case you wondered).
    2. Rental Properties (especially renting rooms to students).
    3. Stock market.
    4. Anything you care to rent (boats, tools, cars).
    5. Becoming an author (novels, books).
    6. Screenwriter (paid % of ongoing profits).
    7. Offline Ads (*)
    8. High-Yield Interest.
    9. Franchising.
    10. Laundromat.

    About (*) : The trick here is to organize your operation so you have limited involvement. It works; I have experience. Your task is then to "oversee" operations and, if you like (and I do), be the creative force behind offline ad marketing: newspapers, circulars, radio, local cinema, etc.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author alweeks
    I would suggest that Internet Marketing is the digital version of direct mail marketing.

    So I would get hold of a good targeted list ( much like a solo ad ) and send the list a sales offer. There are many companies out there selling these lists and thousands of names and addresses are available quite cheaply.

    The knack is to write a good converting sales letter. The internet marketing themes of finding a hungry niche, a good converting product etc. still would apply.

    Delivery of your product can be done by the many drop shipping companies that abound

    Sorry if this is a much more serious reply than others in your thread
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  • Profile picture of the author skylang1
    I remember one method - go to public places like mall owners, etc., and offer to place advertising billboards in the bathrooms. Build a network of billboards. Advertisers would pay monthly to have their ad in the billboards. Set up and forget, except you had to physically go to the bank to deposit the checks (hard work...), no PayPal. Too late now, the market is saturated.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLB
    I would start a local service company, or something else that I can put myself into a managerial position for.
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