Wow, I have been too busy lately to even cruise through this forum or post on my facebook wall.
After recovering from a brief stint with food poisoning this week I went and pitched a restaurant franchise on a video blog website with a contract potentially worth $1500/month in residual income. The owner of the franchise asked me to condense the presentation to five minutes so we can pitch all the other stores in Atlanta early next week.
The fact of the matter is I closed my first client 3 weeks ago from today but have been awaiting to proclaim victory until I was nearly complete with the project and had gotten paid for it.
The first one closed for a one time $1000 setup fee and $300 residual income with $100/month in free food. It feels strange to be able to walk into a restaurant and be treated like a VIP and have my entire tab taken care of.
I've always been a computer geek but I have only been in IM for 6 months. I did not even have a twitter or facebook account until May of last year. Since starting this journey I have been given all IM related tasks at my full time job and launched several affiliate marketing websites using Chris Pearson's awesome Thesis Theme (shell out for the developer's license you won't regret it).
The truth?? I never made ONE RED CENT off my affiliate marketing websites. I wrote articles, analyzed keywords, submitted to article directories, and socially bookmarked these sites. Using SENuke software to more thoroughly analyze my keywords I am now able to understand that I picked products in overly saturated markets. However, what I did have was a collection of pretty looking websites with integrated Web 2.0 features.
This is after giving up Monday night football, hanging out at the bar, playing video games, and going to the movies. I MINIMIZED every distraction around me to FOCUS on my work. When people call me I simply told them that "I am busy right now". I turned off my cell phone and tweetdeck while working on a project. Guess what? I did NOT miss anything important!
Then it happened one day.... my BIG BREAK. I showed a well connected offline marketer (has a brochure stand business) my affiliate websites and he started leveraging his connections to bring me business as an offline marketer of online products! Perhaps I am luckier than many because some people never see a dollar for their efforts. To all those that think of giving up, please approach this with the right attitude.
If you fit in this category, please ask yourself honestly if you are working in a distracted state? Did you go into this venture trying to make money overnight with a one hit wonder or did you prepare a viable business model that could be built incrementally with regular consistent action?
Ask yourself if you could unglue yourself from your desk and do something else like attend networking events with some business cards, or if you could upgrade to that smartphone or netbook so you can show off your web sites to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Think OUTSIDE of the box. That is what innovative marketing is about whether marketing a product or yourself.
Don't just wait for that BIG BREAK, take regular consistent action that predisposes you to being in the right place at the right time whether its offline or online and your time will come.
My current situation would not be possible without some of the high quality information I have found on the Warrior Forum. This is the best $40 I have ever spent. I wish everyone here a great success.