A Quick $2,000 by the Weekend...

by Roy Carter 28 replies
I saw another thread here by TomG who had a friend in need of earning some fast cash. And we've all seen threads on this forum where someone needs to make some cash real fast.

It made me recall a time when I needed the same. Sometimes all it needs is to think outside the box a little.

I was 19 years old ( loooong time ago now) and needed some cash to buy a second hand car I had my eye on. Here's what I did...

I went to the local car auction and having been there before I saw that the auctioneer was standing up there on his dais while all these guys stood in front of him. I got to thinking that the wall behind this guy was just a blank wall with paint peeling off etc. real scruffy.

I approached the owner of the car auction place and offered to put up an advertising board behind the dais. It would advertise local businesses and in the centre of the board would be a shiny brass clock, with the name of the auction, phone number etc underneath as one of the ad spaces on the board. 'OK, how much would this clock cost me?", says the guy.

I was a bit dumbstruck because I was prepared to cut him in on a percentage of the ads, but I just told him I would do it all for free for him and he'd have a much more professional and presentable backdrop for his wall. He agreed.

Next step was that I went to the local tyre shop and told the owner that an ad board was going up at the local car auction in a couple of weeks and only ONE local tyre depot would be allowed to advertise on it. $25.00 a spot or $40 for a double spot. He snatched my hand off (most car auction cars need new tyres right?).

Next stop was a florist (it happened to be the next shop I came to in the block). "Why would I want to advertise on a board in a car auction?", says the woman. "Well, the place is full to bursting with guys twice a week", says I. "All these guys have wives or girlfriends, who have birthdays, or they get a bunch of flowers 'cos the guy was late home etc". She took an ad spot.

By the time I covered two blocks I had the spots sold. I also had cash and checks in my hand... in advance!

Then it was just a case of buying a couple of plywood sheets, painting them white, buying the stick on letters and dividing up the board into the separate ad blocks. I paid a friend, (who was a bit more nimble fingered than me) to put the lettering on the board. Bought the clock from a second hand store. Installed it at the auction a week later.

The auction owner is happy with his freshened up backdrop, the local business owners are happy and feeling a bit smug that they are the only business of their type on the board. I'm happy becuase i've got my dosh! And quickly. And I was paid in advance. Bada Bing!

I could have driven to the next town (in my 'new' second hand car) and done exactly the same again, but I kind of moved on to other things.

A quick $2,000 bucks by the weekend. Easy if you just think outside the square a bit!

And, of course you can go back a year later and see if the advertisers want to keep their spot on the board for the next 12 months or lose it to one of their competitors....So, another $2,000 in your sweaty little hands! [;0]

Anyone else got a story like this they'd like to share?

Roy
#main internet marketing discussion forum #quick #weekend
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    Fantastic piece of entrepreneurship...except for not following through and either hiring someone to run this for you or selling the business on to someone else.

    Kindest regards,
    Andrew Cavanagh
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    • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
      Great Story!

      Now THAT is thinking outside the box!

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    • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
      Good points Andrew, but hey, I was 19 and still had a bit to learn :0) (I've learned a fair bit since then)!

      The point was that I wanted something, so I devised a way to get it by thinking outside the box, instead of just sitting there wishing I could have it.

      Who was it who said "Most people are too busy earning a living to make any real money"?

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      • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
        What? Nobody else here has a 'think outside the box' story?

        In this forum that's hard to believe!

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        • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
          Thinking out of the box is definitely the way to go when it comes to generating ideas for some quick cash. However, it's not as easy as it sounds. There are times where your mind is just blank and the harder you try to think different, the more difficult it gets.

          My advice is to let go instead of trying to come up with ways. Sleep over your problem and you might just "think" out of the box while you are asleep Just my 2 cents.
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        • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
          Hi Roy!

          Great spirit... I appreciate that.

          I didn't need some money fast! This was back in 2005 when I was 16 Years Old! But I wanted to do something!

          So I started by thinking about what I could do best! And since I was good at Physics, I started teaching students of my age free of cost at my classroom! Exams were round the corner and the friends that I taught get much better scores than threy were generally getting! So I knew I was good at teaching!

          I also got some 10 or 11 phone calls from the parents of these friends thanking me and asking me if I would do that in future... I obvuisly said yes and they were like.. WOW. Thanking me!

          I created a group and taught them for just $100 a month each. That is pretty cheap compared to what they were paying to private tution teachers and still not getting the desired results! With me, they would not let me move ahead until they understood each word of what I was saying!

          And then it suddenly struck me.... Why not make ot large? I have been teaching since then and NOW, I have actually shifted online... I have more than 500 students and I do live shows two times a week! I still charge them $10 a month, but the amount of value that I deliver now is very very large. Especially because I record the shows and they can watch them anytime they waant!

          And this brings me 5KJ a month for just 8-10 hours of hardwork (monthly)! not much.. TRUE. But then I am still making 1000 an hour spent with them, right? So its definitely cool!

          Regards
          lakshay
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          • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
            Nice one lakshay!

            Darrell - Love the hot dog story

            Any more?

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          • Profile picture of the author lburrell
            Originally Posted by lakshaybehl View Post

            Hi Roy!

            Great spirit... I appreciate that.

            I didn't need some money fast! This was back in 2005 when I was 16 Years Old! But I wanted to do something!

            So I started by thinking about what I could do best! And since I was good at Physics, I started teaching students of my age free of cost at my classroom! Exams were round the corner and the friends that I taught get much better scores than threy were generally getting! So I knew I was good at teaching!

            I also got some 10 or 11 phone calls from the parents of these friends thanking me and asking me if I would do that in future... I obvuisly said yes and they were like.. WOW. Thanking me!

            I created a group and taught them for just $100 a month each. That is pretty cheap compared to what they were paying to private tution teachers and still not getting the desired results! With me, they would not let me move ahead until they understood each word of what I was saying!

            And then it suddenly struck me.... Why not make ot large? I have been teaching since then and NOW, I have actually shifted online... I have more than 500 students and I do live shows two times a week! I still charge them $10 a month, but the amount of value that I deliver now is very very large. Especially because I record the shows and they can watch them anytime they waant!

            And this brings me 5KJ a month for just 8-10 hours of hardwork (monthly)! not much.. TRUE. But then I am still making 1000 an hour spent with them, right? So its definitely cool!

            Regards
            lakshay
            We need to talk dude. A team up with Your Personal GMAT Coach might be in order.

            GREAT stories guys!!!
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            • Profile picture of the author TimCastleman
              When I was a boy scout many years ago I called up the local radio station and asked to speak to someone about buying popcorn. Long story short the next day I was at the radio station on air for 4 hours selling pop corn. I sold over 11,000 worth of the stuff and took our entire troop to summer camp on me.

              It was awesome.

              One other story, not really about making money but the proudest day of my life (next to getting married next month). Several years ago I was stationed at an Air Force base when an ice storm hit us. We were covered in ice. Seriously, my car was encased in 4 inches of ice.

              As a result of all of the ice power lines went down and we were without power. I had the keys to the only building on the base that had a generator. As a result the Wing Commander (top dog) called me at home and told me to open up the building.

              I did as instructed and he said to go home he would get someone to watch the place. I told him that wasn't needed that I would do so.

              Over the next week me and a handful of guys kept that building open 24/7. We fed over 6,000 people during that week until the power came on.

              I got a 4 day pass off of the base and a medal but that all couldn't match up to the pride I had helping others.

              Great stories guys.

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        • Profile picture of the author dbh
          Well, I suppose I can share my Hotdog story.

          We have here a yearly event called the Klamath Cruise. It features many classic cars (usually 500+) and draws thousands of people.

          My wife works in radio and so is sometimes doing the live broadcasts for the event. So I'm usually there too.

          Anyway, one year we had a group of 10-12 of us crowded around the radio booth and everyone got hungry for hotdogs. I got chosen to go get them. So I write everything down and off I go.

          Hotdog stand is about 4 blocks from where we are. I arrive there and explain that I need a dozen hotdogs, and show the vendor my condiment paper.

          I get the food and he gives me a low box to carry it in. By now you've probably guessed where this is going .

          Anyway, I start back with my hotdogs, held above my head so as not to get hit.

          Yup, everyone on the sidewalk assumes that I sell hotdogs and wants one. I try to say "not for sale" but they can't hear me and aren't listening anyway. So I sell every last hotdog for $1.00 more than I paid and most people say keep the change.

          So I go get 12 more hotdogs. Vendor is getting suspicious, but gives me more anyway. I pay and this time they actually get where they're going 'cause I take a different route.

          End result? well, I sat down later and figured out that we nearly broke even on our hotdogs. If I'd only needed 10 instead of 12 we'd have done it.....

          - Darrell
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      • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
        Originally Posted by Roy Carter View Post

        Who was it who said "Most people are too busy earning a living to make any real money"?

        Roy
        Joe Carbo. It was the subtitle to his "Lazy Man's Way To Riches" book.

        :-Don
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        • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
          Yes, that's right, I remember now. One of the first (and best) books I ever read that talked about thinking outside the square.

          Thanks Don.

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          • Profile picture of the author Nealva61
            These are all wonderful entrepreneurial stories. Someone need to gather them and put them in a book to inspire high school students. Our entire economy could be better for it.

            Neal
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    Originally Posted by Roy Carter View Post

    And, of course you can go back a year later and see if the advertisers want to keep their spot on the board for the next 12 months or lose it to one of their competitors....So, another $2,000 in your sweaty little hands! [;0]

    Anyone else got a story like this they'd like to share?

    Roy
    Was going to say... has continuity written all over it.

    It's like stealing candy from children.

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    • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
      Originally Posted by gartmann21 View Post

      Well done this gives me an idea... what do you think about starting a business to advertise for local business?

      Err...Well... Great idea! Wish i'd thought of it!

      Seriously though, go for it. taking action is what it's all about.

      Roy
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    Hi Roy,

    Great case study...

    Can I share this with my subscribers and even include it in my ebook
    with a link back to your site? Please advise by sending me a PM

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    One summer several years ago I was working for my friend that has a campground and swimming pool complex. I was in charge of the grounds and whatever other jobs that needed filling in during the day.

    One day, one of the campers mentioned that they had a SNO-CONE machine they wanted to sell. It was $500 but I figured there had to be some way to use that sucker.

    So I told my boss I would set everything up, hire and pay my own help and give him a third of the profit in return for the ice and a prime spot. He agreed, so I spent about $40 on a cheap tarp like tent and a table and well...

    Talk about selling snow balls in hell! The week of July 4th I cleared over $1600 and never touched the first sno cone!

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    • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
      Hi guys,

      Mason - Just sent you a PM

      Stephen - Nice one! Being the man in the middle of a deal is something I do a lot of, both online and offline. Put the deal together and watch while you make money. Nice story.

      Any other case studies like these from other warriors?

      regards

      Roy
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Murdaugh
    @Tim: I'm an Air Force vet too...

    I've made a few killer deals on Craigslist...

    Bought a ton of these old player piano rolls for around $300... Resold on CL and Ebay for over $3,000...

    Bought a Jeep for $500 (Talked the guy down from $1,200)... Resold for $1,600...

    I actually have a ton of these stories.. Offline and online. That's pretty much how I made a living throughout my early 20's... (I'm 26 now, so it's not too long ago.)

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  • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
    Good stories guys...keep 'em coming!

    In the present economic climate these stories of making money quickly may just allow people to take an idea and run with it in order to make some fast cash.

    Roy
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    • Profile picture of the author bizsolutions
      Just finding this now, may be a bit outdated, but gives me inspiration! Thanks for starting this thread!
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    Just got to read the thread, great stories, inspiring !!
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  • Profile picture of the author sensei majid
    RECENTLY I NEEDED 2K, STARTED A SMALL MASTERMIND GROUP AT 250.00 A POP ONLY GOT 8 MEMBERS... WE ROCKING RIGHT NOW. EMAIL AND SKYPE COMMUNICATION.
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    • Profile picture of the author warriorwoman2011
      Originally Posted by sensei majid View Post

      RECENTLY I NEEDED 2K, STARTED A SMALL MASTERMIND GROUP AT 250.00 A POP ONLY GOT 8 MEMBERS... WE ROCKING RIGHT NOW. EMAIL AND SKYPE COMMUNICATION.
      Please keep the discussion related to the topic. Thanks.

      Hey roy,

      Great story. Personally I wish I had such stories to share

      Keep it up
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      • Profile picture of the author sensei majid
        Well im confused? how is the story unrelated... needed money created money... If it's in regards to off line. Done that plenty of times...
        Had spent over 100 k on a clothing store... 4 years burn rate... no more money... store cash reserved over... decided to change store into a karate studio made 5000 in a week on sign ups.. went from losing my store income can't pay my bills to problem solved.
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  • Profile picture of the author protectyoursales
    Unfortunately, I don't have any super cool stories like that outside of the usual...Running a lemonade stand, garage sale, neighborhood fair, etc out of my front yard as a kid...Gave me a good history of advertising and selling to start in IM doing door to door offline SEO services. Some people just like selling =)
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    Thanks for sharing your stories.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
    Looks like this thread of mine suddenly got noticed again

    Glad you guys like it and I hope it inspires some more warriors to share their own stories.

    Roy
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