If you need money fast...

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I've seen a few of these threads here. Recently, I had a few unexpected bills. I needed cash fast, so I looked at my options. I'm pretty good with KW research, writing articles, building squidoo lenses and blogs. However, I didn't really know where to find clients...then I started thinking, you have to go where people are....Facebook, Twitter etc.,

So I headed over to those sites and found a few clients. I found a guy who paid me $50 for an article 3 weeks ago. I found a client who paid me $110 for 5 squidoo lenses....I've ranked all her lenses on the first page of google for their keywords in less than 3 days and now she's a repeat customer.

The bottom line is that if you need money, you can't wait for business to fall in your lap. You have to get after it. I'm currently spending 3 hours per day trying to find new clients...is this a dream of mine? No. But it will keep me going until my other projects take off.

If you have a service you can provide to others....you're valuable! The work is endless if you make yourself visible.
#fast #money
  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    As much as I like to work online, you brought up some thing I've never really thought about doing (Squidoo lenses for people to be specific). It's also nice to read short blurbs like this where people are successful! Thanks Bill!

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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    Great post! That's great that you've found a way that works for you. I didn't realize that Squidoo pages were in such demand, that's great.

    Keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    I'm not saying they're in high demand..lol. I just found people who were looking for them. That's all.

    If you have a skill set, use it. That's my point.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    Excellent advice Bill! Freelancing and Providing Services is the fastest way to make some cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    That's awesome Bill.. Congrats!!

    BTW, I just shot you a PM about doing work like that for me. I am always looking for good content writers!
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  • Profile picture of the author OhioWriter
    I've had mild success doing the same type of things, but I just can't seem to find people who need a constant flow of writing. They seem to be few and far between these days.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
      Originally Posted by OhioWriter View Post

      I've had mild success doing the same type of things, but I just can't seem to find people who need a constant flow of writing. They seem to be few and far between these days.
      I don't want to bash you, but content is very much in demand. Perhaps, your clients weren't too thrilled by your work or maybe you just aren't looking hard enough.

      Good content will always be in demand online...at least in my opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author OhioWriter
        Originally Posted by Bill_Lawrence View Post

        I don't want to bash you, but content is very much in demand. Perhaps, your clients weren't too thrilled by your work or maybe you just aren't looking hard enough.

        Good content will always be in demand online...at least in my opinion.
        I get outstanding reviews. It just seems like everyone wants to hire the cheapest person for the most part. So I guess it comes down to not looking in the right places. However, each time I've gone into that Warrior section, I completely strike out and don't even get a response.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Great Post OP
    Unfortunately most of the 'need money fast' threads are started by dreamers who want it by tomorrow...
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  • Profile picture of the author hiran
    Mr. Bill
    Sorry I could not reply to the message because of a few posts

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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLewis
    This post is excellent for motivation. Most people want things handed to them. If you want to survive in IM, you have to have the willingness to take action. You seem to have it mastered. Congrats on your success. I admire your drive.
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  • Profile picture of the author NoviIM
    Hey Bill this is a great post and a great lesson. In order to see success with your online business you can't just wait for the money to fall in your lap. You have to be persistent in your planning and actually taking action with what you mapped out!
    Great to see you having success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    See that little guy in the picture below my name....that's the only motivation I need. When I don't feel like doing anything, I look at him.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    This is just a stepping stone to something I should did a long time ago.
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    I have three questions:
    1. What are your services? Please explain them clearly. Do you find keywords? Do you write articles? Optimize them for Google? and ...?
    2. How much do you ask for your services?
    3. Why don't you do these for yourself to make money?
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
      Originally Posted by socialbookmark View Post

      I have three questions:
      1. What are your services? Please explain them clearly. Do you find keywords? Do you write articles? Optimize them for Google? and ...?
      2. How much do you ask for your services?
      3. Why don't you do these for yourself to make money?
      I find the keywords for your lens. I write the introduction. I do create lenses for myself. I never stated I didn't. If you look at my signature you will see that the first link there provides you with all the detail.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    Hiran,

    Can you email me? Backlinkserv330 @ Yahoo.com

    I'm not sure if email addresses are permitted here so please excuse me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Bill,

    First off, great work! Facebook and Twitter is a great source of business. I tell people all the time that if they really want to boost their offline services/freelancing, just do simple twitter searches and offer your services....

    Use the strings "How can I", "I need" or "Looking for" and add to it the services that you are offering, such as:

    "how can i" "article"

    OR

    "looking for" "backlinks"

    OR

    "I need" "squidoo lens"

    People spill their guts over everything on Twitter, especially their problems that they need solved.....

    Use the above search strings....Go solve their problems and get $$$!
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      Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

      Bill,

      First off, great work! Facebook and Twitter is a great source of business. I tell people all the time that if they really want to boost their offline services/freelancing, just do simple twitter searches and offer your services....

      Use the strings "How can I", "I need" or "Looking for" and add to it the services that you are offering, such as:

      "how can i" "article"

      OR

      "looking for" "backlinks"

      OR

      "I need" "squidoo lens"

      People spill their guts over everything on Twitter, especially their problems that they need solved.....

      Use the above search strings....Go solve their problems and get $$$!
      Spam, other service provider, freelancer ads for ridiculously low rates, spam, elance ads for ridiculously low rates.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by OhioWriter View Post

        Spam, other service provider, freelancer ads for ridiculously low rates, spam, elance ads for ridiculously low rates.
        Yes, you have to cut through the clutter but you will find people looking for such services as well.
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        • Profile picture of the author OhioWriter
          Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

          Yes, you have to cut through the clutter but you will find people looking for such services as well.
          I'm sorry, that whole idea just seems way too spammy to me. I get stupid spam replies on Twitter all the time. I know a buddy who had tax problems and all of a sudden 100 tweets were offering up services.

          That type of searching for jobs should be reserved for the bottom of the barrel. If someone wants actual writing that's worth something, they'll find it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JE Publishing
    Nice post its always good to here some positive+motivating talk.
    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    Just reading this forum is amazing. If you aren't making any money online, I'm guessing that part of the problem is that you haven't really searched for answers or maybe you just haven't taken the time to test things to see if they actually work.

    As long as there's webmasters, there's work to be had. If you don't have a skill set, learn. This forum is a goldmine.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jas Kaur
      Thanks for your post Bill.

      Nice reminder that you gotta be out there hustling and taking action if you want to make it online...

      I'm off now to hustle too..
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      • Profile picture of the author Long Beach Nathan
        I agree, Bill. The money is out there for any people like us, who offer content writing services!

        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        Bill,

        First off, great work! Facebook and Twitter is a great source of business. I tell people all the time that if they really want to boost their offline services/freelancing, just do simple twitter searches and offer your services....

        Use the strings "How can I", "I need" or "Looking for" and add to it the services that you are offering, such as:

        "how can i" "article"

        OR

        "looking for" "backlinks"

        OR

        "I need" "squidoo lens"

        People spill their guts over everything on Twitter, especially their problems that they need solved.....

        Use the above search strings....Go solve their problems and get $$$!
        I thought of doing this, but the only problem with it is that I'd imagine Twitter users would see this as spamming. However, an alternative might be to follow these users and then when they come to your page to see if they want to follow you back, they'll see your description where you offer your services
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        • Profile picture of the author OhioWriter
          Originally Posted by Long Beach Nathan View Post

          I agree, Bill. The money is out there for any people like us, who offer content writing services!


          Either Long Beach, California all of a sudden became the most affordable city in the world, or you are the fastest (without sacrificing quality) writer ever. $10 per 1000 words is fast food working rates for someone in the USA.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marsala
    I didn't even think of looking on Facebook and Twitter to find clients. I just keep on learning more and more on WF. Thanks for the tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
    OhioWriter,

    You simply must get out of the IM niche if you want to start earning better money with more long term clients. They're out there. Here's a few examples:
    For more options, check out Tom Ewer at LeavingWorkBehind.com and search for his Freelance articles. He gives away info for free that he should absolutely be charging for!

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  • Profile picture of the author jbrownmarketing
    Your example shows that you can find a million ways to make money you just have to be willing to hustle. Like you said its a means to an end and you have to still be focused on your main goal.
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    Were you add to Yahoo
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    • Profile picture of the author Long Beach Nathan
      Originally Posted by OhioWriter View Post

      Either Long Beach, California all of a sudden became the most affordable city in the world, or you are the fastest (without sacrificing quality) writer ever. $10 per 1000 words is fast food working rates for someone in the USA.
      I take my time and make sure the article is up to par

      As far as my rates, I've tried to make them a little competitive. From what I've seen of my competition, I think my prices are reasonably affordable without being ridiculously low.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        Great post Bill and sounds like you've got a smart head on your shoulders. You are exactly right. If you have a service to offer there is someone out there that needs it and you can make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    yes, I will be back on yahoo shortly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    Also, facebook groups is a good source to find clients. Don't spam!
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  • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
    Great tips

    It is often that we onliners take our skills for granted, and alot of the offline world do not have a clue about how to do stuff we know and have learned everyday.

    Find a service/skill and market yourself!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Great insights on going out and finding prospects and potential buyers for your business. Plus, cool unconventional ways to make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZerosToHero
    Bill,

    I thought you were making good money submitting articles to EZA? Did the Panda Update hurt your business last year?
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
      Originally Posted by JamesAggie View Post

      Bill,

      I thought you were making good money submitting articles to EZA? Did the Panda Update hurt your business last year?
      Actually, I stopped submitting to EZA. I pursued something else. I'm not a fan of EZA anymore. I'd rather use Squidoo and my own blog or website.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamtoreality
    This is great advice. I have been working my ass off for the past few days writing 500 word articles for $2.43 a pop. My goal is to write 30 high quality articles to enable me to reach the required level where I can quadruple my pay. With only 2 more articles to go, this will soon turn into a reality. When this happens, I will be able to earn a decent hourly wage.

    Is it hard work? Of course it is. Is it fun? Well, I do enjoy writing, but at the moment I would not call it fun. I need money therefore I am prepared to work 10 hours a day to get it.

    The most important thing and what people repeatedly fail to do is take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author GrandmaSue
    Great advice. I've worked as a freelancer for a while for various clients, and I have learned a lot about internet marketing from doing this kind of work. I use my freelancing income to pay for my IM endeavors - but I also consider it a valuable learning experience in IM as well!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvinRivera
    Nice, that's the easiest way to have a cash fast. and don't just offer services blindly. train yourself to improve and you will find it easier to close deals with someone. everyone wants the most for every penny they spend so why not fulfill their needs.

    Cheers,
    Marvin
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