The company was a "party rental" store. Tents, tables and chairs, that sort of thing. I had done some consulting for them in the past. The guy who owns it is about one of the biggest jerks I've met, but what can you do.
Unfortunately for them, they had a break in and someone stole all of their computers and equipment. They had no idea how to recover from the theft, and so decided to close their doors. He called me and let me know that he was shutting his doors.
But, here's the kicker, he still had some assets that were worth something. He had a website prominent on the Google Maps and #1 organically for most of his searches as well as a full page yellow pages ad.
So, what I offered to do is pay him $1k for the phone number and the website. He was MORE than happy to take it.
Then I contacted his closest competitor and did a lead generation agreement with him. For $80 per phone call generated. The phone number rings directly to his main business line now. We're generating on average 40 phone calls per month. $3,200/mo for nothing more than just putting a deal together. The party rental company is thrilled, their average order is for close to $2,000.
The next one was someone told me they tried to call a computer company to get their computer fixed and they were out of business. Hmmmmm...... I found a company generating 55 calls per week for computer repair business and they weren't even bothering to answer their phones anymore. I sold that stream of calls for $19 per call to a competitor.
You can find these companies pretty easily. Just get an outsourcer to go through a service category and call all the companies in the yellow pages, and make a list of the ones whose phone is disconnected, etc. You can get a list of eviction filings from the county, etc.
Anyway, it's sort of offline consulting, although more of a JV thing than anything else. This has more to do with Jay Abraham than anything else.
Might give you guys a few ideas about how to make some "bones".