What if you approached a business owner and pitched that too them. You told them that you are willing to work for free until they actually make money off of what you are doing. If you are confident in what you are doing then this shouldn't be a problem.
There is very little downside for the business owner since you are only making money if they make money. For you it is a lot of work up front, but the upside potential is massive.
For example, let's say that you are very good at direct mail and you know that business owners think direct mail is dead. You approach a plastic surgeon whose average sale is $5,000 and $4,000 (made up numbers) of that is net profit. They don't want to do a direct mail campaign, but you know they could get a pile of new clients by doing this. You guys agree that for each new sale you bring them you'll get 25% of net or in this case $1,000. So you set up everything and do the mailing. Of course everything is closely tracked so that you can record the results.
Out of this mailing the Surgeon gets 5 new clients which makes you $5,000 minus your cost to set up the mailing. Now what if he got 10 or 15 new clients?
Of course, this needs to be done for businesses with a high unit of sale. This would be a lot harder to do for bowling alley or movie theatre. Now imagine you could do this for a company with an average sale of $20k. It doesn't take many of these deals to start making very good money.
I wanted to give you guys another idea of how to use the talents that we have at our disposal. There are many other ways to make money than your standard monthly SEO contract.
Hope this gives you some ideas to go out and make a pile of money!