Here's what I did....some years ago!
I'm sitting in my favorite Barbershop Chair, getting a trim. The owner's name is "BUZZ" (Really) I ask Buzz "if he's doing OK"! He replies, "Ya...BUT....could be a LOT better!"
Buzz has a good following with 2 other barbers and a good-sized barbershop.
SO....as I'm looking straight ahead at his BLANK walls....a "Hot Flash" comes to me; "Hey Buzz!....what if I were to put 8 x 10 Framed Ads of local businesses....above the mirrors.....and PAY YOU to have them there?"
You kiddin' me? The guy went Ape!
He said, "Donny" (In my younger days I was called "Donny")....what are you talkin' about?"
I said, "Buzz....you have this great BLANK wall that 3 local consumers are STARING AT (he has 2 other barbers)....while you are cutting their hair...for 20 Minutes! They CAN'T MOVE THEIR EYES!....THEY CAN'T CHANGE THE CHANNEL!.....THEY MUST, STARE AT YOUR BLANK WALLS!
"Why don't you use those "Blank Walls" to produce INCOME for you?
Thus....I started my "Barbershop Bux" program.
What I did was ....make up a Demo Sample (I always made up a Demo of what I was selling, to show potential customers/clients) I bought some 8 x 10 (el cheapo frames) at Wally-World.....made up some "Demo Ads" and proceeded to show my Demo Samples to local biz owners.
Initially, I offered their Ad on the Walls of 5 Barbershops for $25/wk ($100/mo) I could fit 10 Ads across the Wall, above the mirror, so....10 Biz paying me $25/wk = $250/wk .....x 4 = $1,000 Per Month!
When I saw how this was proceeding, I then got another batch of 5 Barbershops to participate.
I offered to pay each Barbershop $5/mo per ad or....$50/mo for the 10 ads ... which brought my Net Profit down to $1,000 - 5 x $50 = $250 = $750 per Mo NET in my pockets.
I then was Netting $750 x 2 = $1500/mo....and, some of my Advertisers took BOTH batches of barbershops.
I wound up with 30 barbershops in 6 towns (5 per town) earning me $750 x 30 = $22,500 per Mo.
I then sold my biz to an "Ad Agency" who proceeded to muck it up and within a year they got so many biznesses ticked....they shut it down.
However....that does NOT mean YOU can't start this up in YOUR area!
Next time you go to your local barber.....take a look at what space is above the mirrors. Imagine some Framed Ads of Local biznesses mounted there ....then....imagine YOU.....making up some Samples and getting 10 local biz to pay YOU to have their ad in 5 local barbershops for $100/mo.
Just for the heck of it....at lunch today, Dec 19. 2013....I took a spin around to some local barbershops and.....guess what? EMPTY SPACE ABOVE THE MIRRORS!
So....why don't you who are reading this....consider giving this a try! It could make 2014 a Good Year for you!
Oopps.....the photos I was going to upload so you could see some of my Samples....are too big...so I will compress them and re-upload.