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How-to Pull $2965 Out of Thin Air!

By on August 8, 2017

About 3 weeks ago I challenged myself to see how much extra money I could pull off of Facebook without running a single, solitary Facebook ad. Not that Facebook ads are bad or anything, but I was curious to see if I could do it. (This is what happens when you don’t have any hobbies.)

So, I set out to see what I could dig up using nothing but my ability to create content and an open mind to new opportunity.

Almost $3000 dollars later I was thrilled with the results!

Here’s what happened:

1. CREATE A VIDEO AD = $200

I love videos. I love to shoot them, edit them, post them, and watch people enjoy them. So I started to post some of my favorite and best performing videos in some commerce groups. It worked! People started connecting with them and reaching out to me.

“Loved your video! How did you do it?”

“This video rocked! Outstanding!”

“Could you make a video like this for my product?”

BINGO…after a quick back-and-forth on messenger I negotiated a price of $200 for a 20-second ad. (I could have easily charged more, but I was proving a point, not trying to buy a Ferrari.)

Before I knew it, $200 had appeared in my PayPal account. Again, right out of thin air! It was working…

2. PICK MY BRAIN FOR 20 MINUTES = $250

Ever have somebody ask to “pick your brain?” I get it a lot. “Hey, can I buy you a cup of coffee and pick your brain for an hour or so?”

Now don’t get me wrong, I would do pretty much anything for a good cup of coffee. But letting people pick my brain all the time is time-consuming.

Plus, It’s not really fair to me, them, or other people who I work with. I have accumulated a ton of knowledge that is actually quite valuable and that OTHER people pay me quite a bit of money for.

I have clients who pay me thousands and fly me all over the world to present keynotes and training presentations at their conferences and events.

They pay me to share what I know about publicity, marketing, and social media success with their attendees.

I have clients who pay me thousands to work with them 1-on-1 to create business ideas and viral campaigns to boost their bottom lines.

Is it fair to them for me to give you a portion of my time, and the same information, to somebody else for a $5 cup of coffee? (And perhaps a scone?)

Nope. So last time somebody asked to pick my brain I told them I would schedule a 20-30 minute “Brain-Picking Session” for $250. They gladly accepted.

If you think about, most people are inundated with high-ticket coaching offers for $5000+! And some don’t need months of coaching. They just need someone to give them honest feedback once in awhile. So it was a win-win

Seriously, I did the call on my way home from work. Traffic isn’t quite so bad when you know you’re making $250 while you’re stuck in it.

3. CREATE LONG FORM SALES VIDEO = $1315

While cruising around one of my favorite eCommerce groups, I stumbled on a guy who needed help voicing and creating a long form sales video.

“What’s your budget for the project?” I asked.

“$1500 USD.” He replied.
“Oh.” I shot back. “I can absolutely deliver it for you at that price.”

Holy cow! Here was a $1500 project just sitting out there in the open waiting for someone to grab it. No advertising needed. No phone calls necessary. Just a quick back and forth on messenger. There was only one snag…

“We need a female voiceover, not a male.”

No problem. I headed to UPWORK and found an amazing female voice over talent who was totally up for the job. Cost to me… $185. Total profit: $1385.00.

4. WRITE 8 EMAILS = $450

While I was on UPWORK hiring the female voice-over artist for the above project, I stumbled upon a posting for someone who needed 8 emails written for a project launch.

I have written THOUSANDS of emails. And also blog posts, and podcasts, and radio scripts, and rap songs, and yadda…yadda…yadda….

So I applied. I used my Facebook page as a reference for some of my writing samples and the woman who posted the job responded almost immediately!

“I love your Facebook posts! If you can get my emails to sound like those I’ll be thrilled!”

24 hours later she had 8 emails for her launch and I had $450 in my account.

BUT THAT’S NOT EVEN THE MOST EXCITING PART…

5. WRITE 3 EMAILS FOR A MAJOR GURU = $750

Not only did my new client from UPWORK have her own awesome project, but she works full-time for a HUGE Internet Marketer who routinely creates and executes 1 and 2 MILLION DOLLAR launches.

Guess what?

He needed emails too! We agreed that I would write one for $250 to see if we were w good fit. We were…like a glove! (It helped that I was a total fangirl of this guy so I knew his product, his market, and his voice really well.)

We are on email number three and I know there is more to come!

SO…

The moral of this story is, there is money EVERYWHERE! Facebook is full of people with problems, wants, needs, desires…help them!

Read between the lines.

Most of the time, when people are in Facebook groups asking for help with a particular project, what they really mean is…
“Do this for me! I will pay someone to do this for me!”

That someone could be you…

You Can Sell ANYTHING Online…Literally ANYTHING!

By on August 6, 2017

I love bizarre and interesting stories of people who create crazy and unbelievable businesses.

You know, people who just sort of “fall” into success.

One of my favorite stories is the story of Linda Katz an “Accidental Internet Entrepreneur.”

Back in 1994 Linda wanted to learn how-to set up a website so she could share photos with her family members who lived all over the country.

Linda herself lived on a farm in rural Kansas. Not many people lived around her…ever fewer came to visit.

So a website seemed like the best way to keep in touch.

Linda enrolled in a local community college course for basic HTML and website construction. It was more of a business course, so many of the lessons included E-commerce.

Her final exam was to build a simple online store with a product and a shopping cart and everything businesses need to do take orders online.

Well, poor Linda didn’t have a product or a business. She just wanted to share photos with her family members. She wasn’t looking totter a profit. But she wanted to pass her class. So she had to come up with something.

Just then, Linda looked up from her computer. She peered out her kitchen window and into the Kansas prairie. There wasn’t much to see, just grass, and sky, and the occasional tumbleweed rolling by.

Tumbleweeds.

Tumbleweeds.

That was it.

Linda spent the next few days working on a REAL site for her FAKE business “Prarie Tumbleweed Farms.” It was a truly basic website with just two or three photos and an order page.

She offered two sizes: Small for $15 and Large for $25. She set-up her cart, her payment processor, submitted it to her professor and went to bed.

The next day something ridiculous happened.

She got an order.

At first, she thought it was a mistake, but soon she realized somebody actually visited her website, saw her tumbleweeds, and ordered one.

Linda wasn’t sure what to do, but feeling obligated to deliver on her promise she walked outside, grabbed a tumbleweed, boxed it up, and took it to the post office.

By the time she returned, more orders were waiting for her. People were clamoring for tumbleweeds! Talk about a niche product!

Soon she was shipping all over the world. Hollywood came calling and Linda’s tumbleweeds showed up in blockbuster action movies and TV shows.

Ralph Lauren ordered tumbleweeds from Linda for a fashion show and photo shoot.

Even NASA became a customer when they were building the Mars Rover. They needed tumbleweeds to study rolling pattern and trajectories.

It wasn’t long before Linda’s fake business was making REAL money. $50,000 worth of tumbleweeds sold in her first year.

$50,000 selling dry, dead, crusty old tumbleweeds online.

Think about this: If a woman from Kansas can accidentally sell $50,000 worth of tumbleweeds, imagine what you could do if you actually tried!