I Got a New Job

I Got a New Job

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I got a big announcement. It’s very big. I now have a new job. Psych! I had to stop that.

I couldn’t go that far. So, you want to start an online business and you don’t know where to start. You’re wondering what business model you should use. I think that’s the wrong approach. I think you need to look higher than what you should do and look into what you can do. Some of the things you can do, you may not have the money or the positioning or the connections to do it now, but you have to get on the path.

I was working with a client who over three years went from working on a job to building a million-dollar business. Most of that money came in the last 16 months. If they hadn’t started when they did, they would have never gotten to that 16th month where cash is just literally being thrown at them.

One of the problems that messes up a lot of people is they treat their online businesses as if it is going to be a softer version of an offline business. What I mean by that is they think they don’t have to work as hard. You have to work just as hard on your online business as you do on your offline business. That fact is throwing people. People think if it’s on the internet, it’s supposed to be a little bit slippery or easier.

Those days of just throwing up a website and making money on the internet ended a long time ago. You have to be crafty. You have to have a plan. You have to be progressive. You have to really, really think about some stuff. You can make money in virtually any niche if you have the right drive and determination.

It’s going to be real interesting in the next ten years. Many people have a good job. They have six-figure jobs. They are going to find themselves in a position where they have to do something like start a business or take over the company they work at. It’s just going to happen.

People want that job life where they get up in the morning, go to work, clock out and go have fun. It’s going to be real hard and real challenging for many people to have that kind of life when they have economic uncertainty. We live in a time where there are many emerging technologies. If you can be on the path of business development and ownership, you’ll see these technologies before other people. Typically, by the time something makes it down to the public, it could be six months to three years old.

I’ll give you an example. Years ago, there was this article in Inc. magazine. I can’t remember the gentleman’s name. He is the one that created the technology that allows you to touch a phone screen or computer screen and manipulate it. In the article, they were going on and on about how this was going to be revolutionary. It enabled the development of smart phones.

It was a billion-dollar idea. Let’s look at what happened. You have the iPhone. You have the iPad. You have computer with touch screens. It completely revolutionized how we interact with our devices.

Now if you were on the ground floor of that development, you would see they would need people to make glass and produce the technology. There were some many people necessary to launch that technology. If you had gotten in on the ground floor in the first two or three years, you would now be a billionaire.

However, if you weren’t in business and paying attention to business trends, you would not know. When I looked at it, it fascinated me more than it interested me. Based on the five businesses I had that failed, I’ve learned to stop doing stuff for money and do things you really want to do. I may not be passionate about something, but I may be intrigued with it. I’m very intrigued with video. I’m intrigued with storytelling. I have been most of my life. I’m a veracious reader and I love a good story. I’m very much in that lane. It will get me where I want to be.

For those of you who are still on the sidelines, I’m going to say something that’s probably not really popular. You would be better off starting a business now that you may not be jumping up and down with joy over and getting that expertise than waiting for the perfect business you are passionate about. When you do research for your business, invariably you’re going to find out about other advances. You’re going to find out about other things.

It’s just crazy. When you do research for your business, you find out about other businesses and all kinds of stuff. You’ve got to get in the game. You can’t continue to sit on the sideline. You can’t just wait for the right time. Sometimes you have to make the right time.

The big thing that is coming up is robotics or artificial intelligence. If you’re really “techie’ ask yourself what you can do that will be in line with those technologies. In the next ten years, I think you’re going to be able to buy your own robot. You’ll be able to have that in your house. You’ll be able to have an automated servant to do laundry, clean the floors, manipulate stairs, and all kinds of stuff you don’t want to do. It will probably cost $15K to maybe $30K and they’ll last maybe five to ten years.

A lot of people are going to be displaced because of that new technology. If you go ahead and prepare now and start to become part of the technological revolution, because the human element will figure in somehow, then you can position yourself to succeed. I don’t know how the human element will figure into this complete thing. I really don’t know.

I’m a little scared, but I am excited at the same time. It’s a very interesting dynamic. Start looking at what’s coming in the future.

One of the things that kills people is jumping on a trend when it has become pedestrian. You can still make money. You can still do well. But it’s not going to be the same as it is if you get in when it’s raw. When it’s raw is when other people don’t realize the potential. That’s when the opportunities are amazing.

You could become the thought leader. You could become the “Go To” guy when people need answers. That’s amazing stuff.

The future is bright if you choose to make it bright. It really is.

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Be Curious for Success Hustlers Mindset Philosophy

Be Curious for Success Hustlers Mindset Philosophy

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I’ve talked to a lot of people and read a lot of comments. People are looking for a sure thing. They are looking for a promise. They’re looking for a guarantee. They’re looking for something that is going to happen no matter what.

If people use that type of promise in their marketing literature, it’s really dangerous. I do make a guarantee, but it is a qualified guarantee. If you do the work, you will be successful; which is true. This is proven. This is what I do to make my business successful. I know it works. It’s worked for me and for other people.

Let’s look at ten people. Out of ten people, you have three people who are serious as hell. They’re ready. They say they’re ready and they will work from sunup to sundown. They say, “I’m going to make it happen.” Out of the other seven, four are “iffy.” They say they hate their job but they admit it pays the bills. They get vacation time and weekends off. But they admit, they feel dissatisfied. They are not happy.

Then the other three people are looking for miracles. They say things like, “I paid $29.99, I better get my money’s worth. I need to see some activity. I need to see some production.” “I should make at least $10K from that investment.” They say they want a return on their investment.

I’m dealing with ten distinct personalities, yet they all want the same guarantee. I give the qualified guarantee, and the top three are cool. The other seven feel cheated. They feel offended.

They are upset. They say things like, “You told me this was going to happen and it didn’t happen. I’m not happy.” You have this going on. You have this tug of war.

The reason I’m talking about this is because I am wondering, where is the intellectual curiosity? I was putting together courses and projects and I do a great deal of research. I found some parts of YouTube I never knew existed before. I got excited.

I didn’t know if it would work. But, it was exciting. I thought I can do this. I can try it. You have people who would say that’s not good enough.

Someone said the people with the most education make the most money. That is 100% true. Now what you have to ask is: what is education? When you have people who refuse to accept the truth, it just tells you they stopped learning.  

There is no such thing as educated. There is educating yourself on a continuing basis. If you look at all of the great research scientists, at the philosophers and the musicians, they never stop learning. There is no such thing as educated. The scale keeps sliding.

When you collect a great deal of knowledge, you start to formulate your own philosophy. You start to connect the dots. When you wait on others for validation versus validating yourself through action and accomplishment, it doesn’t work. When you validate yourself over and over again, then you are not waiting on others to validate you.

I’ve had all kinds of conversations with people from all over the world. The only people who have ever called me arrogant have shown signs of low self-esteem.  I never get that type of negativity when I’m dealing with other people who have pushed themselves.

You have to be curious in order to accept new ideas. If you can’t get what you want, the problem is you. It is important to analyze information and decide what is right for you.

Many people just follow the crowd and accept what others think they should have without question. But, it’s not what they really want. It is not satisfying because they are living life for other people.

I don’t live my life for other people. I live my life for me. That sounds very selfish and arrogant to someone who is living a low self-esteem life. Those people hate people like me, because I don’t give a fuck.

I don’t bow down to convention. Fuck convention. Convention is the reason people like me were enslaved and beaten at one point in time. That shit was legal because that was conventional thinking. That was the way of the land for a long time.

There was a time when a woman couldn’t work, couldn’t vote, couldn’t speak. That was conventional thinking for a certain period of time. What I am telling you is that just because something is conventional thinking does not mean it’s right. If you start looking at that stuff intellectually, you’ll see that shit is fucked up.

Conventional thinking is what fucked all of these kids with massive student loan debt. There are all of these people with education that can’t find a job. A degree sounds nice, but it means nothing to their economic base all too often. Until people start recognizing the facts and change their way of thinking, this will continue to happen. When there is so much change going on and you’re not curious, you’re missing out on 90% of the world.

Another thing I hear is that people don’t want to waste time. That is a valid concern. Time is a finite construction in your life as a human being. You don’t know how much time you have. That goes for anyone, even kids.

So many people learned new skillsets because they were curious. Many monetize those skillsets later. I started YouTube as a marketing arm based on my sales training. I knew I needed some way to market.

You have to give yourself permission to explore new things. When you give yourself permission, you get that God-like power associated with hiring. You just hired yourself to become better than you are. It’s scary for people. Change is scary. Change is like that 20-foot Big Foot that swallows your dreams every morning.

Chances are you will fail. Chances are you will go down some rabbit holes. Chances are you will do all this work and it won’t pan out. What you’re missing is that during that process you are building. You’re building a skill set. You may not have a use for it yet, but you’re building it. That is the power of being curious.

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Funding Your Startup – Money for Your Business

Funding Your Startup – Money for Your Business

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Today I got a lot of questions about how to get traffic. The real question is how to get money for your business. It’s all rooted in the same place. I’m going to tell you exactly what I do to get money for my business. It’s not as complicated as you think. It is more of a mindset shift than anything else.

Now. Let’s jump into this video. Okay, this is the mindset shift. You don’t have a money problem. You have an offer problem. If you’re struggling to get money or traffic, go back to what you are offering. I am the king of testing. I have put out so many offers.

Typically, if something doesn’t stick around for a long time, it wasn’t a good offer and I wasn’t getting any traction. I have learned to detach from projects, even when I like a product. If it doesn’t make sense, it won’t make money. What that means is if enough of you doubt that product and aren’t interested, then I know it’s not going to work. So, it’s not a money problem. It’s an offer problem.

Once again, this is about how to find money for your business, but it’s also about how to get traffic. Both of them are running on the same rails. Everything starts with your offer. When you have a very good offer, traffic is not a problem.

So, let’s talk about prostitutes. This is like freak economics, right? So, we have prostitute A who is young, firm and looks like the girl next door and is very sexy. Then we’ve got prostitute B who has been on the street for a long, long time and she just looks like a hot mess. They’re both on the corner. Now, who is going to get more money? The young girl, right?

They’re both on the same corner, right? They’re both exposed to the same traffic, right? You see where I’m going with this? It’s not a traffic situation, it’s an offer situation. If your offer is not hot, sexy and usable, it doesn’t matter how much traffic you’re exposed to, you’re still not going to make as much money as someone with a better offer.

So, it’s all about your offer and what you’re presenting to the public, because I have learned about the pain of putting together a booty offer. I really like the project, but you say, “G – I’m not really feeling it.” See, you’re the marketplace. You’re the ones that make decisions because I don’t care how much money I throw behind an offer. I don’t care how much sexiness I put behind an offer. If you say, “I’m not feeling that and I’m not opening my wallet,” then it’s not going to work out.

That’s one of the reasons I’ve cleaned up a lot of stuff. I’ve had some great offers out there, but the packaging was screwed up. So, packaging is important.

What’s at the heart of your pain, is you have to craft much better offers to get traffic and money. They’re both the same. Let’s say you need $2K, $5K or even $10K to get started because of the complexity of what you’re selling. Get a part-time job. Get two jobs. Have a garage sale. Have an estate sale. Sell something.

I’m going to tell you something you should do before you sell Grandma’s china. You’re going to have to make some sacrifices. It’s plain and simple. That’s the reality of it.

I urge you to make the money yourself. Don’t put it on your credit card. Actually, do some stuff to earn the money because it will make your decision-making process much better. I mean 1000% better.

Before you go sell Grandma’s china and have a garage sale, you need to find out if someone will pay you. You need proof of your concept. You have to vet what you’re doing. You’ve got to see if the marketplace has a need.

Sometimes the marketplace doesn’t know it needs your shit. Then you have that golden opportunity. I’ll give you an example. In the next five years, video is going to be everywhere. People don’t read. Video conveys so many more messages so much faster. You’re watching this video and you see me. You’re making judgments. You’re getting the nuances. You’re getting way more information much faster. This trend is not going to go backwards.

I know this. I know a lot of people are frustrated. They don’t know how to do video. There are a lot of companies that need video. That’s why I’m building an agency. Enough about me.

Now the third way to raise money is a presale. If you have proof of concept and you know it’s going to work, you say hey, I don’t have it yet but I’m going to have it in two weeks or a month or a year. That’s another way to raise money.

When you are putting together your offer, take out all the bells and the whistles and get it as skinny as possible and then build from that. Then you can get feedback from the marketplace to help you build from there. Many people struggle with video because of fear or equipment issues. It’s mostly fear, because you have seen some ugly mother fuckers here on YouTube with some big ass channels.

If your content is on point. If your information is on point, it doesn’t matter if you look like Big Foot. So, get over yourself and start doing video. Essentially, you’ve got to get on that offer. The offer solves everything. When you’re talking to investors, the offer is present. When you’re talking to clients, the offer is present. Wherever you go, it’s the offer.

If you think you have a money problem, you don’t have a money problem. You have an offer problem. If you have a traffic problem, once again it is an offer problem. So, get your offer really sexy and nice. Then approach the marketplace and you’ll see a big difference in how the marketplace responds to you.

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Finding Good Business Ideas that Work

Finding Good Business Ideas that Work

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In this video, I’m going to teach you how to find a good business idea. I’m going to give you a way to vet that business idea to make sure this is a profitable idea. Many of you want to start a business, but you don’t know where to start.

Before we jump into this, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. There are many people who seem to think that life on the internet is radically different than it is in real life. False assumption is one of the reasons you struggle making money online.

If you can’t sell your business model locally, it’s going to be very challenging to sell it online. Yesterday I was answering online comments and someone was asking about refund policies and all this other stuff. That’s the free information that is all over the internet. Any site that you want to place your stuff on has terms of service and rules of engagement. All of that stuff is on the site. You don’t even have to ask for that. If you’re going to do Shopify, eBay or Amazon. There are rules that are already there. You can Google that information.

Now this is what you do. If you have a product or a service, you need to find five to ten people and sell that product or service locally. If you can’t sell it locally, then you can’t sell it online. Now the internet allows you to have scale. That’s the beauty of the internet. It allows you to have reach. It does not magically turn a turd into a gold bar.

I’ve told a lot of ladies who want to sell purses to have a party and try to sell them first that way. They will say to me, “I just want to sell them on the internet.” They say, “I don’t want to talk to anybody.” If you have a really good product, that can work.

But to get proof that your business model is going to work requires you to talk to people. It’s less expensive. You get better information. You get information that your competition will not get because you know your customer much better. That is how you test whether your business idea is a good one.

I have people on this channel who have been in the “I want to start something mode” for one, two, three, four and five years. If you would just take whatever you want to do and put a group of people together, and present it to them; you will get so much information. Do that versus building a website, reading about terms of service and doing everything in your power to avoid getting the feedback you need.

The most important part of making money is getting the sale, learning about the customer, learning how the sales process works and learning if your idea is a turd. A lot of my ideas are turds. I euthanize ideas all the time. Sometimes an idea sounds good in my head, but the minute I put it out here; nobody’s interested. Nobody’s eating that cake.

To find out if your idea is good, talk to some people. Get out there and engage with the public. A lot of people don’t want to talk to people. As long as you’re scared, you can stay paralyzed the rest of your life.

Unlike many other internet people, I am not here to motivate your ass. If you’re not motivated by the chance to be more successful and happier, there is nothing I can offer you. My job here is to give you good information. If you apply it, you’ll make money. It’s that simple.

As long as you are trying to use these “working smart, not hard” methodologies, you’re not going to make any money in your business. You’re not going to get anything started. Now, I’m about to give you a secret here. How did I come online and start making money as a pure digital citizen that sells information services and courses? How did that happen?

I worked out here in the real word for a decade. I always made money online since 2000 with eBay and Amazon. To me that wasn’t a pure online system as compared to putting up your website and selling your products through that site. That’s pure online income.

Many people misunderstand me because they are full of fear. When I say you need to leave eBay or Amazon, what I’m saying is if you’ve never learned to make money purely on the internet you’re always going to be at their beck and call. Whenever they change something, you will be losing your mind. I see that all of the time.

Successful people, regardless of the platform, will be successful. To find a good business model, you are going to have to do some work. While you are small, you need to find out as much about your customer base as possible. I do a lot of testing and it pisses a lot of people off. People ask, “What’s this about?” I tell them, “It’s a test.” I want to know if a number of people want to buy this widget before I go into full production mode.

That’s what a good business person does. A lot of you seem to believe in unicorns. You think that you are going to just introduce something to the market and it’s going to be an absolute hit and you’re going to make a lot of money really fast.  You think you’re not going to have to work that hard. That mindset is holding many of you hostage.

Take whatever you have and scale it locally. After 10, 20, 30, or 40 customers; you’re good. You’re going to get a lot of information. Take that information and come online and then start to scale. Then, you still have to do testing online. That is how you are guaranteed to find a good business model.

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The Best Domain for your Blog – The Paid Blogger Pt 3

The Best Domain for your Blog – The Paid Blogger Pt 3

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I know you have this question. What should you name your blog? What should be the domain name? You’re going back and forth over all of that stuff. It’s not really bad to contemplate what you’re going to name your blog.

The problem is you’re going on and on and on, but you haven’t started your blog or named your blog. You’ve done nothing because you don’t know where to start. I’m going to help you with that.

The name of my first successful blog was UrbanPackRat.com. Take a moment and think about that. What does the name Urban Packrat conjure up? What do you see? You see rats and sewers and stuff. It’s not really a good image.

I named it Urban Packrat because I bought storage units. To me, it was about all these urban packrats that had all this stuff they didn’t need. It was just crowded. I made a blog on that. There were no keywords. There was nothing. There was none of the usual stuff. When the blog was really kicking, it was getting about 250K views per month. I did quite well financially.

What lesson can we learn from that? The name of your blog is important. Your domain is important. But, you are better off starting a blog with a jacked-up domain name than just starting the blog sometime in the future with this perfect name. That’s what many people want to do. They are looking for perfection. They are looking for the right name. They don’t want to waste any time.

This is what I want you to do if you’re thinking about starting a blog. Go out and get yourself a domain name tonight. Get yourself hosting. Just create your first starter blog. Write what you want to write.

This is the thing. All of this content is transferable. That’s right. You can move it to a new blog. You can have a totally new blog with new content. Once you get started, you start to create energy.

You don’t have to go crazy and do a blog post every day. That would be nice if you can. But, you don’t have to do that.

What you have to do is get started. Putting together a profitable blog is totally different than just putting together a blog. What you want to be is a paid blogger. You have a different approach to this because you don’t have to wait five years for it to pay off. Roughly, we’re looking at a matter of months to a year and a half or maybe two years at the most.

Realize you can change the name in the future if you want to, but you’ll have to get a new domain name. They’re pretty cheap. You can get one from 99 cents up to about $10. So, think about it, and if it doesn’t work out, you can start a brand-new blog anytime.

In the first few weeks, you’re not getting that much traffic. If you decide you don’t like the blog or domain name thirty days down the road, you can change it. If you develop some readership under one name and you decide to change it, you can take them with you.

When you put together your blog and you’re building this digital empire, you have to understand that it is a process. Say you’re thirty days down the road and you want to do something different, but if you’ve built your email list, in thirty days you could have anywhere from 10 people up to maybe a thousand depending upon what you’re doing. You could just say; the content is going to stay the same but we’re doing a name change. Then just send everybody on your list the new content from the new blog domain. That way, you can take them with you and you don’t have to be so paralyzed about perfection related to using the right name.

As you look for the best blog and domain name, understand you have some flexibility. Nothing is carved in stone. You can pretty much do what you want. But you need to get started. Get started today building something. Get started creating something.  

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Big Blog Income Starts with Big Ideas – The Paid Blogger PT 2

Big Blog Income Starts with Big Ideas – The Paid Blogger PT 2

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Big blog income is dependent upon big blog ideas. There are many people who want their blog to make a lot of money, but they haven’t thought about the concept, the idea or the audience. That’s how you end up writing a blog for four or five years and it makes no money. This happens all the time.

If you’re happy writing and producing content for the people that find your blog, that’s awesome. You don’t need to watch this video. If you’re frustrated and you want to build a blog that makes mortgage-paying money, then keep watching.

If you want to make a blog that makes money, you have to have a really big idea. I’m not talking about the subject matter. I’m talking about the format and the execution of your idea. Let’s say you have a blog about making paper dolls. Many people will say, there’s not a lot of money in that. Once again, the money is not in what you’re doing. The money is in the idea.

Uber, the largest transportation in the world, owns no transportation assets. So, why does Uber work? It works because of the idea. Work on building your big idea, and work on execution.

The recipe for making a profitable idea starts with your idea. When I speak of idea, I’m not talking about paper dolls or a fitness blog, I’m talking about the setup and format. I’ll give you an example. There are many people who will not read a blog from first post to last post if it is about 300 posts. They won’t do it. That’s too much work.

If you take the same posts and put them in a book, then more people will read the same exact material. That’s what I am talking about with the execution of your idea. You need structure and a format for what you’re doing.

I’ve been making content since 2009 for a digital world. One of the things I’ve learned is you don’t have to be everywhere and you don’t have to be on every social media platform. In some cases, if you do really well on one, that’s enough. I know that’s not what you’re hearing from others. People are being told they need to be everywhere.

Recently there was a development with Facebook video and I thought I’d go over there. It wasn’t happening.

The whole deal is with the creation of your content, that’s roughly 10% or 20% of success. It’s everywhere. Great videos and great courses for free are all over the place. But there is a group of people online who make a full-time income year after year and it’s because of the execution of their idea.

If you want to be a paid blogger, you have to think of your idea, get your execution together and take the following steps. When you come up with your idea, you need to think a year or two ahead. When you’re putting together your big idea, ask yourself, does it have longevity. Is it something you won’t get sick and tired of after a few months? That’s something people don’t want to talk about. Putting together content is 10 times as hard as consuming it.

If you want to be a paid blogger, you have to think from a strategic standpoint. Your big concept is more important than the topic. You can have blogger A and blogger B and they’re both talking about fitness, yet you have one that is making $250K and another one who barely makes enough to get their AdSense payment.

They’re talking about the same thing. It’s different ideas and a different execution and strategy. It’s all in the strategy. We live in a world where you can virtually talk about anything. There’s a niche for everyone. If you don’t believe me, sit back and try to think of something odd that comes to mind and go to Google and you’ll see there are a bunch of searches for that.

There’s always a niche or a tribe. The question is, will that niche pay you. You can work your ass off and make no money.

It was always my intention to make money from day one. It didn’t take me years and years and years. There are some people who actually think it is wrong to be paid. Get rid of that nonsense. Money is not bad. Money makes the world go around.

You can’t do your blog just for money. There has to be a bigger purpose that I talked about in part one. I’m going to break this down.

Let’s say you want to do a blog. I should warn you about what to expect. I started working on my blogs July 17, 2009. I did not see my first dollar until October, so it took four months. From what I’ve heard that is relatively quick. But in full disclosure, that was all I was doing.

I didn’t have a job and a lot of bills. I was able to devote all my waking hours to working on that. I was doing interviews to get information.

This can be big for you and can actually energize your life. The point I am trying to make is, you’re going to put in a lot of work and if you’re on purpose, it’s going to work out in ways you can’t foresee. That’s why purpose has to be your higher mission with money as a secondary goal. You’ve got to have a purpose that drives you or you will burn out.

If it’s only about the money, then the minute you get enough money to satisfy yourself, you’re going to stop working. You’re going to stop putting out content. It will just fall apart.

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How to Really Make Money with a Blog

How to Really Make Money with a Blog

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I came online looking for a way to make money. I didn’t want to sell a product because I was healing at the time from sheer exhaustion. I wanted to have something I could do whether I was sick or not. Let’s just take what happened to me last week. I couldn’t do anything except sit around and watch Netflix. That was it. My appetite did not disappear. So, I was eating and watching Netflix.

During that time, I still made money because of the way my business was set up. Now, why is that really important to you? Here’s my story. I got booted out of my life, so to speak, in 1999. I wasn’t working, so I lost a lot of stuff. I was in a bad place. I didn’t have any income.

The first time I got sick, it was 1994. I had walking pneumonia. I got behind on my bills and we had to move. So, getting sick and losing things has a lot of significance for me.

Last week, I got sick. The money still came in. Essentially, now I don’t lose shit if I get sick. All of my videos came about because of those negative experiences when I lost all my stuff when I was sick. I had to pawn shit. It was really depressing. So, I have a big issue with getting sick and losing stuff.

When I was sick and looking at stuff and reading comments, it kind of hit me that a lot of people don’t know how this thing works. If you Google, Making Money as a Blogger, you’ll see all types of stuff. It’s a massive amount of information and it can be an information overload. I didn’t do any of that stuff I read about, and I was able to create a living with a blog and a vlog.

That’s what a lot of the videos on this channel are. At its core, it’s content creation.  Even though a lot of people say to never start a blog for money, I started my blog for money. It was my core directive from day one.

Whenever I was doing something that did not make money, I got rid of it. I’m here to tell you that you can start a blog for money and it can work out. The thing is you have to have a purpose. My purpose is freedom. Someone asked me what keeps me motivated. I answered, “If I don’t do this, I’ll have to get a job.” That’s it. That’s my motivation. Once you figure out what your purpose is and what is going to keep you going as you build your digital empire, then you can have a lot of fun.

Now, let’s talk about the money. I started off with three blogs: Business Credit Mentor, Passionate Friday.com, and UrbanPackRat.com. Incidentally, my favorite blog was Passionate Friday. But I struggled, because I would write these long posts. Not a lot of people were interested in business credit like I was. I would spit out two or three blogs a day on UrbanPackRat.com because it was what I knew about. After doing that for years, it was easy to come up with content.

I realized I could create content for Urban Packrat so easily. I just stopped the other two blogs. Then I wrote a paid product and that’s how I made $62K in eleven months. The thing is: I didn’t know what I was doing.

A lot of people want to outsource the work of doing the blog. I am so glad I did it myself. Even if you just do it for a few months, it will give you the language and the knowledge to talk to your designer. It can be very tricky to communicate with a designer to have your vision come out. Whenever I work with designers, I sketch it out first and then send it to them.

You can hand draw it. It doesn’t have to be Picasso or a work of art, it just has to be legible so they understand your concept. When you go through the process of building this thing, it makes you much more powerful and creative with your content creation. I know everyone wants to hire someone in the Philippines or on Fiverr. But you need to do some of this yourself, at first.

There are two ways to get traffic to your blog. You can pay for it, or you can do SEO and get it organically which is going to take time. I mean weeks and months. If you pay for it, the traffic comes faster.

What people want to do is spend a lot of time on design. Design is important. You can spend thousands of dollars on an award-winning website but still not get that many views, topping out at maybe 1000 views a month. In comparison, my jacked up, self-made website was getting 250K hits per month at its height. It was ugly as shit. It’s not about design, it’s about getting traffic.

If the content is strong, people will read your blog.

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The Most Important Part of a Business

The Most Important Part of a Business

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Why don’t a lot of resellers make good bank? What’s the problem with that? I’ve been thinking about that.

I think the problem is a lack of self-esteem. Yes, low self-esteem is the problem. The reason a lot of sellers do not make bank is a refusal to move up the average cost of goods sold. That means you would have to spend more money.

What do I mean by that? You have to sell shit for more money. I want to make that really clear.

Number one – you have got to get over “smallitis.” Let me tell you what happened to me. When I started the storage auction game, I was buying stuff I could move in my car. I realized quickly, that was going to be a bitch.

I was limited by infrastructure. If you do not build up your infrastructure, You’re going to keep hitting that ceiling. It’s not that you don’t have enough money. It’s that you don’t think your business is that important. You don’t.

Now these are the steps for you to up your price. I’ll use my experience. I started off renting a U-Haul which was expensive. But, I had capacity in advance of profit. Without the capacity, you can’t get the profit. At one point, I had two trucks.

I saw this dude with a ponytail. We were up in Marietta. I remember I was on South Cobb Parkway. He bought this unit and when the door goes up, it looked shitty as hell, right? It was a big unit. Shit was falling all over the place. I back up because it is beyond my infrastructure. I watch ponytail and some other people go at it and the unit goes for $650. At that point, I thought they had lost their damn mind.

Later I found out ponytail made out like a bandit. Let me tell you what I missed because I had a lack of knowledge. There were three bedroom sets in there. You could see the headboard and the racks and all of this other stuff. There were three mattress sets. He sold one bedroom set and then it was all profit after that. He still had about 90% of the unit to sell.

This is one of the reasons I started to buy bigger units. Sometimes I lost my ass, but 80% of the time I won. So, there was an 80% win rate. I increased my capacity. If you’re just doing the small stuff, you are costing yourself money, because you will never increase your capacity.

Your infrastructure is like you transmission. Let’s just say you’re super smart and you picked up the game quick and you have money in your pocket. Let’s say you are a scared little bitch to go to that next level. You’ve got the money and the talent, but you never push forward. Then you see people like me, who didn’t know much, pass your ass. That’s when the hateful remarks start.

It’s all about pushing up. Once I became educated in the resale game, I would buy a unit and sell one or two things and make back the money I spent, then have all of this other stuff to sell for profit.

I jumped into this. The same thing happens in any business. If you do not increase your capacity, which might mean hiring employees. The other day on a live stream somebody ask me about their cleaning company. I told him to hire an employee now. At the time, he had only two accounts. Number one – he wasn’t used to the money yet. Number two – you want to take on the position of a manager.

The company may not pay you for a year or two. If you go ahead and invest the money back into the company and get to a certain size, then when you get ready to leave your job, there’s money for you. It’s there because you’ve built the asset.

If you want to make more money, you have to increase the price of the average products you’re selling. You can only get so far selling low priced products. When I did eBay, I had the same problem selling $20 and $30 items as I did selling $300 and $2000 items.

The higher priced items can be harder, because you have to have a certain reputation to sell that stuff online. Go to eBay and check it out. You’ll see people that only sell high-end items with great feedback. You have to specialize and become known for selling the higher-end items.

I am amazed at the number of people who want to sell a $100 course, but have never bought a $100 course. There are people selling $500 courses that have never bought a $500 course. If you want to be in the game, you must participate on both sides.

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Buying a House or Renting a House Wealth Game – The Truth and Something Way Different

Buying a House or Renting a House Wealth Game – The Truth and Something Way Different

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A lot of people are saying you should not buy a house, but you should be renting your house. Should you buy a house? Should you rent a house. Let’s talk about it.

Let’s say you have a million dollars. Instead of paying a million dollars for your house and owning it outright, you should take a little bit of that money and put it down on that house and rent it out. Get that income from that house, then use that income to pay for the house where you lay your head.

Now, here’s what’s wrong with that idea. The advice is good. The advice is sound. The thing is that it’s not applicable for most people. So, in many regards, this advice is worthless.

Let’s talk about why that advice is erroneous and it’s hustler’s porn. What do we know about the world? Everything is constantly changing. Let’s say you get that advice now and you want to use it two years from now, but then it doesn’t make sense.

So, you’re getting advice you can’t use. You’re getting advice you may not be able to use when you are ready to use it. Plus, you’re not doing anything right now where you are.

For a person that has the assets and is making that type of money, the advice is valid. For most people, it’s just mental masturbation. What if I get there one day. You’re all gassed up on hustler’s porn and you’re not getting any real information.

Let’s go ahead and discuss the question of whether you should rent or buy a house. I believe in abundance. Let’s say your name is John and you have a solid million dollars and you took $350K and paid off a house with cash. Then you took another $150K and paid off all of your debt. Then you put $400K in an IRA. You are a “paper millionaire.”

You converted that cash into assets. You’ll be able to retire and have a decent lifestyle. A lot of people think that would be stupid, believing it is smarter to put 900K into the market and to leverage your credit and interest rate. But what if you’re John and you’re 52 years old. Let’s say the field you are in is going to be taken over by technology and you are like 20 years away from retirement.

You’ve paid off your house and if you put that money in the market, you could have a very nice retirement. Now many people feel that information is stupid. They believe if you’re going to be financially smart, you need to have your money in the market. That’s where a lot of this stuff comes from. Most people don’t even have the money to play this game. So, it’s just stupid.

I’m going to give you the concept of a microbusiness. I worked with this client who had come into some money but who had no business experience. I told him to bank 95% of his money and we started some little businesses. We started a janitorial business and an errand service. There was one business that made $6K a month. He said before he inherited this money, he only made $3K a month.

This guy created seven microbusinesses that created about $30K a month. He lived on it. Then they slowly got into the real estate game as a hard money lender.

If you start a microbusiness, let’s say the income goal is $5K per month. It is not to take over the world. This business is only going to make 5K per month. That’s something you can create and it’s not going to take 40 hours a week. Once you get it built, then you create another microbusiness. Then you create another until you have three or four microbusinesses that do $2K to $5K per month.

Here’s the difference. All of that money does not go into a big pot. One business is for your mortgage. One business is for your investments. One business is for savings. So, you’ve got these little businesses. One of them will hit a homerun. This diversifies your income. You have a parent corporation and children corporations.

This month you could go out and create a microbusiness that makes anywhere from $1K to $3K a month easy. Here’s where most people go wrong. They want to turn that business into market domination. They want to be the biggest dog out there.

If you want to b uy a house, buy a house. I don’t agree with a lot of people on this. Set up a business. Don’t quit your job.

If you take $2K from your microbusiness and save it, then you’ll get in that house so easy. You can walk into the bank with your $24K after saving a year and your good credit and get that loan. You don’t have to do all of these wild ass schemes to get into a house. You’ll need 2 or 3 years of income proof to finance the house, unless you’re doing with from a private lender.

Like I said, if you want a house, get a house. Set up a microbusiness. Get your credit straight. Keep your job and then start another microbusiness. Get to the point where you have five to ten sources of income. If you have ten sources of income that do 2K a month, that’s 20K a month. You’re in the 1%.

Many people think becoming a millionaire is so easy because of all of this hustler porn. It’s dangerous because it’s creating these false narratives that getting a lot of money and becoming wealthy is easy. It’s not easy.

That’s the reason I did this video. So many people are worrying about this “house thing” before they make their first $1k per month. Get your money straight first. Stop looking at all this high-level finance that doesn’t apply to you. It’s pointless.

There is so much hustler porn out there that you have kids living in their parents’ basement who think they’re going to be a millionaire in three years. Most of them will not be out of that basement. That’s because hustler porn dictates you shouldn’t work hard.  

That whole house thing is rooted in being financially smart when you’re not even in the situation to apply that information, which is sad.

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How to Sell Your YouTube Videos The Good The Bad The Ugly

How to Sell Your YouTube Videos The Good The Bad The Ugly

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YouTube has come up with something really, really cool. It’s got a few issues, but over-all I think it’s a good idea. We’ll see what the future holds. What you can do is sell or rent your videos.

First of all. Let’s talk about what you need before you can start doing this. You need at least 1000 active subscribers. You need to be a confirmed YouTuber. Most of you have already done that. Then, you have to link your AdSense account.

But what’s funny is that’s not how you get paid and that’s not where the money goes. I’ll tell you about that later. But this is how you get into it.

I’ve already done it. You have to go to your creative studio and to your paid subscriptions. Then you will get this agreement. You should read through that to be sure there won’t be any problems. When you click on it, you’ll have to put in your name and your company name and all that stuff.

On the paid subscriptions page, be sure not to click the red block or it will unsubscribe everybody from your channel and they will have to re-subscribe for it to be a paid channel. So, your better option is to create a new one.

Now, let’s get into the really interesting part of this. I love YouTube, but it would have been really cool if there was a handbook. I started experimenting. Let’s go to how this thing looks. There is a review process that is 24 to maybe 72 hours. There is a playlist. When you go to play one, you’ll either see this video is available or this video is being reviewed.

When you go in to make a video paid, you will hit monetization, then you can click on rent or purchase. This is the other thing that is real interesting. For every region, you have to make an offer in all of these currencies. I selected the UK and the US because that is where 90% all my views are coming from. What I am going to do is create a special tab in my Gumroad account where people can buy a collection of videos.

Once you select the purchase option, it is forever and ever. It’s awesome. I see myself just using the purchase option. Once you purchase it, it is yours forever. You can’t delete it or change any of the stuff that goes along with that video. It’s pretty simple.

If you want to sell in a lot of countries, it gets a little tricky. What you’ll have to do is go to Google currency translator and translate all the currency into the prices you potentially want. If you see one you want to buy, just send me an email and I will go ahead and make the adjustment.

Now, let’s talk about that. I haven’t done it yet, but I have the feeling that once you make the adjustment, you will have to go through the review process all over again. That’s what I think is going to happen. That may not be true, but govern yourself accordingly. That is how you create the paid videos.

What’s really cool about this is I’ve got one approved and essentially how people will pay for this is through Google wallet. Now this is where it gets really, really interesting. At first, I didn’t know where the money was going. There is a two to three-day lag from time of purchase to it showing up.

Let’s talk about the video that was approved. I believe one of the reasons this was approved so fast is because it was a Google hangout video. Once it converted, I turned it into a paid video. It was really quick compared to the other ones which I am still waiting on.

Going back to the bad. Once you do this, it’s going to turn it into a publicly announced video. When you turn one of your videos into a paid video, the minute that you do that process, it’s going to shoot out an email to all your subscribers. Then when they come to that video, they can’t see it and they get this weird message. That pisses people off.

I’m one of those people who are not risk adverse. I can deal with the dislikes and stuff until this improves, because I think the potential for this is massive. And when I say massive, I am talking massive massive. Say you are a YouTuber, right. And you have 100,000 views per month. If you can convert 1000 of those views into 99 cent paying customers. Let’s just crank it down even more, let’s say if you can convert .5% of that 100,000 to paying customers, that’s $500. For many of you in that range, that’s equal to or greater than your AdSense.

I’m going to stick with this program, because I think the upside is massive. Let’s say you have a $3 product. And you take 1000 people out of your 100,000, that’s $3000 dollars. This is doable. That’s kicking AdSense in the ass all day long. If you’re a creator, I suggest you experiment with this during the summer. If you’ve been on YouTube for any time at all, you know that sometimes your views will dip during the summer.

If you can get things going in the summer, it is just going to get better and better in the fall. That’s been my experience my last six years. That’s the good. That’s the bad. That’s the ugly. I think the potential is incredibly massive because I have almost 1000 videos you can see and I have another 276 that are private. I think there are about 100 I can put under this tab. I just converted a bunch and I will continue to do that once this batch gets approved and I get more feedback.

I’ve always made more money selling products than with AdSense. AdSense has been nice. But once it was opened up to everybody, it got to be less and less money. I even took the ads off my videos at one point, because it didn’t make any sense.

But this makes a lot of sense. What would you sell? It would have to be a “How To” or an educational video. Say you do a review on a brand-new camera. Then maybe you have that camera for six months or so and you know all the quirks and stuff, then you create the Insider’s Guide for like $5 or $10. It will sell because it’s like a cheat sheet so they won’t have to spend six months learning it on their own. People will pay money for that type of information because it makes their life easier.

I don’t know how this would work for people doing entertainment channels. If you are a review channel or a “How To” channel, this will kick AdSense in the ass.

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