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Old April 9, 2012, 04:56 AM
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Default Re: This Is What I Would Do To Make $500 In A Day or Two...

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My friend has sold as many as 14 laptops in one day and averages selling 6 laptops a day, so I know for fact this money making idea is gold and works.

To your success,

Martin

Very interesting. Main problem (for doing this more than once) is finding a large recycling center that you can get 6 computers a day from, me guessing of course.

I've never been to a recycling center; are these $50 computers advertised to the average person who walks in off the street, or do you have to ask?

I just searched for a recycling center; I found one in Nashville that says their refurb computers start at $90, but that's not what you're talking about. (here's the flyer if it matters: ww w.advancedcomputerrecyclingnashville.com/images/ACR%20flyer.pdf)

I may just have to look into this.
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:11 AM
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Default Re: Sowpub Brainstorming session...500 bux a day....HOW...IF...

As for the OP, I'm planning on restoring headlights at large truckstops. Maybe $500/day if I stay their forever, but still feasible.

In fact, once I get comfortable restoring headlights and working at larger truckstops (travelcenters/whatever they're called now), I have seriously considered slowly traveling the country, paid for my stopping at truck stops and maybe locations mentioned in the Boz's and Gordan's book.

I stumbled across a 70 year old guy on a forum that travels the country in a RV and cleans headlights at truckstops. He does it a different way than the Boz (although I'm not sure exactly how); it takes him 30 minutes and he charges $25. Even so, he says he usually makes $250 and has indeed made $500+ in a day.

Of course, most towns of 25k don't have large truck stops, but that's just a part of it. Very obviously, none of this is originally from me and most here already know about it; I'm just posting this for the lurkers like me.
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Old April 9, 2012, 07:56 AM
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Default The Purpose of Brainstorming Is To Generate MANY ideas No matter how crazy. Here's 25

Hi Gordon,

Since A Brainstorm Session MUST have MULTIPLE ideas no matter how crazy. This May Spark some additional ideas for anybody reading this.

Note. There is NO real editing here. Since this is just an IDEA generating stage. CRAZY, Out of the Matrix ideas are welcome here.

You can always FILTER OUT/EDIT. At a later stage. NOT during the Idea generation phase.

That said, here's a quick 10 minute idea generation I did:


- Set up a 24/hr $500 Info/Coaching program on Ebay. Costs nothing and you may make a sale. (Use a Paypal Debit Card to withdraw funds immediately
if in the U.S)

- Do a CRAZY OFFER of any kind on EBAY or ANY SITE where you get paid via Paypal. (the bottle neck is just the Debit Card. Get that and you can get cash same day)

- Brainstorm $1000-$5000 a day ideas, then partner with somebody else and take half. THINK BIGGER!

- AIM for ONE STEP transaction. i.e ONE Transaction at $500 since time is limited

- Chattel: Find 5 items on Craiglist/Kijji/Classified that you can "Low ball" and so that your profit is built in. e.g if I have a $5000 float, you can do this with Ipads etc. 5 ipads x $100 = $500 bux

- Walk into a store and help them sell their excess inventory/service

- Rob a bank :-> (not recommended but NO editing)

- Get a $500 loan from a bank/ Credit card and take a cash advance

- Do a Service business for homes that nobody wants do. or is YUCKY. i.e Gutter Cleaning

- Sponsorship: of your roving V.W Camper Tour. Turn it into a walking advertisement

- The "Best Of" website e.g thebestofinserttownhere.com Rank it high for each town, then send out an email to competing businesses tell of their spot/they've been selected. Make it a competition for only ONE kind of each business. Make sure ranking is already there for keyword phrase.

- Maybe a Traveling Unique Garage Sale that comes to town? e.g like a travelling circus

- Hold a seminar on a relevant topic e.g How to write a book fast. Sell course for $99 bux in back of room. Get local library to promote it (A guy did this in Toronto) he sold at least 5 that evening.
and YES one was to me

- Work out a CRAZY SUMMER CLEANUP COMBO DEAL with local contractors. Then go door to door to sell it. Make it fund raiser for local schools and get kids to sell it??

- Gambling? Casino? Poker, blackjack, horse racing? Maybe you have skills here

- Partner with ANY sales person and get them to pay you for hot leads. E.g Mortgage broker. You advertise uniquely e.g via web/with signs and qualify the buyers. Get Realtor to service them

- Find any business. Work out an Offer or One day sale. Telemarket to their existing clientele informing them of the END OF DAY/ONE DAY sale with a reason why. You take a cut

- Do Art work of the city, Or Arial Photography of the city and sell for $20 at a local store. People will buy to see a picture of their house (Think Don Alm mentioned this before)

- Find free stuff and resell on Craigslist etc.

- One day ONLY sale of service e.g $50 lawn care for the entire summer today only. Go door to door you split with lawn-care company. Get local kids/students to do this?

- Sell Cookies, Get kids to sell cookies or pies door to door.

- PRIVATE golf lessons, with your proprietary blah blah blah system. $100/hour only 5 people per city

- Buy up/lowball all the stuff in the small community. Travel to a nearby bigger city in the and resell stuff there

- Service: Clear Gutters or any other job that NOBODY wants to do themselves.

O.K Time. Hmm about 25 ideas. CRAP! I'm rusty lol

The next phase would be to CLARIFY the CRITERIA and EVALUATE these ideas and see which ones are feasible for YOU to implement.

Hope To See Some MORE IDEAS! Anyone of these could be "FLESHED OUT" with details later.

Cheers

Duane Adolph

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you're going to sell, be it a service or a product.

Think of being in a VW Camper Van. You could pull a small trailer, lightly loaded.

You have a phone. Computer.

You CAN call ahead or SEND a letter ahead of your arrival.

You CAN have a website.

So, that broadens the ideas, right?

Gordon
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Old April 9, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Default Re: Yes, you have a phone, a car or van...gas money...and whatever it is

So time is a constraint. That means.

1. You can't sell products or services that requires people to think a lot to make a decision.

2. You can't sell products or services that take time to deliver. At most, delivery needs to happen within 2 hours. At best, you sell someone else's products. You earn the commission for the sale. (In which, the sales price has to be a lot more than $500.)

3. The more sales pitch you have to make, the more time it takes. So you have to focus on either:
1 quick sale with $500 profit.
10 quick sales with $50 profit.
More than that is just too time consuming.

Keeping these constraints in mind, I would focus on 1 of 2 things.

1. Teach. 10 students paying $75 a head for a 2 hour workshop on a particular topic.

2. Sell someone else's service. Where you can ask the buyer to pay in installments - and you get to keep the first installment payment as commission.

The process is simple:
1. Find a hungry crowd.
2. Make your pitch to them.
3. Make the sale and deliver.

Example:
Selling local SEO services.

1. Find the local yellow pages or newspaper. Make a list of 10 advertisers who already have a URL.

2. Find a company who sells local SEO optimization packages for $2000 or so. Ask them if they will pay you $500 per sale commission. Get their work history and portfolio and proof.

3. Approach the businesses in list 1. And start pitching.

Example 2:

1. Pick up a hot topic. Stock trading. Losing weight. Beating procrastination and improving productivity. Formulating a book / script / novel. Learning how to read music in 2 hours.

2. Find a place to pitch the workshop. A company. An institute. A fraternity. Religious organization. Make an offer: $75 per person. Learn ____ in 2 hours. Free dinner.

If you can call people before hand, then hire someone to make the sales calls before you reach the town - and get people to pre-order their seats. Book 10 people before you reach the town. (Or 1 company who can send 10+ employees.)

3. Find a place where you can hold the workshop for 2 hours. A local diner would allow because you'll be paying them for your guests dinner. Or else, a library. Or an open park. Or a room in someone's office. Or a class room in the local school.

4. Deliver the workshop.
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Old April 9, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Default Re: This Is What I Would Do To Make $500 In A Day or Two...

Martin...

And Company! ...

Also... Expand the idea into {Even Much} more Technology Tools, Toys, Whistles, Buying, Selling & Trade-ins, Trading, and Other Wheeling and Dealing Opportunities Too!

Spin Around what Other misc. Concepts might Also Be Doing out There in Internet Land...

Including Wheeling, Dealing and ''Investigating'' with Competitors too...

''Refurburation'' related business models and ideas Always, Just Like with Any other business ''Require'' Ongoing Testing and More Testing on Pricing...

Too Low or Too High, you just Never Know How Much You Just Might Be Missing! ...
http://www.google.com/search?q=http%...GTiQKYtL TrAg

Always Ask & Dig Around... Maybe Even... Considering Brokering with and ToGether with Other misc. Retailers who just Might be interested in Bartering Space for Ideas, A little Commission Percentage % or A XMAS Gift in Exchange for Your Knowledge etc. etc...

Sometimes All it Takes is A Little {Smoozing}, A Hug! ... Here & there, Some Smart Networking and You've Got A Deal with Free Space and Ideas, for More Money Making Connections...

Just A few Additional Things To Think about...

All the Best...

Phil
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Old April 9, 2012, 09:18 AM
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Default Re: Yes, you have a phone, a car or van...gas money...and whatever it is

Add the Following...

SowPub [archived] thread into the Mix of Misc. related ideas...
http://www.google.com/search?q=site%...vciQLUxv z0Ag

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So time is a constraint. That means.

1. You can't sell products or services that requires people to think a lot to make a decision.

2. You can't sell products or services that take time to deliver. At most, delivery needs to happen within 2 hours. At best, you sell someone else's products. You earn the commission for the sale. (In which, the sales price has to be a lot more than $500.)

3. The more sales pitch you have to make, the more time it takes. So you have to focus on either:
1 quick sale with $500 profit.
10 quick sales with $50 profit.
More than that is just too time consuming.

Keeping these constraints in mind, I would focus on 1 of 2 things.

1. Teach. 10 students paying $75 a head for a 2 hour workshop on a particular topic.

2. Sell someone else's service. Where you can ask the buyer to pay in installments - and you get to keep the first installment payment as commission.

The process is simple:
1. Find a hungry crowd.
2. Make your pitch to them.
3. Make the sale and deliver.

Example:
Selling local SEO services.

1. Find the local yellow pages or newspaper. Make a list of 10 advertisers who already have a URL.

2. Find a company who sells local SEO optimization packages for $2000 or so. Ask them if they will pay you $500 per sale commission. Get their work history and portfolio and proof.

3. Approach the businesses in list 1. And start pitching.

Example 2:

1. Pick up a hot topic. Stock trading. Losing weight. Beating procrastination and improving productivity. Formulating a book / script / novel. Learning how to read music in 2 hours.

2. Find a place to pitch the workshop. A company. An institute. A fraternity. Religious organization. Make an offer: $75 per person. Learn ____ in 2 hours. Free dinner.

If you can call people before hand, then hire someone to make the sales calls before you reach the town - and get people to pre-order their seats. Book 10 people before you reach the town. (Or 1 company who can send 10+ employees.)

3. Find a place where you can hold the workshop for 2 hours. A local diner would allow because you'll be paying them for your guests dinner. Or else, a library. Or an open park. Or a room in someone's office. Or a class room in the local school.

4. Deliver the workshop.
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Old April 9, 2012, 10:44 AM
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Default What, no PORN?????

Thanks Duane, you are right about brainstorming.

Anything goes.

Bubba Watson won the Masters Golf Tournament with an impossible shot which no one even imagined except Bubba, gotta love that guy.

Which made me come up with these:

Become the next Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton...I'll video you having sex and help it go viral...only 1k bux. Free ads on craigslist.

Get me a pretty girl, hit the truckstops, I do headlights, she does truckers. EZ money.

Hit the college Frat house, sell porn on a stick, 50 bux each...find the football dorm...locate the defensive tackle...sell him 20 jump drives for 24 each, he doubles his money...selling to the team. (Beats selling dope, although you didn't mention that one either).

Do sex toy parties...by invite only (have to set up on craigslist in advance)...

Teach sex. Most guys have their BS in the subject.

Sex, drugs and rock and roll...sell posters of the 60s-70s and stoner videos on VHS, sell vhs machines you find at thrift stores for 2 bux...frats can throw a toga party (if you need to ask, you're too dang young)...

So, even with these anything goes ideas, by throwing a ho bunch of mud at the wall, maybe some of it will combine into a doable idea.

Or it could be uterine nonsense...

gja

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Old April 9, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Default How to pick up women in Austin (your town here)

It's known as the PUA market, Pick Up Artist.

Guys spend hundreds and into the thousands of dollars to learn how to meet and bed women.

One day seminar for 4 guys, 125 ea. Morning spent learning some technique, lunch in the real world practicing, afternoon evaluation, video their "lines"...

wish them well and good luck. On to next town. Maybe offer a weeked seminar and get 10 or more guys. Existing market.

And any type of "training", personal development type thing.

One day workshops, already an established marketplace, ads on craigslist...or find a local "sponsor" who hosts the event, for a cut.

Teach 5 people how to sell advertising, pizza cards, mobile marketing...charge 200 each... no web development, no doing it, no taking time to create something...sell your KNOWLEDGE to other's who want to learn how. Isn't that what many of you are doing anyhow? Do the same thing in front of a LIVE audience.

Keep em coming boys and girls. We'll find some golden needles in this haystack, I'm sure.

Gordon
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Old April 9, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Default Arbitrage

Here's an idea that requires some prepping before you "fall off the plane" but the payoff can be more than $500 per day.

1. Scan ebay completed listings for SOLD products with high demand (e.g. baby clothes, craftsman tools, snap-on tools, Ink/toner cartridges).

2. Create a list of 5 specific items (e.g. HP 49x toner cartridge)

3. Find out who is buying these items. This is difficult because ebay hides the bidder's identity but it's not impossible. Find bidders who are dealers, meaning who are buying multiple or large quantities of the product you're researching (This is easy to do once you've uncovered the bidder's identity)

4. Contact the buyer(s) using ebay's Contact Seller option and tell them you can supply xx item on an ongoing basis and you're looking for best offers. Some will ignore you while others will get back to you with the price they're willing to pay.

Now that you have a buyer (or buyers) and know the price they're willing to pay, the last step is to find the item at a lower price and resell it to these guys. Once you establish a relationship with these buyers, you can bypass ebay (not recommending this because it's against ebay policy).

5. So as a final step, when you are "dropped from the plane" you can spend the morning buying items for a low price from the people of the 'town' and then in the afternoon, send an invoice to the buyer, collect the money and ship the items.

I am currently doing this for a couple of products that I won't disclose here but there are some days when I make more than $500 per day and others when I'll make close to $100. The important thing is to find a buyer first so you don't have to hold any inventory.

btw...the balloon distribution business is still my main business and it's doing very well but this is a great side business and I can decide how much time I want to devote to it per day.

-Samir
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Old April 9, 2012, 10:34 PM
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Default Buzzworthy: This Vibrator From 1906 Could Have Been In Your Great-Grandma's Closet :)

Gordon's...

Youth! ... Must be Popping back Up into Life here Once Again, with these [Brainstorming] sessions... Everything Goes! ...

Since... I'm Guessing and Hoping...

Gordon last post Awhile back on a related Topic... Got ''Zapped'' by A few and Disappeared fairly Quickly! ...

So, if this particular Topic(s) At All interests Some, You etc. etc... Do A Quick Copy & Paste before [Certain Parts] of this thread Disappear and Meet Everyone's Standards which I'm sure we Can All Respect if Really necessary...

The Brainstorming Doors have Now been Open To just About Anything & Everything...

Heard about This very interesting ''New Museum'' opening Up in SF the other Day in A Particularly {HOT AND STEAMY} Money making, Revenue Generation related Specialty, Specialized Niche Spinners...
http://www.google.com/search?q=Buzzw...DKmfiALitdnYBQ

And A misc. (related} Blast from the Past...

It's Time has Always been Ready for This, more than Needed Servicing idea...

Comes with A very Easy Marketplace and Customer base Tie-in... To Service it well... So Service it and the Health & Wellness industry well...

A/The ''Smart'' method in my Opinion, of Simply Getting into the Educational line of businesses, ideas with Social media, Almost Guaranteed connections...

Misc. Specialized Training, Health related Information and All Kinds of, Especially... Exciting! ... Seminars can be Developed into the business model with very little Convincing and Lots of Upselling & Ongoing Monthly membership Opportunities...

Unlimited Potential(s) because You Know what, is Not Going to be Going Anywhere or AnyLess in the Next Set of Generations!

Betcha!

Along with my Condom Sense business idea... 24 Hour “HotShot” discreet delivery for those intimate moments...
http://www.sowpub.com/forum/showthread.php?p=30022

All the Best...

Phil

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