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Friday, April 11, 2014

Real Estate in a Depression by Marc Charles

4:29 PM

Hi Gang:

I've enclosed a question I received from an entrepreneur recently.

I thought you might like my take.


Question: Marc, what's your take on making money with real estate in the current economy?
M.F. Apple Valley MN


Answer Marc Charles:

In 2004, I mentioned more than a dozen times in my newsletter, blog, speeches and conferences real estate would end badly.

Three conference organizers did not want me back....even though I was the most popular speaker at two of the conferences (according to an attendee poll).

The reason the organizers did not want me back is because I kept talking about a "depression" and real estate collapse (in most areas of the US).

Anyway, that was yesterday....what have you done for me today!

We've all seen the real estate fiasco...and some people have been devastated by it.

But, the real estate boom (ans BUST) was predictable. If you had eyes to see, you would have known the boom was not going to last.

When I saw a cashier from a local convenience store drive into her triple car garage, which was attached to a $400,000 home, I knew the boom was toast. This was in 2005. The boom lasted another three years, and then kaput!

Almost everyone I knew, 90%+, was bullish on real estate from 2004-2008. The reason everyone was bullish is because in most cases they were making money.

But then the market collapsed....and is still collapsing.

Most people never realize, or refuse to realize, they're involved in hysteria. But all it takes is simple, common, horse sense. You can also seek wise counsel from someone who's already lived through hysteria or "madness of the crowd". In many cases wise counsel will be twice your age.

I've made money on real estate. But I've also avoided major losses. I did not lose one thin dime in real estate from 2004-2009. I was also not underwater with mortgages.

Anyway..enough with the long winded response!

Yes....you can make money on real estate in a Depression. The key is buying at super deep discounts, not being over-anxious about doing deals (or fearful), and paying cash whenever possible.

The problem with most foreclosure properties is finding a clear title, and a property with no liens. But that's another topic.

The days of Fix and Flip are over for now! This market may not recover for 10 years...if ever.

But you can still find incredible deals, offer even less, wait for your terms, and rent the property.

Drop me a note if you'd to know about specific markets I'm considering.

I hope that helps!

Marc Charles

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A One Page Sales Letter by Marc Charles

Hi Gang:

I've written more than 1000 sales letters and landing pages over the past 12 years.

This month I'll post some of them.

Some of these did really well and some of them were dismal.

But I'm not going to tell you which is which.

Sorry.

You'll have to figure it out.

Marc Charles



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Friday, April 4, 2014

A Neat Way for Producing Cash by Marc Charles

Hi Gang:

This was published on LOP -- a proven method for producing cash....in this economy.....seriously:


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Marc Charles

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Sticky Business Principle by Marc Charles

5:29 AM

Hello:

My column this week is about "sticky business".....I hope you enjoy it.

Marc Charles


The “Sticky Business” Factor
By Marc Charles

A business partner said my idea was too “sticky”.

He meant it in a bad way. But at least he said it with a smile on his face.

My partner was referring to a business with endless tentacles, paperwork, overhead costs, government red tape and a potential lawsuit magnet.

I’m sure you’ve heard about or been involved with a “sticky” business on some level.  I tend avoid them like the plague.

That’s why I was surprised when my partner suggested my idea was too “sticky”…..the nerve.
In my launching, reviewing and advising hundreds of business ideas and products over the last 29 years or so, only a fraction of them could be considered “non-stick”.

However, that doesn’t mean sticky businesses aren’t profitable.

The “stickiest” business I ever saw was also one of the most profitable….transporting hazardous (and nuclear) waste. 

The entrepreneurs who worked this venture could make $20,000 to $70,000 per load. The cost (and headaches) of running this business included retrofitted tractor trailers, maintenance (cleaning), drivers, government inspections, insurance, fuel, special licenses and certifications.
I wouldn’t recommend transporting hazardous waste for anyone without political connections, world class insurance, smart people and very deep pockets. 

On top of that, you’ll need nerves of steel. My friends were threatened, shot at and their transport vehicles were sabotaged. 

There is a boatload of businesses in the “non-stick” category. When I dissected the business idea I mentioned earlier for my partner he reluctantly agreed it wasn’t as “sticky” as he thought….the nerve.

Granted, nothing is “non-stick” or problem free all the time.

The bestselling “non-stick” frying pans rarely offer a money back guarantee should something stick.

A great “non-stick” business I found focuses on a hot rising trend called China. 

Actually, the business focuses on Chinese products, commerce and worldwide demand. I’ll tell you about it in a second. 

But first, I’d like to show you some new things developing in China right now. These things leverage the opportunity in a big way.

According the Financial Times China has opened the floodgate of cash reserves to get their “export machine” cranked up again. Apparently some Chinese (in powerful places) believe the financial crisis the last two years is receding. 

Money is flowing to entrepreneurs and businesses again like it did pre-2007.

Granted, Brazil is getting the lion’s share of attention (and money) lately because they’re surpassing the US as China’s largest trading partner.

But entrepreneurs in any country can leverage the China trend and a “non-stick” business I discovered by becoming a “finder”…..more on this in a second.

Another issue is China’s currency.

Import and export entrepreneurs are wondering if they’ll suffer a backlash over China’s currency policy. It’s a no-brainer Chinese wants to control the value of their currency (Yuan) against all other currencies.

But China’s currency has a couple of things going for it. First, China’s economy is relatively stable compared to the US and other countries, and second they have low government debt.

I’m not an economist…but a sound economy and limited government typically increases the relative value of a currency.

In real world currency trading China won’t be able to “control” much of anything, if they plan to do business with other countries.

But overall the Chinese currency should play a major role in international commerce in a good way.

China needs trading partners to survive. The country does not have the resources to be self sufficient. That’s a good thing for the “non-stick” business I found.

China needs to make and export products to the world, as well as import and consume them.

China is a living, breathing money monster which needs to be fed.

Lastly….China’s population is still growing like wildfire despite all the restrictions on having kids.

According to the World Bank China’s population was 1.3 billion in 2009 (1,356,359,928 as of January 2011).

And get this….

Chinese planners want to merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta in the southern part of the country. This would create the largest “mega city” in the world with a population of 42 million people. This is greater than the entire population of California (39 million)!

China has unlocked the cash vault, the population is skyrocketing and they need trading partners to survive.

A “non-stick” business opportunity…..

The opportunity is about bringing buyers and sellers together and earning a percentage of each deal. This is also referred to as an import export “finder”.

I saw this opportunity in action the first time in Wausau Wisconsin.

The entrepreneur was making money as a “finder” connecting buyers in China with sellers in the US. His product was the herb ginseng. The buyers were Chinese distributors and retail stores.  

The herb ginseng is still wildly popular in China.

The import export “finder” opportunity is one of the hottest “non-stick” opportunities around.

By “non-stick” I ‘m referring to a business minus the tentacles, paperwork, inventory, buildings, employees (unless you want them), red tape, and massive overhead costs.
When you’re a “finder” you match buyers with sellers or visa versa and make money if and when a transaction is completed.

In most cases a “finder” simply facilitate deals or makes introductions to prospective partners.
And the best part is the lawsuit magnet aspect is almost eliminated.
Granted, one downside to this business is the learning curve…..and don’t kid yourself, it takes time. There are no exceptions if you want to learn this business.

But in my research I stumbled on a website which can accelerate the learning curve a hundred fold.

On top of that, I was so impressed with the impact the site, market and trend was having on entrepreneurs I developed what became known as the China Wholesale Trader.

The China Wholesale Trader is the most comprehensive resource library, how to course and interactive community in the world. See what entrepreneurs are saying about it here.

China is on the move again and there’s money to be made.

China was crippled by the financial turmoil over the past two years just like every else. But they’ve opened the cash spigot enabling companies to import and export products again!

In addition, there are more than 70,000 importers and exporters registered on AliExpress.com right now.

There are more than a million companies and entrepreneurs registered on Alibaba.com. Most of these companies and entrepreneurs are aggressively seeking business partners and deals as we speak.

People have compared AliExpress and Alibaba.com to eBay.

But the comparison is weak.

eBay focuses on the consuming masses. And eBay is a great place to sell imported products!

AliExpress and Alibaba.com focus on businesses and entrepreneurs.

This is one of the great “non-stick” business opportunities of the 21st century.

Is the opportunity a good fit for you? I’m not sure. But it’s worth a peak”.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rising Trend Business by Marc Charles

9:02 AM

Hi Gang:

I like the idea of starting a business in a rising trend.

I've enclosed a question from an entrepeneur in North Dakota that reflects what's on most people's minds.

Marc Charles


Question:  I own a fuel oil and natural gas delivery business. I’m wondering if this is the best business to be involved in given the current economic downturn. Do you think my business taps into a “rising trend”?                                                                                                                
T.B. Fargo North Dakota

Answer Marc Charles: Good question. My short answer is yes. You’re in an excellent niche business which should fare just fine in the current economy.

But, I need to ask, is your business profitable or is it losing money?

It’s important to remember, although some people are experiencing difficulties and some businesses have been affected more than others, the old fable in Acres of Diamonds still holds true.

The lesson of this fable is there are usually acres of diamonds in our own backyard.

In my experience, the best money making opportunities are usually in plain view.

I have to admit its fun traveling the world in search of opportunities. But even then opportunities are in plain view.

No matter how bad things get people will always need fuel.

The question to ask yourself is, “Will your customers prefer doing business with competitors because of better pricing, better service or better terms”?

Look for ways to offer better service and possibly a break on pricing, or financing.

Most fuel distribution companies offer boiler services. But you could go a step further and offer annual “Energy Audit”. An “Energy Audit” would be an unbiased evaluation of a homeowner and business owners building. This audit would include specific recommendations for reducing energy consumption.

Be on the look out for in-kind relationships with companies which offer the services you need, like snowplowing, accounting, direct marketing or dealing with the government.

Granted, most of the barter systems I’ve seen fall short on many levels.

However, in a depression, as in good times, legitimate in-kind relationships are crucial.

Here’s something else I’ll throw into the mix…

The companies saddled with debt, unpaid receivables and huge inventories of outdated products tend to be the first to go under when the economy turns south. We should prepare for this BEFORE it occurs. If you have problems in these areas make changes today.

And don’t forget….direct marketing (done right) usually separates the men from the boys when it comes to increasing sales.

I hope that helps.
 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Is the Goldrush for Domain Names Over? by Marc Charles

7:17 AM

Hi:

I've enclosed a question about domains and making money.

I thought you might enjoy it.

Marc Charles



Question: I’ve heard about people making money buying and selling domain names. I know this market was hot during the dot com boom. But does it still present a viable “side income” opportunity today?


Answer Marc Charles:

Yes. Buying and selling domain names can be a viable side business.


The domain market was extremely hot from 1999-2002, and my “domain portfolio” performed nicely during this period.


But the domain market is far from over.

Just to clarify…a domain name is the official name of a computer (host) which is connected to the Internet, like www.BlahBlahBlah.com



Domain names are alphabetic Internet addresses which end with a period and three or four letters like .com, .net, .biz, .edu, and .info, etc.


There are more than 80,000,000 “dot com” domains active on the Internet according to DomainTools.com.


In order to function on the Internet, a host needs an alphabetic domain name which has an associated numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address record.


For example, the IP address for BlahBlahBlah.com could be 208.77.188.16

Every business goes through cycles or waves; buying and selling domain names is no different.


But domain names are still a vital part of doing business on the Internet.


Therefore, the market for domain names is extremely active, which means millions of people (and companies) buy and sell domain names on a regular basis.


So, how do you make money with these things?


It’s easier than buying a book on Amazon.com!


Here are eight high-traffic domain marketplaces and auction sites on the Internet:


· Sedo.com

· Pool.com

· GoDaddy.com

· BuyDomains.com

· Afternic.com

· DomainAuctionsScript.com

· BuySellWebsites.com

· SitePointMarketplace


The objective is to buy a domain name at a relatively low cost and sell it at a higher price.


I say “relatively” lower cost because this doesn’t always mean buying domain names dirt cheap.


In some cases it might require buying a domain name for $500, and selling it for $1000 or more.


However, I purchased a domain name with the precious metal gold in it for $15 in 2001. I recently sold this domain (and a corresponding website) for $5000. This is more than a 30,000% return on my investment!


Granted, this domain name sale included website programming, image files, membership list and a database. But these elements cost me less than $1000 - so my actual return on investment was still pretty good.


Here’s an insider’s secret for buying profitable domain names.


Look to the future!


In other words, things, people and events that are popular today, may not be popular in 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years.


When I purchased the domain name with the precious metal gold in it I suspected precious metals might be a hot commodity in the future (after a stock market crash), and I was right.


So, when you’re purchasing domain names look for topics, events, people, music and technology which should be popular down the road.


For example, most of the domain names associated with “American Idol” (the popular TV show) have already been purchased and in some cases are overvalued.


But that doesn’t mean you can’t make money on domain names with the phrase “American Idol” or something related to the show.


The idea is to look to the future when purchasing domain names.


This might mean contestant names in Season 8 of American Idol, special reunion concert tickets like the Simon and Garfunkel Tour (SimonGarfunkelReunion09 is available as of this writing), or special events like the 2010 Olympics (2010-Olympic-Tickets.com is still available as of this writing)…your domain names should be profitable.


Think of domain names like real estate.


Four years ago property in South Beach Miami FL was hot and sold at a huge premium. The same property today is selling at a huge discount.


The same is true in the “domain portfolio” business.


Companies like GoDaddy.com have millions of domain names in their portfolio. GoDaddy.com is domain name registrar – meaning they are authorized by ICANN to sell and register domain names.


GoDaddy.com also buys domain names at a low cost and sells them for a profit. GoDaddy.com also aggressively purchases domain names when expire!


You can purchase domain names at relatively low costs at these four registrars:

DotEasy.com

GoDaddy.com

Sedo.com

Netfirms


More Profitable Domain Ideas


You can also grab domain names with “built in” popularity. These domain names were recently offered for sale in the SitePoint Marketplace:


SantaNews.com ($1,500)

LocalSwineFlu.com ($50)

RealPokerStars.com ($100)

SecretForexTrading.com ($30)


The combinations for domain names are almost endless.


Buying and selling domain names can be a viable side business and the start up costs are minimal.


I hope that helps!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Make Your Phone's Internet 1,000 Times Faster Than 4G by Marc Charles

Hey:

I've read most of the hype on P-Cell technology.

But it looks like Artemis might have what it takes:

http://tinyurl.com/mjbaveh

Let me know what you think.

Marc Charles

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Google Ad Sense Update

9:02 AM

Hi:

I've enclosed a question I received last week about Google AdSense.

Be sure to check out my book The Google Underground on Amazon.

Here's the question.....

Question: I’ve read making money with Google’s AdSense is pretty easy, and especially for the technically illiterate. What sayeth thou?                             
A.F. Telluride CO

Answer Marc Charles: It’s simple to set up Google AdSense on a website, blog or Internet directory. 

Making money with AdSense is pretty easy too.

But “easy” is a relative term. Let me explain…

For my 85 year-old father-in-law who has limited Internet, computer and “tech” experience “easy” is not so.

However, when I showed my father-in-law websites running Google AdSense he “got it” immediately, so it’s not difficult to understand.

On the other hand, my 14-year old daughter has a ton of Internet, computer and programming savvy so “in her case “easy” is an understatement! My daughter picked up the “concept” of Google AdSense in no time flat, and started making money within a week or two.

Google AdSense is a program whereby a website owner or publisher can run Google advertising on his or her site and get paid for doing it.

Google splits ad revenue with AdSense publishers.

The trick to Google AdSense is driving targeted traffic to a website, publication or blog. By “targeted” traffic I mean visitors who are “most likely” to be interested in the content on your website and in the advertising running on your site.

There are hundreds of ways to drive traffic to a website – some of them are free and other ways cost money.

My favorite ways to drive traffic to websites running Google AdSense are as follows:

   Targeted email newsletter advertising. Preferably deep discount or remnant ad campaigns.
2 Keyword advertising on discount ad networks like Advertising.com, 7Search.com, ExactSeek.com, Kanoodld.com and AdBrite. You can purchase keyword advertising “clicks” on these networks for as low as 5 cents. You can “resell” this traffic for 40-50 cents per click with Google AdSense
3Build your own search engine and redirect traffic to websites running Google AdSense. A search engine or directory is simply a website, with a database and a searching mechanism. They are easy for most programmers to build and have numerous benefits.

The best part of Google Adsense is the “auto pilot” feature. If you have a website running Google AdSense, and if you have targeted traffic coming to the site, the AdSense runs 24-hours a day, 7 days a week without maintaining or babysitting it – thus the “auto pilot” feature.


Marc Charles
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Are Resturants a Good Idea in This Economy? by Marc Charles

7:22 AM

Hi Gang:

I receive hundreds of emails a month from entrepreneurs asking my advice on business ideas and companies.

I try to answer every one of them. 

I received the enclosed question the other day and I thought you guys would enjoy it.

Marc Charles



Question: We have a successful restaurant in a busy metropolitan area. However, we’ve seen a drop off in year-over-year sales. We’re nervous about the economy and have considered selling the business. But this is the only business we know. Would you sell the business and start over in a new business, in a new area, in THIS economy?                                          
A.B. Fort Collins CO

Answer Marc Charles: There are too many variables for me to comfortably recommend selling or keeping your business in this economy. You’ve seen a drop off in sales. I think the drop off will continue.

If we enter a full fledged depression the businesses with massive overhead, debt loads, and declining sales will be the first to go. I’m sorry to say but restaurants are always the hardest hit.

However, I took my kids and two of their friends to dinner last night at a fun family restaurant in Rockport Maine. The restaurant was packed to the gills! People were laughing (maybe quietly crying inside) and kids were playing video games in a small arcade, and running all over the place.

It seems restaurants with a passion for great service and reasonable prices always find a way to make money in difficult times.

Six restaurants in the same geographic area have gone out of business the past 18 months.

I know you said your restaurant was successful but is it profitable? Is the overhead manageable? Do you own the property outright? If not, you may be headed for trouble.

The bad news is there are probably hundreds of restaurants (maybe a thousand) for sale in your city.  Will you be able to sell your restaurant? That is the question.

The good news is you can always start a business on the side and get it going until your restaurant is sold.

Another thing to consider is starting a restaurant in an area with fewer encumbrances and expenses….like small town America, the exurbs or even outside of the US.

 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Truth About Passive Internet Income

The Truth About Passive Internet Income
by Marc Charles



Hi Gang:

“Wow, it can’t be that easy to make money on the Internet,” my son exclaimed. 

This is what my son, and entrepreneur in development said after I revealed the Internet “arbitrage” to him. 

When it finally dawned on him he was grinning from ear to ear. 

Here’s the deal…..

The Internet makes “arbitrage” super easy.

But there’s a way to do it without a boatload of cash either. 

That’s the one thing so-called “gurus” fail to mention…at least in their promos.

You WILL need some money. If you’re bankrupt, without a dime to your name, with bill collectors pounding on your windows…this may not be the best business to support yourself and your family.

But this is an exceptional side business.

There are thousands of markets you can leverage with this Internet arbitrage strategy.

In fact, I know entrepreneurs who are making money using this tactic in natural pet care, stock picking, car rentals, hotel reviews, farming, home schooling, and health and wellness.

Internet Arbitrage

Arbitrage is buying in one market while simultaneously selling in another in order to make a profit (minus transaction costs).

I performed arbitrage all the time when I traded commodities professionally.

Internet arbitrage is buying clicks in one area of the Internet and reselling it in another area.
This might sound complicated, but it’s not! 

By the time I’m done with this week’s communiqué you’ll see everything clearly.

I’ll show you how to purchase traffic in one area at a low fee. Then I’ll show you how to you resell this traffic for a high fee. 

An “arbitrage” is the difference between what you paid for traffic and what you can sell it for.

And get this…

Once you’ve set this business up…in some cases with a simple website… the business can practically run itself… on auto pilot!

Here’s an example of arbitrage in action…….

You could purchase a keyword advertisement on a pay-per-click network like ABCSearch, Bidvertiser, 7Search, or AdBrite for 5 cents per click (or less). 

On pay per click (PPC) networks like those mentioned above…when a user clicks on your keyword ad your account would be charged whatever the going rate is, let’s say 5 cents. 

When a user clicks on a keyword ad they would then be redirected to a web page.

The web page can be about almost anything. But this strategy works much better if the keyword ad and website landing page are related.

Let’s say the keyword ad and website landing page are about “vacation deals.”

The website landing page should be packed with useful information about “vacation travel deals.” 

The website landing page might include resort reviews, testimonials, photos, breaking news, videos, and travel news. 

Please don’t become overwhelmed with details or building stupid websites!

There’s no need to become overwhelmed with details and technical mumbo jumbo.

Believe me……

When it comes to making money and business I look for ways to reduce risk and the learning curve.

So…although there are some technical issues…you can get the help you need or retain freelance experts for less than you think.

Plus you can copy success.

Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs are making money and leveraging this arbitrage tactic…so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel!

Heck…..you can buy an Internet arbitrage business if you don’t want to do this stuff yourself from the ground up.

Two of my favorite places for Internet arbitrage businesses for sale are SitePoint Marketplace and GoDaddy Marketplace.

Let’s move on…

Your “vacation travel deals” website landing page is up and running.
 
Great.

Now…you can display advertising anywhere the site. 

You can determine where advertising will be displayed, and how large the ads will be.

When it comes to Internet arbitrage, the best place to display advertising is in the middle of the top half of the page. 

What’s more…and this is a BIGGIE…

It’s been proven people respond more favorably to ads which “look like” content. 

This is one of the reasons savvy entrepreneurs build website landing pages which look like a search engine. 

In fact, I developed a site which looks a lot like Google! It’s a successful Internet arbitrage website landing page.

Check it out here.

Anyway, whenever a user clicks an advertisement on your website landing page you get paid…..IF your site is displays Google AdSense ads or ads from a competing service like Yahoo! or Bing.

Here’s the deal…….

You can purchase clicks at lower prices resell this traffic on your website at a higher price.
Google AdSense is a program web publishers can run on their websites. 

Google AdSense determines which ads to display on your website based on the content. 

Each time a user clicks on a Google AdSense ad on your website, Google splits part of the ad revenue with you! 

How easy is that?

You’re probably wondering, “Great….but where’s does “arbitrage” come into play?”

It plays out like this…..

You purchase clicks for a few cents at one location. You redirect this traffic to a website landing page which displays Google AdSense advertising. 

When a user clicks a Google AdSense advertisement on your site, you get paid.
The “arbitrage” comes into play when you sell clicks on your website for five, ten, twenty, or even a hundred times what you paid for them! 

Can you see why Internet entrepreneurs love this strategy?

Let’s say you purchased a vacation-related keyword on ABCSearch or 7Search for five cents each. 

Users would be redirected to your vacation travel website.

Because your site is related to vacation travel, Google may display advertising on your site for a five-star hotel, Bahamas resort, or a special cruise package. 

When a user clicks the Google AdSense ad on your website, you could receive 25, 50, or 90 cents per click… or more.

Granted…..50 cents per click won’t be enough to retire on if you only get one click!
Like I said….this is a great side business.

But once you get going you’ll see the power and benefit of arbitrage. 

Let’s look at “arbitrage” from different angle:
  • You buy 1,000 clicks at 5 cents per click = $50
  • You sell 1,000 clicks on your website at 75 cents per click = $250
  • Your Profit: $200 (for doing almost nothing)
Alright…. let’s kick it up a notch:
  • You buy 50,000 clicks at 5 cents per click = $2,500
  • You sell 50,000 clicks on your website at 75 cents per click = $12,500
  • Your Profit: $10,000
I know three entrepreneurs who produce this much revenue every week!

One of the best ways to “test” this arbitrage strategy is to do it

Some entrepreneurs spend too much time “thinking about” an idea or business opportunity rather than just taking action.

Look….

You could “test” this strategy for less $50 to see if it’s bogus or not.

The Internet Arbitrage Miracle Works!
How to Get an Arbitrage Website Up and Running Quickly When You Have NO Technical Skills and Even Less Money!

Here’s the one question I’m asked more than any other when it comes to an arbitrage websites is:

“How can I get a website up quickly and cheaply when I have no website building skills?”
These days it’s nice to have instant access to freelance web designers and programmers.
 It’s almost important as skilled, honest auto mechanic!

Here are three sites for finding competent freelancers quickly:

CraigsList (look under resumes and computer services)
Webmaster World (commercial exchange and other areas)

There’s no way to completely avoid idiots and rip-offs on the Internet, and especially when it comes to retaining freelance help. 

But it’s easy to check someone’s background. You can also read testimonials like on the sites above.  eLance.com is a great place to find freelancers and read testimonials.

All you’ll need to test this strategy is a simple one or two-page website landing page. It shouldn’t cost more than $100-$200.

You can set up a blog in few seconds and run Google AdSense on it for FREE too!


You can also retain web design students. I’m not kidding! I’ve used students dozens of times.
Here are six sites for locating and retaining Web design students:


That’s it.

You can make money with Internet arbitrage. It’s that simple.

You can buy cheap traffic from one location and resell this traffic at another location at markups of 50%, 100%, 200% or more!

You’ll need to run Google’s AdSense on your website landing page in order to get paid.
Have fun!

Regards,

Marc Charles
***** Action Plan *****
One of the fastest ways to get moving in this business is to copy successful Internet arbitragers.
Two e-books I recommend on arbitrage are The Rich Jerk and Google Payload

The AdSense Code by Joel Comm is good and so it The Best Damn Google AdSense Book by Harry Misner.

The best play of attack is to avoid getting overwhelmed with details and technical mumbo jumbo.

Objective: Get a website landing page or blog up and running in 7 days running Google AdSense.

Then purchase deep discount clicks and traffic on second or third tier PPC networks like ABCSearch or 7Search.com.

You can also bring yourself up to speed on the essence of arbitrage on WebmasterWorld and The Warrior Forum.


Valuable Resources:
PPC Networks
 
Publisher Revenue Programs (like Google’s AdSense)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Is Living “Off the Grid” a Fantasy? by Marc Charles

Is Living “Off the Grid” a Fantasy?

What About Doing Business and Making Money?

5:27 AM

Question: Marc, I know you’ve talked about living “off the grid” with great passion. But is this lifestyle a fantasy? What about doing business and making money”?
G.L. Calgary Alberta CA

Dear Entrepreneur:

The short answer is yes! Living “off the grid” is feasible. There are boatloads of options when it comes to business, working and making money.

I talk about living “off the grid” because of my interest but also because of the number comments and posts I receive.

Today I’ll give you my insight on the topic with some updates, and show you what it means for you.

First, I’ll give you my definition of living “off the grid”. 

For me “off the grid” means living away off the conventional “grid” meaning electricity, telephone, water, government sewage systems, Internet and cable TV networks.

It’s harder to live this way than you might think.

I’ve lived “off the grid” five times in the past 30 years in New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, Maine, and Mexico. 

I’ve also lived on a luxury house boat on the St Croix River is Wisconsin.  This wasn’t actually “off the grid” but it was close.  Everything on the boat was powered with a diesel generator. We grabbed TV signals out of the air and used a radio telephone.

Living “off the grid” can be an adventure but there are other benefits too.

For me, two of the greatest benefits were the satisfaction of being self-sufficient, and gaining an appreciation of real things like clean water, air, fresh food and friendships.

One of the best movies along these lines is “Into the Wild” by Sean Penn. Believe me when I tell you it’s a classic.  My oldest son said it was his all-time favorite movie.

A Modern Day Cave Man

There’s a man in Idaho by the name of Richard Zimmerman. He’s known as the "Salmon River Caveman". Robert has lived an “off the grid” for years. He’s lived almost entirely off the land, with a home in a cave on the Salmon River in Idaho.

And get this….

Richard’s caves were more than 60 feet deep!

Richard earned extra money by renting out adjacent caves for $2 a night. I’m dead serious! Most of his quests only spend a night or two; but others chose the $25 monthly rate and have stayed for months at a time. He has two tenants which have lived in the caves for more than two years.

I’ve lived and explored caves in New Mexico. Some of the caves 40 feet high and 100 feet wide! On one occasion in the middle of July the temperature in the cave was a pleasant 67 degrees.

Granted, living in a cave, in a tree house or on an iceberg may not be your idea of “the high life”.

But it can be an exciting adventure. It might give you a new perspective to life, business and making money.

I’ve enclosed some great resources for living “off the grid” in this week’s issue.

What Do You Need to Live “Off the Grid”?

Here’s a revised list I used when I lived off the grid in New Mexico:

1)    Access to clean water
2)    Access to a legitimate food source or be able to easily transport food to your location (hunting and fishing are not always
3)    Shelter. Building a shelter while getting established is not realistic so I rented a hunting cabin
4)    High-quality laminated topographic maps. Understand how to use a map and a compass before you go.
5)    Firearms. Forget about bows and arrows, snags and traps. Bring a gun.
6)    Most animals are not your friends. Living off the grid is not a cartoon. I was stalked for several days by a mountain lion until an old timer showed me a secret: always try to appear larger than you are if confronted by one! Animals do not want problems.
7)    Let someone know your exact location. Today with Google Maps and Geo-tags it’s easy.
8)    Make friends in the surrounding area. You’ll need them. I made friends with an old man, who was a 35-year Navy veteran (designed ships).

9)    Invest in a state of the art first aid and survival kit (even if you’re Rambo) One of the best is QuakeKare.

10)   CASH. Cash always works wonders when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Store cash in zip lock bags outside of your shelter, like under a large rock.

What About Making Money!?

The focus of Weekend Business Blueprint is legitimate business and money making opportunities, with an emphasis on low startup costs, easy entry and no red tape or employees (unless you want them).

You don’t need a boatload of cash to retire on a deserted island, live in a cave, or live in a remote paradise. The key to your income and lifestyle is expenses.

I know several millionaires who are broke…seriously. 

I had lunch with R.M. (a “broke” millionaire) recently and he said, “I don’t feel rich. I feel like a slave. I have debt, bills and expenses. I wish I could sell everything and live “off the grid”.
But I’ve heard similar complaints from other “broke” millionaires too.

There’s great wisdom in reducing the amount of “stuff” we own, slashing expenses, being debt free and simplifying life. 

Even if you live in a tree house, cave or under water fort most people involved in money making ventures will need access to a bank or PayPal, a postal address, the Internet or communications of some kind. 

Often people living “off the grid” have access to these things at a secondary location (like the Salmon River Caveman who comes into town every couple weeks).

So, with access to these things here are a few viable money making ideas (online and off). And remember…..we’re entrepreneurs! Opportunities present themselves all day long….you need to notice them and act.

Internet sales (you can sell almost anything online these days)

Information products (mostly digital, but print book kiosks work too)

IT consulting (you can manage almost anything over the Internet these days)

Security consultant (my friend in South Africa manages networks from his luxury tent)
Advertising sales (seriously)

Repair things (guns, computers, laptops, cell phones, cars, etc.)
Arts and craft sales (roadside stands or kiosks)
Farm stand (roadside or wherever)
Direct marketing (almost everything can be outsourced and automated these days)
Guided tours (surrounding where you live)
Windjammer cruises
Forex and other forms of trading

It’s NOT for Everyone!

 I know living “off the grid” won’t be a great fit for everyone. 

Sometimes just living “off the grid” on a part time or seasonal basis is all you need. It can rejuvenate your life!

It can also be as simple as walking into the wilderness with a backpack, shotgun and food for the weekend.

If you like it you could try it for a week or a month at a time. 

Living in a tree house in a tropical forest can be a lot of fun too.

Kids are NOT always the problem

Granted, raising a family and having kids is a full time commitment.  But they shouldn’t run the show. Our kids should follow us.

We homeschooled our kids and one of the reasons we did is the freedom it affords.
We’ve been able to travel, work from different locations, go on adventures, explore and even learn things you won’t learn in a government supported school.

A good friend of mine H.R. and his wife packed up the kids and moved to a remote island in the Bahamas. They lived in a modern, self-contained (hurricane proof) modular (concrete) home for 16 months.

So…it can be done and kids are NOT always the problem or obstacle.

Another “off the grid” option is sailing. 

I know three entrepreneurs who use sailing as a motivation to build successful businesses and money making empires. 

Sailing may be the ultimate “off the grid” lifestyle.

Living “Off the Grid” Part Time

I enjoy Internet access, cell phones, access to social events and spending time with family. So hiding in a cave or living in a tropical jungle in loin cloth shorts is not always the best fit for my lifestyle. But I enjoy adventures, exploring and living this way from time to time.

I guess you could call this partial “off the grid”.

I also like to monitor my businesses and money making ventures.

Living partially “off the grid” is feasible and you can make it a reality.
There are several ways to approach this lifestyle.

You could build a self-sustained camp or cottage “off the grid” in hundreds of locations.
My preferences are places with reasonable climate. 

But some locations are great for “seasonal off grid living” such as Maine (especially northern and the islands), Montana, New Mexico, Central Mexico and some parts of South America.
I also like the Pacific Islands but these can be tricky (finding remote locations or islands with access to food and water).

It’s fun to think about living “off the grid”.

In today’s world it might become a necessity.

Maybe we can launch a League of Power “Off the Grid” newsletter or bulletin!
I hope that helps.

Please write to me with your thoughts and ideas for “living off the grid”.

Regards,


Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”


(Ed Note:  Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities. He understands legitimate opportunities. Marc has agreed supply League of Power members with crucial updates regarding legitimate business and money making opportunities.)

*** Action Strategy ***

Living “off the grid” can change your life. It’s that simple.

You don’t have to sell everything, or your wife and kids, to make it happen!

You can do it part time or on seasonal basis.

Or you can plan to live “off the grid” on a longer term basis. 

The choice is yours.

Today review this issue and check out the valuable resources. Then….make a decision and take a short trip.

*** Valuable Resources ***








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