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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Real Deal on Freelance Projects by Marc Charles

Freelance Heaven!

8:14 AM

Greetings:

I’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars freelancing, so I know it works.

More important, I’ve helped thousands of people cash in on the freelance craze.

So believe me…..you CAN generate cash as freelancer….and its easier than you think. Got a full time job or another business? No problem, you can do this on the side.

I’ll give you the truth about freelancing so you can start making money in the next few hours or days.

The Truth About the Economy…..

The economy is in shambles, unemployment is still at historic highs.

The so-called “greatest companies of the new millennium” are laying off people in droves!

Companies like Yahoo!, AOL, Facebook, Google, and Cisco have quietly turned on the “layoff spigot” too.

But this is GREAT NEWS for freelance workers. I’m dead serious.

The world hasn’t ended just because a preacher said it would.

No sir.

We both know it’s pretty dismal… businesses are slashing debt, expenses and wasteful spending (i.e. lazy employees) like crazy.

But the world hasn’t ended and some businesses are growing like wildfire!

And many businesses, let’s say hundreds of thousands, have discovered the power of using freelance and contract workers.

We may discover this time will be referred to as the “Freelance Decade”.

This Is NOT a Good Time to Be Fired!

Last week S.E. invited me to lunch at a swanky seaside bistro.

He told me his job as a high-level graphic designer was coming to a close. Apparently his employer is bankrupt, and was closing up shop because no one would buy it.

“You warned me this would happen…..three years ago”, S.E. exclaimed.

He went on…. “This is NOT a good time to be fired. Geez, my wife’s at home with our baby all day…she can’t work outside the home”!

I said, “Hey, it’s not a big deal. I know you’re upset. But if you start thinking like a freelance expert rather than an employee you’ll be ahead of the game”.

“What’s more, your wife could grab a small freelance gig too if she has the time”, I added.

S.E. mumbled…. “I know you’ve mentioned freelancing before. But I don’t have time for little “side projects”. I need good paying projects NOW!”

“Okay”, I said. “Give me $500 and I’ll have three freelance projects for you by Monday (it was Thursday afternoon)”.

S.E. shot back, “$500? Is that your fee or what”?

“I want to see if you’re serious. Write me a check for $500. When you land the right freelance project I’ll give your money back”, I said smiling.

S.E. landed a freelance project the following Tuesday. It only took four days.

Here’s the Secret to Freelance Gigs…

If you type “freelance projects” into Google your head will be swimming in search results.

There are thousands of so-called freelance websites on the Internet. Most of them are designed to get YOUR money in the form of “membership fees” and other services.

Granted, there are a handful of freelance sites worth the money you spend on membership fees…I’ll show you the ones I like.

But you don’t have to succumb to the majority of BS freelance sites on the Internet.

When you’re done reading this week’s issue you’ll be able to can start landing “legitimate” freelance projects in record time.

I know what I’m talking about when it comes to freelancing. I’ve been doing it on one level or another for more than 30 years.

And get this….

I was approached by a senior TV executive to produce a “Freelance Channel”! Can you imagine? It might work…but I would focus on YouTube rather than TV.

I’m the “Go To Guy” when it comes to freelance work!

Welcome to “Freelance Heaven”…..

Take This Job and Shove It! 

E.J  worked for the largest insurance company in South Africa as a network “gopher”. 

He would “go for” things and perform mundane tasks for three senior managers.

One day, without warning, E.J. was fired….by email. He was devastated and humiliated. He was escorted from his desk, cardboard box in hand, out of the building and asked to leave company property.

The funny thing is….E.J. was a devoted employee. He didn’t break any laws, polices, procedures or screw anything up.

However….E.J. said he made a terrible mistake…and it was political.

E.J. started mocking senior management’s political affiliations and poked fun at them at a local company watering hole.

He violated the corporate cardinal sin: politics is everything.

Anyway, E.J. was referred to me by a goodfriend when he relocated to the US.

When I saw the depth of E.J’s expertise….and more than three pages of testimonials and referrals…..I suggested he start working as a freelance network administrator or security consultant. 

E.J. was not thrilled. He thought I was going to offer him a job.

On top of that, E.J. never worked for himself. He worked at the same company for ten years. So he was afraid to go out on his own (without a safety net or benefits).

I told him, “I know you’re nervous about going out on your own and working as a freelance contractor. But you can get a job and freelance on the side until the money convinces you”.
E.J was all ears now.

I showed him how and where to find clients immediately…as in hours or days not months or years.

In less than three months E.J was in business working fulltime as a freelance network administrator, and he quit so “secure” job.  Today E.J is turning clients away and focusing on the highest paying ones (his words not mine).

E.J. told me he’s making eight times as much as a freelancer than as an employee.

That’s what I’m talking about!

And there's more....

E.J. was recently approached by insurance company in South Africa that fired him! He never responded to their call or email.

I've been freelancing in one capacity or another for more than 29 years. 

The opportunities are greater today than they ever were in 1982!

It’s no surprise…..the economy sucks. Most companies are firing NOT hiring people!

But, in all the desperation, uncertainty and calamity is opportunity. I’m not kidding!

Most companies and businesses may be firing people in droves but they still need certain tasks done…and they’re willing to pay for them.

Here some of the freelance opportunities in DEMAND right now:

Programming
Business development
Legal
All things Google (SEO, SEM, advertising, back-linking, etc)
Sales
Graphic design
Webmasters
Social Media Managers
Engineers
Accounting and Finance
Network Administration and Security

Keep in mind….these are only the web-based freelance opportunities!

There are boatloads of “offline” freelance opportunities too; such as:
Medical and dental
Sales
Paralegal
Real estate
Restaurants
Hotels and resorts
Programming
Analysts & Accounting
Marketing
Driving

There are just too many opportunities to list!

In this week’s issue I’ve included more than twenty resources to help you land a great freelance gig.

If you need more recommendations or “one-on-one” assistance, drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

Have fun and play nice.

This is the “Freelance Decade”!

Your humble host,

Marc Charles

*** Action Strategy ***
Start researching freelance opportunities!
Don’t put it off.
The truth is…….
Hundreds of thousands of people (probably millions) would love some freelance gigs…just like my friend in today’s article.
But something holds them back….or they’re too busy with other things.
At first, freelance projects won’t be handed to you on a silver platter.
Actually…..I take that back!
I’ve had freelance projects handed to me on a silver platter, without any effort. But that’s because I laid a foundation of contacts and I was ready to “receive” projects without hesitation.
Anyway….if freelance interests you then get crackin! 

Set an objective to secure a freelance project in 7 days or less (then send me a note about your success)

**********Valuable Resources*************
FlexJobs (Excellent)
CraigsList.org (250+ cities, hundreds of freelance opportunities under Gigs category)
Monster Freelance
Post your freelance availability with these great tools:
Google AdWords (link keyword ads to your bio page or blog)
Yahoo! Small Business (keyword advertising)
ExactSeek (prepaid keyword advertising)
Monster (Advanced freelance search)
CareerBuilder (Advanced freelance search)
SmartHunt (Freelance & Contract section)
PaidContent (Freelance search)
Fiverr.com

Recommended Reading:
Get Clients Now by C.J. Hayden
Selling Your Services by Robert Bly

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Build a House without a Mortgage - Part 1 by Marc Charles

9:22 AM
How to Build a House without a Mortgage

Dear Entrepreneur:

I built my first home without a mortgage. I’m on my third one now.

You can read my new book about it on Amazon.

I have the records to prove everything I’m going to show you today. Everything is 100% true, accurate and it’s not a joke.

Show Me How This Works

It would be impossible for me to cover the myriad of details, situations, deals and specifics in today’s issue. So lets’ consider this a brief “overview” of the topic.

I realize it’s hard to build a home without some money. You can barter until you’re blue in the face…but you’ll still need some cash.

If you don’t have cash my suggestion would be to commit yourself to making as much as possible in the shortest period of time.

Most people won’t commit to accumulating cash, and stop spending money on new cars, restaurants, vacations, girlfriends, or whatever. In other words, it’s a two-sided coin; building cash and slash spending.

Anyway, the first time I did this I accumulate $50,000 as quickly as possible. I did it by working several side service businesses. My main business at the time was an ad rep agency.

I accumulated $52,000 in nine months; one week and six days….and I kept the money is a separate account.

With cash in hand I was ready to start my adventure of building a house without a mortgage.

Here’s what I did…….

1)    Buy land at a DEEP discount.
People laugh when I tell them how I did this….but it’s true.

In order to keep expenses down my advice would be to forgo overpriced areas. In other words head for the hills and select rural areas. The suburbs are not rural.

I selected a small town in rural Maine. I went to the town office and collected the names of every property owner who owned 20 acres of land or more. I wrote a friendly, slightly humorous letter to each of the land owners, and told them I was only looking for a couple of acre.

Five out of thirty land owners responded. Three of the five offered me overpriced, overvalued oceanfront lots. But two land owners were willing to sell a couple of acres. I acquired the land at a deep discount.

2)    Build It – But Do It CHEAP!
I obtained a site survey before I purchased the land. This will let you know the exact dimensions of a property, and whether or not it will be suitable for sewage, a well, and building, etc.  Everything checked out before I made an offer on the land.

Then I hired a local kid to clear the land, dig a septic tank and a leech field.

I acquired more than a dozen bids. I focused on the bids of people who were honest, trustworthy and willing to put everything is writing. Eight contractors were either unwilling to put everything in writing, or they couldn’t provide legitimate referrals (no relatives). Some of the guys wouldn’t look me in the eyes, and so I dumped them.  I focused on two people….one received the land work, and one received the septic system.

The guy who dug the septic system tried to screw me by adding $4,000 to the final invoice. We had everything in writing, signed and dated. I never paid the “stupid charge” and his lien was thrown out of court.

3)    Build the Foundation.
This is a big deal. If you screw up the foundation you can kiss your home goodbye.

I obtained six bids and chose the one with the most enthusiastic customers and employees.  I always talk to employees.

The foundation dimensions for this particular house were 32’ x 36’ with a daylight basement (cape style).

I was thrilled was the foundation company’s workmanship as well as the owner. The owner was on the job site, actually working, every day.

4)    Cap the Foundation and Complete the First Floor
I found a young, eager, rookie carpenter who offered to work for $20 hour. We found him through a local technical college. Our carpenter won third place in a national carpentry competition (out of 1600 participants).

Half way through this first phase of the project our carpenter showed up with his father. His father explained his son felt thought he was getting ripped off. I explained we had an agreement in writing, which was signed and dated. I was honoring the agreement. His father said his son wanted $30 hour and $10 per hour for his helpers, in order to finish framing the house.

I agreed.

The First $50,000 Spent!

The land purchase, survey, clearing, septic, leech field, foundation and framing for the first floor cost about $42,000 – labor and supplies.

The roof framing and plywood (Adventech) ran $8,000 – labor and supplies.

So the first $50,000 was spent!

Keep in mind, I was still working my businesses and accumulating cash. In fact, by the time this first phase of the house was complete I had accumulated an additional $15,000 for the project…which I placed in a separate account.

5)    Interior Framing and Drywall.
Once the exterior framing and roof was complete (weather tight) we started on the interior framing and drywall. I did this with my wife, kids and friends.

However, I hired a professional drywaller and painter for the first and second floors. We hung all the drywall and the professional did all of the mudding, sanding, painting and finish work.

6)    Interior Plumbing and Heating
The interior plumbing was super easy.

The problem was finding an honest, reliable and trustworthy plumber. If you’ve ever built or fixed a house you KNOW how hard this is to do.

We did some of the basic plumbing ourselves but hired a professional to pull it all together. We chose radiant heat in the concrete foundation and baseboard throughout the house..

7)    Power up!
Before the drywall was complete we wired the house for electricity, Internet (Cat 5) and DirecTV.  We also insulated and set the plumbing pipes.

We had the power company run wires from the main road to our house. We qualified for a special program so we only paid $1,000 to get the power from the main road to our house (400 feet – 35 feet underground).

When the plumbing, heating and wiring was complete, we brought in a freelance engineer and consultant to check everything. Then we “powered up” the systems and everything worked!

The Next $15,000 Spent!

As I said, we did most of the wiring, interior carpentry, laying pipes, general labor, roofing, etc. ourselves and with friends (we paid and fed them).

When it came time to “flip the switch” I spent an additional $15,000.

The next phase of the projects was the interior finish carpentry, floors, tile, carpet and miscellaneous.

Again most of these projects we did ourselves, with the exception of building stairs, finish carpentry, siding and finish drywall and painting.

I spent about $22,000 on labor and supplies in these areas.

The approximate grand total for this particular house was $87,000.

We lived in the house part time as it neared completion (and even wintered in our other home in Florida).

There are some things which still need to be completed such as a deck, finish landscaping and additional interior finish work.

But this entire house was built over a three year period, without a mortgage, for less than $100,000. The house was recently appraised at more than $325,000!

I own the house free and clear, there’s no mortgage or debt on the property whatsoever.

And it’s located in one of the most beautiful areas in the United States….so it CAN be done!

Your humble host,

Marc Charles

(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 ***
Want to build a house without a mortgage? 

How about gaining access to a secret world of “comps”, DEEP discounts, VIP treatment and cash?

What Are People Saying About Marc Charles?

Marc has an uncanny ability for spotting profitable trends and creating businesses around them.  He’s a simple guy, making a ton of money for a lot of people. 
                                                                                                                        R Fung

I’ve saved thousands of dollars because of Marc’s unique recommendations and insight. Marc’s a true “deep discount” maverick and entrepreneurial genius.

                                                                                                                        Susan C

*** Valuable Resources ***

Find deep discount carpenters, plumbers, electricians and painters at local trade schools – Trade Schools Guide

Find deep discount land by going direct to owners. Town office tax map directory. Google property tax maps for your local area.

Find honest, hardworking people for all kinds of physical labor and work at Manpower and HireAHelper.

Find people to help you on CraigsList (we used it dozens of times!).
Buy countertops, cabinets, vanities, appliances and building materials at HUGE DISCOUNTS from Green Demolitions.

Buy siding, roofing, flooring and more from Build Direct and save big time. Although these guys are not “discounters”, you can save a lot of money when compared to Home Depot, Lowes or WalMart Superstores.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cool Mobile App Development Tool by Marc Charles

9:14 AM

Hi Guys:

Another neat mobile application tool for ya.

Yes there are flaws. Yes its lacking in many areas. But the tool works, it's fast and CHEAP. Great for testing mobile app ideas :)

I've used it to make a half dozen mobile apps.

Conduit Mobile.

Make your own mobile business app in minutes. I made one for "MarcCharles.com" in about 8 minutes.

http://mobilecp.conduit.com/


Marc

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Look At The Latest Platform For Whistle-Blowers by Marc Charles

9:07 AM

Greetings:

This is cool.

As you know I'm a big fan of the Dark Web.

Not because I'm into dastardarly, illegal and perverted activities.

But rather I'm sick and tired of corruption, government hacks, the IRS, and  many other areas that steal, kill and destroy people.....business.....and  geniune freedom.

This just in from my friends at Anonymous News....THIS is a very cool Big Idea:

A Look At The Latest Platform For Whistle-Blowers

WikiLeaks was a strong step forward for
those seeking to fight censorship, and
looking for the total release of secret
documents. These people have shown their
support for the likes of Snowden, Manning
and Assange, and have been crying out for
someone to continue their fight. Now in Slur,
their saviour may be nigh.

On slur, whistle-blowers can sell their
encrypted information to the highest bidder,
and by using bitcoin transactions over the
Tor network, both parties can remain
anonymous. Thanks to this, whistle-blowers
will get some compensation for acting for
the greater good. It’s undoubtedly a very
interesting idea.

Find out the full story here. link


Marc
https://www.facebook.com/AskMarcCharles
https://twitter.com/AskMarcCharles
http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/imf/ms/file/
http://www.greatescapepublishing.com/program/microgigs/
http://marccharles.com/

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Importing CASH by Marc Charles

7:02 AM
July 29


Greetings all:

My Importing Fortunes Program is live.

There's nothing like this on the Internet. Five years in development, improvement and testing :)

Check it out --- come on -- just do it :)

Marc



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Importing Fortunes 2015 Announcement by Marc Charles

7:13 AM
July 25

Greetings all:

My new Importing Fortunes Program, coaching and instruction is live.

You have to check out the promo....seriously :)

Marc




Marc Charles

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MicroGig Riches 2015 by Marc Charles

10:02 AM
July 23

Greetings:

MicroGig Riches 2015 is live!


NO startup capital required....and no buildings, inventory, employees, learning curve, advertising, or face to face sales.







Marc Charles

Oh yeah.... MicroGig Riches by Marc Charles

6:02 AM
July 23

Hi Gang:

My NEW MicroGig Riches program and coaching is live.

You know you want it :)

Any one on my blog list gets a discount -- just ask when you order.

NO startup capital required....and no buildings, inventory, employees, learning curve, advertising, or face to face sales.

MicroGig Riches 2015






Marc

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Online Strategy Game Business For Sale

10:10 AM
July 22 2015

Dear Entrepreneurs:

I've enclosed a new strategy game business for sale.

As usual....the asking price is a little high based on comparable portfolios. But it's not ridiculous.

2.3 million active players!


2) Online Strategy Game with 2.3 Million Players:
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/493564/

For sale is an established free-2-play browser MMO Game
with over 2,300,000 registered players. The game has
twice been nominated for Browser Game of The Year
(for Story and for Strategy Game) and was originally
released in 2010.

Highlights & Key Assets:
o Established community of active players and buyers
o Original and extremely high quality graphics and art
o Optimized conversion rates Active-to-Buyer and Player
lifetime retention rates
o Fully localized in 19 languages
o Very easily customizable, adjustable or upgradeable
o Viral players acquisition
o A lot of room for monetization improvements or
cross platform publishing

Revenue = 231,481
Profit = 91,765
Asking = 200,000



Marc Charles

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Virtual Makeover Business by Marc Charles

7:28 AM
July 16

Greetings all!

Here's a neat Virtual Makeover Business for sale.

The asking price is too high -- negotiate is always key.

But there are a lot of actual, registered users.

4) Virtual Makeover Website - 1.8MM Users:
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/329673/

For sale is a popular virtual makeover website with
1.8 million registered users and 258,000 unique visitors/mon.
The website is focused on women interested in beauty and
fashion and allows them to do a virtual makeover with
thousands of celebrity styles. The site has been written
about in Glamour, Woman and Elle magazines.

Technology for the site is driven by the seller’s separate
business that does virtual mirror ecommerce technology.
Full license to the virtual mirror technology and one year
of support/updates will be included in this acquisition.

This site was a proof of concept test and has not been
fully worked as its own business so the numbers don’t
fully reflect what a new owner can do with this site.

Revenue = 283,682
Profit = 99,062
Asking = 300,000

Eric, Mike and Mark
AppBusinessBrokers
603-821-0928

Tell em Marc sent ya!

Marc Charles

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gaming Portfolio Business For Sale

6:22 AM
July 12

Greetings:

Here's a new gaming portfolio business for sale. I like the fact there's been almost 2 million downloads -- so this is NOT a "theory" business :)

Tell em Marc sent ya!


2) Gaming Portfolio - Ready to Scale:
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/497908/

For sale is a group of gaming portfolios that have had
a total of 1.9 million downloads from 284 iOS apps,
61 Android apps and 30 Amazon apps.

The key assets of the business are the team (which will
stay in place for a new owner), their library of artwork
which can be used across multiple platforms, proven app
source codes which have consistently performed well,
direct deals with advertisers, in house ASO team, and
online knowledge base. This business has been built to scale
and requires minimal overhead and interaction from the owner.

Revenue = 183,096
Profit = 124,825
Asking = 360,000



Marc Charles

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Android App Business For Sale

8:04 AM
July 8

Hi Guys:

Here's a new Android App Business for sale you might be interested:


1) Android App Portfolio - $50K/mon & 25MM Downloads:
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/499120/

For sale is a 2 year old, stable portfolio of Android apps
that has 25 million downloads and is currently averaging
$50K/month in revenue. The portfolio contains lots of
useful tools, games, kids apps, and entertainment apps.

Highlights & Key Assets:
o Showing stable revenue for 1+ years
o Has good in-app promotion system (whenever releases a
new app, it is in the top new free apps in 5-6 countries)
o Every app released is a hit in terms of revenue
o Under monetized, lots of potential to monetize it further
o This business is good for existing companies looking to
leverage the user base or new ones starting an app business
because it is now much harder to break into the play store.

Revenue = 454,001
Profit = 439,511
Asking = 900,000

Marc

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Secret to Making Money as an Online Teacher by Marc Charles

The Secret to Making Money as an Online Teacher


6:53 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

I hope all is well. Happy 4th of July.

I've reprinted a question from a fellow entrepeneur, and my response:

Question: Hey Marc: I’m trying to find ways to make money as an online teacher or instructor. Do you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations”?
                                                                                                     M.F. Flagstaff AZ

If you want to make money as an online teacher today's column is for you.

You CAN make money in online education.

I taught an online course recently and received $150 for three hours of work. 

Actually, it took a more than three hours of work.  There was some prep work and research. But it was a lot of fun and super easy to do. And I’m still getting traffic to my other ventures.

Online education is growing like wildfire!

Heck…. Online education startup Knewton recently received more than $54 million for rapid expansion. The company customizes educational content to create a personalized learning experience for students, it’s pretty neat.

And the best part is….

There are several ways to grab your share of the online education cash flow. 

This week I’ll focus on becoming an online instructor. But there are many ways to make money in this market.

The first thing people usually say to me is “I’m not qualified”.

That’s what S.E. said to me during lunch last week in Camden Maine.

Steve is a graphic designer. 

He works for a large specialty publisher with print and online products.

Steve’s been honing his craft for more than 20 years. He’s a great teacher.
I sent him links to 9 online instructor opportunities he could look into.

He checked them out and told me two companies are interested in his services.

Customized Education is Fastest Growing Segment on the Internet

The reason online education is growing so fast is money.

But actually it’s the lack of it! 

Here’s what I mean…..

People often weigh the pros and cons of traditional schools versus online or distance education.
There’s nothing to compare when it comes to cost. 

The cost of online education is only a fraction of what you’ll pay to attend a “traditional” school.

Master’s Degree in 14 Months

Online education is changing the way people learn.

The other advantage is speed.

Online education can slash the amount of time it takes to get a degree.

For example, it can take up to four years to earn a Master’s degree at a traditional college or university.

You can earn a Master’s Degree online in as little as 14 months.

No……I’m not talking about a “Cracker Jack Diploma” (the kind you find inside a box of Cracker Jacks). I’m talking about an accredited degree accepted anywhere in the world.

On top of that, traditional schools require students to be in the classroom at specific times every day.

That is one of my beefs with public or government sponsored schools. It seems like a training ground for jobs in the Industrial Age. 

Public schools are like an assembly line. 

Everyone glides into the classroom on a conveyor belt at exactly 7:00 AM. 

The bell rings, and everyone mounts the conveyor belt for the next class.

What happens when a student wants to spend more time in class studying, researching or exploring something exciting?


That’s unacceptable….get on the conveyor belt!
Time and your physical location are irrelevant with online schools.

A student can work at his or her own pace!

My daughter is a sophomore in high school. Yesterday she said, “The teachers are too slow. They’re always repeating things for the kids who don’t understand or don’t want to learn. The teachers spend too much time disciplining kids too”.

We tried to talk our daughter out of going to the public high school.

But the biggest problem at public schools is students are taught as a group, not as individuals. 

There is no customized or personalized learning. It doesn’t fit the government “model” of education.

Granted, some kids go to college for more than education. 

People go to college for camaraderie, the sports, a new adventure and to get away from mom and dad.

And don’t forget the parties! Parents should visit college campuses unannounced to see how their money is spent.

Profit Opportunities!

Traditional colleges and universities are nervous because students prefer the Internet for their education. 

Granted, some colleges and universities have started to embrace the Internet and distance learning.

The cost of a college course today is ridiculous. 

More than 85 percent of the tuition paid to schools goes to tenured professors, administrators, management, overhead, taxes, sports, and fees, etc.

One thing colleges and universities could do is lower the cost of their courses. You would think in the current climate and economy they would do this. 

But no…most colleges are increasing tuition and course fees!

16 Million Students and Climbing!

There were more than 16 million students enrolled in distance and online learning programs in the United States at the end of 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
The demand for online teachers, instructors, and tutors is skyrocketing too, according to Ken White, author of the Online Teaching Guide

Help Wanted: Web-Savvy Entrepreneurs and Teachers!

Online education offers exciting opportunities for Web-savvy entrepreneurs and for people who can teach. 

I recently accepted an assignment as a guest instructor for a distance learning program called Understanding Internet Search Engines. I was paid $2,500 for about six hours of work.
It’s true, most colleges and universities have steep academic requirements for online instructors. 
The good news is you don't have to work at top colleges and universities to make money as an online instructor. 
But traditional schools may be an option worth considering.
The way people are learning has changed
The “classroom model” of instruction for the past 300 years is dying a slow painful death.
My neighbor is a retired (tenured) professor from Columbia University. He makes six figures tending his flower beds, playing his banjo and sipping cold Chardonnay. 
But he said, “The days of tenure of coming to a close. The schools can’t afford it any more”.
Thank God his golden parachute is safe!
Anyway, the point is….online and digital instruction is available in the “cloud” now. Cloud computing is here. It simply means the “cloud” or network covers everything.
You can access the “cloud” from anywhere with multiple devices like a netbook, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Desktop PC, TV, Blackberry or disposable laptops.
Watch how kids teach themselves today….they jump to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or niche forums like Programmers Heaven.
On top of that, online education is intertwined with online gaming… much to the chagrin of “old world” tenured professors and teachers. 
We homeschool our kids. My oldest son was homeschooled until his Junior year in high school. 
He received his high school diploma online, as well as certification in four programming languages. Most of his learning came by way of online gaming! He secured his first paying “gig” online as well.
The 17 online schools with web-based curriculum:
What the Heck is Distance Learning?
Distance learning gives people the option of earning college credits off-campus, via television, the Internet, satellite classes, web-conferencing, videotapes, DVDs, correspondence courses, and other means.
Today, most major colleges, universities, and technical school have distance or online learning divisions. 
And hundreds of online "virtual" learning centers are being launched every month.

How to Make Money as an Online Instructor

There are basically two ways to make money as an online instructor.
  • You can apply for positions or projects at established colleges, universities, and learning centers. To do that, you submit your application to the Human Resources Department (which can usually be done at the school's website).
  • You can teach as a freelance instructor. If you decide to go with this approach, you may have to forgo some of the benefits and perks that on staff teachers usually enjoy -- but you will have more freedom and flexibility.
Do I Need Academic Qualifications?
Granted, most conventional colleges and universities require an academic background or qualifications in order to teach online courses. 
But many do not!
I mean yes….you need to be qualified in a particular area in order to teach the subject and GET PAID.
This goes without saying.
But hiring process has changed.
Here’s a funny story…
A friend of mine stumbled upon an advertisement at an online college for an “Internet savvy entrepreneur with bricks and mortar expertise.”
Just for the fun of it I applied. But rather than submit my colorful academic qualifications (which are non-existent because I’m a college reject and drop-out), I submitted a powerful sales letter and a list of my dismal business failures!
But to be fair I included a brief overview of more than 30 business start-ups I launched.
On top of that, rather than submit the information online, I sent it to the appropriate person in a FedEx NextDay letter!
I was retained for the project within three days.
I realize some higher education centers, colleges, and universities require specific academic qualifications, and this doesn’t change with online instruction.
But the fact is you have (or can develop) specialized knowledge and the demand in this area is growing like wildfire!
Some online learning centers and distance learning programs compensate instructors on a "per student" basis. 
For example, the University of Phoenix compensates instructors $40 to $150 per student per course. And there can be anywhere from 5 to 75 students registered for each course. (Course lengths vary, but are generally from one to six weeks.)
 
Let’s do the math . . .
 
If you teach 20 courses a year (two per month, with summers off) with 32 students per course, and you are compensated $80 per student, you would earn $51,200 per year.
But let’s say you’re only willing to teach 10 courses per year, with only 20 students per course, and you only receive $50 per student. Fine – that’s still $10,000 a year doing something you love.
As you can see, this is an exciting opportunity and a great way to make a living (or a nice chunk of extra money).
OnlineLearning.net is another great resource. You'll find links to course catalogs, instructor forums, teaching resources, and job postings. 
More Ways to Make Money as an Online Instructor or Teacher
1. Become an online researcher.
2. Start your own online college, course search engine, or virtual learning center.
Starting an online college could be a substantial undertaking. But people are going online in droves to improve and enhance their education. And as an Internet-savvy entrepreneur, you can't afford to ignore a trend like this.
One way to launch an online college or learning center would be to specialize and target a specific niche. For example, you could start an online college that specializes in network security, encryption science, or Web development.
Another angle might be to create a search engine that provides exclusive "how to" articles like this one: www.howstuffworks.com. You could charge a monthly fee, or micro-payments for specific "how to" articles.
A course search engine also has potential. The idea is to populate a search engine with thousands of online courses from hundreds of colleges, universities, and online learning centers around the world. Students could search for a course by title, keyword, phrase, or popularity. 
This search engine would be free to users. Entering into partnerships with the colleges, universities, and learning centers would generate your revenue. 
You could also offer "enhanced listings and links" to those that want to be featured "foremost" in the search results. It would be similar to the Google AdWords model.
Another angle on this idea would be to purchase these courses in bulk from the individual institutions and then re-sell them to students at a profit. 
Remember, these courses would be stored in a database for easy online access by students.
It’s simply a matter of re-selling information that's already been developed. 

eLearners.com offers more than 6,300 online courses that can also be downloaded.
Now that’s what I’m talking about!
The potential for online and distance learning is substantial.
Online education and distance learning is a hot rising trend and very profitable market.
Regards,

Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”


Action Plan
The fastest you get started the easier it will be.
So, apply at the University of Phoenix or one of the other online schools or resources I mentioned in today’s issue.
If you Google online education you’ll find thousands of resources. There are hundreds of opportunities for online instructors at Monster.com too.
A New Market
Edutainment is the combination of “education” and “entertainment.”
Online instruction and distance learning often incorporates both of these areas into the education process.
In other words, in order to make education and instruction more entertaining colleges are integrating high definition video, PowerPoint presentations, online tutorials, TV, movie clips, texting, live Internet, and teleconferencing into the presentations.
The more you can integrate these applications and resources into your presentations the better!
You could also start your own online college! Granted, this strategy would take some research but entrepreneurs are doing it as we speak.
You could also offer or re-sell courses (or certification) of other institutions. This would be an affiliate type arrangement.  You can check out the Education Portal for ideas.
Another approach would be to offer small courses (or certification) free of charge, and full length courses for a fee.

Valuable Resources

Online Instructor “Jobs” Too

I prefer approaching the online education market as an entrepreneur or freelance contractor.

For me, there are too many restrictions in a conventional “job”. I also think the money is often better when you work as a freelancer.

But sometimes a traditional job in this market will get your foot in the door.

A job can be a perfect fit for some people. Here are some resources for online instructor jobs: