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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. It̢۪s undoubtedly a very
interesting idea.

Find out the full story here. link


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