The Great Ideazine
     August 12, 2009Volume 8   Number 20   Issue 232     
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Introduction

I've taken on-line business ideas and applied them to off-line businesses this week so that you can make some fairly quick and easy money.


Two Quick Off-line Businesses For You

by Jim Green

Business #1

This method involves a little bit of work, but not much. Many businesses could benefit greatly from having Craigslist ads posted for them once a week or even once a day.

Craigslist gets over 10 million visitors a day! This can obviously be a great selling point for this service. Once a business owner hears that and confirm it (if they need to), you will be able to charge them for this service with no problem.

You can package together different options, such as "Five Craigslist Ads Per Week for $XX" or "One month of Craigslist advertising for $XX.

I think $10 per ad is fair for off-line businesses (considering they pay the Yellow Pages and other advertising companies much more money!). If you do five a week for them, that's $50 a week which comes out to $200 per month, from just one client. It should only take about five minutes or so to post a Craigslist ad for someone, it is not difficult at all.

If you are not sure of your sales ability, you can make a super offer by discounting longer term contracts - .e.g. $10 per ad, $40 for five ads, or $100 for a month of advertising (20 ads). This should get you your first couple of clients, then you can use them as testimonials and raise your prices withe each new client.

Business #2

Another simple thing you can do is offer article marketing services to a local business. You can explain to them the benefits of article marketing, such as the traffic it can potentially bring their website, the leads it could generate for them, the SEO benefits of having back links from articles, etc.

If you are an article writer, you might be getting anywhere from $1.50 - $17+ per article on-line, but most freelancers get about $3 - $7 per article on average.

However, when you offer article marketing for off-line businesses (to promote their business and/or their website) -- you can charge a lot entrepreneurs have been paid anywhere from $25 - $50 per article from off-line businesses and they are more than happy with the results. Plus, most businesses will want you to write 10 - 20 articles per month for them once you explain how article marketing really works. If you can't write an article to save your life...you can always outsource to an on-line freelancer that produces quality work. Heck, even if you paid a freelancer $10 per article you would still bank a very nice profit!

Again, you can offer package deals to get your foot in the door and then raise prices with each new client. Just make sure that you let your original clients know that they are getting a super deal that is only for a very few clients, or for a limited time.

If you are not making good money on-line, or just need a quick cash infusion, these two tips should allow you to take your on-line skills and make money from the off-line world.


Final Notes
from Your Faithful Editor
I'm still getting myself back onto a regular working schedule. I plan to to away again for a bit later this month, but when I return I should get back to a regular schedule. My first task will be to set up the membership site that has been sitting on the back burner, and then I'm going to convert The Great Ideazine to WordPress so that it can be updated more simply. Once I have those done, I have a bunch of good stuff that I am going to put in the new Idea Vault. Look for these and more come fall.

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