Scott shares free business ideas that you can use

How to make a million dollars on the web?

The formula for making money on the internet is simple – Advertising + Traffic = Money Earned

Ads and Traffic. Yes that’s right, just add traffic to your properly monetized website and you can make all the money you’d ever want while you do something else.

If you’re asking yourself how to make more money with your website you might be asking the wrong question.  The right question is how much traffic do I need? How much web-traffic do you need to make a million? Well, I can answer that question.

Get yourself a piece of paper and I will show you how to make a million with your website.

First thing I want you to write down is – The total amount of money your website has made up to this point (a round number).

*even if it’s only made a dollar, that is fine.
*If the website has made nothing, I will address this issue.

Next I want you to write – The total amount of transactions. (This means – Pay-Per-Click, Affiliate sales, Paypal, everything.)
*Example: Let say the website has made, $3.50 from Adsense (5) clicks and you sold a PayDay Loan for $6.50, for a total about of $10.00 dollars. (keeping the numbers round so this is easy for you to follow.)

So we have 6 total transactions 5 from Adsense and 1 from the affiliate sale from the payday loan that have taken place, for a total of $10.00 this would be a avg. of about $1.60 per transaction made on your website.

Now that you know your total earned – I want you add the number of hits that your websites has received.
*In this case we are going to just say 1000, again to make this as simple to follow as possible.

This is how it is calculated:
If the website has had 1000 hits, you have converted a sale 0.06% of the time  from your traffic, at a average rate of $1.60 per sale.
*standard conversion rates for online sales are 1-5.5% (these numbers fluctuate, based on how targeted your traffic is.)

So if you are wondering where the million comes in, based on this sample data I provided and if this conversion rate is maintained.
You will need approximately ten thousand visitors to make 100 bucks
100,000 visits to make $1000.00
1,000,000 visits to make $10,000.00

Web traffic times sales times conversion factor equals earnings.

If your website hasn’t earned anything, you haven’t properly monetized it.  Look over my blog at examples of monetization.  Google ads, affiliate ads, sponsors, partners.  Pick what fits with your blog’s niche, ad them and you should start earning.  Then you can apply the formula to determine how much traffic you need to make the money you want to earn.

You get the idea…  Now go get yourself some traffic.

The dating website

Dating websites, love them or hate them – they’re undeniable.

Whatever you think about them, some dating websites have made a tremendous amount of money.  Think about all of the people that pay a monthly fee to find a mate.  It’s a billion dollar industry so, of course, it was something I kept in the back of my mind.

I too have joined the ranks of webmasters that tried to make a dating website. If you are not sure what I am talking about let me explain, being a webmaster, over time you will be approached with many ideas for websites, partnership offers, “best ideas on the planet”(so they claim) are proposed to you all of the time – multi level marketing, porn, and the like.  It’s like being a dentist and when you tell someone they go, “hey, can you look at my teeth?” When I tell people that I own websites the number one reply I get is “do you own any porn websites?” Everybody thinks that they can make money with porn even though the majority of porn ventures fail.  So you quickly learn to tell when ideas are a waste of your time. Read more

An idea that snuck up on me.

lvauctioninfoAbout 2 years ago my buddy Jeff and I would kick back and have some deep idea sessions.  At the time he was making serious money buying defaulted storage auction goods and reselling them on eBay and craigslist.  I had shared the idea with him and he really ran with it.  One day Jeff  called while he was waiting for an auction.  He said, you know there are all these people sitting around and they would probably pay a subscription to have a website with all the storage auction information in one place.   Having myself been a storage auction buyer and successful at it, the thought had crossed my mind in the past, but it was one of those ideas you just don’t know what you want to do with it.  My biggest issue with the project was that I wasn’t sure if the market would support a website.  All of the information was already available from public sources.   I didn’t know if people were actually lazy enough to pay a subscription for public information.  So its like 3 a.m. and I get this wild hair, and WHAM! LVAuctionInfo.com was born. Read more

Learning to window tint cars

Here’s an idea you could consider to make some cash in short order…

Many people consider expensive trade schools as an option that really won’t offer a return that you hope for, but you may want to consider windows tinting instead.

This is something you can learn in a rather short period of time with scant competition.  After your short, initial learning curve you could advance right to the top on your very first day of work!

It’s window tinting.  Yes, I know you probably weren’t thinking that.  I wouldn’t have thought it either until I did some investigation.  Well… I paid some pot smoker $250.00 to tint my SUV in 90 mins. As it turns out, window tinting is a fantastic way to make great money, and a business you can do with very little start up capital. The average salary of a window tinter is 40k a year, working mostly from May to late September.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not, window tint is the number one after-market product purchased by a car owners. The window tinting market has become more competitive lately as people are discovering what a great way it is to actually make cash right away.  Even with some competition in local markets, it is still very easy to make $150.00 bucks for about 2-3 hours of work.

Window tinting is a few simple techniques applied to 100’s of types of windows in all kinds of cars.  You can learn on one type of window very quickly – it might take you 2-3 years to really become an expert on all of the hundreds of types of cars in use today.  Not that I’m trying to discourage you from trying, it’s just that it might take you a few years to be so good that you can do any car in a couple hours. I liked it, BUT! I happen to be over six foot tall and this made it difficult to crawl in and out of the backseat of smaller cars with tint in my hand.

To get the tricks of the trade in window tinting, you will need to find a trainer.  The cost for training will vary.  Think about it.  A master window tinter is willing to train you to be his competition!  There’s going to be some cost associated with learning the skills, tips and tricks to master window tinting that make serious money working a small portion of the year. Basically I just went in a donated my time at a window tinting shop and worked for free. It was about three weeks when they decide to pay me 30% of the tint jobs and before I knew it I was fully employed.

How to get training to become a window-tinter:

  • Videos – I started with getting a video off eBay, it was very informational. The Tinting gave me a further understanding of what it actually took to window tint a car, but it didn’t have that all important “hands-on” elements you would need to actually to become a successful window tinter.
  • Online resource – Like tint dude, this is a forum with good help for window-tinting help and jobs.
  • Classes – Some window film manufactures have classes for about a week, some a month, cost for them range $500.00 – $2000.00.
  • Hands on – I recommend just walking in and asking tint shops in your area, I agreed to work for free so I could learn. Then what happened is in a few days I was cutting, then they started paying me 8 bucks an hour.  About month later I could tint  most any car or truck so I made a percentage.
  • States that offer the best chance of free training. Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico.
  • Something to think about before running off and learning to tint windows – you must be able to crawl in and out of the back seat or cars easily. I am 6″4 that makes it very difficult.  If you need to lose a little belly fat, check here.

Here are some business opportunities for window-tinters:

  • Mobile – (Setting up in car washes, or flea-markets.)
  • Shop – (Rent a bay in the summer.)
  • Residential tinting – (Houses and businesses – Good money!)
  • Tinting cars in your garage – (I was making 600 a week just tinting cars in my home garage. )
  • Swap-meets/flea-market
  • Mall Parking Lots
  • Gas Stations

*Over head is very low when starting a window tinting shop, most of the time you can get up and running for under $2500.00

I think this is a fantastic idea for someone looking to start a new career and they are unsure what they can do.  If you’re at all handy, you can easily learn this skill and market yourself into a great income.  Sure it’s work, but it beats flipping burgers at McDonalds.

The $15,000.00 table – Another Great Money Making Idea Courtesy of Scott Asher

tableOne thing that I love more than anything in this world is making money out of almost nothing! I hope you enjoy today’s post!

A carpenter at heart – I occasionally get inspired to do some woodworking and run with it.  I was out with my wife, checking out some garage sales and we found an old table.  The table was in poor condition and as I like to do, I talked the owner down to ten bucks.  Ten bucks for a table!  This is one reason I love garage sales.  As also happens with garage sales purchases, it sat around in my garage and for some time I couldn’t figure out what I was going to do with it. Finally my wife presents me with an ultimatum.  Do something with the table or we’re going to sell it at our own garage sale.  I love going to garage sales, not having garage sales.  “Let me think on it, please honey, let’s not have a garage sale,”  I said.  I was on a surfing trip with some bros in Mexico when inspiration hit.  We had taken a break from the waves (I know that’s hard to imagine but even surfing needs a break occasionally) and were walking through a flea market in Rosarito.  I saw this old weather beaten, antique Mexican door and they wanted I think 40 pesos for it which was about the equivalent of $4.  Four bucks for a door?!  Sure, I’ll take that any time I can find it.  I know it’s starting to sound like I have a weakness for bargain shopping but this is not the case.  I saw in my mind’s eye, the door and the table in my garage that I needed to handle or suffer some consequences in my marriage.  So I put this old door in my truck and brought it over the border. I love buying stuff like this because bringing the door over the border, nobody looked or even cared about it. How can you argue that the door had any value and no one cares. It’s an old door, what are you going to say?

IM003258So I get this door and drag it home, I am already aware of the value in old doors.  When I was little younger I would go to Mexico and buy few sets of old doors and take them to Newport Beach and other areas along the coast and peddle them to the rich people for 8-10 grand on the spot, this included installation.  One day, maybe two days of work an voila, cash money! But I get this door home, the idea hits me over the head to use the garage sale table, add the door to the center of it and put a sheet of glass on the top.  I secured the door with a L bracket kit from Lowe’s which cost me 3 bucks.  So now I’ve got about 17 bucks invested in the table.

Making the table from the door was easy.  The real skill here is looking for stuff that can undergo this kind of transformation. It must be real wood, and posses the traits to become something better and of course, I would have never purchased these items for any real money.  The trick is learning to see the potential and a finished project from apparently worthless items.

I took the table to the La Jolla arts and crafts show. A lady about 26 years old paid me with the cash she had on her. She asked me to hold her keys to her G-wagon, while she dug in her purse for the money.  Fifteen thousand bucks – almost all entirely profit!

Tools I used:
Belt sander – Skill Saw – Air-Nailer –

Supplies:
One dollar returned can of paint, from Home Depot.
Sand paper.
Sheet of glass. – 60 bucks.

Total investment: about 105 bucks.

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I do rehabs all the time, for example I got this dresser for 6 bucks and sold it for 300.00 after refinishing it.
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The pizza gig.

I learned years ago that there were some strange ways people figured out how to make money.

Here’s one that I learned in a curious way.  I had just gotten a new car and my first car payment of about $148.00 bucks a month for a 1984 Honda Accord, my last car had “bitten the big one” so I went to a corner car lot that you see on the side of the road.  I was looking for my third car.   So I was in need of making some money and being a young kid I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for this car I had just gotten with the full coverage insurance and registration.  I had my hands full. I put four hundred down and traded in my 1968 Dodge Dart and I was kind of nervous but feeling good, but the clock was ticking and I  needed some quick cash.

Fortunately for me I met this guy living in Brea, California at the time.  He had asked me to come to work for him about a month earlier but I wasn’t interested then. By this time I was a whipper snapper of a sales man, and I thought I had a decent grasp on whether I could make money.  I decided to listen to his pitch.  You can make some serious money delivering pizza he said.  How serious?  My guys can make up to 8 grand a month using my secret techniques.

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Buying small businesses, the vending route.

If you surf Craigslist, then sometimes you will stumble over things that are very interesting. One of my favorite categories on Craigslist is the business for sale. Most of it  is scams these days, but from time to time, I will find really interesting small businesses for sale. I think you will be surprised at what you might find for a few hundred bucks. If you are looking to get a good deal, this is the place! One thing I found from searching businesses for sale, the sellers are very motivated. I am referring to tangible businesses like hot dog-carts, vending routes, clearance merchandise, and so forth. Read more

If you have nothing else to offer, then just beg. The wonderful world of cyber begging.

Need money, but don’t feel like you have much to offer? Then try asking for it!

My very first exposure of cyber-begging was from a man that contacted me wanting a website. I asked him what he did, he said, “I tell stories.” “Hmmmm…ok, so how can I help you?”, I asked.  He explained to me that he was pretty much a failed writer, but he made a living making up tragic stories, posting them on the internet and cyber-begged for money. He also added this is  not much different than any other product online and his conversion rate for this was about 5%.  At first I felt kind of strange about it, but after thinking about it for a minute, I guess he is right..

As it turns out, this Cyber-Begging is no small thing, Check out Cyberbeg.com

Needy MBA Student <<<< read the story now!!!

NPR story about Digital Panhandling Online

Cyber-begging big business! read more

So how much does it cost to get started cyber-begging? It’s cheaper and easier than you might think!
Scott’s how to Cyber-begging tips:

You will first need a domain name: GoDaddy is cheap and easy!
Go Daddy $7.49 .com Sale

This is about 7.99 at Godaddy. Make sure to think up something catchy!

Then you are going to need some hosting for the website:

If you want it free click here:
Free Website Hosting

You can get started for under ten bucks!!!

*Don’t forget to get a paypal account, and maybe a PO Box to receive payments.

As for the guy, I never got a 100% reply from him as to how much money he made. He said his marketing plan was simple, he made a posting in every category and every state on Craigslist and online classifieds. Most people needing money have some kind of a tragic story, is yours worth a million?

I will make anyone who wants to Cyber-beg, a easy to update website for $99.00 (will also provide domain and hosting for one year a $40.00 dollar value!)


So here is my Donation button in case you want to drop me a few bucks ;)… What can I say, I am just practicing what I preach.


The Network

A long while ago, I had meet this really interesting Asian Business man and overtime we had developed a partnership and like most partnerships I had the privilege of becoming close friends with him. Typically, it is hard to get to be good friends with Asian people. They are very family oriented and most of all they stick together. They work very hard in business, in family, in money, and shoulder to shoulder, they are an extremely tight knit group. In my mind, this is why they are so successful.

One day he told me about “The Network.” The Network, was about 30 business men that meet biweekly, they reported what was going on and they all did business together. Despite our close friendship, I was given the opportunity to meet anyone from the group, or go to any meetings. The one thing that I thought was very interesting was instead of banks they had a internal loaning system. My buddy explained many interesting details about how “The Network” operated. All loans where at a very low interest rate and the payments are very low. Because all the members where in business, you could tell everyone your needs, and they would explore and pool resources to get the  best for you needs. Also part of the deal was, we help you, you give back. So he shared that it was encouraged that 3% of your profits go to the group for life of the membership. All members had healthcare that every member paid for. We talked about how he thought that the failure rate would be higher in the same organization with Americans.

The Network was based on the concept of working together to all become rich together. All the proceeds for The Network where paid out in Christmas checks every single year. If any disagreement happens, the group voted as to the outcome and fines would be levied.

There are so many reasons why this is a great idea, but the one that stands out is, people pulling together to achieve one goal and that is success.  There is only one reason why this would fail and that would be due to the selfish nature of people.

I wave goodbye to another WordPress project

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I let another website go! Sticking to the plan to only develop a limited amount of website. Recently, I decided to part with HTMLpostings.com, in about four days from now the domain will expire.

One thing that I find very interesting about being able to develop WordPress blogs, if I get an idea, I can have another WordPress blog up and running and making money in a few days. The best part is the cost for my troubles, is under ten dollars! The HTMLpostings.com website was on the back shelf for a while, but now, I am letting it go, but with a little hesitation. Because if you know how to use PhotoShop, this business idea would be very profitable, with almost no money invested!

My idea for the website was to make HTML advertisements for online classified postings for small businesses that post on Craigslist. I would charge $10-$25 dollars and on the website. I would  make a little “How to Guide” that explains how to insert html posing into online classifieds using Photobucket or any image hosting website. It would cost nothing to market the website. You would just reply to the posting placed on Craigslist telling them how they can save money and time, and give a better presentation of their business, and the best part, its free!

Need some holiday cash? How you can make some money, just in time for the holidays!

Need to make some money this holiday season? Sometimes when you need money and your all stressed-out, you may miss an opportunity to make money that is front of you! With the holiday season quickly approaching you can make money installing Christmas lights. It’s so simple that anyone can install Christmas lights and with a few bucks, you can ease your holiday stress by putting some easy extra money in your pocket!

To get your small business started:
– You will need 2 ladders, 1 10-20ft. extension, 1 – 6 foot painting ladder.
– Staple gun.
– Bulk hanging hooks, for the lights.
– Test light, to test strands of lights, Maybe good idea carry some replacement bulbs in a tool box, you can get these at Wal-mart.
– Few hammers and nail bags, some hand-tools and a buddy!

*Quick Tips:
You can buy a few indoor-outdoor extension cords and extra bulbs  to sell for people that don’t have them.

How to advertise your Christmas lights business:
– You can make few thousand fliers and pass them out.
– Buy some cheap ad space in a local widely read publication.

*Quick help:
To help sales you can add that  proceeds help local homeless or children, people always like to help a good cause!

Helpful hints:
– Careful not to damage the house with the  ladder, tape rags to the ladder so you don’t scratch the gutters.
– Careful how you fasten the lights to the house. You don’t want to damage the house.
– Ladders are very dangerous, always work with a buddy and have him hold the ladder.

And if you want to take this idea to the next level you can also, start a WordPress blog and collect payments with Paypal.

…and don’t forget when Christmas is over, go door to door ask to take them down!

Have a great holiday season!

Bandit Signs [Get traffic to your WordPress blogs on a stick]

Sample sign

Sample sign

There is some stuff you need to know before jumping out and getting some web traffic on a stick.

For about $150.00 bucks and about 10 hours of labor you can get a ton of traffic to your website or WordPress blog.  Most bandit signs cost is in the range of $0.50 – $1.25 depending on size and color or colors. And most of the time they will try to up-sell you for some stakes to stick them in the ground they cost about another .10 cents to .50 cents each. I found that zip ties and roofing plastic cap nails work the best in most pole mounting applications, so if you happen to buy stakes, you shouldn’t need more than 25-40 tops.

But before you go out and buy a ton of signs you need to check with the city ordnance where you hope to post the Bandit-signs, to avoid possible violations maybe costing you big bucks in fines. Where I live in Las Vegas it is more or less a free-for-all for the most part, and you can see that on every corner in the Las Vegas and Henderson. However many States like California will hunt you down, and send you a ticket for up to a thousand dollars per sign! This is how the sign got its name “bandit.” If you do screw-up and happen to get fined and you are looking to make it hard on them to locate you next time, you can add privacy to your website or WordPRess domain for about $2.00 more, and they will need a court order to get your name from the domain/hosting provider.

I have had some really good results with the signs; the biggest element working against you besides the weather is other people or “sign haters”, people that will destroy your sign or cut-out some of the number so others can’t read it. The name of the game here is getting the sign in a good location and keeping the sign where it can been seen by others for as long as possible. Keep in mind, the first visit to your WordPress blog cost a dollar but a sign that brings you in 100 visits cost you one cent each. Making it an excellent value every hit after!

I have done three runs of 100 signs, the result I get is about fifteen thousand hits to my WordPress blog. Your first and second day being the heaviest traffic days, I made anywhere from a $1200.00 to $6800.00 return on my original investment of my $250.00, the total cost all-said-and-done investment.

Investment list:
– Signs $148.00 bucks total cost with shipping.
– Zip ties and nails $32.00 bucks.
– Gas $62.00 bucks.
– Food and Coffee $28.65.

Some helpful tips:
– Use a phone number if possible. People will dial from the car, or write the number down. *use a pre-paid phone
– Check for weather, place them with a nice weather window, 7 to 10 days if possible.
– Use a domain that is very easy to remember, even if you have buy another name and redirect to the website you need them to land on.
– Make sure you WordPress blog or Website is fully monetized so you make the most money from the traffic, make sure your hosting is ready to revive heavy traffic.
– Try to avoid placing the signs on private property, at all cost. they get really grumpy and this is nothing but a headache.
– It is a good idea to get a friend to help, one driving and the other posting, this passes the time better.

Good story about this guy that dropped ten thousand bucks for 2 hits on his website.
I got in this massive argument with this guy one day. We had been working on his website for about 6 months and he was ready to put out 10k for 30 days for some road side sign advertisement in Las Vegas, and this type of advertisement is not cheap, let me tell you! This was the deal. He was looking at getting some real exposure on his website. So he went shopping for road side advertisement along I-15, my guess is about 10 million travel this freeway a week, but here is the problem. If you are trying to see the sign from the driver side, the sign location was 100 yards on the opposite side of the road about 60 feet in the air, in like the 10:30 position, and the sign was about 5 feet by 3 feet in this range, so it wasn’t very big.  But he was so hung up on the core amount of people and that it was near the strip and so many people where going to cross its path, my thinking was that, it was either going to be more traffic than anyone was every going to see or nothing. To be honest the sign wasn’t located very well at all. As a matter of fact, being in Vegas I only seen it once. I thought it was very difficult to read with the colors and at that angle. Two people came to the website from seeing the advertisement, $5000 dollars a hit, I would be sick. You got to get one of these signs let me tell you! The money you make from just hanging there, is just gross!

How to turn a $500.00 investment into $100,000 profit!

Ok, I just had this conversation with someone else, people ask me the same question all the time… “How can I make money on the web too?” Everyone in the world is chasing the same dream. Everybody wants to make money and everybody wants to be rich. All over the web people are trying to sell get rich quick ideas that may or may not work. So I thought I would explain step by step how to turn $500.00 bucks into 100k . I just don’t think people really understand how easy it is to make money in this world! I have listed tons and tons of small business ideas anyone can do for under one thousand dollars, this is why I started this WordPress blog. To share these stories with you.

Every business earns its first dollar before earning a million.

Small Business Ventures

  • Buy and sell on eBay. (Get started for under a buck!)
  • Start a WordPress blog. (You can get a website idea produced for well under $1000.00 dollars everyday of the week.)
  • Start a DMV runner business. (Less than $500.00 to get started.)
  • Start a handyman business. (Less than $1000.00 to get started.)
  • Broker deals.

There are millions of small business ideas, you can do with just a few bucks! If you have a job, then you are providing a service for the place that you work everyday. Have you ever looked over the cash register, and thought… “I can do this myself.” So why not? Why you can’t you hire yourself?

My point is to not plug my own WordPress blog. But I want to show you that business opportunity exist all around you, small business’ are everywhere. I mean think about it… You think Juan the Lawn guy saved up 15k, and invested in to a truck and lawnmower and some weed-wackers? Nope, in fact he probably all ready had the truck so we won’t count that.  He most likely picked up some nicely cared for lawn tools from some rich dude at a garage sale for a few hundred bucks that was moving into a retirement home.  I think it was the USA today newspaper who wrote a news story about, the doggy pooper-scooper, which is a one hundred thousand dollar a year business. Tell me what it cost to get that started? 50 bucks? It is out there… You can find it. The problem is that most people insist on wanting to buy someone else’s idea, but to worried about buying your own. The cost you are paying for someone else’s idea is for him to produce this for you. All you are doing is paying for his idea. It all comes down to this… The purest form of a small business, and what America was founded on.

I am trying to explain how to do this, for this example, I am going to go with the website because I know it, and I can give you the best chance for success by explaining to you something I know about, and can give you data. So you get yourself a website that cost you $500.00 nice round number, these days you can get a lot developed at this price. You can’t really expect something great from anything less. Now it doesn’t really matter what the subject of the website is, so we won’t even go there. It is somewhat a factor when accelerating your results, for example, if you have a 1% conversion to sale rate on your website, you might raise it to 3-5% maybe in the short term, I will try to touch on this later.

So the website is up and running, this is where the money comes in. I would say across the board the standard rate of converting a sale on a website is right around 3% for organic traffic; I know there are websites that are much higher, this is true. But I am talking about everything, pay-per-click, affiliates, sales, everything is 3% across the board. Now lets find the average rate of sale, you must figure in everything from the three cent clicks to the $12.00 affiliate commission. For this example I am going to go with 5 bucks as the average sale because this is reasonable and any website can reach this potential.

So I guess you are starting to see how this works? At 5 bucks a sale, 20,000 sales is $100,000.00, to get that you will need about 700,000 hits bring in about 21,000 sales.

Can you see the principles at work? I mean the website is only the vehicle you can use anything, you are looking to close, sales in the most effective manner.

Oh, and how about this, depending on how quick you want to make the money you can pile on some risk. What is your risk tolerance? You want to take some risk? Risk is my middle name. I got the stars in my cross hairs, so if I hit the moon I can live with that.