You know what I hate? People trying to sell me crap that I don’t need, will never need, and don’t care for.
You know what’s even worse? When these people refuse to give up and they keep on hassling me.
What makes all of this even worse? When this person is someone I have to see in my regular life!
You charlatans can all kiss my ass. You give legit freelancers a bad name. Go attend a positivity seminar or something.
Are you looking to finally make money on your own? Are you excited about being self-employed? Are you sick of your current job?
Yes, yes, and yes. Obviously!
You’re not here to find out about my week or to waste time. You’re here because you want to learn from my successes and my failures.
You want to get into freelancing. You want to make money. You want to use your skills to make extra cash.
I get it. I was in this boat a few years ago. I wanted to make more money. I didn’t need another motivational quote. I needed a ruthless plan to make a damn dollar.
What’s my secret for getting started as a freelancer?
I guess it won’t be a secret after you read this. Here’s the formula.
Think of a service that you can offer. Make it very specific. Think of someone that would be interested in buying this. Find one paying client and charge a random price. Collect the payment, over-deliver on the service. Get the job done exceptionally well. Ask for a referral. You officially have a business my friend!
Why do I call this The American Pie Strategy? Well, as you may recall, in the first American Pie, the goal for everyone was to lose their virginities at prom night. They just wanted to get it in quick. They wanted to get it over with. They wanted to lose their labels.
This is what I want you to do. I want you to become a real freelancer and not someone that fantasizes about it. You can apply The American Pie Strategy right now or you can keep on making excuses.
[Don’t forget our post on how-to go from dreamer to doer!]
Some key 411 that nobody else will drop on you about getting paid $$$…
I have a few final points that I need to share if you’re looking to get paid without becoming a charlatan.
Qualify your leads.
Please qualify your leads before pitching.
It also helps to ensure that the person your pitching has the ability to pay you.
Please don’t pitch to broke people. Don’t waste your time bothering people or dealing with folks that will never have the ability to pay you.
Do NOT sell to friends.
I had to throw this in here. Please don’t make things awkward with your friends. Don’t spam them. Don’t try to sell to them.
I actually get offended when my friends buy my products to “support” me. I don’t need support. I need more readers. I need readers that will apply my material. Not friends to buy products they don’t plan on using.
Stop trying to sell to your friends. Leave them alone.
Stop blaming your finances on everything!
I conducted an exclusive interview for you guys on how you can start a business for $100. Some of you took this advice to hear and applied it. Others, read it and moved on. Which camp are you in?
You don’t need more money. $100 is enough. It’s cool if you have less than that.
You need to get your hands on my book from Amazon! If you don’t think it’s for you, then just check out the reviews. This is the best investment that you could make today (unless you marry that girl you buy a drink for).
The ball is your court, my friend. Are you going to finally get paid or will you keep on loitering? You can modify everything as you go through it. Life is all on-the-job-training.