After publishing You can have absolutely anything part 1, I’ve shared it with some of my friends, peers and business partners. Some of them wanted to talk more about the topics and ideas I presented. Some of their comments blew my mind, and some of them made me realize I need to expand my first post. The post I published had more than 4000 words, and I touched on some topics that could have as much text as that entire first post (which could easily be turned into a workshop). I had to cut corners somewhere.
So, I’ve updated that post and decided to write about one key breakthrough I’ve head a year ago. I think it is an essential part of the “You can have absolutely anything” mindset.
“There is no spoon”, or problems
I was reading a book How to think like an Einstein by Scott D. Thorpe and the number one realization by far I got from that simple book is that problems don’t exist. Trust me, I totally understand it’s extremely hard to wrap your head around that idea, especially after years and probably decades of hating problems. What helped me is the fact that I read a lot of books so I am used to finding outrageous ideas. Let me explain what do I mean by “Problems don’t exist”.
Problem is a word or a concept that humans created in order to better explain something as an obstacle. Something that is getting in a way, and stopping us in achieving something we want. In return, we use this term each time we want to feel sorry for ourselves or put on a disempowering position. This could happen with our finances, romance, friendship, business, health, anywhere. Furthermore, “a problem” is defined by the person experiencing this “situation”. We all like black and white distinctions, it’s easier for the brain. Good situation, no problem. Bad situation, problem. This is how we subjectively perceive things and situations that we are in. I say subjectively because something that is a huge problem for you (OMG car problems, I don’t have $100 to fix my car) is not a problem for Bill Gates. This works even if you are not Bill Gates. OMG, my faucet is leaking like crazy, what am I supposed to do now? Plumber: Oh, a faucet is leaking, no problem.
Let me ask you this, have you ever thought something was great, and then later, that great thing turned into an extremely bad thing? A good friend becomes deceitful and stabs you in the back, for example? Or have you ever had a problem in your business, solved it, and got $10,000 because of it? Was it really a problem if you got $10,000 afterwards? As you’ve seen in the first post, someone with an “acne problem” is now making thousands of dollars because of this “problem”. Some of you are screaming, that wasn’t a problem, that was an opportunity? Oh, was it really?
…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
— William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Einstein’s greatest discovery wasn’t E=MC²
I always love to make a Matrix movie analogy, so here’s another one. You know that scene at the end of the movie (The Matrix) when Neo dies, and then Trinity does this monologue where she explains how the Oracle told her she would fall in love with the dead man, and that the dead man would be the one? Further explaining how Neo can’t really be dead because he is the one.
It’s the same with problems! If a problem leads you down a path where you make a $10,000 it’s not really a problem. The trick here and this is where Einstein was a genius, is to figure out how to turn a problem upside down. He would ask himself crazy questions like “What would happen if I ride a beam of light?” He tried to picture (some call this visualization) what it would be like to travel so fast that you caught up with a light beam. If he rode alongside it, he later wrote, “I should observe such a beam of light as an electromagnetic field at rest.”
Yes, E=Mc² is one of the most important discoveries of mankind. But, to realize nobody has problems? This is something absolutely everybody can use every single day of their life! I’ve always been a practical man. Spacetime sounds super exciting to me, but that doesn’t move my life at all. Having a radically different belief about problems, and turning them upside down, does move my life.
Why are questions important?
The questions we constantly ask ourselves is how we evaluate current situations. Sometimes, we are not even aware of the questions we are asking ourselves! You probably heard it a million times. “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.“. Why not? That is a great question to ask yourself when you are in a tough situation.
Ben Horowitz in his book Hard Thing About the Hard Things told a story where he found himself asking a different question, that ultimately leads him down a very different road. First, he asked a disempowering question, the one we all asked at least a hundred times in our lives. “What is the worst thing that could happen?”. Since our brain is like a missile seeking mechanism, it will be able to cook up such horrible situations that the movie Halloween will feel like a comedy. The worst thing that could happen, at least he thought so, was to go bankrupt.
But then he got smart and asked a different question. If we go bankrupt what would I do then? He then had an idea about a software company. This leads him to another great question. How can we do that, without going bankrupt?
How to yay without boo?
This reminds me of one of the best titles in Internet Marketing history. At least according to Frank Kern in his book Convert. Essentially you want to present your clients with a great benefit (that’s the yay) without the biggest pain (for all you that are keeping score, that’s the boo). Imagine headlines like “How to get the latest iPhone, for the fraction of the full price?”, How to grow a million dollar business, without losing your family? How do I keep track of all my websites, without spending a fortune on monitoring?
Instead of just using this question to create compelling titles, you can use it to solve your challenges. When presented with a problem, ask yourself, how do I yay, without boo?
Here are 10 more challenging questions for you
- If I had an eyesight problem and couldn’t use the computer for a month, how would I work?
- If I was diagnosed with some weird medical condition, and could only work a couple of hours per day, what would I work on?
- If I was diagnosed with some weird medical condition, how would that change my diet? (I watched Super Size Me last night, definitely consider this question)
- If there was a war in my country, what would I do to save my business?
- If I sold 10 things I don’t use (stored in the closet somewhere), what would I do with that money?
- If I had to pick only one action that I am currently doing, in order to save my business, what would it be?
- If I have $100 million dollars, what kind of a project would I start?
- If I have only 6 months of life left, would I still live like this?
- If this same thing / person / situation keeps happening for the next 10 years, would I still mind?
- Which millionaire habit can I easily replicate and repeat every day?
The story of a farmer
If you are into Zen or to be precise Taoism (which shaped Zen), you probably heard of the “Who knows what is good, and who knows what is bad” story. This traditional Taoist story illustrates it’s teachings.
“When an old farmer’s stallion wins a prize at a country show, his neighbour calls round to congratulate him, but the old farmer says, “Who knows what is good and what is bad?”
The next day some thieves come and steal his valuable animal. His neighbour comes to commiserate with him, but the old man replies, “Who knows what is good and what is bad?”
A few days later the spirited stallion escapes from the thieves and joins a herd of wild mares, leading them back to the farm. The neighbour calls to share the farmer’s joy, but the farmer says, “Who knows what is good and what is bad?”
The following day, while trying to break in one of the mares, the farmer’s son is thrown and fractures his leg. The neighbour calls to share the farmer’s sorrow, but the old man’s attitude remains the same as before.
The following week the army passes by, forcibly conscripting soldiers for the war, but they do not take the farmer’s son because he cannot walk.
The neighbour thinks to himself, “Who knows what is good and what is bad?” and realizes that the old farmer must be a Taoist sage. ”
The one takeaway from this article
If you remember one thing from this post, let it be this. Destroy your limiting belief that “problems” are a bad thing. You can call it optimism or overly-simplistic, but find the strength in your heart or intelligence to ignore your old belief and install this new one. If you practice any religion, trust this force and path set in front of you and make the most of it.
With decisions like this, you will start a new journey. You will create the proverbial lemonade, even if life, God, Universe or whatever you believe, will send you lemons. I don’t have scientific evidence to back this up, but I am talking from my own experience. I am sure you can relate to this on some level.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
— Tony Robbins
Speaking of Tony Robbins, here’s a great excerpt from his book Awaken the Giant Within, that further illustrates this point.
I discovered that I had a belief that was underemployed. It was the belief “There’s always a way to turn things around if I’m committed.” When I look at my beliefs, I thought, “This is a belief that needs to be strengthened and turned into a conviction.” I’m so glad I did because only about a year later that conviction was a life preserver that pulled me through one of the toughest times, a time when everything around me seemed to be sinking. Not only did it buoy my spirit, but it also helped me deal with one of the most difficult personal and business challenges I had yet faced. This one belief, this sense of certainty, enabled me to find ways to turn things around when everybody around me said it couldn’t be done. I not only turned things around, but I also turned my biggest challenges into my biggest opportunities – and so can you!
Donkey in the well
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried terribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off again and take another a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Moral of the story: Life is going to shovel dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles (or as some call them problems) is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up. ~Source~
Why is this important for making money online?
If you read the first part of You can have absolutely anything you saw that I proposed some outrageous ideas myself. Ideas like making $17.857 every month. On your journey, you are going to experience a lot of these “who knows what is good and what is bad” situations. You are going to experience a lot of, to use your old vocabulary … problems.
“Six thousand years of recorded history reads like this: opportunity mixed with difficulty. It isn’t going to change. ‘So,’ you ask, ‘how will my life change?’ When you change!”
— Jim Rohn
In the past Chinese word for “crisis” was mistranslated. For decades people were saying that in the Chinese language, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity. Now, we learned it literally means “danger at a point of juncture“. Juncture? Could be good, could be bad? Who gets to decide if a crisis becomes good or bad? If you ask Joe Dispenza, we are the ones who get to decide! We are the ones who create our future.
Why am I mentioning Dr Joe Dispenza and changing myself? Well, as you’ve seen with the word problem, we are the ones who define what this situation a.k.a. problem means. Is it an opportunity, or a problem? If you want to make the $17.857 every month, you literally have to change. Or as Dr Joe Dispenza would say, you have to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One. You have to change your perception, your skillset, the people you spend time with.
Let that sink in for a while.
Problems are opportunities, now what?
Horses, donkeys, problems, I thought this blog was about becoming an internet entrepreneur!? If that’s what you are thinking keep reading, you still have to learn a lot. Here’s the thing. Making money online is simple. Just like losing weight. Eat a plant-based diet, drink a lot of water, avoid ingesting everything else and exercise for 30 minutes three times a week. That’s it! The global wellness market is the size of about $4.2 trillion but at the same time, it fits into that sentence. So until you get your head straight on what’s possible and what YOU can achieve, there’s no point in trying something. You are just going to look for reasons why you are going to fail!
I am too old. I already have a job. I don’t have enough money. I failed a dozen times. I tried this already. AdSense is dead. Money is in the crypto. Crypto is dead. Flash games are dead. Flash is a dead technology. Affiliate marketing is a scam. This is a scam. You are a scam. I got scammed. I am tired. I have two kids. I am single. Fill in the blank. So, how do you move away from there? You have to ask yourself better questions, and as I mentioned in my last post, you just have to have a reason that moves you.
No problem! How do I make money with my websites?
I’ve listened to dozens of podcast episodes, watched dozens of youtube videos, talked with dozens of internet millionaires, I’ve read dozens of blog posts and countless other things. They all say pretty much the same thing. Earlier I gave you the recipe for losing weight, here’s the recipe for making money with your websites.
- Find a niche that is growing, not dying
- Find keywords with low competition, but at least some search traffic
- Hire writers and other content creators to create content that’s better than the current best content for those keywords
- Promote that content in any way possible
- Be patient and track your progress (everything needs time to grow)
- Rinse and repeat
- Bonus: Split test your call to action, and optimize
Is this simple? Yes. Is it easy? Probably not, at least not for the majority of people. Particularly early on, when you have to take a leap of faith and put in the work without any promise of getting paid. In Napoleon Hill’s book The Law of Success there are 15 lessons that will ultimately lead you to success. Lesson number eight is the habit of doing more than paid for. In case you decide to dive into this book, a little warning. This is a giant 640 pages book, formerly a series of eight books, now combined. I am on page 408 myself, so I haven’t read it yet. But I did pass lesson 8. I live to tell the tale.
There are ten weaknesses agains which most of us must guard ourselves. One of these is the the habit of trying to reap before we have sown, and the other nine are all wrapped up in the one practice of creating alibis to cover every mistake made.
— Napoleon Hill
This weakness has been one of my biggest problems as well. Bane (from the movie The Dark Night Rises) would say that “Victory has defeated you”. As soon as you start making some money, you start disliking work without any promise of monetary reward. You start thinking “why do this if there’s no guaranteed reward?”. Why create content for free, when I already get paid to do my job? That my friend is the wrong question to ask yourself. Do you see how ONE wrong question can jeopardize your entire success?
How do you break out of that?
One step at the time
In case you are over-whelmed or under-motivated, just take one step at a time. Register a domain name (here’s the best place to register a domain name), set up some web hosting and follow the steps from there. Yes, you can first do some keyword research and decide on the niche you want to get into. But if you are suffering from analysis paralysis, just start doing something and course-correct along the way.
As for me, I have to wrap this post up and do some work myself. See you soon!
Starting a blog post, or anything for that matter is very hard. There’s this blank white space, an open void if you will, and you have to make something out of it. But sometimes you “just see it”, for lack of a better word. Many simplify this vision and call it inspiration while Michelangelo, among many things, had this great quote that sums it up:
“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”
Before you shut me down, I’ll point out immediately that in order to get absolutely anything, you still need to work very hard. Sometimes, for some things, extremely hard. Michelangelo didn’t say “I imagine, and the statue of David appears”. He specifically said, “I just have to chisel away”. And chisel away he did because chiselling is what he does best. Before I turn this into another Michelangelo post let me explain what I mean by “You can have absolutely anything”.
Simple brainstorming task that has the power to improve your life
Pull out a sheet of paper, or open a notepad on your computer. You can do this after you read this post, or you can do it simultaneously and double check my logic on this. Here’s what you need to do, list all the things you want in your life. I am not kidding, list absolutely everything you want to purchase in your life.
You know the drill, you rub the lamp, a genie appears and grants you three wishes. Your first wish is that, you can have infinite wishes. And then you go on to create your list of things that are about to come to life.
You can list free stuff (like eat more plant-based food), but these things you can afford right now. I want you to list stuff you think you can’t afford. Here’s my list to start your juices flowing. If you don’t like my list, just skip it, and create YOUR perfect list!
- Spend three weeks in Paris (Louvre, Mona Lisa Eifel tower, Notre Damme, Le Parc des Princes, Champs-Élysées)
- Visit Pisa (Leaning Tower)
- Spend three weeks in Rome (Colosseum, Pantheon)
- Spend three weeks in Barcelona (Camp Nou, La Sagrada Familia, La Rambla)
- Spend a month in Alicante (visit friends) and visit Benidorm (high skyscrapers, long beach) and Valencia (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias): COMPLETED
- Spend a month in Maldives (palms, sandy beaches, bungalows)
- Spend a month in Australia (Sydney Opera, friends and clients in Melbourne, Golden Coast)
- Visit Tokyo (Shibuya, Shinkansen)
- Spend a month in the Caribean (avoid winter in Croatia)
- Spend a month in Cancun, Mexico (avoid winter in Croatia)
- See the Niagra falls
- See the Grand Canyon
- See the Great Pyramid of Giza
- Spend a month on New Zealand (Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Auckland Sky Tower, whale watching, Lord of the Rings filming locations)
- Visit Rio de Janeiro (Maracana, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana)
- Visit Venice (Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, Vitruvian Man)
- Visit Milano (The Last Supper, San Siro, New Starbucks)
- Visit Athens (Parthenon)
- Spend two weeks in Florence (Statue of David, Uffizi gallery, Piazza del Duomo): COMPLETED
- Live 4 months in Silicon Valley (Google campus, Twitter HQ, Golden Gate Bridge): COMPLETED
- Visit New York (Manhattan): COMPLETED
- Spend two weeks in London (London Eye, The Shard, first time in an Apple store, Gunners Museum, Zoo): COMPLETED
- Visit Berlin: COMPLETED
- Spend a week in Prague: COMPLETED
The secret to living is giving. Success, without fulfilment, is the ultimate failure.
— Tony Robbins
I think it’s going to be a while until you find wiser words than those of Tony Robbins. So, let’s create a list where we give.
The secret to living is giving – list
- Renovate my parents and my fiance’s parent’s houses
- Promote a vegan lifestyle (for example, own a website with 10,000 hits/day)
- Sponsor a major vegan event with $10,000
- Sponsor a major sporting event with $10,000
- Sponsor a major startup event with $10,000
- Give 10,000 books
- Sponsor an anti-alcoholic association with $10,000
- Sponsor an anti-tobacco association with $10,000
- Sponsor a pro water/tea/juicer association with $10,000
- Donate to a local animal shelter with $10,000
- Donate to a local retirement home with $10,000
- Promote renewable sources of energy
- Give $10,000 to every single close family member
This list is quickly growing, and I am sure you are getting the hang of this. Now let’s create a list that will help finance your list. A business list. I am very sad to report, but I am obliged to provide full disclosure, my investors still haven’t seen any returns on my main business, so I have to start there in my business list.
- Return $250,000 to my investors
- Own $100,000 worth of stocks that pay dividends
- Own $750,000 worth of real estate (for living and renting)
- Collect $1,500 per month from real estate renting
- Own websites that make $10.000 / month
- Own SaaS that makes $10.000 / month
- Own a brick and mortar business with $5,000 / month in profits
- Make $5000 / month with courses and ebooks
- Own a house on the beach
- Fancy sports car (Race red Ford Mustang, Tesla Roadster)
- Fancy jewelry, tech equipment, nice clothes
- Rent a yacht with a jet ski for two weeks every summer
- Rent a log house for a month during winter
I also have other lists that consist of goals like (eat plant-based food, work out 3 times per week, learn Spanish, overcome depression, write a best-seller) but these don’t require any money per se. So we don’t need to include them here in this particular exercise.
How much does all this really cost?
I am not going to take the “Timothy Ferris” route and tell you to get a big loan or rent the villa or lease the car just so that you can experience this right away. I am also not going to take the Robert Kiyosaki route and tell you to get a loan to buy an asset that will create the cash flow that then pays for all that stuff. (Which is a great idea, BTW). And no, I am not going to tell you to eat rice and beans, beans and rice for 30 years, as Dave Ramsey does, so that then maybe you can one day finally get the stuff on your list. All great advice, but I like mine much more and besides, in some cases, one does not exclude the other.
Also, nothing wrong with combining these approaches. You can still be vigilant with paying of your debts (Ramsey), get a loan in order to purchase your new cash flow (Kiyosaki), for example a website. And every now and then (until you can really afford to), get a cheap deal in order to travel abroad or sell some old stuff in order to buy a nice car (Ferris). Just don’t lease it, because that would contradict Ramsey.
You need to increase your income, and then invest that income into creating new streams of income.
We need to put a $ sign on every item on this list. For me, a trip to Venice is cheap, but a month in New Zealand for me and my love would probably cost around $6,000. The flight tickets are around $2,500, Airbnb around $1,500, food for a month I suppose around $500 and everything else would squeeze into $1,500. Have you noticed how I am not “cheating” like Timothy Ferriss by saying that the flight tickets are $100 because of XYZ? This is a legit, full-price that I found in March 2019. Surely I can try to get a better deal but for this particular exercise, I don’t have to. Let’s not waste time while gaining momentum. You can research in detail later.
Your dream beach house, log house or penthouse, your fancy sports car, or a yacht are the biggest purchases. But even with those, I am willing to bet that your total would fall at around $1,500,000 dollars. This sum largely depends on the biggest item (house, or should I say villa). And the price of the villa largely depends on it’s location. You wouldn’t believe the villa you can get on an island in the Adriatic for $750.000 but this same villa in La Jolla California might as well be 3X this price.
Also worth noting is this spectacular list wouldn’t include owning a house on each continent (in my opinion idiotic move unless they are generating cash-flow) or owning a 100 feet (30m) yacht. You rent a yacht for two-three weeks and move on! Trust me, you do not want to own and take care of your yacht for 365 days, so that you could use it for 21 days. It’s just wasteful, it cost to much, and besides, this way, you can rent a different boat, in a different location, every summer.
$1,500,000 really? Now what?
My freak list above falls in that range. If you remove the item “Own $750,000 worth of real estate (for living and renting)”then it falls under the one million mark. Even if you donated 10% of all your funds ($150,000) you could practically see all the major sights in the world, help everybody you hold near and dear, and buy all the toys you can think of.
So, now that we’ve hopefully established that you don’t need a billion dollars or $100,000,000 dollars or even $10,000,000, let’s get to the other part. How do we get those $1,500,000? More importantly, how long will it take us to reach this goal? Yes, that is the hard part, especially if you consider that in United States which is considered one of the richest countries in the world majority of people barely have $1000 saved, and are making less then $60,000 per year.
Even if no one else sees it for me, I must see it for myself.
— Les Brown
Can you wait 7 years for everything you ever wished for?
Let’s divide $1,500,000 with 84 months (7 years). We get $17.857 every month. In theory, that’s the monthly cash flow that’s required in order to fund your list. Before you start booing and close this tab, give me a chance to open your eyes. What have you got to lose? First of all, this is not 70 years, it’s 7 years. Some people go to college that takes 7 years to finish. If you are 25, you could be 32 by the time you are done. If you are 50, you could be 57. As one of my favourite quotes goes…
Time not important. Only life important.
— The Mondoshawan
If you are still with me, you are probably curious. So, how do we create $17.857 every month? I am glad you asked. Here we go!
Multiple streams of income
If like me you have an extremely capable spouse, it’s easier to create multiple streams of income, but also, everything has more sense. So I suppose if you lack in that department, step #0 would be, find someone who completes you. Find someone where 1 + 1 = 3. I don’t want to give marriage advice, so I’ll proceed like you are Han Solo. Well, Han Solo, if there were two of you, you could immediately split the $17.857 in two and you would have to figure out only $8.928 per month. Haha! All joking aside, finding good people (like employees) is going to be a tough challenge for most. But Mr. Solo, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and proceed one step at a time.
Let’s create another list, shall we? Let’s create a list of potential streams of income. While you are making your list, have in mind that my list might be slightly different depending on the skillset, amount of money you are able to invest, and other factors.
Income stream #1
10 websites, each making $1,000 per month. They are mostly passive in nature, generating income through:
- Google AdSense,
- Amazon Associate,
- various ad networks such as: MGiD, Content Ad, AdNow, Media.net, and many other
- various affiliate marketplaces: Awin, CJ affiliate, Impact and many other
- direct affiliate deals (like the ClickFunnels 40% on all recurring payments)
- Sponsored articles, banner ads, backlinks.
Income stream #2
2 SaaS websites, one making $8,000 per month, while the other is making $2,000 per month. Software as a service is popular because it provides the business with something everybody is craving. Recurring revenue. These are mostly monthly and sometimes annual payments from other companies that use your software. More on this below when I show you some examples.
Income stream #3
Stock illustrations, photos and graphic art being sold on various marketplaces and on website you own. Let’s say that you are making between $500 and $1000 on each of them. As you can see, by this example (at the moment making $3000 per month from Ukraine).
- Creative Market
- Adobe Stock (ex Fotolia)
- Getty Images
Various additional income streams #4
I understand you are not a superman. So I suppose you are going to have only 2-3 major sources of income, and then a few smaller, passive streams. Some might be your “failed attempts” or streams you left to die out but are still bringing in some money. Or some new attempts, that could in time switch into your main stream of income.
Also, I’ve listed more streams of income in order to open your eyes to the possibility. If you like to take photos, use that skillset. If you know how to design or illustrate, do that! If you like to write content, then write content. If you know how to teach, then teach! On top of that, learn new skillsets, and improve the ones you already have.
Here are a few of potential additional income streams we haven’t talked about:
- Selling Ebooks
- Selling games for mobile phones (App store)
- Selling courses
- Widgets, plugins, downloadable software
- Renting out a small apartment or house
- Small store around the corner
- FBA store or drop shipping website
- Dividend payouts from stocks
“Home Depot (HD), Garmin (GRMN), Sysco (SYY), Corning (GLW) and Union Pacific (UNP) rank among the best dividend stocks in 2019, marrying solid yields to strong recent performance. Top dividend stocks give a powerful boost to income and retirement portfolios.” Source: investors.com – Best Dividend Stocks In 2019: 5 High-Yield Stocks Beating The S&P 500
As you can see from the income stream list above, many of these have the ability to cover a large portion of the $17.857. Some require more work (or chiseling as Michelangelo would say) and some require a large investment. Is it possible to accomplish this without a large investment? Well, you then need to be resourceful and it is probably going to take you more time. It is the old adage, do I buy a website for $10,000 that’s making $500 per month, or do I build it from scratch?
Which kind of brings us to the issue at hand. If you are still reading this text, but you are thinking: I am not a developer, or I don’t have any money to invest, I don’t know how to sell, I am not a good writer, I am not a designer, there is a solution for each of those problems.
You have to get good at something. Some people are great at watching Netflix and eating popcorn. Yes or yes? Find your rock (your reason, your why), and start “chiseling away”. As you will see below, you don’t have to find the cure for cancer, but you have to give a solution to at least a small group of people. If you sell a $100 worth of products every day for 10 years, that’s $365,000. Do you think this could be done in an automated way with a website and other software? Absolutely!
Is it really possible? Examples!
Spoiler alert, I am personally not there yet. As you can see in my list, my company owes $250,000 to their investors. But I am on this “7-year journey” I mentioned earlier. I already crossed off a few things on my list (many not included here), I am making solid income and so is my spouse. We do so with different streams of income. But more importantly, I sincerely believe this is possible! I was sitting in a beautiful old town square, on an island, overlooking the Adriatic, with our apartment (my spouse and I literally just bought it) just around the corner… I realized this list was possible! I was literally floored. I couldn’t stop talking to my fiancee, and so this post was written because I had to share this with everybody.
In the following examples I want to show you that you do not need to “create a cure for cancer”, you don’t need to be “Elon Musk and run Tesla” you don’t need to “win the lottery” you don’t need to cheat on taxes, you don’t need to “live in America”, and my personal favorite, you don’t have to be Steve Jobs and invent the iPhone. None of that!
In theory, it works, here’s the math
Check this out. If you have a website that is making $3.33 dollars per day, and you buy or build 100 of such small niche websites, you should be a millionaire in less than a decade, just from those websites.
$3.33 X 30 days = $100 per month. $100 profit X 100 websites = $10,000 per month. $10,000 X 120 months = $1,200,000.
The question is then obvious. Is it possible to buy or build and manage 100 websites that make a modest profit of $100 per month? You can play with this in numerous ways. You can own 200 websites making only $50 a month, or own 50 websites that make $200 per month. On the other hand if $100 per month doesn’t excite you, here’s a different approach you can take.
Buying up websites, until you become a millionaire
You buy a website that’s making $1,000 per month. Current market conditions show that you should be able to get one for $24,000 (approximately). After 6 months you should recoup your $6,000, and you buy another website for $24,000, and this one is also making $1,000 per month. You repeat the process 5 times, until you have 5 websites making a total of $5,000 per month. In 36 months you should recoup all your investments, and after that, sky is the limit. With the $5,000 per month in 5 years (60 months) you should be $300,000 in the plus.
If you want to learn where are the marketplaces where you can find websites that are making money, check the list of marketplaces I gathered for you in that post. These kinds of opportunities don’t jump out of the hat every day (approximately $24,000 for a website that is making $1,000) but it is possible if you work hard to find them and negotiate them. Negotiating is a skill, just like playing Angry Birds or Fortnite. But, back to finding great deals, years go by, Google updates happen, new opportunities come and go, so in order to keep or perhaps even grow the $1,000 / month income over the years, you need to put in the work.
Examples of online entrepreneurs that are on the right track
So, let me show you a few examples. I am in no way connected to these people, I just used Google and found out about their success. Furthermore, these examples are not from buying websites. These are combinations of SaaS, niche websites, blogs and other streams of income. If you are an expert in real estate, certainly you can make that happen. I am an internet entrepreneur, so I stick with that. Plus, houses and appartments are fixed in one location and I love being location independent.
- Frances Kerr is making anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 a month with her acne blog. This is probably her main income strean, and she probably has others (or should).
- Lance Nelson is making $5,600 with a blog about a ski resort in Bulgaria. Not Cortina d’Ampezzo, not Rocky Mountains. Bulgaria. Not 5,600 Bulgarian Levs, it’s $5,600 USD or to be exact around 60,000 Euros per year. Do you think you could run 3 websites like that and make $17.857 per month?
- Mitch Colleran created a SaaS called Join It. As of December 2018, Join It is making $18,000/month and growing. They didn’t get any investor funding. It’s a small company and you probably never heard of them, but they are helping organizations sell and track their memberships by automating repetitive tasks. Mitch is on his way.
- Early in 2019 Scribly.io topped $14K in monthly revenue. Daniella Mancini is a first-time entrepreneur with a fairly eclectic background. Scribly.io. delivers a subscription-based copywriting to help businesses scale, at roughly 50% of the cost of hiring in-house. It is like an agency redefined for the 21st century. They are fully remote, deliver 24 hours a day, seven days a week (thanks to having writers in almost every timezone).
Let’s take a quick break and remind ourselves that it is not important if these people had their success 5 years or 5 months ago. It is not important if these people reinvest 100% of their profits or if their revenue is much higher than the profits. These examples serve the purpose of showing us that it is possible. With a few changes, productivity hacks, or a couple more years (let’s say it’s going to take 9 years instead of 7 years) it will happen. And that’s what’s the most important thing here.
Furthermore, I am deliberately avoiding smashing success stories where single business owners are making six figures in a single month or small business that are making $347,000 per employee or What’s app being acquired for more than $1 billion. You can’t control that kind of success. So let’s see a few more examples in the $10k / month range.
- Back in 2014 we saw that Chris Guthrie was making $12,000 from his FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) business.
- Another Amazon FBA example is with Jon Haver. He was making $15,000 per month, and also supplementing his income, with an additional SaaS stream. As it often happens, this SaaS is for a business that make money with FBA. This is a great example of how to create additional streams of income by combining existing ones. Read about it, or listen to his story on the Niche Pursuits podcast.
Speaking of Jon Haver, he is a great example of how it’s done. He set a goal for himself, documented it, and arrived there ahead of schedule. Lucky for us, he did it publicly and below you can see the graph. There you go, Jon made it in 3 years instead of 7.
List of successful bloggers, some are making millions
In case that didn’t do for you I found a great, condensed list of 104 bloggers. They reveal their income, and you will not be disappointed. Andy over at Focus and Grow Rich created this amazing list of successful bloggers. Be sure to check it out here! You will see some absurd numbers where some are making millions of dollars per year. While some have a nice combination of AdSense, affiliate marketing and their own products making very decent figures.
And the best thing about this idea is cash flow
In case you missed the general idea here’s a simple summary with a three-step process.
- Step 1: List everything you want from life and put a dollar tag on it
- Step 2: Figure out an exact amount of money you need, and divide this number by a certain number of months (example 84 months is 7 years)
- Step 3: List potential streams of income that could build the monthly income you require for this goal, and most importantly start executing!
This also brings me to the best thing about this whole idea. No, the best thing is not the fact you do not have to wait for 30, 60 or more years to have absolutely everything you ever dreamed of. And no, the best thing is not the fact you need 100 million or even 10 million dollars. And, once again, no, the best thing is not that you don’t have to be Steve Jobs in order to achieve all this.
Is it the fact you are working on something you are passionate about? No. How about the fact you are your own boss, and you get to chose your working hours and location independence? Not even that.
The best thing with having solid cash flow (my example was set at $17,857) is once you reach that $1.5 million and spend / invest / give it all away, the money keeps coming. So in the next 7 years, when you get another 1.5 million what do you do with that?
Do you do it all over again? Do you find new ways? By then, I am sure you will figure it out. It could be that you will need a bigger vision. But that’s a topic for another time. For now, I am here just to open the door for you. Good luck!
After publishing You can have absolutely anything part 1, I’ve shared it with some of my friends, peers and business partners. Some of them wanted to talk more about the topics and ideas I presented. Some of their comments blew my mind, and some of them made me realize I need to expand my first post. The post I published had more than 4000 words, and I touched on some topics that could have as much text as that entire first post (which could easily be turned into a workshop). I had to cut corners somewhere.
You can have absolutely anything [Q&A]
1. Why 10 websites or 100 websites? Why not just 1 website that makes $20,000 every month?
If you can create a website that is making $20,000 every month, you absolutely should. Here are a few reasons why more than one website might be a better approach.
- Traffic diversification – One website can depend on traffic from Google, other from social media, other from paid traffic, other from large email list, etc.
- Niche diversification – One website can be in health niche, other in tech niche, other in games, and another in finance. Or even smaller niche diversification. One website can be about tea, one about protein powder, one about workouts, one about living a healthy lifestyle. It all depends on the market size.
- Monetization diversification – One website can bring in revenue from Ad networks such as AdSense, another from Amazon Associates, other from paid content, other from affiliate commissions, and so on
- In my opinion, it is easier to create 10 small websites (around $1,000 per month) in 10 different niches, than to achieve moderate success in a single niche (1 website making $10,000 per month)
- Today it is not as hard as before to manage 10 or 20 websites. Hint, hint, webmaster.ninja can help
- This is not a black and white thing. You can start 20 websites, with one of them you hit a gold nerve, and that one goes on to make $10,000 per month. You shut down 10 of them that didn’t make it. You are now left with 1 great website, and 9 small websites. In a few years, market conditions can change, and revenue changes.
Another advantage of having multiple websites instead of one is you can avoid seasonality or take advantage of it. If you have one great website that is in the tourist industry, chances are it’s probably going to bring in revenue April-November (may wary depending on location and other factors). Another examples could be if you have a website that spikes only during the holidays. That’s great, but instead of resting in the off-season, how about building or buying another website?
Lastly, writing, promoting or working on a single website becomes tedious in a year. Or two, or five, or ten years. Depending on your character or work that’s involved in the project. I am sure that you have several passions or at least interests in your life. If you like movies, maybe you also like photography? If you like soccer, maybe you like another sport as well? If you like skiing, maybe you also like snowboarding? It’s confusing for people and Google if your website is about psychology, personal finance, marketing, startups, business, Croatia, vegan diet, soccer, games, men jewelry… Do you see where I am going with this?
2. You haven’t written anything about hiring the right people?
That’s a great point! Having the right employees, partners, investors is maybe the most critical aspect of this concept. If you don’t have the right people surrounding you, you can forget it. I remember paying a thousand dollars to several developers each to finish 1 / 100 (that’s one out of one hundred) part of a large task. There were 4 developers, so they would essentially just scratch the surface, but we wanted to start this project. That’s what the CTO explained to me is how it is supposed to be done. Eventually, we ran out of money and the task never got completed.
Years later I hired another developer, but this time entire project was finished in about a couple of weeks for two thousand dollars total (and I gave him a large bonus on top of that). That’s the power of the right people. More work in less time for less money. Before you go on blaming other people, remember one thing. Hiring the right people starts with yourself. You first have to hire yourself. If you are not good enough for the job (that pays $17,857 per month) you have to improve your skills first!
3. What about other investment vehicles such as renting real estates or REIT?
Honestly, I don’t have experience with that industry, but I do know a little math. If I have to spend $100,000 on an apartment that will bring me $10,000 every year I am not going to be as satisfied if I spend $100,000 on a website that is making $40,000 in a year. Especially if I consider my skillset and connections. I don’t know any electricians, but in the past I ran a small web hosting business. I don’t know how to change the windows or a faucet, but I do know how to do SEO. See where I am going with this? Essentially, I am talking about risk, which I cover in the next question.
Another reason why I am not super excited about real estate is location independence. My home country was involved in a raging war in the nineties. I was a kid then, and ever since I have this little thought in my head that says, war is possible. If you are living in Florida, that’s probably not an issue, but for many people it is.
As far as REITs go, my friend shared an old post, written by Mr. Money Mustache. In case you never heard of MMM, I highly recommend some of his materials on personal finance and investing!
Besides real estates you could also get dividends from stock, start a part time business with a partner, invest in cryptocurrency (that’s the latest trend) and there are many other opportunities. I like investing in websites because the barrier to entry is really low (for a s low as $500 you can get your feet wet), but, you could also buy a website for several million dollars. In most cases it is location independent, and you don’t have to rely solely on local talent. Furthermore, work can be easily outsourced. Another thing that’s very important for me personally, is that my core competency is within this industry, so it’s ideal for me. If you have web design, web hosting or digital marketing skills, it could be ideal for you too!
4. You haven’t talked about risk? Isn’t there any risk involved?
Unfortunately, I should have mentioned this. Luckily I get to post another blog article. With your skills and connections, your risk goes down (check question before). In the first post I share a simple formula where you buy 5 websites making $1,000 each. This formula is theoretical, it’s like saying “If I capture 1% of our market, I’ll be rich”. Sure, but capturing 1% in some markets is practically impossible. Lucky for us, buying 5 websites making $1,000 each isn’t impossible, but still there’s risk.
You probably know this already, as far as risk goes there isn’t a silver bullet solution. Making good choices means that you have experience. How do you get experience? By making bad choices. Yes, you can read about SEO, and you can watch videos about creating compelling content, and you can find a mentor to help you with website investments. But sooner or later, you are going to have to take a chance or an educated guess. Start somewhere, take the first step. Register a domain name. Set up a web hosting account. Install WordPress. Etc. Or lookup websites that are being sold, and make an offer. If you are a first-time investor, don’t spend a lot of money. Double check your facts, and buy something cheap. My first investment was for $2,000 and I got scammed. My second investment (a few years later) was for $500, and I got that $500 back within 18 months. Everything after that was pure profit. Now, a couple years later, my website investments are bringing me more than $1,000 every month, and one website after another is being paid off in full.
Profits are better than wages.
— Jim Rohn
5. Why cap at $17,857 per month? It is possible to make much more!
First of all, $17,857 is a lot of money, and hopefully I’ve proved to some degree that you really don’t need more. Just the other day I was watching a movie where some ex-military team was robing a narco boss for more than $200 million dollars. And at the moment of the heist, one of them yelled “I am definitely getting a Ferrari”. My immediate reaction was, dude, you can get a Ferrari for couple thousand dollars per month (not that I would recommend this monthly plan). But you definitely don’t need to rob a narco boss to buy a Ferrari.
I feel that many people, and as you can see this is propelled by movies and media, think they need one humongous score in order to make their dreams a reality. Not true. I was thinking the same thing years ago. I thought that I needed to make over a million dollars every year. Many books and experiences later, I learned this is not the case. Again, run the numbers yourself, I am sure you will have a blast with window shopping your dreams.
Also, after being an entrepreneur for more than a decade, I get the feeling that to make much more than this amount, some degree of luck and mysticism is involved. Translated, I don’t think that absolutely anyone on the planet can make a ridiculous amount such as million dollars every year. The $17,857 I think is achievable for everybody with a computer connected to the Internet and some money or good knowledge of the English language. And even these requirements are being challenged more and more.
exact number better than a lot of money RAS
Know your “why”!
I cannot stress this enough! If you don’t know why you are doing this you will fail! That’s why I started this article with a list. You have to have a list of reasons. Those reasons will get you up at morning. Those reasons will keep you awake at night. Those reasons are your fuel. Google index will never inspire you, but a Porsche Cayman might. Website monitoring will not excite you, but a trip to Maldives could. Updating WordPress may not get you out of bed, but your sick mother probably will.
You think my goals suck? I don’t care! That’s the best thing about your goals, they are yours. Build an animal shelter or a school or donate 10,000 books! Whatever, think of something that fuels you, and you are on your way.
I am really passionate about this topic, and I am always excited to see how this type of a lifestyle impacts other people’s lives. Location independence, being your own boss, having the opportunity to make more money every single month and perhaps most important thing, to work on something you find rewarding or fulfilling.
I just realized I haven’t publicly posted an update, but as promised, back in mid-September I picked one person to coach 1 on 1. We’ve started the first week of October and will proceed until we reach a $100 / month for 3 months in a row. If we fail to do that, I will stop the coaching session on October 1st, 2019. Just as explained in my invitation.
Out of the people that signed up, I decided to coach Aigerim Bektemirova, a young lady from Kazakstan. She is currently working as a freelancer, mostly helping with mail marketing campaigns. That’s how I meet her a couple of years ago when we briefly worked together. The furthest she got with starting an online business is with a dropshipping business on Shopify. She shut it down after 3 months as it was wasting much more money, then it was generating.
How has the coaching with Aigerim started? And how can you start making money online?
Pick your passion that is enhanced by your skillset
I already wrote a huge post about finding your passion, and I really think it’s very important to find your purpose. Your reason. If you don’t have that, forget it, it will be hard to get out of the bed. Not to mention when some hardships come along, and hardships will come. But, as experience has taught us, passion is not enough. If you are passionate, but you are incapable… or to put it more bluntly, if you are an idiot, then you are just a passionate idiot. I think we’ve seen many of those in the world. So we need to have at least some level of expertise.
We don’t have to be an expert, or a guru or a ninja which in most cases (not all, but most), are just constructs fabricated by the world. You at least have to know a little bit more than the rest of the world. If you walked into a crowded cafe, can you with certainty say that you are the most knowledgeable about topic X? If so, that’s enough to get you started. Here’s a true story that will make you think. If you haven’t watched a movie inspired by a true story, “Catch Me If You Can, with Leonardo Di Caprio”, this will be new to you. Frank Abagnale said that “he worked as a sociology teaching assistant at Brigham Young University for a semester, under the name Frank Adams.“. This is interesting because this man was a con artist, and the college (obviously) denies that they hired him. However, he said that he was a teacher, and the way he was able to teach was that he learned the lesson just a little bit earlier than the students.
So, step 1: Create a list of ideas, products, companies, niches of your passions and preferably enhanced by your skillset. What is the thing you are doing on a Saturday morning? What are you daydreaming about? What was the topic you were talking about that other people weren’t excited about as much as you were? What was it that people were asking you to help them with? Is there something that people are constantly asking you? Once you have a few of those, it is time to hunt for keywords.
High demand, low supply
Same as anything else, this is valid for the traffic to your website. You are looking for high demand, low supply (or low competition). Depending on your skills, you may choose different sources of traffic. Strongest are search engine optimization, social media, email marketing, and paid traffic acquisition. Conversion or monetization comes next, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I always start with SEO for numerous reasons, and since you are reading this, I’ll assume you know them. I’ll also assume you know that SEO splits into on-page SEO and off-page SEO. But before doing any on-page or off-page SEO you need to do the research. Keyword research to be more specific. Here’s why.
You want to know what people are searching. What problems are they looking to resolve? And where the solutions (displayed on the Google’s SERP) aren’t up to par. That way, you can create a superior: product, content, solution, recommendation, video, photo, enter your favorite word here ___________. There is absolutely no point in creating something that nobody needs. No point.
There are several tools that help you find keywords that are being searched a lot, with low competition. I personally use KWFinder, but, since I personally know the founder of LongTailPro (and you can read the interview with Spencer Haws here) I can confirm that both tools get the job done. For an in-depth comparison come back here on a later date I’d love to do a KWFinder vs LongTailPro post when I find some extra time.
These tools show you how much keywords in your niche are being searched, and how good the current top 10 results are. This is exactly what I explained to Aigerim today. How these tools work, and how to find good keywords for the niches she is passionate about. Hopefully, Google keeps allowing various SEO SAAS providers to scrape their SERP, so we will have these insights. Use them while you can.
Step 2: Find keywords that are high in volume, but with low competition. There are tools that tell you just that (mentioned earlier). Bonus tip. Keep in mind there are “purchase intent keywords”. Imagine someone holding a credit card in their hand, and they are ready to buy. They just need to find this one last thing before they do. Something like “Cheapest place to buy product x” or “product X coupon”. If you can’t find that, try to go lower on the scale where the buyer is still exploring options. Then we use keywords such as “Product X vs Product Y” or “Product X review” or “Best in category for product x”.
I realized I haven’t talked about leaving your job, in order to change into this digital nomad lifestyle. Some call it being a blogger, internet marketing expert, online entrepreneur… Many different names, but let’s not get hung up on that. The reason I haven’t touched on this earlier is that I didn’t have to quit my job in order to start doing this. I own a small online business, which I didn’t have to leave in order to start this journey. I call it “journey” because honestly, that’s the best description I can think of. That being said, I still know what it feels like to work for someone else. I was an employee, and I have investors, so I know what it means to report to someone, ask for permission and not being able to make decisions on your own. So let’s talk about that for a moment.
Do you hate your job? Awesome, do you hate it enough to make a move?
If you’ve read enough material on psychology like I have, it will not come as a revelation that people act only when they break. Only once you reach a certain point, do you make a decision. I touched on this a little bit in my post “Find your rock” which I wrote after visiting Florence and seeing the inspiring statue of David, but let’s repeat the main point here. Only after we are sick and tired of something, we are moved to action. Just think about the last time you made a huge decision like “quitting smoking” or “starting your exercise program” or “quitting your job” or “breaking up with someone”. Something similar is necessary to get into my program, and for me to accept you into the 1 on 1 coaching program.
I am somewhat amazed at how much influencing, convincing and selling is needed for me to suggest someone this change. A change where someone starts a journey where he or she will be able to quit her job in order to work on something they are truly passionate about. Let’s take a freelance web designer for example. His name is Bob, and he is working a typical 9 – 5 job. Bob has to deal with a lot of clients, and the weirdest requests. Can you make it blue, can you make it bigger, can you fix it to look good on the Android, and so on. Depending on where Bob lives and his skillset, he could be getting $500 all the way up to $5000. Bob is also passionate about drones, but he never has time for that.
Making the jump
Now imagine if Bob took the red pill, and made the switch. He could be playing with drones all day long, testing them, writing about them and talking with various drone manufacturers. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying, drones are a great business, I haven’t done the research. I am just saying hypothetically drones could be Bob’s way out where he can make $500 – $5000 per month. This will not come overnight (neither has his career for that matter) but in the quantum field of possibilities, it is possible!
What else could happen? Drone manufacturers could reach out to Bob, and give him free drones, in exchange for writing a review on his website. If Bob bought a state of the art drone, he would be able to deduct tax on this man-toy because Bob is making money online with his website about drones. Bob could also write an ebook on how to create a DIY drone or an ebook on how to operate a drone, or getting the necessary paperwork for operating one. So how does Bob make the switch?
Bob, the drone freak. Can he make it?
Bob first has to find an angle of the niche he wants to work with. Is the industry growing or dying? What keywords are being searched for and how often? What is the competition like for ranking those keywords? Are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest raving about products within those niches? Are there any bestselling drone products on Amazon, and how are they doing? From there, Bob should whip up his web design skills, and create a nice looking website with entertaining or educating content. Website visitors then consume the content and occasionally click on ads and buy something.
In part 1 and part 2 of these series I already talked about advantages of going this route (like, not having to deal with production or customer support) so in case you missed those two posts, I think you will find them useful. Remember, I am simplifying here, but that’s pretty much it. And no, Bob doesn’t have to have web design skills or spend time designing websites. You can buy WordPress themes and pay someone $50 to install them.
Be your own boss, choose your own working hours, your own office, your legacy
The last time I had a job, and what was the driving factor in me quitting that job. I was working in a small, young web design company being just an employee. Two other workers asked me if I wanted to start a company with them. I thought about it, and it didn’t make sense for me to build someone else’s company. If we had our own company and kept building websites, at least after a while we would have a portfolio and something to show for. Today I see people leaving large corporations, and then using the corporation’s clients as a showcase. I would never do that, but some people do. In my opinion, that’s deceitful. But, I suppose that’s just another example of how people are able to make their own decisions when they start a company.
So why not build your own legacy? Why not build something that you can grow and be proud of? Why not help other people that are struggling with something you are passionate about?
If you embrace the lifestyle I am about to teach you, you will be able to pick the products and companies you want to work with. Pick the hours when you want to work, and pick the location where you want to work. Once upon a time, I got an invitation to move to Mountain View, and then a couple years later, to Belgrade. Without much hesitation, I just picked up my laptop and bought a plane ticket. I lived in several countries for months and I am looking to repeat that in the future. It’s just a reality when you have an online business. Ever wondered what it would be like working while looking at the Colosseum out the window? No problem. Exploring Paris while building your business? Possible. Surfing in Australia and increasing your revenue. Why not?
Alarm clock? Don’t need one.
I have to admit, it’s a bit funny writing this because it’s so second nature to me and my fiancee. We only use an alarm clock when we have to travel somewhere and have to wake up earlier than usual. I often tease her about his, because she likes to sleep in and before meeting me waking up was very different for her. She was working at a web design company and had to get up at 6 AM every day. Then she would travel for at least 1:30 to get to the office changing buses and trams. Followed by another 1:30 trip (which would often turn into a 2-hour trip) back home. Effectively wasting 3-4 hours every day just on the commute! If you think that’s normal, I am here to act as your alarm clock! It’s not normal!
Fast forward to today, we are both “digital nomads” and we wake up together once our bodies are refreshed and ready for the day. It’s truly a different life and I wish for you to have it as soon as possible. Who knows, maybe if your commute is that long, maybe you can start working on your project during that commute time! I know I would use every available second to get out of there and 2 hours per day is more than enough to get started.
Your ticket out of here!
Consider this my invitation. I have some extra time, want to give back, and like everybody else I am looking to grow my business. More on my personal reasons why I am offering 1 on 1 mentoring for free is inside post number 1. But don’t worry about me at this point. I have my reasons why I want to help you build your first website that’s making $100 per month. I am psyched about this opportunity, and if you share this enthusiasm, apply below. Deadline is 15th September, I am taking only 1 person, and already people are signing up from around the world! Croatia, Kazakstan, South Africa, USA.
It’s been a week since I’ve invited people to apply for my coaching, and already people have started to sign up. I received some questions and comments, and after thinking about them some more, I’ve decided to write a new blog post where I address them. I don’t want this to be a typical question and answers page, so I’ll try to provide some value along the way.
Why only $100 / month?
I already touched on this in the first post, but let’s go a bit deeper this time. I didn’t mean this amount to be disempowering and I certainly know people who are making $100,000 / month this way but I can’t promise you exact results. This doesn’t mean I am a lousy coach, or that you aren’t incapable. It just means there are a lot of factors at stake, some of which are unpredictable. I believe that I can help someone to reach even $1,000 / month and more, but as the idiom says, let’s not say hop before we jump.
When you have never done something, even the smallest challenge feels impossible. If you’ve never done pushups in your life, if I told you, let’s make 100 pushups per month. I seriously doubt you will be able to keep this habit. In my experience (and I’ve had months where I’ve literally made more than 1000 pushups per month, yes, I’ve double checked, proof attached) it was harder for me going from 0 to 100 pushups, than it was going from 100 / month to doing 800, 900 and even 1482 pushups in a month.
Furthermore, as I’ve mentioned in the first post, $100 / month will get you above the poverty level. More importantly, $100 is a sum which I believe will “turn you on”, and show you that it’s possible! I think that’s the most important thing here! Think of this $100 / month as crossing the bridge. If you make $100, it means you can make $200. If you make $200, it means you can make $300.
Can you help me grow this project that I gave up on?
If you read closely the first post, I touched on this also. I specifically wrote that: “if you already have a product that’s not selling, this is not for you.“. People will want me to help them with their existing struggling projects and I knew this one was coming because I was like that myself! Just like everybody else, I had to learn that successful people know when to move on from a dying project. It is one of the toughest calls, but it’s a part of the growing process. Very rarely can someone from outside, come into your broken business, and miraculously quadruple your revenue. Furthermore, according to one of the greatest business books Good to Great by Jim Collins, lasting change comes from within the company.
Management that was within the company produced better results than outside management. Anyway, before getting into a debate if outside management is better than old management… I drew the line there, and will only help someone where we find a brand new project with the process I teach you, and market research before making the website. Market research is key because we don’t want to spend 6 months trying to validate some crazy idea. We are going into something where
- people are already spending money and time
- people are searching for potential solutions
- competition is not cut-throat.
Goran, will you come and work for me or with me on some project?
I will not come work for you, or with you on any project. Here’s why. If you were making money the way I am about to teach someone, you wouldn’t have asked me this. Once you are making money this way, and doing it enough to pay all your bills and put some money aside, it’s the closest thing to freedom I’ve had the chance of experiencing. Making money like this (listed below) has so many benefits, that once you cross that bridge, it is very hard to go back.
- AdSense, Ad networks
- Banner ads, sponsored listings, sponsored articles
- Affiliate marketing
Here are the benefits of making money like this.
No product, no problem?
I used to think, if I only had a great product, I would make a ton of money. Not true. You don’t need to build a great product. There are so many great products out there, it’s ridiculous. Why compete? I managed to fundraise $250,000 for my startup. It’s a lot of money, and most was invested in building the company and the product. I’ll be honest and admit that due to inexperience, sadly, some of this money was wasted. Sure, you can build a great product that will storm the Internet, and it won’t cost you a dime, but why struggle with that and risk the chance when there are so many best-sellers out there?
Pick one great product, and build your business around it. Take iPhone for example. I am not saying this is a great niche to get into (I haven’t done the research), but speaking theoretically. You could build a website that’s reviewing certain iPhone products (running gear, security, games, etc). On your website, you could be selling iPhones, iPhone cases, and other iPhone products via an affiliate link. Furthermore, here’s a list of things you don’t have to do.
You don’t have to:
- invent or create your product
- update your product
- deal with support or returns (manufacturer does that)
- issue invoice for every sale that happens (less bookkeeping because you get a monthly payout)
- reinvent the wheel to bring sales (you pick products that are on the best seller list)
Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of work involved, but this is what it basically comes down to. Let me give you another hypothetical example. I wanted to increase sales for WhoAPI (that’s my company, the one that got a $250,000 investment). I wanted to create landing pages, autoresponder, send newsletters and try out this new thing called marketing automation. Yes, a lot of work involved selling a product no-one has heard of. I was looking at the usual suspects, various SAAS products that could help me. Unbounce, Aweber, Mailchimp, and then I found GetResponse. It had everything that I needed, plus I could host webinars, and it was cheaper than other services! I paid something like $500 for an entire year worth of access. Here’s what happened then.
Recurring commisions? That’s right!
We set up autoresponders, and the very next month we got a client that replied to one of those autoresponders and signed up for our largest package at $499 / month. We lost this client after 3 months, but it more than paid for GetResponse! When you find something great like that, it’s easier for you to help other people with onboarding or selling. This is where you provide the affiliate link. I am simplifying, but in essence, that’s pretty much it. You find a great product, that’s already a best seller. It helps you achieve something, and then you go around and sell it! People are doing this all the time, but rarely do they get a commision!
I didn’t even get to the best part. In some cases, you can purchase products and write them off as a business expense! It can save you a lot of money when it comes to tax season. Please consult with a tax advisor before doing so, but yes, even a very expensive slow juicer can become a business expense. Oh and by the way, to give you a picture of how much companies appreciate your promotion. Right now GetResponse is giving a $1500 cruise voucher if you refer 20+ sales. If you aren’t convinced, here’s the best part. Some companies, like GetResponse (August 2018) give recurring commisions. Meaning, however long the referring client is giving them money, you get 33% out of that commision. Every single month.
How to make money online:
- Find a great product that’s a bestseller, and you just love it
- Recommend it to other people who might need it
- Earn money from commisions
- Go on a cruise (and still, get paid while you are on this cruise)
Take me on this journey!
So, if you want to start on this journey, apply here. Right now I am taking only one person, but hopefully, in the future, I will be able to take on more. It’s been a week since the application is live, so people have already started to sign up. To be honest, I can work with any of them from what I’ve seen so far, so I am a bit excited to get started. The promotion of this program and election process will last until 15th September 2018, but if I find the perfect candidate earlier, I may close the application, and start working.
This is not a fake scarcity thing. I can work 1 on 1, only with one person. I want to do it right the first time around and hopefully hit one out of the park.
For more information, you can also read the first post in this series, just click here.
This could very well be something that changes your life forever. Depending on where you are in your life reading this, where you want to get, and what your fuel is… I promise to give you my very best, in order for you to get there. It’s a big promise, but I see it in the mirror every day, and I know it is possible. Having said that, Einstein was right when he said: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” We have to respect that, but it doesn’t mean we have to bow down and surrender to all the “stuff” life sends our way.
There is a story about twin brothers and their father, who was an alcoholic. When they grew up, one one of them was an alcoholic, while the other was an educated entrepreneur. The first son became an alcoholic because he thought that didn’t have a choice since his father was also an alcoholic. When they asked the other one, he replied how he watched his father got drunk and he promised himself never to be like that. It is not what happens to you, it is how you react! I don’t know if you have an alcoholic in your family, but I hope that you can relate to this story at least on some level.
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
Today I am asking you to make a promise to yourself. Promise to yourself that you will learn and grow, provide value to the marketplace and be the change you want to see in the world. I am asking this because I made that same promise to myself. I really believe that if everybody cleaned up in front of their house, we would have a clean world.
What is this about?
I want to teach you something. I can’t go out and say what it is I want to teach you because I am afraid you have misconceptions due to all the junk that’s posted on the Internet. So we need to be patient and take it slow. As you can see so far in this text, I love a good quote, so here’s another one.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
What a great quote. After being an entrepreneur for so long (bootstrapped, and venture funded) I can without a doubt say this is one of the most powerful quotes you can find. If you understand it and live by it. This is why I want to teach you something. Why is teaching someone “how to fish” important? Well, back in 2013, 767 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day. To me, that is just staggering. This number is getting better, but it is happening only thanks to hard work and great mentors.
I am not saying I can help someone living on less than $2 a day but I am willing to help someone! Wouldn’t it be great if this starts a ripple effect? Then again, ask yourself this. If someone started sending you $100 every month would you oppose this? Bottom line, I want to do what I can and do it the best I can. If you are still reading, then it means you didn’t close this tab and this makes sense to you! So I want to thank you for the opportunity, I am excited!
I will teach you how to make $100 / month with a website, for FREE
After reading the above heading you probably have a lot of questions, so I am again asking you to be patient. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast. Let me dissect the above sentence, and hopefully, that will make it clear to you.
I will teach…
I believe that I have the ability to teach and guide you because in the past I had guest lectures at:
- Science and technology park in Rijeka
- Startup incubator in Rijeka
- College for Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana
- College for Tourism management in Ika
- Several startup bootcamps, including Seedcamp
Please note that I am not saying this to boost my ego, I am saying this so that you can trust me, and in the process of me teaching you something. This is not my first show, as they say in Vegas. I will give you the lecture, materials, tools so that you can build a website that’s making at least $100 / month for at least 3 consecutive months.
So what exactly will I be teaching you, and do I have experience there? Once upon a time back in 1998 was the first time I asked for a backlink. Even before that, I was doing “outreach” on ICQ for my website footbal-news.cjb.net.
- Entrepreneur (>10 years)
- Making money strictly online (>7 years)
- An international team, working from anywhere in the world (>4 years)
- Doing SEO (>10 years)
- Hosting websites and doing everything with domain names (>10 years)
- Doing various types of online marketing (>10 years)
- Working anything and everything with WordPress (>10 years)
- So on and so on…
3 Months in Mountain View, California, 1 month in Alicante, Spain and 4 months in Belgrade, Serbia
Before all that I was just a high-school dropout, living in a small village in Croatia. You could say I’ve come a long way. If you are also willing to put in the hours, I am offering to help you start your online journey. If you like the thought of working from home or anywhere in the world, apply at the bottom or by clicking here. Do you like the thought of choosing your working hours? Apply. Are you a hard worker, and willing to listen and learn? Apply. Do you have this one thing you just love, or a hobby you immerse into? Great!
Do you have to travel the world? No, you don’t. Do you have to work from home? No, you don’t. Do you have to spend more time on the beach? No, you don’t. But you have to admit, it’s very, very nice to have that choice. After all, this is about you, not about me. The collage above are photos from places where I lived more than 1 month. I am originally from Rijeka, Croatia, but as you can see, I sampled living in other countries. My fiancee also has several online businesses, so we are able to travel together.
I am not promising quick and easy money. I am not going to say, click on these three things, and money will start pouring in. You have to want it. You have to have a great reason! The better you know yourself, the better chances you have of success. It is going to be hard. People won’t answer your emails. People won’t share your infographic. Google will change their algorithm and cut your traffic in half. Criminals will steal your listing on Amazon. A criminal will scam you with selling a fake website. Ad network will ban your account. Your freelancer will stop replying to your messages. It goes on, and on, and on. I can help you prevent some of these, and show you the way, but you have to walk through it. You have to do the work. Can you?
…How to make…
I will, without a doubt, teach you how to make money online. There are many routes we can take, so let’s list a few:
- AdSense, Ad networks
- Banner ads, sponsored listings, sponsored articles
- Affiliate marketing
We will only work with legitimate products and companies. This is not a pyramid scheme. You do not have to pay me, or anyone else “an entry fee”. This is not a “crypto” play, or an “AI” play or “Forex” thing. I will show you what millions of people are doing, and how some are even able to earn millions! We can take one of these three routes, or all of them. Aside from the ones I listed here, there are other great ways where you can make money online (like Amazon FBA, drop shipping, etc). In those cases, I haven’t made more than $1000 in profit, so I don’t feel comfortable teaching you. In the ones I mention, I made well over $1000, and I believe I can replicate at least $100 / month with anybody.
…$100 / month…
Speaking of $1000, let’s talk about that part of the sentence. Promising a $100 / month online isn’t the ceiling. I put that number just because we have to start somewhere and we have to end somewhere. Once you get $100 for three months in a row, the 1 on 1 coaching will end. From there you will have a formula on how to multiply your steps, and reach new heights. Even $1000 / month. But I can’t promise you that since it will be in your hands.
Besides, $100 / month should put you above the poverty level, or at least help with the rent depending on where you live. For example, if you are unemployed, I know how much $100 / month can make a difference.
…With a website…
Why with a website? It’s basically another way of saying “making money online” but there are so many misconceptions about making money online, that it’s ridiculous. Clicking on ads, filling out surveys and trading forex also qualifies as “making money online”. Yeah… No… I am talking about straight up, “My website is making me money” and “I can be wherever I want to be” and “I can work whenever I want to work” and “this topic I am working on, I love it” and “This is NOT a pyramid scheme“. Do you love dogs? Great opportunity there. Do you enjoy hiking? Excellent niche with a ton of products! Are you working out 3 times per week? Strong competition, but you can still make that $100 / month. I am not saying these are the right niches, but I am saying there’s something out there waiting for you! Let’s get your website online, and let’s start the process!
Yes, absolutely free. If you are able to invest any money in this project, it will be invested in your new business venture / website. You won’t have to pay me absolutely anything. However, as a sound business person, you should not invest more than $1000 in a project where you plan to get $100 / month. If you don’t have absolutely any money to invest, that’s perfectly normal, you can still apply at the bottom or by clicking here.
In case you are wondering why am I doing this for free, here are my reasons – full transparency.
- Giving back (Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure)
- Publicity stunt, promotion for my project Webmaster.Ninja
- Spare time, I live what I preach here and I am looking for a new challenge
- I am planning on creating a course that everybody will be able to attend for a fee. Doing this coaching for free will help me.
- I want to find out if I am passionate about this, or if I should stick to my ordinary routine. Nothing better than providing services for free.
- In some cases, I may earn an affiliate commision, but I will disclose this if it happens and present you with alternative
You see, I am not here to make a quick buck. I expect this project to last 6-12 months.
Wow, so much text, but I hope things are clearer now. Let’s make a quick summary.
- Making money online is cool because it has certain benefits
- Good Guy Goran, the Webmaster.Ninja has some experience, and he is willing to teach
- Creating new webmaster.ninjas will help make the web a better place
- You should do it because $100 / month online will put you on the path of financial and location independence (digital nomad)
What’s in it for me?
Well, besides getting a ton of knowledge, and keeping the $100 / month website / business, there are TWO other perks. At the end of the project, I will offer you up to $2000 to purchase the website from you. If I was in your shoes, I would decline this offer, but if you want $2000 startup capital and fresh start it could be a great incentive. If you finish the project successfully, and you do end up with a website / business that is making $100 / month you are in a prime position to get a job within my company.
- Ton of knowledge
- Website / business making $100 / month (hopefully)
- Possible $2000 buyout offer
- Job interview with our company
How do we proceed?
If you are interested in getting this 1 on 1 coaching with me, you must apply at the bottom or by clicking here. I will be taking only a single person. I have some requirements due to the nature of the process but fear not. These are very low requirements. The promotion of this program and election process will last until 15th September, 2018. Then I will announce this one person I have selected, and we will begin working. Since the goal is 3 months with $100 / month profit, and I am doing this for the very first time I suspect this to last at least 6 to 12 months.
On the other hand, if you can’t build a $100 / month project in 12 months, I will declare failure and jeopardize my reputation. In case the Webmaster.ninja student san decides to quit because they found better things to do I will do my best to prevent this. If this happens I will either find a new Webmaster.ninja student san, or get back to other ventures with tail between my legs.
If you pick me, how will the process look like?
First, we will set some ground rules, and I will establish your level of expertise. Then we will begin with some basics on: personal finance, productivity, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, management. Then we will pick a niche (industry) where you will work. We will evaluate this based on the demand in the marketplace, and the supply you can create. Our “supply” will then be rewarded with one of the options listed above (AdSense, ads, affiliate, digital product). You will then create a website, content for the website and promote the website. Depending on the niche and your skills, we may have additional options.
This will not be an “I have an idea, help me sell it” type of a course. I am not here to help you “make a dent in the universe”, and find out if people need the great thing you have invented. I am here to help you find the demand and help you create the supply. If your child or spouse is lazy and unemployed, you can’t sign up that person instead of them. The person applying has to apply by themselves! You have to be hungry for success!
- already have a product that’s not selling, this is not for you.
- want to try to sell a new product idea you have this is NOT for you!
- JUST need an investment, this is not for you.
If you want:
- to learn what might be working and enjoy the process
- generate extra income or start a new career
- working in an industry you love
- follow my guidance
…then this is for you.
During the project, I will have some materials ready, and in some cases, we will jump on a Skype call. As I have mentioned I do have some time, but it is limited, so we will keep this to once per week. You will get access to my private email, and you can reach out whenever you have questions. You will have to work at least 1-2 hours per day (including weekends) and more if you want to reach the goal sooner.
Do I have a chance?
I expect the candidate to speak English and have at least some knowledge with building websites. It will take a long time to get to $100 if I have to teach you how to register a domain name. So, if one candidate has this knowledge, and the other one lacks it, I will pick the one with that knowledge. If someone is making $100 per year with their website, I might pick him because he obviously lacks something to make it to the next level. But if there is a candidate that is not making ANY money with their website, I will probably pick them. You would be surprised how many people have the knowledge of building a website, but still making only modest money or just use it to promote their services.
Ideally, I am looking to create a 0 – $100 / month success story. If you already have a website it doesn’t mean I will pick you, or not. It could be a plus, but if it’s in a niche where I think we can’t get to $100 / month in 6-12 months the website will not help.
Questions? Post them in the comment section.
I know there are some things I haven’t answered, so feel free to post them in the comment section. I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as possible.
Now it’s your turn! Final thoughts.
It’s time to make a decision. A year from now, you could be in this same position, or you could be on your way. Perhaps finally renting a place of your own. Or prove to someone you can also contribute to the household? Or maybe finally visiting Spain and enjoying the mild winter, while working on your second website. Just 6 months of $100 / month can easily pay for the trip if you are flying in from Europe. Enjoying local delicacies and learning a little bit of Spanish. Buena suerte ninja.