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The Embarrassing Things I Did to Earn Money in College

March 18th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

If you’re a longtime reader, you already know I literally cleaned bathrooms during my freshman year.

Then, years later (1993), my friends played probably the best and most elaborate practical joke on me I’ve ever heard of. I’ll spare you the details except to say it involved a fake experiment in the college psychology department, a urine sample, and $15.

I told a friend at the Mises Institute that I’d fallen for this trick because I’d wanted the $15 that was advertised. He responded: why are you wasting your time for $15, when you could write a quick article and earn $150?

I’m not kidding: that was literally the beginning of my writing career. My first-ever article was published in 1993.

I just needed someone to point out the obvious to me.

Let me be that guy for you.

The other night I got some of the best feedback I’ve ever seen for any of the live presentations I’ve arranged for my readers.

Rachel Rofe is an expert at using print-on-demand services, coupled with sites like Amazon, to sell simple but in-demand items (like coffee mugs with funny sayings that appeal to particular niches). No design skills necessary — or believe me, I wouldn’t be promoting it.

Here’s the replay of that webinar:


Someone wrote to say:

“That was the BEST webinar for this type of stuff that you’re always promoting. I’ve seen many of the others but she was awesome and unbelievably useful!!! I was up for hours last night creating products and marketing ideas on gearbubble, etc…. Thanks to you and her for the webinar!”

Real testimony from a real person.
If you hate it, no harm done. But you won’t. You’ll say: Woods, maybe there’s something to this Internet thing after all — and this actually seems fun.

The replay comes down tomorrow. Even though it’s free, it’s highly valuable info. You are going to be impressed.

Make the time to watch before it’s gone forever:


A Miracle Has Occurred: An Online Workshop Actually Teaches You Something

March 17th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Here’s how a lot of online workshops run:

Hey, everyone, here’s five percent of what you need to know. For the rest, that’ll be $4997.

I’m personally fine with that. But I get that it can be frustrating.

Not last night. We got step-by-step training, including the exact free tools to use, and where to find ideas, to create products to list for sale on eCommerce sites.

And yes, although that sounds technical and kind of awesome, you also learned it’s not brain surgery.

Now it’s true: Rachel is not a registered charity, and she does have an offer for you at the end. I think folks on this list are OK with that.

But before getting there, she walked us through a whole lot of immediately actionable stuff. I’m new to eCommerce, so I definitely learned a lot.

Judging from the comments, you guys loved it, and I’m glad. What she’s describing is newbie-friendly, and something you can spend as much or as little time on as you like.

Lots of people already do this: with zero artistic ability, they use online platforms to create print-on-demand products. No outlay of cash, no inventory to hold, and definitely not difficult to learn.

Newbie-friendly, in other words.

There’s a countdown clock above the replay, so be sure you find the time to watch:


Mug Shots

March 16th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

I think some people don’t believe me when I say, “You can do this.”

So in this post I’m showing you a couple of images of print-on-demand products Rachel Rofe created, and that have sold well on Amazon (and other eCommerce sites).

Here’s one:

Here’s another one:

If you’re saying, hey, I could come up with ideas like that, you’re right. In fact, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you.

All you need are the tools, which are generally free. And if you also need a source of witty ideas, Rachel has one for you — and you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t think of it.

Want to watch how it’s done? Join us tonight (Thursday) for a step-by-step presentation.

No need to hold inventory, and no big investment. Just some basic ideas, and boom — you’ve got products (and some extra bucks).

Reserve your seat, and watch with your own eyes:


Big Companies Are Killing the Little Guy? I Call BS

March 14th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

We hear it all the time: big companies are crushing their smaller competitors.

Amazon is offered as a case in point.

These people are thinking about it the wrong way. Thanks to Amazon, small booksellers that would otherwise have struggled to keep their doors open can now make their products available for sale via an international infrastructure that gets massive traffic, and which they themselves didn’t have to lift a finger to create.

Amazon was the savior, not the killer, of these companies.

And the same goes for you: if you had something to sell, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of the brand recognition and huge traffic of a site like Amazon?

But Woods, you say, I have nothing to sell.

That’s what you think. But using print on demand services, you can have something to sell 20 minutes from now, and not have to buy (or ever touch) inventory.

Mugs, pillow cases, all kinds of things become impulse purchases when they feature or say things that appeal to people in particular niches.

And in the same way modern technology makes it possible for a technical dolt like me to do audio editing, it also makes it possible for an artistic dolt like me (and you, perhaps…?) to get a design or a saying, put it on a product, and sell it through Amazon and other eCommerce sites.

Other people are doing this every single day, using free tools available to anyone.

It’s a perfect little spare-time project — and one that can turn into a whole lot more.

Want to watch it done right before your eyes? Join me for a presentation with Rachel Rofe, who’s an expert at this, on Thursday:


I Sought to Learn Ten Languages, and Learned Zero

March 13th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

When I was a young man, I was totally undisciplined.

I was a nerd, yes, but you knew that part.

I would go to the bookstore, see a book on teaching myself Italian, and get all excited at the prospect. I’d buy it and take it home, all set to get started.

By the time I’d reached page nine, I would have found something else that sounded exciting, and my ambitions to learn Italian would have dissipated as quickly as they had begun.

I see the same phenomenon among good people who want that online income stream.

They buy something, get 10% through it, and then buy the next thing.

They never focus on that one thing.

(This is almost as bad as the folks who want that income stream but never actually do anything at all, have no plan for reaching their goal, and then sip tea wondering about what might have been.)

So here’s what you should do.

Focus on this one thing.

Join me this Thursday night for a presentation with Rachel Rofe, who will take you through all kinds of free resources you can use to create things people love.

Woods, I can’t create anything!

Yes, you can. Do I really have more confidence in you than you do?

These are print-on-demand products — with particular emphasis on coffee mugs — so they don’t even get created until someone orders them. That means you don’t have to spend anything on (or even hold any) inventory.

See why it’s so much easier to be alive in 2017 than 1957?

One little witty line, often with people passionate about a certain niche in mind, and you have a product people really do buy. I promise.

Learn how to do this (it’s idiot-proof), how to get started, and where Rachel gets her ideas (the source is right in front of you, but if you’re like me, you won’t see it until she shows it to you).

Yes, it works, and no, doing it doesn’t cost you anything.

See you Thursday:


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