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What Are You Sitting on That Other People Want?

January 14th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

How’s this for awesome?

The great Bob Bly, who wrote the sales copy for my Liberty Classroom website, took some old stuff collecting dust on his hard drive and made an eBook out of it — and generated six figures.

Lots of people don’t realize they have knowledge other people would pay for.

For instance, Bob realized he had a hard drive full of material that people like him — fellow email copywriters — might be interested in: model letters, client agreements, checklists, press releases, invoices, and so on.

So why not put them together as an eBook?

Putting those documents together took about two hours. Bob then gave the manuscript to a graphic artist to design a cover and the interior pages, and turn it into an eBook with the title The Copywriter’s Toolkit. That cost $200.

How’d it turn out?

He’s sold 2,317 copies, for a total of $117,663 in revenue.

Yup, that’s real.

In the past I’ve told you about Bob’s book on writing for Kindle. He’s also written a more general book about eBooks — basically, creating PDF books and selling them — called Writing E-Books for Fun & Profit.

Bob himself has written 85 eBooks. He knows what he’s talking about.

Grab his book through the link below and forward me your receipt, and I’ll send you two free bonuses:

(1) Our eBook and video mini-course on how to narrow down the niche for your blog or online business;
(2) My screencast video showing you how I monetize my own websites.

Oh, and if you hate Bob’s book he’ll refund your money and you can keep the book (and my bonuses) anyway.

So now it’s ridiculous not to do this:

http://www.happyearner.com/ebookhowto

Envy of the 1% Gets You Nowhere. Let People Envy You Instead

January 9th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Guess what: the old man has learned a thing or two after making a living almost entirely online for the past six years.

I know the good guys, the bad guys, and the outright shysters.

I know what you need to learn right away, and what can wait until later.

I know the resources you need.

Hence all my emails. (Hop on my list by clicking here.)

Sometimes they have tips from my own experience.

Sometimes I introduce you to reliable people and products that can get you from A to B.

Sometimes I throw out possible business or side-hustle ideas.

And I’m not shy about telling you, “This is something you should buy.”

I’m not a snowflake who tiptoes around selling something. I agree with Ben Settle: if I have or know of a product that can solve people’s problems, I have a duty to tell them about it.

I’d be doing you a disservice if all I did was email you “success quotes” and other waste-your-time crap.

If I start doing that, you have my permission to remove my limbs.

My recent kick has been creating websites for local businesses. It’s a great idea for virtually anyone, even teenagers.

Especially when you can use a website creation platform that does the hard work for you.

As people saw in our live workshop last week, the platform I found is incredible: easy, intuitive, and full of scores of website templates for all kinds of businesses.

Yes, you have to pay for it. But what they’re asking is a pittance, especially with the 60% discount they’re giving my readers.

But tomorrow night at midnight the replay comes down and the regular prices, without the 60% discount, will be restored.

Do not weep about what might have been.

No more living in fear of the pink slip.

No more envy of people with multiple income streams, or who work from the beach.

Let other people envy you for a change.

But it’s slipping away:

http://www.happyearner.com/localreplay

I Had the Filthiest Job at Harvard

January 7th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Going to Harvard sure sounds glamorous.

But someone has to clean the toilets.

That someone is the author of this very blog post.

Harvard dorm rooms are nicer than at most colleges. Nearly all of them have fireplaces, and they also have private bathrooms. None of this gang-shower-down-the-hall-like-you’re-living-at-the-YMCA horror. You had your own bathroom.

Some sucker had to clean them. That was my job. I cleaned bathrooms at Dunster House, the building where Will’s girlfriend lived in the movie Good Will Hunting. (That’s not the real interior of Dunster, though.)

It was about as unpleasant as you’re thinking it must have been.

I don’t care how “privileged” their background — college men are not known for keeping a clean bathroom.

In those days the Internet was still in its infancy. Had it been around then, I hope I would have been entrepreneurial enough to figure out that it was a ludicrous waste of my time to spend eight to 15 hours per week cleaning bathrooms.

I could have been earning probably ten times as much creating websites for local businesses.

We held a workshop yesterday on how to do that. I found you guys a platform filled with templates for all kinds of businesses. It’s truly idiot-proof.

And the beauty is: no one else is going to approach businesses in your area with a website creation offer. Everyone else is doing the equivalent of cleaning Harvard bathrooms.

Watch this, and then try to tell me you couldn’t do it. You absolutely can. Or your teenagers can — instead of wasting summers doing menial jobs, they can be building portfolios (not to mention their self-confidence).

Check it out — but do it quickly, because it’s being taken down soon:

http://www.happyearner.com/localreplay

 

Dumbest Business-Related Comment of the Past 20 Years?

January 4th, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Best clueless line of all time:

“By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.”

That was Paul Krugman in 1998.

Ouch.

Actually, the Internet has changed everything.

And it has made possible the kind of lifestyle I myself enjoy: wherever there’s WiFi, I can work. No boss, no fixed schedule, no workplace politics, no physical inventory. Just doing what I love to do.

One of my favorite early Internet stories:

Steve Hogarth, of the band Marillion (which has sold in excess of 15 million albums), tried explaining to American audiences that he couldn’t afford to tour in the U.S. The books just didn’t balance. Their fan base was in Europe.

But on the fledgling Internet of the 1990s, Marillion fans banded together and raised $60,000 — and then pledged to buy tickets on top of that if Marillion came. Which they did.

Hogarth (whom I have interviewed on the Tom Woods Show) later noted that here he was the lead singer, and he had no idea this was even going on. Suddenly, they had this pile of money.

But he was a quick learner. “Whatever this Internet thing is, we’d better get on it,” he said.

He then crowdsourced their next album, long before Kickstarter. He told fans: we’d like you to buy our next album before we even record it.

OK, sure, they said.

Every fan who pre-ordered the nonexistent album was thanked inside the album sleeve when it came out.

Other struggling bands, not wise to the benefits of the Internet, missed out on these advantages and opportunities.

Even now, in 2017, small businesses are being left out of the raging cash machine that is the Internet. They have no website, or a ridiculous one.

Meanwhile, the Steve Hogarths of the world are cleaning up.

That’s where you come in. I have a tremendous platform you can use that has pre-built templates for scores of business niches. Play around with the template to make it unique, insert the info for a local business, and voila: you have a great website nobody else is going to approach that business to offer.

It’s an excellent side (or main) business opportunity, even for young people.

Don’t even think about missing the workshop we’re holding this Thursday to show you how to do it, even if you’re a design-impaired, low-tech doofus like me.

Reserve your spot:

http://www.happyearner.com/local

New Year’s Resolutions Are for Losers

January 2nd, 2017   |   By Tom Woods

Look, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself. Any person worthy of the name does so until the day he’s six feet under.

But there’s no reason to wait for some magical day to launch the new you. Just start already.

I wonder if that’s why so few New Year’s resolutions survive past January — they derive from an inauspicious “Honest, I’ll really get started on this magical day” mentality.

Now: it’s not a resolution, but a lesson I’m going to start teaching more consistently to my kids: serving others is how you get ahead.

They’re growing up in a society in which “capitalism” is a smear word. But who gets rich under pure laissez-faire? Someone who offers people what they need, at a quality and price level that pleases them.

That’s how I want my children to think. How can I best serve my fellow man?

As you know, Regina (my 13-year-old) and I are going to start designing websites for the zillions of businesses in our area who don’t have one, and who are therefore invisible to an entire generation.

I told Regina: you can be a burger flipper and be expendable, and earn $7.25 an hour, or you can show some initiative in the way you serve others. This side business is precisely how I’m going to teach her this lesson.

She’ll be providing local business owners with something they need, and something that will make them better off.

In so doing, she’ll make herself better off.

So elegant and simple, yet it’s a lesson our schools are too busy teaching soft Marxism to impart.

And yes, there’s a very easy way to do this, with customizable templates for businesses across scores of niches.

(That’s all a local business needs, by the way; anyone trying to sell them more doesn’t get it.)

We’ll show you how to create your own side business this way in our workshop this Thursday.

Reserve your spot:
http://www.happyearner.com/local

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