At a restaurant today I overheard someone talking on the phone.

He was going on and on about how his competitors are making a killing online.

He said he was in the boat business.

More specifically, he was in boat sales.

To find boats to sell, he relies on word mouth and the vast network he’s built up over the years.

And after doing a little research I found that he’s been VERY successful.

His biggest boat sale was a $200 million dollar deal.

Most of his sales are in the $60,000-$5,000,000 range.

His average commission is around 10%.

So if he sells a $60,000 boat he gets a $6,000 commission.

Which ain’t bad for one sale, seeing as most of the people come directly to him.

All he does it sit in his rooftop office all day taking phone calls.

I thought of a way I could help him…

I understand social media marketing and I have another skill that compliments his situation.

So I approached him.

No more than a minute later he gave me his cell phone number.

We will be talking again this coming week.

While I have zero interest in the boating industry, this venture gives me 2 things…

1) More experience.

Which will allow me to charge people more.

I’ll also leverage this relationship to meet more people.

2) A decent side-income (which will help my mom retire next year)

Helping my mom retire will require a minimum of $10,000 a year.

This one income stream could cover that plus more.

What I love about this is that it can be done 100% online.

Of course, I’m always around the area, either at the cafe or fishing.

So I’ll be swinging by his office over the next few months until we get a system in place.

Just to take the pictures and videos that will be used in the social media ads I’ll be making.

Everything will be on his dime.

What will I doing specifically?

I’ll be running Facebook ads to sell boats for him.

He’ll give me a 10% commission of his 10% commission.

Which means that I’m basically just printing money for the two of us.

If I sell a $60,000 boat he’ll write me a check for $600.

Now I don’t know about you, but to me that’s not a bad payday.

Not to mention from my research it’s far easier to sell an expensive boat than it is to sell a cheap boat.

So let’s run the numbers again…

If I sell a $200,000 boat my commission will be $2,000.

Seeing as most people make $2,000 in a month from 160 hours of work, that’s not too bad to me.

This is Literally All I’ve Gotta Do

  • Take a few pictures
  • Edit them
  • Create an Ad
  • Sell it to 1 person out of the thousands of people I’ll send his way
  • Then go and collect my check

That’s it!

Where Do You Come In?

Here is what I want you to know…

You can make money doing anything.

  • It doesn’t have to be dropshipping.
  • It doesn’t have to be niche sites.
  • It doesn’t have to be building a personal brand.

It can be nearly anything.

You can help local business owners make more sales.

Instead of having to wait months to figure out your own winning formula, you can approach a local business owner and offer to increase their sales (for a small commission).

Within a Week Collect Your Monthly Rent

You don’t even have to care about the type of business you’re helping.

You don’t have to waste months finding “what you love”.

You can be making money in a shorter amount of time.

And then what?

You can take that money and put it into something you care about.

Something like…

Building something that you genuinely care about.

That’s what I’ve been doing over the last 4 years.

Whether it was the blog that I’ve built or the company me and my boy Alex Mangini started.

I made my money from Craigslist and picking up trash.

This bought me time to put into the things that I cared about.

It allowed me to move to Los Angeles and work with Victor Pride.

And now it allows me to work with artists and online personalities, instead of having to chase any little opportunity that’ll pay my bills.

You’ve Just Gotta Open Your Mind to What’s Possible.

Because it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut, believing you’ve got to do what everybody else is doing to make money.

I know I wasted a lot of time overthinking ways to make my money.

It wasn’t until I said “fuck what they’ve got going on! Let me figure out how I can ACTUALLY start making money!” that things started to change.

How can you make the change?.

Find a Problem and Solve It.

That’s all making money comes down to.

I heard the boat salesman talking about a problem.

I approached him to offer a solution.

I repeated back to him what he was looking for and how I’d solve it.

Now I’ve got a big money maker in the works.

I don’t know about you, but making an extra $400-$2,000 a month would help me a lot.

Hell, just $400 would pay for my car payment and insurance.

And I’d still have money left over.

That’s how this whole money thing really works.

You find a problem and then you solve it.

NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.

Your Challenge – Solve Someone’s Problem

I challenge you to find 1 problem that you can solve.

Whether it’s flipping stuff on Craigslist

Or whether it’s offering to do help someone else make their money…

Or whether it’s cutting your neighbors grass…

Just find one problem to solve and then solve it.

This is guaranteed to make you some money.

And maybe just maybe you’ll open your mind.

Your friend,

Dylan Madden

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6 comments add yours

  1. Happy to hear that you’ve found a great opportunity here, Dylan.

    I’ve been looking to help local businesses run their ads in a fashion similar to yours as well. To my knowledge, however, the issue is that the money to run the ads in the first place will require some initial capital. How much would you suggest a beginner lay aside for their first ad campaign? $500 for a month?

    Thank you
    – Andreas

    • $500 for a month is a good start. Be ready to lose money and then structure your business so that the client takes on the risk. You may have to put the money out upfront until you get a few clients under your belt.

  2. Cool post. But I have a question. How exactly do you sell a boat online ? Do people really buy a 60k or even a 200k boat online ?

    I know little to nothing about running ads online so, maybe my question sounds stupid. But I’d like to know. It’s an interesting business model…

    Regards

    • Sounds like what he’s doing is connecting a seller and a buyer. While they may initiate contact online, the purchase is usually done in person or through a broker. Similar to how someone would purchase an out of state car on autotrader

    • You simply leverage Facebook Ads. Take pictures etc, then create an ad around it. From there people will see the ad in your area, then your the boat seller will handle the rest. You’re only job is to bring him customers.

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