Starting over, what would I do?
Every day I get emails asking me what would I do if I had to start over from scratch and needed to create income in 30 days.
No list, no connections, no money in the bank...I only have my knowledge.
I don’t have to imagine because since I started in 1999 with my online marketing business I have had to start over a few times.
It's never fun, but I have always been open about my failures. It’s part of life.
You grow more in the tough times than you ever grow in the good times.
My answer is going to surprise you.
I would not start over in affiliate marketing in any way, shape, or form.
Affiliates take all the risk, and it’s hard to create dependable cash flow overnight.
When you have bills to pay and don’t have cash to spare, you can’t take chances.
The days of the Google cash machine are long gone.
Plus, how are you going to get traffic fast enough without any money?
Let's move on to creating products.
Now let's talk about the elephant in the room.
If you don’t have an email list, how are you going to get traffic?
Remember you can’t pay for traffic, and you have zero JV connections.
Nobody knows your name.
If you are thinking that all you have to do is get JVs, you are dreaming.
JV’s play the let's-scratch-each-others-back game.
They really have no incentive to help you because you don’t have a list.
If you don’t have an email list, it takes longer to get traction with product creation.
And unless you have some must-have, crazy software it can be a waste of time.
Now that we have ruled out affiliate marketing and product creation, what's left?
I’m about to say the 1 thing that freaks people out.
Start trading time for money.
Yes, you heard me right.
I would offer my services in exchange for money as a freelancer or consultant.
Because with no list, zero connections, no money in the bank, and only my knowledge, that is the fastest way to create income.
Consulting is what I would do until I had the cash flow to give me some breathing room.
After that I would start building my list and creating products and use that income to offset my consulting income.
I would dial back my client work and start replacing it with creating more product sales.
Once I started building my list with buyers, I would recommend some affiliate products that I believe in and use myself.
I know most people would pull some BS story out from thin air where everything works 100% of the time, but real life doesn’t work that way.
When the real world is staring you down you don’t have time for fairy tales and BS.
You have to take real action to pay your bills.
I would suggest starting a freelancing or consulting business to pay your bills.
Only after that's going would I focus on creating products, list building and affiliate marketing.
That's what I have done in the past, and it's worked for me every time.
Focus on creating positive cash flow first with a freelancing or consulting business.
Not having the stress of a having a mountain of bills will allow you to create better products in the end.
If you want to discover the 5 pillars of a successful freelancing or consulting business, watch this video today.