Waiting for benefits to begin? Need extra money while on disability?
My name is Don Sloan, and I am permanently disabled. Confined to a wheelchair and a recliner, I became desperate for cash while waiting for my disability checks to start.
I couldn’t work outside the home. So I began using what I had — my laptop, an Internet connection and an online editing service — to create short, inexpensive website videos for small businesses, realtors, nonprofits, vacation rentals, B&Bs — anyone with a service I could portray and promote online.
The concept worked amazingly well. I made more than $7,000 last year, working just a few hours a day. And while that may not sound like much, it sure made a difference for my family. And now I want to share with you what I’ve learned so you can supplement your own disability checks the same way I have — without ever leaving home.
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Bed & Breakfasts
High End Real Estate
Work from home — or wherever you’d like.
The real beauty of this eCourse is that, after you complete all 20 modules, you can take your laptop anywhere there is WiFi or a HotSpot, and, while there, create and sell your videos online. This can be at home, at your favorite coffee shop, at the beach — anywhere, really. No need to be tied to a desk. Perfect for the disabled, and anyone who wants to make a comfortable side income. Even a mature teenager who would rather not work at McDonalds can do much better financially by simply using his or her Chromebook or iPad to apply my techniques.
In this next section, we explore the concept of “Push Marketing” our videos and why the practice can be so successful. Additionally, we look at how long it takes to put together an average video (hint: it’s under 2 hours.)
How to make money while waiting for disability
No experience necessary.
Just bring a little creativity and a willingness to follow detailed instruction in the production of online video. You will learn where to find high resolution images and video clips for free, how to animate them, and how to use more than 100 ready-made templates that make creation of each video a pleasure. Find the best free sources for images, graphics, special effects, cinematic production music and much, much more.
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In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know about creating professional, high-definition videos for clients around the world. Discover everything from how to pick the best PC or laptop to setting up your online resources and website, as well as creation and marketing of these one-of-a-kind video productions.
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A Little Background…
Would you like to learn how to create dynamic videos like the ones above? Click the expand icon to experience them full screen. The first video helped promote an author’s sci-fi book series. It has gained over 5,000 views on YouTube. Or would you rather do more persuasive videos, like the other one, which invites former guests back to a picturesque B&B in rural Oregon?
I’d love to teach you how easy it is to produce your own shows — for your own clients — no matter where you live and no matter what you know — or don’t know — about video production.
It’s possible to make a very comfortable side income with your laptop — as I do — working from the comfort of your recliner. Or, use your desktop PC, your Chromebook or your iPad. The techniques and the ready-made templates taught in my eCourse work equally well on those.
WHY LISTEN TO ME?
I have, in my time, produced everything from TV commercials to documentaries, but my real passion lies in bringing to life a message that will get a struggling nonprofit more money — or kickstart a budding Internet retailer’s website — or bring more guests into a bed and breakfast clear across the country.
You can do the same — and make anywhere from $75 to $200 per video — just by applying my guidelines and templates to suit a prospect’s special needs. The videos typically take about 2 hours to create and refine. The longer they are, obviously, the longer they may take to create. But those are worth more.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
You’ll find out exactly — step by step — how to create six types of videos — for six prime worldwide markets — simply by:
- adapting a 1- to 2-page script template to suit each particular client
- finding free, high-quality images and video clips online
- subscribing to a superior web-based editing platform
- choosing from a vast collection of free, outstanding production music
And then you simply plug all this into an intuitive drag-and-drop format that I recommend based on the type of video you’re producing.
Seriously, it’s not that hard to create each of these highly customizable videos that will please your potential client — and put money in your pocket — sometimes as quickly as a week or so from its completion.
Take a look around the rest of this site and then decide if it’s something you’d like to try.
Please join me in exploring the possibilities, They’re just a download away.
PS No business opportunity is guaranteed success. Your experience may differ from my own, and from others who take my course, and results may vary.
How the Process Works
One of our more successful methods for sales relies on a concept known as Push Marketing — showing a potential client a creative and unique video solution to his or her need to promote themselves.
Utilizing this method, there’s no need to wait for someone to stumble upon your website. Here’s how it works:
You’ll choose a niche market to pursue — like Bed and Breakfasts. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these around the world, each with a website and a constant need to persuade potential guests to stay with them. So, they have a need — and you have a compelling video option that will help them.
Identify a B&B by looking through the listings on one of these three international B&B website directories.
Remember, you need not limit yourself to those B&Bs in your town, state or even country. That’s why it’s called the World Wide Web. Find a B&B somewhere in the world with either no video — or a very poor one — on its website. In our experience, these make the best potential clients. Time required to find one: 10 minutes
Find their photo gallery, showing their guest rooms, their parlor or common room, their dining room, their special amenities (hot tub, sauna, exercise room, etc.), and any exterior photos showing the house at various angles. If they have a photo of the Innkeepers, download that as well — all to a special folder on your hard drive, Google drive or your flash drive. TIP: You can save time by going back to the BedAndBreakfast.com page and downloading most of the inn’s photos from there. Return to the inn’s website, however, to pick up any images or pertinent information you might have missed. Time required: 20 minutes.
Note any particular other features the Innkeepers emphasize about their B&B — proximity to local attractions, an onsite lake, a picturesque gazebo for weddings — that sort of thing. If there are photos of them, download those as well. Time required: 5 minutes.
Adapt the script we supply in our eCourse module on B&B marketing, adding in or taking away elements that will make it unique to the B&B you are targeting. Time required: 15 minutes.
Now, with images safely stored and a script written, you need only decide on a template and music. Here again, we have you covered with several suggestions that work best for B&Bs. Or, you can choose others from the online editing site’s vast library of templates and songs. Time elapsed: 5 minutes, if you use our suggestions (recommended because they work.).
Place the photos and the music into the video storyboard. Time elapsed: 15 minutes.
Preview the video. This is where the magic happens and you see your unique creation come alive. Adjust as necessary to pace timing of the images and scripted words to the beat of the music (we’ll show you how). When you’re satisfied. name the video and choose a thumbnail image to serve as a cover. Elapsed time: 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Click Produce and have a cup of coffee while the online software renders the finished show into something you can show your potential client. Time elapsed: 10 minutes.
Write a brief note to the Innkeepers with a link to the finished video, which will show up in its own player like this. We also supply a suggested template note we have found to be effective. Time elapsed: 5 minutes. Total time from picking a target B&B to finished video and email contact: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Send the note and a link to the video.
Wait 24 hours and call the Innkeepers, identifying yourself and asking if they received your note and link. (We supply a suggested “script” to follow in making this call.)
About half the time — sometimes more often, sometimes less — they will enthusiastically say they loved the video and want to buy it as is or they’ll ask for a few changes — different photos, different music or different wording here and there — all easily changeable within 15 minutes of the time you end the call.
Don’t be discouraged at a 40 to 50 percent conversion rate. It’s really considered pretty good. And the more you do it, the better you’ll get.
Send the new, revised link and call back the next day. Again, typically, this concludes the process and you can send an invoice via PayPal before sending a final link for them to download the video for posting on their website. Or, you can simply upload it to your YouTube channel and send them a link to post on their site.
Either way, you don’t send the finished video or final link until you receive a notification from PayPal that your invoice has been paid. This way, you receive payment usually within a few days of creation of the video.
Again, if you don’t sell a particular video, you can easily recycle the template with new photos from a different B&B, using most of the same script. Repeat with a note to the new B&B. In this way, you can have 10 or 12 videos out for followup at any one time.
Are you wasting your time? Not at all. The more videos you have in circulation awaiting approval, the higher your chances are of sending several invoices a week.
I typically charge $75 each for a B&B video. This may seem low, but remember, I only spent an hour and 45 minutes putting the show together. That’s around $37 an hour for my time. Did your last job pay that? Or your current part-time job? And the low price point many times elicits a quick “Yes!” from the Innkeeper.
So, if you have 10 videos in circulation and half send payment in any given week, that’s a $375 payday. Not bad for a part-time job.
And all without leaving home, commuting to a traditional workplace or even getting out of your pajamas.
Where to Find Fantastic Free Images Online
I’m often asked where I find the wonderful images that make up the visual component of many of my videos, such as the one shown here, which I used recently in a video promoting a book on self-healing meditation.
I find them all through either Google Images Advanced Search or, in the case of video clips, from one of three online free video clip libraries.
It can be a tremendously fruitful — and fun — way to discover images you had no idea existed. In many cases, the free images on Google far surpass any I have found on the paid image websites.
Here are a few of the many examples.
For this image, I typed in “man at peaceful lake,” to portray one of the lyrics in a music video I produced. I could have chosen from dozens of other possibilities, but this one seemed to work best.
You can see a portion of that music video just below here. This is just one more example of a niche you could pursue. Local bands spend thousands in a studio, making CDs. Offer to make a $200 video like the one I produced down below. You’ll have a blast doing it — and they’ll sell a lot of CDs and music on iTunes. The same holds true for any musician or singer — even church choirs or praise music bands, like the one below. The possibilities truly are astounding.
NOTE: In the eCourse, I spell out the very specific steps you must take in your search to make sure you are only looking at images that are copyright-free. Don’t even think about just using a regular Google search to find a legally acceptable image. You can wind up in a lot of trouble.
Getty Images, in particular, owns the rights to quite a few great images you’ll be tempted to use in your video or on your website. And they are very aggressive in finding out who makes unauthorized (i.e., free) use of their properties. You could face a stiff fine.
For this image, I typed in “pensive woman” and the search returned quite a few great images. This one reflected exactly the mood I was trying to convey.
But not all searches are going to be about warm and fuzzy subjects that lend themselves to easy portrayal.
Some require a certain emotional component that can be hard to portray. A tone that tries to elicit a feeling of compassion, for example. But, if you are creative in the search term you put in, the right images will eventually appear.
In this instance, say you are doing a fund-raising video for a nonprofit that provides shelter to abused women.
For that search, I typed in “troubled woman.” That turned up this image.
There were only a handful to choose from that suited, but even if I had gone to a paid site (Shutterstock.com, for example) I could scarcely have done better.
And Shutterstock wanted $29 for two images. If you must use a paid source, you can download a “watermarked” image to use as a placeholder in the video and show the client why that particular image is the perfect one for his or her video. Then, get payment on top of your fee to cover the cost. Include it in the final invoice.
Finally, there are some terrific video clips out there, particularly ones that can be used to portray emotions. Freedom, Danger, Anger, or Happiness can be portrayed in clips like these, downloaded from two separate free sites.
There are also excellent free computer generated clips. They can also be used to portray emotions and illustrate situations in which another suitable image can’t be found, And some, like the Moon over Water, and Earthrise sequences featured below, may fit nicely in a music video you might do for a singer/songwriter or band.
To sum up, there are plenty of resources available for you free online. You just need to know where to look. And that’s what we’re here for. To help you succeed.
These are just a few of the many highly specific video production tips we share in the eCourse. Want to know exactly what the course covers? Scroll down a little further.
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What’s Covered in the eCourse
This eCourse features a rich mix of step by step video instruction and ancillary materials -- such as detailed scripts and templates to follow, invaluable links, and spreadsheets showing, among other things, how to track which clients are potentials and which are already underway as active projects.
There's even a separate module on how to set up your finances, organize your videos, and get your website up and running to give your venture style and credibility.
In time, people will visit your site in ever-growing numbers, giving you commission work -- while you continue to pursue the push marketing approach we suggest to get you started.
What to expect
You'll receive the lesson guide with private links to videos on each topic + ancillary notes and materials.
- Buying the best PC, Laptop, Chromebook or iPad -- if you don't already own one.
-- They're not all alike -- we provide links and brief pros and cons to brands we recommend
- Learning the basic fundamentals of each, including setup of a typical laptop.
-- It's one thing to buy a computer -- it's quite another to tweak it out for maximum efficiency -- we'll show you the latest tips and hacks.
- Hooking up to a fast Internet provider and setting up WiFi in your home.
-- This can be tricky if you've never done it -- we step you through the process.
- Getting your subscription to an online editing site in place, as well as basic orientation to its functionality.
-- We provide a link to a free 14-day trial of this service -- which lies at the heart of your success -- and we explain the pros and cons of different tiers of membership. NOTE: You will be expected to pay a monthly fee for this service, which provides the vital templates, music and hosting for your created videos. Please see the addendum below.
- Acquiring a domain name for your website (if you want one).
-- Some careful thought should go into your site's name -- we provide helpful pointers.
- Buying hosting on a server and setting up your site.
-- There is a particular favorite host we are familiar with who consistently overdelivers on value and cost.
- Setting up your PayPal account.
-- This isn't necessarily a hard step, but setting up a business account is a bit more complicated -- we demystify the process and show how to manage your account -- including those all-important invoices.
- Setting up your business logs and spreadsheet database.
-- We share with you what has worked for us, and provide detailed templates to follow.
- Learning how to write a script.
-- We will supply a suggested template script or script outline for each of the 6 target markets we recommend.
- Learning where to find good visuals, images or stock video.
-- A detailed, step by step tutorial on where to go on the World Wide Web to get the highest quality elements, either free or at the lowest price.
- Setting up your own music library of free downloaded tracks.
-- The online subscription edit site we recommend has a fantastic library that comes free with the service -- but we show you where to find still more free music -- or the lowest cost music, if that winds up being your best option for a project.
- Learning what themes (templates) work best for which video.
-- We've tried them all and will make specific recommendations based on past success in each genre.
- Making your first sample video (B&Bs).
- Producing your second sample video (high end realty listings).
- Making your third sample video (vacation rentals).
- Creating your fourth sample video (nonprofit fundraising & volunteer recognition).
- Making your fifth sample video (local and regional businesses).
- Producing your sixth sample video (Internet retailers).
- Learning how to market your services to gain maximum visibility.
- Seeking other possibilities – where to look (any topic or market where visuals are needed).
-- Video is an incredibly adaptable medium -- particularly in this format -- we show you how to adapt it in search of new markets and new prospects.
NOTE: Several of the templates we recommend are part of the Animoto Pro Plan, which is only $24 a month if purchased annually, as I do. Otherwise, you can simply pay a higher monthly fee and opt out any time. Check the costs and benefits by clicking here.
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