How to make money fast — with integrity

Not talking about “getting rich quick”, but giving yourself some breathing space…

For an updated version of this post, click here.

An “opportunity” that promises overnight wealth is probably a scam, or will burn your network by selling the opportunity to your friends & family. I’ve been there. Run the other direction. They are trying to get money quickly by taking your money quickly.

Making money fast is not what I typically discuss, because it’s too close to scams. An authentic business is built over years, not months and definitely not weeks. I even wrote about my own 10-year plan to semi-retirement. (I guess some people could consider that fast!)

However, several of my readers have asked me:

“What if I need to earn money quickly in my business?”

And I’ll add: “…with integrity.”

My answer: Offer services or products that you believe is truly valuable to specific people in your network. Do this in a thoughtful, 1–1 way.

If you have an email subscriber list or Facebook audience, you can speed things along by announcing a sale on your most popular service or product.

However, whether you have an email list or not, it usually requires thoughtful 1–1 outreach in order to make sales quickly.

Why is that? Because:

  1. Few people are keeping in touch 1–1 with their network. Nowadays, most people just use social media to broadcast updates, requests, promotions.
  2. Only with 1–1 can you tailor a thoughtful offer to the recipient, which almost nobody cares enough to do. This sets you apart.

That’s really the principle behind all this: To care more than others are willing to care. To make money quickly with integrity, you need to care for others quickly with your business.

Here are the next steps, depending on your situation:

  1. If you are not clear about what you offer or its benefits, I recommend that you trade with other service providers for feedback (possibly testimonials), and therefore clarity. Then proceed to the next step.
  2. Once you are clear about what you offer and its benefits, apply the strategies in this blog post: How to get clients ASAP.

Whichever action you take, remember this: You have to take enough action to see results. If you’re not seeing results, do more of the above, and do it with more care. To make money quickly, you need both quantity and quality.

Lastly, I encourage you consider ways to get out of your financial bind first, to not have to build your business with such financial stress.

Can you get a part-time job? There’s no shame in that. Many now-successful entrepreneurs built their business on the side, while serving tables or working retail in their day job. You can practice some mindfulness at work. Having a job might even motivate you and give you ideas to build your business.

Or can you sell something you’re not using? A client of mine had a car he sold (he got around with Lyft instead) and that allowed him several months breathing space to build his business.

I’ll keep this blog post short, so that you can find the step-by-step instructions by clicking the links in the section above.

If you have done something to make money quickly with integrity, and you don’t mind sharing to help others, please write a response below, or send me a private note. No MLM offers please :)

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Authentic Business Coach & Author of 4 Books including "Authentic Content Marketing" and "Joyful Productivity"

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