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[Method] EASY old OFFLINE method for Newbies in need of Start Up Money

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by KBC-12, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. KBC-12

    KBC-12 Regular Member

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    Very old method. I'm sure has been shared before. However, there is a little twist.

    I saw this orange flyer on my garaged door today when I was checking the mail. So I start reading and I read the first paragraph and it is for painting the addresses on curbs. But the way the paragraph is written as well as the ORANGE FLYER made me initially think that it was from the city. The orange color is the same color of notices from the city. SMART.
    I dont know if he got lucky or he thought of that, but thats the effect it had.

    I dont know if he thought of it because I think he has the bolded call to action (Dont be left out!) in the wrong place. In my opinion.
    I think it should be in between the first and second paragraph.

    I just thought his copy was good as well as the way he is doing it. As opposed to going door to door with paint & supplies in hand.


    The top of the flyer says "AREA NOTICE"

    The first sentence reads "tomorrow, new house numbers are scheduled to be applied ...."

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    At the bottom of the flyer it says "Thank you for your Business!" It just got cut off. If you are trying to make it look like its from the city you leave that out though.

    I thought of a way to upsell them after I finished reading the flyer. You could definitely get team logos and charge an extra $10 to have their team logo on there as well.
    I would only have to get like 4-5 Big 12 teams to put on there in my area. Plus all the pro teams, but you can work that part out pretty easy.

    Have your flyers made to where looking a regular sheet of paper horizontally you would have 2 flyers if you cut it down the middle. You save some money this way.

    Hopefully this helps a few newbs looking for some start up money.

    KBC
     
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  2. nufaman

    nufaman Elite Member

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    Can you go around painting numbers on a curb? Isn't it like city property?
     
  3. KBC-12

    KBC-12 Regular Member

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    Yeah, Probably wont work in that case. Lol.

    Did you read the flyer?

    Well, you are selling them on, "This is an important service as the fire department, ambulance, and police department often look to the curb first to find the address. It will also make it faster & easier for delivery services and first time visitors to your home."


    And yeah you should actually paint them.
     
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    nufaman Elite Member

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    I read the flyer, so what? What if you are painting the curb and a cop pulls over and asks you what the heck you are doing to public property?

    I don't know if you are even allowed to paint a curb, that's why I asked
     
  5. KBC-12

    KBC-12 Regular Member

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    Yeah that is a good point. I cant say definitively, but I think its okay.

    I mean, I have seen numbers on curbs that are faded all over my city. And emergency services actually do use the numbers on the curb. It really is easier to see than on the mailbox or on the house.

    I dont know whose property that would technically be. I imagine it would depend on the city & the area.



    And when I mentioned the team logos I didnt mean like all flashy colors or anything. I just meant the numbers would be black with a white background in a rectangular shape. Then on the side(s) of the address a small team logo or football helmet of their favorite team. I have seen an example with the University that's in my city. If I can remember where it was I will get a picture. But I cant recall ATM.
     
  6. knowledgeblast

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    Hey,

    This sounds intereting but sounds like a bit of research just to check on local rules of yoru area.

    Good job OP thinking outside the box, for this is th true key to success--opening your mind to the unlimited potential that exists and taking action.

    Cheers
     
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    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    I have no idea what the rules are here in Vegas, but guys do this kind of stuff all the time here. In newer neighborhoods there are lit home numbers on the house, negating the need for the curbs to be painted, but other areas need this kind of thing regularly.
     
  8. Fireboltgirl

    Fireboltgirl Regular Member

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    Hey, I've seen this before...they were doing something about selling water when the residents had to boil theirs cause of some kinda bug. Thanks for the reminder and the idea....pretty sure it is legal here, if not the kids a minor anyway ;)
     
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    Wow, ya'll must live in some areas with nazi-like police.

    I don't know how many of you have ever had a job that consisted of finding people's addresses who don't even have their numbers posted anywhere, but numbers on curves are awesome...not as good as huge mail box numbers, but the next best thing.

    Anyways, if anything the cops should be glad, because you know they probably get called to homes all the time they can't even hardly find because they can't see the number.

    I think you'd be more likely to get in trouble with the OP advertising method that the actual painting of numbers.

    *edit: I'm talking about lower-middle class US homes; I don't know about other areas
     
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  10. KBC-12

    KBC-12 Regular Member

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    YUP! You got it. We get those when water is contaminated or sewer work is being done. It would be perfect for the kids.

    Exactly. I dont see this as being a big deal at all. I bet painting numbers on the curbs goes back at least 20-30 years in the US.
    I think some of you are thinking you have a spray paint can and you're just tagging up the curb. Lol.

    You get number stencils 0-9 and it looks professional and nice. ANd yeah, this helps emergency services. I wouldn't be scared of a cop approaching me at all. You guys must really fear the police.


    I wasnt suggesting that you make the flyer SOUND like you are from the city. That would be a big no no.

    I was just saying, when I was reading the orange flyer that is the same color of the notices we receive from the city, it gives the subconscious affect that it is from the city.
    Moreover, the way it is written does as well. "New house numbers are scheduled to be applied...."


    If I get a chance today, I will go see how many he got painted here and let you guys know.


    The OLD way that I was familiar with was going door to door with supplies and just saying, "I just painted you neighbors curb, address for emergency workers, yada yada. The supplies cost $20 & you would have to go to the hardware store then do it, so I'll just do it for you, for $10"

    In case anyone was wondering what the other/old way was.
     
  11. Monrox

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    You could offer G Earth tagging instead for $30. Also don't your emergeny services use GPS?
     
  12. KBC-12

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    I'm guessing he made at least $50

    So I went for a run today, and on my street alone I noticed 5-6 freshly painted addresses.

    @ $15.50 that is at least $77.50. I cant imagine he paid over $27 for supplies so he made at least $50 bucks on my street alone.

    More if they paid $16.50 and the price of his supplies was cheaper.
     
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    In and around major cities, police and fire now use advanced GPS location through 911 to find addresses. They aren't looking for addresses on houses, curbs or mailboxes anymore. In most areas, they can track your exact location if you call 911 from a mobile phone using enhanced 911 technology. However, if people in the neighborhood you're targeting are not aware of this, bank on!
     
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    This is a very good method. When I was about 13 years old years ago I would help my dads friend do this. You can easily make $1,000 a weekend. Just a heads up if any of you plan on doing this you offer regular black and white addresses, and red, white and blue. You could even purchase dolphin, ect stencils to add some artwork/uniqueness to there curb numbers. I know for a fact he was making $4,000-7000 a month. The supplies are dirt cheap!
     
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    OR just draw art on the pavements
     
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    My kids wanted to go to summer camp this year. I told them I would pay half which was around $1000. 3 kids times almost $700 per kid. My kids are 11 and twin 8 year olds. Never thought I'd be writing the check but I'll be damned if they didn't go out and rake leaves and wash cars to raise about $500. With one week left before the deadline I came across a similar post such as this and suggested to the kids we try painting curbs in our neighborhood. We bought some cheap paint & stencils. Made a flyer and a sign on their little red wagon. The very first Saturday afternoon they did 12 houses charging $10 bucks a piece. They made over $200 as most people gave them extra money for their cause (most were shocked to see young kids being so entrepreneurial) Anyways in one week they made over $1000. They went to camp and had a blast. I suggested they say thank you to everyone who helped them so they took a picture of them having fun at camp and made a thank you flyer with an email to get on their list for future endeavors.

    Good stuff...what is really exciting is my kids now know the value of a dollar, anytime they want to stop at McDonald's or buy clothes etc...they know exactly how much effort it took to earn that money....

    a little long winded way of saying that the curb painting idea is a viable one
     
  17. bayshorekid

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    I did the same thing (curb painting) when I was going to school and it does work!
     
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    Pretty nice method, I think this could work well in my town, it reminds me of a similar ad I received through the mail once offering wheelie bin cleaning services but it was written out in the same colours and fonts as my local council so upon first reading it I though i actually HAD to pay for this service! Interesting how people respond to authorities without question ;)
     
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    While your method looks alright I'm afraid I'll have to pass. You see the town I live in has a very strict ordinance set in place that prohibits people from placing promotional and advertising flyers on people's door steps and or properties. The only flyers that are allowed are notices from the police or any sort of legal paperwork like housing paperwork that sometimes the town leaves on your door. Anything else is considered advertising and subject to penalty by law which as I understand is just a citation but totally not worth the risk. So thanks for sharing hopefully something else comes up at some point that I can try and or use to help make me some extra offline money.
     
  20. bayshorekid

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    You dug up a FOUR year old thread to post this gem?