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[OFFLINE METHOD] Extra Money on the Weekends *$2k+ a month*

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by tooslim, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. tooslim

    tooslim Regular Member

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    I have been doing this on the weekends the past few months for extra cash and figured since its been making me money, why not share it with the rest of you!

    Make Extra Money on the Weekends - Method

    Summary: This is really easy to do but does require a bit of 'handy-man' knowledge. Basically what you will be doing is finding places for lease that still have the 'channel letters' up on the building from the last business. Channel letters are these:
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    Now your going to find these places and contact the leasing agent and offer your service which will be Removing these letters from the building.

    What you will need (Tools ect.):
    A ladder or two
    Cordless drill
    Power Drill
    Wire Wheel bit
    Metal Snips
    Flashlight/ Head light
    gloves
    electric power tester
    styrafoam
    stucco patch kit
    basic tools
    -screwdrivers/Phillips
    -nut drivers
    -wire cutter
    -pliers
    A truck
    A partner/helper

    Finding Clients: Now that you have all your tools ready its time to find places that still have the old channel letters up from the last business. I bet a lot of you already have ideas on this. Its easy, just drive around your local shopping centers and strip malls looking for places that are out of business.
    These buildings will have "FOR LEASE" signs in the window 90% of the time. Just stop and write down the leasing agents name, email, number and also the address. (sometimes it just lists a number to call. WRITE IT DOWN! when you call just make sure you get the contact info of the agent that owns that parcel)

    Also another way to find business' which need your service, which i have not yet tried, is do a search on CL in the "office/Commercial" Listing section. Just a thought that had come to mind. I havnt been slow enough to have to do this yet ;)

    What to offer the agents: I have found that listing more services in your pitch or email helps with closing deals. I have always offered the following:
    -Disconnecting power source
    -Remove power supply and wiring
    -Remove channel letters and faces
    -Clean & Patch walls
    -Dispose & Recycle Signage
    -Paint Wall (extra charge)
    -Remove letters/vinyl off Monument sign (extra charge)
    (The monument sign is usually the big sign in the front of the shopping center that has all the business names on it-the directory sign)

    For all the above I personally charge a flat rate of $350.00
    and then add $50 for painting (if they choose)
    and $25-$50 for removing letters or vinyl off monument sign.

    The Pitch: I ALWAYS call the agent and talk over the phone. i have found that most agents are 'busy' so what i like to do, and have found best results doing so, is kindly call and let them know that you have noticed that there building still has old signage on it from the previous business and that you do removals of these letters. I don't push my service onto them but i do say somewhere in my phone call that having a clean store-front with NO letters will help find another business to rent it out. I let them know the basics and then promptly tell them you will email them a full detail flier of what you do in depth.

    I get their email info (if i dont already have it) and email them a basic flier with a list of my services.

    Removing these letters: this might be difficult at first for people but after you get the hang of things it will become a smooth process.
    I hire any one of my many buddies who want to earn an extra buck on the weekends to help usually at $10/hr. Having someone there to help you will make things a lot easier.

    FIND THE BREAKER AND TURN OFF THE POWER SOURCE FOR THE SIGNS FIRST
    (even though the power MAY be off, still check the wires to the letters with your power tester)
    Channel letters are most commonly bolted through the building. You need to take the faces off these letters. They just pop off. Have your buddy climb into the attic crawl space and disconnect the wiring from the letters and cap all the wires.
    There is a transformer box (power box) in the attic/sometimes on the outside. disconnect that too.
    One by one take the letters off the building. Having your buddy in the crawl space removing the nut as you remove the bolt.
    Once you have all the Letters off the wall it will have a ton of holes in it.
    Patching is very easy. if its a wood wall i dont do patching. if its stucco (most common in california) i take a piece of styrafoam and shove it in the hole(for insulation). Then patch the wall with a stucco patching kit (pick one of these up at your local hardware store)
    Load up all the letters in your truck and YOUR DONE!

    This takes me an hour to an hour and a half TOPS. so $350 for an hours of work isnt too shabby :)

    Some Notes: The leasing agents usually already have a handyman that comes in and does painting, small repairs and other things. He will most likely be there to lend a hand. But You do need to set up times with the agents because a lot of the time the crawl space to get behind the wall is INSIDE the building. 90% of the time the handyman will be there at whatever time you specify with the agent.

    I always do my removals in the early mornings on saturday and sunday. Usually i set up times for 5am-9am

    Set up more then One a day! i like busting out 2-3 in a morning. Do the math...
    3 x $350 a pop = $1050.00/day

    Since i do print banners, business cards, fliers ect. i will also offer them leasing signs/banners ect. IF you want to also offer these services i can do your printing. just PM me.




    Thats basically it! Come up with a good pitch, dont sound too much like your trying to sell them something, make it sound like your trying to help them.

    I think ive covered most everything you need to know. This isnt for everyone but the ones that are capable of doing it can make a good buck on the weekends!

    thanks for reading. ill answer any questions you throw at me!
    thanks and rep appreciated
     
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  2. Rangco

    Rangco Newbie

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    Nice post, I guess if you come in handy with tools this would be an excellent thing to do. Since more businesses are closing more often you shouldn't have a problem finding one.
     
  3. tooslim

    tooslim Regular Member

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    YES exactly. so many business go out of business every day

    thanks
     
  4. Pixel Pirate

    Pixel Pirate Junior Member

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    Interesting idea but I wouldn't be into internet marketing if I wanted to do physical labor for a living. Great post anyway
     
  5. tooslim

    tooslim Regular Member

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    and that is why i posted it in the offline section
     
  6. financhill

    financhill Registered Member

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    Do any of the leasing agents ask you if you are licensed and/or have insurance?,what did you do to seem credible?
     
  7. bayshorekid

    bayshorekid Regular Member

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    Cool share OP, but this post made f*cking laugh!!!
     
  8. cino205

    cino205 Newbie

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    I would like to know this as well. I discussed this idea with two buddies of mine and that was the first thing that came to mind. Do you need to be licensed since you are dealing with electrical wiring and such? Also what liabilities could we face if we perform this service?
     
  9. OutsideGroove

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    I can see me getting electrocuted and falling from the ladder only to land on a screwdriver in a bad place. Thinking I will let someone more qualified tackle this venture!
     
  10. daddyfish58

    daddyfish58 Registered Member

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    i've tried this. it works!
     
  11. cino205

    cino205 Newbie

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    so you didn't need any type of licensing and such? how long did it take you to land a customer?
     
  12. yubrew

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    They're only charging $350, commercial leasing agents don't expect much for that amount.