Monday, 6 September 2010

A more realistic target

So, after all the histrionics, fear and worry that accompanied my blog posts last year - what did I achieve in relation to my £60k target?

Nowt, zilch, zip.

Which is a bit embarrassing really considering how boldly I set out when I first set myself the challenge!

And, in case you didn't realise, here again are just some of the reasons why I am a foolish girl:
  • At the aged of 11, I went down a very fragile slide which had been hardened by the sun and was very brittle. I was way too big for said slide, and half way down fell right through the middle, bottom first, much to the mirth of everyone watching.

  • I once took out a loan of £5,000 to attend a 'Making Money Through Direct Mail' two day course, and after finishing the course, then promptly did nothing about it.

  • For 6 months, I believed that my boyfriend was working and 'couldn't get a bank account because of his poor credit rating', when all he was doing was sitting at home playing computer games, spending my money and smoking weed.
  • I once tried to open a cutlery drawer whilst holding a plate of spaghetti bolognese in the same hand.

So now, a year on, I'm still in the position of really needing to make some money, quite urgently in fact. Although this time, the job's going great (still the same job as before - working on a music festival) and I'm really confident about how much money I can bring in for the company this year.

But, as far as I'm concerned, my salary is still way too low, I'm in a bit of a financial hole, and I need to start making money ASAP. By the end of the week. Otherwise there's no way I can pay my large gas or council tax bills, which didn't seem like much of a priority when I was farting about in Portugal and Sicily, but which are staring at me angrily in the face now.

But £60k, or even £20k or £5k up front now seems a bit daft considering I'm pretty new to all of this.

So what I have decided, is that I'm going to set myself the challenge of making £100 per day.

And the methods I use and the amounts I make will be posted online every day. So that anyone can see, how even a foolish girl like me, who is totally under the thumb of her boss and working silly hours, and likes to go out and about far too much - can still earn a decent amount online.

There it is - the challenge. And if I don't fulfill it this time, then I am an idiot.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

I didn't get fired.

But I did decide I needed to give myself a big boot up the bum to stop procrastinating so for the last couple of days, I've been at the World Internet Summit in London which has been fantastic and I'll be reporting back on this over the next week.

In the meantime, check out this offer, which is only available until Midnight Sunday at a ridiculously low price with tons of bonuses and value thrown in:

Monday, 12 October 2009

Day 5 of 26

Money made so far: £0

21 days to go: £60,000 to make - yikes!

That's £20,000 per week, or £2857 per day.

This is still definitely doable.

I'm on the way back from Manchester now and ruminating on the task at hand that still lies ahead.

No matter what, I am going to do this.

The meeting with my boss went surprisingly well, although I didn't tell him about the confirmed bookings I had which now want to cancel.

So when he hears about that, he will definitely become apoplectic with rage.

I just don't know when I am going to tell him . Tomorrow would be a very good day, seeing as the event is in 3 weeks time.

But maybe I'll leave it until Wednesday.

I'm not really sure why I am so scared of my boss. Apart from the eruptions of pure anger which I am witnessing more and more frequently, he is generally quite jovial, wise and inspirational. Having run record labels for the past 20 years, and managed bands, he has witnessed more bullshitters than most people would come across in 10 lifetimes, yet somehow, he always trusts what I tell him - which makes it more and more easy to let him remain in ignorance to the real facts, than to face his abject fury.

The reason he scares me is, I think, because I secretly always have thought that I would get fired, because I couldn't believe my luck when I got the job. And I've always thought that maybe he really would see through me and realise that I am rubbish at my job.

But this is silly, because I always was very good at my job, until I started doubting myself and that it when it started to go wrong.

So - I should really practice what I preach and watch The Secret and realise that it is all within my power to change what is happening to me.

After all, this was why I decided to set myself this challenge to make £60,000 in 26 days.

And I know that I WILL make something - and someone out there will get 10%

So make sure you email me your guess in pounds and pence:

One of the ways I'm going to make money is through selling some information products online, which I am almost ready to launch, tomorrow.

Step by step, I'll explain how I do this from scratch, so that should I be successful, anyone can copy my exact steps, and this will be on a very scant and showstring budget I promise, as I haven't got a penny to spend on marketing at the moment.

So, have a guess on what I'll make, if only for a laugh, and to marvel at how foolish I am to be in this situation.

You might ask what the catch is, and there really is none - only the desire to be motivated to make this money, and also to offer the tips I get to anyone who also wants to stop being in the situation of depending on their sales prospects and their employer for money, and to take control of their money once and for all - and of course to offer someone the chance to share in what I earn, as we all deserve a break in life sometimes.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Days 3 and 4 of 26

Well, I have to say, the last 2 days have been a complete rollercoaster as far as information goes, and my head now feels like it's being squeezed between the prongs of a nutcracker.

I have been studying all of the materials I divulged from my internet marketing workshops and think I might be at the point of a break through - where the river is about to burst it's banks and all of the money and website traffic comes pouring in! Well, maybe not in avalanches at first, but there should definitely be a trickle in the next couple of days, I am certain.

Tomorrow I go up to Manchester again as my boss has requested another chat - we're going to be going out of the office, so this could be round 2 in the firing line, or maybe he actually does want to help - I am uncertain, but whatever the case, I feel sure I am on the way to proving that I am a great sales person, if only I can hang in there long enough!

During last week's chat, he literally blew a gasket and I thought he might blow all of the blood vessels in his face, he was so furious. I did nothing but sit mute before him and listen to his bellowing as there was nothing I really could say in the circumstances - being as they were that I had brought in less than my salary to date, and all of my prospects had come to nothing. It was a real sorry state of affairs. Tomorrow however, could be even worse, especially as I have to tell him that one of the people I have secured wants to cancel! Maybe I'll have to resuscitate him, or maybe he'll be in caring sharing mode, and all will be fine and dandy.

Whatever, I know am far into my online money making plan of action, and that £60,000 in the next 23 days doesn't actually seem that preposterous.

I am going to divulge more of this tomorrow on the train up to Manchester, in preparation for the meeting in the lion's den.

For now, I'll sign off with a link to the first part of 'The Secret' which I have been watching over the last two days, and which has helped me give my attitude and mind a big prod in the right direction. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out, it can come across as a bit cheesy at times, but the message is brilliant and priceless as a starting point for making money, or implementing any change in your life

I'll be back en route to Manchester tomorrow

Friday, 9 October 2009

Day 2 of 26

I didn't get fired.

I managed to hang on by a mere thread, dangling on a tiny scrap of humiliation and almost hoping I'll be dropped into the jobless chasm below rather than have to keep returning to my boss empty handed, like returning to the same plate of cold stew every day and finding that as each day goes by, it congeals beyond recognition and becomes more inedible, until it's finally toxic.

I used to be really good at sales. That sounds wistful, nostalgic even, longing for the good old days of sales, when people wore braces, and Gordon Gekko's ruled the roost. But actually, I was really really good at sales, and I almost always hit my targets, and had an unwavering self belief that I could do it. But ever since I have worked where I am now, this seems to have evaporated, and I seem to have become a parody of a sales person - repelling sales almost, so that prospects flee immediately whenever I come into the vicinity.

There are many reasons for this, and the main one is that I don't have self belief at the moment, and because I am really scared of my boss - every minute of the day I dread getting an email from him (he always emails, never phones) asking me what the hell is going on? This makes me even more rubbish at what I am doing, so that it becomes an all consuming vicious circle.

I just had to stop as I realised I had been frowning intently thinking about this debacle and I will get a very deep line in betwen my eyebrows if I'm not careful.

Anyway, on to Day 2 of money making online to stop myself from being fired. Today I got a big box of dvds and books through the post, so I have been looking through them and scrutinising everything so find the quickest way to money as possible. I've got a couple of products to license and sell which are around £3000 each, so this should be an excellent way to start off.

I will be investigating further tomorrow.......

Monday, 5 October 2009

Day 1 of 26

So, firstly, why am I a foolish girl? Well, a few reasons actually, and here are some in no particular order:
  • At the aged of 11, I went down a very fragile slide which had been hardened by the sun and was very brittle. I was way too big for said slide, and half way down fell right through the middle, bottom first, much to the mirth of everyone watching.

  • I once took out a loan of £5,000 to attend a 'Making Money Through Direct Mail' two day course, and after finishing the course, then promptly did nothing about it.

  • For 6 months, I believed that my boyfriend was working and 'couldn't get a bank account because of his poor credit rating', when all he was doing was sitting at home playing computer games, spending my money and smoking weed.
  • I once tried to open a cutlery drawer whilst holding a plate of spaghetti bolognese in the same hand.

Secondly, if I am so foolish, what on earth am I doing attempting to make money online? Very good question, but one which I hope has a plausible answer.

I am, as I write, on the train to Manchester, where my boss lives, and there is a distinct possibility that I could get fired.

The reason this is becoming a more likely possibility the closer I approach Manchester is because I haven't hit my sales target, not by a long shot, and I need to make £60,000 towards the target for my event which is in 26 days time - 26 DAYS!!!!

But because I am not even close to a fraction of this, I get the sense that today my boss might decide that it's not worth the next four weeks of hand wringing, scrutinising prospects spreadsheets and disappointment and hand me my P45 today.

The thought of the conversation I'm shortly going to have with my boss makes me feel very shuddery, but, despite, or maybe because, of being a foolish girl, I have a plan.

Three days ago, knowing that I had this sobering conversation looming, I decided to attend another two day 'Making Money' workshop. Armed with pen and very large note pad, and trying to avoid the weirdos that tend to sometimes crop up at these things and always seem to single me out specifically for a long conversation - I decided I was going to make the most of it this time, take good notes and soak up all the valuable information the sage internet gurus had to teach me.

It was while I was there that I decided to buy two programmes about making money online, with fail safe instructions for each, so that I can't possibly fail, I will become obsessed with the internet, make a fortune, and retire with a big smug grin on my chops and buy a huge yacht.

I decided to buy the two programmes, knowing that I had the impending 'chat' with my boss, and that it would put me £1,202 out of pocket - FOOLISH! I hear you cry!

And I would say so too ordinarily. But, I have a plan, and this is:

That I will make the £60,000 I need to hit my sales target at work, in the next 26 days, online.

Not a revolutionary one by any stretch, but one which I am willing to try, as I have tried everything else, and I don't think I've got anything to lose:

  • if I make all of, or some of the money, then hooray! I can prove my boss he is wrong about me and live happily ever after. I won't even need the job by then as I will know EXACTLY what to do to make money online, unless by some crazy stroke of luck, I get given £60,000 and there is more chance of me winning the lottery than that happening

  • if I make very little, or none at all, then I will have tried every option, and at least I'll have found all the ways NOT to make money online, and I'll try bingo instead

Over the next 26 days, I am going to use the courses I have bought to find a product, set up a website and get traffic to start selling on the internet. I have tried this before when I lived with aforesaid weed smoking, computer gaming boyfriend, and it was starting to work for me, before he got us evicted, I left him and he stole my computer. So I know it can work, and I can do it again.

My aim is to make £60,000, but of course, I would love to make more than that, but we shall see what happens! Over the next 26 days I will be documenting this all in my blog and sharing my tips on what does and doesn't work, so hopefully it can help you too.

Now, as a foolish girl, I am bound to do, what some might think is a foolish thing.

At the end of the 26 days, I am going to give someone 10% of everything I earn online.

If you can guess, to the nearest penny, what I will earn in the next 26 days, I will send you 10% of the total of what I make. All you need to do is email your answer to (put your amount in the subject line) and on the 27th day (3rd November to be precise) I will verify all the answers with an independent adjudicator, and announce how much I have made in total and the winner.

Of course, this could be 10% of £1, or 10% of £70,000, but either way, you have nothing at all to lose, and could win anything between a modest, to very substantial sum of money

I am doing this for 2 reasons:

Firstly, I am determined to do this, and would love to get as much help along the way as possible, so I'd be really chuffed if people hear about my plan and have tips to offer.

Secondly, I haven't told anyone I'm doing this (my family and friends are generally very suspicious about online money making) and despite my own dread of what might happen in 26 days time if I don't, I want to be spurred on, and in turn, I would like to reward people for this.

As I said, whether I make £2 or £50,000, you'll get 10% of what I make, so this could be:

20 pence to buy: two or three sweets of the penny (but they were only worth pennies donkeys years ago) from a shop,

OR: £5,000 to

Go on a wild shopping frenzy in New York

Buy 1,000 wind up space hoppers

Put the money towards an amazing car

Pay off a loan

Have a 3 night stay in ultimate luxury at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai's 7 star hotel

And........well I could go on, but you know what you'd spend that kind of money on........
So, all I'll say is, you have got nothing to lose! I have my job to lose and that is why I'll be working like a maniac over these next 26 days to get this money in, and I'll be sharing every nail biting detail, so with any luck, I'll come out at the end wite the ultimate guide to make money online, no matter how foolish you are!

Get guessing now, email me at with the amount you're guessing in the subject line. If it turns out that more than one person guesses the right answer, the first person to guess the answer will win. You can enter as many times as you want. And don't worry, I won't share your email address with anyone, this will be used for me to see who guesses the right answer.

Right, now I had better go because I'm nearly at Piccadilly, and my late afternoon chat with my boss is about to begin (Blimey) I'll be back tomorrow!