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Jul 23, 2019 15:46:00

Charging For Advice?

by @jacklyons PATRON | 320 words | 🐣 | 127💌

Jack Lyons

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I really enjoy helping other people where I can. I think we all do as humans. It's always nice to know that you made a positive difference in the course of someone's life. As a developer, I get this opportunity to provide advice all the time ... from junior devs, and seasoned experts ... Everyone wants to know how to become a full-time freelancer and/or digital nomad.

It's crazy to think I was once at rock bottom. I was literally digging holes on construction sites and interning as a Town Planner (which is what I studied). I decided I wanted a better life and I thought coding could give me that life. Well, I'm so blessed, because after a couple of years of hard work, I've gotten what I wanted. And now, it's exciting to pass on that wisdom to others.

The thing is, I've told this story so many times, seen so many of the same problems, fears, questions and doubts, and provided the same advice to others time and time again. 

Don't get me wrong, I like doing it, but I feel like this knowledge could or should be bundled up and packaged in a way that I can benefit from it too. I know the advice is WORTH something. Take today for example: I went for coffee with a friend of my wifes, and helped him figure out the next steps towards becoming a freelancer. At the end of the chat he literally said he wanted to buy me dinner to make up for it, lol.

So I wonder 🤔 ... How could this best be packaged? Could I charge a consultant rate, for each hour of my time? Should I bundle this into an eBook and sell it? Or ... should I get off my high horse and just be a good Samaritan 😃...

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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    @jacklyons looking at how the ones who succeeded had done it, seems like they first build an audience first, through blogging/vlogging/livestreaming/podcasts. With a captive audience, the ebook or online course or info product might do well. Why not try just blogging first and see if it sticks? Then perhaps the top viewed blog posts can evolve into an ebook or something? For paid advice, try https://clarity.fm/

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 24, 2019 22:42:07
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    @jacklyons Depends on what you want to do. If you want more freelance gigs, I'd use a free ebook as another entrance in your marketing funnel. If you want to commoditize this activity, as in "passive income", build an info product. The later is harder though, competition is tough.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 24, 2019 05:41:50
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    @jacklyons - the guys ( I don't see women being as effective yet -- but are starting ) that do it well make $$$ Wes Bos just purchased a cottage ( for example )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 23, 2019 18:16:02
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