Wealthy Affiliate Side Benefits - A $100K USD Payday

Last Update: June 02, 2017

Hi Everyone...

Just wanted to tell you about a potential side benefit of all the work you are doing to learn the ins and outs of online marketing here with the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

This particular example today is mine, but you can create your own 'side benefit' as well...It is in what you do with the knowledge you gain here that will allow this...

I do go into quite a bit of detail, but do so for a reason. I want you to understand the what and the how of this transaction that worked out so well for me...

Seeing what the size of the deal is (100k USD), I hope you will bear with me and follow my tale...It is worth your time, I guarantee it!

Let's get started...

BACKGROUND

Online marketing can be overwhelming at first as many of you know, especially if you are starting at zero, as I pretty much was two years and a few months ago...

Over time, everything starts becoming clearer, things fall into place, you find that you understand and can now fit things together to create an effective online business.

This process goes faster for some people than others, but just about anyone can do it, with persistance and a bit of desire (if I can do it, ANYONE can hehe)...

Wealthy Affiliate offers you everything you need to become competent in this online business world...I have used it extensively since joining 2 years ago...

So I consider myself today as being at the point where things have coalesced when it comes to online marketing. I can easily make an elevator speech now about what I can do, am doing, and make it sound/be convincing because it is genuine, no fluff.

Here is what happens when that happens:

I was approached via a phone call by the co-owner (there are three partners, I know them all well) of a high flying video agency based in Dubai and Florida today who invited me for a cup of coffee.

This is a weekend here in Dubai and also it is Ramadan, so we had to find a place where we could get some coffee hehe...

He is a long-time contact from Germany, an engineer, and we have done some successful projects together in the past...

Oh, we are also friends, and I trust him totally (important for me these days more than ever, I cannot afford too many more mistaken alliances, I am too old)...

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THE BUILD UP

So we found the place, got our coffee, and began to catch up...

In addition to our light conversation the subject came around to how his businesses were going, and how mine are progressing.

He discussed how during this slower period (Ramadan) they were doing some catch-up projects, one of which was to revamp their websites and online marketing focus.

I discussed how my different offline and online things were going and the people and places involved, etc.

At some point the conversation turned to how I could help them with the project to upgrade their online program.

This switch was his initiative, not mine...

This is a company that has enjoyed tremendous success for a lot of reasons, one of which is that the owners are highly skilled at their craft...It is easier (but not easy) to grow if you are good at what you do...

One of their main clients is the Dubai/Abu Dhabi Governments and another is the ruler of Dubai. Their reach extends far beyond this however, as they are called in to different countries for projects by other such highly placed organizations and people regularly.

They have grown from a small operation to one with a full fledged studio, complete with green screen, multi-camera shooting, high-end lighting, sound, etc. This is the kind of studio that you will pay 10 thousand dollars for a half day of shooting with full services.

Also they do on-site coverage of major Government events and projects and are called in to do many things that require special knowledge and security clearances. They have a large staff and a bunch of free lancers that they use.

They are good within the studio and on site... High end, and they charge high end rates for their services...and get the contracts...

OK, so now you know who and what I was dealing with for this proposed project with this company/friend.

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THE OPPORTUNITY

The opportunity is that they have asked me to come in and work directly with their IT team to totally rework their websites (they have three), and also get a social marketing plan together.

I am not limited in any way with a budget. to include staffing, equipment, or marketing costs. I can use my imagination to take it where they want it to go. This is a pretty sweet deal, or?

An aside:

"Sometimes a cup of coffee is more than just a coffee..."

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THE PAY

Long ago, I learned that one hand washes the other...

I could have asked for a daily compensation package (which I normally would do) in the 1 to 1.5k USD range, or something I desire more than a hefty cash deposit in my bank account.

Knowing the resources they have, I chose instead to negotiate for studio access for shoots and video editing services over that daily1 to 1.5K USD sum he would have readily paid.

My calculations were as follows:

Based on our conversation about the scope of the mission, I was able to make some assumptions...

I expect that this side project will take 50 hours total. Around here that is considered to be 5 days work. It may be more if they want me to dive deeper.

This is not an inordinate amount of time, but it will cut into the many other projects I have going, some of which are pressing...

I am involved in projects that ideally would involve using the services and resources such a studio offers. I of course do not want to pay full price, but I do want the professionalism offered for my projects...

So here is what the two of us worked out and shook hands on (preliminary, a contract will follow)...

THE RESULT

For each day (10 hour) I spend consulting, I will get 'paid' in access to the studio and all services for a day as I may require, no limits.

At retail the full cost to me would be 20k USD a day!


Bottom Line: I have just negotiated and closed on a consulting project worth $100k USD for 5 days of work (minimum, maybe more)...


Of course, the actual cost to the friend is not anywhere close to 20K USD a day, but it will be around $10k a day, depending on the support and equipment.

WIN-WIN

What the two of us worked out was a win-win agreement.

(1) He wins through getting the services from me to get his social and online program on track (he and his people's expertise lies in actually creating videos and images, covering events, etc. NOT the online marketing end of business) and...

(2) I win by getting access to a high-end studio with full support as I may need for my own projects (which I would have had to pay a lot of money for or compromise on the quality of videos and recordings to bring costs down)...


Bottom Line 2: This agreement is a desirable outcome for both parties, because we win...Negotiation skills we both used helped close this right there at the table, and with one meeting.


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THE LESSON

My teachers and professors used to tell me to pay attention to the lessons.

That is my advice to you all here.

Watch, learn, ask questions, learn by doing, and make mistakes, they will help you make fewer mistakes later...

You never know how what you have here will help you down the road in ways that you cannot imagine at this very moment...


Bottom Line 3: There can and will be side benefits to applying yourself here. It is how you use the skills you acquire, there are NO LIMITS!


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WANT SOME FURTHER TRAINING?

Oh yes, also learn about negotiating skills...You never know when you will need them too...That is a subject that is NOT covered here, but I may add some training on that for you if there is an interest...

Let me know below if a tutorial on developing negotiating skills would be something you would find useful please! I will gladly put it together, this is an area I have had a lot of experience with over the years...

This is essentially what you are doing with your prospects...you present an offer in such a way that they are willing or feel compelled to take action on the offer, and of course you get the lead, hopefully the conversion, and hopefully the commission...There is some psychology behind this dynamic...

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CONCLUSION

Cheers All and I believe in you always!

Dave : )

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StuartNZ Premium
That's amazing. Well done.
I have just started with WA but have been self-employed all my life I could see immediately that the skills you learn are not just related to the affiliate marketing industry.
Good SEO skills are useful anywhere.
Good writing skills are a great thing to learn.
I can see so many possibilities with this site in all areas of business.
Thank you for taking the time to write this blog.
It has given me and (hopefully) other people an idea of how that training can also be truly helpful in other areas of generating income.
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SteveCrozza Premium
You have described the perfect business relationship, one that I, and a lot of others aspire.

Well done, may we see your training when you are ready.

Thank You
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antonietta1 Premium
Sure if you do a negotiation training I would take advantage of it. Thanks Dave.
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DaveSw Premium
No issue! I am working this training now....Cheers! Dave : )
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eosegueraf Premium
Hello Dave. Great post about side benefits. It would be quite useful if you share your knowledge on developing negotiation skills in a Training.
Best regards:
Eugenio.
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DaveSw Premium
Yes I will....Cheers! Dave : )
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HDee Premium
Very inspiring story! Motivational too! It is neat how Just reading someone’s experience can create a gold mind full of ideas
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DaveSw Premium
Absolutely! Now I am 'cashing' this in too...We have a new line of products rolling out and we are taking 360 shots of them like the big boys do. These will be used in our e-com stores...I am playing with a DIY solution, but having the full-on studio will be much better I am sure! Should be fun! Cheers! Dave : )
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soundwaves Premium
That was a very interesting story. It stimulates a certain kind of thinking about things that I can do with what we learn here at WA. that I didn't have before. This is not just with websites either. Yes I would love to have you do a tutorial on negotiation! I think you're on to something.
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DaveSw Premium
I have it on my list of to-do for the WA site and this is on it...At the moment with the shopping season not much time here, unfortunately...As soon as possible, I will get this posted... Cheers and thanks for stopping by! Dave : )
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HennieSteyl Premium
Great accomplishment Dave. There is always a lesson to learn from successful people like yourselves. Thanks for sharing.
Hennie
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Hennie! Thanks for the kind words...This thing started a while ago has now led to more business for that company. They have a contract to provide a similar service for the local Government (a lucrative one too)...

They have taken what I started and ran with it, leveraging their own efforts and whatever little I brought to the table into a major piece of business that they otherwise would never have had a chance to get...

This is how things should be...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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HennieSteyl Premium
Absolutely Dave. Keep up the good work.
Hennie
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GeorgeNandan Premium
Dave,
Awesome accomplishment.Yes, the negotiating skills video would definitely be beneficial to members like me.
Blessings
George
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, George...

This one kind of fell off the map (negotiating skill tutorial), sorry for that. BUT, thanks to your kind reminder, it is BACK ON the map! Stay tuned, I am posting a blog series about email templates now and after will move to this subject! Thanks!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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MarvinH Premium
That is an awesome deal Dave.
I will now be even more attentive to our WA teachers .

MH
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, it really is THE place to be on a regular basis I think. It has been invaluable for me and our business!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Armlemt Premium
Congratulations on your deal Dave! It does sound like a WIN/WIN for all parties! I found your post here to be informative and very well presented. I wish you all the best!

Anita
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, this was really a win-win! The company has now been contacted by the local Government here to assist getting THEIR social program re-invigorated...

They (the company I helped) are also definitely winning with this! It will likely mean 4-5 new employees and a new department. This is brand new business that they secured in part through my work with them!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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bishop1217 Premium
Solid Post. It truly is a Great Day when you're able to create a WIN/WIN for all parties involved! I really enjoyed the post and will follow you to see more of what you create.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much Bishop...I really enjoyed working with them too, it was kinda like going back to the old days, with an office having people bustling all over the place doing this and that...Appreciate the kind words too! All the best to you! Dave : )
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Dear Dave!

Congratulations on your Stellar Negotiations and creating a Win-Win Scenario!

These are the types of posts people here at Wealthy Affiliate need to keep moving forwards in their Online Earning Businesses!

Never think small!

Dream big!

We all are deserving!

Believe!

Thank you so much for sharing your "good fortune" = "hard work" + "determination" + "superior skills" + "great business pertnership development" + "lots of coffee" !!!!!!!

Dr Barb of Easy-moneys & Millionairestobillionaires
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much Barb!

It has gotten so busy now that I have little time for Wealthy Affiliate as I want...

This is a good sign though, because that is what this place is all about!

Learning how to succeed, then going out and doing it!

More coffee hehe!

I need it...

All the best for you with your online endeavors and enjoy that retirement too (I do when I can - it has been...hmmmmm...19 years now since I 'retired' from the military - but not from life!)....

Cheers and have a wonderful day!

Dave :)
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Thanks Dave for taking time out of your "UBER-BUSY" Retirement Success to respond to me so quickly!

This is a Testament to Your Success(es)!!!

Either that or it's the COFFEE!!! Lol

Your Admirer in The Art of Negotiation...

Barb
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StarryNight6 Premium
Learning and absorbing... Thanks for the post!
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DaveSw Premium
Not a problem at all...Best of luck to you with your online marketing business! Cheers! Dave : )
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CraigUKTV Premium
Nice read Dave. Of course, it helps to have friends in high places or high-flying friends in the same place ;-)

You're out in Dubai, that's cool (well pretty hot actually). I've been there a couple of times. It sounds like you landed on your feet with this deal, that's very encouraging! Of course, being full-time probably helps a lot but your vision and wisdom is always appreciated by me.

Onwards and upwards good buddy.
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DaveSw Premium
You betcha, Craig! I am looking at this post after quite a while, sorry for the delay in getting back to you...I hope things are going well for you! Cheers! Dave : )
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Olina91 Premium
Thank you for the post! Learning...
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DaveSw Premium
More than welcome! Best of luck for you! Cheers! Dave : )
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DarleneB Premium
I am so happy for you. That is just totally awesome & definitely motivation for me to work even harder. That's quite the deal getting access to a high-end studio with full support. Big savings for you.

As for your training, I'm definitely interested.
Thanks for sharing.
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DaveSw Premium
Hi Darlene, thanks for the kind words, and I have been so busy that my draft is still waiting for me to finish! Thanks for the reminder, I will get on this! Cheers! Dave : )
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bethcharron Premium
This is a fabulous post and I congratulate you for the way things turned out for you It's a definite plus
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks Beth, and my experience turned out well for this project...It went one day longer, so I was able to get 6 days of access versus the 5 planned...In return I will do some follow on work from time to time, and overall it reinforces my thoughts that what you learn here really can help in ways unknown over time...I wish the same for you and all members! Cheers! Dave : )
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RKingsley Premium
Really cool. I love a good contra
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DaveSw Premium
Yes the negotiation stuff is something I like too...Cheers! Dave : )
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1mpunity Premium
Wow sounds like you negotiated quite a deal there!
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DaveSw Premium
Yes it has worked out rather well...I was gone from here for a week almost, but this was an investment, and mission accomplished...Thanks for stopping by! Cheers! Dave : )
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Swangirl Premium
Wow Dave! Congrats on that awesome deal!

Yes, I would love a negotiation training! Please put one together. That is exactly what I need since I was asked what my rate would be to work on a local doctor's website! I had the same thoughts when I got that offer..."Wow! What I am learning at WA is so valuable!"
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DaveSw Premium
Will do Jessica! I have the rough draft and as soon as I am finished with the first phase of the project above will get back to it...I am hoping over the weekend (Dubai weekend starts Friday)...I hope that project works out for you, it sounds exciting! Cheers! Dave : )
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Swangirl Premium
I am debating with myself whether I should just do it for free since it is my first such job and then count on getting a good review. Not sure.
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DaveSw Premium
That could work out better in the long run...Build good will and also your credibility...You will be winning in any case if not actual money...Later you can then command a higher fee...Proof of performance is a powerful way to address objections...Also, this is a journey, there is money down the road, possibly more if you play your cards right...Good luck! : )
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Easy-Moneys Premium
Congrats Jessica!
Im a Doctor (retired) so I'd be fascinated by what you produce!
Dr Barb
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Easy-Moneys Premium
None of my business and this was 2 months ago but ....people value you more if you value yourself first!
I hope that you charged....money is energy....it is an exchange....your work and time for the doctors future revenue - you can charge for site development ( Jay from Magistustudios did a Webianr on these details) & also a Monthly Ongoing Website Maintenance Fee ( indicate your Site Security SSL is second to none but you have a $49/month fee to keep it that way - hence your WA Monthly Membership paid for....

Also, you can put together a Social Media ongoing monthly Ad pltaform to bring Traffic to the Website!

It is the Monthly Payments that create ongoing recurrent Passive Wealth - dependable and budgetable!

Dr Barb
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DaveSw Premium
I have monetized this in several ways, yes. I also have the access credits that we are using as we need. It was a good deal for them and for our team as well...We have gotten additional business from referrals as well...So this was and is a good deal...Thanks for your comment! Dave : )
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davon24 Premium
One of the things that I simple "appreciate" about WA is
the wealth of knowledge you give to us....the value is
unmeasurable....if we only will embrace it....I need to get back on track...........Best, Alzina
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Alzina...One of the great things I like about this format is that we can take a break when needed or when busy and step right back into it once you have the time again...I do hope you can get everything you want from the site, that would make me happy! Cheers and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Dave : )
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scruffymule Premium
Exciting to see that what we learn here is not limited to affiliate marketing only, And your story is very inspiring. The possibilities are only restricted by our own imagination !
Congratulations and good luck !
:) Rune
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Rune...Yes, I love to read all the success stories here - there are many...They help keep you going when the going gets tough...As it does from time to time! Cheers! Dave : )
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work4nobody Premium
Great Advice. You are a great success story. Thank you for sharing this with the community.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks for the kind words...I do think that what I was able to do in this instance can happen to others here...I am no way anything special, just hard working as so many of us are...

It is being ready when these opportunities come as they will where Wealthy Affiliate really helps. Over time, as you learn more and do more, it all starts making sense...

Anyone can do it, and I would like to see everyone do it! All the best and have fun!

Dave : )
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work4nobody Premium
thanks again.
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mbouteiller Premium
Nice! Congrats and thanks for sharing!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks a bunch and it is nice when others can see that their hard work here will bring them benefits...I know that it can get frustrating waiting for big income to hit, or any income to hit, but with perseverance, this training will work! There are many more examples posted here and there on the site, but still, it is nice to add one too. Success for us all! Cheers! Dave : )
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gappleby Premium
Congratulations Dave. Next time you're in Houston, lunch is definitely on you! :-)

A training by you on negotiation would be good. You're great at seeing the big picture - in this case not just focusing on getting the sale, but on optimizing the return, growing the relationship and making sure that everyone wins. And you're great at teaching the tactics that support your approach.

Again, congrats on the win.

Gordon
The Entrepreneur
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much Gordon! You betcha on lunch on me, it would be my pleasure!

The training on negotiation is in the works...I am actually working this contract now, so little time at WA...Few more days and things back to normal...

All the best to you, my friend!

Dave : )
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krystle789 Premium
This is awesome! I'm definitely interested in the negotiation training you will provide to us...I look forward to it.
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DaveSw Premium
Great Krystle...Thanks...I am working it, unfortunately, I am in the middle of fulfilling the contract mentioned in the post, so little time for WA at the moment....I do have a rough draft ready, just need to clean it up! Cheers! Dave : )
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Bimby Premium
Congratulations! All the best!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks very much! I hope the same for you! Dave : )
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TaniaHersel Premium
Well done and interesting to find out about your income generating experience.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, much...Side income is something we all can generate from the training here...

Obviously, that is not the main focus for most...

In my case, it was a confluence of events, right place, right time, and having the right skills...I always have said that preparation meets opportunity, and this was such a case...

Note that the income is in-kind, as a barter thing. But it does represent real money that I would have had to pay for my businesses that I now will not have to shell out...

The other factor is that I will have access to one of the top studios in Dubai, and that association will also lend credibility to some of the things I am doing...

In fact, if I really would have needed the cash money, I would have gone for the daily pay versus the studio time.

I feel sure though that the in-kind pay will result in yet more growth and conversions down the road...Between the quality, the association, the boost it can give our business, etc. no contest...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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RDoren Premium
A good read and very encouraging. Thanks Dave and good luck with your projects. Bob
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DaveSw Premium
Thank you, Bob! This is all pretty exciting stuff! Cheers! Dave : )
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blanco750 Premium
Amazing job !
I would definitely be interested in the tutorial on "negotiation skills " :)

Cheers !

Babar
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Babar, I am working on this negotiation thing now! Cheers! Dave
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Skydancer1 Premium
wow Fantastic deal.. Nice work... $$$
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks a lot! I was pretty happy yesterday for sure, and it seems to have carried over to today! Cheers! Dave : )
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Loes Premium
Great deal! Good luck!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Loes! : )
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Awesome negotiation and win-win Dave!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Kaju...Yesterday was a good day, let's see what today brings! Cheers! Dave : )
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Tegonza Premium
Great post and yes a lesson in negotiating skills would be the ultimate, especially if you use your own experience as a "case study" thanks!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, and yes I will bring in some examples I have been involved in over the years...I have some very entertaining stories about earlier times hehe!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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BrendanB1 Premium
Well done Dave, great result
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Brendan! This place sets you up for success with online Marketing! Cheers! Dave
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GautamWorld Premium
That's great - good luck Dave!

Gautam
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much Gautam! Have a super day! Dave : )
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Huffman Premium
That's Awesome! You get paid and you get to work with a friend! I look forward to what I can be doing with WA in the future! :)
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DaveSw Premium
Haha...Good point...

He is my friend but when comes to a contract, he is a typical hard-nosed perfectionist! That is OK, we are on the same wavelength in that regard,

We separate the two aspects of the relationship...If I ever took advantage of that friendship in a project setting, it would likely be the last time we would work together...

The last point is spot on...There is power in knowledge, and how you use your creativity and imagination to see how you can leverage that power is the difference in those that experience wild success, and those that do not do as well...

Having a vision, then working towards the realization of that dream is where it's at. The journey is so much fun, especially when you are around like-minded people...

I am sure that you will do well, you seem to get it...Have fun on the journey, make memories, and do good as much as possible...Life is so much more fulfilling...

Like Frank (Sinatra) did, I am 'singing/ (living) My Way...Up and downs, I've had a few hehe! This happens to be an up moment! These are appreciated more when you have something to compare them with (like the downs)...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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ilyaAxen Premium
How do you get someone to pay $1k per day for your work?
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DaveSw Premium
It is partially a matter of the circles you run in. They are used to paying handsomely for quality service (and their expectation level is high too)...

I have read and seen written here how you need to associate with successful people because it rubs off...You inadvertently mirror and mimic what they are doing...

This is true.

There is some other requirements as well of course. If you just run with these people, but do not have anything to bring to the table, likely you will be considered a 'straphanger' as we used to say.

A straphanger is there only for the ride (wants freebies only)...

Rather than being one of these, you take the skills you have acquired over the years (to include what you learn here) and offer them to the circle...

Over time, you will have a resume that includes working for such sums of money. I used to write contracts for companies wanting to do contracts with the US Government.

I wrote proposals for available high dollar contracts. By 'high dollar' I am talking some that were as much as $1 B a year - no kidding!

Naturally, any proposal for such a contract is quite complex, normally three binders full of data organized by area/subject...Plus 6 copies and hand delivered to the right place and within the allotted time period.

If you submit the proposal 1 second after the cut-off for submission, you are out...

Two of three areas for these proposals were VERY complex while the third was standard spiel/pablum to show you are meeting all the Government requirements...

The rules for submitting a proposal have to be followed exactly to include time for submission as mentioned above...

All the areas of the RFP (request for proposal) have to be covered sufficiently to get awarded the contract.

Because of the complexity, it takes someone that knows what they are doing to do it properly and have success...

My background is that I was on the other side of such contracts while in the military. I was involved in evaluating them and scoring them. I know exactly what they are looking for.

THAT has a value...

My price for consulting with them? $2000 per day plus expenses. No kidding. The typical contract was minimally 30 days, and very large proposals may take 2 months to complete.

That is a starting point. As a consultant representing 12 major companies out of the USA, I was earning $50k a month for sales back in the days.

No big deal, that is just a good period for some years, and again, anyone can do it with a lot of work and having the right background.

So going back to your question, I have been involved at that level with these kinds of things over the years, so am a bit known in some circles as a rainmaker (someone who gets things done)...

Now that I am older and somewhat out of the business, I cannot get that sum anymore. The $1-1.5 k USD per day? Yep, I can...I still have the cred to do this...the experience, the education, the hands-on, and the success stories...

Anyone can do this, it all builds up over your lifetime of work...That will follow you.

Note I have also had some amazing failures...It has not all been rosy hehe...

But the failures have been a rich source of new knowledge about operations, people, corporations, and yes even Governments!

It has only made me stronger...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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ilyaAxen Premium
I see. Thank you for the lengthy response, it really helps. In the example from your post though, you were offering different services, not contract proposals, did I understand correctly? Also, off topic, where did you learn to write such proposals? I would think you need to be an attorney.

~ilya
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DaveSw Premium
I am not sure I understand everything you are asking, but just correct me if I do not answer as you are looking for...

For the basic blog above I was speaking of an agreement between myself and the co-owner of a major agency....This is for website development and a social marketing program...

For the example of the contracts, I was referring to a period earlier in my life where I entered into contracts to write contract proposals for clients that were pursuing major Government contracts,,,

I learned by doing...Over the years I wrote contracts for services and equipment, supplies, etc. as a matter and part of my job. I had to learn...

I also learned from others who came before me, by doing it i the trenches, and of course, I was doing other styles of writing at the same time...

All helped to make me better at the craft (although some would argue with that hehe)...

No, you do not need an attorney for much of what I was doing, but yes there was a review process that did involve attorneys...

When I was on the other side evaluating contracts, that was part of the process...Over time you know what can go in and what cannot, and also how you eliminate any ambiguities...

Ambiguities cost the Government every time because by law the Government cannot profit from anything that is not clear in contracts with companies...The contractor will win in any dispute...

Let me know if this is not what you are looking for!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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mickeyb123 Premium
Thank you for this intriguing story and I wish you success in 'scaling' this experience into the future.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much Mickey, I appreciate your kind words. I truly do believe that Wealthy Affiliate is a gold mine just waiting to be fleshed out by members...Cheers! Dave : )
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petervcrisp Premium
Hi, Dave Well done, my friend. Haha. Loved the story and it goes to show that the skills we are learning at WA are valuable (very valuable) not just for ourselves but to other people as well.
(Of course, you need to know how to leverage that knowledge and negotiate a win - win outcome)
You are right, that sometimes coffee is not just coffee!! This is indeed a great example of networks and relationships and knowledge coming together to make a larger whole than just the sum of its parts. Wishing you more future success. Great Post! :)
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DaveSw Premium
Hello, Peter! So nice to see you stop by! I hope things are going well for you in China, I hope to get over there early next year (it is already penciled in on the calendar)...

Yes, what we learn here is so invaluable. You are the kind of person that can also leverage the knowledge in many ways. Being an adventurer and a wanderer requires this I think...

Please do take care over there and I wish you also all the best, this is so much fun for folks like us! I literally am dreaming about things online related at this point!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Carson1 Premium
Dave , once again not disappointed with the time spent reading your posts. I'm slowly trying to go through as many as I can purely because I learn so much each time out. Thank you sir. I would really enjoy seeing what you have to say about negotiating skill. ATB Carson 1
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much for the kind words Carson! I am working on that tutorial today, likely will be published within a few days...Cheers M8 and all the best! Dave : )
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mybiz4u Premium
Absolutely FABULOUS! Congrats, Dave. I am so proud of you. Great going. All the best on the new project. Yes, would love some lesson negotiation when your time permits.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Michelle...There are many ways to leverage this place for sure, and I know what you have done has been brought to the table prior to your involvement here, but essentially it is the same...All of your many skills along with what you have here makes you even more of a force! I love this place! Enjoy your weekend! Rain today I think up there? Cheers! Dave : )
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mybiz4u Premium
Indeed, Dave. We are products of our collective experiences thus far. It just depends on our application of the knowledge we have garnered. Have a great weekend too.
Namaste
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much! : )
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Uta Premium
Congratulations / I did not assume less from you!
Brilliant!
Of course I tell you that I am interested in a negotiation course. I think I am good already but I want to grow it and make it big because this is such an important skill. It is all about negotiation and creating win/win situations.

I am happy for your achievement! Amazing! I hope I come close in 2 years to what you have now.

Happy long weekend for you!
Uta
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much Uta! You enjoy the weekend too! Viel Spass....Dave : )
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susanmacneil Premium
Congratulations! That is wonderful.

Yes, your negotiation tips would be very helpful.

Thank you for sharing this exciting news with us.

Susan
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks so much Susan, appreciate the words and will put that training together....Cheers! Dave : )
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MKearns Premium
Yes what you gain in WA can be parlayed into greater skills in other forums leading to 6 figures indeed!
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, for sure! What I like too, about this situation, is that the gain from this project can again be leveraged at another level -
the projects I will use the agency studio for videos will again help grow these projects for more gain. It goes round and round...Cheers! Dave
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GlenPalo Premium
Cool! This is a super success story! Congrats!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Glen, we can all do things like this with the training we get here, I believe that....It is up to our imagination and drive...Cheers! Dave : )
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NemiraB Premium
It is wonderful to hear about success, congrats. Tips about process of negotiation would be highly appreciated:)
All the best:)
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DaveSw Premium
Super on the training, will do so, and thanks for the kind words too! Dave : )
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cizamazula Premium
Congratulations Dave. I would love to learn some Negotiation skills.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much and I will put that training together...Cheers! Dave : )
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AmirSetu Premium
Awesome.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks! : )
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pablocortina Premium
Congratulations. I think a tutorial on negotiations would be great. Thank you
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DaveSw Premium
Hi, Pablo, thanks for stopping by, I will put one together, it can help all of us even as we build sales pages...Cheers! Dave : )
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sherlock77 Premium
That's awesome news, Dave. Congrats!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks Darren! : )
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PatSID Premium
Wonderful!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks much! : )
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BobHammel Premium
So happy for you Dave. Hard work does pay off.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks for your kind words Bob, and I agree with you two four letter words we should be using more in this world! Cheers! Dave : )
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Nenad Premium
Great stuff Dave!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks! : )
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Marcus1978 Premium
Awesome!
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Marcus... : )
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WTucker1 Premium
great story and lesson. I was fascinated by the progression of the "deal"
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, this was a blow by blow explanation, but I was hoping to have enough background to give it meaning for readers. Sometimes you wonder how such deals are done, what is behind them, and who wins...Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Cheers! Dave : )
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
Contacts are the best thing going. I have 10 Muslim employees and the Hindu and Christians will have to carry the load. This happens every year. This directly affects my 2 most senior programmers. We also provide FREE SSL services to many website owners who do not want a huge payment to their hosting company after the first free year.... All Muslim support.

Don't concentrate on the payday, Concentrate on getting the task done. I would be curious to see how this turns out for you... and the lessons you learn.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks and I will post an update as this progresses...

Yes, we deal with people of all faiths and backgrounds here...

The 'pay' I get for this project will enable me to further leverage my other projects in ways that are yet to be seen...

That is what this is all about...It all is cumulative in nature...

I do like what I am doing, that helps too (passion)...

My delivery is genuine, and what I deliver is genuine as well...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Dmorrow Premium
Awesome Dave, well done! Contacts are good to have but, if you didn't have the skills, the contacts would be useless! Great lesson for us all.
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DaveSw Premium
I have been blessed over the years to have had good people lead me in directions I needed to go, and they always told me that preparation meets opportunity.

I believed them, have tried to live this, and this is an example that bears out their advice...

Thanks much for the kind words I am in a good mood at the moment. Everyone needs a win once in a while...

Let's see what happens when the boots hit the ground in his operation hehe! Maybe it will be a bit more like a nightmare?

No matter, I like challenges!

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Defiant6 Premium
Wow, that is amazing! Congratulations on that and you are right about things falling into place!
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, it really is true that things you do are cumulative in this business...I had no idea that a chance like this would appear, but at the same time, all the work to get where I am has brought me to the point where I could close such a deal as this...Thanks for the good wishes, this is a great day! Cheers! Dave : )
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Compsol99 Premium
That's awesome Dave! It certainly pays to have contacts.
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, it sure does...It also pays never to burn bridges if you can avoid it, fall on your sword only when it REALLY is required. Thanks, M8 and have a great day! Cheers! Dave : )
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Compsol99 Premium
Hi Dave,
There are times when you really want to burn that bridge because you want to tell that person off. Unfortunately, while that may feel good for the moment it can come back and bite you in the butt later on down the road.

I only wish I had some contacts like that. Being a web developer by trait it sure would be nice.
Have a great weekend!
Shawn
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DaveSw Premium
Yes, Shawn, I have burned a few bridges, but darn few...You are right on the contacts, so important...A bit of luck is involved, but that preparation meets opportunity thing does come into play as well...

This friend and business owner and I have done deals totally unrelated to what we both are doing now. He was working for RTA (Road and Transport Department) here in Dubai back in the days...

I was dealing in the finance and investment world during those days, and the project we did together made both of us some good money, with little work...

Years later, what we just concluded is totally unrelated. What the thread is between the two is knowing and trusting one another for doing business...

Funnily enough, I am not sure to this moment if this all was a planned thing on their part. Coffee on a weekend, during Ramadan, is a bit unusual...

No matter, it works out well for both (or all) of us ...The years of consist performance builds trust...On both sides...

Cheers!
Dave : )
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Compsol99 Premium
Trust on the part of both parties is a huge thing and given that you've worked with your friend in the past and made some money together makes it an easy decision to work together again. Best of luck in your ventures.
Regards,
Shawn
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks M8! : )
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SteveCrozza Premium
A lesson for all of us. Thanx for your advice.
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DaveSw Premium
Thanks, Steve...It was a good day indeed! Cheers! Dave : )
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