Offering you a business mentorship opportunity

Times are hard. Students are treading water in a deep pool of student loan debt. The unemployment rate is high. Those without jobs wonder how they’re going to feed themselves. Those with jobs wonder if they can keep their jobs.

While the financial markets have caused much trouble, occupying some prominent financial street isn’t enough. Protesting only means you’re surrendering the solution of the problem to someone else, waiting for that someone who may or may not be able to help you.

It is said that total sum of all small businesses drive the majority of all businesses in the world. I’m offering to teach you how to start a small (online) business of your own. I run a small business, and though it has a modest return, it feeds me. And in my book, that’s successful enough for me.

Here’s the deal

I’m not providing financial aid to you. But I will answer any question you have on starting your online business. If you have an idea on what you want, we can work on that. If not, we can work to find something you’d be interested in. I will point out reference material you can read up on. I will suggest actions for you to take. But I won’t do those things for you. You still have to work for it.

In exchange, you have to write articles and do some research stuff for me. 1 article per week, either for the blog, or for my magazine, or for my email newsletters. Add in the research, you’re probably looking at 2 to 6 hours per week, depending on how fast you write/research. If you’re currently studying, that shouldn’t put too much of a dent into your week. If you’re still employed, I can help you with a side business that brings in a little bit of cash per month. If you’re unemployed, well, the time taken shouldn’t bother you too much.

I’m also open to other types of contributions. Maybe you can create and edit videos. Maybe you’re awesome at taking photographs and photojournalism. Suggest away, and we can balance out the stuff I might ask you to do.

As for that business of yours, I won’t take a single cent. All profits from your business will be yours. You did all the work, right?

The time frame is 2 months. For now. We can extend if it works out. Most people will be winding down for the end of the year. You, on the other hand, can learn and create something that puts you in a better position for next year.

You think 2 months isn’t long enough? I created a profitable business selling a programming guide within 6 weeks. It took that long because I was writing code and creating a PDF that explains all that code. You can probably create something that you can sell profitably (even if modest) within a month.

If you don’t want to work, then even a year isn’t enough.

Also, I’m not going to teach you how to create the next Facebook/Twitter/Whatever. I’m here to teach you how to build a profitable business (as opposed to business for equity), and not something that’s valued at 3.7 million dollars after 3 years. I don’t have 3 years. I need to eat right now. I’m assuming you share similar feelings.

“Why are you doing this?”

I want to help you. If I was still studying for my bachelor’s degree, I’d at least be interested in someone offering to teach me how to start a small business. It would help with paying off my student loan, and I would have started before I graduated (when the student loan interest starts to kick in and I had to start paying back). If I was out in the world, whether employed or unemployed, a couple of hundred dollars per month would help. I grew up in a family between poor and middle-class. Every single dollar helps.

There are probably a lot of stuff I should clarify, but I don’t know how many people will respond to this. I might be helping 1 or 2 people. At the most 3. There might be no one who’s interested. That’s fine too. But if you’re interested, contact me and we can work out the details.