The 6 Month “Expert” – Getting Paid For Actually Helping People
Month One – Modeling:
- Go to amazon.com
- Type in “web design” for example or “how to write” or “programming” or “video editing”
- Order the top 10 books that are highest rated
- Read them (approx. 7 hours per 200 page technical book = 70 hours of reading)
Month Two – The One Page Summary:
Put together one page summaries on the key principles in the books.
Structure them like this.
The Big Idea is:
The core, tactical principles are:
Three habits I can start doing today:
Month Three – Synthesize:
Synthesize the basic principles.
Okay, so you’ve read ten of the top books. Now what are the similarities in the principles?
If you’re a fitness coach, you might have realized, okay, diet is 80% of the work.
And X Y and Z are the main principles I need to help my clients with in order to get them results.
And you can use weight training for both men and women to tone them up, then intermittent fasting as an advanced concept.
If it’s writing, you might learn about storytelling, sentence structure, beginning stories in media res, etc.
If it’s programming, you might have learned what the heck programming really is, and how it works.
Month Four – Six: Deliberate Practice & Skill Acquisition (One Hour a Day Philosophy):
At this point, theory virtually doesn’t matter, because if someone is paying you, they just want results.
So in month four, the key thing is to get three free clients.
If you’re a programmer, just try creating something (you’re own web page).
Set aside 1 hour a day.
If it’s writing, just start writing articles and pitching them to The Huffington Post or other websites that are smaller that you’re currently afraid of.
If you’re a designer, offer to design a friend’s website for free. Get the actual skillset, break shit, and then figure out why you broke it.
If you’re working on coaching, coach a few friends for free! Do hourlong coaching sessions, get their feedback, see if it helped, etc.
You’ll quickly realize if you’re good, what needs improving, what you may like or not like, etc.
Month Five – Get A (or More) Free Clients
The next step is to actually get more clients, free ones (or if you feel comfortable, paid ones).
First, go through friends, then just go to local events using meetup.com, post your services on craigslist, or start setting up a website.
But by this point, you already have a skillset that’s valuable and you’re good enough.
Month Six – Make It Happen:
It’s time to start charging. I’ll keep it simple, because even though this is another huge mental hurdle for new people (please don’t charge $10/hour), it’s best learned in the trenches.
1. Charge monthly (because you can’t feed yourself on hourly jobs)
2. Charge more than you feel comfortable with
If you feel like $50 a month makes you comfortable, charge $100 a month.