“I hate sales!” he said storming out of the lobby.
Let me introduce you to Alex:
Alex was your typical salesperson with a typical sales job. He was a decent salesman. Not the best but decent. It was the last day of the week to reach his target sales quota for the year.
His numbers had gone down a bit but he had one last big deal in his pipeline that would help him bring it back up to par.
Alex had planned to finish his last call on a good note and go celebrate his success with his daughter at her birthday dinner.
After spending almost an hour on the phone with his last prospect. He felt things were looking really promising. He was confident he could close this sale.
On the edge of his seat, his eyes lit up as he felt the adrenaline rush pumping through his veins.
And The Moment Of Truth Finally Came…
“This all sounds great, Alex,” he said. “But let me think about it and I’ll get back to you, Okay? Alright, Bye. Have a good night.”
Alex couldn’t believe what he just heard. A sudden wave of depression loomed over him.
It was his last call of the year. The last big deal of the year and just like that, it slipped right through his fingers. Vanished. Gone.
Has this ever happened to you?
When you’re so close to closing a deal and all you get is a painful objection giving everyone in your office the right to look down on you because you didn’t reach your annual sales quota.
Are you sick and tired of the constant pressure, the anxiety, the fear, and embarrassment? Have you had enough of the relentless office politics? Are you ready to call it quits?
Before You Jump The Gun, Read This First…
If you’re thinking about leaving your current job because you don’t like what you do and you’re not passionate about it.
Or you’re frustrated with the people you work with and hate the pressures you have to endure at your workplace.
Or you feel like you’re not getting paid what you deserve, then please consider this first.
Now, keep in mind that I am only speaking from my experience. This is something I did that I do NOT recommend you to do.
One day, back when I was working as a cashier at a supermarket, my manager was yelling at me and calling me names and I got so fed up with it. So I went up to him and said, “F You!” and walked out the door.
I do not recommend you to do that because afterward, I put my mom through hell. Since I quit my minimum wage job so suddenly, I was desperate for money.
Now, some people, I mean a very small percentage of the population, may do well when they’re backed up against the corner and put under a lot of pressure. But chances are, that’s probably not you.
For most people, it is the opposite. They crack under pressure. They panic when they can’t pay the bills and provide for their family. And at that point, they’re making decisions based on emotions, not logic, which gets them into even more trouble.
Follow This 2-Step Formula
So don’t quit your job like that. Instead, here is what I recommend you to do:
First, you want to find a side hustle, a side business, or High-Income Skill that I teach that can generate some money outside of your job. When you’re making twice as much as your main job, then you can quit.
So let’s say, for example, you’re currently making $3,000 a month from your main job. If your side hustle generates $6,000 a month, then you have a safety net. It gives you comfort and room to breathe knowing you’re going to be okay if you quit your job.
Second, before you quit your job, you want to make sure you have at least 3 to 6 months of savings to cover your overhead expenses.
Let’s say your overhead, to take care of your family, is about $3,000 a month. You probably want to have $9,000, $12,000, or $16,000 in cash savings so if anything were to go wrong, you will be okay. You’ll basically have emergency funds to fall back on.
Now, by the time you finally quit your job, you can breathe. You’re not desperate or panicking but you can feel assured to move forward full-time with your side hustle or High-Income Skill.
High-Paying Jobs vs High-Income Skills – Is There A Difference?
You might be wondering why I said to find a High-Income Skill instead of a high-paying job.
The reason for that is because with a high-paying job your income is determined by your employer or CEO.
Now, I’m not saying you can’t choose to go find another high-paying job. You definitely could. However, that is not the route that I would personally recommend.
At a high-paying job, there are so many unpredictable factors that can come in to play. You could earn $10,000 a month if you climb the corporate ladder and take on an executive position.
But what would happen if one day your boss decided to fire you or replace you? Is there any guarantee that you could transfer your skills and make the same income at another company? Maybe, but you can’t be 100% sure.
When it comes to a high-paying job, yes, it may pay you well if you reach a position that allows you to make at least $10,000 a month.
But if one day your boss gets frustrated with you, how much control do you have over whether or not he will fire you? Chances are little to none. You essentially become a slave to your job.
Do You Wish To Be A “Slave” Or To Be “Free”?
On the contrary, with a High-Income Skill, the amount of income you can make is determined by one thing and one thing only. And that is the MARKETPLACE.
I define a High-Income Skill as a skill that can make you at least $10,000 a month by providing a service to people that know they need but don’t know how to do themselves.
With this type of skill, you control how much you make based on how much value you can deliver to the marketplace. Whereas at a job, how much you make is dependent on time or whether you reached your sales quota, for instance.
When you can master a High-Income Skill, it will be a skill that stays with you for the rest of your life and no one can take it away from you. It’s a skill that is transferable to all industries.
Not only that, but it’s a skill that is “recession-proof,” meaning when the economy is drowning, you will have this skill that will always be in high-demand to keep you afloat.
What Are Some High-Income Skills You Can Do?
The number of High-Income Skills available is limitless. But if you hate sales and you’re looking for another alternative that doesn’t require you to drag yourself back to school for another degree and start earning $120,000 or more a year, then here are a few of my personal favorites.
It is salesmanship in print or what I like to call, closing in print. Ads, sales letters, sales pages, landing pages, billboard signs are all forms of copywriting. It means being able to use the written word to persuade someone to take a certain action, like to buy a product or service.
There is so much content out there in the world today. There’s so much, that we have entered an age of information overload where people are consuming content like crazy.
If you haven’t already noticed, you are consuming content at this very moment by reading this blog post.
But apart from this post, there are so many different forms of content out there. It might be a Youtube video, a Facebook post, an Instagram feed, news story, cat videos, and so much more.
Content creation is a great High-Income Skill to learn if you can create valuable content that can help people. If you combine this skill with online marketing skills, you could potentially increase your income to new heights.
High-Ticket Closing is the ability to close High-Ticket Offers. It means helping a potential prospect figure out their needs and letting them come to their own informed decision.
It’s an invaluable skill to have if you own a business and you’re selling products and services ranging from $3,000 or higher because these high-tickets items are not transactions you can complete by having someone fill out an online form.
If you want to sell your services you would need to get on the phone with the prospect and close them there.
At first, you might not consider this a High-Income Skill but if you do it right you could charge a hefty fee for high-quality photography.
I personally have a friend who is a high-end photographer. He gets paid handsomely for his work because he’s not only able to produce high-quality photos but he focuses on making his client’s experience an enjoyable one. It’s his extra care and personal touch that allows him to charge premium prices.
So if you have an interest in photography or do it as a hobby, why not transform it into a High-Income Skill that you can profit from.
Digital marketing ranges from many things like funnel mapping, managing Facebook pages and ads, growing a Youtube channel or Instagram account, building and nurturing customer relationships and much more.
The need for this particular skill is needed now more than ever. With the rise of social media, companies can’t keep up with the latest trends and changes to social media rules. They need someone to help them “read” the data that they collect from different platforms because they know that what doesn’t get measured, doesn’t get improved.What doesn't get measured, doesn't get improved. Click To Tweet
According to a study from Dun & Bradstreet, they surveyed more than 500 business executives in the US and UK and revealed that half (50%) of these executives stated that their company would not be able to survive without quality data analysis.
Supercharge Your High-Income Skills To The Next Level
The great thing about High-Income Skills is that it’s very dynamic and offers unlimited opportunities.
You may not realize it yet, but there is so much demand in the gig economy. Especially for people who have the right skills to help companies solve problems that they can’t do themselves.
At first, when you’re just getting started and the skill you’re learning is still new. You might want to try experimenting by working in different industries just to get your feet wet.
Try different things and see what you’re comfortable doing and what you’re not so comfortable doing.
As you develop your skill and test things out, you’ll notice that there may be certain people you enjoy working with more than others. Or you’ll prefer working in one industry more than another.
Specialize Within Your High-Income Skill
Once you have a feel for your new skill, then you might consider niching down. Now, what do I mean by that?
This means that you can specialize. Let’s say, for example, you want to develop a skill in photography.
Within the world of photography, there are many industries you could work in – such as food, fashion, landscape, portrait, wedding and events and so on.
Let’s say you pick out four industries to test out.
After experimenting, you might think, “Out of all the things I’ve tried, I think I like wedding photography the most. I really enjoy the satisfaction and fulfillment I get from helping couples capture a memory they can cherish for a lifetime.”
But it doesn’t stop there. You can continue to specialize even further. You might offer a more high-end wedding photography service where you take care of your client’s entire experience from A to Z and make it a complete delight.
The more you specialize, assuming you’re good at what you do, the more you can charge for your services.
You see, when you develop and upgrade your High-Income Skill it’s not like upgrading a high-paying job, it’s actually far from it.
With a High-Income Skill, you have complete control over how much you can charge because of the results you produce.
On the contrary, at a high-paying job, your employer controls how much you get paid. Your value is based on the time you invest rather than the results you produce for the company.
If You Hate Sales, Try Doing Sales “In Disguise”
“What? Dan, what are you talking about?”
I’m talking about salesmanship in disguise. Or to be exact, salesmanship in print.
Yes, that’s right. I’m talking about copywriting. And those who are masters of this skill are what I like to call the “silent rainmakers.”
They are in the revenue-generating business. And their ultimate goal is to help companies tackle one simple task and that is to increase the company’s bottom line. That’s it.
If you can help a company do that, wouldn’t you agree they’d be more than happy to pay you a premium price for it?
The Secret Of The “Silent Rainmakers”
Now, the reason I recommend you to start with copywriting as your side hustle is because it’s a skill that doesn’t require anything to get started.
There’s no overhead. There’s no need for a degree. You don’t need any capital to get started. All you really need is a computer, a pen, and some sheets of paper.
And the great thing is, you can do it from anywhere you want as long as you have internet service.
Like any skill, copywriting a learnable skill – one that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
It’s a skill that will free you from the pressures of working in sales and facing unpredictable office politics.
Most people think that copywriting is about “writing”, like the traditional academic writing you might’ve learned when you were in school. But let me clear things up for you.
Copywriting has nothing to do with “writing.” Instead, it has everything to do with closing and knowing how to sell.
Now, you might be thinking, “Ok, Dan, I get it but…”
Wait. Stop there. Let me guess.
“Do you hate writing too?”
Although copywriting isn’t about writing academic essays or anything like that, it does require you to put your words on paper to persuade someone to take action.
But like I said earlier, there are so many other High-Income Skills out there that you may not be aware of so you can go see what skills fit your personality type and natural talents best.
I Want To Learn Copywriting! How Do I Get Started?
If you think copywriting might be a skill you want to learn, then great. But before I show you how you can get started, let me share with you briefly about how I actually got started.
I came across this skill of copywriting when my first mentor, Alan Jacques, taught it to me.
Back then, I studied a lot of his work because I was so fascinated with the way he wrote his direct mail letters.
After several failed attempts to have him mentor me, Alan finally took me under his wing and taught me this skill. I was completely blown away.
I couldn’t believe the power of the written word and how it could actually persuade someone I’ve never met before to purchase a product from the company. It was unbelievable.
Now, after many years of honing my copywriting skills, I decided to share this powerful skill with others, like yourself, who hate their sales jobs.
So if copywriting is a High-Income Skill you’re considering and you don’t want to be easily replaced by AI or outsourced contractors then click here to watch my free training on how to get a recession-proof career and a recurring retainer.