LEARN HOW TO MONETISE YOUR EXISTING SKILLS, CREATE A $1-5K INCOME (ON THE SIDE), FREE UP YOUR TIME AND WORK FROM ANYWHERE!

Introducing, How to Become a "Virtual Consultant"

virtual consultant (noun)

  1. Someone who makes money by selling their expertise through 1-on-1 consulting via the internet.
  2. An individual who is time, location and financially independent.

synonyms: online expert, internet coach, freelancer.

e.g. graphic designer, language coach, software trainer, digital marketer, personal trainer, social media guru, nutrition expert.

In this program, I'll share the exact scripts, tools, systems and processes that I've used over the last 12 months to replace my full-time income and quit my job.

You’re going to learn:

  • How to find (and test) an idea. This is often the hardest part for beginners. I’ll help you to choose which idea to focus on so you don’t waste time on the wrong thing (like I did).
  • You’ll learn how to market yourself and find clients. Including how to set up an automated system for generating leads (instead of sending out hundreds of “cold emails” and getting no responses).
  • You’ll learn how to sign up clients worth $500-$5,000 with ease by pricing your service correctly and sending out high-converting proposals (I’ll share my exact proposal template structure and examples so you can rewrite it for your business).
  • You’ll learn how to generate a sustainable $1-5k side-income working 15-20 hours per week so you can eventually go full-time on your business (and work on other projects, products, speaking and courses).
  • And finally, you’ll learn how to automate and streamline your business so you can increase your effective hourly rate and free up your time.

Does that all sound too good to be true? I’ve done all of these things and want to share my exact system and process with YOU… (all the numbers, all the secrets, nothing left out).

 

Does this sound like you?

If you’d like to start or grow your existing side-business so you can replace your income and go full-time. If you want to be your own boss, work when and where you want and free up your time. And if you want to create a system for generating leads so that clients come to you, then boy do I have the solution for you…

  • THE FREEDOM TO WORK ON YOUR TERMS

    By becoming a "virtual consultant" you can free up your time and become location independent, meaning you can work when and where you want. By monetising my skills I was able to quit my job and travel Asia for 6 months with my wife (while simultaneously building my online business).
  • DISCOVER NEW OPPORTUNITIES

    When I started traveling in early 2017, "virtual consulting" gave me the opportunity to meet loads of new people. While working out of the Dojo co-working space in Bali I was able to meet loads of other location independent virtual consultants.
  • BUILD YOUR BUSINESS

    Becoming a "virtual consultant" is a great way of creating a nice side-income so you can eventually quit your job and work on other projects and ideas. Building an audience and selling online products takes time but you can start with "virtual consulting" fast, giving you more time to work on those ideas later.

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My side-hustle success story (and lessons learned): from full-time job to traveling indie-entrepreneur earning 2X as much in 1/2 the time

 

My Side-Hustle Timeline

 

2012 – Where it all began

April 2012 – In my final year of University I read The 4-Hour Workweek (and write a book summary) for the first time (I’ll end up reading it about 4 or 5 more times between then and going traveling in 2017).

September 2012 – I purchase the domain name, PaulMinors.com, and create a free WordPress website. I start blogging about nothing in particular, random ideas mostly.

November 2012 – I finish my final University exams securing my Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. I begin a Marketing job at MightyApe.co.nz (an ecommerce store in New Zealand) where I learn about online advertising, social media, email marketing and whats it’s like to work a 9-5 job.

2013 – My first job

Early 2013 – I’m loving my new job and soak up all the new lessons like a sponge. During my first year I work hard, learn a lot about how to be more productive and get rewarded with new projects. Management seem to think I’m doing a good job. I discover this new project management tool called “Asana” and share it with the team. Over the coming months I help to transition the company to Asana and train over 50+ staff on how to use it.

May 2013 – Hayley and I purchase our first house and move in a month later. We spend most of the rest of the year covered in paint as we renovate and make the house our own.

November 2013 – I complete my first half marathon and finish in 1:29:55 (I’m the last runner to come in under an hour and a half).

2014 – The side-hustle begins

Early 2014 – I’m enjoying work but remind myself that the goal is to be my own boss. After re-reading The 4-Hour Workweek I come up with the idea to create “Adwords for Students”; an online course to teach students about Google Adwords which they can put to good use in their first job (like me). I create a Kickstart campaign to fund and validate this idea, but it’s a total flop. In March I do Tough Mudder and injure my knee which continues to be a pain for the rest of the year and ruins my plans of doing the full marathon.

Late 2014 – I complete Simon Sinek’s Learn Your Why course to learn more about myself. I use the insights from this to start blogging about productivity and self-improvement. I rebrand my website and set up proper hosting with Bluehost (affiliate link). My friend Chuck agree’s to be a guinea pig so I can teach him about productivity and come up with the structure of a coaching program.

2015 – My first online sale and product launch

January 2015 – Using advice from What the Most Successful People Do Before Work (book summary) and The Miracle Morning (book summary), I start waking up at 5am so I can work on my side-business before work. I also set up a MailChimp (affiliate link) account and create my first email course, The 7-Day Productivity Plan to get email subscribers.

February 2015 – I start work on a paid online course, The 6-Week Productivity Program which I’ll sell as an extension of my email course. I host a webinar to promote the course, 6 people turn up and the launch is a total flop. Back to the drawing board (again).

28th March 2015 – I marry my high school sweetheart, Hayley. Family fly all the way from the UK to New Zealand for the big day. We have a massive party and it’s the best day of my life.

25th April 2015 – On a Saturday morning I make my first online sale worth $9.99 selling an ebook version of my 7-Day Productivity Plan. I can’t believe it and run into the bedroom to tell Hayley. I find it weird to think that someone, somewhere in the world has sent me money to purchase a digital product that I created using a computer. This is a huge milestone!

Q2 2015 – I focus my energy on building my audience so that the next thing I launch will get a bit more attention. I put time and energy into writing for the blog, guest posting and I create The Productivity Podcast. Meanwhile, work is becoming more and more tedious. I’m getting bored, my progress has stalled and the excitement of working for myself destroys my motivation at work.

Q3 2015 – I work on a new product, The Personal Productivity Toolkit which contains an ebook, videos, interviews and other resources. There’s a lot to do. I’m also trying to keep up with publishing regular content on the blog and quickly find there aren’t enough hours in the day.

August 2015 – I hand in my notice to leave my job. While I can’t support myself just yet, I pursue an opportunity to work with my buddy Chuck on his new mortgage broking business.

September 2015 – Hayley and I go on our honeymoon to Bali. We love it and as soon as we’re home, want to go back! I also begin my new job working in Marketing for iRefi.co.nz, start learning about giving mortgage advise and train up as an adviser.

October 2015 – I launch my Personal Productivity Toolkit and make my first few thousand dollars online. It’s not a runaway success, but it’s not a failure (for once). For the rest of the year, I work on improving the product and sales funnel to grow sales.

December 2015 – While trying to heal my knee, I read Unbreakable Runner and learn how CrossFit can help condition you for long-distance runs without spending hours pounding the pavement (a more productive approach to training). I complete an onramp course and quickly develop an obsession for CrossFit and forget all about the running (yep, I’m one of “those” people).

2016 – The side-hustle takes off

Early 2016 – I refocus my attention onto growing my audience and adding as many people as I can to my sales funnel. I also work with my first few productivity coaching clients in New Zealand and Australia (who have purchased the “Strategy Edition” of my toolkit). I decide that if I’m going to leave my (new) job I can’t just rely on product sales. I need to do some consulting. I aim to earn a minimum of $4,000 per month in order to cover business expenses, pay the mortgage and replace my salary. Hayley and I also make plans to travel around South East Asia for 6 months in 2017. Now I have a deadline to work with.

March 2016 – I set up a coaching program to help people with productivity but finding client’s is hard work. Perhaps I need a better offer? As an experiment, I list myself as an expert on Clarity and list my skills like Asana, Productivity and MailChimp. I book a call with a client in San Fransisco who needs help with Asana and I think “Great, I can help with that!”.

Q2 2016 – I continue taking calls on Clarity and help people with productivity and Asana. I also notice I’m getting a lot of traffic through Google for my book summaries, so I start writing a new ebook, Guidelines, that appeals to book lovers.

June 2016 – I decide to double down on the Asana Consulting and position myself as an expert in this niche. It’s a very targeted market, but it pays off. Because I’ve niched down, I’m now being discovered online via people searching for “asana consulting” on Google. I close my first few “fixed price” sales and move away from hourly billing (doubling my effective hourly rate). Hayley and I continue with our travel plans, book a flight to Bali and plan to leave January 2017.

August 2016 – Hayley and I decide to sell our house before we leave for our trip and list it for sale.

Q4 2016 – The Asana consulting is going well. For the last few months I’ve been matching my full-time salary through consulting and product income. I plan my exit from iRefi and intend on finishing up at the end of the year. I decide to branch out and help business owners with other tools like Pipedrive and MailChimp. I also continue with product development on Guidelines, the 7-Day Productivity Plan and the Personal Productivity Toolkit, adding more resources and package options. We mange to sell the house (timing the market perfectly), throw away tonnes of old junk and put our remaining belongings into storage.

16th December 2016 – I finish my last day of work at iRefi.co.nz and begin to freak out about the idea of full-time self-employment.

2017 – Taking the side-hustle full-time

10th January 2017 – Hayley and I say goodbye to our friends and family and head to Auckland International Airport to begin our 6-month travel adventure.

Q1 2017 – I have a moment of panic when we first arrive in Bali. I can’t help but think “What if it all goes wrong?” and “Did we make a mistake by selling the house?”. I quickly start to relax and we spend the first 7 weeks of the year in Bali, Indonesia working about 15-20 hours per week, sun bathing, surfing, doing CrossFit, exploring and earning more than I ever did working a full-time job. We then move on and spend 3 weeks exploring Cambodia and 4 weeks in Vietnam.

Over the course of this journey, I've learned to take a "low-volume, high-value" approach to working with clients:

  • Finding the right idea is key! And it’s far better to specialise than trying to appeal to everyone. I only found success with consulting after I specialised in a specific skill that I already possessed. When you focus on specifics, you can position yourself as a specialist (remove the competition), charge higher prices and close deals faster. I’ll help you to find and test your ideas so you can focus on the skills and customers that are right for you!
  • If you have an existing skill there’s probably someone who would be willing to pay to learn what you already know. Even if what you know is quite simple, don’t worry. I still remind myself that what’s simple for me is a challenge for others. I’ll reveal how to generate ideas and more importantly, how to test them so you can identify consulting opportunities.
  • You DON’T need to have an email list or even a blog to make money online. Fact! Yes, having a blog is nice and email lists are essential for selling digital products, but aren't “required” when you’re just trying to make a few thousand dollars per month from consulting. Remember, the goal is to replace your full-time income without having to spend years building an audience.
  • Charging a "fixed-price” is better for you and more importantly, better for your clients (and better than charging by the hour, which isn’t scalable and produces lower quality results). Client’s don’t care about your time, they care about outcomes (not to mention, collecting payment after the work is done can be a real hassle).
  • To sign up a consulting client, you DON’T need to spend a lot of time “nurturing” and “selling” to the prospect. The truth is that high-paying client’s value their time and want you to deliver results, fast! I’ll show you how to write highly appealing proposals and exactly how I’ve closed sales from $500 - $4,000 in as little as one Skype call and a few emails in just a few days.

When I started “virtual consulting” I earned over $1,200 in my first month and was confident enough to leave my full-time job after about 3-5 months.

Before I left my job, I worked about 60 hours per week between work and on the side-business. Since quitting in December 2016, I now work on average 20-25 hours per week (I know this because I track my time like a super-geek) and my consulting income has continued to grow even while traveling South East Asia with my wife. Don’t believe me, here are the actual sales from my Pipedrive account…

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Who am I and what the heck do I know?

My name is Paul Minors. I’m a productivity blogger and consultant. I’ve spent the last few years building my business and trying a bunch of different ways of making money online. I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. In the beginning I spent a lot of time building an audience and creating products. If I could give my younger self one piece of advice it would be to start consulting much sooner as it’s a much quicker way to make money online without having to build an audience first. Now that I’ve gone full-time on my business I’ve been able to further grow my consulting income and even have more time to focus on other projects and products (like this one).

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Introducing, How to become a “virtual consultant”

When you purchase, you’ll get access to the following via a download link:

Asana "Project Roadmap"

This project will guide you through the main content, training videos and action steps you need to take to set up your consulting system and generate a side-income. Each task is a step to complete (e.g. “write proposal” or “watch XY video”) and will contain instructions on how to use templates, links to resources and other attachments.

19 Training Videos (& Evernote slides)

Videos are used to deliver the actual lessons. I use a combination of presentations and screencasts to show you behind the scenes and to help set up your “consulting system”. The training is divided into four modules; Foundation, Getting Clients, Closing the Sale and Optimise Your Time (refer to the “What are you going to learn?” section below for details). Total video time is 5 hours 57 minutes.

Google Adwords Keyword Planner

We’ll explore how to use tools like Google Adwords to generate leads for your business. This keyword planner will help you to generate lists of specific keywords so you can target the right prospects with as little setup as possible. You don't need to have any prior knowledge of Google Adwords. The keyword planner will take care of the advertising set up for you.

Landing Page Template

I’ll share the landing page layout and sales copy template I use to get prospects to book a call with me. You can quickly set this up this on your site by installing the OptimizePress page builder plugin and importing my template (or if you don’t want to use OptimizePress you can just use the sales copy and choose your own page builder).

Proposal Template (and Example)

I’ll share the actual proposal documents I use to outline my consulting options and pricing with clients. I’ll explain how to charge a fixed price (instead of selling your time), how to create the right pricing options and include high-value support and guarantees that clients are happy to agree to.

Email templates

I’ll share the exact email templates I use when sending proposal to clients. I even include the TextExpander templates so you can send emails in a flash!

Access to "The Masters” Slack Group

This is where you can share ideas, get feedback and connect with other “virtual consultants” and motivated individuals. You'll also be able to use the group to connect with my directly.

What are you going to learn?

 

FOUNDATION

  • 1.1 - The consulting process explained (13:49)
  • 1.2 - Create your consulting goals (08:41)
  • 1.3 - How to “make time” to work on your side-business (11:20)
  • 1.4 - How to find and test your idea (22:26)
  • 1.5 - Managing your prospects with Pipedrive (41:58)

GETTING CLIENT’S

  • 2.1 - Setting up a 1-page website and copy writing (19:05)
  • 2.2 - Creating a booking system (17:27)
  • 2.3 - Marketing your service and getting discovered (17:20)
  • 2.4 - Setting up Google Adwords and generating leads (20:42)

 

Total time - 5 hours 57 minutes

CLOSING THE SALE

  • 3.1 - The initial call with your prospect (20:38)
  • 3.2 - How to price your consulting service (17:24)
  • 3.3 - Writing high-converting proposals [PREMIUM] (20:59)
  • 3.4 - How to increase your service quality (12:58)
  • 3.5 - Collecting payments from client’s (16:01)

OPTIMISE YOUR TIME

  • 4.1 - How to manage client work (15:41)
  • 4.2 - Using TextExpander to save time (25:36)
  • 4.3 - Eliminate, simplify, automate and delegate (17:56)
  • 4.4 - Automating your consulting system [PREMIUM] (28:18)
  • 4.5 - Making the leap to full-time virtual consultant (9:04)

 

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Why this program is a "no brainer"!

Like you, I only want to pay for something when I know it’s going to work. So, I’ve designed the pricing so that you can earn your investment back after you sign up your first paying client. For example, if you sign up a client for $500-1,000 (which is the lower end of what you should be charging) then you’ll have paid for this program with your very first client.

Try the course for 60-days, no risk, 100% money back guarantee

My program comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. So, here’s my suggestion; purchase the program and you’ll have 60 days to sign up and collect payment from your first client. If you don’t succeed with the program in this time, you can have your money back. No questions asked, no “proof” needed (unlike other online courses). Because why should you have to pay for a program if it doesn’t work?

I want you to succeed, so I'll take on all the risk!

This way, you can purchase the program with absolutely no risk. If it doesn’t work, you get your money back. Simple. And because I can’t delete the course from your computer, you can keep it. This way I’m the one taking on all the risk so you don't have to.

Would you be willing to work for a client for free, just once, so that you can earn an ongoing (and sustainable) income from consulting? Hopefully, the answer is “yes” and that’s exactly the situation I’ve tried to re-create here.

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PACKAGES

I have three pricing options to help you to strike the right balance between value and cost. Please click the BUY NOW button below for the option that best suits you.

60-day money back guarantee

Asana "Project Roadmap"

19 Training Videos

Google Adwords Keyword Planner

Private Slack Group

Landing Page Template

Proposal Template (and Examples)

Email Templates

3 Months of Unlimited Consulting Support

Basic Edition

$297.00

A great affordable option to get your started!

  • Asana "Project Roadmap"

  • 19 Training Videos

    Everything except 3.3 and 4.4
  • Google Adwords Keyword Planner

  • Private Slack Group

  • Landing Page Template

  • Proposal Template (and Examples)

  • Email Templates

  • 3 Months of Unlimited Consulting Support

VIP Edition

$997.00

Everything + 3 Months Unlimited Support!

  • Asana "Project Roadmap"

  • 19 Training Videos

  • Google Adwords Keyword Planner

  • Private Slack Group

  • Landing Page Template

  • Proposal Template (and Examples)

  • Email Templates

  • 3 Months of Unlimited Consulting Support

PAYMENT PLANS

If you don't want to pay 100% up front, you can use one of the following payment plans... (they're a little more expensive, but great if you don't have all the money right away).

60-day money back guarantee

Basic Edition

$117 x 3

Paid once per month for 3 months. Total $351

VIP Edition

$357 x 3

Paid once per month for 3 months. Total $1,071

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QUESTIONS

Q: How does the "unlimited support" work?

If you purchase the "VIP Package" you'll get 3 months of unlimited support starting from the original purchase date. This means you'll be able to book a time to chat with me on Skype as much as you like. That's right! You'll have 3 months to go through the program and get feedback and support from me as you sign up your initial clients (I made over $4,500 in my first three months).

Q: Who is this program for?

This program is great for people who want to work for themselves (either "on the side" or full-time). Ideally you're someone who has a basic understanding of the internet and you're comfortable using tools like Skype. The outcome of this program is that you'll be earning money by selling to people who can benefit from some skill or expertise that you posses (either by teaching them, or applying your skills to their business).

 

 

Q: How long does it take to go through the program?

Each of the 16 training videos is about 10-30 minutes in length. I've designed the program to be detailed, but concise, so you can get through the training without having to invest 15 hours per week watching videos.  In fact, it takes just under 6 hours to watch all the videos.

If you work hard, you can get through the content and have your consulting business up and running in less than 4 weeks (even sooner if you're working on this full-time).

Q: Do I need to use Asana?

Asana will be used to deliver the course content and “project roadmap”. You’ll need to set up a free account in order to access the project (I’ll provide you with instructions later). However, once you’re done, you don't need to continue to use Asana if you don’t want to.