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How to get volunteers to jump at your offer and work for free in the beginning
If you're just starting out, you probably can't afford to hire any employees to get some work done that you can't do yourself. Now you can get someone to volunteer their time at your company, like an intern, but if you're not well known or branded you won't get many people jumping at the opportunity.
So how can you get people to jump at your volunteer offer and do loads of work for you? Well all you'll need to do is promise them some sort of payment after the website is generating money. You will have to sign a contract with them so that they are more willing to partner up with you. Without the contract, you won't get many people jumping at your offer. You can partner up with anyone from web designers to marketers and even sales reps, it doesn't really matter. If you don't have the money to invest in them, and they have the skills you need, you can still get them interested in working with you for some promised income later on down the road.
Steps to Take:
- Entice Them - You won't catch many fish if you're not using bait. You will need to entice these people to bite, and since they're going to be working for free in the beginning, your bait better be good! I like to offer a percentage of the profits for the first few months and then I reduce that percentage by half and they are usually happy. For example, I will offer a web designer 20% of our profits for the first 3 to 5 months after we begin to advertise and then reduce it to 5% or 10%. They will usually jump on this because that just means they will do the initial work and get 20% passive income for 3 to 5 months and 5% to 10% passive after that. This is similar to an investor putting in their own money, instead you have people putting in their skills and getting paid for it over time.
- Contract Up - You'll always need a contract in play when doing this. No one will work with you if there isn't a contract, because you could cut out the person doing the work after it's done and not pay them anything. The person doing the free work will want some type of security blanket, and that comes in the form of a contract which will say what's going on and how much they will be getting paid. If you don't justify the contract, you lose a lot more than the money you were agreeing to pay them.
- Call them a "Partner" - Even if you're not signing over a percentage of your stock, you should refer to them as your "partner" because they will feel more involved with your website and think of it as their own. I actually have a friend who is my "partner" and he does the web design, content writing, product descriptions, etc. He's basically a jack of all trades and helps me out when I need it. He knows that he's going to be invested into the website because he's going to be getting paid by it every month, so he does his best work. I call him my partner even though he doesn't own any portion of my company. I had him sign a contract that my lawyer wrote up, and he's getting paid a percentage each month
Finding volunteers can be one of the more difficult things to do when it comes to getting some free work done for you. No one who is looking for a paying job will want to do free work for you at a chance to make money later on. They want a paying job right now, which you're not offering. For this reason, you will need to say something along the lines of "Volunteer your services to us in your spare time in exchange for a percentage of our sales!" This shows that they don't have to work 8 hours a day for you and they can do what needs to be done at their own pace. They may work 1 or 2 hours a day on your project or work 16 hours a weekend on it. You can't pressure them to get the work done because that will just turn them away, that is if they're doing it and not slacking off. You'll of course have to have something in the contract that states they have to be done in XX days or the contract is null and void. Since you won't be paying them until AFTER the work is done, they will rush to get as much done as possible within the time frame so they can start making some passive income
You can have the contract say something like "Weekly status updates and proof of completed work are required" so that you can see what they're doing. Obviously if you know what you're looking for, you can find it, but it's nice to have something in there to make them actually do the work lol. You'll also want something in the contract stating that if you don't see updates or forward progress after XX days, the contract is null and void.
You need to think of this as a guy at the bar hitting on every woman he sees. And I'm not talking about a guy who is a model, we're talking about the most average of guys here lol. He will talk with every woman at the bar, and strike out 95% of the time. But there is that 1 girl in the bar that will actually give the guy her phone number. That person giving out their phone number is the one who will volunteer for you. You will get 95% of people telling you to go to hell, but you need to power through it and find the ones who will help out. After a few websites and a few "partners" you will now have a downline of coders, programmers, marketers, etc. who will be willing to help out in order to get some passive income later on down the road. Build trusting relationships with them and they won't ask questions when you have your next idea
I know this works, because I've done it many times
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