How To Make Money Without Working Hard

By Jason Moffatt | Marketing

Jan 16

We’ve all seen something ridiculous like this before… “How to make a million dollars by sitting in your Snuggee and watching Maury Povich all day”.

Sounds great huh? Of course we all know it’s utter bullshit. Or is it?

In my personal experience, generating income on the internet has been the easiest job I’ve ever had. Yes, it did take a couple of years of grunt work, experimenting and educating myself, but once I got the basics down it was off to the races and I never looked back.

After a few years, I pretty much perfected the method of passive income and worked as little as possible to maintain a healthy six figure lifestyle without having to do much of anything.

How was this done?

It was very simple. I just brought people along for the ride. Instead of constantly bragging and boasting about all my achievements and successes, I shared my entire story. Yes, the whole enchilada. When I had issues in my personal life, I openly aired those. When things went south with investments, I’d share that too. And when I had no clue where I was going to rest my head, where I was going to live or what I wanted to do with my life, I’d freely admit it and ask for feedback from those who’ve had more life experience than myself.

What I’ve found over the years is that people will like, trust and buy from you as long as they believe you are genuinely trying to grow and get better each day. People are very helpful and forgiving no matter what your past may look like, as long as you are determined to better yourself and better the environment around you. You’ll almost always have a support group that can sustain your ideals and dreams if you are completely honest with your subscribers and readers about your intentions.

Lots of people think that they need to build a email list of 50,000 to 100,000 people before they can strike it rich. Wrong! For many years my email list never exceeded 6000 people and that group of subscribers helped me live the most amazing life ever. And lets face it, of those 6000 people, only about 800 were actually opening the emails.

You really only need about 1000 people paying attention to your message to really make a big impact. Sometimes even less. The more open and honest you are about your life, the easier it is to start building a community of people that will be willing to help you achieve your goals.

During the last two years I haven’t been selling much of my own products at all. I had a couple partnerships, but those sadly went south. In reality, I haven’t done much of anything but tell my story during the last two years. And because of this lack of work, you’d think my income would be taking a huge nose dive.

But guess what? In just the first two weeks of January I’ve deposited well over my monthly average for the last 5 years. It’s insane. I keep saying… “This gravy train has to run out sometime”, but it seems to keep on picking up steam and momentum despite me putting in less effort than ever.

So how does this keep happening?

It’s what I call “The It Factor” and I have an entire course sitting right here on the issue. I just need to finish this sales video so I can present it to you and others. I really want to share this with you, even if it does mean I’ll have to do a bit of work (arg, I hate that word).

Alongside of The It Factor I also have a program called “Quick Money Hacks” that shows how I pull off quick little tricks for maximum payouts. This is stuff anyone can do if they have a wee bit of hustle in them. For instance, last month I deposited a $8300 check for doing guess what? … I made one 10 minute phone call. Tough gig hey? I’ll show you how I did that in Quick Money Hacks. Once again, I just need to put some finishing touches on it and it will be ready.

If you read my last blog post, you already know I’m not so good at putting the finishing touches on things. I’m somewhat of a slacker. Okay, a big slacker. And it’s not one of those images that I portray to make things seem easier than they really are. I truly am the epitome of a beach bum in the works.

However, thanks to so many of my readers and subscribers I’ve got a ton of great advice on how I can finish up these projects and be happy about them. I truly thank every one of you that emailed, called, texted or left comments on the blog or Facebook. I promise to reply to every single one of them.

Beyond just advice, I’ve got some people that have extended a hand to help me finish up these projects. For instance, my buddy Marshall Wayne and I went paddle boarding and he offered to help me out with some video intros and such for my programs. I’m going to hit him up today after my chiropractor appointment and see what we can bust out.

I’ve had others reach out with copywriting help, graphics, motivation, and some with just a good ole fashion kick in the ass telling me to quick being a pussy and get to work. I appreciate it all, even the not so gentle words telling me to get off my ass and back to the grind.

After a few days of reflection I think I’ve found numerous ways to get excited again about working on some projects. So I sincerely mean it when I say thank you.

But…

Can you really make a ton of money without working hard?

YES!

I’ve proven it time and time again. However, (and this is a big however) I’ve been selling things since I was a little kid. I understand hustling, providing value, saving people time, entertaining folks, enriching their lives, etc etc etc. I’ve lived a very full life with tons of experiences that most simply have never had access to. So for me, yes it’s easy. Sometimes I wish I could transfer those skills and talents to others in a quick second but the reality is, you have to live your life to the fullest and then bring that wisdom with you to the table.

So for myself, it seems so simple. But in reality, it’s a bit tougher for others. And most of the time, it’s near impossible for the rest.

Your success is going to depend on your experience in life, your willingness to try new things out and how much people like and believe you. And that part about people liking and believing you is probably the biggest part of the equation.

In the coming days, I really hope I can follow through and deliver you these tools that I know will make your online experiences more fun and profitable. This stuff is the goods. So good. Incredibly good. It’s not fair for me to hoard this stuff when I know just how much of a impact it can make.

So please wish me luck and thanks for the bits of encouragement. It means a lot.

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About the Author

Jason Moffatt is a former private detective turned internet marketer who uses his skills of keen observation and deductive reasoning to pinpoint the easiest paths to success online. He’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs in the health & wellness field along with those in the personal development space. Jason believes we’re all a work in progress and that each day presents an opportunity to be a little be better than the last.

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  • Many times, I do the same thing, start a new project do all the work and then when almost everything is finish I move into something else.

  • Clay Franklin says:

    Way to go Jason,
    Like you, I hate work. I love doing stuff though, so if I’m having fun then it’s not really work.
    I also have trouble to finish stuff. I think my brain works faster than my attention to just one thing leaving me with lots of projects “in progress”
    I’m having fun though.
    Like you I’m full of energy, hate work especially with a unsatisified or mean boss. So I tredge along being my own boss and having more ideas than completed projects.
    I’ll never forget the day you called me by name as I came on stage at Mass Control.
    Just the night before you were telling me how to better remember people’s names.
    What a great teacher that leads by example…
    @ClayFranklin

  • You bastard! Some of us have been busting our asses trying to figure out
    how to make a living online… forever. And you make it sound like it’s
    oh-so-easy. For the majority of us, it’s not easy, more like damn near impossible. Please share some of your internet wisdom so the “have-nots” can finally make a few bucks.

    Best Wishes
    Carl Willoughby

  • Ben says:

    Hey Jason. Thank you for this inspiring post. Its good to hear again your positiv attitude. Take MASSIV Action & Keep The Momentum! I wish you success!
    Ben

  • Larry Taylor says:

    Hey Jason,

    I’m encouraged in reading your post. And your sincerity is what has kept me on your list for so long.

    I look forward to “The It Factor” and “Quick Money Hacks”, whenever you get them done. I totally understand your ‘challenge’. I live with the same thing.

    If you’ve ever read Clay Collins ‘About’ page on his blog where he goes into the ‘Messy Version’, that’s exactly what I deal with every day. With me, I know it’s ADD/ADHD. Well, it is with Clay, too. He just has never been diagnosed, but he’s learned how to work around it. Quite well, I’d say.

    Does accountability work for you? Like telling your whole list here that you will get it done by a certain date? Or posting a daily, one sentence progress report?

    Just a thought.

    Cheers,
    Larry

  • Rich says:

    Dude yeah your stuff is a good read for sure. But saying that making money online is easy…and effortless….like you describe….well you’re gonna piss people off with that attitude.

    It’s like saying….oh this Van Halen song is easy to play on guitar….yeah if you have talent and have been playing for 10 years. But if if you started playing guitar last week..um….no way in hell.

    SO while it may seem easy for you…a seasoned marketer with some of the biggest IM gurus as friends and JV partners…others that are new to the game would bust their ass and make zero money.

    • Yes and no Rich. I’ve taught a simple strategy that a total newb could do on day one and had a guy start making $400 a day because he actually followed along with exactly what I said to do. Bam. It worked right away. While it’s not going to be the norm, there’s always opportunity for a overnight success if you strike at the right time and take a chance.

      • As far as pissing people off…. Good. Maybe it will light a fire under their ass to do something about it.

        • Mike Murphy says:

          I could be wrong, but I don’t think Jason knew Frank Kern, Ed, Andy or any gurus when he got started.

          Also pretty sure that Jason “might” have put in his fair share of hardwork in the early days (he even says so in this post).

          That’s the one area that too many successful IM’ers don’t draw enough attention to which is the struggle or the early days when things didn’t just click and turn into cash.

          Surfer bum is fun and fine and all…but the foundation had to be laid.

        • Hey there’s an idea Jason! Make a series of videos talking about each of your business failures and struggles, take us back to your roots. Not an overall video covering your life but individual circumstances when you were a struggling IM like us, before you met the gurus (and maybe a few after). Beginners have a hard time believing successful IM when they say how easy it is because they only know the success they see you as now and not the person who failed time and time again. It would be interesting to get a glimpse into what it took to build your empire.

  • Jason, you sound much different in this post than the other day… glad everyone’s words have been helpful. I’m excited to see what’s next for you!

    Sometimes the best way to move forward is to be still and ask for a light to shine on the path ;~D

  • Thomas says:

    I have been making money online for 4 years, all self taught, but maybe that’s the problem. I don’t make nearly enough to consider it full time income. My goals have not been met, but I am determined to make it happen. I feel there is one small piece of the puzzle missing, and I’ll keep looking until I find it.

  • Lee OUFC Brooker says:

    Jason

    I have to praise you mate, I enjoy reading your stuff, your posts etc and I have been getting pretty tired of nearly making enough. Show me Jason and I will follow. I have a few good years of experience, I work as an Internet marketer for companies and it’s time to make money for me. I can build sites, I know Adwords well, I understand SEO.

    What do I need to do to put this all together dude.

    Lee OUFC Brooker

  • Huge appreciation for the reality side of you life.

    The other thing that strikes me when I think of you is that you are not like most who got into these online deal. They stop 5 yards before the goal line. You got in, stayed in and have been consistent. Yeah, breaks in blogging etc, but you haven’t gone after so other golden egg, instead have stayed the course, while creating some great relationships.

    Lately I’ve worked in the area of fear and anxiety a lot. It started with my connection to dogs and the simple fact that we people are putting those feelings out there for our dogs to pick up. Again, when it comes to stepping out and taking the risk of publishing that something didn’t work out, you show many how to walk through that door of fear of failure. It is the road to success.

    Aloha wags!

  • David says:

    Hi Jason,

    Glad you’ve found some motivation and I certainly hope it works out for you. I look forward to your upcoming posts.

  • David says:

    Forgot to say, I’d be interested in hearing more on your simple strategy that led to $400 per day… If you’re up to sharing specifics.

  • What most people don’t think, when someone says that he makes a lot of money with little work, is, that one has to build a basis and work quit a bit at least for the first 2 years. You have mentioned your start and this is where others have to start, if they want to make it – no matter in what kind of a business.

  • Nic says:

    Wow.

    After the feel good party is over and everyone is done begging you to teach them the secrets of the “one missing puzzle piece” to making money online, I’ll share a real story about making money online.

    I’ve worked my ass off online non-stop for about 4 years now. I was lured into this industry by “IM instant riches” BS. Despite my youth, I have a lot of sales experience, so I figured it would be a cakewalk.

    The perpetuated hype and dead ends left me extremely cynical about the entire information product industry, especially the part about providing what passes for “value” by many of those supposed experts out there. (If you’re reading this, you know who you are!)

    However, as a result of trying to implement those supposed “shortcuts to wealth”, I developed a respectable skillset as a web developer (through a ton of self-study nearly every night until about 3 am).

    Yup. The lies of how easy it is to make money online lit up my passion for all things html, css, php, WordPress, web design (REAL design based on best practices), web video, conversions, LTV of customers, email segmentation, copywriting, SEO, paid traffic, shopping carts, e-commerce, and so on.

    About 2 years ago I walked out of a cushy corporate sales job and took about a $70k/year income cut to work for myself as a web developer. (No savings and an imminent short sale, by the way.)

    Now I am working about 12 hours a day on some SERIOUS projects that can potentially (literally) revolutionize their certain industries.

    (… as in multi-million dollar investors, internationally-recognized household names in the entertainment and sports industries, etc. One of these companies has the potential to be a billion dollar company with a logo on the face of every new Blu-Ray disc you buy. I’m proud to say I designed that logo and that I have a piece of the company profits, thank you very much.)

    In other words, I do a sh-t load of work for a potential massive payoff. I’ve always worked my ass off because it feels GOOD to make an impact. (Unfortunately, I’ve also been taken advantage of by a handful of very good con-artists. In just one case, I’ve been taken to the tune of close to $10k in never-paid fees for my completed work.)

    So in all honesty, I really don’t relate the idea of not wanting to work. That sounds like death to me.

    I don’t use a Snuggee, I don’t bother with TV to watch Maury Povich, but I do actually work in my underwear sometimes. And despite the long work days, it does feel like heaven.

    I didn’t expect to write a post this long. In all likelihood, nobody will read this post because it is too long.

    That’s fine.

    But ultimately my point to anyone trying to “make it” is that if you don’t love the internet, then forget the idea of making easy money online. You have to LOVE the technology and what it can do, or else you will inherently fight the entire process. It will be hell, plain and simple.

    But if you genuinely LOVE what it can do, it’s a deservedly hard road, but it can lead to places you hadn’t even imagined.

    Jason, I have reached out to before. I live in Carlsbad. I have offered before to take you out to lunch if you are in town and up for it. Maybe some of my work ethic will rub off on you, or I may be able to assist with some of your projects. If you want, send me an email and I’ll get you my phone number.

  • What a great time for me to read this on the eve of my semi-permanent move out of the country to chase my passions. You’re absolutely right that it’s the story of the journey that people really follow and connect with. Showing the personality and authenticity of the person on the other side of the computer helps people feel more comfortable listening and taking advice. On top of that, I think a lot of people like to live vicariously through others and when you share your stories, they get that opportunity. Good post bro!

  • Very true… At least, this is how I started !

  • mark says:

    Hey man,you always give great encouragement to us all Mo. No matter what field we’re in. I’m looking forward to your next post.

    Mark in Cold Bugger canada

  • Jack Connors says:

    Sounds Like Anout JASON,Home Run,,Wew talking bse Ball,and Im in Ct. with a Blizzard Oot side,LOL!!!!!!! WellDont screw wih Mommmy Nature,,she ALLWAYS wins!,SOB,,,:(,Jack!

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