Beware Of This Pyramid Deal

This post is worth the read.

Someone wrote me back today after I sent out an email promoting The Empower Network. If you don’t know, The Empower Network sells courses on making money online, and also offers the opportunity to sell those courses.

Some people do very well learning from and selling their courses.

So I recommend people do that, and offer help to people who buy them through me.
(buying from anywhere else means you do NOT get my personal help)

So, this guy wrote me this email:


“The massive earnings for this type of system (empower network, etc.) are “extraordinary” and it says that at the bottom of the website you link to. It doesn’t work for 98% of people.

I’m all for residual income and affiliate marketing, but pushing a system that ultimately work for a few people is not something EVERY actor needs to do or CAN do.
I like a lot of your advice Bones, but pushing these pyramid-type systems is not for me.
It leaves a weird taste in my mouth when I’m trying to swallow the other valuable information you talk about.” 

And I answered him:

Thanks for writing; I appreciate the guts it took to say that instead of just hiding and making assumptions. It means you like what I’m doing and teaching, just not what you think is a pyramid thing.

I don’t blame you- if I were you, I might feel the same thing. I just have a little more info on it than you do. But let me tell you first:

 
You’re right;
those incomes are extraordinary.

and 98% of people won’t make any money

…Just like in acting.
 
 
Actually, your “chances” as an actor are even worse.
 
But in the acting business, some people UNDERSTAND that it’s up to them.
 
But many don’t, right? They say things like “Hollywood won’t let me…”
or some other bullshit.
 
In this affiliate program (and EVERY other business that has EVER been),
only a small percentage ever do what’s required to be successful.
 
So, if you like my advice, here it is:Take your OWN responsibility for your own results.
 
My acting career is CRAPPY in my opinion, but I’ve earned more than 98% of actors
in their lifetimes.
 
By doing BARELY the minimum…. you know what I mean.
 
Again- I think I have been a TERRIBLE business owner of my acting business,
but have still earned $400,000. Just commercials; no film, 4 tv spots.
 
Can you imagine if I told people they can be actors and make $400,000
WITHOUT doing film or TV?
 
People would call me a “scammer”, and whatever the hell else, right?
 
I have this conversation with myself often, and I sometimes think I shouldn’t bother giving people an opportunity like Empower, but the truth is that the courses they sell taught me a LOT, and the affiliate program has been great for me too.
 
I don’t expect the business “to work”, I bought the courses, and am an AFFILIATE for them.If I want to make money, the business doesn’t “work”- I do stuff to make it work.
 
I don’t know if you understand the difference there, but if you have bought any
of my courses (and read them), you would.You sound like you do, but let me tell you how I know beyond a doubt.
 
Affiliate marketing:
Just sell other people’s stuff, and get paid!
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That’s one of the things I teach people.
 
Sounds “too good to be true”, but it is true!
 
You’d think that people would just LINE UP to learn something like that,
wouldn’t you?You’d be SHOCKED if I told you how many people buy my book and NEVER read it.Or take my classes, and then STOP showing up to learn.And since I have my own affiliate program (I pay people to sell NoMoreWaiters), I can tell you that very few sales are from affiliates.
 
And it’s mostly the SAME affiliates…Wanna see?
“not set” and “Bonesrod” are me… that means that of the 34 sales in this period,
only 4 sales were from affiliates-and one of those had made sales before.But what I really want you to notice is the “hop count”,
which says how many people visited the site through someone’s link.
 
2, 4, 6,1, etc… that’s the usual.But here’s the SCARY PART- the top says there are “536 items found”.See that?It means that there were 536 affiliates who sent clicks, and of those, only 3 made sales.

3 people out of 536.

But does affiliate marketing work? YUP.

Just ask MRoldan– she only sent 30 clicks- and made 2 sales.

Don’t you think most people would do AT LEAST that?

 
Well, they don’t.
 
People just give up on stuff- all the time.I do it too- DEFINITELY 😀
 
But I’m not blaming anyone for it.
 
Did you know that 67% of people with Gym memberships NEVER go?
(As in not even once… like, they pay, but NEVER enter!)
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But do gyms “work”? Of course!

 
I get people who say “Bones’ stuff doesn’t work”, and I’m like
“Really? What did you DOOOOO?”
 
The answer is ALWAYS- 100% of the time- SILENCE.
 
Sooooo, I already have a business in selling information,
and it does pretty well.
 
I’ve been without a day job for 15 years now!
 
Then I started teaching people to do the same, explaining this idea of an “Online vending machine
 
Some listen, and they build their own.
 
Others get confused and want a “ready-made” opportunity.
 
I have a few of those too; I just bought another one last month.
 
In my opinion, Empower is the one where people will LEARN the most,
and have the chance to earn- and ME to help them- which is the REAL
value,
 
So, I started “pushing” it recently.
 
ANYWAY… It’s NOT POSSIBLE for Empower to be a scam- they sell courses,
and give you the chance to sell them too.When people buy them, the buyer gets the courses, and you get a commission.
 
There’s nothing else to it.
 
  • If you don’t sell them, then that’s on YOU.
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  • If you don’t book any acting work, that’s on YOU.
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  • If you sell books in the street, and no one buys them, that’s on YOU.
 
It’s the same all around, but many people don’t understand that.
 
You can literally just put your website in front of enough people and some will buy.internetmarketer18-color
 
The vast majority will not bother to do that, (as I showed you above) and that’s when most people will quit.

People go on 5 auditions, don’t book anything, and quit acting.

 
-It might take a while before they realized they’ve quit, but they stop doing anything to get the next audition- that’s quitting.
 
You already know people like that I’m sure.98% of people in Empower send 15 people to a website over 3 months, don’t make a sale,
and they quit.And then say “Empower didn’t work” or something like that.
 
There is nothing easier in my opinion than having a website that
sells stuff for you, and putting people in front of it, so that’s one
of the things I teach.
 
I haven’t had a day job for 15 years because of that ONE idea, and so I teach people to make their own “online vending machines
 
It’s also what Empower PROVIDES- so that’s why I recommend it to people, and they PAY ME to recommend it too- even better!And they pay OTHER people to recommend it- Even MO’ BETTA!
 
So, thanks for your question- it gave me an opportunity to write this out, and you’ll probably see this as an email and blog post in a few days…and see our income disclaimer for anything about money.
 
If you decide to actually LEARN how this works, let me know- I like helping people who are earnest. Some just write to be snarky and criticize, but that wasn’t your tone, so that’s why I wrote back.
 
Have an awesome Halloween- I’m taking Pike Trick or Treating now!!

People Told Me It Was A Scam; I Guess I Deserved It

I sent this email out to some friends, and I thought I’d post it here too:

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I know you haven’t heard from me in a bit, but you were a member
of Empower Network for a little while, and I want to let you know what
happened with me…
 
I joined like 2 years ago, because I liked the hype of “100% commissions”
and all of that, but I was also turned off by that same hype.
 
I just figured it was a cool new “deal”, and I was willing to try it out.I told a few people who knew about this kind of stuff, but I didn’t really promote it publicly, y’know?Some people told me it was a scam.
 
But I just watched the videos, used the blog, and learned from the courses,
which I applied to my own business- http://www.NoMoreWaiters.com
 
I made new products, did webinars, helped a lot more people,
and sold a lot more on No More Waiters as a result of what I had learned.
 
In the meantime, on occasion someone “joined” Empower, and I just sent them 
to the main system, and they did whatever they wanted.
 
I kept learning from the courses in the back office, and I started
using the blog more, to promote my business, using what they teach.
 
And then more people bought my products, and I’d collect checks.
And every once in a while, someone would buy the Empower blog from me.
and I’d collect a check.
 
And then sometimes, someone would buy more
 
Just like I had done.
 
And then someone bought a lot of stuff
 
And I started getting deposits from Empower that were just as much
as income from my own business…
 
 that I had been promoting, creating products for, doing webinars for,
and doing joint ventures and all that stuff.
 
And then I got a deposit for $787…
 
In ONE DAY.
 
So I started paying a lot MORE attention.
 
And then I realized why people who “get” Empower stayed, versus
people who kind of just thought it was a new “deal”, like I first thought it was.
 
You see, it turns out that the “system” they were hyping
had a foundation of BLOGGING that works whether you make one post or 100.
 
And I had used the system to build No More Waiters…
But ended up selling a bunch of Empower Network products too.
 
And that’s when I realized why IT WORKS.
 
Because there is a percentage of people reading blogs online
who want to LEARN about making money online…. by blogging.
 
And Empower sells those products.
 
So, NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE BLOGGING ABOUT,
there will be a percentage of those people who will want to learn
all the things I learned for No More Waiters.
 
And if you are an affiliate for that, then YOU get paid.
 
If you want to see my blog, it’s here- http://www.AnActorProspers.com
 
I didn’t understand how that all worked at first, and I think most people get
confused with the MLM part, and the hype and want it to work like some “miracle”
 
Except it kinda DOES do that also.
 
Because since I’ve been making SALES, some of them have also become
affiliates…
 
Like the ol’ “I bought the product, so I became an business owner” you
hear about in the old MLM meetings.
 
Except it’s TRUE.
 
So, I am writing to tell you that instead of “recruiting”, and doing “opportunity meetings” and all of that, to concentrate on MAKING SALES of whatever business you are pursuing.

You only get paid when there’s a SALE.

And getting paid is the way you make money 😀

 
 
I hope you’re doing well, and let me know that you read this, even if you 
are going to let this pass you by now.
 
-Bones

How To Use “Solopreneurship” to Create Your Dream Life- Part 3

This is the third video in a series designed to teach you all about how to make money without a day job by becoming a “Solopreneur”, an entrepreneur who works for him or herself.

I teach you how to create an ASSET using the internet to create “Online Vending Machines” that can pay you when you are doing other things. They work 24/7, creating income for you as long as you have the pieces in place.

Video 1- Assets and Liabilities (Income vs. a Job)

Video 2- Online Vending Machines (Affiliate Income)

Video 3- Creating Your Machine:

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How To Use “Solopreneurship” to Create Your Dream Life- Part 2

This is the 2nd video in a series designed to educate and inspire you to create your own income and your own life-

Without a day job.

I gave the analogy of having a vending machine, to make it more easily understood:

In lesson 1, I taught a few things:

  • Jobs SUCK.
  • Money for Time
  • Create ASSETS to FREE your TIME
  • Affiliate Income is an ASSET
  • Sell OTHER people’s stuff and GET PAID
    24/7 365- just OWN and SET UP the system
  • FREEDOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

The next video will pick up where that one left off Enjoy:

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Why Some Actors Will Never Work At A Restaurant Again!

“There are two kinds of Actors- Those who bring the check to the table, and those who GET THE CHECK in the mail.”- a quote from the ABC NEWS story here.

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Hundreds of Actors in New York and Los Angeles are earning money in other ways aside from waiting tables or bartending, and they have one man to thank for it:

Bones Rodriguez– Author of “No More Waiters: How To Build Your Acting Business Without A Day Job

“I tell people all the time” Rodriguez says, “Once they get the idea that they don’t have to trade their time for money, the pursuit of the acting career is far easier”.

Rodriguez is an actor in New York city, and has been seen in dozens of commercials which have earned him almost $400,000 throughout his career, so he’s no amateur.

He confesses that he hasn’t pursued film and TV like he should, but that all changed recently after going in for a Network Test for an ABC Pilot.

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“I realized that although I was comfortable doing commercials, it was time to expand” he says, “But I also know that there are people who need help getting out of the gate, and that’s who my book is for.”

It’s easy to assume Rodriguez is running some “get rich quick scheme”, but the truth is that he is just teaching a number of ideas, and the myriad of ways an actor can get paid.

One very simple idea is to create “online vending machines” that sell something that someone else makes.

“When I tell people that I help them make money without a day job, they assume I mean some crazy scam, but when I say ‘think of a vending machine’, it becomes clearer.”

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He has dozens of great testimonials for his No More Waiters book and courses, and there are several videos on Youtube preaching the gospel.

If you like the idea of not having a day job, so you can pursue an acting career, then look at the testimonials, and allow yourself to be enlightened.

 

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Turning “Labor Day” Into a 7-Day Weekend!

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”
 
-Said someone who doesn’t celebrate a 3-day weekend.
 
A lot of my crowd is using this weekend to write, shoot, perform, rehearse or practice their art. 
 

Trying to GET RID of their “labor” of a day job.I call them “Entreperformers”- Entrepreneurs and Performers.

 
It’s that DESIRE to do the “work” so much, that you feel like it’s PLAY, and you probably work harder than you would if someone were paying you to do it.
 
Most people feel that way about SOMETHING.
 
You probably spend your “Holidays” and your “Days Off” doing it.
 
Or talking about it.
 

Or sharing on social media about itOr Blogging about it.

 
But you likely do NOT get paid for it.
 
So I’m inviting you to my:
 
 
See, for a while I’ve been telling actors and other performers that we can actually MONETIZE our art ourselves.
 
Without Waiting tables, waiting for perfection, or waiting to be discovered.
 
 
My tagline is “There are two kinds of actors- those who bring the check to the table, and those who get the check in the mail… Which Do You Want To Be?”
 
But I don’t want this to be some big ad for my special sale that you should buy right now. (Wink)
 
 
My friend and client Michael Mingoia wrote me a great message last night:
 
 
Bones– thank you for your most recent blog post. You’ve reminded me and inspired me to work on my passion project instead of taking a day off from doing what I already love to do! “Labor Day” will be my official “Productivity Day!”
 
It inspired me.
Weird, right?
He was inspired by me, and then he turned around and inspired me back.
That’s how it works. You can be the SOURCE for what you want. If you want love, someone. If you want a punch, punch someone.
His email (about my email) got me thinking about the people I haven’t reached yet.
YOU.
Recently, I did a 4-week course teaching how you can blog about, and monetize your art, your hobby, and your playtime.
It’s a simple idea: Bring certain kinds of people together, and let them buy stuff from people who give you a commission.
 
So, if you’re a cat lover, and you can make a blog about cats, you can find products that cat lovers will buy, and get a commission when cat lovers buy them.
 
Simple, right?
 
And if you’re an artist, maybe you bring together a certain kind of person through your art- those people buy stuff too.
 
You can make money without selling out, without being a shill, and without trading your hours away everyday.
 
Without LABORING.
 
So today is Labor day, and I’m about to go out with my wife and son to the park to play with bubbles and in the sprinklers.
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A lot of people will be doing that today.
 
But we’ll be doing it tomorrow too.
 
And if I get called for an audition, I can just go.
 
And if I want to shoot a video tomorrow, I will.
 
Or write a blog post, or talk about Star Trek, or play HALO, or kiss my wife, or change a diaper, or create a new website, or write a new book, or see my mom, or whatever.
 
But tomorrow, I definitely won’t LABOR.
So, if you go back to work tomorrow (or are even sad that you won’t be), I want you to maybe take a second and look around at what you might make into a business for yourself.
If you’re an actor, you’ll probably enjoy my book and videos, but if not, you might really like the “get paid to blog about what you love” idea.
Have a great day, and I hope you share this so YOU can be the source of inspiration for someone else.
 
– Bones, the guy who wants you to have a 7-day “Anti-Labor” weekend!!

How and Why Some Women Are Becoming “Unstoppable”

It’s 2015, and somehow we’re still talking about why women don’t earn the same as men in some jobs.

Nobody actually thinks that a woman should be paid less for doing the same job, but that’s where the rub is:

Whether or not they are actually doing the same job.

Should a woman who works as a factory worker, who does the same amount of work as a man get paid the same?

Sure.

But what if she’s a mid-level executive who pushes paper and has no definitive way to qualify her work?

Then it’s questionable.

What if the pay is based on your negotiation skills when the job offer came up?

And what if they person hiring is a man who is captivated by the applicant, and wants to date her, so he offers a lot more money?

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Well then- all bets are off, right?

But there’s one place where NONE of that matters:

IN YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

Women who run their own businesses get paid whatever the market pays them, and they understand this,

And many look forward to this level-playing field.

When you have your own business, you are paid by your results- that’s it.

There are many, many successful woman entrepreneurs and it seems that the field is growing.

One of my friends, Noha Waibsnaider founded PEELED SNACKS back in 2004, and through all sorts of ups and downs and through bearing two children (I can barely manage the one I have!), she has made Peeled Snacks a brand recognized all over the country.

Some people call her “Unstoppable“.

And it’s a trait that many women have.

Especially Moms.

Something about their ability to organize, prioritize, and commit to a goal and a dream of raising a child really translates to the business-owner character.

I’m an Entrepreneur, and a Dad, and I know that I could probably use a little help in these areas!

I just watched a training for entrepreneurs called “The Unstoppable Dream” by two successful home-based business women, Rhonda Swan and Tracy Walker.

It’s a fantastic training on organizing your home-based business, and getting started right away from scratch, all the way to becoming million-dollar earners.

Even with a family.

If you’re anything like me, you want to watch it too.

The bite-size lessons not only break down some of the tactics and strategies, but also the attitudes and perspectives that will help home-based entrepreneurs succeed.

And by the way- Let me re-iterate:

It’s a training not just for “Women” Entrepreneurs, but for ALL Home-based Entrepreneurs who want to succeed further and become UNSTOPPABLE:

I watched it immediately.

If you want to succeed in your own home-based business, even if you have no clue what to do yet, WATCH THIS TRAINING RIGHT NOW, and you will find out:

  • The exact marketing strategies 6 & 7 figure income earners right now to make money,
  • How to tap into a multi-BILLION dollar traffic source and get high quality prospects flocking to you like bees to honey,
  • How to KEEP the money you make by avoiding these deadly money pitfalls most folks make

 

It’s only through investing in yourself and your mind that you can become an UNSTOPPABLE Entrepreneur also.

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How To Market Your Book, And Make It Into A Business!

Recently, one of my students and clients for No More Waiters wrote a children’s book, and asked me for some advice on promoting it and making money with it.

As I always say: “Making the Art is the easy part- SELLING IT is the hard part”

But I had a bunch of recommendations for her, and since many of my students have created their own books, I thought I’d make a video to help all of them at once:

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I have a few points for all of them:

  • Be specific about WHO wants your book
  • BUILD A LIST with your book of people who are interested in your topic
  • Have a website and/or blog for your book where people can sign up on your list
  • Sell the list OTHER things they may be interested n

Here are the member’s books- Buy Them!

   

 

And if you’d like to see my kids books as an example to follow:

 

Finally, if you haven’t written a book yet, but want to do it in 30 days, then I recommend MY own course to do it- it’s super affordable for ANYONE to get started:

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How I Blogged Myself Out Of A Day Job!

My name is Bones Rodriguez, and I have been a full-time actor for over 15 years.

I’ve been on TV, stage and you’ve probably seen me in dozens of commercials.

But I’m not the “usual” actor story.

Instead of waiting tables like most other actors, I learned to make money with the internet by blogging, and creating what I call “Online Vending Machines”.

These “online vending machines” sell other people’s stuff for me, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s crazy, and I didn’t think it would work, but I tried it anyway.

And y’know what? It worked!

That’s why I haven’t had a day job in over a decade- I’m FREE to do what I want.

So really, I’m a “full-time” whatever I want.

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A full-time actor, full-time Author, Full-Time Father… WHATEVER I WANT.

A few years ago, I wrote a book for actors to teach them how to do it too, but since other kinds of people wanted to know, I did a live webinar to teach people.

The video is below- It’s about an hour, so maybe you should take notes.

The coolest part though?

It’s actually ON my blog!

 

“How I Blogged Myself To A Full-Time Income!”

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“There are 2 kinds of people in the world- those who get bills in the mail, and those who GET CHECKS in the mail.

Which do YOU want to be?”

I decided a long time ago that I couldn’t have the life I wanted if someone else controlled my money and my time.

So, I chose to learn to make money without trading time for it.

That may sound impossible at first, but if you think about a vending machine, when you buy something from it, the owner made money even though they weren’t there.

I built my blog on MY time- when I wanted to.

You’ll learn how to create “Online Vending Machines”, and a BLOG can be one.

But when you say that, a lot of people think that you make money from a blog just with ads- that’s the AMATEUR way to do it, and you have to create OCEANS of traffic to make any money.

In this video, I show you how to make a full-time income with a blog- so you can be free to audition, shoot, perform, parent, play, write, travel, or SLEEP (unless you’re a parent)!

I normally do $2,000 mastermind sessions where I teach people how to do what I do, and I have great testimonials from very happy people.

But instead of $2,000 masterminds, I have completely changed what I’m doing, and it will be to YOUR advantage, Enjoy the video above, takes notes! 

 

By the way, this is a secret.