How Jonathan Made $2,000 in 5 Days Without a Business Idea (Case Study)

Bryan Harris —  Bryan Harris - March 13th, 2015

Quick question…

What were you doing 6 months ago today?

Chances are you were sitting in the exact same position you are right now.

Reading ANOTHER blog post about marketing,

Listening to ANOTHER podcast interview,

…and making excuses about about how you are different and why that stuff would never work for you.

Consider this your wake-up call…

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While you were making excuses, this guy started a business and made $2k in 5 days.

6 months ago I wrote an article outlining the simplest way I know to make money (online or offline).

And guess what?

One person read that article and ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED WHAT HE READ.

Shocking, right?

While you were all passively reading and dreaming about what life could be like, this guy actually got off his butt and did something.

My new friend Jonathan took the steps laid out in that blog post and hustled his face off.

Within five days…yes, FIVE DAYS…of reading that article, he had started his new company and generated $2,100 in sales.

That was more than he used to make in an entire month of work.

Today, I’m going to show you what Jonathan did and how you can do the exact same thing.

Let’s get started.

The brain-dead-easy way to start your own business

The process is very simple.

Are you ready?

Step #1: Create an irresistible service by using a viral blog post. (More on this in a minute.)

Step #2: Offer that service to customers who have already said they’re interested in it.

That’s it.

Now let’s see how Jonathan did it.

Step 1: Create an irresistible service by using a viral blog post.

The key is to find a popular blog post that teaches one specific strategy you can turn into a done-for-you service.

Here are a few examples…

Do you want to be a dog trainer? Use this article.

Do you want to be a marketing consultant? Use this article.

Do you want to be a ghostwriter? Use this article.

Jonathan loves helping businesses get more customers. So he found an article teaching a very specific strategy on just that.

Here is the article he used: The Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization.

Tip: I’ve put together a comprehensive list of viral blog posts that you can offer as a service to start your own business. Click here to download it.

Step 2: Offer your service to prospects who have already expressed interest in it.

Now you have a service to offer.

The BIG question, though, is this…

How can you get people to pay you money in exchange for your service?

Jonathan took the strategy laid out in the viral blog post that he found and offered it to people who had already expressed interest in that topic.

He found his prospects by making a list of people who shared the post on social media.

To generate that list, he went to Topsy and entered the URL for the article.

This showed him a list of everyone who shared the article on Twitter:

By sharing the article on Twitter, these people had pre-qualified themselves as potential candidates for the service.

Then he narrowed his list to 5 prospects by focusing on the people that Topsy labeled as “highly influential.”

Lastly, he emailed each of his prospects with this message…

Hi Mark,

I just started following you on Twitter because I noticed that you shared Qualaroo’s guide on conversion rate optimization.

I love that article. In fact, I started offering the exact process they laid out in that post as a service.

Your website and blog look great and I’ve put together (based on Qualaroo’s guide) an optimization plan to help you get more subscriptions to your newsletter.

Here is a link to the full plan:

I know you’re an expert at this, but if you don’t have the time to do this for yourself, I would love to help. Is this something you want?


Within six hours, Mark (one of the 5 prospects) emailed Jonathan back expressing interest.

And just a few days later, they struck a deal for a $2,100 contract!

Tip: To find out what email addresses to send your proposal to, use this free tool.

Don’t read any more blog posts today.

What would change in your life if you made $2,100 by this time next week?

I have a challenge for you…

Step 1: Spend the next 30 minutes finding one article that describes what you want to offer as a service. Don’t over-think this. You’re not marrying it. It’s an experiment.

Step 2: Run a quick search on Topsy to find the top influencers who have shared this article. Jot their names down on your notepad.

Step 3: Use the email template above to email 10 of those influencers with an offer to work with them. Don’t deviate from the template.

Can you do that?

It worked for Jonathan, and it can work for you, too.

I’ve put together a few things to help you execute this strategy:

  • List of 100+ articles that are prime candidates to be turned into businesses.
  • How to create an irresistible proposal that will blow your prospects’ minds.
  • 3 samples of some of the most mind-blowing proposals I’ve ever seen. (They’ve been used to land clients like Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins, Brian Dean and Neil Patel.)
Click here to download all of the bonuses

Don’t read another blog post today.

Get. To. Work.

*Update* Topsy is no longer available, but a tool that was recommended to us was Check it out.