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The Al Bundy Method for selling your freelance services more easily

I used to sell shoes.

Was damn good at it, too. In fact, I made it through the company’s 18-month manager training program in just over 9 months. In my first store, as a manager, I was the #3 selling manager in one of the smallest stores in the chain.

And, I broke several store sales records along the way.

Anyway, we had this thing we did.

Out of Al Bundy’s bag of “tricks” if you will.

Let me give you an example.

“This is an XYZ Brand shoe. You’ll notice the high quality leather upper. The better the leather, the more it breathes and flexes over time. So, your feet don’t get hot and sweaty and the shoe will mold to fit your foot as you wear it.”

Here’s another.

“This shoe has a polyurethane outsole. The nice thing about polyurethane compared to a standard rubber outsole is it’s much lighter weight and more flexible while still being nearly as durable. So, your shoes won’t feel like they weight 1000 pounds, you’ll be lighter on your feet and less fatigued… without giving up durability.”

This is what we called the “FAB” technique.

Feature. Advantage. Benefit.

Leather upper. Polyurethane outsole.

That’s the feature.

And, it’s important because it’s something real and tangible you can point to about your product. Starting with it makes whatever you say more believable because your customer can see it right in front of them.

Lighter. More flexible. Breathes better.

These are all advantages.

Characteristics OF the feature that make it better.

This is the key link between the feature and the benefit.

It makes your benefit “make sense”.

And, not just sound like sales-speak.

Finally, the benefit. Less fatigue, more comfortable shoe, durability, feet that aren’t hot and sweaty… these are what the features and advantages MEAN to the customer and, ultimately, the only thing they really care about.

BUT…

You can’t just speak in benefits, otherwise it seems empty. By following this chain from real, tangible feature to ultimate benefit, you create a “logical path” that makes your sales presentation believable and real.

I sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of shoes this way.

So, think about how you can do this with your freelance services.

That said, this is one smaller part of the bigger technique which is to “productize” your services. And, you want to do that for a lot of the same reasons. It makes your services more real and believable to potential clients.

It makes your services fit more naturally with what your clients actually want.

Making them easier to sell.

Plus, it decouples your services from time.

So, you can charge more while working less.

Anyway, this is one of the things I cover (Lesson 5) in the first installment of my Freelancing 101 series called “What Services to Offer”. I teach you how to productize your services, pricing, picking the right niche, what services to offer and more.

As always, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare.

As a teacher there, I can offer you an *exclusive* 2-month free trial of the site. So, just start the trial, take the course (plus any of the 21,000 other courses on the site) and just cancel before the 2 months is up.

And, you never pay a penny.

If you’re interested, the link with all the details is here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/niche

Later,

John

March 11, 2019

The Strange Ethics Of “Sleazy” Sales People You Should Steal

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I was Al Bundy.

The first real sales job I had was selling shoes. And not the Foot Locker type selling… it was the shoe-shining, feet-measuring, shirt and tie type shoe-selling.

I learned more about people, psychology and selling than I could have in a PhD.

I was fortunate that my boss was a good dude. Probably the most honest, direct yet compassionate guy I’ve met. And, he taught me the “ethics” of salesmanship.

As an employee, we spent time wearing every single shoe we sold in the store.

And, he didn’t force you to sell the ones you didn’t like. He only wanted you pushing the shoes you really believed in… because he knew what every good sales person knows…

You’ll never be good at selling something you don’t truly believe in.

Having sold everything from cars to shoes to knives… I can tell you it’s 100% true. Or to put it another way:

It is my moral and ethical obligation to sell you stuff.

No joke.

Now, I know your head might have exploded so let me explain.

Every single day, I get people who unsubscribe from this (totally dope) mailing list and leave me messages like this:

“…all of your emails are just a bit too saturated with offers for my liking. Everything you say just feels like a lead in to a sales pitch.”

Or this…

“You spam me with useless marketing rubbish or some link to some discounted service or course all the time.”

Or my favorite:

“TOO MANY EMAILS! JEEZ!”

My response?

BYE FELICIA!

And, that SHOULD be yours too.

Why?

Do you believe that what you have to offer will help people?

Whatever you offer. Development services, a coding course, the Sock Buddy…

Seriously, that’s a thing.

Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s like this 3 foot tall contraption that’s supposed to help you put your socks on easier.

Terrible.

Anyway…

If you DO believe in what you’re offering… it’s your MORAL and ETHICAL obligation to sell it as hard as you can to those who need it.

What’s the alternative? Keep it for yourself?

Uh selfish.

Oh, give it away free…

Right, right. Except you won’t be able to put food on your table so you won’t be able to continue to give it to people, you’ll then be forced to do something else TO put food on the table and millions of people will miss out on it.

The only way to continue to help the people who need what you offer most sustainably is to sell it to them.

Period.

That’s why I chuckle when I get these messages.

Soooooo short-sighted.

And frankly not people I can help.

I’m glad they’re gone. We’re BOTH better off.

Now, here’s the thing…

The skillset YOU have is incredibly valuable.

Just think about what you can do with it.

Websites have been used to gain attention for very important causes like hunger, poverty, AIDS, and all sorts of things. They’ve been used to employ millions of people around the world. They’ve helped bring important news to light that literally changes the world…

What YOU have is immensely valuable.

And, it’s your DUTY to sell it to others.

Don’t forget that.

Don’t be shy about selling yourself.

Don’t feel bad about taking money for it…

Now, if you want to up your skills to a level you can be proud of and truly believe in then I strongly recommend this:

http://www.JohnMorrisOnline.com/Ultimate

The design section of this course really sets it apart. Heck that part alone will make you so confident in your skills you’ll be hunting down new clients like a bloodhound on a fresh scent.

And frankly, you owe it to yourself to do this and get that life you dream of.

But, more importantly… you owe it to the people you can help.

P.S. If you liked the show, give it a like and share with the communities and people you think will benefit. And, you can always find all my tutorials, podcast episodes and more on johnmorrisonline.com, @jpmorris on Twitter and youtube.com/johnmorrisvideo.

May 2, 2016