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How to Write an Impressive Letter Asking a Billionaire or Millionaire for Money

Updated on April 24, 2016
Key Words: Money, Trees, Doesn't grow on.
Key Words: Money, Trees, Doesn't grow on.

Introduction

Billionaires, Millionaires and Philanthropists give away money to deserving causes and individuals each day. They have their individual causes and charities that are close to their hearts but sometimes will also choose to help others who have genuine need, a great business idea, or just show the potential enthusiasm that they remember got them started on the path to riches.

They do not, and never will, entertain a begging letter or e-mail. They got their money by hard work and expect anyone requesting money to show that they are willing to make that extra effort to benefit communities or other individuals and not line their own pockets.


Where to Find Billionaires and Millionaires

The obvious place is the Forbes lists of the world’s richest people. Some other places to look are the Economist or NetState.

Once you have identified as many people as possible write down their FULL NAMES, the company they work for and their contact details. It is unlikely you will find a direct contact address for any rich person instead it will be through their public relations or customer services so you will have to address any correspondence FAO “the name of the person” and then “care/of” the address of the company or in some cases the individual.

Don’t forget to seek out contact details of millionaire celebrities as some of them also like to help out good causes and individuals with donations.

If for any reason you already have a direct contact address for a billionaire or millionaire it is rather unlikely you need the advice in this article.

How Much to Ask For?

How much do you need to do what you want to do or achieve you goal? Remember and be honest at all times. To pretend to need money for something, like an operation or a car to get your disabled mother around town, is deceit and fraud and may be dealt with as such if it got to the stage where an individual did agree to give you money. You may even end up in jail.

You could also send a lot of requests asking each individual to donate or give you a small sum such as $100 or £100. If you choose this route then mention it in your correspondence with details of the total figure you are trying to raise. You may be lucky and one person sees the benefit of your idea and may offer to fund you the whole amount you need.

How to Word Your Request

Think carefully about what you would like to say and what someone reading your request would think of you. You need to get across the importance of your request in a few short paragraphs. You need to keep the readers interest so when you have completed your final draft have some of your friends or family read it and provide constructive feedback. If they say it is rubbish, don’t go in the huff, take it on the chin and start again.

I am repeating my earlier warning. Do not lie in your request. Be honest and straight to the point. Do not go on and on in the initial contact request. Mention that if someone is interested they can contact you for further details. If possible make the request light-hearted or funny. Add some photographs or attach documents, especially if it emphasises your request. Always be professional, open, sincere, honest and polite. Thank them for their time in reading your letter or e-mail and say something along these lines that “even if you cannot help me this time I appreciate and understand that you must get many such requests”.

Make your request in the first person and word it story-like mentioning your accomplishments and successes or failures and losses. Depending on what you need money for you can even make it profound and touching.

Since the person reading your request is unlikely to be the person with the money your aim is to connect with that person in a way that they will feel the need to show it to someone else higher up the chain of command or even the billionaire or millionaire themselves. On this subject please avoid statements such as “please send me some money” and “I need money really urgently” and “you are my last hope for money”.

In concise terms you want to explain your situation, state why you need money, what you will do with any monies received, and how that person can contact you.

Finally, e-mails can be intercepted so think carefully about the information you do provide in any correspondence.

Some Last Thoughts

Definitely avoid sending outright begging letters. No one will read past any statement such as I need money for; “my children’s medicine”, “a nice new car”, “a wedding/funeral” or “a holiday of a lifetime”.

All companies and individuals known to be wealthy get hundreds of requests for money each week so you have to stand out. Your request has to be read by someone who sees the potential and thinks that it will strike a chord with the person who ultimately will hand over the money. Or at least is interesting enough to pass it to that person’s PA.

Ultimately the billionaire or millionaire who has the money must be impressed and interested enough to say to their staff “this is great, get me more details”. So make it so and don’t be too disappointed at the lack of positive replies or even acknowledgements… It only takes one person to see the potential.

Oh and finally; don’t use the comments section to ask for money. I have seen this too often on other sites and articles. Absolutely pointless, as well as rather annoying.


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@ 2015 Brian McKechnie (aka WorldEarth)


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      harita 14 hours ago

      my name is harita. i am very poor. please provide me some money s that i can a bussiness. small bussiness also requires one lakh rupees. hope you will help me. my account details: R.Haritha, 099110023090953, andhra bank, thiruchanoor road, thirupati. thanking you.

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      Ayyoub 31 hours ago

      My nam is Ayyoub Es-simou Iam from Morocco I study English literature in the University Ian 23 years old Iam so sad because my family so poor we just get money to eat I want you to help me My brother is a driver man he likes to drive and I want to buy him a truck You know that I am not a lier and you trust me I will to surprise my brother Please help me i know that you have money If you can't look for a benefactor for me that he can give us some money i know and that you know some benefactors I swear to you that I am not a lier All my family are sad Because my brother shared with my uncle in a truck but he betrayed him and joined with another person Please help me

      Really I need money

      Sincerely Ayyoub

      Address email ayyoubsimou98765@gmail.com

      Phone number +21259777279

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      Mele 6 days ago

      Just looking for some kind of start to continue my hubbies hard work he invested this past 9 years of working so very hard all by himslf to buy me a dream home,

      My name is Mele, I live in Hawaii, married to this wonderful and loyal man for 36 years,

      Our dream was to make a really nice plant nursery because he was and is a true green thumb , he came from a family whose father never really complimented him or them on any thing they done in their lives from young ,

      he being raised in a very brokened up family , divorced parents made it hard for them due to audultrey between parents my hubby totally didn't trust any man since then by me( I would never do that to him I don't like liars

      It made my husband push more to go out there and work to get a life and make something of himself,

      He was the fourth child , so determind to make something of himself he got his liscence before his older sisters and brother .

      back in 1972 at the age of 14,

      Growing up with three sisters n two brothers plus him makes six he worked at the age of 14

      At 17 he had 3 jobs just to make money to move on his own because life was hard in this brokened up home,at age 22 he and I met and a year later married with our first child a boy

      I was 18 when we met ,...thru out the years we soon had 3 children he started a steamcleaning bussiness worked it for 25 years , was a very hard and faithful worker me and my chilren help too, aside of that he then started to get into the plant nursery while still working his Steamcleaning bussiness, he had an opportunity to use a portion of our friends empty lot about 800 square feet of land which he literally cleaned it by himself all fully grown grass and bushed out he built his first plant nursery , Two years later he had to move it ,...he again

      started another nursery on this ranchers 600 acre place that this new friend leases for raising cows, he lended my hubby use three acres ,he traded it for my hubby to help him to fix fence whenever he needed him, we were so blessed for this opportunity, so again my hubby landscaped his nusery from an over grown 3 acred place to a beautiful nursery today,

      We did get to make a few hundreds here and there but it went faster then it came for bills of course his father

      never ever complimented him on his accomplishments he always boasted a lot on himself but never any one else, so me and my hubby wanted to show him that he will make it to buy his own home, His father was a hard man

      aside of working and just saving he recieved a good amount of money from a car accident back in 1988 he already owned this house that he bought it out from my hubbies mother after they divorced , thru out the many years each and one of his siblings and him got put on the Will then got taken off they all got put in the Will then taken off at least two times each because it was hard to live by fathers standards , he never complimented my hubby on his good workmanship, , 2008 he had us on his will to get the land and house because he bought the others a house each so long we take care of him when he is unable, I tried my best in trying to soften his fathers heart snd we did get close at one time,

      But three years later he kicked us out because he was just calling us names and always was downing me and my son so he took us off his Will I felt bad for my hubby but I know God knows my hubbies faithfulness,we moved out, three years later he wants to put my hubby back on the will for the house hubby didn't want to get hurt again if he takes it back again, but his dad insists because the others got their houses that he bought them, the year is 2011 then when dad is uncapable to care for himself we would care for him and keep the house and land, all along my hubby is working so very hard his blood sweat and tears on this nursery of his plants and his regular bussiness and side jobs,

      Now comes the sad part my hubby gets ill , rare cancer that we are fighting since Octobers diagnose of 2016, for me I always looked to Christ for help and guidance since 1999 me and my hubby went thru a hard battle God literally turned our life around, my hubby wasn't as close to christ like i am or was, till now,

      So our family has always been raised in love unfortunately not like my hubbies family

      so we are all supporting him and caring for him as he goes thru his chemotherapy since November 2016 due to many side effects chemo it is taking longer we are due for a big 10 hour or twelve hour surgery as soon as it shrinks to a certain count which was 36 the tumar mark count now its 5 needs to come down to 3 ( thank you Jesus) Cancer is in intestines

      Anyway since he was diagnosed his dad changed the deed again asuming he has no chance of living ( he just worried about who going get this land if my hubby gid forbids passes(si cruel) which my heart cries out for my hubby,

      I told my husband God knows your heart and he is your true father who will heal you and give you your blessings as he always did this past years of battles and he don't take things back that he gives, my hubby just turned to me and said " I never give you your dream home " I told him that you are my dream home

      All I need is him, I can't imagine being here on earth without each other,

      So I am praying for my hubby to beat this and show the father that he can buy his own house

      and beat this cancer, right now he is trying to sell all his plants but it is hard I wish you could see what this man has done himself in growing all this beautiful plants varieties of palms , ti plants , tropical flowers, etc...

      So if we had a chance to be able to afford in keeping this nursery up to par so we could sell all his plants,(nusery plants is valued at $1,000,000) at least many bigger nuseries came but everyones buying slowly today , we would be able to use this money for his medical expenses and what ever he needs I been off from my job for 10 months caring for him and we can't do tbe steamcleaning bussiness. because he is tbe one tbat does it ,...our children are big and has tbeir own family and partners snd tbeir own jobs to care for we did a gofundme on Facebook in february although we are so greatful and blessed from many of our family and friends and our childrens friends the cost for medical and other expenses needs to be dealt with , right now on top of being ill he is worrying for us to keep up the home expenses and surgery to come soon ,...surgery is at least $200,000 we would be fortunate to get even $50,000 to $25,000 . I am not begging for help if you are able to help us get more stabelized in our nursery while going thru this storm I be able to hire few men to maintain nursery while he is out ill till he gets all good and totally healed to go back and do his nusery, it would be great if you could come out and meet this wonderful man of mine and see what he has done on his nursery,...........,Aloha & Mahalo(Thank you)

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      Shashwat tripathi 3 weeks ago

      Thanku so much for the advice, now I've got an idea of how to ask these rich people to help me complete my education !!

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      Chavonne 4 weeks ago

      Hi, where can I find how to contact celebrities? Is facebook a good way? or are there e-mails listed somewhere? thanks.

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      Thomas K. Weathersby 4 weeks ago

      My name is Thomas Karl Weathersby, born Sept. 9th 1959, in New orleans La. I have been married to my wife Donna for 35 years as of Sept 4th. I have two beautiful daughters, Cynthia Lynn 36, married to Thomas Martin, 39, and they have two lovely children, James 14, and Victoria 12. They reside in Kiln Ms. My other daughter Alicia 17 resides with my wife and I, and my 85 year old father in Tifton, Ga. I am a U.S. Navy veteran of 10 years, honorably discharged in 1991. When I was 7 years old, my family was living in New Orleans , La. at the time and we experienced Hurricane Betsy, which caused a total loss to our family. We then experienced my father at 34 years old having a severe stroke, being totally paralyzed for 6 months from waist down, with a diagnosis of 10 years to live. Thank God, he beat those odds, still living, but severely disabled, where he will be 86 in Nov. My mother had to go to work and support the family of 4, including my older brother Charles, who is now 60. My mother had no formal education or traing, but worked very hard to take care of us. We never had extravagance, but we had necessities. In 1968, we were able to move to Waveland, Ms. and purchase a home from my Dad's lifelong friends. We lost that home in 1969 to Hurricane Camille. We eventually rebuilt it, only to lose all of our homes again for the 3rd time in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina. My mother had passed away prior to the last storm at the age of 71, to Diabetes. My father was born in Ga., so we came to Tifton running from the storm, with no choice of return, due to total loss. Having insurance obviously wasn't the proper choice, due to the fact that people without it did better on recovery status. So anyway, living in Ga. has been difficult, finding gainfull employment and surviving in our realm. My credit is just starting to recover from the losses of Katrina. I had to wait about a year to recover monies, using an attorney, then had to pay off the mortgage of our SLAB. I would love the opportunity to have a small restaurant, specializing in Cajun cuisine, only to pay any monies back to financer.

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      4 weeks ago

      I was reading into philanthropists and how it works and came across this site. How do you know if someone is telling the truth about the cash they need. I've seen people in the past who have gone to the extend of saying their kids have been kidnapped and raped at he age of 3 just to get alittle more money. So my question is, how would I know of someone is telling the truth about their situation.

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      Benedicta A. Ventilacion 5 weeks ago

      I was worried about the future of my daughter. She's very passionate about studying law. She's incoming second year this academic year, but her father had a hard time supporting her. But when I saw this blog, I became more positive.

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      Lydia 6 weeks ago

      Hi I m 46 yrs old I m currently looking for someone who can help or borrow me money plus minus R200 000 I m a domestic workers who takes care of my fimily since my father died.I want to build a house for my family & safe some money for the kids when they go to university and I want to pay up all my debts so pls if there is a good Samaritan out there I wil appreciate ur help.I m willing to pay back R3500 every month

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      Albert 6 weeks ago

      Halo sir please help us in my community we short of water to drink

      we have reservoir, skilled workers only money to bu elecctricity units and pay those who are working

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      Sambo khmer 7 weeks ago

      My name is Sambo i'm a student. i live in Cambodia. i need help may someone help me to give me some money please

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      Shahid saleem 2 months ago

      I want some help I am very poor and I have 4 child I live with my mother i dont have any property I want small business I am working in printing press as a machine man. I can't sarvaived my family plz help me give me some money for business I pray for u forever.

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      Jade Shields 2 months ago

      Throughout my life I had to face many obstacles to become the person I am today . My upbringing consisted of a single parent home. Due to my father being incarcerated my whole life. My mother has done everything in her power to take care of my older sister and I. In 2008 my mother got into a car accident and unfortunately been on disability ever since.

      I Grew up seeing my mom work day and and night to make a living for us. We didn't always get what we wanted but she made sure we had all our essential needs . So I made a promise to myself that I would go to college because school was the most important thing to her and after I graduate from college my mom wouldn't have to worry about another bill being paid.

      As my sister and I got older we stepped up and did what we had to do. We both found jobs to help out. Thinking this would stop us from struggling but nothing really changed. I'll never forget having to boil water when it got cold. Or nights my mother only got food for my sister and I because there wasn't enough money for all of us to eat . God was the only person there through everything so we prayed every night . Giving up was not and option we was going to make it to the other side one way or another. That's why I will always look up to my mother. She faced so many obstacles but always told us "to smile even when it's nothing to smile about because things won't be this way for ever."

      Growing up without a father made me grow up faster then most of my friends. I had to be the man of the house at a young age. Especially since I had two queens that I had to protect. Not having a father figure hurt me because My father didn't teach me how to ride a bike , shoot my first basketball or play football. I had to learn on my own. On the bright side I found my passion for football and lacrosse. When I'm on the field I forget everything and one word keeps replaying in my head "win" "win" win" .

      Not only will I be the first male in my family to graduate , but I will be the first to go to college. So failure isn't a option for me. I never let my obstacles define me, I used them to help shape me into the humble man I am today.

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      Vickie Ellison 3 months ago

      Got married June 27th 2014.....One of the best days of my life...Started my own business in June of 2015...After a layoff in April.(Oil and Gas industry)...Paid our vehicle off with the severance... doing upholstery..Things were​ going pretty good. Then in January of 2016, we rushed my husband to the hospital, thinking he had a bad case if traveling gas...Ended up being a fluid on his left lung...And 8 mini strokes later. We were in the hospital for 23 days...He NEVER complained. He's still recovering...And still not complaining. When you think things are bad....There's always someone worse than you. We made lemonade from lemons.

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      Johnny Gomez 3 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing with me how to go about it, it did open my mind up. Thank you once again.

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      Merare Ryan loreto 3 months ago

      Please help for financial problem I have work but not enough for my family I'm from Philippines

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      Sadique 4 months ago

      Am so much glad and happy to come across this article. It's a great help already from you to me.

      Thank you.

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      Martha 4 months ago

      I need help real bad please help

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      Kedir Rufael 4 months ago

      I'm very excited. just you made me aware of how to write a letter. Thanks

      may God bless you. Amen.

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      Ralph 4 months ago

      My name is Ralph from Nigeria. Thanks for this article, it was helpful. Wish there are couple of samples here, but I think a simple web search will help with that.

      Thanks again.

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      Cory 6 months ago

      Hello Brian I am wondering if there is a way I can write to you but not through the comments here on your post lol I have a few questions for you that I don't want to share with the world

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      Sarah 6 months ago

      I'm really curious what the success rate is. How many people have followed your guidelines (or any number of other articles pertaining to the same theme and goal) and succeeded in acquiring monetary gain? If there's any success stories I'd love to hear about them.

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      Brian 7 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Cheers for that Mark.

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      Mark Taylor BML 7 months ago

      Brian, Great article. There are a couple of websites I found that you can get their addresses from. You just have to do a search on the internet. Thanks again for a great article. Mark

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      Brian 8 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      That's another 5 requests for money deleted. If you are serious about reading this article read it through to the last two lines !!!!!

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      Brian 9 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thanks

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      ode 9 months ago

      nice one

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      Brian 9 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Glad to help Melissa.

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      Melissa Morrison 9 months ago

      Your article helped me to define and think about the difference between what I want and really what I need. I hope that you have a nice day, and thanks for the advice and tools that will help my son and I to get up, stand up and succeed.

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      Brian 9 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      You're very welcome.

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      atu 9 months ago

      thanks so much..a big help

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      Jose Vazq 9 months ago

      Wow very well said.will take alot of it into cosideration i have helped alot of people and still do but it is hard,now with no money. So now i try with work.

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      Shu 9 months ago

      Very nice article. I loved it.

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      Brian 9 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thanks Kap.

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      Kap 9 months ago

      great post mehn

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      Brian 9 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Glad you found it useful Osea.

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      osea golea 9 months ago

      Thank you for a wonderful advice.

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      Shawzfun 11 months ago

      Im a quadriplegic bc an alcohol related car accident, I was the driver so I'll pay forever for it. I am trying to make the best out of a bad situation.

      I travel around the state of MO speaking to teens and young people. Mainly high schools and colleges. But I need a reliable handicapped van since I'm in a powerchair.

      Its hard to schedule speeches when I have no vehicle to get to, esp if they are 3 or 4 hours away.

      I sent out about 40 letters to celebrities. I hope and pray there are positive results, thank you for this guideline as to what to write. I also included money Ive already received from Gofundme and an upcoming benefit I'm having.

      I was completely honest yet to the point. Now I just gotta wait and see. Thank you again.

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      Brian 11 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      You're welcome Michael.

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      Michael Shayne Hall Senior 11 months ago

      Thanks for the information about the this subject.

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      Brian 11 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Your kind words are appreciated Michelle

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      Michelle 11 months ago

      Thanks for the great article!

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      Brian 12 months ago

      I can not help but put myself in the billionaires shoes and think... "these people are out of their minds!" Especially the ones that clearly did not read the entire article to the point where it says "do not leave request for money in the comment section, it's annoying".... you are right.... It really annoyed me.

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      Brian 14 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Hope you are successful Lisa.

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      Lisa Smith 14 months ago

      Thanks for the advise I'm trying to raise money for my daughter Krystle Lewis whom recently been accepted into St James Medical School in Anguilla

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      Brian 15 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Glad to be of some help Karyn.

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      Karyn 15 months ago

      Excellent advise, I'm trying to write a letter regarding a small Australian country town that needs some help. You have given me hope. Thank you! X

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      Brian 23 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Just a necessary reminder that any comments requesting money will be deleted. So please stop wasting yours and my time.

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      Brian 2 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Nice

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      Sudharma de Silva 2 years ago

      I am Sudharma from Sri Lanka.

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      Brian 2 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thank You Conciousleader for your kind comments. Brian

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      Conciousleader 2 years ago

      There's money out there for everyone, we just have to get up and out and work for it. In appreciation I wanted to thank you for this insight on seeing a good written up blog, about the correct way and not making this out to be a lucrative, or cheating way to starting a business for some of the younger ambitious mindsets out hear. When it comes down to it we all need to start with something. Great article Brian!