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Imagine making $800 in just half an hour. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it actually happened to me recently, and I’m going to share the story of how it happened. So, let’s dive in!

The Christmas Lights Job

On that particular day, my team and I were busy putting up Christmas lights on houses. We had already completed four houses when we arrived at the house in question. Little did we know that this would turn out to be a highly profitable endeavor.

The Neighbor’s Request

As we were working on the lights, the neighbor from across the street approached us and asked if we had a business card. Curiosity piqued, I walked over to him and he proceeded to tell me about a quote he had received the previous year for a similar job. He wanted to know if we could match that quote.

The Negotiation

With confidence, I responded, “Well, I can do it for $900, but only if we can do it today.” The neighbor quickly rushed to his garage and disappeared into his house for a few minutes. When he returned, he informed us that the last guys had installed the lights for $800. Without wasting any time, he agreed to our offer.

The Quick Job

And just like that, within the next 30 minutes, we completed the job and earned ourselves a cool $800. It was a win-win situation for both the neighbor and us. He got the lights installed for $100 less than the previous year’s quote, and we made a nice profit in record time.


As you can see, opportunities can present themselves at any time. By being prepared and flexible, we were able to secure a lucrative deal that took us only 30 minutes of work. So, keep your eyes open for such opportunities, and who knows, you might find yourself making a quick buck as well!


Q: How did you manage to make $800 in just 30 minutes?

A: It all started when a neighbor approached us while we were working on a Christmas lights job. He asked if we could match a quote he had received the previous year, and we agreed to do it for $900 if it could be done on the same day. After a brief negotiation, the neighbor informed us that the previous installers had done it for $800, and we quickly completed the job, earning ourselves $800 in just half an hour.

Q: Was this a one-time opportunity or is it something that can be replicated?

A: While this particular opportunity was unique, it is always possible to come across similar situations. By being prepared, flexible, and open to negotiations, you increase your chances of securing profitable deals in a short amount of time.

Q: Is it common to negotiate prices on the spot like you did?

A: Negotiating prices on the spot is not uncommon, especially in situations where both parties stand to benefit. However, it’s important to approach negotiations with a clear understanding of your costs and desired profit margin. This ensures that you don’t sell yourself short while still providing value to the customer.

Q: Are there any tips for finding similar opportunities?

A: Keep networking and building connections within your community. Word-of-mouth referrals can often lead to unexpected opportunities. Additionally, consider joining local business or trade groups where you can meet potential clients and learn about upcoming projects. Finally, always be ready to showcase your skills and discuss your services whenever the opportunity arises.

How I Earned $800 in 30 Minutes installing Christmas Lights