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Make your first $1000s this week! Follow My Simple Steps To Creating A 100k income!
Offline Business Blueprint [Offline] - Make your first $1000s this week! Follow My Simple Steps To Creating A 100k income! 1 Offline Business Blueprint 2 Offline Business Blueprint Table of Contents Introduction Why is offline so lucrative? Getting Started o Choosing a product to sell o Price Setting o Setting up your website o Portfolio o Print Business Cards o Preparing for that first sale Easy Way To Find Clients o Shotgun Method o Sniper Rifle Method o Cold Calling Success Techniques o Non Cold Calling Methods o Referrals Meeting and Closing Clients o Preparation o What to wear o What to say o Techniques to increase your close rate Outsourcing The Work o Why outsource? o Where to find reliable skilled outsourcers Moving forward / Final Thoughts 3 Offline Business Blueprint Introduction Hello fellow Entrepreneur! I am sure you find this report invaluable in your quest for success, money & freedom :-) I am currently 28 years of age. This time last year I was working a desk job, bored and miserable. One day I thought to myself... “This is not how I pictured things!!! There must be more to life than clocking in here every day and scraping by?!” It was a moment of clarity and it seriously lit a fire underneath me. I knew I had to get out. That very same day I went home, burned my subscription to World of Warcraft and decided to start putting my energy into working towards my own freedom. A year on and and after plenty of ups and downs, I’m glad to say my thinking was correct... There is a lot more to life than being a wage slave. We have options... ;-) I’m so glad I had that moment of clarity because 10 months on from that day, I am... My own boss Working less hours than ever before Making WAAY more money than I ever have done Envied by my friends, who are still stuck in the rat race My friends think I’m a genius for what I’ve achieved (which I am not! Lol) Happy and Excited about waking up each day to start work You may be interested to know that before I began had absolutely ZERO internet marketing skills; however I quickly picked up a bit of knowledge which is something anyone can do. If you are keen to make a living for yourself and take the leap, you will have no problem, everything you need is only ever a few clicks away, especially with the fantastic resources available to you. Important: Something which I picked up pretty quickly, and would advise you to be very cautious of, are the people who “sell you the dream”, for example this kind of thing: “Make 10k this week with a system that takes just 2 minutes per day which is so easy a monkey could do it, blindfolded!” Ok, I exaggerated a little bit, but you know what I mean don’t you?! The overhyped products that want you to pay to discover their system which allows you to make massive cash, with zero work, in zero time. Lets face it, these systems are nonsense and the people behind 4 Offline Business Blueprint them con artists. Some people call these “bright shiny objects” which I think is a great name for them. They are nothing but a distraction, please be on the lookout for these. To succeed and make alot of money in this business you will need to put in some hard work. The good news is? It’s Fun! It’s not like the kind of hard work you are experiencing now, working for the MAN... Seriously, what could be more fun than running your own business, working for yourself and waking up each morning devising new ways to further increase your income?? It’s awesome :-) In this book, I am going reveal the exact step by step methods I’ve used and the exciting thing is, you can go out and repeat the steps wherever you are now and replicate my success. The cool thing is, you can make your first $500-$1500 this week if you go for it!! Before we dive into this, I’d like to I’d like to just say: Regardless of whether you’ve been around the IM block and not had any real success or whether you are completely new, f you follow the steps you will find in this report, you can absolutely make a successful online business the way that I have. Everything you read within this report is based on my own personal experience. There is absolutely no speculation, hearsay or BS. That’s a promise. Over the past 10 months I have read enough ebooks and sales letters to be well and truly bored of regurgitated methods, so called money systems that don’t generate a dime and then just flat out lies. There is no place in this report for that kind nonsense ;-) Everything that you will find in this book is tried tested, profitable repeatable and scalable. So without further ado, lets take the first steps to getting your business started... 5 Offline Business Blueprint Why is offline so lucrative? Everyone is aware of the .com boom which happened throughout the 90’s. What alot of people fail to realise is the .com boom is still going, and shows no signs of slowing down. Recently, offline has become a popular topic and the main reason for that is the fact that there is such a massive market which is easy to break into and there is more than enough business to go around. There are literally millions of businesses trying to navigate their ship in the murky waters of a very complicated marketplace. As internet marketers who specialise in offline we are the experts who these businesses turn to in order to stay afloat. A common conversation I have with my customers new and old is that 10 or 15 years ago marketing for local businesses was easy. You would simply stick your ad in the Yellow Pages and that was you sorted for the year, you would be kept busy. NOW, the YP no longer works (other than as a door stop) and customers have to think about websites, Google places listings, SMS advertising, Mobile Enabled Websites, Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, Video Advertising, Reputation Management, Facebook, Twitter... The list is endless. The marketplace is confusing and when you convey this to the customer they will be SO GRATEFULL to be speaking to someone who understands them. They will feel happy that they are not alone in being confused and they will look to you... For salvation!! When you work your magic for these customers you will be rewarded handsomely for your efforts. If you provide value you will continue to be paid and paid well. That is the basis for every successful offline business. Offer value, get paid. Its simple and its a great model. Caution: There are alot of fly by night con artists in the offline world. Don’t be one of them because in the end, you will fail. The beautiful thing is, by setting yourself aside from the crowd and being one of the “good guys” you will never struggle for work. Of that you can be sure. So the money is out there waiting, lets talk about how we plan to help out these local businesses and grab a big pile of that dough for ourselves 6 Offline Business Blueprint About This Quick note here guys! What I’ve laid out in this book is real simple. Its not rocket science. It’s a tried and tested system that requires a bit of work and pays out dividends. I am living proof that this system works brilliantly because I am by no means a big salesman. Truth be told, before I got into this, I thought I was one of the worst sales people ever. Through my business I learned that being good at sales simply means listening to the customers needs and serving those needs. That means when you are offering, say a website, you don’t try to ram it down the throat of the people you speak to who are not interested. That’s what bad sales people do! The reason this works so well is because we set ourselves apart from the crowd and make sure we only work with people who need our help!! Lets Talk Numbers! In the interest of motivation, I wanted to say a little bit about my own earnings here. If you follow the simple system I have set out in this guide, there is no reason you can’t earn the same or more! Currently I make more than $2000 most weeks. I do this by selling 2, 3 or more websites each week at $999. When you are selling at least 10 websites per month (which is an absolute minimum for me) you are bringing yourself in $120k per year. The way I make sure I sell that number of websites is by following a simple formula which looks like this: Calls = Appointments = Sales = Cash This simple formula has been the key to my success and will be yours as well. I have it written on my white board next to my sales for the week. Whenever I lose focus this always puts me back on track! As you will learn in this report, making calls is not the only way to generate business, so if you choose to email then the formula remains the same, just switch out calls for emails and proceed as normal. OK lets really get started now ... 7 Offline Business Blueprint Getting Started Choosing a product to sell Okay people, we are ready to get going, I’m excited and I hope you are too. Before we can proceed we need to decide on a primary product. My advice is to choose 1 thing that you will put your complete focus on in the beginning. This will make life easier when it comes to prospecting and allows you to really hone your skills on getting the first part of your business firing at an extremely high level. Websites Personally, I found the best thing to start with was websites. Many businesses don’t have one or have a substandard site, so lots of opportunity. Everyone needs a website these days and most business owners realise this. It’s not like back at the start when businesses didn’t really understand the internet. This makes life easier when approaching clients. The cool thing about websites is that you can find a really good outsourcer who will design sites for $99. Given the fact most clients expect to pay upwards of $800 per site, this is massively lucrative. More on outsourcing later. Mobile Marketing Extremely lucrative at the moment. Building mobile enhanced versions of clients websites can be a really quick and easy way to start building your bank balance. For the services industry such as restaurants, plumbers, electricians etc, a mobile website is pretty much essential now and the thing is, most don’t have one. The market is WIDE OPEN, which makes this a great service to offer. As well as this, creating QR code campaigns for customers is a great foot in the door and something customers love. The technology just baffles them and they can’t get enough :-) Search Engine Optimisation The competition for local keywords is far easier to handle than what most internet marketers are used to. To add to the appeal of local SEO, finding really high quality people to outsource the work to is also only a few clicks away. The icing on the cake is that with SEO you will be charging an ongoing monthly amount for your services. This is the ideal scenario for us IM types who want to create a healthy residual and leave our business on autopilot. The important thing is to do it right. Stay white hat, under-promise and over- deliver. 8 Offline Business Blueprint Pay Per Click Marketing This is another great way to start working with businesses. Do the keyword research, setup the campaign for the customer and collect the monthly income. Be sure to monitor the progress regularly because the market place does change. I have recently started offering Pay Per Click to ALL clients I meet with. I begin with an investment of around $100-$200 to let them test the water and if successful, we move on to bigger campaigns. So far, I have not failed to deliver value using Google Adwords :-) Google Places Optimisation Another fantastic option. With Google places optimisation you will be carrying out similar work to that of your SEO service but with a few key differences. Adding content to the customers Google places page, helping stimulate reviews and making sure everything is present and correct on their listing all play an important part. As well as that, ensuring the company is listed on as many directory sites as possible, in exactly the same format as they appear in Google, is your key to success. Yelp, Yell and all those other sites allow you to have a free listing. You can either do this manually or take my recommendation and outsource this for $1 per hour. Alongside web design, Google Places is a big favourite of mine. Some more options to consider: Social Media Marketing – Facebook fan pages, twitter marketing etc. Article Marketing Viral Marketing Email marketing and managing their autoresponder service Strategies to further monetize their website i.e. adsense, CPA etc. Video marketing Creating vibrant content for their website Graphics design Postcard marketing Again, the important thing here is to focus on just 1 service and concentrate on making sure you are providing a first class service all the way. If I was to do things over again, I would still definitely choose to have websites as my primary offering. Such a great foot in the door and you can then offer further services later. So, now that we have selected our primary offering, we can move on to the next step 9 Offline Business Blueprint Price Setting Okay, so we have got our product. Something that alot of people are unsure of is how much to charge. When I started out, I had absolutely no idea! I wanted to be cheap but not too cheap. I wanted to offer value but I didn’t want to be leaving money on the table. To accurately price your product you have to do 2 things: 1. Get a feel for the market in your local area 2. Decide where you want to position yourself in that market For example, when I began I wanted to be cheap. At first, I wanted to be cheaper than anyone else out there to try and ensure I got the most business possible. This was a mistake, and caused me to leave money on the table and miss out on some clients Losing clients because of being too cheap? Surely you jest! Let me explain. When you deal with local businesses, they want to get a good deal. Of course, everyone knows that. HOWEVER, they absolutely will not stand for an inferior quality product. When most web companies are quoting them $1500 for a website and you come in at $300, alarm bells start ringing. It is possible to scare people off by being too cheap. So let that be a lesson to you, don’t always assume cheapest is best. Have confidence in your product and position it correctly in the market. Eventually I found that my product stood up really well in the middle range of the market. I found I was comfortable selling custom Wordpress sites for businesses at $500-$750 and the clients felt they were getting a great site and a good deal. My advice is don’t cut corners with this, do your homework, find the market value for your offering and make sure you position yourself where you feel your product belongs. You can create 1 page websites and sell them off for $100 at a time to businesses who have never been online before or else you could hire top class outsourcers and sell $2000 bespoke flashy websites that look heavenly. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure you research the market and decide where you want to position yourself and you will be very much ahead of the game. 10 Offline Business Blueprint Setting up your own website Although this step is not essential before you launch your new business, perhaps you can take the money that you make during the first couple of months and pay someone to set up a website for you. Thats what I did, I did not have a site at the start when I made my first few sales. The advantages of having your own site give you credibility, establishes your offline marketing brand, posts your fee structures, and allows you to capture potential customers through an opt-in form. If you don't have any free templates to set up a quick mini site, you could create a WordPress blog and choose an appropriate theme that's free of charge. Please note, don't let this be a stopping point before you launch your business. If you know how to create a WordPress blog, then take a couple hours on a Saturday and do it. If you don't know how to create a mini site or WordPress blog, then just proceed to Step Three don’t be discouraged, you can either quickly learn the basics or else just outsource for under $100 when you have made some bank. At this stage I just wanted to quickly mention the best resource I’ve found so far for designing really professional websites. It is a Wordpress theme called Colourway and you can check it out by clicking here The themes here, which are usually $45 are by far the easiest most professional and best I’ve ever seen for Wordpress. A complete novice who has never used Wordpress before could easily put together a website with this theme in under an hour that would easily sell for $999. Best of all I have got the readers of this guide a lovely discount so if you go to the link I provided and enter the codename SWEETDEAL17 you will get the theme for just $17!! Trust me, it will be the best $17 dollars you have ever spent. That link again click here Here are a few other website resources for you to check out: Wordpress - www.wordpress.org Template Monster - www.templatemonster.com Intuit - www.intuit.com/website-building- software/?xcid=intm_home_iws_nav_hr3_A 11 Offline Business Blueprint Portfolio If you are going to be going down the route of web design I strongly recommend that you get yourself 2 or 3 websites you can show to potential customers. They don’t always ask, but more often than not they will want to see some examples of your work. The way that I was able to do this right at the beginning was to hook up with a freelance web designer who I was going to pass my work to. He provided me with 3 really nice websites to show as my own, which was totally ethical since he would be the one doing the design work. This really helped me secure deals. I would definitely recommend trying to forge one of these relationships. If you cannot, all is not lost, there are customers out there who will go on gut instinct about you, but having a portfolio will help you close at a higher rate however. Business Cards Not going to labour this point too much because its an easy one but definitely get some business cards printed up. I didn’t have them from day 1 however I felt silly when people asked me for a card. I quickly rushed an order and paid well over the odds for speedy postage. Don’t do it the way I did, that was silly :-) Plan it out, order your cards and have them ready for going out and meeting customers. I recommend Vistaprint for some really ultra cheap high quality cards. Or find another company. Its really up to you ;-) Moving on... Preparing for the first sale You want to be ready for that first sale when it comes, because it will come sooner than you expect! Be ready to supply clients with an Invoice and receipt of payment – they will expect this. Keep a close note of your finances and everything that goes in and out. You will need this when it comes time to do your tax return. At this stage, we have decided on what product to sell, considered our pricing and we are ready to make a sale. 12 Offline Business Blueprint Its time to find some customers!!! (and this is where it does start to get really exciting) Lets press on again... Easy Ways To Find Clients Clearly one of the most important points about setting up your business is getting clients. Without clients, there is no business. It’s crucial that we get this part correct and its important not be too daunted. Always remember, there are people out there right now who need our help, we just need to uncover them. We want to go after the low hanging fruit. We don’t want a battle every time we try to sign someone. Follow my methods below and you will find that client acquisition does not have to be an exercise in frustration... ;) *Before we carry on to the methods here, I would like to point out that in my methods I always do at least some cold calling. I don’t do this because I particularly love cold calling however I have found it to be the quickest and most direct way to get new business. I realise that not everyone is prepared to cold call so I am going to include plenty of methods that don’t involve cold calling. All of which I have tried successfully to a lesser or greater extent. You don’t have to cold call to be successful. But if you want to succeed in the quickest possible time, cold calling will do the trick.* Anyway, as I was saying...Email marketing has given me some good results, Linked In has worked wonders and I’ve even started using Direct Mail. All work. That said. Nothing compares to the speed and directness of cold calling. I can wake up tomorrow, dial 50 numbers, arrange an appointment for the afternoon and go and close a $999 sale. It has happened on numerous occasions. That alone excites me and its enough to get me passed the initial pain of starting to dial. If you are totally against cold calling, don’t worry, I have other methods you can use to gather new clients. That being said, I would strongly recommend you at least try your hand at the methods below, you will absolutely find it is not as bad as you think. Shotgun Method When I started out I gathered a list of 200 numbers, got my phone and started dialling. 13 Offline Business Blueprint The key was, I didn’t try to ram pitches down peoples throats. All I was trying to do was establish interest. Each person I spoke to I simply introduced myself as a new web designer in town and asked if they had a site or had ever considered doing one. Their initial response indicated whether or not we would do business. In many cases I was told “not interested” or “already got a site I am happy with” but after I’d made about 30 calls on my very first day, I nearly fell off my seat when I spoke to an electrician who said he needed 2 websites!!! I somehow managed to compose myself enough to explain that I was doing some special offers because I was new in business and that I could do both of his websites at a really good rate. He wanted a meeting and I arranged to go out and see him the next day. The next day came and I was able to close the deal for both websites, walking away with my first ever cheque to begin the work. I was blown away, my girlfriend was blown away and all my friends were blown away when I showed them the cheque at a barbeque that night :-) More than anything I felt so happy that I had proven to myself that I could do this and knew that if I increased the number of calls I was making I could make an absolute killing. So thats what I set out to do. So back to the shotgun method, even today I still use it. I love getting on the phone and making 100 calls, setting 2 or 3 meetings and closing $2k worth of business. It gives me such a thrill. I have never been good at sales but with the shotgun method you don’t have to be. You are going after the “low hanging fruit” the people who are desperate for your help. You uncover them by making an appropriate number of calls. Its a numbers game. When you uncover the right people, you will know it right away and go out to meet them, find out exactly what they want and leave with a fat cheque. So, to recap all you need: o A list (could be from the yellow pages, manta, a lead company, a scraper or whatever) o a phone o a few spare hours Then: o Call at least 100 numbers o Be friendly o Do introductions, not pitches 14 Offline Business Blueprint o Pitch interested customers o Arrange Meetings o Go out to seal the deal That is all there is to it and if you need quick cash, I would say this is the method for you. If you work hard, you will make your first money within a few days of starting. Sniper Rifle Method Another way I go about finding new customers is to search the 2 nd 3rd 4th and 5th pages of Google for certain high value niches, such as plumbers, electricians and the like. I create a spreadsheet of around 50 of these customers who are just outside of the Google bubble and obviously need a bit of help. Sometimes I phone them however I also often send targeted emails with screenshots of their position and explain how I can help. The key is, because of their positioning, they have obviously attempted to rank their site on the first page at some stage. You know it is something that is on their mind. They are much more receptive to working with someone to get their ranking improved. So instead of just phoning everyone, we are phoning targeted leads who we know are open to our services. Preparing the list is more time consuming than shotgun but you need to make far fewer calls to get to the gravy. Mix it up to give yourself a bit of variation ;-) Cold Calling Success Techniques Given the fact I’ve been doing a fair bit of cold calling, I’ve picked up a few little techniques and pearls of wisdom that are definitely worth passing down, for those of you who wish to cold call. For those who don’t want to cold call, the next section is for you, so you can skip down to Non Cold Calling Methods now ;-) I used to think calling Accountants was a pain in the ass. That was until I found a weird mind trick that got me past 90% of the gatekeepers. Here is how a conversation would go in the beginning, (the wrong way): “Hi could I speak with Bob please?” “Yes, who’s calling please?” “Nick Ferrara here” “and what company are you calling from Nick?” “PV Web Services” “Oh we don’t have a website...” (or some other moronic comment.) 15 Offline Business Blueprint Effectively , I was blocked from speaking to the Decision Maker because they knew it was a sales call. Here is the new technique that gets me passed alot smoother. “Hi could I speak with Bob please?” “Yes, who’s calling please?” “Could you tell him its Nick” Sometimes thats enough, they might put you through because you only used first names, they assumed you knew the fellow. However the next part is crucial if they ask you the dreaded question: “What company are you calling from Nick?” “Its Nick FERRARA, is he available?” I say my full name in a very strong serious voice followed by repeating the question in a much softer, friendlier tone. Try this, it honestly had a huge impact in my business and helped me to sign 12 accountants in the space of a month, which was good going because before that I hadn’t manged to sign a single 1. Solicitors can be very tricky as well. Obviously Solicitors are dealing with alot of confidential information. Use this to your advantage. When you introduce yourself and they ask where you are calling from, simply say “I’d rather not say, could I just speak to bob if thats okay?” in a friendly tone. Most times the secretary will assume you are dealing with the solicitor in a private or delicate matter. Some people might call that a grey hat telesales method lol...but you are not lying or bending the truth, you are just manipulating the pesky gatekeepers reality and forcing her to put you through. “I’d rather just speak to bob” is 100% true. Who wants to be stuck on the phone with a wasp chewing secretary all day?! Above all, always sound FRIENDLY on the phone, you will be amazed at the response you get even from those who don’t like cold calls. Smile and give people energy :-) Non Cold calling Methods There are loads of ways you can acquire clients without cold calling and as long as you are persistant, they will work! Emails Send out 50 emails to a certain niche offering them a discounted (or free) rate for one of yours services in exchange for a testimonial at the end of the job. Use this testimonial in your next email shot to gather more clients Post adverts on Craigslist/Gumtree type websites There are active business looking for your services on these types of websites, posting regular adverts have allowed me to nail some fairly impressive contracts. With this type of 16 Offline Business Blueprint thing you are subject to getting your advert in the right place at the right time, but if you’re persistant enough, you’ll do really well Linked In Since I provided the awesome Linked In cash system with this package, I don’t have to go into too much detail here but Linked In is by far one of the best ways to get in contact with business owners. Offer them something of value and strike up a relationship. Then build that relationship in to a 5 figure monthly SEO package or similar. Local Business Networks Local chamber of commerce or independent local business meet ups are solid gold for increasing your network of contacts and having new business come to you. Just getting to know people is enough to get yourself ahead of the game. There are loads of other ways you can find business without cold calling. Just think outside the box and always keep up to date with what’s happening in your local area. Referrals Simple but very important. When you have done a good job for a client be sure to ask them if they know of anyone else who would benefit from your services. You’ll be amazed at some of the contracts you can land through referral. Its through recommendation that I’ve had some of my highest value clients come on board with me. Simples! Lets move on Meeting & Closing Clients A this stage we are making some S E R I O U S progress. You have come along way and your really starting to feel confident. You have been prospecting your little heart out and you have now found yourself in the exhilarating position of having made your first appointment(s) !! Your first sale is just around the corner. The good news is, when you are invited out to the customers place of work to discuss your offer 9/10 times they are in a position to buy, that day! It is important to seize this opportunity and I don’t mind admitting when I started out, my appointment / close rate was not very good. It was working out about 50/50 . Luckily, I got some great advice and started doing things a little differently, I also worked in a few of my own little techniques and things changed dramatically...for the better! 17 Offline Business Blueprint So much so that over September, October and most of November I had a 100% strike rate at meetings. Every single meeting I went to, I closed, there and then. That included 26 meetings and thousands of pounds worth of business :-) So trust me, you are in good hands. Listen to my tips and you will not go wrong with your meetings :-) Preparation Before the meeting, you want to have a good idea of what your client is about. Don’t go overboard but spend a good 10 or 15 minutes checking them out. Here is a checklist of things to do: Scout their current web site \ web presence Check Google Adwords keyword tool to find out the level of searches being done for relevant keywords Look for any other advertising they may be doing Check what keyword rich domains might be available for at godaddy. Make sure you are confident walking in there that you have a good sense of what the business offers. Print out any relevant information and have it ready with you at the meeting. **Contracts: In all honesty, I don’t usually take contracts out with me I usually work with invoices after point of sale. That being said, if you want to work with contracts have these ready. What To Wear Alot of people get worried about this and are not sure what to wear. You don’t want to come over as being too casual but also don’t want to be dressed like a salesman. In all honesty it does come down to personal choice. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. A word of warning though: While jeans and a smart top will be fine for a plumber meeting, try to at least wear trousers and a shirt and shoes for a meeting with an accountant or lawyer. Don’t worry about it too much though, as long as you are sensible with it, nobody will mind what you wear, they will be focusing more on what you can offer them. Techniques to increase your close rate Finally we’re onto the interesting bit :-) 18 Offline Business Blueprint Here are some things that have changed the face of the meeting for me and turned me from being average and closing only every second sale to being a rockstar who closes 95% of meetings: Be assumptive. Example: If you are asked to go out and have a meeting about setting up a website for a client always say “when I build this site for you do you want me to add bla...” not “if you go ahead with this do you want” They have asked you out to set the website up, you are their GUY, just make sure you come across that way. This seems simple, but its H U G E !!! Be flexible and always point out that you are prepared to be very flexible. This relaxes the customer and makes them feel that they are in the driving seat. Make them part of the process. Example: When you go through what will be in the website you are building for them, instead of telling them what can go in, ask them what they would like and take note of everything. At the end of the process read back to them and get them to agree what they have asked for. This is also H U G E. When they start telling you what they want, they are building that website in their own head and the sale is 90% made. Although this something that takes place before the meeting I think its important to mention it here: Before setting the meeting, make sure to establish a reason for them having the website. Find out why it is they want it, what they expect it to do. That way, you avoid going out to a meeting and getting told “I’m not really sure I need a website, I don’t know what it would do for me” trust me this is the most frustrating thing in the world after driving your ass all the way out to see someone. It actually happened to me yesterday lol, because I forgot one of my own golden rules. So, always always always QUALIFY before you set it in the diary. Be ULTRA friendly. When you first walk in the door talk about their lovely office, the weather, their day, your day, the traffic. Believe it or not even though you think you’re nervous, sometimes the client will be even more nervous because they are not used to these types of meetings so break the ice, set them at ease and let them know your a nice person here to help. When it comes time to close the sale BACK OFF. Don’t ram the close down their throat because you will scare people off. Trust me, I was guilty of this at the start. I was over eager :-) Just be cool calm and assumptive and ask for money. The way I usually do it is like this: Once all the talking is over, I have a really good idea of what they want, they have given me their input I say “Great, well I think I’ve got everything I need to put something really good together for you. What I usually do at this stage is take a down payment of half the fee either by cash or cheque, which is best” SAY NOTHING, SILENCE IS GOLDEN. Let them answer. If everything has gone ok, their next move is usually to reach for the chequebook. The assumptive approach we have used throughout the meeting has made it almost impossible for them to now turn around and say those dreaded words “I need to think it over“ 19 Offline Business Blueprint Once you have the cheque, agree with them when you will next talk, agree a delivery date for the site and get out of dodge. Savour that journey home with the check in your pocket. It is one of the best feelings ever. I usually like to enjoy it with some loud music and sing loudly (and offensively) all the way home...lol. Now that we have been commissioned to do some work for our new found client, its time to decide on how we plan to deliver the work. We will either be doing the work ourselves using our own skills or using my system which is to outsource everything. If you are skilled with webdesign or you are an SEO whiz, then by all means you can do the work for the client and keep the money all to yourself. That being said, if you want to be able to scale your business up, then you are going to want to consider outsourcing which just so happens to be the next section in this ebook. What a coincidence! :P Outsourcing Why Outsource? I recently heard an expression that really hit home with me. That expression was “there is a big difference between owning a business owning your own job” The connotation being, if you work for yourself as a web designer and do all the work yourself, you are essentially a web designer, not a business owner. To be a business owner and not a job owner, you must employ people and duplicate your efforts. I know my way around wordpress and I know enough about SEO to get by. But I prefer to outsource as much as possible to scale my efforts upwards. So really, the reason for outsourcing is simple: To focus on the important tasks and what you do best and duplicate your efforts many times over. This is the way to really realise your dreams of wealth and power :-) Where to find reliable skilled workers I’ve been extremely successful in finding very highly skilled web designers who work for low cost. I have also found good SEO guys who work brilliantly for small amounts of money. Let me share with you exactly what has worked well for me. Continued on next page 20 Offline Business Blueprint http://www.warriorforum.com – Warriors For Hire Section / Warriors Special Offer section In this forum I have found cheap copywriters who write flawlessly, web designers who can do the most intricate and attractive of websites for $99 and SEO guys who can rank really high competition keywords to page 1 of Google for $99. This is the first stop for all your needs. http://www.odesk.com/ - Outsourcing Made Easy! ODesk is awesome. It has Thousands upon Thousands of workers who will perform virtually any task. There is a rating system so you can filter with only the best workers and when you have someone working on a task, there is an automatic screen capture every 15 minutes so that you can monitor exactly what they are upto. Awesome. http://fiverr.com/ - Outsource tasks for $5 at a time! Fiverr is a pretty awesome site, but you have to know how to use it. You see, at Fiverr you can hire people to do all kinds of things for five dollars. This can be anything from SEO work to Logo Design or even setting up wordpress blogs. A real tip is to type in your search and sort by rating. Only work with contractors who have a good rating and for the most part you will be satisfied with the work that comes back. You will get the occasional dud but c’mon, its only a Fiverr! :-) 21 Offline Business Blueprint Moving Forward / Final Thoughts Okay so there you have it, everything you need to start your offline business today or tomorrow and have some real success within just a few days. If you are just looking to get started, I can tell you I was sitting in exactly the position you were in and thinking “but will this work?” and I powered through. I did what had to be done and now that some time has passed, I have a successful business, I am respected greatly for my achievements and I’m totally fulfilled in my profession. 12 months ago, I could not have imagined things could possibly go so well. You are actually in a stronger position than me because you now have the benefit of all my experience. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. You have all the tools you need, you clearly have the motivation, you are already half way there so... So my biggest message to you is: Take Action !!! 22
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