Do you do IM consulting for your local companies?

by Paul Clutterbuck 16 replies
How many people on here bump up their earnings by consulting your local companies?

Do you do the work for them? Or just advise them?

Worth looking into? and how would you start this sort of thing???

Even though i'm not making money through IM i feel my head will explode with all the know how i have in my head.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richie V
    Not yet but as soon as I get the hang of this I just may, thanks for the idea!
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    Look for the "Offline Gold" lost thread by Andrew Cavanagh. Then dive in.
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  • Profile picture of the author matthewd
    I am in the process of getting this setup. It is not lucrative enough for me to spend time working on it, but I realized that I can outsource every piece of work and make some decent profit from just managing the projects.

    I am just getting started with my first client and plan to expand to more once I go through some stuff with this client and figure out what I need to do better and such.
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    • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
      Another company leases my companies services, we charge them between 2 and 3k per month per site

      cheers

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      • Profile picture of the author chriswight
        I started my own agency, Subatomic Media, and have been serving clients for 8 months now. It's great!
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        • Profile picture of the author iw433
          You should definitely head over to localbizbuilders.com. Lots of information there on this subject.
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          • Profile picture of the author Paul Clutterbuck
            Chriswhite, what sort of money do you charge your clients???
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            • Profile picture of the author jhongren
              i agree with sparrow.

              charge them upfront and get them to sign on their to-do list.

              Most never commit to their plans and end up blaming the consultants.

              I do some IM one to one coaching and charge them a upfront fee of a few K.

              Cheers,
              John
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              • Profile picture of the author jensrsa
                As I work mainly with small offline businesses starting out on the Internet I follow a different approach.

                They sign up for membership at a relatively small monthly fee and get the basics they need to get started: domain name, web hosting, mini site, search engine listings, niche directory listings

                Additional work they pay for as and when it is done and depending on the work and the client I might charge up front, ask for a deposit, put them on a monthly payment schedule or a combination.

                Some never move off the basic membership others expand to add additional businesses and additional services.

                I very seldom work with businesses who don't sign up for membership and when I do I charge a lot more.

                Since I changed to this model my income stabilised and I don't wake up "unemployed" anymore.

                Jens
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                • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
                  From a Professional Consultant's Point of View Most clients have no idea whether or not a web presence or improvement will do them any good.

                  So the FIRST question to ask when you are prospecting is "How do you think this will help your business"

                  If they do not already an answer in their minds, stop the interview and leave contact information.

                  As Jens pointed out, many don't want to spend the time and effort for anything past the basics.

                  That may not be worth your time.

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              • Profile picture of the author vinnylingo
                Originally Posted by jhongren View Post

                i agree with sparrow.

                charge them upfront and get them to sign on their to-do list.

                Most never commit to their plans and end up blaming the consultants.

                I do some IM one to one coaching and charge them a upfront fee of a few K.

                Cheers,
                John
                Yeah, I'm not into playing the blame game when the fault lies with their laziness and failure to take action. Much better to either get paid at least half up front. Even better than that is to "partner" with them by doing lead or sales generation for them. This works better for some business types than others, but more types than you might think.

                This works because business owners are pretty much like every other interested, but uninitiated person who approaches me about internet marketing. They like the idea, but they don't want to do the work. Difference is, they are players with money. So I don't leave implementation up to them.
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                • I do this, I've written something for the war room about my tactics which I hope will get approved. It's definately a good way to go though.
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            • Profile picture of the author chriswight
              It depends on the client and the project. Sometimes it's 10% of the ad spend, sometimes it's $100 per hour, sometimes I do projects for a couple hundred bucks and some referrals.

              Anything is negotiable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Boisvert
    Originally Posted by Paul Clutterbuck View Post

    How many people on here bump up their earnings by consulting your local companies?

    Do you do the work for them? Or just advise them?

    Worth looking into? and how would you start this sort of thing???

    Even though i'm not making money through IM i feel my head will explode with all the know how i have in my head.
    Paul,

    I do both. I have found that most companies that I do consulting work for end up having me do the work as well, so one leads into another.

    I started initially by doing some work for some business owners I was friends with(I owned my own small biz locally for a while).That took off and then I made my own website and got it ranked high locally. Then I made up some business cards(vista print) and headed out and talked to more people, and did a few free gigs...and then word of mouth pretty much took me from there.

    I pretty much make my living doing consulting/design/marketing for small businesses. I love the freedom and the connections I make. Plus I joined all of the local groups I could and try to participate often in their meetings, and there are tons of business owners there as well. Very little cold calling on my end, as I hate. I can do it, but I prefer networking first.

    Good Luck, I am sure you will like it if you go this route.

    Keith
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