How I went from making $200 in 2 years to $3000+ per week

by JB
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No upsells, marketing or sales pitches of any kind. Just a quick story that might resonate with some of you. I;ve pent the past couple of years trying to make money online following various courses etc. Nothing ever worked out. I made a bunch of affiliate sites, followed the various gurus to the letter and made bugger all profit. What I did learn throughout all of this was it is not easy to make money selling digital products or affiliate gear. It's a crowded market place. You need a lot of sites making small money for it all to add up to something worthwhile.

So a few weeks ago I decided I've had enough of traditional IM. It's not for me. So I set up a hosting reseller account on my own domain and effectively had a hosting company. Then I teamed up with a guy who was good at server side stuff. He set up the tech end of things and I did what I do best which is get business in from face to face meetings. I contacted a few businesses and graphic designers that I knew and took on 10 contracts for new websites in 1 week. Here;s how I built things up:
1) I started out with the easy ones, mostly brochure sites.
2) I reinvested the profits from the first couple of sites into developer licenses for good themes that were very flexible
3) I hunted down some big high brow clients that I found out needed sites through contacts or by knocking on doors.
4) My goal was to get these big fish in no matter what so I did them at the cost of outsourced development with little to no profit (any profits were reinvested in more dev licenses and reusable plugins)
5) At this point I am only half way through building my own site but when it goes live I will have some very impressive clients in my portfolio
6) I over delivered on each project. If that meant staying up until 4am trying to get something done across two different tie lines, then I did it. And the clients noticed this.
7) I made communication my number 1 priority. Daily status updates and actual phone calls - yes, people need more than just email to feel confident and satisfied
8) Every site I built was put onto my hosting package for recuring passive income
9) Every client has given glowing testimonials
10) The two biggest fish that I got on board I did for FREE - that's right, it cost me money. I simply put the profits in from another job to pay an outsourced developer to do these jobs. The kudos alone from having developed these sites is worth more than 100 times the investment.
11) I stuck with wordpress sites only
12) I spent 4 weeks interviewing and investigating developers on odesk before I came up with a short list of guys with proven track records. The ones that didn't over deliver I fired straight away. I was very upfront with each of them. If they over deliver on each job they will have a constant stream of work including bonuses.
13) I focus on jobs between 350 and 1500. The bigger ones are too much of a hassle and the cheaper ones aren't worth the time.
14) I focus on real world, real business sites only. No blogs, affiliate site or IM type models. Just real world businesses that don't yet have an online presence.
15} I only deal with developers through odesk - where they are accountable. I had a bad experience on the warriorfoum from someone who wouldnt go through odesk or another - I wont make that mistake again.
18) I traded a website inexchange for legal advice from a lawyer who had a terrible looking website - 1200 worth of advice and terms etc for two days on WP in my own free time.

Bear in mind, I'm not a coder, I do understand what makes websites work. I have a marketing background and I am good at project management but I'm no guru. Week 1 brought in 3K and now I am making upwards of 5k per week in a very short space of time and my list of clients is growing at an insane rate.

I'm not writing this to blow my own trumpet, just to let others out there know that affiliate programs, article spinning and all the other IM stuff is not the be all and end all of making money on line. Look to you local businesses, build sites for those who use gmail addresses - give them their own brand profile and email. Charge reasonable rates and use reusable template based technology.

I hope this inspires someone to try a new approach. It's made a big difference to my quality of life. I'm a,most ready to quit the day job and I actually want to get out of bed in the morning now because I am doing something that I love doing.

To quote the man from Nike "just do it",

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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    It's all about having a good business model.



    nice job
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  • Profile picture of the author oleo
    That's awesome. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakleinweber
    Wonderful! Good for you!
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    • Profile picture of the author mjsca07
      Awesome story, inspiring as well!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    nice work, it all comes down to two things.

    1) hard work

    2) taking consistent action

    So looks like you figured those two out. Well done, and congrats...heres cheers to more successes coming you way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Linkology
    You should have put that in a .pdf and charged $47 dollars for it...

    Just kidding, good job on your success- I know how good it feels.
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    • Profile picture of the author JB
      Originally Posted by ListBuilding View Post

      You should have put that in a .pdf and charged $47 dollars for it...

      Just kidding, good job on your success- I know how good it feels.
      Lol - you know, I probably could have too:-) Bu that would involve a couple of days putting a pdf together, then another day or two on a sales letter and hosting a squeeze page etc.... but if I did that I'd be takingmy eye off the ball from making real money with this job. Maybe I'll put a detailed pdf together some day and give it out for free - when I'm further down the road. To be honest, this entire project is simply an idea I had to bootstrap a bigger idea I have but the good news is it's working too. I'm no expert but I'm willing to share by $47 secrets for free and I won't even ask for your email address! :-D
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      • Profile picture of the author Blue Apple
        I wonder...is the 3000/week recurring? If so, what are you charging your clients for hosting!?

        Thanks.
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        • Profile picture of the author John X
          Brilliant! Keep it up and plan your next goal, it will make sure u stay motivated
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  • Profile picture of the author zaco
    Thank you for sharing, inspiring post
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeMack
    Very impressive, JB!

    Everyone should gain motivation from your story (especially those that haven't made anything from their efforts so far).

    Best of luck...

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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Great story very inspirational and motivating congratulations on your success..

    Here is for more..cheers!

    ~KaL
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    Congrats on finding something that works well for you. I hope you realize that you're in a small minority if you're good at face to face selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Congrats on your $3k a week. In what ways do you automate your business?
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    • Profile picture of the author rambo9600
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      • Profile picture of the author JB
        In terms of automation, well I don't believe in 100% passive income. I limit the amount of work by following a very strict workflow model which I have integrated into Basecamp. This removes any ambiguity between myself as project manager and client interface, the actual coder and the client - everything is signed off as milestones are reached and to date we've had no problems. My own site is still offline until I have a nice portfolio which will contain testimonials but I've still been able to get serious clients onboard by doing the following:

        1) Using my contacts in the design industry - calling in favors and promising graphics jobs in return for referrals
        2) Approaching businesses that I already have a direct relationship with - my solicitor/lawyer, accountant, local GP etc
        3) Using linkedin to contact my old class mates and college alumni to let them know what i cam now up to
        4) Running a competition for a free WP site for an offline business for whoever gets me the most shares and likes through their circles of friends
        5) Sticking to WP sites and premium templates
        6) Over delivering on everything - go with the best premium theme you can find to suit that clients needs, no cookie cutter deliverables or corner cutting. Everything is customised for the client, the level of customisation affects the price naturally.
        7) Focus on delivering user friendly sites that don't require ongoing maintenance etc. Most people in the real world don't know what wordpress is. It's actually got so much going for it as a development platform if you know how to sell it properly to non tech users.
        8) Clients only care about a couple of things a) making more money b) raising their profile c) doing both of those things painlessly - answer those three requirements and you solve their problem and get the job.

        Re the ongoing nature of the business, it's snowballing. I'm getting referrals now from clients I have just delivered to and I have yet to even publish my own website - I'm actually waiting to have some case studies with testimonials from the bigger fish currently under construction.

        The passive income side of things comes from the hosting - plugin up-sells and other add on services which I will put into my private client newsletter. It's small money but it pays off the other monthly outgoings such as my own reseller hosting account, basecamp project management software, premium themes and other memberships etc. I charge 10 euro pm for hosting which offline clients are happy to pay and more if they are using higher levels of storage/bandwidth.

        This web design business is not even my main goal - the nice thing about it is that in another couple of weeks I will be in a position to hire a developer in my own country to work 9-5 on my bigger picture project which to date I did'nt have the budget or expertise to complete.

        Anyway, it won't suit everyone. I've found that if you want to do jobs that pull in good money you have to be prepared to talk to people. I still haven't resorted to cold calling yet but that may become an requirement when all other available avenues dry up. At that point though, it will a relatively easy sell because I will have a huge portfolio of relevant material.

        Thanks for the PM's and positive responses. I just thought it would be nice to give something back to the forum that might help someone successfully make a change in their approach to making a living online.

        JB


        PS I charge in Euros but the outsourced coders i use charge in USD which also helps with the exchange rates:-)
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        • Profile picture of the author rambo9600
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          • Profile picture of the author JB
            Originally Posted by rambo9600 View Post

            Now that you are making money it's time to start Positioning yourself better. STOP working IN your business and start working ON your business, that means promoting YOU and YOUR services.

            If you want to really explode your growth "write a book" on marketing or small business. You can swipe info from another book, have a ghost writer edit it for less than 300 Euro.

            Publish the book here: https://www.createspace.com/

            Self Publishing and Book Printing Solutions - Books, EBooks, Photo books and Calendars at Lulu.com

            Once you have the name of your book, make an ecover and place the image on your site. Tell people you are publishing a book, it will be released in several months. If they would like a copy have them placed on a "waiting list" and send them a book for Free. No one will ever read your book, trust me. It's all about positioning.

            If you think you're busy now, wait until you start including links to your book on your website, handing out your book at seminars, etc...

            You have NO idea what busy is!

            Run a competition on Twitter for free product or service. You can offer a website, google places listing, etc... do what Rush Limbaugh is doing and have a contest: Official Rules: Rush Limbaugh

            Rush is giving away free iPads every day.

            Yes, if you want the Bigger money you do need to talk to people. I heard Irish people like to talk, is that true?

            Do not talk to anyone unless they have been processed through a sales funnel. Make it very hard for people to get in contact with you. I can elaborate more on this later, but for now start doing the above mentioned items.

            BTW, you still didn't tell me what city your in. Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Donegal, etc... cough it up mate.

            Some good ideas in there, thanks for the advice and info. Re my city, Dublin it is - I can't give my company name for various reasons but as I mentioned, my web design/hosting business is simply the bootstrapping vehicle to a much larger venture I have been trying to implement for some time. I've already been offered CEB matched funding (which I was unable to match at the time) and angel funding at unreasonable terms for this other venture. The really great thing about the hosting/design business is that it demonstrates proof of concept for certain areas of the main venture and demonstrates organisational and project management capability. This has already just resulted in EI mentoring with office space and 15K funding for R&D plus a good chance at being awarded a 5K Innovation Voucher through EI :-) All worthwhile stuff.
            The thing is, my other venture was dead in the water until this web design business took off , now everything is starting to fall into place. If you have a big idea it's actually a good time to get it off the ground in Ireland - the problem is in convincing the powers that be that a) your idea is viable (comprehensive business and marketing pland with 3-5 year financial projections) b) that you have the capability to scale and run a successful operation but most importantly c) that you at the very least have a beta site or product with a degree of traction.
            Fingers crossed I'll have something really worthwhile in a few months. At the very least I will have a web design and hosting business. Good idea to protect and grow this as a stand alone business, it would make a nice safety net if the other venture doesn't work out as hoped.

            Whether it works or fails I will report back in greater detail at some point.
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            • Profile picture of the author rambo9600
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              • Profile picture of the author JB
                Originally Posted by rambo9600 View Post

                Dublin it is. No problems getting highly qualified internet people in Dublin, especially with the high unemployment. Lot's of people on the dole.

                I would stay away from any government funding. Your time would be better spent marketing you and your services. The Irish government is what got them into trouble in the first place, stay the **** away from politicians. The same thing is happening in the states, lot's of politicians filling peoples heads with pipe dreams. :rolleyes:

                Since you already have cash flow, funding should not be a problem if you know how to market.

                More money does not make you a better marketer.

                If you can't market on the cheap, how do you expect to help any of your clients?

                You have what it takes already. One big account can put 10,000 Euro in your pocket, no Irish government to answer to.

                Proper "positioning" will get you that BIG deal.

                The easiest customer to sell to is the one that just bought from you. If you can offer Value to your customers, then you owe it to them to offer them more tactics to provide more customers to their business.

                Any customer that buys from you already Trust you, time to sell them more. Your business and theirs will prosper. Start upselling the hell out of them. Watch what successful Warriors do with thier WSO's, upsell freaking city, ya know why, they make 30%+ more money by doing so. Everyone hates it, but guess what, it works.

                Always have an upsell to what you are offering, 25% plus will buy it. Continue to aggressively market to your existing customers and get them leads, new customers, etc... Most likely, you don't need more customers than you already have in your database. You just need to market to them more effectively. Their are Acres of Diamonds in your exisiting clients.

                There's a "pot o gold" waiting for you at the end of the rainbow. Since it rains in Ireland quite a bit you should see a lot of rainbows.
                To get the type of sites we are doing on WP by an Irish developer would cost between 750 and 1k - outsourced I can get the same quality for €250. It's basic maths based on a low cost business model. We provide very high quality sites for small business prices using reusable technologies and outsourced developers. It wouldn't work otherwise.

                Re government money... I just raised 20K for no equity in my company plus I get mentoring from people who sold sites for millions. That in itself is like going back to University all over again and throwing out the theory books and just getting down to making money and running a company. Yes the govt messed things up but it's not the government that are handing out the funding, it's a govt sponsored initiative for helping entrepreneurs in the tech sector. It's backed by Universities which also gives you access to masters students for various elements of R&D which is really great. Especially if you are trying to create something new, or stitch together a selection of cross platform technologies to operate at enterprise level.

                When it comes to my main play, the one I secured th'e finding for - I will be using Irish developers. It's part of the deal, to create export lead economy utilising Irish assets (including labour). Anyway, I don't want to get into any details about that venture here - at least not until I have been through the process and its a success or failure. If it's ok, I would prefer to discus the web development/hosting model. I don't have the track record required for public speaking nor do I have the appetite plus it would divert my time and attention from my primary goals. I have a very tight business plan which I am sticking to until I run into a curve ball that I need to adapt to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Great to hear of your success JB - good to see another Irish Warrior doing well

    Not that I'd be very experienced with your model but it's good nonetheless to read a nice success story on here - sometimes we don't see enough good-news-stories here.

    Keep it up - Noel.
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  • Profile picture of the author chase
    Originally Posted by rambo9600 View Post

    Now that you are making money it's time to start Positioning yourself better. STOP working IN your business and start working ON your business, that means promoting YOU and YOUR services.

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    Do not talk to anyone unless they have been processed through a sales funnel. Make it very hard for people to get in contact with you. I can elaborate more on this later, but for now start doing the above mentioned items.

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    rambo9600 - some great suggestions but what do you mean about processing through sales funnel and making it hard for people to contact you? How does that work?
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      • Profile picture of the author chase
        Originally Posted by rambo9600 View Post

        Make it hard for people to contact you. Try calling a famous lawyer, doctor, movie star, etc... and see how far you get. Try calling Dr Oz, Tom Cruise, Oprah, see my point?

        These people have "gatekeepers" to filter out unimportant calls, marketers, salespeople, etc...

        He can use a pre-recorded phone message to screen callers. He can have an assistant call them back and have them complete a Questionnaire, survey, and so forth.

        With a website he can ask people to opt-in, then complete a questionairre.

        He can also charge a fee like 250 Euro to give a 60 minute consultation. The fee can be applied towards his services if the prospect becomes a client.

        There are many ways to position yourself. Doing so puts you in a position to charge much Higher fees, not waste your time, eliminate time vampires, and work with a better quality client.

        Don't waste time with Losers.

        I see your point - great stuff. Your comment about "eliminate time vampires" made me laugh! But it's true!
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        • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
          With all due respect to all parties, reading a really cool thread about someone's success story where they lay out their solid methodigy and then seeing someone post to the effect of "Dude, you're doing it all wrong, you need to forget about your current business model and focus on your ego..." really makes we wonder where some people are coming from.

          Here's the deal.. what works for one person may or may not work for someone else. We all have different drives, skills, and personalities.

          "Honey, I love you for who you are. Now, if I could just get you to change a few things..."

          It's all good, go with your strengths and let others do their thing.

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  • Profile picture of the author powerstrike
    This is a very inspiring post I have thought about doing something like this but never got around to it I will definitely give it another look. I will try it out and see how it turns out.
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
    This a great post with lots of wonderful information contained.

    This could easily be a WSO or product.

    Your attitude is a great one. Thanks for giving back.

    Now you mention you are not a coder, but you use Wordpress Themes to set up sites. (I have done this also for a few clients)

    Did you start setting up the sites yourself and then hand it off to someone?
    Was it difficult to find someone reliable?

    What's keeping the coders for your website from setting up their own business, has this been an issue?

    Finally, what were the first few steps you did after you set up your hosting account set up? And can you please reveal what you charge for hosting? And other backend services?

    I have a few clients. I have built Word Press Blogs for them (Mostly brouchure sites, but 1 high end template), but I would like to kick things up even more...

    Again thanks so much for sharing your success!
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    • Profile picture of the author JB
      Originally Posted by pizzatherapy View Post

      Did you start setting up the sites yourself and then hand it off to someone?
      Was it difficult to find someone reliable?

      What's keeping the coders for your website from setting up their own business, has this been an issue?

      Finally, what were the first few steps you did after you set up your hosting account set up? And can you please reveal what you charge for hosting? And other backend services?
      Thanks for the kind words, I really started this thread to throw some experience back that might help others. If you can take something from this then great!


      The first 2 sites I built myself, that was a real pain and I quickly discovered that I needed to outsource/delegate.

      My CTO, the guy behind the servers setups etc interviews the guys from odesk on round 2 where they get put through their paces on skype to check technical competency and fluency. Round one involves me shortlisting promising candidates based on feedback, number of jobs completed, timely responses in fluent English and portfolio samples to relevant jobs contracted through odesk. It's time consuming but worthwhile, basically virtual HR & recruiting.

      The coders are outsourcing specialists on different continents with no direct contact with the end client. They do a good job then they get another job awarded. No danger of them poaching my clients. Afterall, the clients interface with a flesh and blood account/project manager rather than a random email which could be coming from anywhere.

      All the server end was done by my CTO, once he had the server side and hosting packages set up all we needed were clients. I charge €10pm for a basic site, more if there is high storage or bandwidth. Again, offline clients don't care whether hosting is $3pm or €10pm - they have bigger concerns and want nothing to do with the technical side of things. Other bacend services yet to be introduced will be SEO and premium plugins, not sure what to charge for that yet or what the appetite will be. Some market research required there once we are fully functional and happy that we have a scalable operation.

      Hope that helps!
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    great job !!!!!
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    Cheers man! Liked reading this post
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  • Profile picture of the author sicnarf
    @JB - this thread is very timely for me and my wife as we are working on a similar venture. We've talked to a couple of people we know, chiropractor and a neighbor who is in insurance and are offering to get a website running and have it set up on a hosting site for them. I like the fact that you haven't completed your own site yet because I'm in the same situation but it shows that I don't have to worry about that to be successful.

    Since I'm starting with some free websites, should I use premium themes and pass along the cost? My start up capital is zero so I may have to use some free themes.
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    • Profile picture of the author JB
      Originally Posted by sicnarf View Post

      @JB - this thread is very timely for me and my wife as we are working on a similar venture. We've talked to a couple of people we know, chiropractor and a neighbor who is in insurance and are offering to get a website running and have it set up on a hosting site for them. I like the fact that you haven't completed your own site yet because I'm in the same situation but it shows that I don't have to worry about that to be successful.

      Since I'm starting with some free websites, should I use premium themes and pass along the cost? My start up capital is zero so I may have to use some free themes.
      My advice is go premium a\ll the way, look at the first couple of sites as opportunities to create a great portfolio. Either you get the client to pay you a % upfront or you stump up the cost yourself. If you are building two or three sites then you might be best off getting the woo themes developer package to start. I'm not a huge fan of the themes but you get developer licenses and the initial cost will be covered by one site plus a few months of membership. Always try to get a developers license when you can afford it, something flexible with great features.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfdem
    congratulations!!
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    this is the best forum ever
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    Thanks great post
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    Wow, this is amazing! Good for you, keep up the awesome work!
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  • Profile picture of the author mike68
    Nice job, I do the same thing but do not outsource. I am not making 3k a week but have made a respectable living at it for the past 5 years working from home with no overhead. You are right on point with the service aspect, over-deliver and each client will send you at least one referal on average. Several of my clients have hired me to build multiple sites.

    My advice to you would be to follow-up in 1-2 months and up-sell each client on an SEO campaign.
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    • Profile picture of the author JB
      Originally Posted by mike68 View Post

      Nice job, I do the same thing but do not outsource. I am not making 3k a week but have made a respectable living at it for the past 5 years working from home with no overhead. You are right on point with the service aspect, over-deliver and each client will send you at least one referal on average. Several of my clients have hired me to build multiple sites.

      My advice to you would be to follow-up in 1-2 months and up-sell each client on an SEO campaign.
      The SEO service is definitely something I will be looking to implement. Do you have any thoughts on selling the idea of web presence as opposed to website? It seems to be a recurring theme among business owners I am talking to that they don't have a Facebook page, and if they do they don't use it (those that use it certainly have no customisation done whatsoever). Same goes for twitter etc. There are some very nice FB templates going around that frame your WP site into FB as a landing page. That's something I'm looking at too for those who are that bit more adventurous, just wondering if you or any others on this thread have had much experience selling 'web presence' over 'web sites'?
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  • Profile picture of the author keivn2
    Congrats dude. That is amazing. I wish I have the same dedication as you.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimShrieves
    Great post, thanks for sharing you story with us... Just goes to show what a bit of thinking outside the box can achieve
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  • Profile picture of the author endlesslove
    A useful information. Congratulations.
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  • Profile picture of the author KeithAdam
    Great post. I love seeing success stories of offline IM. This is something I'm very interested in.
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    Congrats, keep it up
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  • Profile picture of the author Gengis
    Great post JB, i really enjoyed reading your success story as well as alot of the replies..

    Keep it up bro
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Nice. I've been going for 6 years with out much success. I hope that I have a breakthrough like you have.

    Good share.
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  • Profile picture of the author Les Blythe
    What a great story - long may your success continue! Quit your job, quit your job ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author jerry310
      Awesome story and very inspiring to those who've been in the game with little to show for it. Hope to hear about greater things from you in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    Wow its good that you know what doesn't work for you and taking advantage of it. I am so glad that you have an insane number of clients now. You deserve all of them.

    I am still stuck in the traditional marketing scheme but I am thinking of something new to bring up.

    Thank you for sharing your success with us!

    Ryuchi
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  • Profile picture of the author galation
    Very inspiring. Where did you outsource your work? Was it on here?
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    • Profile picture of the author JB
      Originally Posted by galation View Post

      Very inspiring. Where did you outsource your work? Was it on here?
      I used someone from here that didn't work out, not a reflection of the forum at all. I use odesk because if offers a layer of security ans safety through the reputation management model, just like Ebay. There is a charge associated with this but I'm willing to take that on for piece of mind. if I find a warrior member to work with I'll be sending them over to odesk to engage the contract there. There are probably other ways of doing it but I like to leverage reputation management to ensure that the contractor lives up to your expectations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marco Scabia
    Very inspiring story. I'm in the phase where you were, of pushing to make it online. Affiliate programs, and so on. So your conclusion that the online part of it doesn't really work that well is a bit sad for me. I hope it's not the general rule
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Great story and I thank you for sharing this with us. I just love to read success stores from other internet marketers. Hopefully this will continue for you and you can do this job full-time.
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  • Profile picture of the author genuine86
    Excellent post! Congrats on your accomplishment!
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Excellent business plan. Doing a couple of free sites in the beginning was smart. It only takes a couple of testimonials to get the ball rolling.

    I've built sites for people and could turn it into a business, but unlike you, I'm terrible at project management, which is your role currently, and lucrative role at that.

    You can scale up in so many ways it's ridiculous especially with add-on services every website needs (SEO, PPC, FB, Videos, etc.). But I think the best part of your model is the hosting cost. Get enough clients under your belt and you'll be able to live off the hosting fees ... and that's truly passive income.

    Thanks for sharing!!
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  • Profile picture of the author emrom
    I like this thread because it shed light on the fact that getting and making money online is not easy. The main point I took from this story is not to focus on making money online....so much as the point is to make money working for yourself and ie. working from home, if you want to.

    I too have a plan in action, my first grandchild is going to be born in Aug. I want more freedom from a day job and punching a clock. I have been trying to find business, leads of something that needs my marketing, seo, and past business experience. If you are willing to work on a commission bases, you can find a product or service that needs you and you can build it on the side, till you are making up that paycheck. That is what I am doing, found a product and a company that knows my goals and loves my marketing ideas. Thanks for all the good ideas you all share here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doctor Derp
    Great work JB - glad to see you're using your own brain & making your own decisions & not relying on other people's systems & 'proven methods'
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  • Profile picture of the author jimsyyap
    That's inspiring for noobs like me. Thank you for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author taylormarek
    Thanks so much for sharing your story JB!
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    Congrats! This is a inspiring post for all warriors.
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  • Profile picture of the author giseo
    Thanks for detailing your methods. Congrats as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author dizen
    This is better than most wsos I read in the past .......
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvinRivera
    Hahah we are on the same boat mate. Congrats on your success. keep moving forward.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author Doctor Derp
      Originally Posted by Goober View Post

      Congratulations. You now have A JOB. I can go out the door tomorrow and land an iPhone/iPad programming contract for $120k a year. They are calling me literally at all hours to come work for them from all over the country. News flash - iOS programmers are in very high demand and there is currently a very low supply. If you're going to work your ass off you might as well get trained and get into that.

      Me? I am not interested in getting up at 6am every morning, fighting the traffic and then working 9-10 hours a day with people I don't like.

      Working one's ass off for money is not an accomplishment.

      Cleverly utilizing and manipulating the internet, with minimal effort, to put money in your pocket is an accomplishment.
      Actually he has a BUSINESS... and from the sound of it, he could sell it off to someone else lock, stock & barrel with very little effort.

      You completely missed the point here... this guy is working hard at building something greater than himself, and is loving what he's doing. This is not a job.

      Loosen up, bro. Tooting your own horn & claiming that you are worth $120k a year is nothing compared to JB actually saying "This is how I'm building a business successfully right now!" - JB's company can be scaled up to waaaaay past a measly $120k per year.

      Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

      Well that all seems like way too much work for my liking, id prefer to lay on the couch and eat pretzels.
      What is this, I don't even...
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  • Profile picture of the author marc7
    Awesome story! I like the fact that you focused on your strengths and outsourced the things your weak at, not to mention your consistency and patients.

    Much Success To You JB!
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  • Profile picture of the author aiza77
    Fantastic!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
    Big thing I take away from this..."do what you love"...

    That's oooo....ssooooooo...truuuueeeee

    Love it thanks for the boost tonight!

    Cheers,

    Brad
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Well that all seems like way too much work for my liking, id prefer to lay on the couch and eat pretzels.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvega
    just read this. Congrats JB
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  • Profile picture of the author Toby Couchman
    What happened to rambo66? He get deleted?

    Oh and web design and hosting rocks! I do it also :-)

    Cheers!
    TC
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