I initially learnt how to do SEO from various online courses and so I thought why not? let's give it a try. Before I started I was working at an alarm company that do home security systems. I convinced my boss that we should try this new idea and so him and me are in it 50-50%. However I do pretty much everything with regards to running the business. He still runs his alarm business so spends much of his time with it.
How did I get started in this industry?
Since the time I was in school I always wanted to be a pilot, so I was thinking of ways of how I can finance my education (which is very expensive to be a pilot). So i did some research and eventually got into internet marketing.
At first I tried making money online. I did have some success of building a social network from 0 - 3000 members in less than 4 months, but however money wise I was not making much to go fulltime. Then I came across the offline section on this forum and have learnt a lot since then.
I started off selling SEO services to local businesses and then thought myself how to do website design. The first two years was tough. Like everyone I tried cold calling! I used to work my balls of at a particular time (200 calls per day minimum) - thanks to all the good people here who gave me the encouragent to keep calling. I did make a few sales to keep me afloat but it was not big money.
However I still do have many of those clients that I have got through cold calling who eventually purchased many other services from me like SEO and adwords management.
So i was working my ass of for 2-3 months doing 200+ calls per day with very little results. My former boss (now business partner) seeing this offered to invest a small amount into Google adwords to test it. Thank god he did. The leads started rolling in and I started to close some sales. Nothing great but I just started to get used to closing sales. Most of the sales were done by phone unless the customer wanted to meet up.
This was around March of 2014. Since then things have been going great. Now the average website that I sell is £700 or $1100. What I suggest is, start off smalll doing websites for a cheaper price so you can build up your portfolio and then you can slowly start to bump your prices.
ITS TRUE! YOU DO NOT WANT THE CHEAP CLIENTS! THEY ARE THE MOST PAIN WHO WILL WANT YOU TO DESIGN THE NEXT FACEBOOK FOR £99! you only want to do maybe 15 - 20 websites at a cheap price and once you are at this stage raise your prices!
So this year so far I have managed to turn over £25000 pounds ($39000 U.S) which is not really a big amount compared to the legends on this forum. But I am very grateful to say that god has blessed me and the people here have made an impact on my life! Iamnameless, John durham etc.
I plan on growing my business in 2015 to 100K turnover. Hopefully I will be able to do it.
Now some of you might think that may be I am a lot more knowledgable in internet marketing that any one of you! No i stared out same as you, buying WSO's & other online courses. The reason I am happy today is because I DID NOT GIVE UP!
There were times when I thought if I should still continue, should I just get a job? I was down to my last £2000. Thank God I din give up! Remember "CLEVER PEOPLE LEARN FROM THEIR OWN MISTAKES BUT WISE PEOPLE LEARN FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S MISTAKES" --- So i read and listened to the more experienced people on this forum and all I heard the most was WORK YOUR ASS OFF AND NEVER QUIT! and that is what I done.
I want to encourage every newbie out there trying to make it. You can! You have everything that it takes! Just NEVER EVER QUIT! KEEP TRYING! YOU WILL SOON GET THERE!
By the way did I mention I was 19 when I got into this business and now I am 22
Happy Christmas everyone and I wish you the best of success in 2015! I just love this forum!