So I graduated high school at the age of 17 with mediocre grades at best. Decided to start working, held a lot of jobs all in the 'labour/skilled labour' market (ie: construction, HVAC, things of that nature). The jobs got progressively better in pay, but the work seemed to get progressively worse at the same time. Then at age 21 after doing that for too long I decided I wanted an education, so I applied for university, took the tests and to my amazement I got in. So I started school with some small savings and wondered what I would do to pay all the bills, this is when I first went to the internet for money. Started uploading files to those annoying survey file download services, made some money, it got me hungry for more. I stopped that and moved into the E-cig market, which 2 years ago was quite hot; imported from china and made good money off that - Health Canada didn't approve so that was the end of that.
Now to this chapter of my life. I was selling the E-cig's locally but I designed a site for them, so that got me into web design. A friend saw the site and liked it so I built his too. Started advertising locally on craigslist and I make on average 1-2k a month. This isn't very good, but for a full time student it works.
So lately I've noticed that craigslist competition is getting fierce! and I don't think there is really a way to expand my business while still making any decent amount of money on craigslist. So I am looking to move from the 'passive' craigslist ad's to something a little more pro-active. But because all of the people from craigslist that called me already wanted a website, I have very little experience in actually 'selling' my services.
Currently I have two semesters left in my Criminology degree, it's an interesting field but I know it will be hard to find a good job. So I am planning to take this summer off school, something I haven't done since starting university, to just put four months of serious effort into my business and see if there is any future in it. I am really looking for advice on what exactly I should do, maybe even from someone who has been in a similar situation.
I finish exams in about 3 weeks then I can officially kick all my plans into gear, but I want to start figuring out exactly what I should do so I can really hit the ground running after exams.
If anyone has experienced advertising web design locally and can give me some insight I would really appreciate it!
My preliminary thoughts on my marketing involve: (so far)
1. Cold Calling
2. Cold Walking
Thanks for reading, it was a long one!