Working while having a 9-5 position

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Hi friends,

I've learned much from this section and I'm very grateful. I'm in the process of starting up a marketing agency of my own and marketing to prospective offline clients etc.

As I move forward, I can't help but think of the fact that I still have a 9-5 position as an SEO consultant and I'll have to respect it (i.e. can't take / make too many calls to prospective clients while I'm on the clock). I was wondering if anyone else was ever in this situation and what they did around it.

I was thinking of sticking to freelance boards like eLance etc, just curious on how people worked around the restrictions of their jobs while getting business.

Thanks for the input
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  • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
    Be very specific in what you will offer. People should do this anyway, but most don't. If you are working 9-5 it is even MORE important. Don't do marketing "stuff." Instead, come up with ONE solid service that you KNOW from PAST experience that you can do well. You don't have a ton of time to learn more or fix things if you sell something that you aren't quite good at.

    Once you have that ONE service that you can do very well, then just get ONE client. Just one!

    Forget about not having enough time or worrying how to handle the schedule. If you don't even have one client yet, there is nothing to worry about.

    People make this mistake all the time and it prevents success. Don't worry about something that isn't actually a problem yet. When the problem arises, you will easily learn how to solve it.

    You only have two problems RIGHT NOW:
    1- Exactly what one service will I provide.
    2- How will I get ONE client?

    The rest will work itself out. Stop worrying about lists and schedules and tools and phone calls. Once you get one client, and are working hard for them, you other issues will work themselves out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Harry B
      Originally Posted by Dan McCoy View Post

      Be very specific in what you will offer. People should do this anyway, but most don't. If you are working 9-5 it is even MORE important. Don't do marketing "stuff." Instead, come up with ONE solid service that you KNOW from PAST experience that you can do well. You don't have a ton of time to learn more or fix things if you sell something that you aren't quite good at.

      Once you have that ONE service that you can do very well, then just get ONE client. Just one!

      Forget about not having enough time or worrying how to handle the schedule. If you don't even have one client yet, there is nothing to worry about.

      People make this mistake all the time and it prevents success. Don't worry about something that isn't actually a problem yet. When the problem arises, you will easily learn how to solve it.

      You only have two problems RIGHT NOW:
      1- Exactly what one service will I provide.
      2- How will I get ONE client?

      The rest will work itself out. Stop worrying about lists and schedules and tools and phone calls. Once you get one client, and are working hard for them, you other issues will work themselves out.

      Great pep talk and advice Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesfreddyc
    It is tough. It will really challange you, your levels of persistence and your ability to overcome the constant desire to put things off until later.

    I would recommend you read up or buy Jason Kanigan's stuff for phone prospecting and spend your 5-9pm's each day calling into your niche each day.
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  • I didn't have a complete job, but I was a writer before I ever became an offline marketer. I know how you feel. But I will say this:

    It is all about using your time correctly and being organized. The goal is to always stay on top. Use those few hours at the end of the day to your advantage, and work and work. If you can, try to use that spare time on the weekends to start calling businesses or doing whatever you choose for lead generation.

    I, too, agree on the fact that you shouldn't worry about anything else. Your goal now is just to hit up that first client, get in contact with them, and get started to get that one client to pay you. That should be the goal at this point.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerryLBD
    Great advice here guys.

    Harry, I've been in the same spot I think once I realised that it's ok to start slow is when I started to make some inroads. Having a job isn't a hinderance unless you let it - look at it as a great security blanket and it gives you the opportunity to work into your new path without the pressure of needing to make bank.

    Calling/walking in on weekends can get you face to face with a lot of owners doing the weekend shifts also.

    Good luck mate
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  • Profile picture of the author frankwyatt77777
    One thing I have learned is the following. I as well work full time. I have a family. We need to have realistic goals. Short term and long term goals. We may have a goal say of making $200.00 a day. But we need to start say at $10.00 a day. When I started to think like that I got so much more postie results.
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  • Profile picture of the author KloudStrife
    Originally Posted by Harry B View Post

    Hi friends,

    I've learned much from this section and I'm very grateful. I'm in the process of starting up a marketing agency of my own and marketing to prospective offline clients etc.

    As I move forward, I can't help but think of the fact that I still have a 9-5 position as an SEO consultant and I'll have to respect it (i.e. can't take / make too many calls to prospective clients while I'm on the clock). I was wondering if anyone else was ever in this situation and what they did around it.

    I was thinking of sticking to freelance boards like eLance etc, just curious on how people worked around the restrictions of their jobs while getting business.

    Thanks for the input
    Some things take time to grow and as long as you have a solid source of cash flow coming in, you can invest bit by bit into your main goal

    Think of it as Stepping stones for a better cause
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  • Profile picture of the author anpharmd09
    Originally Posted by Harry B View Post

    Hi friends,

    I've learned much from this section and I'm very grateful. I'm in the process of starting up a marketing agency of my own and marketing to prospective offline clients etc.

    As I move forward, I can't help but think of the fact that I still have a 9-5 position as an SEO consultant and I'll have to respect it (i.e. can't take / make too many calls to prospective clients while I'm on the clock). I was wondering if anyone else was ever in this situation and what they did around it.

    I was thinking of sticking to freelance boards like eLance etc, just curious on how people worked around the restrictions of their jobs while getting business.

    Thanks for the input

    Since you're on the east coast, you can start out by targeting prospects and clients in the pacific time zone.

    That way, when you're done with your day job at 5pm on the east coast, it's still only 2pm on the west coast and within normal business hours.
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