I'm a self taught SEO enthusiast. I don't consider myself an expert yet, but I know I'm a rocket scientist at this stuff compared to my wife who teaches first grade and people like my barber or my mother-in-law. I'm Albert Einstein at everything in life compared to my mother-in-law. My background is sales over the phone... primarily B2B with a focus on technology. My Rock of Gibraltar for making a pretty good living over the past 20 years has always been a Plantronics ear bud or headset and my mouth. I even got my initial sales training by a couple of guys they made a movie about. You've probably even seen the commercial recently because it's being released on X-mas day. I was just a dopey kid at the time, but I sure as shit did learn a lot and the training was priceless.... I don't condone anything about them but I appreciate what they did for my career. I'm married to an incredible wife, we have one of the most amazing 15 month old sons we could ever hope for and come this January he's gonna be a big brother to the best surprise we got this year. And to wrap up the bragging, we live in a nice house in one of the best school districts in the U.S. I'm blessed and grateful every day of my life because 6 years ago I spent months at a time in the hospital, with surgery after surgery and several years of rehabilitation and recovery. Today I can run a marathon. So to bottom line it, I'm burnt out with sales. Yeah, I make a nice living, but my grandfather was right when he told me "listen cocksucka, money is important but not as much as enjoying what you do to get it. You just have to figure that part out first..... Huh? I don't fuckin' know, who am I supposed to be Dear Abby? Figure it the fuck out yourself - nobody else can. Go play that Atari bullshit" I think I was 9 when we had that talk. So just yesterday, I'm looking at some job listings online. Normally I spend a couple of years for any one company because usually by year two I'm selling more than anyone in the room. Things normally get stale after that. I never loved sales at all, but I can tolerate selling new things and 2 years is my max before it starts boring me. And the thought of being promoted to a management position doesn't appeal to me because I hate training people. I hate corporate American settings. So I see a listing for a sales postion for a technology most of us know about but most of us don't think about it too much because it's still new and there isn't too much competition. I say to myself I should present myself as an SEO consultant, fuck sales. So instead of sending in a resume I make a phone call. I had to slap the shit out of the gatekeeper for a little bit but I got the CEO on the phone who greed to meet with me for 15 minutes max... in an hour. So I walked over to Park Ave and we sat for an hour and a half. I showed her (yeah a female boss, I know...but she's cool) stuff that seemed to blow her away. At this point we're scheduled to speak again on Monday. She wants me to come up with a budget for the softwares (I'll get some free software and maybe even a dedicated server out of this).... and more importantly a budget for me. I found out the range for retaining SEO services falls bet 2500 to 5000/month. She has one competitor in her space. But it's not really straight competition because they're B2B and she's B2C. I think I'll consider 3k/month for my retainer (that's my mortgage and utilities) a one time fee for the software, and a dedi along with 50 private proxies and captcha services. Any advice would be appreciated! A lot of the advice I get from Jacob King's blog is also very good shit. He creams over GSA Ser.