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Be careful what you wish for, because you just may get it!

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by marketstud, May 8, 2012.

  1. marketstud

    marketstud Junior Member

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    As most of you know our marketing company started offering Reputation management services earlier this year and then Google Places optimization. Those services are both going well but we are suddenely taking on a lot of other stuff our clients want/need including web design, mobile apps, video production, copy writing and more.

    Needless to say we are busy as hell now, slammed. This got us thinking about what we really want froour business. Yes, we want to make money but we want the freedom to enjoy our lives. We have decided to focus on automating everything we can in our business and if it can't be automated then WE AREN'T GOING TO DO IT. So take a second to consider the path you are going down and make sure your headed it he right direction. The money can be appealing but you may end up painting yourself into a corner. Locking yourself down and throwing away the key.

    Would you rather have less money and enjoy yourself more or have more money and spend all your time working?! We say you can have BOTH but you have to DESIGN YOUR LIFESTYLE. Designing your ideal lifestyle is as important as a business plan. you do have a business plan, right? I think I am speaking for everyone when I say customer service sucks and it doesn't lend itself to automation. So be careful what you wish for, because you just may get it!
     
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    I couldn't agree with you more! I was originally a political science major with huge aspirations of becoming a lawyer. I then realized something, yes I will be making six figures a year but when will I get time to spend it and enjoy myself? Plus being a lawyer isn't exactly a "fun" job! It is mind numbing and dry. Here is where I changed my perspectives though! I am now going to school to become a paramedic. Why? I enjoy working with people and helping them so I figured it would be a fulfilling job. Plus if I have a chance to make a difference in the world and save lives then why not? I would be working 12 hour shifts ( 4 days on, 4 days off) and money is decent as well. I would start off at around $57,000 a year and max out at close to $90,000 a year. Which is more then enough for me! It all comes to balance in the end. Everyone needs money and a life, its just a question of which you value more.
     
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    Nice sales thread :D
     
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    I'm from the other part of the world.

    I always shy away from consulting work for this reason: scalability. Perhaps you know how to do it better.

    My strength is in technical stuff. From the work you mentioned, only building websites can be automated. Others may be outsourced, but even that I consider too much work.

    How many staff do you have in-house to manage all the outsource?

    When you say private website, do you mean an interface for clients to check progress? Sort of a web-based project management like Basecamp, including dashboard for invoice, payment, perhaps?
     
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    I'm working it out. Will probably open a bst later on in the year as I refine it more. :)
     
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    So true what the OP says, i know a lot of people who earn very good money, but work 50-70 hours a week minimum.
    Whats the point?
    Read the book Millionaire Fastlane, that will give you a new perspective on work / time relationships, although some of the things mentioned in it are easier said than done!
     
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    sounds like a nice problem to have....
     
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    I agree 100%. Several of the clients that contacted me in the past wanted something more than what I offered...(very custom web design and graphic design) and I had to turn them down because unless I feel that I can give them 100% satisfaction on something, I'm not going to take it on. Having said that, I do feel that it is a great way to gain feedback on other venues of services that you can provide your clients in the future as long as, exactly what you said, it's automated.
     
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    Scale it high enough to hire presidents for your company. Have them handle all the work, sit back and enjoy :D
     
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    Good advice. Right at the top of my whiteboard I have written 'TIME IS PRICELESS'. I got into IM so I can spend my life learning languages, travelling, reading, studying, playing the piano, being with family and just being free in general. A man making $100k a year working 4 hours a week is wealthier than a man making $1mil a year working 40 hours a week!
     
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    or you can outsource everything and i mean everything and cut down your profit and still enjoy your life.BE THE BOSS
    getting away like a boss2.jpg
     
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    It's hard to outsource everything and keep really high standards. I feel like I have to be hands on certain things to keep the quality up. Have you ever left all of your lead generation and customer relations to someone else? You know what I mean?
     
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    No one does what you want better than yourself... I also agree with your whole post in general. I started to scale back about a year ago. I already have a house, car etc paid for and believe spending time with my family is better than working 60 hours a week.

     
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    Yea,TIME is the real curency,not money ;)
     
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    I wish to become a world Legend!.The guy the world will never Forget!.
     
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    No one ever laid on their death bed wishing they had spent more time at work. If you spend so much time at work that you don't have time for friends and family, what's the point of having friends and family?
     
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