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Creating a small agency? Waste of time?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by icinine, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. icinine

    icinine Newbie

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    Not sure if this is the right place - and I'm sort of thinking out loud.
    Basically I need/want to earn some money on the side - I'm thinking of setting up a niche web design / seo agency targetting clients in my country - then farming out the work to freelancers. Hardly revolutionary I know.
    I'd like to get your perspective on how to go about getting clients when i dont' have much work to show at present? I was thinking of going after IG rather than FB (or concentrating my effort on IG at least) but again - need some simple and workable ideas here.
    Any help or guideance is appreciated.
     
  2. LordViruS

    LordViruS Newbie

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    Well About this i think its a good idea to start your Own agency and also i really advice you to test getting client from facebook and IG First and prioritise The better one, and For the work ideas you won't get any here because you must be the one finding it
     
  3. rootworm

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    I've been doing some marketing freelance stuff on the side, mainly lead generation. But I'm thinking of starting up an agency as well. Lets talk :cool:
     
  4. redarrow

    redarrow Elite Member

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    if i was doing this ill do it the easy way.

    I would build up templates of websites for all niches.

    use them for final sale .

    good luck.
     
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    Check out my journey about it, The journey still in the beginning and still didn't work out well but I'm super confident of the business model itself.
     
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    The Sphinx can you share your url of your journey
     
  7. icinine

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    Thanks for all the replies so far.
    Essentially (and I have to think about this some more) I need guideance on an effective method of attracting clients - right now I'm thinking a lead magnet ebook - something like '5 tips to get more client to your gym' (though I'm not actually targetting the gym niche)
    I'm familiar enough with Alex Becker etc so maybe I have to go back and review some of his older videos to get some inspiration - he had some good advice around selling SEO services - but to be honest, it'd be a hard sell in my country (small EU country) can't see many people paying 500 a month on SEO (though I could be wrong )
     
  8. MidtownMan

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    There is so much competition now days. At my businesses, we receive 20+ calls a day from so call "marketers" advertising, countless emails/regular mail. There is a ton of competition in both large/small cities. Especially since everyone is a so called "seo / marketing expert"
     
  9. lacifitra

    lacifitra Power Member

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    Work as a freelancer. Or rather as a consultant, sounds fancier and generally makes clients hand out their wallet faster.
    An agency is a waste of time if it's just for side money, since you'll have to pay several costs that you wouldn't have to if you'd go for the consultant route.

    As others have said, the competition is fierce. So make sure you stand out.
     
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    Every big success started with zero step. So, take your legs move forward from small projects to create your portofolio agent. There are many chance you get your success. All hardwork always have a return. The question is will you give up when you are falling from the top?
     
  11. Writerly

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    Starting your own business is a good idea. However, you have to have a strong start and a steady performance if you want your agency to make it. Also, consider what others said, and maybe start your journey as a consultant. This will be an uphill battle, and the competition will strike you down if you let them. So, try spying on them, see what they are doing.
     
  12. GringoMonkey

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    I used to own a big agency and still have a small one.

    No it is not a waste of time. Assuming you can actually deliver what you promise, you just need to concentrate on 2 things: your branding and your sales funnels. Crack them and it will work.

    Do you want me to take a look at your site?
     
  13. ledaponey

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    Small and waste of time are things that usually are tightly related
     
  14. GringoMonkey

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    Not sure most SME's would agree with you!
     
  15. ledaponey

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    Not to attack anyone else business, but if you want to suceed in what you're going to do you better think the biggest the better
     
  16. GringoMonkey

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    What do you class as small and what do you class as big?
     
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    Big would be Bugatti, Lamborghini, Tesla, small would be Skoda, or even the worldwide known Fiat with its Multipla lol
     
  18. hero76

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    Go for it bro, forget the fact the competition is fierce. If it wasn’t fierce then it would mean seo agencies are a dead niche!!
     
  19. safeSEOboost

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    This is the chicken and egg situation so either:
    - get some work done somehow (your own account or freelancing) so you have something to show,
    - offer a large discount, just so that later you have work to show,
    - use friend and family to get starting projects,
    - be audacious and convince some clients without showing work done,
    - find a partner with more experience.
     
  20. GringoMonkey

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    I think you got yourself a bit mixed up between big and small in your example.

    You know Audi owns Lamborghini and Volkswagon owns Bugatti and Skoda and Fiat/Chrysler is massive and Tessla, production wise, is smaller than any of them?

    Based on your examples mostly being European, the European definition of an SME is less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than 50 Million Euros.

    So are you suggesting nobody should not bother setting up a 49 Million Euro business, with 249 employees as it is too small and just begin as Volkswagon?