(Shout out to the offline section - You guys 100% Rock) I am going today to fill out the paper work for my LLC. I certainly feel the nerves are on edge because I see the huge task ahead of me. I believe it was Taktical?s thread($15,000 a month with offline work) that kicked things off for me. I totally could see the need for something like this. Well after several months of research/learning/gathering I am taking that step. Currently: Graduated last October of 2011 with software engineering degree. Been working a Technical helpdesk position for 11 years(with no room for growth). Current Day job is winding down and due to past ?life learning lessons? will be a bit harder to find another job. Need to support wife and 2 kids no matter what and they are my driving force. Currently Pre-tax I gross 50k. After bills/needs/medical insurance/house payment.... there is not a lot left over. I want better than this not for me but for my kids! Goal: I have spent the last month building up to opening my own business. The business will be geared towards offline local business marketing. That means Google Places/Review Management/Website/Social media. I am currently surrounded by 4 major cities and I sit in a major college town with plenty of business. My goal is to build this business so that I can transition from my day job to my Business full time. Plan: Over the past month I have built up a business website with a custom client backend. This allows me to build a potential client base and provide Unique offers to the clients. This will work in tandem with the Information packets that will be sent out. Customer reads packet get hyped up from numbers. They go to offer page and contact me. Even if they don?t I will follow up with everyone that I send packets out too. Packet: The packets will be a combination from threads in the offline section of BHW. Mainly the point is to show the customer people out there looking for what they offer and looking in such a way that indicates they are ready to spend money. Every time I tell someone I get excited (I have sold myself on this service). I will be more detailed later on with pics and such once things are more in the final stages. Offer page: Each and every client will have their own client login area where they can view and reports of their online presence or review offers. The offer page will contain working points that need to be addressed in order to get them in front of those paying customers as discussed in the packet. I will be addressing 4 categories GP Listing/Business website/Review Management/Social Network. In each of these categories I have work points that will show only if they need them to be addressed. The customer will see the work needed and Prices. The prices will show a struck through regular price/Discount percent/New price. The offer page will not contain a buy now button. While that may hurt in some heat sales I want to promote my business as a more personal Business relation. With contact or follow up phone or face to face meeting is where the close will be. Tools: Since it will be asked the tools that I have currently that will help me in this venture are as follows: SEO Powersuite (Enterprise) ? Reporting, Reporting, Reporting! I feel it is a must have and I am in love with the product but the cost was a very tough pill to swallow for being a start up. Places Scout ? Man this software is a time saver for leads and places competition. Sure you could gather the info manually but with citations hidden and other data shuffled around I am glad I have this. ZennoPoster ? Build my own back linking structure. Would love to have SENuke but cost and over usage worries me. Would rather learn ZennoPoster and mix in my C#/PHP coding to have my own stuff. ScrapeBox ? Really just a must have even if you don?t know what SEO is lol. Hurdles: The biggest hurdle right now is myself. I have not tasted success yet(something big) and in the past I have been my own downfall. Thankfully I am older and can see my own pitfalls. I have the feeling of going up the first drop on a rollercoaster in my stomach. I have seen some competition locally but they pretty much came up and burned out quickly. Not even sure they were a formed LLC or not. I am not too worried about out of area competition yet since I firmly believe I have the upper hand locally. I will stand out locally because I will be putting a face to the service. Lack of references is another concern. I have some friends and family that I could do some work for some being in small towns and at least one in a capital city that is a photograph with a big flash website doing nothing in google. There is enough work among them to cover all my services and show improvement. Hopefully that will get my foundation set to bring in outside clients. Updating: This is not an update once a day thread. I don?t know that I can do enough to warrant daily updates. However I will come back from time to time with progress. Hopefully that will help others out there that need the extra push.