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Need help! What kind of web service can I bill clients for that is $5,000+?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by llandrew, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. llandrew

    llandrew Junior Member

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    Hey guys (and girls),

    I wanted to see if anyone knew what kind of services I can bill clients for that cost more than $5,000? I currently offer the following:
    • SEO
    • Web Design
    • Social Media Mgmt

    I don't know anything when it comes to coding etc. I basically have employees work for me to do various projects as needed. What I am excellent at is marketing and sales. So I really was thinking about how there's consultants etc that bill clients 5k, 10k, 15k etc. for various services.

    What kinds of services can I bill clients for that would amount to that high of a dollar amount invoice?? I'm looking to get into the Medium sized businesses sector whom won't bat an eyelash at sending out a check for that amount. If I try and bill a small business that's local then I'm going to have to jump through so many hoops just to get a $5k check for services (and you better believe they're going to be relentlessly on my ass throughout the entire project [whatever that project is]).

    So let's brainstorm on some ideas that could be marketed and sold that would result in invoices for $5,000+. Maybe we could piece together a bunch of different products or services that could be packaged together and sold for $5K+. Basically, all we need to do is think of common problems medium sized businesses would run into or that they frequently have issues with and figure out a solution to them:)....and go!!!
     
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  2. Cryogenesis

    Cryogenesis Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    You're excellent at marketing and sales and don't know how to manipulate your customers to bill them $5000 for your services?
    You could try building them a decent enough site and some social accounts for it and buy some fake followers on the social accounts and bill them $1500 or so. Repeat for multiple clients and maybe you get good at this and you'll hopefully have some returning clients.
    Cheers!
     
  3. llandrew

    llandrew Junior Member

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    I already bill clients for $1k-$3k at times. $1500 isn't a lot to me for billing. I'm trying to see if maybe I'm missing something to where I can market some sort of service for $5K+. And I would never manipulate my customers as I value each one and doing ethical work for them so they continue to boast about me and my business. I already do the social accounts too as it is. Just trying to find out what I'm missing...
     
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    That's a high competitive niche. I think you will have a hard time to get customers in the first place ?!
     
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    If they have eCommerce sites, tell them you will manage their affiliate program and sign them up for an affiliate network like ShareASale or something! I would NOT suggest you send fake followers/likes to your clients social media accounts. Get one of your employees running followliker or using instagress. You can charge WAY more for targeted fans.

    Also, if you are so good at marketing and sales, offer to run their social media accounts and thus drive more traffic/sales to their sites.
     
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  6. llandrew

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    Good idea, I don't have any experience in that but that doesn't mean I can't learn. Sounds like a plausible way to charge a possible high $ flat fee. As for the social media accounts, I really try and avoid that now a days. I have created software to autopost to their facebook/twitter accounts daily, but only if they're in a specific niche of mine. I've done the social media management before for clients and it's much more work than what I'd like and no one wants to pay a lot for it because I always get the "Oh wow $xxx.xx for managing our social media?! I can do it myself for that much." Of course I can always counter and say "yes you can, but you're not going to do X, Y and Z consistently blah blah blah". Those are bad clients from the get go.

    I like your affiliate idea though!

    Wish more people would hop on this thread because I do think some of the other BHW users could get an ah-ha moment and have a new niche for themselves.
     
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    teckkitech Registered Member

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    Depends on where you're located. In NYC. A good wordpress site for a company in the city is worth about $5000....
     
  8. llandrew

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    Guess I forgot to mention that I do actually offer rep. mgmt. but it's another one of those niches that I'm trying to avoid now a days. Clients are too pushy, demanding and constantly on my ass about it. God forbid you've been working on something like Yelp! or Ripoff Report for 3 months and you're getting client emails like "When's it going to be removed?! I need it gone." or "I just lost another deal because of this...when are you guys going to bury this?! What am I paying you for!?" I have enough business now that I can kind of cherry pick my deals at times, but a few years ago I would've taken the client on for sure.

    Actually have a number of past clients that stiffed me on rep mgmt. all over the US but mainly in California.
     
  9. llandrew

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    Ah I see. Very good info! Next step on that end would be figuring out how to find the people that are needing websites that don't have them (that also don't have a solid referral). That's the million dollar question haha. Wish I knew a way to determine that. Maybe possibly find the new public records of people who have filed a DBA in New York, New York etc. I've actually always considered that a decent marketing idea but haven't ever tested it. Going after new filers for DBA's because I know I got some mail whenever I filed. But then again, a new company DBA may also mean they're new and have no revenue or spending cash yet.
     
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    You could do commercial preparation services in this price range and above for sure.
     
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  11. llandrew

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    Could you elaborate on that a little bit Davers? I Google'd 'commercial preparation services' and it returned back a bunch of random results. Want to look more and research into the idea you mentioned.
     
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    Go for the bigger fish.
    If you're really good at web design & SEO then find a company/client that's way bigger than your average clients are.
     
  13. llandrew

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    I have gone down that route a little bit but the RFP's for jobs that are like $12k+ are insane in my opinion. I don't even think my designers have the capabilities that they need to complete the websites. We specialize in just Wordpress sites. Our website building services I'd say are about a 6 on a scale of 1-10.
     
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    In my experience, you don't have to add or think of new services that can potentially be worth $5k. If you're doing it right, you can already charge $5k+ for your services if you know the work you provide can give your clients exponentially more back on their return.

    Would a client spend $5k to earn $10k? Or $15k? Yes, of course. Every time.

    So I would work on increasing the quality of your existing services so that you know the awesome results you can offer, even though all your current services are highly competitive.

    It's better to be amazing at ONE thing, than be mediocre in a bunch of things.

    And food for thought: I know a web design firm that charges $30k PER MONTH, and they keep their clients on a monthly retainer.

    Good luck :)
     
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  15. llandrew

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    Awesome input! I should start doing that with the webdesign (charging a monthly fee). I just usually help out a lot of individuals that scoff at a $1,500 website lol. I need to get out of those, because I do get referrals on those sites and they're usually from other people saying "I heard you made a website for John Doe for $1,500."

    Need to hit that upper echelon of business that are on the verge being rated as a Medium Sized business.

    What do people typically charge business owners on monthly retainers?? You can ballpark it because I understand every business is different.