Hi guys, I never thought I'd be making a journey thread, and this is definitely NOT going to be a hyped up one with little results. I've been a lurker of these forums for a while now but have never done a lot of posting, just reading here. I lost my job as an SEO about 3-4 weeks ago as the company found some websites that I had built for other businesses and were upset that it was "a conflict of interest". Was total BS, but a gift from God at the same time to get my ass into gear and start something big which I have been planning on for a while now. The SEO agency where I worked had a CEO with 20+ staff that works for him all day long for an hourly wage, and I have always known that I want to be that guy! Especially when the profit at his level is 3mil+ a year, sounds like a good life only for the go-getters! I've been making $200 a week on CB for the last 8 months without doing any work since the start of what I set up. So having learnt a thing or two I know that I could spend time replicating the same process to get my passive income earnings up without having to deal with clients.. and then eventually down the track learn more on CB, network with other affiliates/vendors and make bigger money! HOWEVER I have decided to run an offline business doing SEO & Website Design, such a fierce game where every man, child and dog is selling these services to businesses. Now I don't have time to cry, because I've got a limited amount of cash in the bank until things get rolling, and I'm sure as hell not going back to work for anyone else to make them money, so there is only one option and that is to make this happen! So what I've got to get my business rolling: a very sexy and professional business website a portfolio of 10 very nice websites business cards, agreements, invoices, etc (all branded well) the knowledge to provide great service for local businesses Basically all my collateral is ready to go, and it's time to get on a mission and make this happen. I am not going to stop until I close deals, and will be doing everything under the sun to get them. It's time to leave my self-esteem behind and prepare for some rejection and A LOT of learning which will make me a better person. Prepare to do the things people are not willing to do to get to where you need to go! My offline methods to pull in clients, are mainly going to be website design to kick off with and then upsells to SEO. The reason for going off pitching websites is that I have a portfolio full of good work, and don't have any local business case studies for SEO, YET under my own business. I'm 23 years old and have never walked into businesses before cold, off the bat or gone to networking meetings but I'm going to do it all and learn as I go. Let me say first of all, that I'm going to take a slightly different approach to selling websites to get attention and curiosity from business owners. You guys may like to try this too, or I will let you know how this goes and you can give it a crack if it works for me. Basically I have pre-built websites in specific industries, and will be going in and saying to business owners that I have built their business a new website, with a big smile on my face. Basically I'm expecting 3 different responses, either: they like it, and would like to customize and re-brand it to suit their business they like my work but would like to build a website with me from scratch and go through the design process they beat me to the point of death with sticks & knives and I leave their building and onto the next one (just kidding) Either way my idea is to take a different approach and engage the owner immediately by doing it like this. As opposed to the 20 phone calls they get per day from others offering websites. Maybe they will like what they see, as it is always different when you can see what you are buying as opposed to something that hasn't been done yet, maybe this will be a standing point and entry into working with the business. Anyways onto the fun stuff, this is what I will be doing to pick up local clients: Walking into 20 businesses per day, starting tomorrow and speaking with business owners to pitch them websites (bringing my laptop and showing them ones I have done in their industry). Sending flyers via mail with dice in them (7878 method). Putting flyers on pinup boards too. Going to every business networking group I can attend Using the clients I get to pass on referrals Some SMM (will let my GF take care of that) Reaching out to people that I know that may be interested ...and a few other things. As my business brings in money, I will be spending profits on FB advertising and eventually Adwords. My main strategy is basically going in brute force to every business I can whether it be failing, winning or learning it's all of benefit. Ok, to the juicy part, financial goals. The websites I sell are $3500+ ex .gst and SEO goes from $800 PM upwards, I like to take a higher price point as the work I provide is worth it, and I personally feel that running around selling websites for $500-$1000 screams the words "dog poop website" to a business owner. I would prefer to learn, and become a better salesman overtime, and sell at a better price point. So I figure if i go into 20 businesses per day 5-7 days per week, plus all of the other marketing that I'm doing. It will be hard not to sell atleast 1 website per week (well that's the way I see it, may be completely wrong), so if I am correct about that, it will put my income at $3500 per week and from there I can work on doubling that, and getting monthly recurring payments from SEO as I pick those clients up too. So there is just over 2 months left of 2015, and I am going to take my offline business which makes $0, to 10k per month before the end of the year, and bigger achievements to hit next year will be to get to 30k per month, and starting employing staff and get an office. I will let you know how I go with speaking to business owners, the conversions I have, how many rejections, how many wins and everything in between that can help motivate you too to get out there may even record myself going into businesses once I am 100% confident if anyone would like that too to see the responses I get! Hope I have structured this post well enough for you guys to read. I will be posting back here on a frequent basis to let you know how I am going and what financial targets I hit. WISH ME LUCK, I'M GOING HAM!!!