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Offline marketing and my age ?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by emadaz2, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. emadaz2

    emadaz2 Newbie

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    Can i do offline marketing when i am less than 18 years old ?
    can you give some tips ?
    Thanks , :)
     
  2. tony_d

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    You can do whatever you want. Just pick something, and go do it. There are no rules.
     
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  3. RedLix

    RedLix Registered Member

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    Yes, I'm thinking the same only what I need clear out is if I can sign contract in my country if I'm under 18.
     
  4. ArmoredMedia

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    What country are you from? Also being under 18 may limit you on signing some contracts. But what type of contracts would you need to be signing under the age of 18 right now for business?
     
  5. yvann94

    yvann94 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Indeed, the fac that you're under 18 can complicate your deals. I think that in my country there is a special status for people between 16 and 18 but I don't know if it's the same for you.
    That's legal questions. There is also the fact that you look too young for your clients. That is what happened for me for my first client but just wear a bit more professional and it'll be ok (it works for me with my 2nd client)
     
  6. emadaz2

    emadaz2 Newbie

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    i mean is it necessary to meet the clients , and how can i deal with him on the phone if it's possible ?
     
  7. yvann94

    yvann94 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    No it's not necessary but it's a lot easier to close a deal during a meeting than on the phone. But if you don't try, you will never know if it's working or not. You might be an excellent phone-seller and have a lot of clients just using your phones. So, the only way to know more about it is trying.
     
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    i don't think anybody ask for your age proof before dealing with you :p
    but it may case problem if you are going to sign legal documents
     
  9. EDION

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    If you are freelancing go for it.
     
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    yvann94 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    My first client told me : " Hey you're not doing that for a long time no ? " Don't know if it was because i was really bad or because i looked young...
     
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    Use your age to your advantage.
     
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  12. ashj1893

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    You might need your parents help to sign a contract - But you can always be assertive and make sure you get paid upfront before working. If they don't agree to that, leave. Clients WILL try to take advantage of you if they know you're not legally able to sign a contract and have you work for free, and not pay you because "it wasn't in writing". You HAVE to be tough.
     
  13. cataratas

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    Your own enquiries locally will give you the answers as to what your country's laws say about entering into contracts according to age.

    As to whether you have to meet clients, well you should expect to HAVE to do so most or all the time. People want to know who they are dealing with in offline business. Of course, perhaps there is something about your business that enables you to engage with clients without meeting them but generally no- business people want to see the whites of your eyes.

    Age itself should never be a barrier- if anything most business people will admire you for starting up at an early age.

    Of course it means you can't boast of years of experience in your business though.

    Good luck! I think you will have lots of fun whilst your mates get stuck in the 9-5 drudgery 48 weeks a year for the next 50 years.
     
  14. TraderInParadise

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    speaking by experience, you should make your service more exclusive. When you talk to clients over the phone, show them the value, ask questions they have to answer yes, and don't be afraid to really push buttons on the closing. If you don't close on the first try, go over some of your sales arguments again, try to close again. Always remember that with most business owners if they are still on the phone, the are somehow interested in what you offer.

    Now to the part of making it more exclusive. When clients ask me to send email or if it is possible to meet up just write down some pre made answer like this:
    I am sorry sir, for packages at this price point we simply do not meet with clients.
    or We are an internet company, and therefor naturally our business only do business through email/phone.
    or little more grey, but it works depending on your country's laws and legal system.
    or since we only offer this to x restuarants in x city, all business owners that understand what this is and how it this service. So either it could be you, or the restaurant across the street.
    If they ask you to email the offer, this is usually a nice way to say NO!.
    if they ask for email with the offer, say that you will send him the confirmation of the deal with all the details, but no offer.
     
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  15. ibilalx

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    This is my first time looking into Offline marketing and I'm already loving the idea. I'm under the age of 18 but I want to re design websites for local businesses in my area. I am using some methods on BHW on designing professional websites and looking for the right clients. However before I start all this wouldn't it be better to establish a company to show even more professionalism? Or how would I be able to portray this over the phone? Most businesses want professional company's and setting up a LLC has a requirement of 18 years old with a 100$ fee. Should I build my own website and make my company website then become a LLC when I'm 18 ( which will take awhile.. ). Any input would be helpful. I love offline marketing, I wish I saw it earlier.
     
  16. cmax99

    cmax99 Regular Member

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    Don't let your age stop you!
    I am 22 and I am closing contracts for clients at $1000 a month here in the USA. I only have 3 clients as of now since the new year.
    I offer redesign, seo, rm, app development etc...

    There are no rules! Take a deep breath, seo your site, and do some networking and direct marketing.

    Good Luck!
     
  17. EXIEZ

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    Age is not neccessary. But yeah, don't be 10 yo lil boy :D
    Around 18 it's alright, nobody will ask your age since they will see you are not came from kindergarten.
     
  18. xha44a

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    Hi,

    Signing a contract is perfectly fine as long as you do it via fax. I signed my first JV contract with a company when I was 15 years old. Since they were out of state telephone and fax were the only options available to us. They wanted it, I didn't care. On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog. Or under 18.