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Opinions on starting an offline business

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by chinssy, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. chinssy

    chinssy Regular Member

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    Hi everyone, My name is Marcus and I'm from Malaysia.

    Inspired by many members here in BHW, i decided to try to start-up an offline business.

    The idea is to create free websites for businesses in order to gain hosting commissions. (I use hostgator btw)

    Ill be starting to make phone calls tomorrow and would really need some advice, especially from members who have tried this method before!

    What are some paid services can i offer (an upsell) to my potential clients which can be outsourced(cheap) from fiverr/freelance/bhw forum.

    So far I've thought of selling them pre-loaded with fans facebook page, youtube videos created from animoto.

    Opinions are welcomed. Thanks :)
     
  2. Subsonic

    Subsonic Regular Member

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    What about Cloudflare? Even the free account gives you big improvements in page loading times. You can show how the page loads without the use of CDN and those minification features, then show the test results for the same page under Cloudflare. Use a service like http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ to run the tests.

    Edit: Premium subscription for the first site is 20$ month and after that each additional site is 5$. With premium you'll get easily marketable goodies like:

    - SPDY support (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPDY)
    - Advanced security (Web application firewall)
    - Website preloader
    - Mirage (automatic image resizer and lazy loader)
    - etc.

    Oh and I have no affiliation with Cloudflare, just a happy customer.
     
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  3. SuperTee

    SuperTee Regular Member Premium Member

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    Just give it a try and work hard, you never know when success kicks in :)
     
  4. gigimirk

    gigimirk Newbie

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    hey can u check your pm, i pm
     
  5. DoItLikeBernie

    DoItLikeBernie Newbie

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    I haven't personally done this, but thought I'd try to provide my insight on this. It sounds like you'd be pretty much working to provide more profit for Host Gator. If you're just looking to due this short term, then it seems this would be okay.

    In a more long-term model, you could charge the businesses for your services. Even on the low end, you could probably get the same as what the commissions for selling a Host Gator account. Also, you could charge your clients for hosting and just take care of it yourself. Either monthly or full-year up front (offer both options, discount on the later obviously). If a business doesn't already have a website, they're probably not very technical. The easier you can make it for them, the better, and they will gladly pay you if you do a good job.

    Just a thought, that recurring income is how you can really build a decent income. I'm not sure how things work in Malaysia, it's something you would know much more about than me. Offering free websites though can help build your portfolio just starting out.

    Some stuff to consider.

    "If you're going to be thinking, you might as well think big" - Donald Trump
     
  6. imperial444

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    I used to work in this type of scheme. Let me tell you something. You will be dealing with the broke & greed type of people who can't even afford a nice website for low 299$ fee. And trust me, it's even harder then trying to get bigger amount of money from people who can actually have it.
     
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