Hello everyone, finally, I decided to start my journey thread. Goals Plan: Successful London Based SMMA Financial Goal: 50 000£ by Dec '19 Services: 1st Instagram, 2nd Landing Pages 3rd Web Design, 4th Facebook Ads then everything else... 3-6 months to make 1000£ profit (cover my personal expenses) and grow from there. If I fail to reach 1000£ after 6 months, I will seriously consider if its worth proceeding or should I get a part-time job or consider an alternative. The motivation for this thread Keep myself accountable Share mistakes/lessons, what I have learned Get advice from those who have "been there" and "done that" Support, as I do feel like I'm on my own sometimes Honestly, having worked in a team for 7+ years and having someone to hold myself accountable (albeit I was a manager) and going to working from my living room alone is more of a hit than I thought. Introduction First, let me introduce quickly here. 2018, I just discovered BHW. It's been about 3 years since I stopped taking drugs every day and partying day and night. 100+ Self-development books later, 3 failed business ventures later, I decided to start a Social Media Management agency. Instagram was the platform of my choice. I grew my own account, walked in and out of local businesses here in London and got my first client around January/Feb (before BHW registration). Charged 50£ per month, trough referrals grew to 10 clients by September 2018. But then, I ended it. Why? Well, while I was doing that, I ended up getting promoted to a Bar Manager and opened a restaurant in central London. Which seemed like a big deal (it was..) I thought I could run the SMMA on the side - I couldn't. Long story short, I quit my management job (various reasons, won't go into detail) and decided to make 2019 my venture year. Why SMMA? I see a huge potential to grow businesses accounts using Jarvee + proper engagement (F/UF) + good proxies + right methods (thanks @IGKing for the amazing book) = massive growth. Combining that with a white hat - 1. Professional photography 2. Awesome captions 3. Landing pages 4. Strategies 5. Personal touch 6. Website creation 7. Some facebook ads 8. Twitter growth I've got myself a decent SMMA plan. January 2019 I enrolled on 1 paid course to learn the best strategies to grow the accounts - again, thanks to Viral Ascend community) Downloaded 10+ courses on SMMA. Joe Soto Local Marketing Agency (Incredibly good, full of amazing resources) Iman Gadzhi - SMMA (Finished, ok, some good knowledge but not amazing) GC University Bunch of others which I haven't got into yet... Ok, so how's the progress so far? 4 old clients recovered at 50£ p/m. 1 new client at 100£ p/m. 1 positive meeting, negotiating pricing will land around 300£ if successful. 500+ targetted emails sent, 500+ cold calls made Total monthly revenue currently: 300£ Total monthly expenses currently: 218.73£ Total profit before tax currently monthly: 81.24£ Main activities during January & until now 20% learning (Courses, Coaching, Settings) 60% cold calling / cold emailing (LinkedIn outreach) 10% clients management & onboarding, meetings Not impressed with cold email/call results. Very few responses and many many rejections. Most answers coming from my powerbase (friends and connections) I left out a lot of details as this is already becoming a long thread, so I might as well finish up here... What's next for this thread? I am going away to the mountains from 14th of February to 25th of February. As soon as I am back - I will continue to update this thread at least once a week with: Lessons learned Mistakes made What worked What didn't work Time management tricks Best strategies for selling And many more.. Next Journey update will be on the 26th of February I will do my best to answer all the questions, so feel free to ask. But please, be understanding - I won't disclose my proxies service (took me 6+ months to find one which works without mad shit blocks).