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This looks like a good offer for anyone who wants to boost their online marketing...

http://www.holymolymarketing.com/rocket
04-08-2019 09:18 AM
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The business I posted about last on here has taken off. I've got several solid clients. But, in creating this company, I realized that there was a need that had a much larger audience and after some quick calculations realized that I could make a good profit with such a SaaS.

I sometimes feel as though I'm always jumping from one business to another, so I am still focusing on the core business, but working on the side gig on the side. It's actually at the point where I can take two weeks off of my main company to work on this side business and the company functions more or less fine, just a little bit of emails etc. every other day.

So things have been looking up. There are some downsides but I am optimistic. I hope you are all doing well.

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04-20-2019 10:03 AM
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A question to those who are self-employed and do consulting work or provide some sort of service (e.g. own consulting firm): Do any of you do work for clients that are not in the country your company is registered in?

In that case, I'd be interested in knowing how you handle logistics such as work location/office, payment currency or anything else under that category. Do you spend any amount of time in that foreign country?

And a more general question, how do you find clients from abroad?

Europe is of more immediate interest to me, but feel free to share your experience regardless.

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05-01-2019 11:30 AM
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Any affiliate marketers that can help with IG shout-outs?

I paid for a couple of shout-outs and got a dismal return, two accounts 115k followers, 2000 likes, 10 PAGE VIEWS/100k followers, 220 likes, 19 page views.

Those figures don't add up.

Where's it going wrong?
05-02-2019 06:39 AM
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(02-25-2019 07:21 PM)CleanSlate Wrote:  
(02-25-2019 11:54 AM)RedKurrant Wrote:  How do you guys maintain the energy to keep working on a business while working full-time?

About a month ago I launched a service-based business and have so far landed six clients, but I'm starting to feel burnt out already. I'm working ~70 hour weeks, which entails the 9-5.30 job, and then working a couple of hours before and after work, during my work lunch break, and most of the weekend.

My worry is that if I don't keep grinding away I'll never earn enough from the business so that I can quit my job and work on it full-time. How can I push through when all I want to do is throw in the towel everyday?

Set a time limit for working on your business while on the job. 6 months maybe. If after 6 months your business isn’t getting anywhere, either the business idea isn’t profitable or you simply haven’t put enough into it. At 6 months, you will know which is which.

Then you’ll have to decide whether to quit your job to focus on your business full time, or forget about it and try a different business idea later.

The idea is to not let yourself burn both ends of the candle forever, because as you say, that leads to burnout. So set a time limit on that.

I have had the same problem. My full time job consists of shift work and is quite demanding. I have basically taken the business to a point where it is developing by itself with minimal effort from my side. I.e. hiring an SEO guy for 10-15 hours a month. Which means that I am not pro actively looking for clients and at the moment it feels very stagnated.

It is going to take a while of course but the way I see it, there is an operational business on the side slowly developing while I can focus on my career.

I guess it depends on what avenue (Your career/business) will produce better results in 5-10 years time.
05-06-2019 05:17 AM
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Got my new guy starting next week. I'm flat out designing leaflets, re-doing my website and quoting jobs to keep the new team flat out.

One of my guys is a bit slow- good labourer and a hard worker but no use if you need him to think. Perfect for delivering flyers- I tell him to concentrate upon the posh bits of the area and track him via a mobile phone to make sure he doesn't accidentally stray into any social housing areas...

Had two enquiries off a mornings flyering already. Looking good but I need to keep pushing as this new guy is on a pretty good wage and I need to keep him busy.

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05-09-2019 12:31 PM
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(04-08-2019 09:18 AM)sterlingarcher Wrote:  This looks like a good offer for anyone who wants to boost their online marketing...

http://www.holymolymarketing.com/rocket

A lousy squeeze page full of typos? I think I'll pass.

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05-09-2019 12:35 PM
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One of the things that isn't mentioned too often is patience and trust in your system. Sometimes, running something for yourself is kind of like playing a game of chicken, you have to have faith in your planning. I'm sure some would be successful business owners are back on their 9-5 fixed income because they panicked about not making enough fast enough. Sometimes it truly is a hare vs. tortoise race.
05-16-2019 07:09 PM
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I am working on a software business at the moment but I'm at a crossroads.

My programming skills are okay, but not great. I have build out a basic skeleton of the web app so far and have verified demand by gathering ~1k email sign ups pre-launch.

But it may take at least 6 months to a year to release the first version of my solution due to the complexity of it and the learning curve I'm facing.

Does anyone have any ideas for how I can approach either:

A). Getting a partner on board to help code the thing
B). Hiring out development (I have some cash, but not enough I don't think)
C). Raising funds with investors or a kickstarter of sorts?
05-18-2019 02:50 PM
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Need to start simpler if it is going to take you 6 months to MVP. Remove features until it is the concentrated idea to release first then build up from there.
05-19-2019 05:33 AM
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Recently got a new phone and number separate from my usual to run a phone and computer repair business on the side of my regular job. It's my first serious endeavor at making decent coin outside of any career I've had as an adult. Initial investment is approximately $1,500 to keep iPhone screens in stock, plus a handful of computer hard drives. Got business cards ordered to pass out in certain scenarios (trying not to interfere with my main gig).
05-19-2019 08:37 PM
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Does anyone here have experience with targeted ads on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, etc.?

(I know we have a Facebook Ads for Idiots thread, but I'm hoping some of you can provide feedback based on personal experience).

I run an investment service that can only accept accredited investors, and I know exactly who my target market is: older, educated, wealthy white-collar workers (doctors, lawyers, etc.) who have plenty of money but aren't good at trading/investing themselves.

As much as I hate to give money to Big Tech, I like the idea of targeting precisely the sort of prospect I'm looking for, especially because the majority of people aren't accredited investors and it would be a waste targeting to the masses rather than filtering for my very specific target market.

Has anyone used any of the major platforms for this sort of targeting? What's your experience been?
05-21-2019 01:49 PM
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I think the business of electronic repairs in the future could be huge.
With the majority of the population living hand to mouth, it’s only a matter of time before people realise they can’t keep purchasing brand new shit all the time.
I’ve just quit my job as a service tech for a large corporation, and will be going out on my own. For you young guys out there, getting a trade (or on my case dual trade HVAC and electrical) may not be sexy, but if you can present and sell yourself well, the potential to run your own business and earn good money is there.
A lot of trades people are very rough and careless, overweight and don’t present well.
Apply basic red pill principles and sky is the limit.
Disclaimer you will have to get dirty and sweaty.
05-23-2019 06:10 PM
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(05-23-2019 06:10 PM)BigTedSven Wrote:  I think the business of electronic repairs in the future could be huge.
With the majority of the population living hand to mouth, it’s only a matter of time before people realise they can’t keep purchasing brand new shit all the time.
I’ve just quit my job as a service tech for a large corporation, and will be going out on my own. For you young guys out there, getting a trade (or on my case dual trade HVAC and electrical) may not be sexy, but if you can present and sell yourself well, the potential to run your own business and earn good money is there.
A lot of trades people are very rough and careless, overweight and don’t present well.
Apply basic red pill principles and sky is the limit.
Disclaimer you will have to get dirty and sweaty.

I've been thinking the same but for bicycles. Bike shops are dying because everyone buys online, but a mobile bike fix it van that fixes flat tires, broken chains and faulty brakes would shortly earn a packet.
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Your not working at a firm right?
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