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From zero to 200,000 – and how I did it in 1 year

From zero to 200,000 – and how I did it in 1 year

You’re finally ready to take the leap, but not quite sure how you’re going to sneak by.

How are you financially going to make it happen?

I know the feeling – I remember being there and for me the two fastest ways I found to bring in revenue and start my business?

  1.  Service (Selling services to people who needed them)
  2. Consulting (Guiding people to solving problems I knew how to fix)

Both are a great way for a beginner to start… You don’t need a LIST, a PRODUCT, a BRAND, a FOLLOWING.

You simply need to know how to find a niche, solve a problem, and what actions are necessary to solve it.

For me, I was just coming out of a web position when I made my leap. My big “knowledge” base was in technology and websites.  For you, it may be something totally different. It can be in your passion, in your hobby, in learning more about how you’ve overcome some obstacle in your life (this is more than tangible skill – it can also be mindset related, health related, support related, or even experience related).

I personally saw how many people were in need of a new website, a converting website, a website that didn’t just feel like a flat, lifeless online brochure.

I started on a few projects on a small scale. I learned that I wasn’t that great at the technical and creative side as I thought, but where I WAS good – was in coming up with an idea for a brand/product and hiring people that were.

So, my start was in hiring a small team – 1 Designer and 1 Programmer.  (I contracted them via Upwork after a series of interviews and tests to start so I only paid them hourly based on the job and in my budget)

I was able to find Website templates online (Themeforest), organize the customizations I wanted done, the marketing angles that the website needed, and the flow that we wanted.

I had the designer make the design mockups and the developer place them in.

I managed the project and produced a fast, customizable experience for my buyers.

No, I never actually developed the websites. But, I managed the team that could.

I went from a small hourly service fee, to $500/website, to $1500/website, to $5,000/website, to $25,000/website (yes! I literally was doing large websites for over $20k or more).

I grew the team and attracted better, talented individuals.

People who specialized in those roles. But, my own growth came in Management, Talent Recruitment, Sales, and Fulfillment.

So from zero experience in web design, to owning an agency that did over 200,000 in it’s first year. Not too shabby. (I also want to make it clear that the first few months take some time to figure things out and get traction. I think my first month I did like $2,000 in sales from pure hustle alone. Within 3 months that had tripled.)

The truth is, people NEED Done For You Solutions. They NEED services.  And they’re happily willing to pay for it.

My first dose of confidence and ability in this world, however, came in the form of Consulting.

Someone was willing to pay me money to listen to me help them problem solve. To come up with a better website strategy. To outline the process that I used to run my SEO team.

Literally, paid me to talk about what I was doing.

The light switch literally clicked “ON.”

Never before had I felt like what I knew was valuable (my mindset was terrible back then and employee focused only).

But, what I came to realize is that what people truly pay for isn’t a product or service or *thing* – it’s RESULTS.

It’s the ability to trade time for progress. More money. More leads. Better traction. Better marketing.

So consulting became a great gateway INTO selling services.

First, I would be paid to solve their problem. Then I would offer the service to get it DONE.

By then, we had a relationship and it was a much easier selling cycle. And it was NEVER a “salesy” or pushy call. It was literally a conversation of excitement and thankfulness that they could have that problem solved.

Systemize.ly itself was created on this ground. I did consulting for 2 years on Marketing, Funnels, and Automation. It’s been amazing and powerful. I’ve been able to leverage great things and fund my software business.

As I said in my last post – the fastest way to success is to learn from those who have done it already. And that’s exactly what my friend Sam has done.

He built a pretty insane Consulting business that does around $360,000 per month. And he has a free webinar that he’s hosting right now that teaches you:

– Why consulting is such a big opportunity online right now even if you are a total beginner online (it’s the exact way I got started)

– How to pick your BEST most PROFITABLE niche and craft your consulting offer directly for them (I started with web design and businesses who lacked online traction)

– How to find prospects and collect clients even if nobody knows who you are (this is the step a lot of people mess up! It’s all about the systems to get leads and sell without being slimey and pushy)

– How to create packages that command high prices from day one (so you don’t have to start low like I did)

– How to get yourself a paycheck from it as soon as possible (I got my first paycheck within 1 week of starting on my own. SERIOUSLY.)

You can register for this limited time webinar here.

Now, I know what you are thinking… you’re already doing something online – maybe SEO, Ecommerce, Affiliate Marketing, Facebook Marketing, OR maybe you’re just getting started and you have no idea which path to choose first.

The best part of this process is that you don’t have to give up doing those things. In fact, I ran Systemize.ly in this exact way as a process to fund and learn how to build profitable software.

That was my true passion.

But, without the funds from Consulting and Services, I would NEVER have been able to make it there.

It’s just too hard to get started without money in the bank. (those burning questions and fears – they drive you mad and then comes the anxiety. It’s scary and I get it!)

This webinar is 100% free to attend, so check it out and take away some of the juicy nuggets of info to incorporate into what you are doing.

That’s the best way to grow yourself. Learn from those ALREADY doing it successfully.

Sign up for the webinar right here and let me know afterwards in the comments below what was your main insight or learning point – I read all comments!

David Abrams

 

Would love to know how this helped you!
David Abrams

5 Powerful Strategies To Creatively Increase Your Companies Profits

5 Powerful Strategies To Creatively Increase Your Companies Profits

Are you ready to increase the bottom line in your business?

If you said “YES!” to the question above, you’re in for an absolute treat because you’re about to discover 5 powerful strategies that will help your business increase it’s profitability in a creative and cool way.

If this excites you and you’re serious about increasing the profitability of your business, then do your bank account a favor and continue reading, o.k.?

Warning: Implementing Any Of These 5 Strategies May Have The Side Effect Of Greater Income

Strategy #1: Re-position your products and services so that you can charge higher prices

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Fitness Brand Uses Targeted Automation To Explode Their Profits (Case Study)

Fitness Brand Uses Targeted Automation To Explode Their Profits (Case Study)

Are you looking to explode your profits by systemizing your business?

If you said “yes” then today’s blog post is for you because it highlights the exact process that rising fitness brand TRX used to increase their customer base utilizing a simple yet effective automation technique that you can model immediately in your business.

Don’t just take my word for it though, continue reading the entire blog post to discover exactly how TRX’s targeted automation secret can explode your business too, o.k.?

So What Is Targeted Automation And What Does It Mean To Your Business Anyway?

Targeted automation is a deliberate purpose-driven strategy that successful entrepreneurs use to systemize various aspects of their business by taking multi-step approaches and integrating them into modern technology so that human intervention is reduced, and productivity is increased.

If you’re the type of entrepreneur who wants to increase their productivity, and processes while eliminating man power, then it’s highly recommended that you integrate targeted automation processes into your  business whenever possible.

Here’s How TRX Uses Targeted Automation To Give Their Business The Winning Edge

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Beware Of These Deadly Scaling Mistakes

Beware Of These Deadly Scaling Mistakes


If you’ve ever thought about scaling your business, then the details that you’re about to receive in today’s blog post may be some of the most important details that I’ve ever shared with you…

Why? Because you’re going to discover some of the deadliest mistakes that hard-working, motivated entrepreneurial visionaries just like yourself have the propensity to make if they lack the right foundation knowledge when it comes to scaling.

With that being said, let’s get you equipped for massive scaling success by exposing these deadly scaling mistakes!

Avoid These Deadly Scaling Mistakes By Any Means Necessary

If you’re looking to scale your business, please be advised to take this information very seriously.

If you’re currently making any of these mistakes right now, remember that it’s never to late to regroup.

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How To Tone And Shape Up Your Business Like Equinox Fitness (Case Study)

How To Tone And Shape Up Your Business Like Equinox Fitness (Case Study)

The health and fitness industry is a brutally competitive industry to compete in.

How do I know this?

From first-hand experience actually working in the fitness industry in Orange County, Ca over a decade ago.

Since then, I’ve seen all sorts of trends come and go… but the one thing that hasn’t changed in the fitness industry is the fact that there is generally always a premium customer that can be acquired if the fitness business is simply willing to position itself correctly, and actually deliver the premium experience  that the affluent customer actually wants and is willing to pay for.

The problem with most fitness chains (and non fitness chains) however is that they fail to position themselves correctly and generally miss out on the affluent customer that they’ve always wanted to attract in the first place.

The good news is that the Equinox Fitness brand “aka one of the most innovative brands of 2015” is different, and that’s why I’m going to highlight them in today’s powerful case study.

This way, you’ll be able to model exactly how their premium customer experience puts them head and shoulders above their competition so that you can be a rising star in your industry just like Equinox.

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5 Million Dollar Marketing KPI’s To Rapidly Increase Your Revenue

5 Million Dollar Marketing KPI’s To Rapidly Increase Your Revenue


 

Are you currently on track to hit the 6 or 7 figure mark in your online business this year?

Whether you are or you aren’t, the powerful information that you’re about to discover in this post has the potential to give your current digital business venture a serious boost… sooo be sure to read all the way.

So What’s A KPI And Why Is It So Important Anyway?

A KPI is a tool that allows serious marketers just like you to measure the effectiveness of their current online marketing campaigns.

Once you begin to implement and measure each KPI correctly, you’ll be able to make more profitable and strategical moves that will result in a more profitable and optimized overall marketing campaign.

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How To Have A Profitable Conversation With Your Business

How To Have A Profitable Conversation With Your Business

Do you realize that when you’re not around, your business is running it’s mouth behind your back? (I’m totally serious…)

To help you decode these crucial conversations, today’s blogpost will fill you in on 3 sneaky little questions that you can ask your business to see what the heck it’s been saying about you when you’re not around.

This way, you two can work together and capitalize on your conversations so that you build customers for life by deeply connecting to your audience!

I’ll explain more in just a moment…

These 3 Questions Will Make You More Money

If you want to speak “bizness-ease” like a pro, then you owe it to yourself to ask your business the following 3 questions:

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Is Your Inner-Circle Secretly Destroying You?

Is Your Inner-Circle Secretly Destroying You?

Since you’re reading today’s blog post, my spidey sense tells me that you’re the type of person who is committed to excellence.

I want you to know that I think that’s really cool my friend!

What I don’t think is cool though is the fact that you may have some “secret saboteurs” quietly lurking around in your inner-circle of friends that are keeping you from building the life and business of your dreams.

In my eyes that’s a big problem…

Don’t worry though, these pesky double agents can only harm you if you let them.

…And after reading today’s blog post, you won’t ever have to let them manipulate you EVER again.

On that note, let’s get down to business!

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PewDiePie’s New Economy Success Secrets

PewDiePie’s New Economy Success Secrets

Ever heard of Pewdiepie?

If not, then you should because this 25-year old swedish prodigy has figured out a strategy to have a blast every single day online, develop an army of raving fans (and haters), all while generating millions of dollars of revenue simply from sharing his passion of sarcasm mixed with playing video games!

On that note, if you’d like to discover how Pewdiepie cracked the new economy success code, then be sure to keep your eyes glued to every single word of this blog post, o.k.?

Breakin’ The Rules For Mega Success

To survive in the new economy, it’s mandatory that you let go of the old ways of doing things, and learn to think laterally!

Why?

Because in the new economy, creativity is KING!

With that in mind, if you’re willing to put your creative talents to good use by consciously connecting your creative efforts to your audience then it’s my opinion that you can literally succeed quicker and easier then ever before in past generations.

I’ll explain more in just a moment…

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Can This Sneaky Twitter Tip Take You To The Top?

Can This Sneaky Twitter Tip Take You To The Top?

Do you use the micro-blogging platform twitter?

If you said “Yes” to MJ’s question of the day, then you’re going to absolutely <LOVE3 today’s blog post because it’s jam-packed with a simple yet effective strategy to help you get more mileage out of your twitter tweets.

This way, you’ll start to make the most of this effective social media platform and you’ll develop a deeper more productive relationship with both your prospective/current customers in your marketplace.

With that in mind – let’s get started…

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet: THAT’S THE QUESTION

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