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  1. GuitarManDan

    The road to wealth is simple: Drive a crappy car

    Honda Civic owner checking in. Especially since moving to Scottsdale.. I’ve never seen more luxury cars in my life. I definitely value my freedom way more than any exotic sports car. Absolutely something to aspire to (to be in a place where I don’t even have to think about if I can afford it)...
  2. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Quick update, my first SEO client is still really happy and she's gotten some great results so she went ahead (paying month to month) and paid for the next month's worth of work - adding in the additional $500 for tracking purposes. On another quick note, the big travel site went...
  3. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Just a quick update, this is the email I ended up sending after giving it some thought.. I think this gives me a great shot and if it goes through a $6k payout over the course of the next two months would be fantastic as I work on growing the recurring revenue aspect of things. I may still get...
  4. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Thanks MJ - agreed, that's a good approach to take. SEO is a very generic term and I will frame so that I originally pitched 45 hours a month in order to really deliver the best for them but understand if they want to scale back a bit and only do 30 hours per month for 2 months instead to get...
  5. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey Everyone, I usually don't ask for guidance on here but it's definitely something I should be doing to take full advantage of this amazing resource. Got a tricky email back from a client that I pitched and was wondering the best way to respond back to this to a) reaffirm why I charged a...
  6. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Quick update, have a great feeling June is going to be a solid month! A few updates from my side (in addition to the usual 2k per month recurring rev): 1. The recent client I mentioned gave me the go ahead to get started on the web design edits (charging $90 per hour) for around 20...
  7. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey man! We met at the lunches that Eskil put together when I first moved out to the AZ area (I believe one was around April or so of last year at Red Robin). I think we went to the same one at Oreganos too a few months later. Would be great to catch up sometime! In terms of the site, feel...
  8. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Picked up an unexpected client today. Random real estate agent I networked with over a year ago (who referred me to a big web design job a while back) reached out saying her website maintenance guy randomly is closing his business. Using lessons learned from Fox's courses and...
  9. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey Andy, To be completely transparent, at the moment I feel like I'm 1-2 clients away from being 100% maxed out for the amount of work I can personally do in a day (while running everything). At the same time, in the current state I feel like I'm not making enough yet where I'd feel...
  10. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Quick update to the revenue (recurring revenue really is the best) was out with friends coming back from the bar and at 2 AM got an email that my automatic payment was successful for the $1500/month client. Woke up early and sent out the monthly report... getting some solid results...
  11. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    I think it's definitely a glass half empty kind of mentality to look at this whole thread and think that this is just another job. Honestly, maybe I'm working longer hours than in my old job, but the experience is 100% different. I have a lot of thoughts about this that I want to share to anyone...
  12. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Just a quick update to my revenue tracker - the $500 per month client asked for a new additional page to her site, I've been charging $100 per hour and it ended up being 8.5 hours of work so just got paid $850 for today. Got some fantastic news too about the fashion designer client...
  13. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey Everyone, Wanted to post a quick update since it feels like it's been a while. I've been balancing current client work, my pipeline, prospecting/outreach with a lot of random health issues I've been having this year. Funny enough, this will probably end up being my most expensive year of...
  14. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey man! This was an amazing read and really just reconfirms a lot that I've learned from others in this industry. If you truly want to scale up, you need to choose one or two niches and really stick to that. The reason he's able to scale this up correctly is that if he can make procedures and...
  15. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Haven’t done it personally but I’ve heard success stories of it. I’d say target businesses where the decision maker may have time during open biz hours. For example I know dentists / doctors are notoriously hard because they’re always so busy during the day.
  16. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Just a quick update to the 2019 revenue tracking from some monthly payments... also my smaller SEO client ($500 a month) wants a new landing page for a new service so we agreed for me to add that in at a rate of $100 / hour so that should yield around $500 to 1000 more. 2019 Revenue...
  17. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey Andy - I completely agree, it was just a long week haha, but I've found obviously stuff like this is to be expected and like you mentioned, you just need to keep on moving forward and finding the people who are in desperate need for the services that I can provide. You're right though...
  18. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, In the spirit of being as transparent as possible, this week was definitely a mixed bag. Here's a list of what went well and what challenges presented themselves with the business / leads: Challenges That Came Up: A really solid promising lead ($1k per month for SEO) lawyer told...
  19. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey All, Alright, today (and yesterday) was the first day of all out going crazy work to bring in new clients. A few updates from my end: Called my former finance client, still waiting to hear back. Called the potential lawyer SEO client, we set up a time to speak tomorrow morning. Did 15...
  20. GuitarManDan

    GOLD! Moved to Scottsdale, Growing a Web Design Firm

    Hey man, so to answer your question... my goal is to bring in so much business I force my hand to start outsourcing. I'm basically almost at capacity now (doing a few web projects and a few SEO clients), I could probably bring on 1-2 more SEO clients before I "need" to outsource. To keep it as...
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