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Hi guys,
I've just opened an LLC offering IT consultancy and cyber-security services.
However I need first to establish the branding - name, logo of the company.
The services I would like to offer are divided into two main topics: IT consultancy and support: servers administration: installation, configuration, maintenance, remote-support. I can help SMB to design the network infrastructure and have all the devices properly setup and configured and Cyber-Security: managed to become a Rapid7 partner so we can offer solutions for corporate companies.
My struggle is that cold calls and emails to the bigger companies are not working. I need first a well-designed website and a strong brand before moving forward selling my services.
What do you think? How can I start? I am currently looking for offers on the branding, but would like to find out some insights on how to proceed on selling my services.
I strongly believe my 10 years experience in IT field: servers and cybersecurity will help me to deliver the best services, but this is not enough on pursuing clients. Small companies are not keen on investing in cyber-security locally, so I feel that I need to go forward for large companies where is not that easy to get a contract.
 

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Hi guys,
I've just opened an LLC offering IT consultancy and cyber-security services.
However I need first to establish the branding - name, logo of the company.
The services I would like to offer are divided into two main topics: IT consultancy and support: servers administration: installation, configuration, maintenance, remote-support. I can help SMB to design the network infrastructure and have all the devices properly setup and configured and Cyber-Security: managed to become a Rapid7 partner so we can offer solutions for corporate companies.
My struggle is that cold calls and emails to the bigger companies are not working. I need first a well-designed website and a strong brand before moving forward selling my services.
What do you think? How can I start? I am currently looking for offers on the branding, but would like to find out some insights on how to proceed on selling my services.
I strongly believe my 10 years experience in IT field: servers and cybersecurity will help me to deliver the best services, but this is not enough on pursuing clients. Small companies are not keen on investing in cyber-security locally, so I feel that I need to go forward for large companies where is not that easy to get a contract.
I don't think you need a well designed website first. I would focus on getting the first customer first, you can just brush of the website as work in progress temporarily due to large volumes in customers.

Focus on your selling, cold call, read some cold calling material. I think for bigger companies you need to reach the CEO or someone high up directly.

Selling and marketing is key when starting a business. So I would completely focus on the selling point first. If you have a great website but no selling skills = no customers. You have great selling skills and shitty website = customers.
 

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Small to mid sized businesses. MSS (Managed Security Solutions). Build a productocracy. Most corporate contracts in the industry often work on consultancy based pay. Get yourself some white label software (antivirus, remote monitoring, whatever else people need) and offer to take care of 'everything' to do with a business' 25 computers for a flat monthly fee.
 

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My struggle is that cold calls and emails to the bigger companies are not working.
Small companies are not keen on investing in cyber-security locally
A friendly hacking might get them interested


 
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Ok, thank you guys. I'll keep you posted.
If someone is interested in a partnership I am opened to discussions. I am member of BNI group and I know the connections are very important in our businesses and also in our life.
Cheers!
 

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Ask for referrals from your personal network first. With 10 years of experience in IT fields, you should have many connections that might be interested in your services or refer you to their friends.

You don't need a website for selling to them. They would trust their friends more than your website and as @Sandy Dives wrote you can say that you don't have time for a website now.

Having a decent website is good when you're cold calling/emailing or relying on marketing. Those cold prospects often won't have a more trusted source of information about you than your own website. A crappy website could scare them away as it's expected for a business to have a website in 2020.

P. S. We landed 3 projects and grew a bit without a website for 6 months.
 

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