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    Whats going on Fastlaners? My first thread here on TFLF, I wanted to make sure I have another way to hold myself accountable and keep a journal of sorts. I hope that others may find value in my journey as well.

    Here's a brief introduction of myself...

    Currently, I am a college student at Boulder, Colorado studying business and graduating at the end of December this year. Up until recently I've always wanted a nice management job at a big consulting corporation like Deloitte or something making 60k/year. Needless to say for 21 years I have been stuck on the slowlane/sidewalk, but fuck that. This past semester and school year so far have been absolute shit shows. Actually no, these past 21 years of schooling have gotten me nowhere, hell I'm 21 and still can't even financially support myself!?... If I'm going to be working my ass off either way and spending the majority of my awake hours for a paycheck I may as well go all out and strive for more!

    Anyway, the books and this forum have been awesome resources and I consider myself lucky to have stumbled upon them. Its funny, now that I've been altering my mindset I see the slowlane/sidewalk narrative EVERYWHERE. Family, friends, school, you name it. I want no part of it anymore, now that I've read the books and saw the stuff going on within these forums, all that other shit just seems so miserable. Anyway, enough about me...

    So for about a month I have been just going through these forms and reading books, but I've realized that is just mental masturbation. All the information will still be here when I need it, for now I just need to start doing something.

    Inspired by @Fox's thread on web design and alot of the talks by @Andy Black I've decided to jump into webdesign to get myself off of the ground. Have been through all the suggested learning materials and this past week have started making cold calls this week. Finally at around my 30th cold call I managed to speak with a business owner instead of a receptionist.

    On the phone he had told me that he's been getting a bunch of calls for web design, actually before I even had a chance to mention it he asked if I was calling to sell him a site! Luckily, I was able to spin the narrative a bit with the fact that I'm a current college student who is looking mostly to get some more experience and to provide genuine value. Turns out this guy owns not 1 but 3 separate businesses and all of them have websites that I can definitely improve upon! He was unsure of what I could really do for him and I was having a bit of trouble with articulating it in a clear and specific manner, so I got his email and will be giving him some more detail within the week.

    The plan is to give him some suggestions based on weak points of his site and specifically how he could improve it. I will also be creating for him a mock website of sorts. Not sure of the best way to do this as I don't know how to show him the site I have created with HTML without actually launching it. Perhaps somebody has a suggestion?

    Welp, that is all for now! It's not much but its better than nothing! Anyways feel free to chew into me, I bet ya'll can't do worse than my old football coach (previously a drill sergeant).

    Big thanks to @MJ DeMarco @Fox @Andy Black and a whole bunch of other guys on this forum!
     
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    Ha. My dad was a drill sergeant.

    Good luck with the web design. Nice place to start I think.
     
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    Congrats dude!
     
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    Quick update,

    Week has been pretty busy so haven't gotten to work on the website business as much as I would have liked to. The business owner I was attempting to work with fell through. I just got off the phone with him and he raised a couple issues, didn't trust me because I had no references and didn't believe that there was any need for a new website, overall just didn't seem interested. I think I may have jumped the gun during our initial call and when he said to send an email I took that as a sign if interest. He didn't actually even check the email lol! Oh well, back to square 1, this friday will be aiming for 20-30 cold calls with the goal of scheduling follow up calls. Lets try to get at least 1 site in the works by the end of the month.
     
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    record your calls and listen to yourself
     
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    It sounds like you are off to a good start. Cold calling businesses is scary business sometimes. Keep up with it. I see terrible websites all the time, and i think to myself. God I would almost fix that for free just so I wouldn't have to see it anymore.
     
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    Yea cold calling is pretty uncomfortable, I've never really 'sold' much of anything either so its a completely different ballgame from what I am used to. I don't get super anxious about it, at least as much as other people seem to, so that's made it easier. For sure need to work on my sales skills tho and need to get over the "no portfolio hump". Now I'm just looking forward to friday when I can fit in some more calls! After some more thinking I may just break the day up into calling blocks, 2-3 hours in the morning and another in the afternoon with a bike ride and some lunch in-between, keep the spirits up.
     
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