Thinking about going on your own to build a consulting or agency business? Then read this first.
I will never forget September 29th, 2015. This was the day after I got laid off from my last fulltime job (19 months, where does the time go?) and I was laying in bed. I’m an ENTJ with a Type A personality (aka, I can never sit still) so even though I was unemployed and didn’t have to worry about money until the end of the year because of the severance I received, my mind was already spinning with what I was going to do next.
Last week I pushed live the next incarnation of Credo. This update has taken a year of observing industry trends and needs, countless hours of conversation with agency owners, hiring a business strategy coach, speaking with multiple software mentors, working with my wife on designs, and 1000 lines of CSS plus another 500 or so lines […]
One of the biggest mistakes I see agencies make is hiring the wrong person to do sales, thinking they can do it themselves alongside all of their other duties, or letting a junior person who expresses interest in sales take the reins and do it.
I created a video for all of you (I’m trying to do more video this year) explaining my thinking around why this is a bad idea, and how to go about vetting someone internally to see if they can do the job or if they’re going to need more training.
I have a question for you:
What do you do where you always deliver world class work?
I see too many agencies pitching generic work and never winning it. You need to differentiate yourself.
Let’s Talk About Making Marketing Investments
Because I’ve been building a business in the marketing consulting industry for the last 18 months and I think that most businesses think about growth and investing in growth in completely the wrong way. And that is hurting these businesses.
This post is primarily addressed to marketing agencies and consultants. I’ve worked with over 100 in the last 18 months and helped many get new clients and make more money for their agencies or individual consultancy.
I’ve recently been doing a lot of reading, thinking, and having discussions with smart entrepreneurs about how companies grow and what it takes to build a successful company. As I’ve built Credo from nothing in October 2015 to approximately $350k ARR as I write this (numbers here) and growing, I’ve been through many levels of my own psychology and the psychology of others as I’ve fought to make this thing a reality and now to keep growing it.
Some posts have really caught my eye over the last number of months.
This post was originally meant to go directly on the Entrepreneur subreddit because it is a question I get asked over there all the time, but I figured it should probably live here in perpetuity. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Long time lurker, semi-often commenter, first time posting a fresh thread here (as far as I can remember).
Whenever I comment on a post and mention that I’m a marketer and have consulting clients, I *always* get asked “how did you get/do you get clients?” I see this here, on /r/financialindependence, on forums, and different sites. It’s always the same question.
My tips are:
- Teach everything you know via blog posts, videos, etc
- Connect with industry friends and build a network
- Try sites like GetCredo.com
- Niche yourself down to get hyper-focused clients
- Hustle to sign your first ones, then use them to get bigger clients
Like many who enjoy overseas travel (and I’ve done my fair share while still having almost all of Asia, all of Africa, and all of South America still to see), I get excited for a new trip. I remember the days of first going to stay at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. This was 2006, so […]
So I’ve been thinking recently about what it means to grow up as an entrepreneur and a professional. Last week, I published what snorkeling in Costa Rica taught me about productivity. I’m 32 years old now and have been out of university for almost 10 years. During that time I’ve worked seven different jobs, including […]
Last year I wrote a recap of my 2015, looking at both the wins and challenges throughout the year. From depression to a job change to a few off-the-grid vacations to being laid off and starting my own company and being more-than-able to pay my part of our bills in San Francisco, 2015 was a […]
I am currently in Costa Rica with my family for the holidays. Every day my wife and I (and sometimes a family member) do something active – stand up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking to a waterfall. It was a very active yet very relaxing vacation.
One day this trip taught me more than the others, though. That was yesterday – the day we went snorkeling.
As I floated in the Pacific, looking downwards to coral reefs to watch fish (parrot fish! clown fish! small yellow fish!) I felt myself drifting. I was headed in a general direction of “with the group” and “away from the rocks” and “toward the fish”, but I was still drifting, with only a life preserver tied around my wrist in case I wanted or needed it.
As I floated, I found myself wanting to go in a specific direction and to a specific place to see a specific fish. But when I started to swim, I felt myself staying in place because the tide decided it was going out right then. As hard as I kicked (with fins) and swam with my arms, I simply didn’t make progress.
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Are you an entrepreneur looking to grow your business fast? Or maybe you are a Director/VP of Marketing and struggling to get to that next level of growth, as you’ve reached a current plateau (that we all hit, by the way). I contributed to a roundup post on E-Myth blog all about this: My tip? […]
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Happy Thanksgiving! Every week I send a newsletter to my email list (you’ll find a signup in the bottom right of posts as you scroll) with the best links I’ve found during the previous week. Sometimes they’re articles, sometimes they’re podcasts, but they’re always geared towards building your business. I’m going to start publishing these […]