There are many factors that drive the companies success.
You will discover that sales is what will keep you business thriving.
Here are some amazing steps to building a clientele from scratch.
#1 – Set Your Target Market
It is very important to identify who will be your target market.
Are you selling directly to a middleman or are you selling directly to the consumer?
Are you selling your services or products to corporations or directly to the consumer market?
Learn to identify your target as this is the foundation to a successful clientele.
#2 – Make Contact
Now that you’ve established who your target market is, you’ll need to begin making contact.
This may be through social media, direct emails, or cold calls. Reach out to the target and let them know what your business is about.
Note: DO NOT get discouraged when someone says no.
They’ve done you a favor by not wasting your time. Turn the page and move on.
You will get no’s and maybes for an answer.
Here’s what to do when someone is interested!
#3 – Make Them Aware of Your Problem-Solving Skills
It is important not to drag the conversation solely about you or the business.
Let them know just enough about who you are and what your business is about without it being all about you.
The prospect should know how your services or products will benefit them!
Ask them a little bit more about their business, make them feel comfortable and get them engaged.
How will your business be of convenience to them? Remember, convenience sells so if you offer more than one product or service, make sure you’re vocal about these ‘solutions’.
Encourage them to see the value of your business by making them aware of your problem-solving skills.
Get a feel of the conversation, did you sell it?
If you didn’t, no worries.
This takes time and take this as experience! If they ask you to follow up with them and provide them with more information this is perfect.
Put them in your data base, let’s get one step closer towards closing the sale.
#4 – Follow Up
The sale is in the follow up. It is vital that you are consistently following up with your prospects.
Your first follow up should address the initial contact.
Thank them for their time and remind them why your service/product is an amazing fit for them or their business.
Don’t be discouraged if they do not respond immediately.
Often times, it will take a few follow ups before the prospect requests a quote or buys from you.
Change your strategy each time you follow up, make them remember you.
#5 – Keep Feeding The Pipeline
Continue to make contact with new consumers/businesses in your target market.
It’s better to keep your pipeline full rather than realizing you have no business because you were so locked on a few prospects that seemed interested that now you have no one to follow up with.
Avoid this mistake by consistently updating your client database and keeping track of who’s interested, who you’re in the talks with already, and who you’ve closed with.
Continuously strive for making new clients, don’t settle.
#6 – Client Retention
Client retention is the ability to retain clients over a period of time. In order to create a successful clientele you must be able to maintain your clients from using your competitors products or services. This is the part where actions speak louder than words. You managed to sell yourself and your business, now it’s time to prove why your business is the best of the best. Client retention is fundamental to a long-term partnership with your clients and customers.
Here are 7 amazing tips that are sure to keep your customers coming back.
Exceed their expectations by overdelivering.
Present a positive attitude at all times.
Show initiative to want to help.
Be a team player!
Appreciate them for their business.
Build a solid relationship.
Take care of their needs so they take care of yours.
An online business will provide you with the freedom to work from home or anywhere else in the world.
If you value the freedom to travel then know that this is what an online business can provide for you.
Travel While You Work
Also known as the laptop lifestyle, traveling while you work requires discipline.
However, the lifestyle provides a freedom working in a desk will never provide.
Notice I said travel while you work not work while you travel.
That’s because life changes when you get your freedom back.
You’re technically working all the time while enjoying your surrounding freedom.
The first taste I got from the laptop lifestyle is when I went on vacation to Rocky Point while working a sales commission job.
And even though I was on vacation, I still had obligations for my clients.
We were in this beautiful luxury apartment with a stunning view of the resort and ocean.
That day we arrived I had emails to answer and clients to call back.
Keep in mind at that time I was managing my clients from an office.
That’s when I first discovered this freedom.
Here’s a picture of my son Frankie chillin as we unpacked food in the apartment.
I knew that if I wanted a life like this, I would need my online businesses to out-earn my salary.
That’s not how it happened though, I took the leap and eventually went all in.
More on that later!
Scalability Skyrockets Your Income
So not only do you get your time back but you have the advantage of earning a ton of money with an online business.
The reason being is that most online businesses can be scaled MASSIVELY.
Online businesses can all be scaled very differently.
Some are easier and quicker than others while a few businesses do take more time.
Now, just because some online businesses are easier and quicker to scale, it doesn’t mean they don’t require a lot of hard work and attention to detail.
An online business is still a very real business.
Your new business will require you to put your real life skills to work in order to manifest your career goals and that dream life.
Online businesses are the reason why you see and hear about a lot of younger people earning 6-figures per year just from their laptop.
I’ll get more in depth on how you can scale your online business a little later.
Here’s how you start.
How Do You Start an Online Business?
How do you start an online business, right? Where can you start an online business?
These questions usually leave beginners a little mind boggled.
How exactly do you turn nothing into something?
The answer is actually quite simple.
You’ll need a website or online platform to use depending on your niche and type of business you’d like to create.
Your website will be your foundation to your entire online business model.
It doesn’t matter what type of online business you create, but you’ll need either a website or platform to begin.
I would personally avoid a free website like WIX only because it will not provide you with the tools necessary to scale.
The purpose of an online business is to scale it enough to provide you with the financial freedom you deserve.
So, for starters, I recommend building your own site using Bluehost.
It’s very easy to use but if you don’t want to spend the time personalizing your own site you can always pay a few hundred to thousand dollars to a professional who will use the same platform.
What type of online business models require either a website or platform to begin?
If you are interested in the following, you will need a website:
Providing online services and consultation
If you prefer the following, you’ll need a platform:
Selling a product
Visually informing or training
It may not seem like a ton of options but believe me there are many niches within each of these categories.
How does an online business work?
An online business provides value online, and you get compensated online.
Your online business will earn money depending on what type of service you provide.
You will get paid depending on how your online business is monetized.
I’m going to go over this more in detail down below.
What Online Business should I start?
The online business you start is going to depend on these 5 major key points.
Would you rather provide a service, provide information, or sell a product?
Are you looking for a more hands-on experience or more virtual experience?
Do you want to earn money per project or passively?
Will your startup require a lot of capital, or very little to no capital?
How important is mass scalability to you?
By answering these 5 questions, you’ll have a grasp on what type of online business you’d like to create.
Below you will find a number of online business ideas that will help you identify which model aligns with your needs.
Online Business ideas for beginners
I’m going to break down all the things you can do with these online business models.
Your personality and intuition will naturally gravitate towards a specific idea.
This is a writer lovers paradise.
Blogging allows you to share your experience, knowledge, and stories at massive scale.
What makes blogging an attractive online business model is that just about anyone can provide value to an audience based on a particular niche or subject.
Entrepreneurs are blogging about really just everything!
Here are some blogging topic ideas:
Write about your experience in ‘X Industry’. Maybe you love the industry you work in or are an expert in it. Write about it and answer questions people might have on a variety of subjects pertaining to your industry.
As long as there’s a real interest in it, you can blog about pretty much anything. People are earning money blogging about travel, teacher life, mom or dad life, pet life, college life, automotive, tech, and so much more!
How Do Bloggers Earn Money?
Bloggers earn money through a number of ways.
One is through display advertisements, like the ones you see on my website. T
he second way bloggers earn money is through affiliate programs.
Bloggers can earn a commission for making a sale of certain products or services.
Bloggers may even sell their own products or services online.
How Much Money Do Bloggers Make?
Bloggers can earn 3 to 6-figures per month depending on how you monetize your website.
My website currently earns 5-figures per month.
Scaling your audience is key to scaling your online business.
If starting a blog interests you be sure to read the beginners guide below.
It will walk you step by step on how to start using a self-building website platform called Bluehost.
The process is very easy and only takes minutes to set up.
Sales are a universal language in business. Every industry requires a sale to be made in order for the business to grow and become profitable. You will learn that these tips are applicable no matter what industry you are in.
Welcome to Franknez.com – most of the excerpt will be based on taking the actions to bring in new clientele to your business. These are the best strategies to increase your sales.
#1. Cold Call Method
The cold call method is a great strategy to use when making contact with a prospect for the first time. Cold calls:
Demonstrate willingness to make contact at a more personal level
Presents your character (be charismatic, uplifting, energetic, thankful)
Allow you to get a feel of the prospects personality (tone, mood, interest, etc.)
Is the best way to sell yourself to a prospect through the use of attitude and dialogue
Perfect for extroverts (if you’re an introvert, step out of your comfort zone and use this method to gain new skills in sales)
The cold call method is a great way to introduce yourself to a company or prospect and sets the mood for potential business in the future.
Increase your sales by selling yourself and your service or product in order to make a lasting impression.
#2. Cold Email Method
Cold emails are a great method to follow up on prospects. They can also be a great means of making a quick and presentable first-time contact. You may alternate and follow up with a call based on the success rate of response. Cold emails:
Are quick and efficient
Advantageous for skilled writers
Don’t take much time from a prospects busy schedule
Perfect for introverts
If you’re sending out a cold email to make first contact, be sure to follow up with a call when necessary. Some prospects appreciate cold emails due to having the convenience of reading and responding to them whenever it is most convenient to them.
If you’re sending out an email to follow up after a call, be sure to thank them for their time and be clear on your proposition(s).
The most effective way to increase your sales is to alternate between these two methods in terms of first contact and follow up.
Every lead and choice of execution will result in a variety of ways to present and close a sale. I have emailed prospects who immediately responded requesting pricing after making initial contact with a cold email.
I’ve cold called prospects who advised I made contact at the perfect time as they have actually been fed up with their current vendor.
There has been prospects who have been open to working immediately, some who would like to see samples first, and some who are willing to run test projects before committing to more business.
#3. Schedule Meetings
If you’re after a prospect who isn’t biting, who is giving you the runaround; try scheduling a meeting. Meetings are a great way to present or demonstrate your service or product to a prospect. You may also schedule a meeting with current clients in order to add flame to the relationship.
A meeting may take place in your prospects workspace environment or in your facility. Meetings are very personal, sell yourself, your product(s)/service(s), and your abilities that confirm why you’re the best choice for this prospect.
Establish an awesome relationship with your prospect(s). Impressing them will boost your probability of establishing a new client which in return will increase your sales.
Experience & Tips
Scheduling meetings with current clients is a fun way to increase your sales. This strategy will allow you to form a deeper connection with the company and with the client.
There has been a few instances where clients have actually wanted to meet up and see how product was produced at our facility. After one particular meeting, I followed up with the coordinator to advise they are more than welcome to stop by anytime and to bring the rest of the team next time around.
Months later I met another coordinator who wanted to meet in person and see how we conduct business. They were very impressed and super enthusiastic about continuing to doing business together.
This experience has served as a great means of connecting with our clientele which has strengthened the business relationship. At some point in your sales career you will need to meet with your prospects or clients in order to further establish your credibility and increase your sales.
#4. Become An Expert In Your Industry
In order to continuously increase your sales, you’ll need to become an expert in your industry. Yes, you can naturally be a great sales person and understand the importance of catering to a company and really know how to sell yourself.
However, when you become an expert in your industry, you have an insight and advantage far greater than any other sales rep in your circle.
This is one of those ‘extra credit’ strategies that will help take your skills, expertise, AND knowledge to another level in your career.
Understand your industry, and become an expert in your service(s) and product(s). Here are some advantages to being an expert in your industry:
The Ability To Serve Your Clients Quickly & Efficiently
Being an expert in your industry allows you to serve your clients quickly and efficiently. You are able to provide instant answers to your customers questions regarding your services or products in a confident manner.
The Ability To Effectively Solve Problems
Being an expert in your industry means you have the ability to effectively solve problems. Your advantage is that you have the answers to just about everything in your niche, which translates to finding better solutions when discrepancies arise in your workplace.
Your Reputation Exceeds You
Whenever people think of the services or products in your industry they think of you. When you’re an expert in your industry, your reputation exceeds you. People want to work with you.
All of a sudden you aren’t chasing prospects anymore, they’re chasing you. Becoming an expert in your industry is an absolute way to increase your sales.
#5. Feed The Sales Pipeline
You should consistently be feeding your sales pipeline and lining up prospects to follow up with, meet, and close new deals with. I personally suggest creating a client database to reflect the status of your leads. This will help you keep track of who just spoke with, who needs more from you, and who’s in your pocket.
Feeding the sales pipeline will increase your sales due to the consistency of reaching out to new prospects. When work slows down in your industry, you’ll have this amazing client database you can tackle before things start to pick up again.
Tip: Never let your sales pipeline go empty as you’ll have no leads to follow up with once your industry slows down.
#6. Follow Up To Seal The Deal
Grant Cardone says the sale is in the follow up and it’s true. Increase your sales by continuously following up with your prospects and current clients. Here are some ways you can follow up with prospects:
Regarding initial contact
On provided quotes
Follow up on scheduled meetings
Or questions you might have
These points show prospects you have potential of earning their business and highlights your attentiveness to serve.
Here are some ways you can follow up with existing clients:
In regards to satisfactory upon purchase of product or services
Provided quotes OR re-orders
Status of processed orders
These points show willingness to help and demonstrate an effort to accomplish a set of goals. Being proactive with follow ups will increase your sales as you’re consistently on your clients or prospects radar. Remember to create a client database where you can keep track on your prospects.
Tip: Your follow ups should always be strategized so they do not become robotic to the receiver. Alternate between emails and phone calls for the best results.
#7. Think Of Your Customers Needs
Understanding how to cater to your customers needs is a definitive way to increase your sales. Everyone you meet, encounter, or come into contact with will have similar needs. You will come to understand that everyone has unique needs. It’s when you learn to differentiate these two that you will gain an advantage over your competition.
Put yourself in your prospects or clients world for a second. What will make them buy from you? How can they think you to be the go-to-person? In order to understand how to cater to your customers needs, you must form a relationship with your current clients, or creatively asses your prospects wants.
Tip: Always think of your customers needs.
#8. Overcommit And Overdeliver To Increase Your Sales
Overcommitting is saying yes to a rush project. It’s saying yes to the tight deadline and the extra work it will require to make it happen.
Overdelivering is not only accomplishing the goal but it’s having completed it while exceeding the customers expectations.
Increase your sales by demonstrating to your clients that you are trustworthy and a reliable partner with whom they can count on for ANYTHING.
When you overcommit it is up to you to do whatever it takes to see that promise through. When you overcommit you close the deal. Now make sure your delivery is phenomenal. Think long-term success when catering to your clients needs.
Sales really are a universal language in business. Every industry requires a sale to be made in order to grow and become profitable. Use these strategies to help you further your career in sales and stay ahead of your competition.
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Most of us grew up with the advise of going to college, getting a career, and retiring. We’re taught to play it safe in order to be successful in life. But do you really need to go to college to be successful? The short answer is no. College is not necessary for everyone. Keep reading to find out if college is the right game plan for you.
Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years From Now?
Where do you envision yourself 10 years from now? Is your dream to become a surgeon or is it to run your very own business? Finding out what you want to do for a living is crucial. Have an idea of what fits your current lifestyle and where you see yourself years ahead before committing to this life changing move.
Who Should Go To College?
Put it this way. If you plan on working for someone for the rest of your life, college is your best bet. This is in no way criticizing the decision to work under someone. The world needs great doctors, amazing teachers, intellectual scientists, & creative engineers. Of course, not everyone working for someone requires a college degree (police officers, construction workers, etc.); however, a career with a degree will certainly yield higher income than a working career without a degree.
Understanding The Limitations
It is important to understand that no matter what degree you pursue, your income will be limited due to playing it safe. If the thought of benefits, 401k plan, and $80K a year is comforting, college could be a great way to work towards this lifestyle and goal.
Who Isn’t College For?
If you have entrepreneurship skills and have thought about starting your own business some day, college might not be the best route for you. You already have creative ideas on how to make money for yourself. Unlike other careers, there are no limits to how much money you can earn. The only thing getting in your way of reaching insane amounts of success is yourself.
A financially literate entrepreneur has also figured out going into debt for a business degree is just not worth it as his or her success is heavily based on experience and self taught skills oppose to a degree. For a true entrepreneur, self education has much more value than a college education.
We All Have Different Visions
Don’t let those who surround you influence your decision on whether to go to college or not. Take this move very serious as it can lead you into debt with no career or guarantee you work for the rest of your life doing something you don’t enjoy or love. Visualize the long-term goal and make the decision that best fits your needs.