Photo Credit: Matt McGee
It’s been a while since I posted anything regarding life in general. Business has been decent and I have earned a few bucks here and there; sufficient enough to survive. It can get better and I foresee it will. I’ve yet to do any marketing, so my current batch of customers are purely referred via word of mouth.
So, let this be a reminder to you that for all the good things banners, brochures, mailing lists, AdSense and other “modern” promotion methods can provide, word of mouth marketing is far from dead! Nevertheless, it’s good to put in more effort in marketing and that’s precisely what I’ll be doing.
The current batch of jobs I had are relatively simple basic computer maintenance tasks… at least they are simple and basic for me. The truth is, quite a number of people and companies don’t have the manpower or expertise to perform fix these problems themselves. Hence, I find myself going into this market more and more. It’s not expected, but a pleasant surprise nonetheless!
Living in an apartment unit, I’ve got a whole unexplored market that I can tap in very easily in the form of my neighbours. I’m sure many of them have computer problems of their own… perhaps so do their companies. Why don’t I just help them solve these problems! The thing is, they don’t know I can provide such services. That’s about to change though!
I’ve just designed a business card sized micro-pamphlet (popular among Malaysian loan sharks, a.k.a. Ah Longs). I’ll be printing a bunch of them and sticking them into the mailboxes of my neighbours.
Primitive? Yes. Cheap? Yes. Will it gain more business for me? I certainly hope so! Depending on the potentially generated business, I might even recover the printing costs of my calling card through one job alone. Get two and I’m into profitable territory 🙂
The thing is, I won’t know if I didn’t try!
Becoming rich quickly was never a motivation for me to venture into entrepreneurship. I merely wanted more control over my time and build up the economies of myself, my family, my neighbourhood and hopefully a wider region.
As for the thing that started it all, my web hosting business… I’m very happy and proud to say that my first batch of customers (including Joneh and Kucau) are already into their second year of hosting with me. Thank you! Maybe it’s time I get some testimonials from you guys 😉
So if you need affordable and reliable web hosting, just drop a comment here while I restructure my so-called corporate web site and I’m sure we can work out a deal for you.
Also, for Johor Bahru based SMEs that need IT services (you name it and chances are, I can do it… if I can’t then I’ll refer someone who can), you can drop a comment here too and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
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Can’t blame me for using this post for promotional purposes, right 😉