Thanks to all who replied to me on help for my first website. I have tried to answer everyone`s questions below.
Web Hosting Provider?
No - not yet - there are
so many ads out there for web hosts, I havent done any comparisions yet
Probably would be the Tomsriverconcierge.com - simple and descriptive
(my town and services both) both words would make good search words for
my area. My own company name is Ocean County Support Center for Home
and Business and that wouldnt work for a domain name.
Method of Payment I would accept?
Probably seniors would be paying cash or checks and two-income families
would use credit cards. I have gotten a lot of credit card applications from
vendors and will have to choose someone.
I am in Ocean County, NJ (the jersey
shore). Mostly everything is done but I have to finish composing
my legal contracts (my attorney has the final
say though) and order the rest of my company apparel . If I had
to outsource these startup costs it would be unaffordable since I don`t
like to borrow money. I am waiting on some things like stationary, a
logo (to be designed) and brochures.
What type of business do I have now?
This is a business that I hope to have
up and running very shortly, it is taking a long time I think because I
am doing everything 100% but I don`t want
to start up wrong I want it to start out right. There is no
competition out there now and there are thousands of seniors in this
area, enough for plenty of competition I would think. Since this is a
first of its kind business, I can`t get information on rates or any
data at all so I`m out here on a limb, so to speak.
There is a business in Beacon Hill, Mass that has a similar business and they
are very very successful. They charge $1500 daily for consultations and they are getting requests from all over the country.
Types of services are many, but mainly shopping services, concierge services,
errands, organizational, help with medicare, social security, doctor
claims, consumer advocate, computer search, helping seniors stay safe
at at home and
help with identity theft information,coordinatiang handyman/contractor
repairs + more. This is to help seniors live at home. Two income
couples could also use some of these services plus more such as waiting
for home deliveries, gift shopping, appmt scheduling & holiday
reminders, faxing documents to a secured fax machine instead of faxing
to a public office fax, copying & scanning services + more. I know
it sounds like a lot of work and it is but I do have people in the
wings to help when I am ready.
What type of financial resources do I have to start my business?
To be perfectly honest, I
am financing myself because I don`t like to borrow but the well will be
running dry shortly. Thank goodness, all the equipment I already
have. I probably should think about an 800# though instead of my
own home number.
Are you considering designing this site yourself?
I originally thought that I could so I bought a book and was reading it. Then
nothing else was getting done so I stopped reading it and was going to
wait on the website but I know that I need one. I would like my website
to be imprinted on my cards and stationary and on my car sign.
How long have I considered this venture?
About 3 years ago I guess, its not a
spur of the moment thought. I talked to many people about it,
family, friends, seniors. Everyone thinks its a great idea esp in this
area, no negative comments at all. I really do this now for
people I know and family but I want to offer it to the senior
population. As baby boomers are getting up in age, they will be needing
services like I will be offering and I believe other companies will be
forming to service these people. I have 8 years experience
in this field (for my father) who was able to live at home only because
of me and my sister taking care of him. I already had a few meetings
with S.C.O.R.E. and the man that was working with me was enthusastic
about it for this area. I also have met with some directors at a
senior community and they were positive about this type of business in
this community as well.
I havent heard any negatives.
Do I have a mentor?
Do I have a team?
I think it would be nice to have a website that would list my services & rates,
benefits from using my company, some history on me and the company, Q
and A, testimonials, email capability will be needed for people to send
to me a list of services they will be needing, and a message board so
people can comment and rate the business. I also would like to send out
a monthly newsletter reminding
people things that have to be done seasonally (things that everyone forgets to do or they dont want to do them) I
also will be needing a wireless device so that people can contact me on
the road for emergency requests - i want to be responsive as much as I
can. Does anyone know if someone sent me an email on my website if I
could retrieve it on a blackberry?
Well I finally got to the end, hope I didn`t put anyone to sleep
thank you all so much!
jo in toms river