While presenting a fellow designer's work to several botiques, we left their office after handing in an envelope that had the companies designs on it, with a slip containing contact details within. It even had a stamp, so esentially all they needed to do was to mail their agreement to work had they thought the presentation was good. Lucky for her, it worked quite well, which taught us that the simple decorative tricks can cause a trick or two when convincing a customer.
Outsourcing is great, as long as you take the necessity to train the staff into consideration. Cultural differences in approaching the issues presented by the customers will be the main factor determining how satisfied they leave. As you do understand the market market where you operate, you land abroad, and in a week or two you can begin grasping their perception. With the memories in mind, you train them, and that is how you succeed. Many workers from a so-called 3rd World country are often not as lazy as their European counterparts who refuse to work for a minimum or threaten an employee to take them to court. If you invest the time in training, you will be happy in the future.
Marketing with no budget means giving your time or being good at talking your friends in helping you out. There are many greeat advices already mentioned, yes, consider all the free social media sites (while they are that), and just be as creative aspossible. If you already own a site, make sure to regularl update your blog with valuable info and promote the posts, Google tends toreward quality content. You can also promote your bsiness by printing a set of business cars that will cost little, and marcharound the area where you are located. A card can find you an investor, a client, a partner. These days, it is not so much about the marketing budget, as much as about your ability to understand the tendencies of attention.
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