just so i understand, are you saying you would be an outsource resource for individual excel and powerpoint projects?
if so, i think this is a VERY interesting area to explore. it comes down to issues of "comfort" and "confidentiality" of information, and your ability to understand the vision of the customer with enough granularity that you can NAIL what they`re looking for.
also, just the nature of people, projects will often be "urgent" due to people`s likely procrastination/last minute habit patterns. will you be able to react/deliver?
very cool idea.
I think that you have a great idea. Just keep in mind that if you are trading hours for dollars you aren`t going to have enough time to make a really good living.
You might want to build a network of freelancers that you trust, have the skills, and can work in virtual teams to accomplish your projects so that you can focus on marketing and selling your services. Obviously in the beginning you will have to the brunt but this would allow you to focus on the business / profit producing.
Also, this allows you to find the best freelancers by creating an entrepreneurial environment and getting them at the cheapest price which will increase your profit margin.
I would focus on your local businesses because I`m sure that even there is enough to get you going and keep you busy. This will allow you to perfect your system and build infastructure then you put yourself out there on a regional or national market.
A good place to field some business is www.craigslist.com I offer my services there twice a week and get about 85% of my business from that website. Otherwise you can just start cold calling local businesses and trying to speak with the decision makers and project managers.
I hope this helps I think that you have a great idea.
I might even be interested in your services. Send me an email and we can discuss what you are capable of doing.
I would only concentrate on online advertising and direct advertising.
Online: I would get your self a website and even if it`s just a contact page have something that people can refer to and learn a enough about you to give you a call or email you. Later you can build a real website but while you are getting started just reservce a good name and use the template service. Second, I wouldn`t yet use Google ad words because you don`t know your demographic enough yet. Post ads on all of the free classifieds and directories out there and write some articles about the benefits of outsourcing your excel and powerpoint needs. Later you can start targeting adwords but I think that you will get enough business to keep you busy and get some experience through these methods in the beginning.
Direct: Get some business cards made. These will be invaluable. Create a flyer/brochure and start mailing it to companies that you feel would be interested in your services and attach your business card. Start going to Chamber of Commerce and other local networking meetings and you will get enough business to get you going.
Later you can expand to more advanced methods of marketing but while you are building experience and infastructure you don`t want to over extend yourself and you want room to make mistakes.
Answer: Focus on both but focus on what`s free / close to free and that yields the highest returns. Later when you can afford to pay for serious advertising you can expand.
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There are lot of company in internet which offer PowerPoint Templates and excel services but how will you judge company whether it is a good or bad so always check portfolio of that company . after checking portfolio , Price is also matter . Outsourcing is good for price because they can take less money for execution .