1.||IT Consulting Services: 3 Factors For Choosing What to Offer|
IT consulting services are offered at different levels and types in almost all the virtual IT businesses you encounter. Deciding which IT consulting services you should offer is a key consideration when starting your business.
The IT consulting services you ...
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2.||IT Services Outsourcing When You Don't Know Everything|
IT services outsourcing is what you need to do when, not if, your prospects ask for products and services that you are not able to deliver. Many new business owners think they need to know everything. They fear not being able to offer every ...
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3.||Computer Business Software - What Should You Buy?|
Computer business software is an area where many new network consultants get overwhelmed. There are so many great products out there that it is hard to decide which computer business software to invest your time and money ...
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4.||Business Agreements For Quality Referrals|
Business agreements with other IT companies can be an excellent way to secure high quality referrals. When you are dealing within a B2B context, the referrals you get from non competing IT businesses tend to be ones that will turn into long term service contracts. This is exactly the ...
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5.||IT Consulting Services: Offer What Your Prospects Need|
IT consulting services come in all shapes and sizes. When you first start a business it is often difficult to decide which IT consulting services to offer. Should you sell what you know, sell what is trendy, or sell what you think people want?
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6.||Product Ideas: How To Determine What to Offer|
Product ideas or services that your computer business will offer are not as easy to decide upon as you may think. When you start a new business this part of business planning is often taken for granted.
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7.||Successful Entrepreneurs: Do You Have The Characteristics Needed?|
Successful entrepreneurs in virtual IT have a certain set of personality traits and characteristics. Without these attributes, the chances of becoming a successful entrepreneur in this business are limited.
Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
A successful ...
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8.||Direct Mail Advertising - Tips and Tricks|
Direct mail advertising is a marketing technique you will likely use in your virtual IT business. Because this type of advertising can be expensive, it is best to know the ins and outs before you begin.
Direct Mail ...
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9.||Computer Service Contracts - Moving From Customer to Client|
Computer service contracts are the butter of a computer services business. The difference between having a computer service contract and not having one, is what defines the difference between a customer and a client. As a business owner you want clients - people who are ...
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10.||Salesperson - Do You Need One At Start-up?|
A salesperson is not a good idea early on. This is a question that many computer services businesses have. The best advice I have is that it is generally a very, very bad idea to hire a salesperson when you are just getting established. ...
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11.||Follow Up Tips for Computer Services Part 2|
Follow up, as we said last time, is a critical component of your marketing system. You need to stay in touch with your contacts. The tricky part is making sure your follow up doesn't cross over into pestering. This ...
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12.||Contact Management Databases: A Top Asset for Systems Integrators|
Contact management databases are a very, very important asset to your systems integration business. In fact, a contact management database is like a treasure map. In it you will find your future business.
The names in your contact management ...
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13.||Seminar Topics - Talk Business, Not IT|
Seminar topics are difficult to think of. We know that hosting seminars is an excellent way to network and use relationship marketing. The problem lies in figuring out a seminar topic that will appeal to the clients ...
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14.||Sales Pipeline - Know Where Your Contacts Are At|
Sales pipelines are an important concept in business marketing. At any one point you will have different people in different phases of the buying process: your sales pipeline. How you market to these people varies. When you ...
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15.||Contact Management Systems - What To Look For|
Contact management systems are an excellent way to track the success of your various marketing techniques. You can put together a quick spreadsheet to track your contact data but why? It is time consuming and with the excellent contact management systems available commercially, there is no need to reinvent ...
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16.||Follow Up Tips for Computer Services Part 1|
Follow up is an incredibly important aspect of your marketing and contact management systems. You need to be diligent but not aggressive with your follow-up, though. Your follow up should be creative and customized for each lead or prospect ...
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17.||Marketing Surveys For Your PC Repair Business|
Marketing surveys are an excellent way to get information from contacts, prospects, and leads for your PC Repair Business. They allow you to keep in touch and keep current with what is going on after you have made a sales call.
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18.||Starting A New Business - Who Do You Tell and How?|
Starting a new business is one thing, actually getting paying clients is another. Clients won't know you're starting a new business unless you tell them. So you have to start telling people right away.
Here are ...
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19.||Contact Management Systems Track Your Marketing Efforts|
Contact management systems allow you to track which marketing techniques are working and which aren't. With an effective contact management system in place you can see at a glance how much time you are spending with leads and from which sources you are getting the best leads.
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20.||Starting A New Business - Get The Word Out To Everyone|
Starting a new business requires creativity. You need to think of innovative ways to entice people to give you a shot when you are starting a new business.
Often times early paying clients come from friends of the ...
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21.||Moonlighting - Do You Need To Let Your Clients Know?|
Moonlighting is one of the most common ways computer consultants start their own businesses. It offers the distinct benefit of having access to a steady income while you are building a business.
The problem with moonlighting is the hours. When ...
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22.||Starting A New Business In IT and Getting Clients|
Starting a new business is difficult. Customers don't typically come calling on you right away. Everyone starts somewhere and not all of your first clients will be long term, sweet spot clients.
Starting a new business ...
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23.||Sales Calls - Use Your Time Wisely|
Sales calls are an art form. Many new IT Consultants have never had to sell anything before. For the uninitiated, sales calls are intimidating. By gaining the right perspective about a sales call and understanding the possible outcomes, you are on your way to becoming a sales call ...
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24.||Selling Techniques For New IT Consultants|
Selling techniques are as varied as the people who practice them. There are, however, some proven selling techniques for IT Consultants just starting out. Here is a list:
Personal visit. This selling technique is going to get you the best results: Highest touch, most personal contact, most effective.
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25.||Sales Calls - Not Just For Selling!|
Sales calls can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. As a new computer business owner it is easy to get caught up in the sales aspect of the sales call. What you need to remember is that during the ...
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26.||Business Contact Information - What To Track|
Business contact information is a necessary requirement for pre qualifying potential clients. There are certain attributes that you want to look for in business contacts so you need to capture and track that information.
Every prospect's file should ...
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27.||IT Consulting: More Than Technical|
Although technical skills are essential for IT consultants, there are many other things you need to know when running your own business. Here is a list of a few of the most important things you need to learn when ...
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28.||Business Startup Funding Readiness|
Business startup funding is a concern for most professionals starting their own businesses. Many wonder if they have enough money to begin and when they can quit their other jobs to focus entirely on the new business. The key to launching a ...
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29.||Networking Steps in IT Consulting|
An IT consulting business start-up venture is dependent upon patience and perseverance. The most difficult part is getting new clients, and the following are some steps you can take to get started in the IT consulting business.
Create A Follow-Up Plan For Networking Contacts
When you get each ...
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30.||Moonlighting Jobs for a Small Business Computer Consultant|
Finding good moonlighting jobs can be difficult for computer consultants working with small businesses because you are usually on duty when these companies are not. You need to be able to conduct moonlighting jobs in the evening and on weekends, and many small businesses will not respond well to ...
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31.||Computer Consulting Services is About Selling Peace of Mind|
For many small business clients, your computer consulting services will be an important part of an insurance policy. Your service agreement will tell them what is covered as part of this policy and what is not and will give ...
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32.||IT Consulting Roads to Success|
You need to be ready for challenges before you start your IT consulting business. The following steps can help get you started.
Make A Database Of Contacts That Includes Everyone You Meet
When making an IT consulting prospect/contact ...
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33.||Small Business Networking: An Overview|
Small business networking is very important to success. You, the computer consultant, are entrenched in the professional services business, which revolves around relationships and thus networking with a large number of people.
You need to make small business networking of the ...
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34.||Handling Customer Fears in the Computer Consulting Business|
Internet security is an important element in the computer consulting business. As a computer consulting professional, your clients will need you to explain Internet security by describing how your networking solution will work with firewall, antivirus and encryption techniques.
Acknowledge Client ...
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35.||Spotting IT Consulting Sweet Spot Clients|
Having a sustainable IT consulting business is intricately linked to the sweet spot of small businesses. But where do you look for these small business clients, and how do you know they will actually be a source of lucrative ...
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36.||A Good Website is Critical in the IT Consulting Business|
When you are just starting out in the IT consulting business, you need a website. Potential clients will know whether you are full time and in the IT consulting business for the long haul or just ...
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37.||IT Consulting: What Defines a Sweet Spot Client?|
While there is no set definition in IT consulting of a sweet spot client, there are some signs that will tell you whether a prospect is a candidate. Ask the following questions to determine which of your clients will be long-term relationship material:
1. Is ...
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38.||Extended Warranties and Notebook PCs|
Unlike with regular desktop PCs, you should think about recommending that your clients buy the maximum extended warranty coverage on any notebook PCs they purchase. The cost of replacing any item on notebook PCs can be extremely expensive, and the financial threat ...
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39.||IT Consultants Should Lead Customers to Small Business PC Hardware|
Most IT consultants know that in the early and mid-1990s, many leading vendors started to divide their product lines into two or three different levels in order to handle different types of consumers.
Both the domestic and global market ...
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40.||The IT Consultant Keeps Spare Parts Handy|
An IT consultant needs to be aware that PC vendors are typically very willing to cover inexpensive products like a mouse under standard warranties. But because as an IT consultant your client can probably buy a replacement part of that ...
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41.||IT Consulting is About Services, Not Products|
In the world of IT consulting, a successful business is focused on selling consulting services, not products.
While you might end up being a dealer for someone or an authorized solution ...
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42.||IT Consultants: Recommending Video Monitors and PCs|
Most PC vendors will give good prices to consumers that buy monitors at the same time as desktop PCs. IT consultants that normally recommend brand name PC products should keep certain things in mind when talking to their clients.
Actual Cost For Your ...
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43.||Computer Service Business: Resources for Recruiting Personnel|
You will need to recruit computer service business personnel not only at the start of a business but continuously after that. There are many resources available to those in the computer service business looking to hire employees, and a computer service business manager able to think creatively ...
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44.||Establishing Criteria for Clients in the Computer Consulting Business|
In the computer consulting business there are several ways you can best qualify clients to ensure you get the best accounts to help grow your business.
The first thing to make sure of when ...
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45.||IT Spending: Protecting Your Clients from PC Vendors|
If you have been in the computer consulting business for a long time know that one of the most important services you can provide for your clients is advising them on choosing products. Your clients rely on your computer consulting firm to point them in the ...
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46.||IT Consultant: Hardware Selection for Customers|
As an IT consultant that has been around for a while, you have most likely dealt with thousands of different PC hardware systems, and you have probably formed many strong recommendations for clients regarding the very best PC hardware specs. But in order to truly ...
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47.||Computer Consulting Business Tools for Getting Good Customers|
If you want to be financially stable and have a successful and legitimate computer consulting business you have to work on honing your intuition skills and focusing on a specialty. You also need to be good at uncovering the best small business ...
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48.||Using Recruiting Resources in the Computer Service Business|
In the computer service business you will have to recruit employees both at the business start-up and throughout the life of the business. There are many available recruiting resources available to computer service business managers, and the manager ...
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49.||IT Consultation: Do You Have the Required Business Skills?|
In the IT consultation world, there are many business skills you need beyond computer skills to succeed. Before you start your own IT consultation firm, you need to become aware of the following required business skills: marketing skills; networking skills; financial skills; written communication skills; and presentation skills. ...
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50.||IT Consulting: Implications of Choosing Government Contracts|
Many IT consulting firms go after government contracts because they are attached to misperceptions about this type of work being easy money. Most IT consulting terms will end up being frustrated by the amount of work associated with government contracts, ...
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