How To Make More Money By Helping Local Businesses

If you want an easy way to earn an extra income but don't have a product to sell then becoming a consultant to local businesses could provide the perfect solution for you.

Many local businesses are sadly struggling at the moment due to the economic downturn and every local business would welcome advice on how to reduce their marketing costs and to increase their sales/customers. That is where you could help by becoming a consultant to them. It is easy to find businesses in your area that might benefit from your services simply by looking through your local business directory, newspapers or on Google maps. You could then either contact them by phone to set up an appointment with them or you could direct mail them with details of the services that you offer and how it could benefit them. There are many ways that you can make money from advising local businesses including:

Provide SEO package

Every business wants more customers. Having good SEO can provide regular customers/business. Without it your business will fail as nobody will be aware that your website exits. Therefore however powerful your product or service is, it will not sell if you do not get any visitors to your site.

If you can help a local business to get a high ranking on Google then that business owner will be more than happy to continue to pay you each week to ensure that they continue to attract new customers and increase sales. If you are not an expert in SEO you could outsource it to another company and still make a good profit from your customer in much the same way that we import goods from other countries if we can obtain the product cheaper that way.

As you achieve more results you will then be able to go on to bigger clients with bigger budgets, as well as offering SEO packages you could also offer to provide new businesses with a website promoting their local company e.g. Builder in Bridgend.

Reduce marketing costs

All businesses are currently trying to find ways to reduce advertising costs and would welcome someone to advise them on how to achieve it. One powerful way to achieve it, that uses the most effective and up to date means to promote their services to the masses, is through mobile marketing. Mobile marketing offers many easy ways to help local businesses to create consistent sales whether it is to fill empty tables in a restaurant, to reduce broken appointments for doctors or dental practises or even to draw in customers from the forecourt into the car showroom by using Bluetooth. There are many low cost training packages available that can equip you with all you need to know on how to promote these services to local business and make an extra income at the same time.

Promote social networking sites

Social networking now offers one of the cheapest and most powerful means of advertising so why not offer local businesses advice on how to actively promote their products or services using this means. For example you could show a restaurant how to sell more meals by offering a special promotion on face book. One Chinese restaurant sold 2 days produce in 2 hours simply by offering free crackers to the first customers to turn up in its restaurant in fancy dress costumes on Halloween...All through the power of face book.

Again there are many courses available that can provide step by step training on the best ways to market using social networking sites.

Joint Ventures

For the more experienced and ambitious amongst you there are huge amounts of money to be made by becoming a broker for joint ventures. A joint venture is the arrangement of mutual benefit between two or more people or businesses that have complimentary resources that can be products, services, business assets or lists. Therefore what better way of making money than simply being the middle man in bringing two people or businesses together. For example you could arrange to connect a product owner with list owners. Or you could bring together a company that will allow its call centre staff to be used by another person that has a service or product but cannot afford the sales staff.

If you are looking for ways to make more money by working from home, becoming a consultant to local business can provide the perfect solution for you. Providing internet marketing services to local businesses is one of the fastest and easiest ways to make consistent money on line and helping local businesses can also help you.