Upon making the decision to travel down this road as a main form of income, I did a little investigating as to the amount of competition in this area. It is steep indeed.
Not only is San Luis Obispo County home to dozens of established web design companies, but there are also flocks of freelance designers hovering around, ready to swoop in for your business.
The current economic situation and vacuous job market is undoubtedly responsible for causing many individuals, myself included, to turn towards the internet and home-based business in general as a primary means of income. I have provided website design and hosting services for my friends and associates in San Luis Obispo County for years, but it wasn’t until recently that it became a primary source of income.
So with all of the competition in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, how does a small independent web developer and hosting provider such as myself stand out amongst the crowd? I’ll tell you… but not all at once. I need some topics for future posts too.
For starters, potential clients need to be able to find me. Aside from asking a friend, relative or colleague to recommend a web designer or host, where do people turn first and foremost..?
For the handful of people that will actually read this post within the next few weeks, take heed. I may be small, but I am mighty when it comes to SEO.
Within 60 days I expect to be on page one of Google for regional web services.
My goal is to prove my abilities by showing my clients that even an upstart website designer and hosting provider can compete with the big boys. By the first week of August 2009, if I am not amongst the top results in Google for any or all of my web services, I will eat crow. However, I don’t see that happening.
Now if I can achieve those results with a fresh web presence, imagine what I can do for your website or online business..?
Oh, almost forgot… I plan on doing this without spending a dime on internet advertising.