Hey guys and gals.
I’m looking for some of your creative brain juices to solve a problem I’m having (I bet many of you are probably having the same problem).
I haven’t found the perfect solution to earning good money on a monthly basis as a web designer. I listed my criteria below.
I’ve had a few different versions of a support / maintenance program going that different clients have agreed to, but nothing that stuck very well.
I tried hosting myself, but found that it hard for me to justify charging any significantly high enough fees compared to competitive providers like GoDaddy, etc. Plus I’m not sure I really want to be called when a technical problem occurs with hosting or email – it sounds like no-fun, time-consuming work for pay.
I thought of offering SEO on an ongoing basis, however for many of my clients, SEO is so foreign to them, and at their level of business and marketing experience (they are mostly start-ups and run a consultant-type business).
So, actually, the question comes around to what do my clients REALLY need, REALLY want, and are willing (almost have to) pay for?
Thus, what I’m really wondering is what you all are doing and what seems to be working, not working, and what kinds of clients do you have that you are supporting.
Here are the criteria (as I see it) that would make a monthly service/maintenance service VERY ideal:
- It pays well. Not $50 a month. But at least $200 per month.
- It consumes very little time – can automate / easily outsource.
- It’s extremely valuable to the client. Not confusing, meaningless stats, etc.
- It’s easily sold to the client. It’s a natural yes.
Any creative ideas leaking out?
Please comment below.