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Also, Richard’s advice is spot-on. A website adds credibility. Being in the web game and me saying that is a bit like being an All Black’s fan and referring the home team but the research shows that a site is important for building trust. https://www.rocketspark.com/blog/post/76/A-little-bird-tweeted-mehow-a-website-will-boost-your-businesss-word-of-mouth-buzz/
Unfortunately there are many rogues in the digital marketing game and many SME’s have been burnt by a bad experience so trust is super important.
Even a one page website as an online business card would help with the trust. We don’t advertise it but we have a one page website plan which is $10+GST a month. If you gain one new client as a result of having a credible landing page and that client only paid you $2,000+GST across their lifetime you’ll have paid for your website for 16.5 years. It’s a simple business case.
Richard’s advice re networking is also spot on. Due to their being lots of rogues in the game trust is important and personal connections are key. Chamber of Commerce memberships are very cost effective for the connections you can make. Formal networking groups like BNI can seem a little old school but they really work for getting a business going. The challenge will be to find a group that has an opening for a digital marketer as they have exclusive industry seats and the digital marketers don’t tend to leave which is a good sign as to the effectiveness.
I hope that helps.