But by growing at the slow rate of 2x per year (which isn't that slow), I have been able to continually innovate and offer better services without taking do-or-die risks. And I make enough that I stopped caring about the money around year three; slow and steady wins the prize.
I remember very clearly going to dinner with some guys from Blueglass in my first year and thinking, "Man, I wish I could be part of that company." And while I respect the founders a great deal they took a massive risk and it didn't workout.It's a combination of stories and thoughts about what I have gone through building Nifty Marketing. My hope with this post is that a few of you who are out there hustling will benefit from doing some of the things that I did, and most of the things that I didn't.When I started in 2009 there was very little information online about starting, running, or growing an Internet Marketing Agency. I was in my final semester at BYU-Idaho and had accepted a job to be the chief marketing officer of Rove Pest Control after spending my summers during college as a door-to-door salesman for them. But, due to some changes at Rove I knew that I was going to have to have to find a different career.So, I put away the phonebook and started talking to my friends and asking if they knew people who needed websites and marketing. Then, I wrote an email to David Mihm on August 7, 2009, and asked him how I could become an expert in the local search field.This was his response: The best advice I can give you is to optimize the local listings of a bunch of clients.