07 September, 2020Progress reports

Progress report - August 2020

  • Ben Jenkins
Ben Jenkins
United Kingdom

The July report begins with the words ‘July was a terrible month for income’... August was worse. My worst for three years. I think it is a blessing in disguise though, a good disguise at that.

Jenksdev.com now only has one client paying monthly fees, with other clients being ad-hoc or pre-paid. This means I have more time on my hands for self development, although the income does need to be replenished.

I’ve narrowed my focus somewhat, so that I’m not trying to do ten things at once, but rather put my focus onto three things (one is quite broad, but I’m counting it):

  • Winning new Jenksdev.com clients (see what steps I’ve taken below to maximise my return on time invested)
  • Expansion of VirtualTrs to allow me to get all 120(ish) tours live on the website, and take the next steps to growing the social media following
  • Continue with my personal development, and believe in the power of ‘yet’

Key events in August

Jenksdev repricing and focus

Prior to August, I would quote each website on a case-by-base basis, with the prices varying wildly. Some sites would be misquoted and end up taking far longer than expected, therefore reducing the return on my time invested.

Three set packages, which have their own limits of scope for their respective project sizes, at set prices (with add ons available) will save time at the quoting stage. Furthermore, the websites within these packages are to be built from ‘blocks’ - premade blocks that can have their colour scheme and content changed, with minor presentation tweaks, that will allow me to snap together a website efficiently. The blocks will, in turn, allow me to focus more on the SEO set up of the site.

I’ve taken a look back through my past clients and have seen that most of them are tradesmen - builders and plasterers etc. Naturally, this is where I plan to focus and specialise. A lot tradesmen seem to have fairly substandard websites. I’m going to try and change that for many of them.

I joined Platinum University

I’m a big fan of online communities that serve a purpose well. There are thousands of communities out there where people try and stand out from the crowd, talk shit, and bring down the tone of the group, while not adding the value that was promised.

Platinum University is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best community I’ve joined, bar none. I’ll be writing a detailed review about Platinum Uni in the coming weeks, which is something I’ve never done before. There has never been a community or product that has inspired me to write an article on it, but not do so would be an injustice to that the founders have built, and are building.

In summary, it’s a community of like-minded individuals that are working together to grow their wealth, improve their mindset and improve on their knowledge. The wealth accumulation is done through a combination of foreign exchange market trading strategies, dropshipping guides, stocks and crypto advice, and more. There are sub-groups that focus on accountability and help each other work towards their goals, offering their thoughts if somebody is struggling.

Never have I seen a group of strangers bond over common goals in such a strong way. It’s fair to say that I’m proud to be a member.

What’s the plan for September 2020?

I’ll continue to add tours to VirtualTrs. This goal was included last month too, but I didn’t quite get round to putting more live. Once.I have all tours live on the website, I’ll be contacting local schools to showcase the resource. It’ll remain free for all to use, but it’ll be nice for more people to see it and use it.

I’ve collected leads for subpar trade websites for Jenksdev.com that I think need an overhaul. I’ll be contacting them all with constructive criticism, packaging a solution to resolve their issues, at an affordable rate. It’s a cold emailing campaign that I’m hoping will yield around a 5-10% success rate.

I’ll be aiming to put six tours live on VirtualTrs each weekday, as well as contacting five leads each weekday.

At the start of this post, I stated that I was narrowing my focus to three key items. A couple of weeks ago I wrote down a business idea that I got very excited about it. Since then, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. It’s part newsletter, part community, with one key focus. The problem: the domain that I want to acquire for it is over £600. That amount is not spare change to me, so I cannot justify it. Maybe one day hey?

Here’s to a successful September!


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