Dean Ethridge – Small Business Marketing Consultant Birmingham AL
My Journey from B2B Sales to Internet Marketing
My first, and only, real job I had was with Robert Orr/Sysco which sold food and food service equipment related products to restaurants, medical institutions, and schools etc. I did great, made lots of money, but didn’t like working for someone. I suppose I always knew I’d be an entrepreneur as a kid, as I loved making things happen on my own or coming up with my own unique ideas and putting them into play.
In May of 1994, I quit my job that paid me very well to open my own restaurant and go 200K in debt in my mid-20s! It all worked out fine…
I’ve gone on to start several other companies since I sold my business in the late 90’s, and I’ve learned some invaluable lessons from each experience.
My goal is to help people realize their dream of becoming self-employed, and working closely with those that really want to “make it”. A lot of people want their life to change, but they’re not willing to do the necessary things to push forward and become successful.
The biggest key to changing your life…is changing your life!
The Only Constant is Change – How I Became a Small Business Marketing Consultant
A few years ago I went through a major adjustment involving my career. I was making good money, but I didn’t enjoy parts of what I was doing. I was in the telecom industry and sold local phone service, wireless service, high speed internet, network solutions, and phone systems. I still enjoy providing solutions for companies, but what I didn’t enjoy was “the chase”.
I felt like I was on a constant hampster wheel to find new clients in a commodity market. The marketing methods we used were tired, and so was I. I wanted to find a product(s) or service that I could market to where people could call ME looking for solutions instead of me chasing them. I made a conscientious decision to learn how to make money online or build businesses to where people would find my offerings online, and reach out to me due to my online marketing efforts.
The only problem was that it seemed that no one really wanted to show you how to make money online, or attract what I now know as inbound leads. I also was introduced to blogging, affiliate marketing, and the whole attraction marketing concept which is basically a “givers gain” internet marketing model. While I’m there, you have to understand right now that successful internet marketers can’t simply just pitch their products constantly. I made that mistake early on, and failed miserably at trying to make any money online.
It wasn’t until I focused my shift from “What Can I Sell Online Today?” to “What Can I Teach the Masses Today that Will Help Them Solve a Problem in Their Business or Daily Life?” that I had any kind of success at all on the internet.
If You Want to Make Money Online, Become a Great Problem Solver and tie relevant products around the solution that you can monetize. It’s really that Simple
Whats the Main Purpose of My Site? Create a Free Internet Marketing Course (No Gotchas)
With this blog, I want to be as transparent as possible with everything I do online and offline. What I’ve learned is there is a TON of hype surrounding most internet marketing courses, and the gurus online. It’s usually a constant, never-ending pitch to get you to buy more and more stuff. The primary purpose of my site is to help you avoid buying things you don’t need, help you avoid “gurus” and programs you shouldn’t, show you products and services that are worth promoting, and teach you strategies that are easy to duplicate that actually work.
If you’re already doing business online or offline, I hope that my experiences – both my wins and my failures – can further help you reach your goals.
If you don’t have a business but thinking about it, you can see what it’s like, see what’s involved and make decisions on your own without having to pay someone and be subjected to the possibility of false claims and wasted money.
Please feel free to subscribe to my newsletter, and get exclusive online business strategies that you won’t find publicly, as well as access to Local Business Gold, my free online marketing course.
I’ve often said “I’m not a guru, I’m just a guy”. My techniques are not ninja secrets and the kinds of things I teach are not “get rich quick” schemes – far from it actually. Because honestly most of the information I could give you can be found for free here on my site, or elsewhere online. My goal is to package my free internet marketing course in as simple of format as possible. Some of it you will already know, and feel free to move on to the next lesson if so. If you need some help figuring stuff out, just use my contact form to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Is It Easy to Make Money Online? My Free Online Marketing Course Can Help Immensely
Earning any type of income online takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience and a little bit of luck too. I hope to inspire you to reach your goals with a legitimate business or cause. I speak only from my experiences, and realize not everyone will share all of my views. This is my way of giving back to those that have given to me along the way.
You won’t get any hard sells from me, long sales pages or fluffed up stuff – just real life strategies and recommendations based on my own experience with building a successful business through trial and error!
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the blog sometime soon!
Have Your Best Day Ever!