All entries for November 2008
November 21, 2008
Well, so on Monday I begun calling a number of prospective clients. I had copied down a list of 200+ companies from teh Coventry Camber of Commerce website a few months ago. On sunday I selected 10 of them, and set myself the goad of realizing at least a lead during the week. And sure enough, the first company I called, Acton Finishing, responded positively! I sent over a proposal on Tuesday for translating the website in 3 languages...total revenue 300 pounds (!). The director, Sandeep Gulati, asked me to get back to him on the 25th of January. He also asked me if I could help him with re-developing his website...which is great. I hope I am not taking on a bigger bite than I can chew, but it should be alright. I'll keep you posted!
November 16, 2008
So, after a long absence, I finally got my act together, my company is almost set up! Over the last few weeks I have been working on the corporate logo, letterheads and webdesign with an Indian outsourcing firm, VMG BPO. It was great to work with them...once I overcame my initial insecurities, I realized how easy it is to work with people that are thousands of miles away from here. I managed to develop a website, business cards and letterheads for 300 US$. To be honest I could have done better, but I feel it was a good investment.
On the registration side, I submitted an online form for being se;f-employed. To be honest, I am not really sure what that entails, and I have the feeling that I should have waited before taking that step. After submitting this form (you can find it at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/iwtregister-as-self-employed.htm) I received a confirmation email, but I am not sure if there are any other things I need to do in order to be considered self employed.
Anyway, I am not too preoccupied by the registration issue. What matters is that now I feel ready to contact my first potential clients. I had already created a huge, general list, using the local chamber of commerce membership register. But Now I selected the first ten companies and from tomorrow onwards I will begin my telesales campaign. I'll keep you posted