Disclaimer: It might to sound like I'm 'artificially' excited about this product in this post. Don't get the wrong impression, I'm not trying to sell you on anything, it's just how I express 'passion'. I just really think this product is awesome, and if you have an agency or marketing business (or want one), I need you to check it out, because I believe you are going to love it.
That said, this is about one specific product that kind of blew me away when I first realized how thoughtfully it was made.
Quite honestly, I actually get excited just visiting this product's website because it gives me so many fun ideas.
It also has a killer feature that you need to read about at the end.
Who is it for?
It's a great fit for you if that don't know where to start, if you want your own marketing business or agency, if you want to be an entrepreneur, affiliate marketer, or really anyone.
What's it for?
It's for people selling digital services: things like marketing skills, SEO skills, web design skills, blogging skills or really any skills that help people online.
Have you thought about doing that yourself? Most online entrepreneurs have, because most of us buy these exact services from other people.
And, it's a great business.
You know for a fact that people that need work done (you probably do too), you know they're willing to pay for it (you probably have too), and you know how to do that work, or at least how to outsource to someone that does. Plus, you build a client base that stays with you over time.
Creating blog posts for someone on a subscription basis?
Researching SEO keywords for a particular product to focus on?
Creating links for a website by doing manual outreach and guest posts on blogs (high value, 100% 'white hat')
And any service you can think of...
So what stops you from doing it yourself? There are two main reasons people cite.
You think you're not 'expert' enough and what you want to offer isn't unique.
If you start to think about it, almost all of these skills are commodities at this point. You either know how to do it, or you know someone that can do it 'cheaply.' Even if you don't know how to do it the 'best,' 80% of the 'perfect' value is enough for many people, and they're willing to pay for it.
It seems exceptionally painful to create the website and process to manage the selling, orders & clients. It seems so painful to scale to the level you dream of. It just doesn't seem worth it!
It's not surprising and no one can't blame you...
The concept of building a custom Wordpress website, creating a custom design, creating 'products & subscriptions', integrating some sort of payment plugin, integrating a support/order system, and getting that all to work perfectly together so that you don't have to worry about the tech?
So, what if there were software to solve all of that for you, and make you excited to sell and deliver because of how cleanly everything was organized and how scalable it made the concept of selling services?
There is and it's called SPP (Service Provider Pro).
I stumbled upon it about a year ago when I saw it being used for a product I was buying, signed up for a trial to play around with, and was blown away.
I was honestly so excited that I almost abandoned the project I was working on just to work with this.
What exactly does it do?
They advertise as a "All-In-One Solution to Sell & Deliver Services - organizes your payments, clients, orders, and messages in one place..."
That's a salesy way of saying: "We've made the process of selling your service as painless as it could possibly be."
You can sell one-time services or easily create subscriptions for services like link building, blog posting, seo reporting, and anything else.
You don't have to integrate any software yourself, you don't have to use clunky email to keep track of clients, and everything is perfectly organized for you to get to work.
So what's this 'killer feature'?
Well, there's a third reason many people don't want to sell their digital services:
It's a lot of work!
Services aren't for everyone. Not everyone wants clients, and not everyone wants to 'deliver' products to people.
But what if you didn't have to actually deliver any of the services yourself?
What if, everything was automated for you, so that all you had to do was set up the website once, advertise it, and just let someone else do 100% of the fulfillment for you?
Kind of sounds too good to be true, but it's not with SPP.
They automatically integrate with a number of popular third party service providers (think SEO services, blog posting etc.) so that you can sell their products.
All you have to do is decide how much to charge as an up-sell for each product. It's affiliate marketing for services!
When I say 'automatically', I mean you literally choose the service you want to 'up-sell' from a list, pick a price you want to charge, and start selling it. You don't have to do anything else.
Is there a provider charging $25 per 300 word blog post? Just put in $35, and pocket the difference.
The best part? To your client it still looks like you're providing the service yourself, so you can still work with them over time and build a business. You just don't have to do the grunt work, which stops a lot of people dead in their tracks.
Their website explains everything much better than I could, so check it out and see what you think? You might just end up giving it a trial when you see the possibilities like I did.
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Side story: I actually started trying to do exactly what I'm writing about (sell content writing services online) about 6-7 years ago. I built a custom website, integrated software to create an order form, integrated ZenDesk as a support platform, outsourced the orders I received, and essentially created a (super) clunky version of SPP myself.
The problem was that everything had to be done manually. If the actual website, ordering & delivery process was as streamlined as SPP has made it, I would have been able to focus on the advertising & promotion of the business instead of order details, and I wouldn't have gotten burnt out and let the project die out.
In a future case study, I'll revive that website and bring it back to life using SPP. Should be fun!
Have fun, Be excellent, not perfect.
And remember, if you know something would work and keep struggling to get it to, there's a roadblock in your way that you might not even be aware of. Outsource the roadblock, you'll be thankful you did.
- The Imperfect Marketer
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