“Do I Need Any Previous Experience To Start With the SFM?”

Well it’s certainly natural for individuals to have the concern to whether they need any previous experience before getting started with an internet business from before getting started with SFM. I can certainly say, without any hesitation, that the answer is you absolutely do not need any previous experience. In fact I can tell you that many many of our top students over the years, who have come through our business system and education program here, are individuals who got started without any previous experience

One of the things that I will say as well is actually a lot of our students who have come in over the years with previous experience sometimes come in with preconceptions. As a result of that they sometimes come in with, dare I say, even some bad habits, some bad ideas about how internet businesses should be run. As a result of that they don’t actually follow the program exactly the way it’s been designed to be followed. The other thing is if an individual does have previous experience sometimes what they’ll do is skip some of the basics, because maybe they’re just very very keen to get it going. The advice I always give to individuals in that situation, who are getting started with SFM, is regardless of your previous experience if you haven’t been getting the kind of results that you want, which is probably why you’re here in the first place, then do not skip the steps.

The system here, the business system, the training, the program, the tools and all of the technology that we have here has been designed assuming that the individual has no previous experience. It’s been a company and a community that has organically grown based around the results that we’re getting with our students. We’ve proven time and time again that previous experience is not something that you need to be bringing to the table.

Also I will say, if you’re not technical [in a way 01:55] that you need to be some sort of whiz kid not the case at all. Everything is put in place in order for you to get started. A little bit like or lot like, I should say, a franchise. It’s a proven system kind of like a business in a box, if you like, that you can get going right away.

Absolutely don’t mind if you haven’t got any previous experience at all.

 

“What Makes SFM Any Different To Others?”

To be fair, I think it’d probably be a fairer question to ask one of our students who have actually gone through the coaching and using the business system because that way, you’re going to get a response from somebody who isn’t one of the co-founders but naturally, I think there’s a lot of things that make us incredibly different to anything else out there. Maybe I’m a bit biased but I’m more than happy to share some of the things that I think really sets us apart.

First of all I would is that the step-by-step infrastructure that we have here is always, always commented on in a very complimentary way. A lot of probably who’ve tried to do things in past in the internet have always said that they felt very overwhelmed and that they’re spreading themselves too thin, a poor training courses and they’ve not even known where to start and just completely felt overloaded. With us, we have a very well-designed and proven step-by-step program for you to follow. I think that’s one of the first things that separate us apart from a lot of things out there.

The other thing is that we provide real human support. As I mentioned earlier, we provide real human support through the steps. If anytime you get stuck, you need to reach out to your personal SFM business consultant, you’re able to do that. You get their phone number. You get their e-mail address. You can connect through them on Facebook. You can text them. We also have live chats, something that you can access through working hours.

You have the ability to e-mail and put in support tickets to our desk. Having that genuine real human support. We don’t outsource any part of our support. We don’t have representatives who don’t understand our business thoroughly and our education system. Everybody here that works for us is on our payroll and they’ve been with us in almost every instance for a long time. Some of our support agents are actually students of the company. They really understand how to support people through the journey.

Then finally, without a doubt, what makes us very, very different is our business system and what enables you to do in terms of getting started with the franchise like business out of a box system. The reason so many people fail to get really anywhere on the internet is because they fail to get setup. There’s loads of courses out there in terms of how to start a business or how to create you’re own products, how to set everything up.

The amazing thing of our business system is there really no complicated setup at all, and what I mean by that is you can get started, you have websites and you have the ability to create your own website very, very easily. All of the technology is here under one roof. You have the ability to plug and play with our existing affiliate products here. You don’t even need to go out there and find the affiliate programs to the point where, imagine receiving $1000 plus commissions for each and every sale that you make of a product. That [known 00:03:19] as high ticket commissions, where we have that all built within the system should you want to take that route.

What that means is rather than going out and spending time researching products to sale or going out there trying to put everything together, trying to set websites up, it’s all ready to go. We give you your links and then we teach you how to go out there and actually market and promote on the internet, including a topic, a [codeless 00:03:42] building, which you’re going to get into with our education here.

You’re actually building an asset as you go along and that list of customers or potential customers prospects will eventually become your biggest asset because it’s what really, truly will make you self-sufficient and independent as an online business owner. That’s all ready to go. We have customers actually going out there, doing money, producing activities within 7 days of getting started with us.

Imagine that, being fully in business, a business model that gives you the opportunities to earn a serious income almost out of the box. Definitely something that stands out and whenever I get feedback from our students.

 

“What Kind Of Support Do I Get?”

I think supporting you through your journey of creating a successful business is probably one of the most important questions that can be asked. The reason being is with the internet, unfortunately, there’s a lot of programs and opportunities out there that sell you this dream of being able to become successful on the internet. Once you actually get your credit card out and you make that purchase, there’s not human insight. There is no one to be seen; no one to get response from.

I’ll be honest, it’s taken us a long time to get it right. We’ve been working on the different ways to support our customers for many years now. I’m very, very proud to say, “I don’t think there are many companies in any market out there that offer quite the diversity of support that we provide.”

Just to talk you some of those, first of all, I’m going keep reiterating through many videos that you see with us, is that our training is in a step-by-step fashion. It’s linear. You don’t have to go out there and see a ton of different information trainings out there and pick and choose what you work with. It’s designed to go through a certain process. That’s where the support starts in terms of us actually thinking about your experience as you work through the trainings. You can imagine as you’re going through those trainings, you’re going to get stuck; you’re going to have questions; you’re going to need support. We have multiple channels.

The first thing I would say is that we have telephone support. I think that’s probably something surprises a lot of our customers, because it’s the internet and what internet company provides phone support these days? Not many. You are able to pick up the phone. The reason you’re able to do that is we’re actually going to allocate you a dedicated business consultant, system consultant through your journey at the SFM.

That’s somebody that you deal with on a one-on-one basis. What that does mean is they’re not going to be available 24/7. Our consultants are working 6 days a week, and they’re working various different hours through the day. The way you can actually schedule support with them is through picking up the phone in the hours of operation. You can also access their calendar anytime and see the available appointments that they have, which is actually the preferred method for most of our customers, and schedule in your very own appointment. A bit like using these websites where you can book a table at a restaurant, it’s exactly the same. You can actually schedule in a time that you know you’re going to be available. You can plan a time to be set in front of the computer and get any of your questions answered.

On top of that, we then have live chat. If you’ve got something you just need support with almost instantly and you want to deal with something, you can log onto our live chat, speak with one of our support staff, and they can help and assist you through any [inaudible 00:02:48] or hiccups. We have a support desk as well, which has got all of our common questions that we get, and obviously thorough answers, including videos that walk you through various different things, which can be accessed 24/7. You can submit tickets and emails to the company in order to get responses that way.

The last thing I’ll mention is, and certainly it isn’t the least, is the amazing community that we have here. I think that’s probably what people value most. The reason being is that what you’re then doing is getting support from other people who have actually gone through the same journey that you’re going through. One of the advantages that we have here is as we’ve been around quite some time now, we have a lot of students who have worked through the program and become very, very successful to the point where they’re absolutely working on their businesses full-time. There is nothing more that they often like to do in their spare time then to kind of give back if you like.

We have a private members community site, where we all hang out, including me. We have various different private groups on Facebook that you can join. You’re going to get to meet other members. I think one of the most important things in picking an education company to learn from is there’s got to be transparency. Why you find that most education systems out there, in my opinion, don’t offer a community and introduce you to their other customers, is frankly they’re selling a lot of hot air. When you sell hype and hot air and exaggerations, it’s impossible for you to have your customers talking amongst one another, because it’s only going to bite you if your members are actually getting results and your not providing the kind of education that people need to get the results that they’re suggesting is achievable.

With us, we know what we can achieve of our students. We’ve proven it time and time again. Our community is extremely transparent. You’ll get to talk with members who have struggled and found success. You’ll get to connect with our very top students who have gone on to build highly successful, multiple six figure businesses. You’ll also be able to connect with other people who are going through the journey that you’re going through right now. We have people obviously starting with us everyday on the same path as you. That can often help you feel a lot less isolated.

Working for home, particularly if you’re doing this on your own, can be very, very lonely working in your home office, especially if you’re used to being in an office environment. Our community really enables you to connect with tons of like-minded individuals.

On top of all of this, kind of a separate topic, but we have our events, our live events where you get to join us in person. We have them all over the world. I recently got back from Sydney, Australia where we all mingled together and teach and train and support one another at live events as well. I think as far as support, you can’t go far wrong with getting started with us, because we really do care about you. It’s one thing me saying that, it’s another thing us backing it up. I think you’ll notice within your first 24 hours that this is real.

“What Kind Of Business Can I Build?”

When it comes to the type of business that you can build as a result of being a student of the SFM, the actual answer is an infinite amount of opportunities and types of businesses that you could go out and build and I’ll give you some examples of that in a minute, but before I do that, I just want to explain to you. The main focus of our education, particularly for your first three to six months here is teaching you and showing you how to market online.

Marketing in business is the lifeblood of any business. Whether you’re talking offline or online, knowing how to get your products and services in front of a target audience really is everything.

You could have the best product or service in the world, but if nobody knows it exists, then how on earth are they going to make a decision to purchase that product or service? What we’re going to do is we’re going to focus very heavily and almost an intensive way on how to market online and believe me, you do not need to be technical or have any like as a previous experience in order to do that. Now, the result of being able to market on the internet means that you then get to pick and choose the type of business that you go and build and grow.

Example is within our own community here is we have students who have gone on to be highly paid consultants, consulting small, medium and large businesses on how to market their products and services. We’ve had students here who have gone on to be local business marketers. In other words, they’ve gone on to actually get inside these small businesses and then go out and actually do the marketing for those businesses and as result, get paid for it.

We’ve had students who have continued to just focus on affiliate marketing and direct sales, the business motto that we highly recommend people start with purely because it’s the fastest way to put money in your bank account.

It also gives you complete geographical freedom. You don’t need to be tied to one location. I’d say probably the bulk of our students actually stick with that type of business motto because it really does offer the most amount of flexibility.

We’ve also had students who have gone on to go and sell many of their own products and services including creating from scratch their very own products and services. We’ve even had students who have gone on to go and grow and help grow charities, that kind of thing. The thing that you need to take away from what I’m saying right now is once you know how to market, once you understand how to market, you really have so many options in terms of the type of business that you could have as an end result.

I think the key thing though for you to understand, if you’re like many of our students and first of all, you just want to have a business that’s paying you and pay you enough money to be self-sufficient and independent and work from home and maybe quit a job or maybe retire a husband or maybe have more money coming in to the household, then you’re going to want to make sure that you focus on the training that we first provide in the Getting Started modules, because that is what it’s designed to do.

It’s designed to show you how to put money in your bank account as fast as possible so that you can then get that result and then scale those results in order to write your own paycheck and the amount of money is going to come down to the amount of effort you put in, but it’s exciting. That’s what I would say is online marketing, the opportunities are endless once you really understand what to do. You really get to pick and choose.

 

“Is This An Internet Scam?”

Do you know what? I used to be incredibly defensive around this question because for me, it was an insult. It was kind of like, “How dare you even suggest that this industry or this business or our company is some sort of scam?” I’m a little bit older and wiser and lot more mature these days to completely respect the fact it’s a very legitimate question.

The first bit of advice I’m going to give you is when you’re going to invest money on the internet, and especially if it’s in your education and you’re expecting a service back, don’t part with your money to start with if there is no refund period or guarantee or anything like that. It’s a true sign that something is fishy, something is not right.

I think that the only way for you to make a decision on anything today in this internet world is by going through an experience yourself. The advantage you have when you have a refund or some sort of guarantee period is that you get to experience whether this is actually adding value.

I think the only way that you’ll ever be able to make a wise decision on anything, because I am obviously going to tell you what I think about the industry, what I think about our company … The only way that you will ever know for yourself is by judging on the experience that you have. Is the education what you expected? Is the support that was promised being provided? Are you making progress? That kind of thing. With ours, you get your 30 day absolute no questions asked refund period.

You get to actually feel and experience everything before you get started and I would say that’s the advice that you should apply to anything that you’re checking out online.

The other thing I would say on the other side of the coin, when it comes to the internet, you’re going to get what you look for. What I mean by this is if you’re researching a particular restaurant or a particular hotel and you’re looking for the negative review or you’re looking for the reasons not to go and stay at a particular resort or hotel, you’re going to find what you’re looking for.

If you go and look for raving reviews about a particular restaurant, if you go and look to find raving reviews about a particular authority figure, an expert, you’re going to find the raving reviews.

On the internet, you have got to understand you find what you look for. I don’t think it’s always a fair way to judge any particular product or service or industry, on that matter. For us, it’s normally people researching the industry of internet marketing or affiliate marketing, that kind of thing.

I can tell you now there are people out there that are complete nay-sayers about affiliate marketing, for example. They say it doesn’t work anymore, it’s broken. These kind of things are coming from people that have never had success in the industry. They never will have success in the industry. Frankly, they spend most of their time out there being trolls on the internet.

The key thing is don’t take my word, don’t take any of our affiliates’ word for anything. You have to judge everything based on your own experience and of course, the value that you received from any particular company. Keep an eye out for guarantees and refunds and then you probably can’t go too far wrong because if something doesn’t meet your expectations, you can obviously get your money back.

“Do You Do Live Events?”

Well, not only do we have events, they’re a lot of fun. In fact, I would say our events are what I look forward to most each and every time they’re coming. We actually do events all over the world. I recently just got back from Sydney, Australia. We had a great time hanging out with many of our Australian students over there.

And we have events in the UK, we have events in the United States, and as the company is growing and expanding, the rate is we’re always looking at putting on more events in more destinations. The thing I would say about live events is if you get the opportunity to attend one, you absolutely should. Nothing quite matches those live environments.

Everything from being able to experience the training in person, being able to be involved with the questions and answers, just being able to hang out at the bar afterwards. I’ve had some of the best conversations. I’ve created some of the most important relationships in my business from hanging out at the bar after events.

Whether you drink or not is up to you. But yes, these events are happening all the time. We have different events for different parts of the education, different product lines that we have.

We also have extremely regular live events on the internet, also known as webinars or webcasts, and these are happening multiple times every single week. A prime example is when you get started with VSFM, one of the very first live trainings that you’ll be doing, typically with my business partner, Jay, is what we call a “New Member Orientation.”

And on that webinar, that’s where we’re going to really work with you in a small group on a live webinar to get you set up and understand exactly what the steps are in order to go out and get the fastest results possible. So yes, events are definitely something that we do and I couldn’t recommend more than anything, actually, making sure that you get to one of them.

“Do I Need To Sell SFM Products To Make Money?”

Without a doubt, one of the big advantages you have as an SFM student is that you get the opportunity to leverage our business system in order to go out there and make affiliate sales and commissions. Our umbrella company, if you like, Digital Experts, LLC, has a lot of different products under its belt. We have Digital Experts Academy. We have Digital Business Lounge, which is website building and hosting, tools for marketing on the internet. We have Simple Lead Capture, a great little tool out there for small businesses who want to go out and build subscriber bases.

As a result of that, we are able to plug our various different products into the business system in order for you to be able to go out and make promotions to these various different products, services, events, and education systems that we provide. In terms of do you have to do it to make money, absolutely not.

One piece of advice I try to give everybody is you should first of all never ever sell anything that you don’t really, truly believe in. That might seem crazy to some because there are people in business every day who are selling all sorts of products out there. In my experience, the fastest way to get success and results is to focus on selling things that you’re either extremely passionate about or that you really believe in.

A lot of our SFM students go out and choose to be affiliates for our various different product lines because they used them, they have benefited from them, and many instances, they resulted in completely changing their lives. Naturally, it’s a great start. Without a doubt, the thing that I would say is the education that we provide here is absolutely designed to teach you to be self sufficient. Being tied to selling one particular company’s products or services definitely isn’t self sufficient.

We want to empower you to go out there and really build the business that you love and as a result of that, you have to have the freedom of flexibility to apply the education that we have given you to go out and pick and choose and make decisions that are right for you. No, absolutely, you do not need to sell SFM products or Digital Experts, LLC products and services in order to make money.

 

“Do I Need A Marketing Budget?”

All right, so I’ll be really direct with answering this question because I think often people tell you what you want to hear, you know, in terms of actually investing in your business, both time and money wise. And the reality is this: The more you invest in your business, and that’s time and money, the chances are the more likely you’re going to see results and the faster you’re going to see results.

But in terms of actually can you grow a business and build a business, can you build your SFM business without a marketing budget, the answer is absolutely. Yes, you can. We’re very lucky with the internet that there are free ways of getting online exposure and doing online marketing. But it does take longer.

If you’re going to go out there and you’re going to do free advertising and online marketing that doesn’t cost anything, it’s not going to be instant. And I have had many students over the years who have gone on to create very successful businesses starting without a marketing budget.

But the thing you’ve got to be careful of is you will hear a lot of case studies, including here at SFM, in terms of people who have gone on and had amazing amounts of success within, for example, just a few months of getting started. And I’ll say nearly always they’ve had money to invest. Nearly always. Maybe 1 or 2 exceptions I can say as being a case of people doing incredibly well with free marketing.

The thing I always say as well is that you’ve got to have time or money for your business. If you have both, great. But be realistic. If you have no money to invest in your business, then you’re going to need time. Equally, if you have very little time, it’s going to help you a lot if you’ve got more money to invest. Paid advertising, when doing promotions online, do cost money. And, of course, if you can put money into a business, it’s going to help.

The other thing that I would say to you is that it’s really important to understand that online business is phenomenal in terms of the fact that it’s kind of like a pay-as-you-go business model. What I mean by that is with most business out there, if you go start a traditional business, you have to come up with a lot of money upfront, whether that be $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 and upwards just to get started.

And then it’s natural to expect to have some ongoing commitments and costs to invest. My first franchise business, which I miserably failed with, cost me 12,000 pounds upfront, about $20,000 upfront, and then some reasonably small investments keep it going.

The reason I love this business is because at the time of starting I was broke, from a perspective of having no savings, I was in debt.

And what I realized was that even though I was at a full-time job, what I was able to do was get started very quickly with very little start-up capital; however, it did give me the chance to continue to invest in my business on an ongoing basis. So anytime I had disposable income, it went into the business because I was realistic in terms of making things happen and making things work.

So I think you should always try and think of investing in your business from a positive perspective and the advantage, the huge advantage, with an online venture like we show you here is that you can do it on a pay-as-you-go basis, if you like. As in when you have money to invest, you have the opportunity to do so.

“Can This Help Me Grow My Existing Business?”

There’s no doubt that growing your existing business is really going to come down to a few things, but I’ll probably say the number 1 thing is being able to attract and get more customers. The education that we’re going to provide you here absolutely is going to enable you to go out there and get more customers. It’s a huge focus of what we’re going to teach you.

If you got something that you’re working on or you got a business that you’re very happy with or you’re really looking to develop, then the education here is really going to help you to do that. One word of warning that I do like to put out there however, is sometimes people spend a lot of time nurturing and growing a business idea that they have or an existing business that they have based on them assuming that it’s going to be the quickest way to put more money in the bank, and that’s quite of to not the case.

The advice I give my students all the time is, only spend your time growing your existing business. If it’s a business that you really want to have. If you’ve got a business that you’re not that passionate about, if you’ve got a business that actually you’re not really that bothered about whether you have or not. Just right now, it’s what’s putting money into the bank account and food on the table then what to do is actually look at setting up almost like a second business alongside what you’re doing right now and eventually replace that business with something that you are really passionate about.

My huge focus here at SFM and our community is showing people how they can create and build a business that they love. The result of that is they can then go on [inaudible 00:01:38] live the life that they love and I think it’s really impossible to really live your ultimate life if you’re not in love with your business and I think you have to love your business. It’s like having another child or having a child. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of nurturing, a lot of persistence to make it a success.

You just need to think about it wisely and if you have something right now that you want to grow, you want to improve upon, we are absolutely going to provide you with almost everything you could possibly need, including the tools and technologies to help you grow your existing business.

“Can I Do This Around My Job And Commitments?”

 

One of the biggest advantages to having an internet business is the fact that you can do it from anywhere. As long as you’ve got a laptop or a computer and an internet connection, you’re in business. That being the case, you can absolutely build your business around the day job or other commitments and around family because you have that kind of flexibility on your side.

The only thing I will say on that though, is that it’s very, very important that if you’re intending on having any real results, that you don’t treat your business as a side project or like a hobby. You really do have to commit to working on it on a regular basis. In fact, consistency is probably one of the most important things that you need to bring to the business.

This Is Not a Hobby!

I have had so many students over the years who have been able to build successful businesses and income streams around their day jobs, around other commitments by only working an hour or so a day on their business. Like I said, making sure that you treat it like a priority is important. If you treat it like a hobby, you’ll be paid like it’s a hobby.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get paid for my hobbies. When I’m out golfing, unfortunately, I’m not quite good enough to get paid for that. It’s the same with your internet stuff.

If you just treat it as a hobby and as a side project, the chances are you’re not going to really get the results that you’re looking for.

Be Consistent

I think consistency is more important than sporadic amounts of effort. Too many people will maybe put in four or five hours in one day and then leave it for a week. That’s just not going to work. Whereas a reasonable amount of time on a consistent basis is what it really takes to get the kind of results where you’re going to start putting money in your bank account.

Yeah, absolutely. If you’re concerned around the fact that you work long hours or you have family commitments, I have seen it time and time again. It’s more than possible with the right attitude to build a successful business.