I decided it was time for a new job and I needed a resume. I began buying all types of resume how-to books. In a few days I wrote a professional resume by myself. My resume was so sharp that I was getting calls for interviews right away. My friends were not even close to getting jobs, so I offered to write there resume for free. Within 4 weeks, they all had news jobs. It felt outstanding to see my friends happy because of a service that I provided them. So I began to think about starting a Resume Writing Service where I can help others all over the world!
I began with a small ad in the Yellowpages listing my service. I had received no more than a call a week and was charging $45 to write a resume from scratch. With an extra couple hundred dollars in my pocket each month I wanted more. I then started passing out flyers at local Universities all up and down the State. I offered a special for recent graduates and before I knew it I had an average of 2.9 clients a week from the colleges.
Business was picking up and all this work was done after my full-time job at nights. I was getting exhausted, but I still wanted more business. Efficiency was low, since I had to call up the client and ask them a ton of questions in order to write their resume. I needed a Website!
I needed to get my customers online to fill out my questionnaire and place the orders in a database where I can access the orders from anywhere. The website would have to be easy to navigate and direct the customers to the order form without any extra steps or obstacles. A clear and concise site was very important to me, as I would have all different types of backgrounds of people exploring the site and looking for a professional resume.
I hired a team of webmasters from Contender Career Solutions to create this website to my exact specifics. They did an outstanding job and I was online in about a week. I knew there was a lot of competition on the internet, so I stuck to advertising the way I knew best, but this time listed my website address instead of my home phone number.
I pumped more money into my advertising campaigns. I hired a few college kids to pass out flyers all over the Universities. I listed in Yellowpages in different states. I was now a servicing people all over the world. I was writing 2 resumes a night and 6-10 on the weekends. Best of all, I was now making more money than my day job and my expenses were extremely low. During the initial months of the website I was making just about $2,000 per month.
I then began to boost my advertising even more by running specials such as 50% off all resume packages. The package included a resume, cover letter, and follow-up letter. The competition could not handle my low prices. My cheapest package now sold for just $50! Remember the cost to make this resume is next to nothing. Although some resumes took longer to write than others, it all balances out at the end of the day. With $50 resume packages, I was now getting home from work at 6:00p.m. and writing resumes until midnight each day. My weekends were pretty much full of resume orders. On some weekends I had over a dozen orders to fulfill!!! That came to over $500 in a day.
Well, no one can really keep up that pace for long so I had to find or create some shortcuts or hire help to write the resumes. I put “Hiring” ad up on the website and had some good feedback. The candidate had to show me resumes they have written and also write a one page resumes based on the information I have provided. Many of the candidates were rather average and I just couldn’t see paying them a nice percentage to write a resume that may give my company a poor name.
I then thought to myself what If I can get some customized software for my computer that can aide my writers to writing professional resumes? And that I did. We obtained 6 copies of most valuable software to any resume business owner. My resume writing time averaged about 1.1 hours. Now I was writing resumes in 22 minutes on average. I was now able to spend time with my family and eat dinner with them and then writing 3 resumes in a hour before I went to bed. The software is a must have!!!