14 Tips For Starting A Successful Digital Marketing Business

Want to start your own digital marketing business? Here are 14 tips you should know.

We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a digital marketing business:

#1: Rahul Alim, founder of Custom Creatives:

We chatted with with Rahul, founder of Custom Creatives ($300K/month). In our interview, Rahul says:

Pick something you are passionate about, go all-in on it, and don’t give up early. Stay the course.

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#2: Courtney, founder of Intellitonic:

We chatted with with Courtney, founder of Intellitonic ($135K/month). In our interview, Courtney says:

Find partners who shore up your weaknesses and polish your strengths. Time and time again our business story is one of personal growth enabled by the support our founders and the team provide each other.

Additionally:

If people aren’t saying you’re too expensive at least some of the time, you’re too cheap.

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#3: Rahul Alim, founder of Custom Creatives:

We chatted with with Rahul, founder of Custom Creatives ($300K/month). In our interview, Rahul says:

That was a bad plan. I did not anticipate all the hats I would have to wear such as paying bills, accounting, sales, fulfillment or vendor management.

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#4: Anshul Sharma, founder of BrandBurp Digital:

We chatted with with Anshul, founder of BrandBurp Digital ($100K/month). In our interview, Anshul says:

Stay focused on your goal and start without any fear.

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#5: Jacob Dazzeo, founder of Watson Digital:

We chatted with with Jacob, founder of Watson Digital ($12K/month). In our interview, Jacob says:

You’ll go further with help. Watson Digital is what it is today because of support from friends and family. We are always looking to form strategic partnerships that benefit both sides.

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#6: Courtney, founder of Intellitonic:

We chatted with with Courtney, founder of Intellitonic ($135K/month). In our interview, Courtney says:

Be patient and work hard - as cheesy as it sounds, success doesn’t happen overnight.

Additionally:

Find the right people, whether they are your partners or team members who can replace or add to your skillset. Additionally, if someone isn’t good at something, focus on what they are good at.

Further:

It’s ok to fire a client or turn work down. As an agency, your work relies heavily on relationships, both internal and external. The health and happiness of your internal team are just as important, if not more than your clients.

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#7: Kevin Roy, founder of GreenBanana:

We chatted with with Kevin, founder of GreenBanana ($600K/month). In our interview, Kevin says:

Take calculated risks but make sure they are calculated.

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#8: Evan LaGasse, founder of eBoost Consulting:

We chatted with with Evan, founder of eBoost Consulting ($/month). In our interview, Evan says:

Every action you take gets you closer to either succeeding or failing. The more you do, the more you learn and the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you will eventually succeed.

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#9: Jeff Carrier, founder of Restoration Digital Marketing:

We chatted with with Jeff, founder of Restoration Digital Marketing ($25K/month). In our interview, Jeff says:

Develop the client relationship. Become a friend to them. Not everyone can perform perfectly (especially in SEO) but your friend will work with you through the challenges, whereas any other client might just jump ship to someone else.

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Carve out your niche! Many industries (like digital marketing) are wide and broad. Specialize in what you do and you can gain traction quicker in that one vertical.

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#10: Jacob Dazzeo, founder of Watson Digital:

We chatted with with Jacob, founder of Watson Digital ($12K/month). In our interview, Jacob says:

create sustainable habits so that even when you are struggling to find motivation, your discipline can kick in.

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