Richard Williams interview with Experts Online
1. Why Digital Marketing?
Quite Simply, because I could see that it was an emerging market and I was fascinated with the likes of Facebook and YouTube!
2. How hard was it to get into Digital Marketing?
EXTREMELY!! 5 years ago the Internet was awash with American based Internet Marketing companies who promised riches and easy business opportunities, we ended up falling for them and lost over £700.
3. Why didn’t you give up?
We did, Twice! If it wasn’t for my then close friend and Business Partner I’d probably be still in my sales job unhappy! He convinced me that there was something in this industry that was worth pursuing. If other people were making money then we could!
4. What happened next then?
We approached someone who was clearly doing very well in the UK through a series of websites and we asked him if we could pay him to coach us, he did and we started making money almost instantly! It helped us to cut through the fog and focus on what we actually needed to do to be successful. It’s amazing how easy it can be when you are put on the right path!
5. What is your biggest success to date?
Well, honestly speaking, that’s a very difficult question to answer because there have been so many in 5 short years! Personally, I was able to pay off some serious debt in under a year, I bought an investment property, got married lavishly in Las Vegas and had my first child. From a business perspective, I managed to build a series of automated Affiliate sites that earned me money 24 hours a day on auto pilot, I also managed to work with big companies such as HSBC and BT. But I would say it is probably a tie between the first pupil we managed to train and subsequently became successful OR the first affiliate cheque I received through the front door for £14! It showed me Digital Marketing actually worked!
6. Speaking of your coaching, why do you do it?
If I had a penny for the amount of times I have been asked that question I’d have retired! It’s true, Webolutionise run a series of high profit generating websites but the problem I have is that I’m a workaholic, I do not want to sit in my pants watching Jeremy Kyle every morning, I actually like working with people. We do not need to run this coaching, although we earn through it, I see it as giving back and helping people who were in a similar position to me.
7. Webolutionise have a key focus on giving back, why have you made that important to your brand?
I think the Industry we work in has a seriously bad name at times and quite rightly so. For a long while there were no regulations in place so people could say and print what they wanted. At Webolutionise we want to show people that we aren’t going to take their money and run away, we give back.. both to business seekers, charities and now our latest project is with students.
8. Tell us more about your student offer?
I never went to University because I did not believe it would be productive for me. I never listened in school, hated being told what to do and as a result knew from an early age that running my own business was the only way I would be successful! We believe the Digital Age is taking over and that modern day students are not being given the education they need to survive in the current climate. Because of this, we take one student per month and pledge to give them a digital education for free.
9. Can anyone work with your company?
ALMOST everyone can work with our company. We have set up successful Digital Businesses for Trainee hairdressers aged 18 years old right through to a 78-year-old widow who wanted to earn money for the grandkids. Our course is not age, sex or experience dependent.
10. Why Almost everyone?
Because there are some qualities our students MUST have to be successful. They must have a hard work ethic, realistic expectations and the ability remain positive when it gets tough. We guarantee we will work with you until you Digital Business is a success but we cannot run it for you. It takes at least 6 months of hard work before your efforts come to fruition.
11. Do your students need a product to take the course?
Absolutely not, you need an Internet connection and some form of computer/laptop to work with us. That’s it.
12. Do people fail after committing to the course?
Yes they do but very rarely. These people tend to allow circumstances get the better of them such as job promotions or relocations. Alarmingly, we were analyzing University pass rates the other day and a member of the team told me that the University pass rate is just under 50%, that can’t be right!? I know where money would be every time!
13. What motivates you?
I think this is really important and anyone reading this should take note. I have many motivations; one of them is to never work for anybody but myself! Building and running profit generating websites is a fantastic way to answer to no one and dictate your own earnings. I am also motivated to ensure my son grows up with as many choices as possible, I want to build something he can take over and never look back. A Williams Digital domination!
14. What makes you different to any other?
My availability. I deliberately keep myself very busy with various Digital Projects but I always ensure I have time to pick up my phone where possible and speak with people. I want to be accessible to people who have questions about our courses or who simply need advice.
15. Take Business out the equation, what gets Richard Williams excited?
Besides my wife?? I had to say that just incase she sees this! Well the other love of my life is my football team, West Ham United. I’m a season ticket holder and have followed them my entire life. When business is going well they provide me with the much needed kick in the proverbial’s to keep me grounded!
16. Finally, what advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business online?
You’re right to be sceptical! There are many sub standard products on the market. To be successful you MUST pay for some face to face/1-2-1 training, with someone who has been there and worn the T-Shirt. It’s the very reason The Webolutionise Digital Business Academy was created. Oh yea, take action! The amount of people who have taken our course two years after initially making contact always amazes me. They end up kicking themselves for not doing it sooner.