How to Run a Six Figure Remote Agency Business – Viola Schenkel

How to Run a Six Figure Remote Agency Business – Viola Schenkel


Yo! These are my notes from Viola’s talk at Nomad Summit 2018! Leave your thoughts, tips & experiences below!


Viola Eva Schenkel -Building a Six Figure Service Based Business from Scratch

Here’s her talk:

Viola Schenkel built a service based business making over six figures in revenue and hiring 15 employees in just 4 months! You can see her digital marketing agency here.

An Agency business = a people business.


This is Agency 101:


What to sell

  1. Choose the field in which you have knowledge & experience (or perceived expertise right? Per 4-Hour Workweek:)


2. How to sell

  1. Add value, add value, add value, then sell.
  2. Get a CRM, follow up
  3. Go for their heart on the first phone call
  4. Close the deal quickly
    1. proposals and invoices are always first priority
      1. sending the proposal after the call so they can rationalize
    2. The most successful agencies have the best sales people
  5. Be bold. Be confident.
    1. tell people “its a marathon not a sprint”
  6. If they don’t say YES or NO, Follow up and see how things are doing

Your best investment? Spend time with a good sales person.



My clients know I’m in Bali by the beach, but that doesn’t compromise my professionalism.

Example onboarding form


3. Managing clients

  1. Be professional
    1. My clients know I’m in Bali by the beach, but that doesn’t compromise by professionalism.
  2. Use a google form (doing this now with intern apps;) to ask questions, when someone signs with you
  3. Write well designed organized emails
    1. Tip: step up your email game. Make them beautiful and clear to understand.
  4. #1 Question: How can I make this easier for you?
    1. Only tell clients what they need to know
  5. Client Calls:
    1. I schedule 2 calls per month, and EXACTLY what will be discussed
    2. They can’t just call me anytime.

Ultimate success metric: Client Happiness. Do exceptional work but also tell them all they need to know to be happy.


4. VISION for the Team

  1. What do we expect from our team members?
    1. We expect ONLY exceptional results.
  2. What do we expect from our leadership body?
    1. Exceptional leadership
  3. What is the company vision?
    1. see example — “people wanna work with us because of this dope & exciting vision statement.”
  4. “We expect honest communication and delivery ON TIME.”
  5. Vision: we are all one and interconnected. We use



5. Hiring

  1. Hiring is like dating. Don’t get married on the first fate. Build the relationship step by step.


6. Accountability

  1. If several people are accountable for 1 function.. no one is accountable! (love this)
  2. Trick to run your team: Setup a Function accountability chart (I need to do this asap!)


If several people are accountable, no one is accountable.

function accountability chart
function accountability chart


7. Communication

  1. #1 trick – the daily stand up. (fixed time & channel, max 15 mins)
    1. How are you? (I’ve been using this)
    2. What have you been working on?
    3. What will you do today?
    4. What do you need help with?
  2. “Clear the Mind” … #Equanimity




As the leader, I am accountable for getting the task done. That includes being clear with my team members and giving them everything  they need to succeed.



Celebrate! (yay?)

  1. Show them you know they’re important

Make your clients happy.

Make your team happy.

Make yourself happy!

  • This is the key to a successful service business.
  1. Scalability
    1. The ultimate trick: hire a Navy Seal
      1. Hire a person to take over your job – (I’m looking for this on this now!)
  2. Branding
    1. Have strong agency brand
  3. Go Lean. Add Value. Start Selling.
    1. this equals success.

“Hire a Navy Seal”





There’s much more to this so please Leave your thoughts, tips & experiences below! Thanks homiez!

If you wanna learn more about how to start, build & scale a digital marketing agency, see how Matt Laker is doing it.

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