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Old 10-25-2013, 10:49 PM   #21
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Welcome to Rhode Island. Get used to it. Haha, just kidding. Just look at RI craigslist and you will get an idea of how many morons are willing to do it for less money.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:52 PM   #22
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Plus absolutely no one wants you working in there home over Xmas break. Hence that is why Xmas is always the deadline.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:54 AM   #23
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I take off from xmas to the new year usually.
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I take off from xmas to the new year usually.
take off???? the nerve!
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Yeah yeah I know Isaac. I think we are going to get a mountain cabin in Denver in an effort to give the kids a white Christmas this year...
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:40 PM   #26
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We are heading to co that week as well. Both my brothers live there. Ski for few days at my brothers place in vail. Good thing nov and dec got booked up for me. Thumbs up
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It was a busy summer for me in ri fly fish ri. Most work out south county way. Westerly. A couple slow weeks but thing are looking good. I haven't seen craiglist posts. Was just looking for helpful ideas from all on networking. And got some good advice. Thanks to all.
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It's never bad to be busy. I'm finishing up my thirdish year of being on my own and it's still rocky at times. I've been trying to get my name out there a bit more and I'm really trying to strategize some marketing and growth ideas heading into the new year. I still work for my dads plumbing company during the slow periods and this coming year I want to be doing at least 80% my own stuff.

Any ideas or suggestions?
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I do most of my work for a realtor who buys houses for rentals, it pays pretty well and he refers me to his customers who need work done, and I can usually name my price. I could work 100 hours a week if I wanted, and he pays all the subs. It is nice not having to pound the pavement and deal with a lot of paperwork. The down side is that I'm always being piled on, never a down time, plus you have to deal with an occassionally cranky realtor. The thing to do is to (and yes, I stole this from Dave Ramsey) is bring a box a donuts into every realtors office with a stack of your business cards.

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That is good security. I have gotten exactly two phone calls from two separate realtors. Both the same story. " we have a home with some termite damage to wood resting on foundation , we could use a est to fix". Both were only interested in wasting my time for a negotiating repair price to bring to table between seller and buyer
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Find a local chapter of BNI......business network international.......you can find it on the internet. If you find a good one......they will hook you up with some good work.
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That is good security. I have gotten exactly two phone calls from two separate realtors. Both the same story. " we have a home with some termite damage to wood resting on foundation , we could use a est to fix". Both were only interested in wasting my time for a negotiating repair price to bring to table between seller and buyer
Yes, sometimes you get lucky, sometime not. Like most marketing tactics, you have to keep at it to see results. My own "score" was sending out letters to past clients and too everyone I've ever known on a regular basis(including people my friends and parents know). I did this for years and years.
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I know some people sent business post cards. I like that idea. You?
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I've always sent something a little more personal, but then most of my customers are also acquintances. Once I sent about 5 business cards in every letter and asked them to give them to friends, other times I'll mention that I'm entering a slow phase and can give them an extra good deal, of course I only did this when I was getting desperate. Years and years ago in good times I would hand out fliers door to door, and I'd get about one response per hundred fliers, and I'd get about one job per 200, but then I never sent out more than five hundred total at a time, and I only did this maybe 2 or 3 times. When the economy was tanking, I placed thousands of fliers and got a half dozen calls, but only one window job and one small painting job, both from people I knew and had placed fliers at their house. If you check the archives of this forum, there is a lot of good marketing advice from more savvy people than myself.

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