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How do you advertise?

Word of mouth? (What did you do when you started your business?)
Phone book?
Flyers?
Newspaper?
Television?
Radio?

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Where do you think you get the best return for the buck?
 

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How do you advertise?

Word of mouth? (What did you do when you started your business?)
Phone book?
Flyers?
Newspaper?
Television?
Radio?

AND

Where do you think you get the best return for the buck?
Word of mouth. All other forms of advertising is just a courtesy I perform so existing customers can readily find me again.
 

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When I first got started, I used yard signs, business cards and truck lettering. All of which led to a bunch of free estimates and no signed jobs.
What did work was the reputation I had established with builders and suppliers over the years while employed by someone else. Once I made it known to them that I was on my own, the word travelled and the rest is history.
Hands down, word of mouth has been my best form of advertising.:thumbsup:
 

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When I first got started, I used yard signs, business cards and truck lettering. All of which led to a bunch of free estimates and no signed jobs.
What did work was the reputation I had established with builders and suppliers over the years while employed by someone else. Once I made it known to them that I was on my own, the word travelled and the rest is history.
Hands down, word of mouth has been my best form of advertising.:thumbsup:

And Pictures! Take lots of pictures of your work. Some of us have been pretty lax for way too long. Plus they look nice hanging in your office too!
 

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Word of mouth. All other forms of advertising is just a courtesy I perform so existing customers can readily find me again.
:thumbsup:

Word of mouth is by far the best advertising.
It's FREE for god sakes!
And, I find that referral customers are usually easier to deal with.
 

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And Pictures! Take lots of pictures of your work. Some of us have been pretty lax for way too long. Plus they look nice hanging in your office too!
Yeah, you're right. I wish I had taken more pics over the years, so I could show people what I am capable of.:sad:
 

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I have been a self employed sail maker,awning maker (frame and all),boat builder, instrumentation technician (in a large chemical plant),welder, outboard mechanic, and builder of all sorts. Been a "handyman" for just 4 years.

Work has come close to a grinding halt. That is why I am asking this question.

If it weren't for my repeat customers I don't know what I would do.

Slow sucks.
 

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Word of mouth is by far the best advertising.
It's FREE for god sakes!

And, I find that referral customers are usually easier to deal with.


My grandfather taught me that word of mouth is not free, it cost something...your time, you bust your ass for a customer to get word of mouth so that it's worth its weight in gold. you can do a so/so job and get a little word of mouth or bust ass and get a lot of word of mouth it depends on "how much" you put into it:thumbsup:
 

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And Pictures! Take lots of pictures of your work. Some of us have been pretty lax for way too long. Plus they look nice hanging in your office too!
Yep, I think I may have almost screwed myself with that a few weeks ago. I got the job but I think if I had some pictures they would have jumped on it right away.
 

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I have been a self employed sail maker,awning maker (frame and all),boat builder, instrumentation technician (in a large chemical plant),welder, outboard mechanic, and builder of all sorts. Been a "handyman" for just 4 years.

Work has come close to a grinding halt. That is why I am asking this question.

If it weren't for my repeat customers I don't know what I would do.

Slow sucks.
Yeah thanks :thumbup: .
 

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First off, i think Mellison fell and bumped his head. :w00t: I couldnt imagine my balding, hairy, out of shape, fatass in some kind of get up like that trying to get work! :eek: I get most of my work by word of mouth. I tried advertising but IMO that was way to expensive for the few calls i got. I leave business cards in most stores and the local hardware that i do most of business with give my name out alot. Besides that i tow my enclosed trailer everywhere i work so that is a rolling billboard, even that has gotten me work.
 
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