I'm a carpenter/contractor out of fox lake Illinois. Ive been in carpentry for 21 years now, learning everything from framing to finish work from my father. 5 years ago I took a job with a custom carpentry company as a foreman and I was just laid off about 8 months ago. So 5 months ago I decided to start up the business again with the help of my father (who is now 61 years old) so he's mainly helping out with his knowledge of the trade. Things have been going fairly well up till now, but lately weve been pretty slow. Now I'm starting to look into the right way to advertise or maybe go through one of the lead companies, which so far i havent heard anything good about. Contractor talk looks like a great idea and from what ive seen on the site, I think this will be a great thing and I hope that i'll have great advice for the members as well as others have great advice for me. Thanks for this forum.