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  • #16
    Looks perfect, nice job! Hope it gets tons of business for you.
    http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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    • #17
      It looks great!

      You should consider testing it with another design that has some offer at the top if the customer signs up for an annual contract.
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      • #18
        Awesome you got it it looks amazing what was the solution?
        Thank you.

        The "solution" was in the post you quoted. I hosted the image on my "webspace" at it's full size.
        The free image hosting sites seem to have limits on the image size, and they automatically size it down to their specs when you upload. 90% of the time that wouldn't be a problem, but I had already designed this to a specific size and had too much time into it to redo it to a smaller set of dimensions.

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        • #19
          Looks perfect, nice job! Hope it gets tons of business for you.
          Thank you! I hope so too!!!

          I'm also going to rework it into a flyer I can hang on a bulletin board.

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          • #20
            It looks great!

            You should consider testing it with another design that has some offer at the top if the customer signs up for an annual contract.

            Thank you, sir.
            It really is handy being your own art department.


            You know, if I HAD a contract, I'd do something like that.
            That's one of those final details I haven't worked out yet. I wish I had "office" software so I could open the documents posted here and elsewhere to get a better handle on how I need to word a contract.

            I'm still doing the "pen and paper" thing for all of my record keeping. Almost bought the Gopher software, but the funds are gone after the "winter of little work".




            Side note:
            The "Multi-Quote" button does not work for me on this forum, otherwise I wouldn't have replied to each person individually like some pathetic post-whore.
            Last edited by Hedgemaster; 04-03-2011, 04:09 PM.

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            • #21
              I wish I had "office" software so I could open the documents posted here and elsewhere to get a better handle on how I need to word a contract.
              Why not download www.openoffice.org ? It's free and can open doc files.
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              • #22
                Why not download www.openoffice.org ? It's free and can open doc files.
                Sigh.

                I was excited when I read that it's Mac compatible. Clicked "Download" and got an error message. Did some digging...

                System Requirements:
                Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or higher
                I haz OS 10.3.9 and it can't be upgraded any higher.

                Thanks for the suggestion though!
                (Maybe I can use my wife's PC)

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                • #23
                  I was excited when I read that it's Mac compatible. Clicked "Download" and got an error message.
                  I was excited when I read that it's Mac compatible. Clicked "Download" and got an error message./QUOTE]

                  Ewwww mac :P
                  Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
                  "Where Service is Always in Season"
                  Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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                  • #24
                    I was excited when I read that it's Mac compatible. Clicked "Download" and got an error message./QUOTE]

                    Ewwww mac :P

                    Ewwww... PCs... rhymes with "feces".





                    I'm probably going to be forced to buy a PC at some point just for "business", as I may find that I can't use all the software I want/need on a Mac.
                    Probably get a laptop so I can take it in the field with me.

                    For now, I need to limp along with my perfectly functional, but outdated Mac.
                    Looking to replace this G4 with a Mac Mini though.

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                    • #25
                      Ewwww... PCs... rhymes with "feces".





                      I'm probably going to be forced to buy a PC at some point just for "business", as I may find that I can't use all the software I want/need on a Mac.
                      Probably get a laptop so I can take it in the field with me.

                      For now, I need to limp along with my perfectly functional, but outdated Mac.
                      Looking to replace this G4 with a Mac Mini though.
                      why not get a Desktop and install both mac and PC software its cheaper then buying 2 computers if you don't know how to do this just look online there are tons and tons of information on making your computer dual system my friend has linux i think tiger and windows 7 on his desktop computer good luck on this and ur new advertising campaing hope u already saw some results


                      P.S.

                      take a look at my craigslist ad its prety simple and with this ad i get at least 4 calls a day about the services mentioned ill show you how to do this just send me a pm

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                      • #26
                        why not get a Desktop and install both mac and PC software its cheaper then buying 2 computers if you don't know how to do this just look online there are tons and tons of information on making your computer dual system my friend has linux i think tiger and windows 7 on his desktop computer good luck on this and ur new advertising campaing hope u already saw some results


                        P.S.

                        take a look at my craigslist ad its prety simple and with this ad i get at least 4 calls a day about the services mentioned ill show you how to do this just send me a pm
                        I considered that as well. There's software for Mac that allows you to run PC stuff. Time and money will tell.

                        Your ad is nice. Clean and effective.
                        Haven't seen that type before (with the clickable stuff) - interesting. I'll keep that in mind!

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                        • #27
                          Oh, and here's part of the "beyond" that I mentioned in the thread title...

                          I took the Craigslist ad and worked the elements into an 8.5"x11" "tear-off" flyer to post at a local grocery store.
                          I may even laminate it, leaving the "tear-off" portion exposed. It will stand out more, and make tearing them off easier.

                          Attached Files

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                          • #28
                            UPDATE!!!


                            10 days now and ZERO replies to the Craigslist ad.
                            (listed every two days per CL rules)





                            Today I ran the following text ad just to see if I get a response from it...

                            Did you hear all the mowers running this weekend? The grass is GROWING!


                            Affordable...

                            MOWING
                            CLEAN UPS
                            BED EDGING
                            MULCH APPLICATION
                            HEDGE & SHRUB TRIMMING
                            SMALL TREE REMOVAL
                            and MORE!

                            INSURED and registered with the state. (HIC# PA075269)

                            Located in Penn Hills near the borders of Churchill and Wilkinsburg - service area includes the eastern side of the city of Pittsburgh,
                            and eastern suburbs including Forest Hills, Monroeville, Verona, Oakmont, Murrysville, and Plum, just to name a few.

                            I take the time to complete your job with the attention it deserves - not “in and out, and on to the next job”, as is so common these days.

                            NOW ACCEPTING NEW MOWING CLIENTS! (Free Estimates)

                            Kirk
                            412-894-6944

                            (or reply by email at the link provided at the top of the page)

                            Thank you for viewing my listing. Have a great day!!!
                            Maybe people are intimidated by the original ad and think my prices are going to be too high? Who knows.

                            I'm starting to feel like the Maytag repair man...
                            Last edited by Hedgemaster; 04-11-2011, 03:16 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Whatever that links to (your website?), I can't view it - I get an error message.
                              Some crap about "Flash"... I don't think I can upgrade to the current version.


                              Maybe you can explain what I'm supposed to be seeing.

                              I DO know what you mean about linking to my website, but as I stated, my site isn't ready, so I don't want to do that yet - I just want to post that image on Craigslist (to be viewed at it's original size).

                              Maybe I'll try it tomorrow (on CL) and just see what happens. Too tired to mess with it now.
                              i clicked on your ad there and it took me your wix website. the website looks great. im not even that good with any designs lol looks good

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                              • #30
                                Could you experiment with the ad design and alter it to have some kind of 'special offer' for craigslist users? Maybe see if that pulls any response?
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