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You mean Lake Nippising ?
That's in I thoughit it started with Nip something but didn't dare try and spell what I was thinking...lol
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That's in I thoughit it started with Nip something but didn't dare try and spell what I was thinking...lol
Yeah Nipissing is pretty big, so some parts of the town have cottages that I can access about 20 minutes from here that are on that Lake.
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Yeah Nipissing is pretty big, so some parts of the town have cottages that I can access about 20 minutes from here that are on that Lake.
You guys in the cottage country area I would think have it made (Gold Mine as the owners are quite often only there on the weekends and when there don't want to work).

I have a very big client in the security business in Bracebridge, I spent a week there last summer, he is a former OPP sargent and seems to know everyone, I recall going to a cottage party one evening and these folks complaining they couldn't find anyone to do chores around their cottages. The main reason I remember was I commented my son and two friends had started a lawn care, clean up company and were doing very well using my tractor as they could do things others could not.
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You guys in the cottage country area I would think have it made (Gold Mine as the owners are quite often only there on the weekends and when there don't want to work).

I have a very big client in the security business in Bracebridge, I spent a week there last summer, he is a former OPP sargent and seems to know everyone, I recall going to a cottage party one evening and these folks complaining they couldn't find anyone to do chores around their cottages. The main reason I remember was I commented my son and two friends had started a lawn care, clean up company and were doing very well using my tractor as they could do things others could not.
I'm about 2 hrs north of Bracebridge
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I'm in my first year. I have a 100% success rating when I get in front of the customer. My question is how did you get them to send you an e-mail or fill out your web information in the first place? That's my problem. I have a website and e-mail. My customers are 100% direct contact by knocking doors or a few referrals. My problems lie in getting the face to face time to offer bids. When you started out, how did you get in front of people? I'm at the crossroads of needing to hire a person to do sales as I can't do it all anymore. Thoughts?
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A lot of your success with this would come from marketing to your social network at first. Handing out business cards to your friends and family. Having your website address on your truck so when you are working on jobs, others can see your address. Also as it was talked about in this post or another Andy had started, he has 7 different postcards designed to hand out to people based on the most common jobs he picks up.

If he sees an overgrown lawn, he will stop and hand out a mowing postcard to the homeowner. If he sees a pile of topsoil or rocks in a yard that needs to be spread, he has another card for that. You could even have one for stump grinding or any other service.

Once the word gets out a bit about your business, it tends to reach a critical mass moment where you don't have to do anything further and people will still find your site from word of mouth and seeing you around town.

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First and foremost, thanks for being such a great website host! To see the actual guy (you) respond to all of the great folks out here is really encouraging. Its not all the common to see the top man doing that so THANK YOU Steve!

Well, some of that is helpful. The part about having 7 different post cards or business cards is a good idea. I'm using a "one size fits all" printed sheet right now, but it sounds like being more specific is a better idea. The other things you mentioned (handing out cards to friends/family, website on pickup, etc.) I'm already doing. I also have a banner that is 8'x2.5' made by Vista Print that I have in my front yard. I live on an acreage outside of town, but on a very busy connector road. I probably need a smaller one to put up on each job site I'm on. How much success do people have with Google adds? Is it cost effective? The more I read on the threads, the more I learn or validate my own thoughts, but I find myself in an ever increasing, competitive market. I'll keep reading. Thanks again!
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