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Old 03-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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Hey everybody,

I've been a lurker here since I became interested in growing my dad's 25+ year painting business. I am most interested in the business/marketing aspect and would love any advice for a beginner. We have been operating on strictly referrals for the last.... eh... forever... and I would like to grow beyond the referrals which seem to be drying up these last few years...

Starting off with no money, just tools, talent, and a drive to succeed, I'm probably going to start by printing up some flyers and do some door to door marketing. I have been studying up on sales, marketing, advertising, websites, SEO, and everything else to do with actually getting the customer to buy! Basically I lack money to do anything other than direct/guerilla marketing.

I'm still having a little trouble finding prospects besides cold calling realtors and door knocking neighborhoods which are in need (which we call "Ripe Crops"). Anything more effective would definitely be appreciated because I feel like I'm banging my head against a wall.

Thanks in advance! Glad to be here!
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:52 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

There's a lot of material in the business and marketing sub forum about starting up and ways to generate leads. Just start reading and feel free to ask specific questions when they come up (except for how much to charge ).
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