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i was a spray man for a small company ,that did big jobs.Menards ,wal-mart ,Home-dopt, Lowes .my boss was a read jerk.we worked 10 hrs a day 7 days a week. 3 weeks on the road and he would get upset for the 4 days we took off every 3 wks.his top $ was 24.00 and that was to his formen. last year we painted 13 stores. he made a killing.but he got p/o and fired 4 of his main men .i was one of them.
i started my own corporation ,made the right contacts at one of home offices, and faxed my letter of intrest. got on the bid list of "thear gen. contractors " and now i am praying that the first of the year things will kick off to a big bang.
But as with all things that is then , and this is now. i need work now . so i have looked at some old threads and found some verry good ideas. as i am getting low on $ to advertise with. i need some help/ideas. i have /am doing / joinde some of the local organizations hoping to get
Any new ideas would be greatly appreciated. Or any contacts.
Me and my men eat and sleep dry fog ‘fog” any one needing a crew to spray oil, or ppg let me know.http://newhorizonspainting.com
 

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Door hangers/ fliers are relatively inexpensive. Get 10,000 printed and start hoofing it. That's how I started. When I didn't have a job, my job was to hand out fliers.

It's not easy getting started, but you have to get the word out.

Have a sign on your vehicle, and make sure you put a sign in the yard of every job you do. Also hand out fliers to all of the neighbors.

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YES!

Brian is right. Definitely pass out flyers and make contacts in your own neighborhood.

I'm OUT of work and it's very slow here... and two remodel projects just started within a short distance of my house and I'll get no work on them.

My bad.
 

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New...was checking out your website...not a bad idea with the faith based approach. Just a quick note...on your services page you have the word "any" spelled incorrectly (it's the one in bold letters..."any 3 rooms....")

thought you might like to know ;)

as far as the advice...I'll only be repeating what the hundreds of threads mention about your plan of attack
 

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Passing out flyers works better if you take the time to talk to people and hand out cards.

The last time I checked, the rate of calls on flyers was 1 in 200. There's better ways to market, unless, you want to get out and meet people.
 

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no problem
 

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I find new leads all the time on the internet. The crews you run; are they willing to travel. They must be if you paint stores they are all over the place. Every day paint manufactures produce thousands of gallons of paint. This all needs to go on steel, block, cars, trains, big trucks, space stations, and department stores. The limit to your potential is in your own head. Think about that. I have good ideas for you but it is up to you
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yes we stay out of town as long as 3 weeks. iowa,wisconson,even boffalo new york.i love to get in to dry fall 'fog'. we work 10's' 7 days a week when out
 

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Joewho makes a good point, that flyers may not be totally effective.

Any advertising method on it's own only promotes name recognition.
After some period of time, when the need arises, your name will come up in discussion as though it were familiar to them.

I've been told it takes three times for an impact to be successful.

Sometimes I take a fan deck in with me when I go cold calling.
That way people get my verbal presentation, thousands of pretty colors to look at, and a flyer I leave behind.

If they want to keep the fan deck, well, that means I'm that much closer to a job!
 
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