I have posted here in the past along the lines of having a hard time finding work. Guess we are all in the same boat which is disappointing considering the investment we have all made in learning this technical trade. Anyway, I thought I would ask if anybody out there has found any quick and dirty way of generating work for the short run. I don't care if it's putting in a screen door! I've tried putting flyers up with BC's on local bulletin boards. People have taken them but no calls as of yet. If anybody in the Roanoke, VA area has work they don't want or a little out of their trade I would love to hear from you. Any help is appreciated.
(Business and Management Forum)
From contributor P:
Here are three things that have worked for me.
1. Go to your municipal office and look threw the building permit applications, writing down any good ones. Don't overlook smaller renovation projects. In some areas you can subscribe to a weekly update on all building permits in your municipality and surrounding ones. You can send out cards and flyers to them or if you have time knock on their door and show your face.
2. Everywhere you go, go armed with flyers and business cards. Every time you see a building jobsite stop in and show you face. Do your sales thing. Ask if the property owner or contractor is there. If you have time and can afford the gas go looking for jobsites.
3. Compile a list of builders, interior designers, architects, using the internet, phonebook, networking, and etc. Send e-mails or letters and brochures or perhaps visit in person if you have the time and gas. These are three ways that have been successful for me. Remember just keep throwing as much spaghetti against the wall as possible and eventually some of it will stick. Just don't give up. You should have some sort of a website as an extension of your business card and brochure.
There's a lot of good ju-ju associated with showing excitement for somebody else's cause. Think of how much an employee would stand out with just such a simple expression. In the customer's mind you're someone they want to employ and they need a good reason to select you. It's very seldom about price or they would be buying from the box stores. It's more about how they feel about you and this gives you a chance to stand out.