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    ideas needed

    I need ideas for something, but i need to be vague or i could be spanked by the mods for promoting my services lol

    I started doing a service for friends/ family etc as i enjoyed doing it, and got paid for doing this,
    My normal job is crap so decided to go for this more, as i know i can make something from it.

    Before i registered as self employed and didn't promote my service i got loads of jobs and was always quite busy. but now im getting none. The only ones i get now always seem to be trouble, had a few non payers and its startting to get on my nerves.

    I been trying for the last 2 years to get a job doing it but the industry is so riddled with rogues, its hard work trying to get people to pay for it.

    A few people on here have used my service (and i have never charged them) but now im looking for paid work. I can't get any.

    Anyone have any ideas how i can promote myself, but wanting to look professional so i stop picking up the time wasters. (i have 22 projects not completed ....)

    I have tried business cards, done one leaflet run, Any other ideas? Im more looking for local stuff as most of the time wasters i get are from people referred to me by previous customers.

    that seems a ramble but im trying to be as vague as i can

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    Ca n you PM me what you do so i have an idea how to market it

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    Starr;6378719

    Ca n you PM me what you do so i have an idea how to market it



    Can you p.m. me as well and i can nick your idea?:p

    Its a tough one,

    You have to aim at a particular market as most people wont need your service, its not something like plumbing that every house needs.

    Word of mouth is normally the best advertising but this doesnt seem to be doing any good :-(

    You will always pick up trouble in business, always. Have you seen that Barclays checker? Is that any use to you?

    From that leaflet run did you get anything?

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    Starr;6378763

    Its a tough one, You have to aim at a particular market as most people … Its a tough one, You have to aim at a particular market as most people wont need your service, its not something like plumbing that every house needs.Word of mouth is normally the best advertising but this doesnt seem to be doing any good :-(You will always pick up trouble in business, always. Have you seen that Barclays checker? Is that any use to you?From that leaflet run did you get anything?



    Not an inkling, my name can be seen on a simple google search for the industry and the town, I get a lot of calls from being on google business search but most of it is market research companies

    The leaflet run didn't even get one hit, even though i aimed it at the target market of small businesses

    A lot of businesses are now getting a web presence but they are being let down by cowboys who make shoddy work, they then stay away from getting it done properly.

    faevilangel;6378771

    Not an inkling, my name can be seen on a simple google search for the … Not an inkling, my name can be seen on a simple google search for the industry and the town, I get a lot of calls from being on google business search but most of it is market research companies :|The leaflet run didn't even get one hit, even though i aimed it at the target market of small businessesA lot of businesses are now getting a web presence but they are being let down by cowboys who make shoddy work, they then stay away from getting it done properly.



    ]B.N.I

    Networking, there is about 15 people, all with different jobs, word of mouth is a winner here.

    The roofer needs a plumber who needs a web designer who needs an accountant

    Although you have to lay out for the group it really does work.

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    Starr;6378790

    ]B.N.INetworking, there is about 15 people, all with different jobs, word … ]B.N.INetworking, there is about 15 people, all with different jobs, word of mouth is a winner here.The roofer needs a plumber who needs a web designer who needs an accountantAlthough you have to lay out for the group it really does work.



    quite a few around here, but i don't drive so can be a pain to get to them for 7.30 am starts :?

    thanks though

    Get out of the prostitution game it's risky business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    jasonrat;6378849

    http://www.mistersoft.org/freelancing/PHP/not too sure if this is any good



    been doing that stuff for months and 90% of it scam websites / non payers ...

    scam websites in that they ask you to make 100% clones of other websites so they can create scams from it :roll:

    faevilangel;6378850

    quite a few around here, but i don't drive so can be a pain to get to … quite a few around here, but i don't drive so can be a pain to get to them for 7.30 am starts :?thanks though



    Ah that is a shame as they are good.

    Back to the drawing board:thinking:

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    Starr;6378882

    Ah that is a shame as they are good.Back to the drawing board:thinking:



    i looked into them before, but being quite far out of major towns, its not easy for me.

    I have got advertising starting in a magazine soon, and if that goes well then will look into a local paper as i saw its £180 or something for 12 months, they publish once a quarter or something

    Banned

    i can kinda guess what kind of work you do....

    could you PM me some examples of your work?
    and also give an honest opinion of your level of skill regarding WD?

    Original Poster

    bump ... anyone have any marketing tips i could use. I need a way to generate more work :-D

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    faevilangel;6388837

    bump ... anyone have any marketing tips i could use. I need a way to … bump ... anyone have any marketing tips i could use. I need a way to generate more work :-D



    You could ask JFK - I think he's into marketing.... OTH I think he's taking a holiday atm?

    What sort of services is it you refer? Your normal thing? Cant you get some flyers printed up and leave them in telephone boxes? (And remove everyone elses that might be there to increase your chances.) Make sure you spell out your speciallity though. :thumbsup::p

    faevilangel;6388837

    bump ... anyone have any marketing tips i could use. I need a way to … bump ... anyone have any marketing tips i could use. I need a way to generate more work :-D



    Wear a Spider-Man suit, climb up the Houses of Parliament and unfurl a giant banner. :-D

    You'll be on the news around the world. :thumbsup:
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