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    Default What to do with down time. hitting the street.

    So for the last few months(12) buisness has really picked up and I am doing 30+ calls a week on average. I am a one man show up until recently. I hired a buddy of mine to help save my back a bit and I pay him a percentage of what I make weekly. This week the phone has basically stopped ringing,(2 calls a day for the most part) which i dont stress about too much at the moment because it lets me do some truck and machine maintenance which I have been neglecting because of the lack of time to do it.
    I feel like I should be using this time to do some grass roots advertising. Most of my buisness comes from property managment companies, customer referals, plumbers, and realestate inspections. I invest very little in actual advertising (web, newspaper, or otherwise) because I havent had to.
    I am wondering what experience anyone has had with door to door, door hangers, mailers or anything else you guys may have to suggest that I am not thinking of. Most of my work comes from the city which is a 30 minute commute from me so grabbing some home town work wouldnt hurt my feelings or my fuel budget any. I have some pretty big competitors whos spend tens of thousands on wrapped trucks, buses and bill boards. I dont expect to compeat with that, but any thing that may have worked for anyone reading would be appreciated. Thanks, as always.

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    I guess it all depends on how busy/big you want to be. Working 9-5, 7 days per week I'm at about 25 jobs per week this year and I find it's a bit too much. I can't ever start/do much of anything as the fricken phone will start ringing.

    Same as you, most of my jobs come from referrals, plumbers, word of mouth, property management.

    I'm no longer advertising in any phone books but I find that a good ranking web site works for me.

    Maybe you should enjoy the slow periods, I know I would

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    I do appreciate the down time, dont get me wrong. got to spend more time with my kids this week then I have i quite a while, which is cool because they are little and a lot of fun.

    I dont know, i just started feeling like i should use times like these to build the buisness a bit. But your right, I dont really want or need to get any bigger and expanding a customer base at this point would probably become to much to handle on my own when it picks up again.

    Somebody told me it is the upcoming holiday that is cutting down on service calls. Does anyone else find this to be true?

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    I hear ya. Hired my first full time guy at the beginning of May. The nature of the beast is you're covered up one day, and got nothing the next. I have to pay my guy based on so many hours whether he gets those hours or not. Because he's a good guy and when things get busy/keep growing i need him around to be ready to roll.

    So far its been good. Have some slow days, but it is what it is.

    If you have the work force and ability to do more work, let him get out and do the work, while you go find more. Thats my plan, of course, its easier said than done.
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    I wish I could swing letting someone go out on there own but truth is im a control freak. I dont trust anyone to do what I do as well as I do it. That sounds a**hole-ish but its true. My guy literally just carrys stuff, hands me things and makes runs to the truck for stuff. He runs a few sewers from time to time when we r not too busy, but im right there watching him do it. I want him to learn but it will be a long time before I can let him loose, if he makes it that long. I have caught him gagging and choking back the vomit a few times...haha.

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