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Old 02-15-2012, 12:39 AM   #16
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A simple web site that ranks high on google is also key--few people use yellow pages any more---a web search is the norm now---
Well, there is good simple and bad simple.

I've been doing web design for over 10 years and a website needs:
1) A lot of information & detail about services provided, methods followed, etc.
2) Lots of photos/portfolio of work
3) Testimonials
4) If you use quality tools, list what you use
5) Any certification you may have
6) To appear as high as possible in relative searches
7) Incorporate your logo into your header...if you don't have a logo, get one.
8) Your site needs to be visually impressive. Too many web sites are designed by guys who don't know a lick of graphic design and they look like garbage.

You want your website to be impressive to the customer. Your site is an extension of your business. Nothing says unprofessional like a website that looks like you did it yourself, and uses a generic template that 10,000 other sites use.
You also want to use modern technology on your site, along with the latest social networking tie ins.

The thing about a website, is that it is cheaper than a good size ad in the phone book, and you can put endless information and photos on it. And once it has been paid for, it is up for good (aside from yearly hosting fees, which are far cheaper than a yearly phone book ad) and works for you 24/7.

Get some nice business cards with your logo and website on there, and you've laid the foundation for creating a successful corporate identity.

Some people still use the phone book, but it is dying fast...far more search the web first. Back in the late 90's and early 00's, I worked for a phone book company. Honestly...it's a complete rip off to advertise with them. All you need is your free listing that you get. Ads are a becoming waste of money in the phone book. Spend that money on a nice website. (and not the website the phone book gives you for free sometimes...they are crap.)


And good luck in your business venture.

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If you do good work, ask you satisfied customers to post their positive experience(s) on Angies list. There are many talented Handymen that have a solid Client-base on AL that helps get their name around.
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The best business advice I ever got is to have a self-oriented business. A self-oriented person can go into different ways depending on his principles, values and understanding of himself and the things around you.To increase your sales and revenues, you need to attract and keep more customers and to attract more customers, you need to become customer-oriented. A customer oriented entrepreneur or marketer assures the quality of his products to satisfy his customers. Business cards will help you to know you more and it becomes the key to gain more clients or customers.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:39 PM   #19
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Your trucks...

It's not that expensive to have a vinyl overlay made for you company vehicles. One of the best ways to get your name and # out there. People see one of your trucks parked in front of a customer...they take notice....

edit....the truck/van you use also helps determine the type of person that is going to call. If you use a big F350 supper duty truck...people will think 'expensive'...but use one of those economy new style panel things....your more inclined to get a larger interest.

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