What is the best way to find work besides friends/family members? I've posted ads various places and received zero replies. I also had some door hangers printed up with zero responses.
(Business and Management Forum)
From contributor C:
Family, friends, and associations - it's really a networking thing. Have you called any past customers to see if they might know someone? Cold calling builders or showing up on the jobsite is helpful. Just show up, don't take too much time, and get them an estimate.
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It could turn out to be something next year. The key is to keep in touch and meet them if possible. If they know the face, the probability is high they will call you the next time they need something.
I started printing out lists from TheBlueBook.com for designers, architects, GC's, and builders and started making a ton of cold calls every day, refining my message and evolving my "pitch" if you want to call it that. I tried this for six weeks and we suddenly had a lot of calls, faxes, and e-mails being sent to us by all kinds of people in the tri-state area of NJ, NY, and PA. We received four projects within a two month period. We were able to pay off rent and past debts. For the rest of the year, it continued to get better and better. Miraculously, we received a call from a company based out in Chicago that hired us to do work for a military base in NJ. If you're desperate for work, try this out. Make at least 200-250 calls a week, for six weeks. You'll start seeing results.