2015-05-05 20:56:03 UTC
posters on telephone poles and ads in telephone books. I got a bunch of
business. Then I began to get referrals, so I was able to drop the ads and
stop wandering around putting up posters (which were becoming less and less
effective as time went on anyway).
In time I used Google Adwords, Yahoo, Bing, and Yelp advertising. Only Yelp
brought in enough business to make a profit, but I blanch at spending $500 a
month on a contract for Yelp.
As time has gone on and Windows and the Wintel platform have gotten better
I've been having fewer residential customers contacting me. Now it's mostly
businesses, but not enough.
So, what I'm really looking for these days is an agent. Used to be that you
could offer hefty commissions and get someone to sell on commission-only,
but that doesn't seem to work anymore. It seems that people want guarantee
against commission, and I'm reluctant to do that given my experience hiring
sales people in the past who gladly took the guarantee but didn't bother
selling. Lots of these guys seem to have no problem going from company to
company using up their welcome.
There are companies such as Task Rabbit, but people I've talked with who
have registered with them for other kinds of work such as proofreading,
handyman, etc have had no luck with them at all.
Is there something like a Task Rabbit kind of company that does these kinds
of hook-ups? I guess I'm thinking about a temp agency or something, but I'm
loathe to want to take a contract for 6 months working in an office. I'd
rather go job to job as I've successfully done these past 14 years.
Ideas? Success stories anyone?
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