Ok, I've searched the archives, etc. etc. Just not finding what I'm needing advice on. I'm just getting started, mainly marketing Lawn Maintenance, have a decent setup thus far. I'm taking lots of Landscaping courses/seminars. Mainly so, I can eventually get heavy into that, but also so when things like 'could you put in a simple patio for me?', 'I would love a set up lights running up my driveway', etc., I will know enough to bid and do the job if within my skillset, or at least bid it and sub it out. I have some money to spend, but of course, just like anybody else getting started, every dime I spend and don't see in return soon, is one dime closer to not making it in the long haul. I'm looking maybe a $1,000 at the most, at least until I get a few more customers/jobs. I can spend a few grand more, if A. It is really really really going to be worth it, B. Things are starting to really pick up. So, I'm REALLY REALLY needing to get the advertising going strong. Suggestions...I know this is a really bad time of year to get started, should I wait to really hit it hard or spend money? So far I went door-to-door flyering. I was thinking maybe best to do it when the people are home, that way I can get face time with more, but wife doesn't think that's a good idea, she thinks just tape to door and walk away. Also, direct mailing, some people are swearing by it, others said it was a waste of money. I know every area is different. If I did mailing, what's the best, cheapest way? Make postcards with a design program then print them off on the HP and slap a stamp on them and start mailing? Or will I end up wasting more than if I just spent the money to a mailing company? Have them printed then mail myself? Design myself have a company mail them? Networking, any suggestions for that? For this type of service what are some good groups to focus on getting in with? I had some plans for marketing real estate agents, and HOA's heavily, but everything I've read, everybody seems to think those both are lousy for getting business. Word of mouth isn't going to do much at this point. Most of my good friends live too far from here they're not in my service areas (I'm near Atlanta, 30 miles is like 120 miles), everybody I know here are just neighbors and they aren't any help. Like I said, I'm learning everything I can, am attending seminars/training for lighting installation(have electronics background already), paving stone installation, irrigation, and plan to sell Holiday decoration/lighting installation. Should I maybe start selling this right now to help draw in business? Right now I have nothing but time on my hands, so I have no problem pounding the pavement 14hrs/day/7days a week, if that will help. But like everything, even though I'm making my own flyers, I'm going through ink like nothing else, and even that cost adds up. Hate to think I spend $500 on ink and paper putting out 10,000 flyers for nothing, and just to hear 'oh putting out flyers is a waste of time'. Any advice, pointers, direction, is mucho appreciated. Hopefully, anybody that's familiar with Atlanta area/Georgia, can give me any pointers on what works/doesn't work here in their experience!