I used to maintain about 15-20 maintenance accounts before I went to college. I ended up giving up the business and moving on but I'm considering getting back in now that I'm a few years removed, a few years older, many pounds lighter, and hopefully a few years wiser. One of the mistakes I made when I was younger was I spent too much on the wrong kind of advertising. I did some direct mail one year in a manner I'd never do now and being 17, 18 years old I was too focused on the next equipment "toy" and didn't really have a vision for where I wanted to go with the business. I also really didn't understand marketing very well, and when a flyer shows up on your door from a company you've never heard of... The likelihood of that turning into a meaningful customer is low. So you have to do lots of them and spend lots of money. I had no idea how to hire someone or manage them effectively. I learned a lot though. I have some time this fall, I was thinking about going out and pounding the pavement the old fashioned way and just going door to door, introducing myself, and leaving some marketing materials behind for those friendly enough to answer the door and probably leaving a doorhanger bag behind for people who aren't home although I loath those bags. Since I'd be starting over (This is going to be in a different area so I can't call old customers) I'm going to have zero name recognition and the worst result is someone who's never met me will now have an idea who I am. I'm 21 and I also find that adults who are well off, which is the majority in this area, take well to someone who's younger and wants to meet them and earn their business. My question is, has anybody ever tried going out in the fall into a new area or with a new business, and have you had any luck? I'd also be open to signing up lawn customers... I love the dependability of lawn maintenance and because of the home prices it's not impossible to make money on it here like in some areas. I probably can't do any harm, right? Just curious if anybody has tried a) the tactic I plan on using (And making it look good... Decent hiking boots, decent khaki pants, and a company logo'd fleece or something as it'll be nippy outside) or b) advertising at all this time of year for SPRING services (I'm not looking for last minute fall work, I will not be equipment-ready until the spring) and lastly, how has it worked for ya?