So we ended up spending more than I would have liked to to get our equipment and to get this business ready for business! We didn't budget advertising when we were spending. Now, we have the equipment and are ready to go..but no business. He works for another company so he goes the jobs he does get when he's not working that job. At any rate, he has had 2 whole jobs in the past 2 weeks and I was hoping that this business would do well. I know it's gonna be slow starting out, but how are we gonna get customers if we don't advertise? My husband's thoughts on this: cold calls. Ok..so I call the business in town and already have 9 that want a bid...Walmart being one of them...but only one seemed interested, that being Walmart. The others were like, yeah ok you can give me a bid...but none of them were like..yeah I'm looking for someone. Well, now his thoughts are: cold calling people's houses.... I'm thinking that I don't want to sit down and go through the phone book and call every Joe Schmo just to find someone who, at the moment I call, will somehow thank for me calling them AT HOME and interrupting their peace and tell me that they were waiting for a lawn care company to call them to cut their grass. I may be wrong...but should I SERIOUSLY call people at home and ask them if I can cut their grass? Also, any one have a generic flier idea I could use to start with? I have seen a lot of GREAT ones on here, but I don't want to steal anyone's ideas....just maybe borrow them if they are willing Like, should I put all the jobs like mow/blow/trim, pesticides, spring/fall clean up? I don't know..I just need something so I can go get some fliers to put around...we gotta do SOMETHING before it's too late! ANY IDEAS??? and please don't tell me that if I don't have the money to advertise, then I shouldn't be in this business(read that one on someone else's post),...it will happen...probably not as fast as I'd like..but maybe next year I will have the $$ for great advertising! We're getting signs put on our box truck, that's a rolling advertisement...hopefully this will help a bunch!