All right, I'm starting a lawn service for this year, but am running into one large problem. Currently, I'm in University out of province and as such, great difficulties arise from this. Now, I've covered most of my bases; I have a partner back home who goes to the job site to do all of the estimating and talking with home owners. Afterwards he calls me up with a blue print of the yard and the services wanted by the customer. I then call up the customer explain the cost for the services and follow up by having my partner deliver the estimate to the customer in person. In terms of flyers, I have the post office doing direct mail of 5k flyers here (it's only 9.8 c per flyer mailed in Canada and you can target incomes, housing sizes and geographical areas) and I have two individuals who target areas with another 5 k based on when I tell them to. The real problem I'm having is that I read customers do not want to talk to an answering machine. No one is at my home from 9 to 3 during the weekdays. When people leave messages, I call home at 3 every day and get an estimate set up. The thing some people won't leave their name and number. What can I do to solve this problem. I'm trying to obtain 20 - 30 clients this year and am quite nervous about it so far. 95% of my flyers aren't out yet though and snow is still on the ground, but I already have four clients so far. Anyway, if you could help me out with some suggestions it would be much appreciated. -Andrew Treegrove Lawn Services "Quality and Value Every Time[/I "