I have worked in the service industry(lawncare, construction, and landscaping) for the past 6 years. I recently had a disagreement with my employer, and am now looking to go into business for myself(hardscape/concrete). The main problem is how do I get the work? I live in a small community, know a lot of people and have a good reputation. This may be a good thing, but I am too embarased to place a add in the local paper. Should I be? I guess I am afraid of failure, and what people will think of me if things don't work out? In the 6 years, I had very few complaints, and very few call backs to fix any thing. All the customers were very satisfied when I was done. But the fact is that my former employers went out and got the jobs lined up, and I just did the jobs. I am more of a worker/foreman than a "people person".I have thought about fliers, but I always think "scam" for some reason when somone puts one in my mail box. I don't know why, but it looks cheep and not up to par to me. Word of mouth is ok, but that will not help when I have not done any jobs on my own yet. Any sugestions on what I should do? I am open to any ideas. I Thanks!