Well I have been working for a family member in the past so I never had to do the advertising part or the business operations but now that I am out on my own and in a new area I have been doing all of this. I started out with a website of course, its there and its not perfect or great by any means but its there. Check it out at www.mslawncare.com. Then I went out and talked to every commercial account I could find and asked if they were taking bids for this year? Of course some said yes and some said no. I have gotten a restaurant and am waiting on a bunch more. I had bid on a private school and I didn't get it because some guy came in a lowballed big time(he won't make any profit). Now I am concentrating on residential customers, and I put a small ad in the newspaper in the service section that runs for 6 weeks. I went out and put a few flyers on door knobs but it was still to cold. SO I needed something else to get my name out there. I drove around and got some neighborhoods in mind, grabbed a few addresses and went home. I got online, reverse looked-up the residents on whitepages.com and then sent out a letter telling them what we offer, talking ourselves up, and telling them to call for an estimate. I threw in a flyer that I had printed that stated our specials and all of our contact info, then threw in a business card and a magnet (both very nice). I have sent out 250 of these so far and have about 100 more ready. I will hopefully get about 350 more sent out. With this, do you think I my outlook is for numbers? Anyone do this and have success? I need some more residentials, this is going to be my full-time job and i have everything (pesticides, licenses, and insurance) but still need more customers.