I have made several comments over the years in this forum regarding my experience with Service Magic. I just wanted to share it again for those who don't know how it works or those who forgot. Service Magic is a very large company which specializes in advertising for all kinds of trades and then selling the leads they get to trade contractors. They have a very broad marketing campaign that covers just about every kind of media. When a customer calls wanting work done on their home, yard, etc. they are given 3 leads of 3 pre-qualified contractors. Some times less than 3 but never more than 3. Simultaneously, Service Magic notifies up to 3 local contractors that they have a new lead. As a member contractor, you get the lead via fax, email, pager, etc. and are responsible for getting together with the new client and offering them a bid. The average response is 2 contractors who actually respond to the client. So usually you're bidding against one other company. As a member contractor, you are charged a lead fee. This fee you pay regardless of whether or not you land the job. But don't worry - the fees are very small and if you just land one job once in a while, it pays for all of the leads. The customer pays nothing and gets the advantage of 1) having the contractor already checked out and 2) getting 2-3 bids with just one phone call. There are hundreds of lead fees based on the kind of service the customer wants. But here are some examples; Landscape Install = $18 Sod Install = $18 Landscape Maintenance = $10 Shrub & Tree trimming = $15 Sprinkler sys. install = $15 Sprinkler sys. repair = $8 Leads are seasonal, just like all other kinds of advertising. You may get a few during the winter. But you should get plenty during the spring-summer-fall. Service Magic charges your credit card once per month - a month after you get the leads. So almost always you've gotten a few jobs and been paid before YOU have to pay. Oh, also, you get to choose your work radius. You can chose certain zip codes or a certain mile radius from your main zip code, etc. This ensures you only get and pay for leads that are within your service area. I've been with them for almost 3 years now and couldn't be happier. They provide good quality leads and I land a good percentage of the ones I get. It's kind of one of these little secrets I don't talk about too much with my competition. I have a good 10 little "supplemental marketing tools" (I like to call them) like this that are always working for me in addition to my main means of advertising. But this is one of the best sources. I bet we got a good 10% of our leads last year from Service Magic. The best thing I like is that I don't pay a dime unless I get a good lead. And that's cool. No other kind of advertising offers that advantage. Member contractors have to be licensed and bonded to sign up. I think that's about it. Nowadays you may have to provide a reference - I am not sure. But it's pretty easy to sign up. Anyway, they are offering a $25 credit to all new members this month. If anyone is interested in this please email me and I'll get you the details. I think I get a referal bonus too if I refer someone new. It's not for everyone. But for those who are looking to grow and keep growing without spending too much on marketing - this is an excellent way to do that.