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  •  Thats a very unusual thing (11+ / 0-)

    You've obviously found a really good niche and it sure is always nice when you're pals with the competition, it makes the bidding easier.
    So the 20 calls you don't return are from people looking for work, not people looking for you for work?  That would make more sense.
    But what you're saying really doesn't translate into home repair. If someone advertises, he should return the call. In the home repair business they return the calls, there's just too much competition and its not all friendly.

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    by exlrrp on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:10:17 AM PDT

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    •  no the calls are from people looking for me to (6+ / 0-)

      come work. I've no idea how many, the machine filled up and I left it full. I'd look at caller ID before answering if I was home. Now I have a message saying we are taking very few contracts, and that they should email if they are past customers or referrals.

      I do tell people to call a handyman. Sometimes they'll do it. Or a landscaper. Mostly though it's a specialty thing, like drywalling or any of the trades. Handymen are busy too, landscapers are hiring college kids and anyone else who can shovel.

      Maybe I should hire someone to return calls? Or spend a couple hours a day counseling homeowners how to get work done?

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:11:38 AM PDT

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