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As a newly started business you need a Business Plan.
*You say that you are a subcontractor company doing all types of retail, commercial,
industrial and some residential construction, all over the
United States. So how can you say that "* I've put in so many different bids for jobs all over the US and nothing has come my way"
Do you have an Accountant who keeps track of each job??
I am a Quickbooks consultant and love Chicago. Let me know if I can help you
I do have my own CPA and is currently helping in creating all kinds of templates and documents to keep track of everything. Thanks! I'm glad you love Chicago! I just hate the crazy weather!
Suggestion: Start thinking out-of-the box without spending
unessassary money. Your in a competion with the rest of
the construction pack, that is why you have to pull away from
the pack and stand out!
Example: My son is a soph. in high school. The football
team is his passion. He is in a school of 1,200, so not all
know each other. Last season the coach only called on him
from the sidelines twice to play, he did as great as the rest.
But having so many on the team, his odds were slim to play.
This season I told him I would give him $100 to put on the
lime neon yellow cleats I purchased, he would have to wear them
for practice and the games (uniforms red and gold
with black shoes)in order to collect the money and I told him why.
Reluctant he wore them. The coach and team felt he lost his
mind. But soon he was known as "yellow shoes" by all!
When more than half the kids had no idea of each others name
they all know "yellows shoes. And it did exactly what I had
hoped, it let him stand out when he needed to, because
in the middle of a heated game the coach is pacing the line
looking up and down jumping up and when he has no time to
stop and think, YELLOW shoes is noticed time and time again
among all the same old black feet. No I will not let him trip
the coach with the shoes, but making sure the shoes are noticed
reminds the coach he can be sent out AND IT WORKS!
You see, he marketed himself in an out-of-the box way, and kept
it fun (the cheerleaders call him "Sunshine" I beleive I owe him
no money he owes me!!!!!)
One of my suggestion for you...Create a
mascot! A fun kid related mascot (Bob the Builder is one
example of how you can take a concept and work it to your
advantage). Use this mascot in your logo. School carnivals,
Festivals, Fairs, Health Events, Footballs Games, etc. would
LOVE to have you for free. Now you not only marketed your
company but also have a family friendly image! Add a unique
concept to your mascot by mixing in a message pehaps something
Or focus on energy theme or helpful theme. Wish I knew they
type of construction (commerical, home, repair, etc) you did.
Have the mascot on your trucks, in costume, everywhere.
Have stickers made with the mascot, kids will wear and advertise
If you are focusing on commerical only, these people have families
do all the steps they will find you.
EVERY single car has to pass emittion test to
renew licenses plates, have your logo and info on the dumpster
that these cars stare at when at waiting in line.
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As a newly started, small business owner in the construction industry, I'm wondering what everyone has done in the past that has been worth your time and money to make business come in your front door? I'm curious to find out what others in the construction industry have experienced and what has worked for you in order to produce more business. I know that with this downfall of the economy, work is slow just about everyone, but there's gotta be a way or method that works well enough to keep a small business going at a steady speed with work. I've put in so many different bids for jobs all over the US and nothing has come my way. Am I the only one experiencing this?