Originally posted by stinka
I've been doing this for about 5 years full time, I'm well established, but no one wants to spend the money. I've tried advertising its just there
is so many builders/ carpenters and handymen trying to do the same thing. Like I say I average 3 days a week, but this time of year is dead.
It's tough in the north of the uk, there's little work I'm afraid this is reality
It's an already saturated market. We get several leaflets through our door every week from someone new offering carpet cleaning, decorating or
gardening... But if we wanted that we would go to someone we already know, and there are plenty out there already doing all of this.
Someone new to this kind of local business is not going to get very far unless they lower their fees to below that of their competitors, and spend
thousands on advertising too. That's just not practical.
The best option right now, in this market, is to find something else you're good at or have an interest in, and then locate the market place for it
on the internet to promote yourself.
This is what I did...
I have always had an interest in writing. I started writing flash fiction when I was 14. I had my first novel published six years ago (it didn't do
well through lack of promotion and marketing). But a couple of years ago I discovered that there are hundreds of thousands of people on the net,
running small and large businesses, in need of fluent English text.
I found a niche in that market, and now provide specialist text services to 50 clients from affiliates to global niches brands promoting in English
There are a LOT of opportunities out there on the internet for you to start a business, just do it for yourself and don't trust any of those cons
that suggest you could be "making £5k a week from home!!!!" That is just BS, you might get there if you create something really special, after a
few years of work, but don't be giving other people your money on a promise that they can "make you rich".
Why not learn how to create a site, run a blog, promote products in the industry you have an interest in and sell advertising?
Why not create an industry forum for your colleagues in the business and monetize it through promoting products?
Why not create a UK registry of tradesmen and charge a membership fee for advertising to searchers (after an initial period of free membership to
There is plenty of opportunity for you out there on the internet. Buying a domain and hosting is easy when you know how, running a blog or site is
simple when you have the basic understanding of how things work. There are thousands of YT videos ready and waiting to guide you through every step,
with forums full of people ready to offer you advice and get you started.
I think that's what you should do. The internet is a constantly growing platform for business, it's not going anywhere. You can reach a global
market rather than just your town or city, and that can mean big business and profits over time.