Over the long run the best money spent is on quality truck/van lettering. If you don't have a logo, get one. It will be what people identify your company with, so they see your truck then they are in the yellow pages and recognize the logo from the truck they call you. Check out www.elance.com
as a great source to have a logo designed or other things.
If you want service work, a good yellow page ad is the way to go. Go with the best book first (the phone company) and as big as you can afford and still handle the calls. The little ads are probably going to disappoint you and may give you bottom feeder customers. We've been building our service work up to add more trucks and this is the route we've taken. However we went several years with no advertising, just referrals. Referrals are the best without a doubt.
If you want contractor work all I can say is be carefull. We've got 2 contractors that are excellent and if all contractors were like them I would only do contractor work. However, most contactors suck. Thye want the world, but they don't want to pay for it. kinetic, you have to answer your phone,
especially if you advertise. If you don't answer the phone, they hang up and call the next guy. Do what I did when I started, have your phone forwarded to your cell phone and answer it as a business, not just hello.
[This message has been edited by Electric Eagle (edited 11-15-2004).]
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