Been trading nearly 3 months and no clients

axl2dervaxl2derv Well-KnownRegistered Posts: 172
Any help would be grateful.

On this basis of ruling out "word of mouth", does anybody have any other suggestions?

Thanks

Carl

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  • farmergilesfarmergiles Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,693
    Try asking your local dentists for book keeping work. I am currently temping in a practice that specializes in Doctors & Dentists and quite honestly, some of the Dentists accounts are a mess. They need organising and they can afford to pay £100 per month for book keeping services.
  • PoodlePoodle Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 711
    Hi Carl

    Do you have any family members that you can get on board, normally at a reduced rate or nil, but at least it could get you going.

    Poodle
  • axl2dervaxl2derv Well-Known Registered Posts: 172
    Unfortunately not. Any other ideas?

    Thanks

    Carl
  • PAMDILLPAMDILL Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 715
    Take it you have done the old cards in windows and looking out for small new businesses.
  • JodieRJodieR Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 1,002
    Here's a few ideas:-

    Sign up for some courses with business link or the like. You may learn something, but more importantly it'll put you in contact with other sole traders who may need your services

    Make sure you offer things that bigger accountants don't/won't/can't. An easy one is to make yourself avaliable for evening/weekend appointments, and offer to collect/deliver papers etc. Point things like that out on flyers etc.

    Do some voluntry work and make sure you do an excellent job to get a good reference for your marketing stuff.

    Contact accountants and see if they've got any work they can subcontract to you. Probably be April before this kicks off, but might be an idea to introduce yourself during the quiet months of Feb/Mar.

    If you use an accounting package sign up to forums where people can ask for advice on it. If you get a good name for yourself offering help you may well get clients from it.

    When I started 4 years ago I got out the yellow pages and sent a letter to just over 100 small businesses (with a business card attached) - within the first year I got about 7 replies from this, and pretty much all my clients have come from referals from them. Then last week i got a call from someone who'd kept my business card from the letter I sent him 4 years ago!


    Good luck
  • axl2dervaxl2derv Well-Known Registered Posts: 172
    JodieR wrote: »
    Here's a few ideas:-

    Sign up for some courses with business link or the like. You may learn something, but more importantly it'll put you in contact with other sole traders who may need your services

    Make sure you offer things that bigger accountants don't/won't/can't. An easy one is to make yourself avaliable for evening/weekend appointments, and offer to collect/deliver papers etc. Point things like that out on flyers etc.

    Do some voluntry work and make sure you do an excellent job to get a good reference for your marketing stuff.

    Contact accountants and see if they've got any work they can subcontract to you. Probably be April before this kicks off, but might be an idea to introduce yourself during the quiet months of Feb/Mar.

    If you use an accounting package sign up to forums where people can ask for advice on it. If you get a good name for yourself offering help you may well get clients from it.

    When I started 4 years ago I got out the yellow pages and sent a letter to just over 100 small businesses (with a business card attached) - within the first year I got about 7 replies from this, and pretty much all my clients have come from referals from them. Then last week i got a call from someone who'd kept my business card from the letter I sent him 4 years ago!


    Good luck

    Thanks for the advice. I have sent out 100 letters today to the following businesses:

    10 x Plumbers
    10 x Electricians
    10 x Hairdressers
    10 x Doctors
    10 x Dentists
    10 x Builders
    10 x Butchers
    10 x Pet Shops
    10 x Roofers
    5 x Plasterers
    5 x Gas Engineers

    Hopefully I will get some replies shortly. Will keep you posted.

    Have you got any more ideas?

    Thanks

    Carl
  • farmergilesfarmergiles Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,693
    That's great that you have sent out all those letters, good luck.
    Be careful with the Doctors. They have multiple streams of income and their accounts are very complex to do. If you do get any interest from them, contact their accountants for advice as to the way they want everything presented. As I said earlier, I currently work in a practice that specializes in Doctors & Dentists and the Doctors are horrendous, complex and complicated.
  • EmthiEmthi Feels At Home Registered Posts: 53
    well said farmergiles

    110% you are correct
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