I put this answer in another section, bought thought it might be relevant here
All great advice. What shot my business through the roof is the advice my mentor gave me. He is closing his shop after 30 years and thankfully has taken me under his wing in the last two months. He was watching to see how serious I was at first lol.
Anyway a business card is a must, so is a webpage....however what my advice was :
Get a package together with the following:
An introduction letter - outlining what you can do for THEM
Pictures of before and after ...incredibly effective
A copy of your insurance form - they know you are professional
Business Number - accredited is important.
WSIB, WHMIS, any and all safety certificates you have
One or two letters of recommendation
A few business cards
A survey for the client to fill out "AFTER" you land them, it shows you really want their business....add a prepaid return envelope....then they don't have to do anything but fill it out and send it off
A starter discount, maybe one day free or one week...its up to you.
This way when you go into a home or business you don't look like you are just showing up hoping to get a contract, you are saying to the client...I know you are busy but when you get a chance I will leave a welcome package for you to look at. It shows that you are very professional and serious. Hell if you take the time to put together a sales package and not simply a 30 second sales pitch....you improve your chances 10 fold.
My friends this works for me and I know it will work for you!