I placed an ad in my local newspaper with as few words as possible.I do agree it use to be alot easier.Loads of people entering the biz as they are of the opinion anyone can clean! NOT TRUE!!
You have the right idea that you have to get in front of people to even begin to get hired.
Keep this in mind.There are people out there looking for you.Busy people,professional people like doctors and lawyers,senior citizens,busy moms, single men all need cleaning help.So the question to answer is where do I find them? Answer this and you will get clients.
Carry some tape and push pins with you to be able to place cards and flyers.
Some things to try:
1.Keep passing out flyers and cards but make sure you are passing them out in more upscale places/neighborhoods
2.Can you post a flyer in the lunch room or even the elevators of physicians in large scale medical facilities?
3.Do they have a bulletin board in the local coffee shop? again pay attention to the neighborhood.
4.Does the grocery store have a bulletin board?
5.Don't be shy.Hand cards to people.Leave cards in restaurants where you eat.
6.Leave cards when you go to the drive through at the bank.
8.Go to vistaprint.com and check out the prices for even one car magnet.You could put it on the back of your vehicle (maybe)
9.Go to hair salons/nail salons and ask if you can leave cards.Talk to the patrons that are sitting and waiting.
Always remember to keep track of where you left cards or flyers and revisit regularly to replace.
If you don't quit you will succeed.