While I haven't ever hired a person dedicated to getting me customers, I do have people actively 'out there' passing out cards for me.
The person that passes the most cards out and has gotten me business is my salesman that I bought all my equipment from. Granted I've payed over $11,000 for my equipment but he has so many connections from businesses that have bought chemicals from him where he gives me the business name and person to contact.
The other person is my sister, you may have a family member who doesn't work full time and you can say "hey I'll give you 10% of any job you get for me" and I have been able to give several bids because of her.
Just a couple of thoughts of what I do, its basically like instead of paying a salesman upfront for work they may or may not get you, you're paying motivated friends or family to get jobs after you get paid from doing them. I would definitely get in close with your main equipment/chemical sales person and see what they would be willing to do for you. I offered my sales guy the 10% offer upfront and he declined just because if he gets me business, he in turn gets more business from me.
Hope this helps some.
Last edited by mooreoftom; 07-10-2008 at 09:38 AM.