Printing my flyers (saving money, spending some time)

Discussion in 'Advertising Offline/Online & Canvassing' started by Masons, Apr 3, 2012.

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  1. Masons

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    Ok guys, last week I went out and bought the Kodak CS-315 Printer, Ink, 500 sheets of paper and I am borrowing my mothers paper trimmer(thanks mom).

    Now, all this came to the price of £97.

    Meaning I could have bought 5,000 leaflets online for over £100, yet I am able to print 1,000 and have the capabilities to print more or anything else, and change my designs in a split second, for less in money, as long as I spend some time on it.

    Now, I know you guys will say time=money, so paying for leaflets is better, but no. I generally don't earn money in my evenings so I see it working out if I sacrifice an evening.
    And I know buying another 2,000 a4 paper and buying ink will cost more ontop of this price, but Kodak sell the cheapest ink, so it shouldn't be much more, AND I get a printer in the end. hehe

    Now, All is set up. I've already printer a hundred or so, and am doing the rest now as i have finished work early as a) it's raining and ;) I felt like it.

    I'll commence printing, show you the pile I have later. And will answer questions about how good the printer is or how easy this process is to anyone who asks questions.

    I will however, be explaining in detail how I go about the process of canvassing efficiently and approaching customers in the VIP Business chat section, so those who help contribute to the site financially get a few extra bits of info on how I go about my business.
    It's not maybe the way most do but if someone learns from how I go about my job then I'm happy.

    I'll be letting you all know how I do ratio-wise with picking jobs up, I'm hoping for at least 1 from every 100, so I should get 50 jobs.
    I know most of you will say the ratio will be higher, and I hope so, but i'm keeping targets low, as I do not know what to expect, and also because I don'y want to be disappointed by putting up massive approximates of work.

    If this totals more than £500 ppm then I'll be happy, as it'll pay for the costs and time incurred from printing these leaflets.

    I hope I can help some of you and if you have questions just ask.

    Masons.[hr]
    p.s it takes 3:20 to print 20, an mine are in colour.

    I write this now so as to not forget later. and also so you can comment on it maybe?lol
     
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  2. neil_09

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    Hi mate cheers for the info. Best part of making your own is you dont have to wait for postage lol.

    If you wouldnt mind id like to see your leaflet?
    I dont mind doing a you show me yours ill show you mine lol. Cheers
     
  3. Masons

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    I'll see what I can do neil.

    It took me about 80/90 mins to print and cut 260 leaflets on 130 pieces of paper.
    It used up most of the sample inks that came with the printer, I am yet to put a full cartridge.
    I did also print off a fair few testers and such to test the printers abilities and qualities, all of which I am happy with. hehe

    I have decided this week to spend about 15hours printing and cutting around 2,500 leaflets. I figure I may get more done with a system of working. Also I can be doing other chores while they're all printing.

    I'm very happy with the results.
     
  4. Belfastcleaning

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    Then you have to deliver them all!! I got 5000 printed about a year ago and still have about 2000!! I sort of gave up as I never had much calls, but good luck with yours!
     
  5. Masons

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    Thanks, I used a relatives printer and printed off about 50?
    I delivered them and picked up 5 new jobs; 4 from introducing myself on the door and chatting, 1 from ringing me back and asking for a clean.
    I have plenty of area to cover so I'm looking forward to the challenge.
    I love canvassing more than window cleaning, it's great assessing jobs. lol
     
  6. All Round Cleaning

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    I think you would have benefited financially if you had of purchased an epson printer with a cis system
    ( continuous ink system ) as you get a separate ink tank and they last hell of a lot longer than ink cartridges .

    I have one of those and an epson printer .
     
  7. Masons

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    I looked around at various options and never came across this.
    Either way I'm happy with the costs I have took on and can pay them quite easily.
    I won't lose out on much.
    But please post details on other printing options, anything to help the websites members. :)
     
  8. Belfastcleaning

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    I love canvassing too, it's money for the taking. I have separate flyers for gutter cleaning and would do drops with them, but for the window flyers i just rap each do unless their windows are sparkling already.

    I also done out lists of each street in an area, was over 900 houses, had odd numbers and even numbers in separate books for each street and when calling I was able to mark if they said no, yes, or no answer and then I would know each house I have to call back to. I had the 2 books hoping to get help but been on my own and have done great so far
     
  9. Masons

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    Ok, so I printed some maps off google maps and started one of the streets today.
    I've distributed 91 leaflets, only spoke to about 5 people though, not many people in during the day on this road it seems.
    I gave 2 quotes and both very happy with them. 1 job seems certain, the other is highly possible.
    So I'm very happy.
     
  10. Ryan

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    will be interested to see where you are at the end of the flyers fella

    are you dropping them anywhere in that area or specific streets ?
     
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