Since I am only at "day 8" of Copper's Master Plan I can only tell you what I have learned from this board and from observation, not withstanding people skills
Every business that you frequent enough to be recognized, TALK IT UP.
I call it "chatting up" but you get the idea. Maybe you only spend a dollar or two there every day.......but that business counts on you. Just enthusiastically tell them of your venture. Enthusiasm is contagious, just as is Negativity. Make an impression
on every one you meet. The mainteneace man, the cashier.....etc. REMEMBER NAMES! Simple technique but too often overlooked. You will find it comes up (your project)easier and easier with practise. If you have a hard time starting a conversation (obviously not my problem
) the easiest maneveur (sp) to fall back on is the simplest one imagineable. A COMPLIMENT! On the store/hair/jewelry whatever comes to mind (I wouldn't recommend lying at this stage) and be interested in their establishment or where ever the conversation leads. It may surprise you how interested you become (thats contagious also). If they bite, immediately stick out your hand for a firm handshke and look them dead in the eye when you do it. The deal is sealed, impresses men too and sets the mood at strictly Biz. (ie No Side Poon Tang) If they don't bite, find another place to spend your $2.00.
I made three location deals in this manner today.
1. Hardware store where I buy all my animal feed. Has an abundance of landscaping/construction contractor customers through out the day(I spend bout $50.00 a week there, and there is a feed store a block away.....get it?)
2. Recycle place where I tote 2-3 truckloads of metal (hard hot work but good money) and receive $150-$200 a trip. Aside: Approx. 480 hungry truckdrivers come through there a day, the owner wants NO percentage and offered me electricity. Why? He's making money off of my metal, and his competitor is across the street WITH NO FOOD TO OFFER.
3. The convenience store where I cash my Metal Check (no Unc Sam). He cashes my check for $1.00 rather than the usual $3.00, I buy two cartons of cigs a week, gas up and a case of beer. In exchange I can set up there whenever I want, no one else around on a state highway bursting with trucks, hungry men on the go trying to make a living and SAVE TIME by getting a couple of things done at one place. They will stop there cos they can get smokes, gas and GOOD HOMECOOKED MEAL at one place. These are hard-working men that get dirty,don't feel comfortable in a restaurant, and mostly single with no good cook around..... AND HAVE THE BUCKS TO SPEND.-that's my target clientele-WHAT'S YOURS?, being female is an advantage also
We shook, its a done deal. Good Luck!