Can anyone tell me where I'm going wrong? (re Winning new clients in Hampshire)

I started my own practice back in November 2006 near Alton in Hampshire. I work from home, bought myself a laptop and started working for people I know, relatives etc. Since then I have had practically zero practice growth and I have no idea where I am going wrong.

I have been advertising in a local paper for a year (used by all the local tradesmen to advertise so presumed this was a good bet), I have a website listed on google (which until recently I had my rates on but have since taken them off), I have run various adverts in local newspapers (The Hampshire Chronicle, The Alton Herald and The Surrey Advertiser), and I have taken out a rather expensive ad on 'youfindus' which has been running since Feb last year for my area. In addition I have recently taken out a free listing on Yell.com and the Thomson Directory and I have recently purchased a mailing list and sent out targetted sales letters (having researched the businesses on the list). Last Feb I even tried walking into local businesses in Alton and handing out my newsletters, but that got such a negative response I didn't do it again.

Despite all of this I have only taken on 2 business clients (one of which a friend of a friend) and 2 private clients in the past year. I have not had a single phone call from a prospective client in months. I am currently working three days a week (I'll be giving this job up in the new year), but I have advertised my mobile number on everything and I have an answer phone at home on the landline. I know trying to work and build a practice is a bad idea, but I didn't think it would be this bad. Please could someone tell me where I am going wrong? I am running out of ideas and feeling completely defeated.
Anon

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Too passive

Anonymous |

New clients

jvenegas16 |

I can help!

AnonymousUser |

Advertising

Anonymous |

It is tough

Anonymous |

Buy

mikeyban |

.

Anonymous |

Many Thanks to all....

Anonymous |

It depends where you live as well

Anonymous |

My experience

bobhurn |

No prior practice experience

Anonymous |

For the record....

Anonymous |

You are qualified

Anonymous |

Anon

Jason Dormer |
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Have faith!

Anonymous |

I have no probs in Hants

Anonymous |

Depends

Anonymous |

Networking

Anonymous |

Hi again

Anonymous |

USPs

Anonymous |

Could it be..

Anonymous |

Networking is Not working

AnonymousUser |

What is your conversion rate?

AnonymousUser |

Conversion Rate

Anonymous |

alternatives to advertising

Anonymous |

100% conversion rate

AnonymousUser |

There's no need for saracasm.....

Anonymous |

I also have 100% conversion rate

AnonymousUser |

being serious for a moment

AnonymousUser |

I agree with anon (midlands anon)

AnonymousUser |

there is no sarcasm

AnonymousUser |

No need for sarcasm 2

Anonymous |

Sales

Anonymous |

cleavage

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Cleavage

Jason Dormer |
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This is a common theme...

Anonymous |

Another suggestion

Anonymous |

hmmnnn

Anonymous |

I have come up with a solution for your problem,

AnonymousUser |

I find

Anonymous |

Direct Marketing

Extravision |

Divert your calls to your mobile!

Waterways |