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Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Parker512, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Parker512

    Parker512 Guest

    i currently don't practice with anyone and the people i know at my tennis club are 30 min away.
     
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  2. tomp

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    I would also be interested in this. I have an online store and quite a large tennis playing town but don't seem to be attracting any customers.
     
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  3. vkamphonephong

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    Going to public courts and playing with random people is the way I found ongoing string jobs. Another way I found some clients is by going to the public courts near my house and posting a simple ad. Lastly, I posted on craigslist, but not many people look for stringers there. I don't have that many clients, but stringing isn't really my full time job. The way I see it, it helps pay for my strings and my stringing machine :)
     
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  4. Parker512

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    Do you think its work advertising in the local newspaper.
     
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  5. hpaiste

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    No way in a local newspaper. Too much. Really your best bet is to go to your local club, and do one or both of the following things:
    a. Put out your name and number and say "I string racquets for X price and it takes X amount of days. (Fast results)

    b. Put out your name and number and ask for a hitting partner, and string racquets for them (takes longer, but if you hit with the right person, they can spread your name like a wild fire)

    I did both, and I have about 8-12 consistent clients that I string racquets for. Even better, they just give them to me certain days every week or two weeks, so I have a schedule :)

    Try it, you will be surprised.
     
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    Pretty good advice here. Also, contact all the local clubs/tennis venues and enquire if they have somebody who strings, if the answer is no offer your service. Do the same at local colleges etc. You could even offer to take your machine along to one of their club sessions/practices and string on site - easy way to pick up a few on the spot restrings!

    cheers

    ash
     
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  8. vkamphonephong

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    For Craigslist, I think it really depends on where you live. In my area, not many people advertise anything related to tennis. I did get a handful of customers from Craigslist however. It just didn't work out as well as proactively searching while playing.

    Usually, I offer to string the first racquet at a reduced price, but not lower than the cost of strings, and then charge the full price if they are satisfied with the job. Works out pretty well for me.
     
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