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    Powerwashing Flyers that took business from zero to $13,202 per month


    I’m posting this guest post because I LOVE IT when people get their hands dirty in order to make money.

    I think there’s more lessons to be learned by getting out there and doing small jobs than any amount of reading blog posts. 

    Using some basic copywriting principles in his marketing, Peter went from making $0 with his powerwashing service...to doing $13,202 per month!

    So here’s Peter showing the exact business flyers he used to “automate his marketing” instead of going door-to-door.  

    Watch for the subtle psychological things happening with each flyer:



    There was no way in hell I was ever doing that again…..

    I had just gotten back from going door-to-door trying to sell power washing after hearing from my Dad that it was “a good business to get your feet wet.”

    After 2 or 3 anxiety-filled hours of stuttering my way through a pitiful little sales pitch and getting zero results, I gave up.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever gone door-to-door before, but for me, especially at the time, it honestly felt like I could have been offering FREE money and people still would have said no.

    I felt like a pest!

    If you’re at all introverted (like me), or you’re not the smoothest on your feet, then you gotta knock on like 100 doors before you find someone….and it’s absolute agony the whole time.

    So, unless you’re trying to get over your fear of rejection, don’t try powerwashing this way.  

    I’m going to show you exactly how I went from $0 to over $10,000 a month without ever knocking on a door or making a cold call.

    The First (lame) Attempt at Marketing:

    After deciding I was never going to go door-to-door ever again, I designed a beautiful flyer, that looked something like this…


    It was so pretty and nice….

    ….but it absolutely BOMBED!

    I got my friend to deliver a couple hundred of them and I didn’t get a single phone call.

    I was shocked… (what an idiot I was).

    Now if you’ve been following Neville for any period of time, you’re probably a lot smarter than I was at the time.  

    You know why this flyer is sooo bad and you probably know how to write at least basic KOPY… like telling people WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM and offering some bloody benefits…

    But I was stressing because I had no idea what benefits I could show.  

    I started thinking what it was going to look like I was going to have to get a job unless I figured out this whole marketing thing QUICK!

    I had a little bit of money left after my backpacking trip in South East Asia got cut short due to a motorcycle accident… but not much…

    So, I went to my Dad, hat-in-hand, with my “beautiful”, terrible little flyer and asked him what I was doing wrong…

    He laughed, handed me an old Dan Kennedy book on direct response marketing and a few chapters later, I threw away my first “beautiful” attempt.

    I started again from scratch.  This time I didn’t care if the flyer was “beautiful” or “professional looking.”  I realized that didn’t matter.    

    The Second Attempt At Marketing

    Here’s what I came up with my second time around:


    I printed out 100 of these new flyers on my little inkjet and got my friend to deliver them to a local neighborhood.

    100 flyers printed.  Total Cost = $20 

    But I was still scared, because after my first failure, I remember thinking, “there’s no way I’m going to get calls…”

    But the phone rang…..it rang 4 times!!!

    I didn’t even know what to say when I answered… I hadn’t really thought that part through!

    But it didn’t really matter… my new customers did most of the talking (you’ll find people LOVE to tell you all about their situation).

    Within a day, I got 4 new customers and which ended up turning into around $600 dollars in business. 

    It blew my mind!

    I thought, “Hey there’s a lot more neighborhoods…..and if I just send out more of these flyers….I should get a bunch more customers… this is so much better than knocking on doors!”

    How to Turn a $69 Driveway Job Into $200+ Worth of Work:

    When I met with the first customer, I didn’t suddenly learn how to become a sales star or even a smooth talker, or even know what the concept of an “upsell” was.  But I found out quickly.

    Usually when people call you to powerwash their driveway, they like to walk around with you tell you their life story and while they’re at it, also show you what they want cleaned…

    And usually, there’s a bunch of other dirty stuff right beside the thing they want cleaned.

    So there was one thing I would say that worked really well with making more money. It honestly just seemed natural to ask it.

    I would just ask:

    “Would you like _____ cleaned too?”

    People go… “Yea, geez… hmm yea. I didn’t think about that but now that you mention it can you clean that to?”

    And you get 80%+ of people saying yes.

    I feel like an idiot when I don’t ask… which is a little too often.

    Hiring a Roller Blader and Going From $600 to $6,292:

    So I quickly learned that I just needed to send out more flyers to get more customers.  

    I bought a bigger printer and I hired my friend to go out on his rollerblades and deliver 1,600 flyers each week at $0.18 cents per flyer. (At the time I didn’t know about Every Door Direct Mail in the U.S. or Unadressed Admail in Canada… which is what I do now and actually cheaper and more reliable than my friend).

    And like clockwork, I would get at least 15 jobs… enough to keep me fully booked for the whole week.

    It would cost me on average $25 to get a customer… and I’d bring in on average $200 from each customer right away… that’s 8x my money, which is pretty awesome math.

    That’s like having a machine that I throw $100 into, and it throws $800 right back at me.  

    And as long as these flyers kept being profitable… I kept sending them out. 

    Mailing 16x to One Neighborhood and Still Getting New Customers:

    It was amazing how I could tweak the flyer a tiny bit and send it to the SAME neighborhoods every other week and I would still get more and more people calling in!

    One neighborhood in particular, I sent flyers to them 16x one summer and it was still profitable in bringing new people in:

    • People would have family coming over to visit and needed to get the home nice and clean…
    • Or they were getting their home ready to sell…
    • Or they’d see I cleaned their neighbors driveway and realize they wanted theirs done too…

    People’s circumstances change and you’ve got to be there when they do.

    By hyper focusing on neighbourhoods, you can quickly become the dominate player and can quickly end up cleaning 20% or more of the homes in an area.

    Besides mailing a bunch I found these 3 things worked really well and would take one customer and turn it into 2 or 3 more…

    Getting Neighbors as Customers Without Door Knocking:

    For a service business like this… you make a lot more money by not wasting time and gas traveling long distances between jobs.

    A lot of these powerwashing guys are driving all over the place because they’re not doing targeted marketing…

    I’ve been able to stay busy in a small town with 5,000 homes and not have to venture out to any of the surrounding areas by doing three things:

    The first thing I did this was mailing a letter like this before I was going to do a job…


    The second thing was by having a sign and wearing high visible reflective gear:



    I was such an idiot in the beginning and went without a sign for a long time!  As a result people didn’t realize I was for hire.  

    The first day I got a sign, I had a lady come up and end up hiring me for $2,000 worth of work… that alone turned out to be a pretty good ROI on my $40 signs!

    The third thing is to send a letter like this to the neighbors afterwards…


    The Free Driveway Experiment:

    Would you spend $90 and work for free for a week… if you knew it would make you $21,000+?

    I hope you would.

    Because that’s how I got 45 out of 90 homes in a neighborhood to become customers, which has so far resulted in more than $21,000 in business.

    Let me explain…

    After cleaning a few driveways I started to notice something very interesting:

    As soon as I cleaned someone’s driveway and they were able to see what a difference it made and how awesome it was to save 5 hours of back breaking, clothes soaking, mud splashing labour… it was like a switch had been flipped…

    It was like suddenly they were the kind of people who clean their home and pay someone to do it for them.

    They’d inevitably ask me if I could clean a bunch of other stuff for them and it would result in each customer being worth anywhere from $200 to as much as $2,000.

    And it really got me thinking…

    If I can just get someone started and committed to taking that little baby step, then the rest becomes really easy…

    So, I picked a gated community of 90 homes, where I had already done some work and I sent out this letter for a free driveway cleaning:




    I ended up getting 42 of them to become customers and it has resulted in over $21,000 in business!

    From $6,202 to $13,000

    The key to scaling up from the $6,202 was to make sure I kept the “customer getting system” up and continuously working.

    If you rest on your laurels and get lazy (which happened to me more than once), the business starts to dry up.  

    At first I was going door-to-door myself trying to get business.  This didn’t work at all….not to mention it was extremely stress-inducing for me.  

    However when I started using copywriting principles to automate my marketing through flyers, it effectively got me from $50 an hour to being able to make $150/hr or more.


    Peter Van Straaten

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    Hey, it’s Neville again: 

    Isn’t it pretty sweet how he found out that:

    • Knocking On Doors = Slow and ineffective.
    • Sending Out Flyers = Easy and profitable (with the right flyer).

    Essentially the flyers were automating the job Peter was manually doing.

    With concepts learned in The Copywriting Course it’s easy to see why this “pretty” flyer failed:


    The flyers that did really well look ugly…..but they seem personal, genuine, and offer a real benefit to the reader!





    Some valuable lessons here 🙂

    If you’d like to know more about the psychology behind flyers like these and how to write your own copy that sells, checkout The Copywriting Course.


    Neville Medhora

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    Guest Anastasia
    I disagree, Neville. If I wanted pressure washing (or any other service) done, the *first* thing I'd do is look for a website. I get lots of flyers in the mail every g*ddamn week, and I don't even look at them - they go straight into the recycling bin. I've never received one of Peter's flyers, but then I'm not in his "territory" (same metro city area though) - but even if I had, it would suffer the same fate as all the others.
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    Guest Jimmy Moncrief

    Neville - you should give Jeff G. a refund! :-)

    Pete - great article! I clean gutters for extra money and plan on putting this to use!

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    Guest Adam Thomas

    This is a tremendous article that highlights just how counter intuitive all of this stuff is because it deals with a lot of fear!

    From presenting your offer plainly, to upselling, to getting customers on the hook - all of it is an issue that deals with understanding nuance and dealing with the fear of being direct.

    Learned a ton from this, and love applying it :-)

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    Guest Harry
    I must have read this article 1000 times..its fantastic. Inspired me to create my own website. I always thought that the hard part would be getting up and running, but thats the easy part! Getting users is the hard part. Handed out some fliers - created thanks to this blog. Theres a picture of the flier on the facebook page: wwww.facebook.com/wethenet
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    […] Again, pressure washing is something that most people need to do, but few people get around to doing it.  Here’s an AWESOME case study of someone that made over $20k in a weekend pressure washing: https://copywritingcourse.com/powerwashing-flyers-copywriting-case-study/ […]
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    Guest Mike Richards
    I'm looking at buying 50-100 corrugated plastic ad signs that slide onto metal stakes. I live in the metro area of one of the largest cities in the U.S. The traffic at particular stop lights close to where I live can back up quite a bit. Its not unusual to have grassy areas very close (about 7 ft) to the roads/highways that back up throughout the day. I've thought about staggering 2-3 signs in the grassy areas that hundreds of people will see as they move forward in the turn lanes, about 10 cars, the light changes and they're sitting for a few minutes waiting for their light to change. Many people would see my signs twice. I realize many people text, get on social media, look at news, etc between lights. Has anyone else done this? Cost is about $4.25/sign.
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    I do door to door Airashion now for a company they offer pressure cleaning later in the year and they make a killing we make pretty good cash aswell about 10 sales a day around 200 take home for the contractor cash its nice but when I got thinking I could do this on my own and did the math I craped my self almost lol so I just got my washer today and will be starting tomorrow I will for sure use your flyer ideas thank you for the info I will be doing door to door aswell but im good at sales and convincing the customer. If you want to get door to door sales its all about the number of doors you knock on. staying positive and learn how to read people ive only ever had one day under 10 sales at around 70 a yard pretty nice I say cant wait to bring all the cash to me and not the company. there a great company but you cant argue with that income.
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    Guest Kenneth Paul

    Really good information with great pics of the flyers. I've been working on flyers for a while now with my business. It's been a real testing phase. It will be very interesting having some good information to draw from and a new perspective.

    Old fashion marketing is a good way to get some money coming in while your waiting on traffic to hit your website and your SEO is to get ranked higher and higher.

    Thanks for the in depth break down of the article, you covered just about everything.

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    Great stuff, Peter! Looks like you did a fantastic and quick job of learning and applying Dan's techniques and mindsets. And you're certainly getting the rewards!

    I did have one thought though. As I'm sure you know, the more personal you can make copy, the more likely you are to hook their attention.

    What if you were to get the names of the people whose houses you hadn't worked. Either through your current customers or through the County Appraisal District.

    Then instead of the generic "Dear ________ Resident" you could say "Dear Mrs. Jones" or "Hi Nancy"

    Obviously that would take more time, but if you sent the information to an outsourcer, you could get it done for a few bucks. Which, if it converted even one more customer, is well worth it.

    If you test it (always test!) and it doesn't work, then no harm done. But I'd be interested to see if it improved conversions at all.

    Anyway, stellar work! Keep riding the wave, sir.

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    Very interesting case study. I think the ideal would be something in between the pretty and ugly (yet informative).

    Design and color help evoke emotions with your customer in addition to pertinent text info.

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    Hi Pete / Neville,

    I love this post and I want to copy some principles from it, but I have a few a question - how are you actually mailing these full-page flyers via EDDM? When I contacted USPS (and print shops) about doing something similar, they kept saying that normal 8.5"x11" flyers on normal paper aren't acceptable...and they kept suggesting to mail on 6"x11" post cards instead.

    It sounds like you are printing these flyers yourself, so how are you going about the distribution of them? Do you use a mailing shop to help w/ this?


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    Hey Michael,

    Did you ever figure out how to mail full-page flyers using EDDM? I'm running into that same exact problem right now - the print shops are all telling me to use postcards instead and that you can't mail regular paper flyers.


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