Clearly, the economy has impacted Land Surveying everywhere. The 10% unemployment threshold was passed in our industry a while ago. Our rollercoaster can be worse than in some
When times are good, the Land Surveying Business can be profitable. Others bring us work. Developers,
contractors, architects, engineers, and lawyers may all require or recommend
Land Surveying Services for their Clients.
Frequently, business gets to us because another authority mandates a
survey by law. In better times, we can
have an exciting load of attractive work with an effort as small as a few
business cards at the diner.
Therefore, as a group, we don’t recognize the value of marketing and we’re skeptical to acknowledge any value for well-targeted advertising. Among many surveyors, the first budget cut in
tough times is the only one that may bring in new business. Others would sooner deploy $40,000 to have a
tiny edge for some unknown future client than to spend $100 to get the
In 1986, I started to understand the value of survey records. When a telephone caller requests work near a job we had already solved—terrific. The only better call is
when they need work at the same site. Some of us are waiting by the phone with our
fingers crossed. I started thinking
about a way to get more work near my control and near my office.
So, in 2007 I created SurveySearch.net. It’s a way to use the internet to connect the old work folder with a new customer. At
this point, SurveySearch.net
has over 100,000 job sites in the database representing about 45 professionals
throughout Southern New England. This is just the start. The project will work everywhere.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell:
- Professional Surveyors can join the SurveySearch network and upload a job list with an Excel template for a low annual subscription
- For NO CHARGE consumers key in the address of a site where they need surveying services.. A google map is revealed
that shows the jobs sites near the target and a list of the surveyors in
the network with their contact information. The surveyors are listed in geographical
order by the location of the job.
There isn’t much more to it. Visit SurveySearch.net to learn more.
My goal with SurveySearch.net is to help all of us make a little more money by deploying our work archive to the