The area that your businesses home office occupies needs to be well established by you and your employees. Your backyard should be the easiest place to get business, although everyone knows this is not always the case. In order to ensure that none of your competitors move into your home territory, there are a few methods you can use. Building relationships with clients you’ve already acquired and clients you would like to have through personal contact is the best technique. Effective businesses are great at building and sustaining relationships.Your current customers will statistically be more loyal to you the more often you see them. A great habit to get into is to make personal visits to all of your current customers as often as your schedule allows. This gives your business a personal feel and allows you to establish a personal relationship with your clients. They will be much less likely to do business with a competitor if they feel like they have a personal connection with you. Trying to acquire new customers will be harder to do. They will have already told you ‘no,’ so keeping in touch with them may seem like a waste. But keep in mind that if their dealings turn sour with their current provider they will turn somewhere else. You should be the first person that they call when they need to make the switch to a new provider. If you are constantly visiting them and touching base, they will come to you if there is ever an issue with their current provider. In order to get the most business out of your local area, be sure to establish the best relationships possible. Remember that ‘no’ often means ‘not now’ and not ‘never’. This type of mentality is the key to separating yourself from your competitors. By being in constant contact with those in your community you will develop a reputation as a stand up business person to deal with.