Person to place bandit signs?

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Looking for some advice on how to find the right person to place our bandit signs.  Where did you find your person? (Craigslist, word of mouth, etc)....

Are they an independent contractor or employee?  How many signs do you have them put out so that it's worth both their time and your money?  Who pays for their gas?  What's the max radius you have them go?  

We are looking to outsource this part of our marketing and need some advice.  We want to structure it right from the beginning so that we are able to find someone serious and can have them put out signs consistently each weekend.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

First question...are bandit signs even legal in the location you are planning to place them? If they aren't, leave the Bandit Signs at home. 

Below is an old post from Jun 05 '07

Originally posted by @Jon Holdman:

So, I was listening to a podcast the other day and the speaker was talking about when he started out. He put up some signs, and got a call. The caller said he had a property and wanted to meet the speaker at the property. The speaker arrived at the property expecting a good deal. The caller said "Hi, I'm from code enforcement..."

So, the bottom line is be careful of those bandit signs!

LOL! 

The only BSP (Bandit Sign Police) I have ever dealt with are other investors!

I've never hired anyone to do my bandit signs. Definitely don't make them an employee. Unless you want to file employer taxes on them, give them benefits, tools, unemployment taxes when they quit/get fired, liability insurance, safety equipment etc etc. (And we wonder why unemployment is so high right?

 Have them submit invoices to you, describe the job you want done not how to do it. If you go into too much detail telling them how to do their job, how many hours to work, when to take breaks etc your state may classify them as an employee even though you don't! So just tell them what you want done and have them invoice you.

I would start by asking other REIA members if they can refer their guy before turning to craigslist. That's not experience just wisdom.

Please do keep us informed of how things go and if you encounter the mythical BSP!

Hi Priscilla, I did bandit signs for my fitness club and they worked awesome. Just make sure that you know your local laws. You can usually do an online search to find someone that will place them. The problem is that they will not care where they go as much as you will. I recommend keeping a few in your trunk and when you spot a high traffic area (McDonalds) place one.

Thanks for those telling me to be cautious....@Hattie Dizmond and @Linval T.

We've been doing bandit signs for years and some of our best deals have come from bandit signs.  We do have code enforcement here, but they are just concerned about the signs we place on city property (medians, next to street lights, etc).  We try to place them in empty lots on main roads and in shopping plazas.  

@Bud Leiser - Thanks for the words of wisdom and answering my questions :) I didn't want to make them employees, but I wondered if someone was using one of their current employees and making it part of their job description....was just curious. The other REIA guys around here put the signs out themselves from what I am aware of...and honestly, there's not that many out there right now. So, hence why I want to be out there each weekend. LOL...BSP will be very busy in my area with all the signs on our street corners!

@Scott Christensen - Thanks for the reply...yes they do work...a lot of our properties came from bandit signs....good advice on doing an online search, I hadn't thought of that....Thanks :)

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