I'm tryin to get my own business off the ground. It would be teaching people how to play bass guitar. The only way I can think of obtaining clients for this (other than putting ad's in all the usual places) is to cold call people to basically find out who plays bass or not. This is what I came up with and Id like to get other teachers/business grads/business peoples opinions on it. I must admit, Im kinda proud of it, but know there is always room for improvement. "hello, mr/mrs____________. My name is ___________. I am conducting a confidential, independent census regarding music education and the need for private instruction in Pasco county. I assure you that this is not a slaes call & at no time durring our conversation will I try to sell you anything, nor will I ask you for/about any of your personal financial information. I know you're busy so I'll be very brief and wont even take 10 minutes of your time. With Pasco counties steadily & rapidly increasing growth rate, more students & adults than in years past are interested in learning the art of playing a musical instrument. Unfortunatly, a number of them will never fully know this joy. This is due to under financing, under staffing, and over crowding that are all to common problems that are plagueing the public shcool system today. There are also students that have an interest in studying an instrument such as piano, guitar, or bass guitar, that just isnt taught in the schools. This isnt fair to the student and could very well prevent them from having any future asperations of learning the fine art of music. Also as you may already know, music students do better in school and score higher SAT scores than non-music students. What Id like to do now is simply ask you a few quick questionsto determine the need for personal, private, music instruction in your area." Then I ask them about 4 or 5 questions to see if they or anyone in the household plays or wants to play bass. If they wind up playin bass or would consider lessons I'm going to mail them a flyer I created, along with a business letter that I'm working on. Id appriciate any input on how to make this "pitch" better. Especially from those who own their own business or are in the business field.