Gunsmiths should be able to rate customers..
Most good gunsmiths don't advertise as they have more work than they can get done in a day. Most merely hang out a shingle as far as advertising this may be a web site.
There are several classes of customers coming to a gunsmith ranging from the most knowledgable to the newbe. Most customers are very greatful and listen to common sense advise. But there are a few flaming horses behinds. I don't mind talking with a genuine customer wanting to build his life long custom rifle or the competitive shooter who is working to be the best shooter he can. I have been building customized rifles and pistols for 40 years and I can talk with a customer for 5 minutes and pretty much sum up what kind of customer he/she is going to be.
Every week I get a call from the guy who has no idea what he is doing and wants $250.00 work done on a $90.00 factory barrel. Or he wants you to chamber and maybe polish and blue a $90 barrel. You explain to him his money could be better served by selecting better quality barrel. You can do the best chambering job in the world but that low end barrel coppers up in two or three shots. Then they blame the gunsmith.
The other complaint I frequently hear is "my gunsmith has had my gun 6-12 months and done nothing". Do your home work, you can order a barrel, reamer, and gauges, dies and bullets, powder, cases and primers. If you take all the parts with your gun to the smith he has no excuse not to get it done and back to you in 30-60 days.
On the average I spend 4 hours talking with a new customer about building his rifle. My long term customers rarely talk with me more than 20 minutes about their work. They get their work in and out because they have it figured out ahead of time. Remember gunsmithing is a service industry. There is a balance between salesmanship and craftsmanship. But the bottom line the smith is in business to make money and is not a charity operation. Time is money.
Quality barrels, stocks, and custom actions usually take 3-6 months to get from the manufacture. Your gun or action sitting in your gunsmiths safe does neither you or your smith any good.
Just thought I would share what it looks like from the other side of the counter.
I tell it like it is. And no, I am not soliciting for business. I have plenty of work to do. If you do quality work the customers will seek you out.