This is probably the most exciting two weeks of my life!
No, George Clooney hasn’t turned up asking me to forgive him for marrying Amal, nor have I have won the lottery.
But, exactly a week ago, Dean and I both closed down to the outside world and began working on our new business – a quality, bathroom and wetroom installation company.
And that’s about as exciting as anything could be! Sorry George!
After being a general building company, specialising is a HUGE relief. At last we can get really really good, we can hire people specifically, we can do the same thing over and over which means we can get really, REALLY good.
Best of all, we can now see some really exciting ways to market the business, so we can get even bigger and even better.
We are both SOOOO excited!
And we’re doing what we desperately needed to do – preparing the business before it begins, setting goals for the business and for us to achieve.
The new van is signwritten (it looks amazing!), the website is being built (we hired a professional photographer to take photos of a few of the bathrooms we’ve done over the past year) and I picked our new business cards up on Friday.
Tomorrow we are fixing our price list. Our systems will also be confirmed down in the next 24 hours. Then we will do 10 – yes, 10! – price ups using our new systems so that when clients come to the new business we will have set ways to handle each query.
So this was the scene on our kitchen table last Monday morning:
I’m pleased to say that some of those tasks are now ticked ‘done’ and others have morphed as conversations have evolved, but we are still working our way through them.
When the Planets Align…
Have you ever felt like the universe shifted to help you?
I had one of those wonderful moments a week or two ago. I was lucky enough to see a post on a Facebook builders group in which someone recommended this book:
The post was about pricing up and how people decided on what to charge. The person who posted warned that this book isn’t cheap (it isn’t – I paid over £40!) but said the information is gives will be invaluable.
O. M. Geeeeeeepers he was right!
We’re a third of the way in and already Mark Up and Profit is changing how we think and feel. If only we had known of this book years ago! But anyway, we have it now.
Reading Mark Up and Profit is literally like having the author, Michael C Stone, turn up at your home and go through your business with you. He really knows his stuff and even though it is an American book, it works pretty much 100% for a UK business (just a few pieces of US-jargon re taxes, banking etc).
This book is specifically aimed at the world of construction but really there is useful information in there for any business, especially a business that creates things – houses, bathrooms, websites, clothing, whatever. I will definitely use the formula for mark up on jobs when I come to grow my website/video business, Little Red Horse.
If you have ever wondered about how to work out pricing or when to know if your price is too high or too low, I really recommend getting your hands on a copy. It really has changed everything for us.
If you don’t mind me collecting a very small percentage of the cost of the book, you can buy it through this link here.
I cannot describe how grateful I am that as I scrolled along my Facebook timeline on that day, I decided to click on that post and see that comment. Sooo grateful!
New Energy – Setting Goals
As often happens, once energy starts flowing freely in one part of your life, it soon spreads to other areas.
My YouTube channel has been a bit stuck recently, I haven’t uploaded any videos for a while, not quite knowing what to say.
Today I found my diaries for 2014 anbd 2015 and looked back to July 30th on both years. It was interesting to think about what I was doing then, and how much has now changed. (I haven’t kept a diary properly for almost two years and I know I’ll regret it – this blog is partly an attempt to diarise how the journey goes).
Then on tonight’s dog walk I had the idea of posting regular, monthly goal videos – I read constantly that setting goals is one sure way to help yourself towards success, measuring your progress along the way. Also I wrote about it here.
So I grabbed Dean when he got back from golf and pinned him down to some goals for August. Here they are (for both of us):
- Go running with the dogs at least 8 times – so twice a week
- Complete two bathrooms as part of our bathroom business
- Get three subcontractors signed up and part of our team
- Go to bed by 10.30 pm three times a week (yeah right!)
- Finish fire safety improvement works to all our rental properties
- Get our dog recall up to 99.9999%
- Do three Youtube videos – ‘how to’ sharing tips I’ve learned along the way
- Do two Tony Horton golf workouts every week (Dean)
- Eat some fruit and vegetables every day (Dean)
- Get our new bathroom business completely set up
And here they are in glorious technicolour! (Trust me, there’s nothing like posting your secrets on YouTube for creating some accountability!)