Out of the frying pan and into the fire and all other quotations like that! Yes, it was time to start building my new business - Happy Home Living and putting actions into words – gulp!
My long suffering partner Chau worked his wonders with my new website http://www.happyhomeliving.co.uk/services.html (just in case you can’t wait to see what I am doing – plug, plug!) What with this, a Facebook page and of hours of pounding the street leaflet dropping I had drummed up some interest and it was time to get started.
With regards to the jobs I am pretty confident of my skills and very handy with materials ranging from a duster, vacuum cleaner to shears, paint brushes etc. There are a few areas I am not so experienced in but that’s the interesting bit and occasionally flying by the seat of my pants as I ‘learn on the job’
Never in my life did I think how much job satisfaction I would get from sanding and restoring 2 very dilapidated 5 bar gates. I was on a high for days and could not help but lovingly run my hand over the now smooth wood with my now calloused and blistered hands admiring my handiwork. I even had to do a detour and drive past just to have a little look again!
I can confirm now that I am a people person through and through and the highlight of my job, other than the calories I burn when getting physical in the garden is the people I meet. Being a good listener means I leave jobs with a combination of inspiration, education and appreciation for my life after spending time with my clients.
Most of my clients tend to be of the older generation and for me building up a relationship with these fascinating people is a huge perk of the job and in turn I think I am able to give some of them company and conversation – plus I do get a lot of tea!
I can see my niche market now so I know where to focus my sales and promotion. There is going to be a lot of hard work and problem solving ahead of me but its looking like a job that suits my practical and organisational skills in conjunction with talking - I like this combination!
I am so glad that I have kept my fitness up and in particular my upper body strength as boy do you need to be strong for some of jobs. ‘I would like you to saw those dead branches off the tree in the front garden’ says one of my customers ‘of course’ I reply ‘are you joking?’ I think. Never one not to rise to a challenge I threw myself into it and sawed and sawed and sweated and sawed. Geronimo or is it Timber? It came down, I was invincible! I was so tempted to knock on the door and tell them I did it but that would highlight the fact it was a first!
Now to dispose of it… chopped up the small branches and put in the Green Bin, Green Bin getting full. Sawed the thin bits of branch and squashed them in bin. Muscles are feeling the ultimate burn and just can’t do anymore. What to do? Let’s just drag it in to the car and take it home. Hide the evidence! Good job we have an open fire!
I have become obsessed at looking at people’s gardens, shrubs and untended exterior wood work. I almost feel compelled to knock on the door and offer to wood preserve their shed.... getting obsessive again.
Its ‘To Do’ List and planning galore! With OCD tendencies working in my favour I am in my element working out cleaning schedules for clients and ensuring I get the limescale off the taps. Sadly there is still limescale on my taps as my passion for cleaning at home has slightly waned!
In true Corporate Style I have compiled my Weekly Report so I can focus on my learnings and improve for Week Two!
LEARNINGS FOR THE WEEK
BEST BITS OF THE WEEK
WORST BITS OF THE WEEK
Overall a good week full of experiences that I would never had if I had not taken the plunge. So much to learn and its going to be a Roller Coaster over the coming months. Certainly out of my comfort zone but in a sort of comfortable and satisfying way!
More stories to come soon.
By the way, if you ever drive past a five bar gate and see someone stroking it – it will be me!
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