shaky, but I endured and kept going. By the end of year one I had saved up enough to see me through the winter and pumped a fair bit back into the business. Major van upgrade, Tool upgrades, Professional Logo redesign etc. Year 2 has been tough, everyone tells you how to get a business started but no one tells you how to actually run it when it works out! I've had a couple of lads help me out here and there 5-6 shifts each month and that has barely seen me through the year. I'm getting 4-5 Enquiries a day, still in November. My accountant has been telling me to take someone on for a few months now, but I've been cautious due to the winter months coming up, for obvious reasons I wouldn't want to take someone on, train them up then run out of work for them (it seems now that wont be an issue though). So I’m currently looking to hire now. I'm turning down / not finding time to reply to 30-40% of inquiries and feel like I'm letting things slip a bit. It's tough to stay motivated, I'm losing enthusiasm and struggle to find the energy now to even get out to complete the massive workload I have on. I'm sure this is burn out and I know I'll bounce back and get control of things again. That's a VERY brief bit of background information, now for the advice.
I have my goals, one of them being that I want to be running the business, I want to be talking to the customers, quoting, viewing the properties and running the office side of things, but not out breaking my back every day. Which means I'll need to hire. And with that, decide whether to hire someone with loads of experience to take over the gardening side of things completely and get them an apprentice in 4-5 months or start off with hiring an apprentice. Both obviously have huge pro’s and con’s. Has anyone managed to successfully achieve this with their business? Build it up and have a strong team run the labour side? It is starting to feel more and more like a fairy tail. If anyone has experience with this I'd be very grateful for some advice.
I know my business is ready for the next step, however I need to create a clear plan on how to achieve it. And because I spend 90% of my time alone in gardens or in the office, I never get to bounce ideas off of other people. And the people I do try and speak to, have no idea what I’m on about, because it's either business talk or gardening talk.
I know I'll get a few generic responses, and the questions are a bit vague. But summed up, any advice or help in regards to moving from solo - Business owner with a team would be appreciated.