Firstly, i've been running my own outfit now for 15 years but always kept things relatively small. Not necessarily through choice but i have never quite got to grips with how to expand in a way that does'nt cause me to have a breakdown to some degree.
Having relocated recently to shropshire, having rebuilt my website Long Fox Landscapes and got up onto the first page on google, having taken an ad out in a local glossy it is finally going mental. I have quotes coming out of my ears, I'm buliding up a nice order book but i have a small problem of being a small outfit and people are only going to wait so long so i need to expand.
This will mean VAT, employees though i have always used self employed and time for asociated paperwork, at least 1 extra vehicle, more insurance blah blah blah.
I'm currently trying to find labour (ad on indeed) but not getting applicants with the right skills.
Going forward i plan to predominantly end up being off the tools as there is a full time job managing the business. I see this as on site first and last thing and then visiting clients and associated quoting and running around, general admin/bookeeping/accounts etc etc. through the day. I really need it to be this way as i have a young family and would like to create a situation where i have more time for them evenings and weekends and can help out with the kids more....otherwise whats the point.
So, I could do with some business advice as at the moment i can't see how to manage it all and get to where i want to go.
Those that have expanded, how did you do it. What did you outsource such as bookeeping/admin. Did you go for it and do it all in one go or steadily bit by bit. I reckon i could run a team of 4-5 blokes with how much is on the table which as i already mentioned means a whole different role for me in terms of the management side of things.
Are there any resources and/or help out there on how to grow your business sustainably. I've had it get busy in years gone by and instead of it growing i have struggled on to virtual breakdown point and then had to start over. I get why people keep small but as the sole breadwinner at the moment i want to grow as i need to provide for the family. Also looking ahead regarding kids future financial demands, education, pensions and a house i need this to work.
I know i will get there but any advice from those that have managed it would be gratefully received.
Cheers for now and look forward to hearing what people have to say.