Back in January I wrote my first blog, "Onwards and Upwards" http://www.landscapejuicenetwork.com/profiles/blogs/onwards-and-upw...
This described my origins and my plans for my business. Well I think it's time for a bit of an update.
Well I did state that I would like to get a bigger van and as it happens my hand was kind of forced with this as my poor old Renault Kangoo suffered a catastrophic engine failure. So I had to get a new van, I now have a SWB Ford Transit which is great, lots of room and it's nice being high up. I am waiting for the sign writing to go on which will be soon hopefully. I've also bought a brand new Bateson 720 trailer this year which has made life so much easier for me.
I have also invested in quite a lot of equipment this year too, so next year i'm hoping to build up the bank balance a bit.
Just after I wrote my blog I decided to have a website and it has proved to be worth its weight in gold, I really wish I had done it years ago. If you want to have a look it's here www.doughtygardenmaintenance.co.uk
I have got some really good jobs from it in the last couple of months and i'm getting a lot of enquiries arising from it. I am hopeful that next year things will get even better. As I have took on a few very large gardens alongside the work I was already doing I am going to be struggling for time next year so I have decided to buy a small second van and will be having my dad work for me, He will be doing the small local jobs for me so I can concentrate on the larger, more profitable jobs. My Dad is really looking forward to it as I am. I am pleased because I won't have to worry about the van or the machines as I would if it was just an employee. I think it will work out well.
As you may or may not have seen on here I got married in August to Gina my ever patient beautiful wife and it was an amazing day... best day of my life!.... even if I did get rather drunk at the reception!!
So all in all it's been a good year (I know it's far from over yet) I have some good work lined up for the winter and I am already braced for the next season. So again it's Onwards and Upwards for Doughty Garden Maintenance in 2013.
Thanks for reading, I hope you are all doing well.
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