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    eightknots
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    you could also search Facebook upholstery business group pages , there are a number out there both just for Australia & international , like the professional upholsters network , if nothing else im sure they would give you ideas on what there needs may be . we have a number for the auto and marine trimming industry here , as i don’t know what the product is not sure if those groups would be useful for getting information from

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    Hi Bert , yes i have already done that for the website , and the google presence will grow the longer the business is up there , i think i may have to get a prepaid to direct calls from one of the businesses so i answer with correct name so it doesn’t confuse people

    #1222028
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    ok a little update tomorrows my last day in the world of an employee , right in the middle of the coronavirus , i sure know how to pick my time …. however i have 8 weeks of work booked in before i start so its now or never

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    three brains, post: 268399, member: 116608 wrote:
    Your layout and design seemed pretty clean, assume that comes with the Go Daddy website builder? A could of thoughts just to build on the above :-

    1. Don’t know who your competitors are, but assume you have some. Would be good if you could highlight on that home page what your point of difference is – is it the quality, speed, price, service etc?

    2. It’s a bit inconsistent with use of caps and lower case and there’s a few grammar mistakes on the “Our history’ page – missing an apostrophe on “I’ve always had a passion” and the ‘in the beginning’ section, seems like a long sentence with too many commas. Could be broken up more. Doesn’t bother some people, but some might see it as a sign of lack of attention to detail and might not choose you. Don’t know if you write content straight into the site, but sometimes worth writing it in Word first, letting Word check for all typos and grammar and then cut and pasting it in.

    3. You don’t have many people pictures on the site. If you don’t want to add your own, there are some copyright free image places like Unsplash.com and Pexel.com you could look at to source images (though the images can be a bit generic) just to add some different context.

    4. It’s worth also considering Search Engine Optimisation. Something like Yoast SEO which comes bundled as a WordPress plug-in. Helps a lot with writing. Go Daddy seem to charge $10/month for similar plug-in which seems not good value, but worth remembering you are also writing for search ranking as well as actual customers.

    Hope that helps, good luck.

    Thanks for the input ill go over my our history and make some changes there.
    can you advise why in number 3 having people on the images helps ?
    as for a point of difference after looking at numerous websites of similar products most of the common ones are already in use so im trying to find something a little different easier said than done

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    BusinessTrade, post: 268373, member: 113709 wrote:
    My observations:

    1. Order on menu seems off. Contact usually appears last, and “Gallery” as a page name seems a bit Web 1.0.
    2. Spacing and layout on home page seems a bit strange (see massive space above the “About us” header as an example). It feels as though you have just thrown in different elements together without too much thought.
    3. Solid line under the menu for most pages seems a bit unnecessary, I would get rid of that.

    Just my 2c.
    Hi , thanks for the reply , yes gallery is the default name so good idea to change that one . that massive space was suppose to be a live chat widget but doesn’t run correctly on the page so i think ill remove it and that should do away with the big gap , appreciate your input and time taken to reply

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    Thanks for everyone’s input , its much appreciated the time you have all taken to respond .
    as an update my biggest fear is being able to pay my bills as they arrive (not having huge savings to rely on and i wont borrow money for it) so have decided to do 2-3 months of working the 2 jobs as many hours as i can sustain to build up 4-6 weeks of funds , and then im going to bite the bullet and go for it

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    Great advice Bert , yes defiantly should add ABN in there , and your right i haven’t used my name , would you feel even more confident if i added a pic of my ugly mug as well ?

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    I have been using quickbooks online for a couple of years , nice and easy to use , cheapest version round 10.00 per month and have a 1 month free trail i think from memory and normally a 3 month ish discount offer when you sign up

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    bb1, post: 267263, member: 53375 wrote:
    Yes, But (I always have a but), I do / did this with some other business’s, but, remember as soon as they deliver bad service to your client, it is also a reflection on your business. Although you operate as 2 separate business’s because your recommend/partner with them, you are put under a cloud as well.

    Vet them first, then insist on certain standards before you get into bed with them
    thats a good and valid point to be aware of

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    bb1, post: 268241, member: 53375 wrote:
    If you believe that you can’t make a go of it if you went full time, give it up and stick to your day job, obviously the business is not viable.

    This statement in itself says you are not up to running a business ”clients expectations of time for there job to be done is the same as a full time business”, why would you expect that clients wouldn’t have expectations. This just tells me you are not cut out to run a business.

    Good luck

    the business is plenty viable , turned over 50k last year just part time , i think either i didn’t write it right or you took it wrong , i understand my clients have expectations (ive had a number of good businesses before) what i was more pointing out is they are the same as if i was full time , i think daves comment has a lot of merit , but thanks for taking the time to comment

    #1222021
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    Dave – FS Concierge, post: 268239, member: 49676 wrote:
    Welcome to the forums [USER=116784]@eightknots[/USER]!

    An idea to help manage clients expectations: Increase your rates by 20%. Then you can afford to offer a non-urgent discount of 20% for 1-2 week turnaround. Then your customers have willingly chosen to wait longer for a financial benefit. Those ones that are urgent will at least give you a 20% pay bonus.

    As for “making the leap” to full-time, there is a train of thought that says to cut your living expenses for a period, so you can take that leap at 50% pay, because (as you’ve mentioned) you’ll prob never bridge the pay gap working weekends.

    Best of luck, and hopefully our members can share their experiences.
    Dave

    Thanks Dave that’s a good idea , i put that into place and see how its goes

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