From the warmth of the office to the cleaning of floors in one sweeping motion!

What else would you want to be doing during your week off of work? What is that I hear you say? Well, whatever it was, it was not labouring for your little brother on a cold, wet and windy day down in Worthing. This is exactly where I found myself.

In truth it was not as bad as it sounds. The job was to plaster a water damaged ceiling. My specific job was to make sure that whilst Rob glided around on his stilts, I supplied him with the plaster to do the magic. This was the first time getting my hands dirty and there is a new found respect for the art of plastering. It is not something I would be able to turn my hand to, I am sure of it. The attention to detail required is immaculate and the number of potential pitfalls are plentiful. Experience is the only thing that can help when presented with a crack in the plaster created by the hot water pipes running too close to the plaster board or the owner’s father in law snapping a pipe in the upstairs bathroom that causes water to come running through the light sockets! All of these mini crises averted, the end product is a silky smooth ceiling and a happy home owner. An outstanding review and 5* rating from the owner on Rated People confirms that Mills Plastering Services are on the right track.

After I had spent the best part of two hours tidying up and making sure that the house and tools were as spotless as when we started, it was off home for some well earned post Christmas relaxation. The thing is when you are starting out as we are, that relaxation never really comes. As soon as I got in, I was working away on getting flyers and business cards designed and printed. Then researching which websites offer the most value to companies advertising.

I have to say that so far Rated People seems to work pretty well. One area where I feel the process could use some work is that you pay for the lead regardless if you get the job or not. From what I can figure out the key to it is to respond to the adverts as quickly as you can. The downside is that people advertising often seem to have slightly unrealistic expectations when it comes to pricing. A 15ft x 12ft room, plastered from top to bottom plus materials and they are expecting a budget of under £200. We are reasonable on our prices but not that reasonable!

The website has been up and running for a short while now and with our good friends at working on the SEO, we hope to start generating some work directly from the website. There are a lot of guys out there doing similar things but we are confident that given the opportunity to quote for work, we can deliver quality service at a reasonable price, first time, every time.

Jamie Mills – 3rd January 2012

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