Tell us how #SBS has affected your business The profile of out business increased massively overnight. Twitter follows alone increased by over 200 in 24 hours and now I'm part of a bigger family!
I worked for an International franchising company in the commercial cleaning sector, selling cleaning to new franchisees. After four years I thought, "I can do better than this" so we sold our home and put the equity in to the new company. This was in 1998 and I went in to business with a fellow director from the same franchise company. In 2003 we split the business 50/50 and my wife came in to the newly branded business. We put the family name on it to show our determination to quality service and demonstrate a caring, 'family' ethos to business.
Since 2003 we've grown to employ 170 staff and our turnover is £1,500,000 with orders to increase that to closer to £1.7m by October 2013.
Take calculated risks. Ask for help if you need it and if you're really lucky, and not shy to ask, get a mentor.
Delegate and recruit to cover your weaknesses. Only 'scale up' as the work comes in and be very careful about partnerships or sharing the business with other directors.
One last thing, if you don't enjoy what you're doing, go and find something else. A lifetime of doing something that doesn't excite, enthuse, motivates you, or, makes you a good living, isn't worth spending a large part of your life at.