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Norfolk Newbie

Two man set up...or not?



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Norfolk Newbie

Hi all, a newbie here looking at setting up a new business with a mate. But we’re still unsure whether the 2 man route is the best road to go down.

In your experience - will we find enough work?

 

 

 

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Part Timer

Welcome, a bit of basic research in your area should quickly determine if there is. Spend a few weeks knocking on doors asking if they want their windows cleaning. If the vast majority say they already have a window cleaner then you might struggle. If you get a positive response then you should be OK. All I would say is if you're both currently employed then either both go part time or just one packs in to start the build up. 

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Teaboy

If you want it bad enough you’ll find it no matter what.

Working with a mate you have to find twice the work but in theory have halve the bills


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In a business like this I must admit going into partnership with a mate would be low on my list of ideals asking for issues at every opportunity


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Welcome, a bit of basic research in your area should quickly determine if there is. Spend a few weeks knocking on doors asking if they want their windows cleaning. If the vast majority say they already have a window cleaner then you might struggle. If you get a positive response then you should be OK. All I would say is if you're both currently employed then either both go part time or just one packs in to start the build up. 

Thanks for the reply. We live in a busy area and have spoken to another fella who recently set up who thinks there’s plenty of business out there. But I like your idea of knocking some doors
How long would you say it should take to get to a decent customer base?
Also, our ‘master plan’ is to build the round enough so we can get another van and work separately under the same business name...but a wider area. Does this sound logical or am I way off?



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Part Timer

I wouldn't start as a partnership, this is where your friendship will be stretched. Also, hopefully, in the future you will have to cross the VAT threshold bridge. As 2 separate sole traders you will struggle to get anywhere near that figure. As for time scale all I will say is that depends on how hard you work and how good of a job you do. 

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Iron Giant

You say mate, it would have to be your absolutely best mate as to people can have 2 very different mindsets to business.

Or the same which could be a downfall also as I know 2 lads who spent far too much time in the bookies and one left the business with nothing and got a job no doubt his wife was the catalyst once she realised after years that they should have had more money.

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You say mate, it would have to be your absolutely best mate as to people can have 2 very different mindsets to business.

Or the same which could be a downfall also as I know 2 lads who spent far too much time in the bookies and one left the business with nothing and got a job no doubt his wife was the catalyst once she realised after years that they should have had more money.

County Durham Lad



Well hopefully that won’t happen!
In fact, I’ll have a tenner on it that it won’t! 🤣
Thanks for the advice though mate. All helps


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Whereabouts in Norfolk are you? Myself and my wife have just set up in the Norfolk area ourselves, though we are still getting things off the ground at the moment, so can't be too helpful regarding where windys are needed etc

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Whereabouts in Norfolk are you? Myself and my wife have just set up in the Norfolk area ourselves, though we are still getting things off the ground at the moment, so can't be too helpful regarding where windys are needed etc

Hi, in the Norwich area. Very early days as yet. How’s it going for you?


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