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btp



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 262
Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 07 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i would just like to say thanks for all your really nice comments

just done second market at preston still very busy

moving house over the next few weeks so no markets till 2nd june

cheers brian

bingo



Joined: 26 Oct 2006
Posts: 4401
Location: The Games Room normally!
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 07 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Good for you Brian.

By the way, I jacked my job in and went self employed too.

I really hated that job.

btp



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 262
Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 07 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nice one bingo what do you do now?

btp



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 262
Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 9:51 pm    Post subject: Up Date 4 years on Reply with quote
    

hi everyone who knows me

after 4 years of going it alone with my preserve buisness we have had
to mothball the buisness and i have gone back to my old job at the hospital i wa lucky at the interview as there were 120 applicants

we had some really good times also some times when you wondered what you were doing 70 hours a week and no wages at the end of it

if the situation gets better we might give it another go but at the moment its nice to be paid for every hour you work

but then again i prefered being my own boss


cheers btp

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 34535
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Welcome home. Sorry it hasn't worked out yet.

jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 35055
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thin times for businesses right now - things will pick up again in the end and you'll have some good solid experience to help you get going again.
You don't come out on top of an interview field that big by luck! Well done.

btp



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 262
Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cheers nick


btp

gil
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Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 18398

PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Welcome back, btp. Sorry it didn't work out for you, but well done to have got your old job back out of so many applicants.

Knowing when to call it a day is sometimes a good thing.

btp



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 262
Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hi gil how are you i havnt been on here for ages hope you are well

seems to be a lot of posts i need to catch up with its nice to see a lot of mid 2004 members are still logging on seems many years ago that i joined but i will enjoy catching up

please check out a forum i have started for the people my age link at the bottom of my sig

speak soon btp

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ah ha, another innocent victim who has yet to vote on the link in my sig...

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just realised my sig isn't there when I post on the phone...

Welcome back, btw

btp



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 262
Location: summerseat, lancs
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cheers for that jamanda

i really needed to nail that job as we had put all our funds into the buisness and we just stopped getting a return with all the usual bills knocking on the door


cheers btp

alison
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Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 12918
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

As glib as it sounds, there are more regrets in things we haven't done, than things we have!

Well done on the new job.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 9003
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hi BTP,

Sorry to hear about the business but congratulations on getting your job. Being self-employed sounds idyllic to so many people but as you have discovered, the reality is somewhat different. You work harder, longer hours for far less and the risk is rather large.

Don't give up though because the jams and preserves can always be done more as a hobby on your own terms. Slowly building up stock and then perhaps, selling at the gate?

The important thing is that you will also have learned many valuable lessons, which will stand you in good stead should you choose the self-employed route again.

sueshells



Joined: 20 Jan 2009
Posts: 690
Location: North Bucks
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 12 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think that it is an amazing achievement to have set up a business and lasted four years in these grueling economic times. You must have put in a lot of effort and commitment and had a really good product. Perhaps the preserves can now just supplement your current income? WI Markets etc.?

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