Here is a community project that we were fortunate to be a part of. Paul Latour, is an amazing coordinator, who tirelessly champions his community renovation projects. Be sure to keep an eye out for future projects, where you to can be a Hero!
Here, at All Around Moving, we like to challenge ourselves. We take pride in the fact that we are competent and able to help our customers in so many different ways!
Over the past several years we have completed projects form tearing down and setting up lab equipment, to installing wrap around floor to ceiling IKEA entertainment units, as well as setting up and building full gyms for both commercial and residential clients.
Our goal here, at All Around Moving, is to be a one stop shop for all your Household, Office, and Gym Setup needs. Everyday we are learning new skills, and better ways to help you get your home organized and setup the way you want it to be.
I started using Jobber about a year ago and sure has helped us grow. I was disorganized and also new very little about how to run a business. but since incorporating Jobber into my daily business routine, things have just gotten so much easier and efficient. Thanks Jobber!
Here is the completed episode of the Hard Way, season two, episode one, featuring our business!
The Hard Way, season 2, episode 1
We now have a link to Yelp! on our Testimonial page, which will allow our clients to leave us a review of how we did which acts as a peer review platform. It's great to be involved with a program that lets the customers tell the world who is doing well and who isn't.
I feel that with the level of commitment I have to what I am doing that it is only a matter of time before a platform like this helps us take off!
You can find us and review us here at:
So much has happened since last I posted! We were chosen to be one of about a dozen Vancouver and Victoria based businesses that will be given a chance to shine on a new TV program called "The Hard Way". It will being pairing me with a local business owner who is at the top of his game, and he will be mentoring me for the next eight months as I learn to be a better more confident business owner. With the right strategy and a lot of hard work this little company may just make it to the next level! Wish me luck!!
You can find out more about the show here at: http://hardway.ca/
We are now delivering for PARC Modern Interiors, and I am working on developing a contract with another local furniture company called Studio Y designs. We have done a few odd jobs for Studio Y and will see if this pans out. We are also on the short list at the distinguished Shoal Point luxury condominiums! Great things are happening this year!!
We are also now members of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce!
Things are on the up swing! We have a new cargo van for deliveries, new crew shirts, the website has a new look and many new clients have come aboard our ship for the journey! The past few months have been very tough, the challenges we have met nearly knocked us out of the game, but we are back and stronger and our dedication to performing an exemplary job has never been greater! The rest of this year is going to be a great one, and I thank all those returning customers who have shown me that I am doing it right!
Well hello, and long time no update! The winter proved to be a pretty busy time this year, and everything seemed to be coming together, until after a routine oil change at Mr.Lube my truck began to exhibit some very frightening noises!
I proceeded to take it home and park it for the night, and then drove it straight down to Mr.Lube in the morning. This accomplished nothing but head scratching and "Geee, I dont know what that could be from". I left completely dissatisfied and a bit apprehensive, driving the truck straight home to park it.
I called my mobile mechanic and had him come and look it over. He changed the oil again, in case that was the cause, checked the obvious possibilities and then started it up. This is where the truck finally gave up and blew a piston rod through the oil pan!
Now let me explain, throughout the Fall and Winter, I had replaced various parts on the truck; new starter motor, new alternator, new tires, new filters all around, new spark plugs, and even some new little mirrors for backing up. I had put over $3500.00 into this old beast and now it is reduced to an oversized paper weight!
Fortunately my roommate has a Cargo Van, and this has allowed me to continue with my smaller services, and assembly clients, but it has made it much harder for me to try and land serious jobs as my only option right now is to rent.
Had I not spent so much of my winter saving repairing the old beast I would have had a down payment towards a new or new/used one.
Luckily, I have recently made friends with another mover who is at a similar level of business as I am, and is willing to work with me as I always seem to be able to find job in a flash. This has alleviated some of my current pressures, but is still a far cry from owning and running my own show.
With a little luck my financials for this year and last will be enticing enough to the banks so that they will help me finance a new truck!
On a completely different tangent, here is a video a client sent me of a Japanese moving company. I definitely aspire to be running an outfit as prepared as this!
We have been going like gang busters lately, with only a few little bumps along the way. The truck is just about ready to pack it in, but I am confident that a new opportunity for the right vehicle is just around the corner.
Today I had a reaffirmation that I am following the right path. A customer called to let me know that their new elliptical bike had arrived early and wondered if I could come sooner than we had scheduled. I let them know that I was super busy, but if an opening came up I would gladly fit them in. It just so happened that I did get an opening and therefore called them up and fit them into my busy Winter schedule. At the end of the job they presented me with a card and a box. I was a bit taken back but gladly accepted the gift. When I opened the card in the truck this is what I read; "Merry Christmas and Thank You Laird, Just a few extra days with our bike makes so much difference to us- Tom has a very bad heart, supported with a cardiac device in his chest. Because of frequent collapses he is so anxious to get going on his blood flow. It means a lot to me also as getting two new hips recently I am eager to build up lazy muscle. We could have waited of course, but thanks, we can get going! The gift isn't chocolates or money, but something we made for you & yours. Thanks and have a good holiday season. - Tom & Joan Hardy"
Well, that put a tear in my eye, and sure made my long
Laird J Blomgren