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!
We now have two corporate businesses using our services, LIESCH Office Interiors and RED BULL Canada!
So far just a couple of small jobs, but this weekend we are delivering for Red Bull from Victoria to Mt.Washington. My driver has just informed me that the road to the dropoff was a bit hairy, being that it was on a mountainside and unpaved!
We can now proudly say that we have clients such as Sears, XS Cargo, Red Bull, and LIESCH! Let`s hope things keep moving in this direction, it is only a few weeks away from our one year anniversary!
I recently got back from a long haul we did with the Ford E350 diesel cube van. Boy oh boy was it ever expensive on fuel! But after the first 1500km it stopped blowing black smoke and the truck seemed to get into the rhythm of being driven so hard.
We had a late start, so from Victoria we only made it to Williams Lake. The next day we drove straight through to Terrace, where I was fortunate to see some of my family whom I hadn't seen for over a decade.
After a quick stop in Terrace we made our way to Prince Rupert, our final destination. It was around 8pm, and we found a very affordable little hotel, of which there are many, and made our way to the local bar to meet our clients and have a social drink.
The next morning I went for a walk through the small city of Prince Rupert, taking in the fresh sea air, and enjoying the nostalgia I was having of the place. Many years earlier I had visited here often with my father as a child, and teen.
We offloaded the small apartment load we had, and our clients cooked us an awesome breakfast before we headed back on the road back to Victoria, stopping briefly in Terrace again so that I could have lunch with my cousins.
The trip back we drove straight through, only stopping in Prince George for dinner, and making a couple of brief rest stops to clear our heads and eyes of sleep and grogginess. We encountered a small blizzard around 3am in the morning, which forced us to stop driving through as the conditions became too difficult for us with so little rest. After this subsided we pushed through down through hells gate, fortunately we had stopped long enough for it to get light out so we could see our way along this very dangerous stretch of BC highway.
What I take away with me from this trip is the following; 1.Double check your math! I way underestimated the costs of this trip, and came out of what should have been a four day journey with only $250.00, 2.Plan your route and stops if you can. I paid $89.00 for a really cheap motel in Williams Lake, where just down the road was a small town with a place for $49.00. 3. Get lots of rest when and where you can!
Wow, today we completed four jobs in a row, totaling more than 9.5hrs! Me and the guys are just beat, and of course our final job for the evening was the hardest. I hope to see more days like this in the near future!
Also, a big "THANKS" to our easy going, and friendly clients today!
I have just booked our first move to the Mainland. It happened by fluke when we were picking up a used couch for delivery. The nice couple invited us in, and after a short conversation asked if I could give them an estimate for moving a small amount of belongings to Richmond. I examined the belongings, and calculated the distance plus the time, and came up with a price that I thought was very fair. It will be great to actually get to try the truck out on the freeway, and see if it likes the open road!
Laird J Blomgren