Friday, July 2, 2010

I Thought You Work From Home?

Carol, one of my blogging friends left this comment in my previous post.

'i thought you work from home? ...'

She does raise up an interesting point since I did say I was working on my own and was based at home so why do I need to bring a lunch box to work when I'm supposedly working from home, right?

I am still working on my own. I still do have my own company but now I also have a partner and an office to work from with a few staff and production people and our own large format inkjet printing machines.

A few months back, a friend approached me and asked me if I wanted to join him as a partner and run our own printing business. At that time I had to think about it since I was working for myself. Joining a partnership with someone was a big step. After all I had only been in business for myself for only a couple of months.

Well, I told him I would think about it and after some deep thought, I decided to agree to a partnership with him. I've known this guy for a while. He used to be my supplier back when I was working in my previous Ad agency and he's a pretty decent and very hardworking guy.

I knew it was a risk to be in a business partnership but life is full of risks anyway. Wifey was supportive of my decision so I agreed to join him. He already has an office building and had just brought in some printing machines so all I had to do was just bring my side of things into the picture. Well, it's been three months since I've been in a business partnership and I must say that it was the right decision to make.

We have a small little office with a few personnel to handle our admin and production work which is really not nearly enough people with the workload we have. My partner has his own set of clientele and I have mine and business has been booming so much that we're already making plans to move to a bigger office in two months time and also bring in a few more printing machines to cope with the workload.

I never ever thought I'd have the courage to start my own business let alone join a partnership with someone else. You know how everyone has their own views on how to run a business which is why before even agreeing to this partnership, both me and my partner had a sit down and made things clear about how we should run this company together. One of the most important things we agreed upon was to be direct and honest with each other so there wouldn't be any backstabbing later on.

I'm a very straight forward and direct person. If you have an issue with me, just be honest and tell me straight to my face and I'll do likewise. So far, it's been working with the two of us complementing each others work scope pretty well. The good thing is we're both production and client service based people which makes our work all that much easier.

So there you have it Carol, the reason why I bring a lunch box to work these days :D For the past three months, I've actually had to change and go to work ... LOL! But being one half 'boss' of this company, I have the advantage of going to work later and avoiding all the jam which also gives me the time to work out and run in the mornings :D

So, if any of you have the need for printing jobs such as buntings, banners, backdrops, stickers, greeting cards, leaflets, T-shirts right up to annual reports and corporate profiles, even cheap car insurance (okay, maybe not car insurance la) do drop me an email and I'll for sure give you all my special blogging friends discount ... LOL!
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22 comments:

  1. Hey you print greeting cards? Cool! It so happens to be that I'm looking to have some cards printed. I'll drop you a mail soon :)

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  2. Wahhh, best, working alone and now in a partnership waw. All the best and more gewd business yay! XD

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  3. That is wonderful news. best of luck!
    Many home businesses have grown and now need an office to continue "Home Business" :)

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  4. You've been through a lot this year, what with quitting your job, then starting your own business and now joining partners!! I admire you for the risks you take. Best of luck for the future.

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  5. Wow! Congrats Nick. Looks like you're moving on big time. All the best!

    Btw, if you need a photographer to support your printing projects ... you know where to contact me.

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  6. urmm.. i tot you work from home? You don't?

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  7. You are a brave soul... i wouldn't have the guts to start on my own :) but then again.. i am too lazy a dood :D

    All the best in new biz.. and i hopefully go and tingtong tingtong at your office and pretend to be a customer :p

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  8. Good to hear business going well for you Nick.

    I'll definitely remember you if we need a printing job done! :)

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  9. Hi Nick, Couldn't found your contact details in your profile , so writing it here, I am interested in advertising my website on your blog, its a venetian masks store located at - http://www.1001venetianmasks.com , please contact me at 1001shopsllc(at)gmail(dot)com and we can discuss it further. Looking forward to hear from you

    Regards
    M.C

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  10. Boy - It is, it is :D I just hope this will be a long term success story.

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  11. Lydd - Cool, I'll check my email soon then.

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  12. Maslight - Thanks :D Hopefully this will be a successful endeavor.

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  13. Homenetpro - Thanks. I'm keeping my fingers crossed :D

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  14. Zen - Thank you. I'll admit it was risky but they say life is full of risks :D

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  15. Wenny - LOL! Maybe not big time yet la. And I'll keep you in mind if I do need photography done.

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  16. Anny - Urmmm, I thought so too ... LOL!

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  17. Anny - Not brave la, but maybe a little crazy ... LOL!

    LOL! Pretend to be customer ... come, come, I give you special discount one ... hehehe!

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  18. Marina - I'll drop you an email soon :D

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  19. Aaaah so that's how it is. And oh, best wishes for your business Nick! :)

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  20. Carol - So now you know :D And thanks for the wishes.

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