Back in March 2012, myself, my sister, my mum/mom/mother and my dad/father/old man had next to no money and were staying at one of my dad’s friend’s house. My dad, Paul, had had enough and decided he had to do something to get out of this situation.
Now, dad had friends that were in a much better financial position than him and fortunately, one of his friends, Mark, ran a successful construction company and always had time for him. It was a strange one for my dad – who was a fully qualified accountant, ran his own successful business and had always been in a position where money wasn’t an issue – to understand how Mark ran a very successful and profitable company basically “building things”.
In my dad’s eyes, Mark was a friend who messed about in school, left with no qualifications and somehow, ran a business that always had clients, and thought “how the hell does he do it?!”.
On another note, dad also had a friend who’s company were up there as some of the best plumbers Manchester had. Dad noticed a pattern – as simple as it may have been – that these guys running these businesses were in trades that people needed the work doing and that EVERYBODY has a roof, taps etc; the customers dad’s friend’s businesses had in abundance were people that needed the working doing all year round, whether they liked it or not.
Accountants are needed by business owners here and there – which is great if you are a big, well-know firm – but dad had his own modest practice and clients were few and far between. Something HAD to change.