Red6 months ago

Hello everyone, may I introduce myself? I'm Karl Greenwood, I train horses to perform in stunt shows and filming & photoshoots. My shows are clean and meticulous and they're geniunely good. My ethic is to be to equine stunt shows as Cirque du Soleil was to circus. I can't help but to put quality first, second and third, which of course sends my expenses soaring. My shows go out to County shows, Castles and the like. In order to keep my horses as I want, (well), I also teach horseback archery as a sport. My stables are immaculate, the horses are clean and well trained and the courses I teach are unsurpassed. Our reviews are all fantastic. Growing the business and building on our reputation are now the priority, I truly believe that if the quality is there the correct price can be got. It's a long way round though! Next on my agenda is the corporate world - I am based on a beautiful estate near London, and it would be very easy to hold banquets here. I could have beautiful food, stunning location, and great entertainment & show. Not for me the cheap and crap - that's already out there. My experience of corporate Britain is next to nothing though, and that's what I hope to find by these forums, some idea of how to set about it. And I hope, lots of ideas that I haven't thought of to get more students and shows! In turn, what I have to offer, ....................... anyone need a warhorse and knight in the office?  

Fionas_Boy5 months ago

OK so, seriously, what sort of price would you be wanting to redesign a website for me that gets the customers rolling in? (feel free to PM) I'm not against paying for a website by any means. But you must understand - I started this business with nothing. No capital, old second hand tools and a clapped out old van. I simply couldn't have afforded to pay for a professional website, so had to take advantage of what Wix offers. I hardly made a profit last year due to all the investments I had to make. Now it's time to concentrate on growing the business. One of the primary ways of doing that is by re-evaluating the website and advertising. I don't think the website is terrible by any means, based on the fact that it's brought me 90% of all my business. But it goes without saying that it's never going to come close to a pro website. Analytics show a 63% bounce rate, 2.3 pages per session averaging 1:20.  

MechExp4 months ago

stephen Pierpoint said: ↑ Is that what you did! I believed there is not a cooling off period.Click to expand... That's what I did - hate to say it! Really busy growing the business - form looked official - read it through and signed. Looking back the thing that fooled me was the lack of a pound sign in front of the costs (ie 797GBP). Feel stupid and kicking myself, but it is done now. No point in crying - just want to resolve. Has anyone left this unpaid and actually been taken to court does anyone know?  

Porker4 months ago

jhaysun said: ↑ That's what I did - hate to say it! Really busy growing the business - form looked official - read it through and signed. Looking back the thing that fooled me was the lack of a pound sign in front of the costs (ie 797GBP). Feel stupid and kicking myself, but it is done now. No point in crying - just want to resolve. Has anyone left this unpaid and actually been taken to court does anyone know?Click to expand... How soon after signing did you send a cancelation letter and have you heard anything since? Know what you mean. Some times life can get hectic. Especial if you have other stressful things happening in your life at the time.  

Red4 months ago

waynewes said: ↑ Don't go direct to companies like DHL or Fedex at this stage, use companies like inter parcel, parcel monkey, wedelivertheworld etc etc. they will give you prices like £10-£20 per parcel for international. For your UK stuff the best service depends on what you want. The cheapest signed for service I think does end up being MyHermes but if you don't need signed for the try a Royal Mail PPI or if you don't meet that level then try a franking machine. One thing I would say about franking though is they are not flexible and you can get stuck in a long contract. If you are growing the business fast then I would probably avoid franking altogether as it is only a couple of pence cheaper per item against the stamp price but more expensive than PPI.Click to expand... Stick to what waynewes said, came across this post and signed up. We deal with customers around the globe that have been stung by going direct to carriers due to not doing their homework. Do NOT just stick with one carrier and integrate with them, if their network goes down or they decide to hike their prices up you will find it hard to negotiate prices, they know you don't want to waste time and money integrating with another carrier. This is why parcel brokers are your best bet, also most of the good sites will let you negotiate special rates if you're putting enough through them.  

Mary4 months ago

She had not offered to reduce the amounts she takes , and I am happy for her to be pregnant as her friend but it does not make business sense right now , she did say she would work and now going back on her word ... We are in the process of growing the business but had to put a hold to it so we can manage the situation and agree on what is best for the business and herself... I understand in the future she might need time off for sickness and so on with kids that is not an issue I am not an ogre just someone who is ready to get places, I have 2 children myself and waited for them to be older so I could dedicated myself to a business of my choice ...  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Don't go direct to companies like DHL or Fedex at this stage, use companies like inter parcel, parcel monkey, wedelivertheworld etc etc. they will give you prices like £10-£20 per parcel for international. For your UK stuff the best service depends on what you want. The cheapest signed for service I think does end up being MyHermes but if you don't need signed for the try a Royal Mail PPI or if you don't meet that level then try a franking machine. One thing I would say about franking though is they are not flexible and you can get stuck in a long contract. If you are growing the business fast then I would probably avoid franking altogether as it is only a couple of pence cheaper per item against the stamp price but more expensive than PPI.  

Red3 months ago
This topic has been discussed elsewhere
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