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Dredik,

I cannot comment on the technical stuff you need for your work but your experience of work "waves" is common with many small businesses and start ups. 

When looking at your workload what can help is to view it in terms of a pipeline. When you start up the pipeline is empty and you work hard to get to get some jobs in and breath a sigh of relief when they do as you can see some paying work in your pipeline.

There is then a temptation to ease off working to fill the pipeline as focus shifts to working on the jobs and, as a consequence, the pipeline dries up and you experience the wave you described.

The solution is not to stop on your marketing/work getting activities and to allocate time , even when busy, to trying to fill the pipeline. It is easier said than done but it does get easier as you become established and your client base expands and your reputation develops.

 

Good luck with it

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On 23/09/2018 at 04:31, Dredik said:

I have had first quote over and with high probability have not got it I am wondering if I was not too expensive is 824 for Arb Impact Assesment TPP and survey too much for development of private propertty (extensions and cellar works) it happen to be 2 hrs on site and report writing, I have also included technical support deadline was 10days when they have contacted me. Is it in competitive figures? Cheers

Competitive - not really (even with regional variations)

 

Couple of hours on site visit, couple of hours report writing - would you be happy paying north of £200/hr?

13 hours ago, Dredik said:

Hi all, just bit of an update for progress and more questions. I have got first bunch of customers I am putting price slightly below if customers are willing give me feedback (25% discount for that).

25% discount for a feedback commitment?  That kind of answers the question above, if you can throw a 25% discount out there you're probably (at least) 25% overpriced.  Discount for feedback - maybe 5% on a second or subsequent job.

 

 

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