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About deezyboy

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  1. self employed climber/ groundsman needed in south devon. Ivybridge area but work throughout south devon, plymouth and cornwall. Ideally a climber but happy to chat if you just have groundsman tickets. Can take you on several days a week and can be flexible to suit around you. www.southhamsarborists.co.uk Feel free to give me a call on 07814376119. cheers, Ben.
  2. Nearly a year on from my previous post and things are a lot better. Unfortunately my relationship did break down, due to treating my ex as a crutch to hold myself up during the bad times. This was what kickstarted my counselling sessions once a week which I have always previously dismissed and failed to understand the importance. They have immensely helped me and I recommend them to any person in a similar situation where they are struggling to cope by them self. Taken up running, get some podcasts on the go and out the door to completely switch off from trees and focus on myself. troublesome/stressful subbies I got rid of, any ongoing hidden issues with staff or admin etc were corrected or dealt with. I knew that things had to change in order for me to carry on running this business. I am no longer stressed daily, in fact I am so relaxed that I fail to book work in and organise basic things.... but I am enjoying the arb industry again and looking forward to a busy winter!
  3. Used nothing but Aspen now for about three years and love it, I too hiss when a subbie comes near me with a 2 stroke saw as I now notice the fumes far more then before. When my 26 month 560 blew up they said they’d never seen such a cleanly burning saw before. One thing though, I have a husky 538 strimmer (or something) which I have run on aspen since new and I’ve had to have the fuel lines replaced, and now the fuel primer bubble has cracked and split. I can’t explain why as the saws and trimmers love it but the strimmer runs like a stihl (poorly)
  4. Thank you everyone for your help. i admit that it’s somethint that I naively haven’t even heard of before (or perhaps paid any attention too maybe) so a lesson to be learnt. I agree with above comment regarding bumping the quote up by 20% minimum. still undecided as to whether I should re-invoice to include the separate items, plant hire etc or Whether my cash flow is happy enough to keep the original invoice as it then gives me a larger amount of ‘paper money’ to pay off my tax bill at Christmas time! Cheers
  5. Ok thanks for that. i will re-invoice then as have a fair bit of hired in plant for the job. Cheers gentleman
  6. Ok I will get that sorted. i still find it bizarre (I probably don’t understand enough) as to why they have taxed me? I pay my own taxes etc and haven’t signed up to the scheme. it has taken all the profit out of the job and made it not worth it!
  7. Hi all, quick wiestion, completed a job and sent the invoice to the construction company, they have since sent back the remittance advice, and have deducted £1600 under the CIS tax. how does this work? i am not registered for it myself, and £1600 is a lot to underpay on a quote that was submitted and agreed on for a much higher figure. Is it possible to claim it back?
  8. Just starting to come to terms with this. Its quite unsettling as I am only 25 and been running my business since I was a school leaver. The stress and worry to grow the business and succeed, earn a profit, pay the rent etc all off my own back in an industry where people are undercutting and haggling for scraps of work is unsettling. ive been battling anxiety and depression for about 2 years, pains in my stomach for weeks on end, loss of appetite (no doubt related) constant being wound up, stressed, unmotivated and tired. I used to love work and climbing and now it is for most days a chore, I no longer climb as too busy sending emails and dealing with clients on the ground. my business has grown and for that I am proud of myself, no hand outs or anything, just pumping every penny I earn back into, hopefully what is to be my future. But this has come at the cost of my social life, family relationship, romantic relationships, overall health and well-being. When you do everything that you can to provide for your other half, when they are the reason you get up and pull those 12hr days followed by an hour in front of a laptop at night, and then those relationships fall down due to the stresses that your mild depression over 2 years has caused... it all starts to get a bit much! i am only 25 and consider myself lucky compared to some of the stories shared by the posters on here, but as much as I enjoy running my own ship and the flexibility it brings, I can’t help thinking if it is worth it. I am in talks to starts some counselling sessions, so fingers crossed this is the beginning of the end 👍🏼
  9. Brother in law does a fair bit of milling with his Norwood, in West Devon. Seems to do alright with it. Big firewood supplier but picks the nicer lengths out and keeps them safe 👍🏼
  10. Morning all, due to increase in work, I’m looking for another self employed climber/groundy for domestic Arb work in and around South Devon. the usual tickets and equipment will be need. www.southhamsarborists.co.uk 07814376119 thanks, Ben
  11. Evening all my skidster has a log grapple, and the grab has started to ‘slip’ when lifting heavy lumps of wood, by this I mean that the grapple opens itself when a higher pressure is put on it to clasp. My question is: why? It never used to do this, whatever it grabbed, it grabbed and held it. it has a small couple hydraulic leaks here and there, but I do try and keep on top of keeping the oil topped up (although I don’t always succeed at this)... is it a case of that there isn’t enough oil being pumped around to deal with the pressure? Or is there a possibility that the pump is packing up? cheers
  12. Morning All, i am a small, one man band with no direct employees, but a list of independent subbies that I regularly use. They are covered under my employee insurance Yadar yadar yadar...... when filling out forms for work, and they ask for the amount of employees that I have, should I list 0, or can I list the number of regular subbies? As far as the work goes, we regularly go out as a 2 or 3 man team so seems silly (in my head) to potentially under sell and limit myself if I have to say it is just little old me on my own. thanks
  13. A nice crown re-shape and thin carried out down in Salcombe today. 19 degrees and silky work 👌🏻
  14. Yes, and then a bit of a long haul after lunch to Newton Ferrers for second job.
  15. Gentle crown tickles down on the coast, felt like summer!


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