With the holidays firmly behind us, children back at school and family back to work, the house is beginning to return to normal…whatever that may be! We all like to think of the New Year as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. It gives us renewed hope, a sense of excitement and somehow we shake off the holiday feeling and enthusiastically get stuck back into our day to day routine.
I love the Christmas & New Year period, don’t get me wrong. We had a really lovely family time. There was plenty of over indulging in food and drink (lots of Prosecco to be precise) and it was thoroughly enjoyable. The fact I can hardly do the zip on my jeans up to day is certainly testament to that! But it somehow feels different returning to routine after Christmas that it does over the Easter or summer holidays. I am not big on making resolutions, but I do quite like to have a target or two. My work objective is to continue to see further growth in AuctionGirl and my personal one is to not break any limbs whilst learning to ice skate! (It’s probably worth mention that it’s Marla writing this week’s blog, just for clarification on the skating!)
We aim to consolidate what we have achieved so far over the last five years of trading, always making small changes along the way where needed. We all learn from our mistakes, at least we should learn from them and if we’re not making mistakes along the way then we are definitely not being adventurous enough. As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
In the year ahead we are keen to develop our client base even further. Currently we have two sides to our business: we have private clients with individual homes and they use our service to help with a clear out, renovations, moving or quite often, a change in family circumstances. Then there is the commercial side, these are companies looking to sell surplus office furniture due to renovations or having to clear out ends of lines in stock. We have established relations over the last year with interior designers and with the building trade who often go in and renovate buildings and need to clear out the current furniture prior to starting the job. And this is an area where we can clearly assist and are keen to ensure that it grows.
It is all very exciting for us and taking time out in the New Year to do some strategic planning is just as important as dealing with the day to day running of our business. Even a ten minute think tank is time well spent at the beginning of each day to start formulating a recipe for moving our business forward and to ensure we put plans into place to make this happen!
All that remains for us this week is to wish you a very happy and healthy new year from us all at the AuctionGirl team!