Today Herts Review are speaking to Tony Jacobs, the founder of ARJ Plastering, Decorating & Maintenance about his business journey so far. Tony has been running his plastering and decorating business for 14 years as a sole trader. Initially working as a general builder/sub-contractor and being part of much bigger teams working on big projects, he decided to strike out on his own in 2006 and has never looked back.
ARJ Plastering, Decorating & Maintenance services include plastering walls, skimming, painting, and decorating. He started the business after completing his training and having gathered a lot of experience working for other people. He undertakes both big and small projects from plastering or decorating jobs to fix minor issues in homes to working on house extensions, loft conversions, renovations, and refurbishments. He has also worked on some commercial projects.
When he struck off on his own years ago, initially there were challenges finding work. He was working on average 2 to 3 days a week which was not sufficient to sustain the business. If he had to do it all over again, he would invest in more advertising. Today most businesses are online and he is using the internet taking advantage of Facebook and other online platforms. Thankfully, he has overcome the challenge of finding work and today he gets jobs through recommendations, Facebook or even people calling because they have seen his van on the road. He does such a good job that 70% of his jobs come through recommendation.
Tony has been lucky over the covid lock down period. He has rather been busy and has not slowed down. This period allowed him to catch up on projects, plastering empty houses and undertaking some re-plastering jobs he had in the pipeline.
What is the outlook going forward? Tony is happy to work independently and maintain his small business. He is not looking to expand or hire staff as he wants to maintain that personal connection with his customers and not compromise on his standards. It is especially important that he keeps his word with his customers. He wants to keep the reputation of the business intact.
If you were thinking of hiring a plasterer or decorator, then think of ARJ Plastering, Decoration & Maintenance. Their detailed quotes are affordable and there are no surprises. The service is great, Tony keeps to time, is friendly and talks you through the process. Finally, when the job is completed, he cleans up and makes sure the place is left very tidy. Whether you are in Watford, Bushey or in and around Hertfordshire, if you have a plastering or decorating project then reach out to Tony.