I’m not entirely sure how to start this post. I didn’t think it was something I’d have to write for a while. However, in November I had this little idea that came to me and so I jumped in all guns blazing with it. I’ve always been known to come up with schemes and ideas and have always failed to see the majority through. So when this one seemed to hit it off from the get go, I was a little surprised.
If like me, you’re now in your thirties and have no clue what you’re doing with life. Don’t fear. I’ve only just worked it out these past few months. It never occurred to me that I’d end up setting up a construction blog. A construction blog that appears to be growing rapidly, unexpectedly landing some opportunities with very big companies within the industry and getting to write about the things that I’m passionate about. Like the housing crisis.
From a simple whim idea one evening when I was feeling a little lost to a new website that launched early December that’s gone on to be one of the fastest growing construction related blogs in the UK. That’s quite a jump isn’t it? There where several things I’ve had to sit down and sort over the break to make sure that we are ready for the future and clear with what we need to do next.
Register the business.
I wouldn’t usually do this, for example this blog has never been registered as a business, but it’s brought me a lot of opportunities and sponsors along the way. It’s clear that while I love my lifestyle blog. It isn’t my future. More of an outlet away from those things.
As soon as I realised the potential of The Concrete Jungle, I registered as a limited business. So now I have an official business, I’ve been able to set up a separate business bank account and I’ve registered for corporation tax. The plus side is I can keep all the finances for the business separate to my personal finances. Which makes tracking it all a whole lot easier.
I’m a busy person. I hate to admit it but I get easily bored when I’m not doing anything productive. Ok, occasionally I’ll procrastinate and play The Sims 4 but I’m definitely that idiot you’ll find working away on her laptop at 9pm before bed just to make life easier.
I’ve invested in a few diaries/planners this year. Mostly because I have a full time job, a family and my new business TCJ to contend with. I’ve already discovered it was the best buy I could have made as I can prepare my entire week, or month if needed with ease.
Now that the website has taken off and is growing steadily daily. I’ve had to put some time aside to brainstorm for future ideas. Yes, my initial aim was to set up and run a construction blog. Which I’m happy to say I am doing. The only thing is, businesses need to grow, they need to bring in revenue, they need plans, new ideas and a future.
I’ve been working away behind the scenes on all kinds of ideas for the development of TCJ. Obviously these are top secret at the minute as it’s all still early days but I’m very excited for where this is heading.
Hire trustworthy people.
I don’t mean hiring staff. It’s still way to early to need to think about that. I’m talking about an accountant, a solicitor, those that can help you from the get go. Keep everything in order and advise on matters that you may not be clued up on.
Do your research, ask for recommendations, but I would 100 percent invest time into finding the right people to work with. At the end of the day, you will need professionals so you may as well make sure you get the good ones.
You may have also noticed that we’ve had a little re-brand/update around here on my website and I’ve got heaps of new content to write down and share with you. It’s all falling into place and I’m rather excited about what’s to come both here on my original blog and my new business The Concrete Jungle, the fastest growing UK construction blog, apparently.
We’ve rewritten all of the pages to make them up to date, and more aligned to the future plans for this place. As well as scrapped the old content calendar and brainstormed some new, innovative ideas for the website. I’m streamlining social media, more on this in a post in a few weeks, and spending a lot longer putting posts together with meaning.
The topics are here to stay. I’ve finally discovered those categories that fit best with me, my experiences and as it seems so far, you my readers want to see, and read about. So let’s all get excited for the new year and what’s to come in 2019.
– Emma Allen –
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