Tag Archives: employee

The Work within Wonderland

3 Dec

There are often jobs and businesses that we don’t even think of when looking for work or business ideas, so as we are entering the Christmas season let’s take a look at a well known Christmas song, just to see how many different jobs we can find within the lyrics.


Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

You need a good carpenter or two to make the sleigh from Scandinavian Ash, lumberjacks to cut down the trees and groundsman and land owners to grow them. Paint and varnish manufacturers and wholesalers for these would also be involved, plus a few delivery drivers.

The sleigh bells would be made from metal by a manufacturer, but the metal would be mined, transported and amalgamated. There would also be delivery drivers involved here too, and they may need some mechanics.

In order to listen our ears need to be working. This could involve chemists, nurses, GP’s, receptionists, hearing aid manufacturers, scientists, whole university research departments, government departments for NHS funding, admin, and of course, delivery drivers again. It’s worth mentioning that drivers need roads, so town planners, road workers, highway maintenance, police, electricity workers for lights, power plant workers, cable layers, drainage, etc.

In the lane, snow is glistening

Well, we’ve already looked at the lane and the road workers etc, but now we have snow, so there’s snow plough drivers and their managers, the trainers who teach them to drive it, the awarding body staff who issue the qualification, all the admin staff, internal and external verifiers, the postman who delivers the licence, the sorting office workers, paper mill workers to make the paper the licences come on, ink manufacturers, computer engineers, programmers, website developers, etc. There may also be gritter drivers, wholesalers, producers of sand and grit, makers of sacks for the postman and the grit, people who produce the material for the sacks, cotton growers, the people who sweep the factory floor, forklift drivers.

A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight

Here our medical staff may come into play again, including opticians, lens manufacturers, glass manufacturers, receptionists, advertising agencies, designers, graphic designers.

Walking in a winter wonderland

On come all our medical staff and their support staff, plus shoe manufacturers, leather manufacturers, retailers, designers, farmers, distributers, plastic manufacturers, health and safety officials, clothes manufacturers. Clothes and shoes need to be paid for, so bank staff, card manufacturers, on line security specialists, security officers, wallet and purse manufacturers, people who work in the mint, government officials.

All of these workers need to eat, so farmers, butchers, fruit growers, importers, exporters, chefs, food production factories, packaging manufacturers, gas engineers, stove and fridge manufacturers, waiting staff, kitchen porters. Some of the workers mentioned above may have a few overnight stays, so this will involve chamber maids, hotel receptionists, bar tenders, night porters.

All of the businesses will need a building, so this will involve construction workers, architects, planners, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators, roofers, scaffolders, stone masons, quarry workers, steel workers, hard hat manufacturers, work boot manufacturers, people who make eye protection equipment and high visibility jackets, and all the people who make the materials to make these things. Logistic people.

Workers have to get to work, so there are the bus drivers, timetablers, manufacturers of bus stops, bus manufacturers, uniform manufacturers and retailers, upholsterers, ticket machine makers, ticket makers, accountants, Train drivers and all the workers involved in making train travel possible, including track layers and buffet workers.

Car manufacturers, car salesmen, driving instructors, driving test examiners, road sign manufacturers, highway code workers, car part manufacturers, in car air freshener designers.

How many others can you think of?

Hose Solutions Ltd: An eBay Success Story

6 Aug

Do you sell your unwanted stuff on eBay?  Have you ever thought about just how easy it would be to start an eBay shop?  Ben Viner did just that, working out of his spare room at home selling hoses.  Three years on Hose Solutions has premises in Exeter and employs five full time members of staff.  Here he shares how he (and his wife) did it.

What does your business do?

We specialise in the manufacture of replacement hoses for cars, bikes, buses, trucks, central heating systems… basically anything that requires a hose to pass fluid from one place to another!

What made you decide to start your business?

The business started up as a hobby whilst I was at university, the idea springing simply from a problem I had with my car at the time, and a friend I had who worked at a local hydraulics outlet.  This then developed into a series of self designed products and a small number of branded hoses from suppliers I found and set up accounts with in my own time.

How did you start your business?

I contacted Business Link and HMRC who provided me with all the necessary information I needed to set up.  I also contacted a local accountant who advised on the best way to start up according to my sales predictions for the 1st year, ie sole trader, limited company etc.

When did you know your business was a success?

I guess this was only when we took our first employee on.  At that point I knew the business was sustainable and growing at a rapid rate to the extent that we couldn’t cope on our own anymore.

How did it feel taking on your first member of staff?

We were definitely nervous initially of being able to afford extra staff, but the benefits of fresh ideas, new working practices, and simply someone else to ‘bounce’ ideas off proved very helpful.  Three years ago we worked alone in a spare room at home, and we now employ 5 full time staff.

How did it feel getting your first premises?

It was fantastic moving to our first business premises in Devon.  We’d worked for 2 years previous to that out of what soon became a very cramped spare bedroom as the business grew!

What tips would you give anyone wanting to start an ebay business?

Do plenty of research.  eBay has virtually every product/brand known to man listed – you are likely to have stiff competition whatever you sell, so getting a clear and professional listing and photo of the product you are selling is as important as your pricing and the product itself.

How do your market your business?

We have 3 websites each selling various different products/categories, we have an eBay shop, and we advertise on online forums, in magazines, and at events/shows around the country. We also use social networking sites like Facebook and twitter where we have a combined following of over 10000 at present.  We believe strongly in brand awareness, so getting our name ‘out there’ in any way possible is very important to us.

Do you still have an eBay shop?

Yes, we’ve just ‘re-skinned’ it this year actually (eBay shop).  It’s important to keep the shop up to date with it being the first thing the customer sees when he looks for our products.  We have seen a massive increase in eBay sales since we put time into our listing and shop designs which were previously just the basic and standard ebay templates.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

There is nothing better than being your own boss, and seeing your hard work pay off.  Yes times can be hard and stressful, but those times are soon forgotten when you look at all the positive aspects self-employment brings you.                      

www.helcarkits.co.uk                             www.hosesolutions.org.uk                             www.helperformance.com