Name: Sharon Jones
Business Name: House 2 Home Painting and Decorating
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/House2HomeNewcastle/
Twitter name: @House2HomeNcl
LinkedIn: Sharon Jones, House 2 Home
Where are you in the Northeast? Newcastle upon Tyne
Do you like your decorator to be; friendly, reasonable, reliable, tidy, fully insured and focused on your needs? If so look no further – we cover Newcastle and the North Tyneside area, interior & exterior, residential or commercial. For a free quote, give Sharon a call on 07977 743667
When did you start your business and why?: June 2016 – we had been renovating property for over 10 years by this stage and realized that we really enjoyed (and had a talent for) the painting and decorating side of things. We love the transformation painting a room brings.
What gives your business the edge?: We are very customer focused – and like to deliver a personalized service. rather than simply coming in with a quote, we like to discuss and consider our clients needs, from timing & timescales down to the finished look. This could include working evenings to minimize disruption to home/offices, doing tester pot samples in situ to ensure clients love the colour they`ve chosen, to simply being friendly and a pleasure to have around while the work is being done.
What is the best thing about running your own business?: The variety of jobs, working with lovely people, and managing our own diaries around our children.
And what is the worst?: Tax return! No question! lol
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life: Up at 7 to get the kids ready for school. Tim will usually head off to pick up his apprentice and start work around 8am. I am usually at network meetings doing quotes or meeting tenants during the day. I pick the kids up at 3.30pm. We usually eat together around 6pm. Then its kids time until 9pm when we either do our paperwork or just relax with an episode of a box set!
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?: Despite being relatively young, our business has proved a huge success and we are hoping to continue that into the future. Our dream is to expand our team of decorators who work for us and share our special ethos.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?: Get out there and network – it can be lonely working for yourself and there is so much support and kindness out there, not to mention great business contacts!