Running your own business means constantly overcoming significant challenges. If it’s not cash flow, it’s staff issues or running out of scaffolding before all the jobs are done – which is one of my favourites! I mean, that’s what scaffolding rental is for, isn’t it? Probably the least favourite challenge was staying in business and retaining my staff during the Covid crisis.
In the case of Kapiti Coast Scaffolding, immigrating from South Africa to New Zealand and bringing my scaffolding and skips business over as well, was a huge challenge, and a costly one. Not knowing the business environment in New Zealand (and there is only so much you can research on the internet), ranks way up top for me. I soon realised that the mobile scaffolding I had over there and brought over at great cost in order to service a (falsely) perceived niche in the market, was a big mistake. I had to think on my feet and change course without losing my faith in the business.
Likewise, the skips did not prove as profitable over here as it was over there. Fortunately, I could sell that part of the business to a buyer for whom it was a perfect fit and move on with the (for me) more profitable scaffolding section.