For our second instalment of the week for our #IOwnMyOwn meet Mark Pearce who owns MVP Aerials.
Hi Mark, please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your business?
Hello, I am Mark Pearce and I own ‘MVP Aerials’ of Peterborough. I have a business website and a MVP Aerials page, both of which advertise my services, however, I do find that ‘word of mouth’ is a strong tool when it comes to advertising.
How did you get into this line of work, and how and when did you start your own business?
I have been in this line of work since finishing school at the age of 17. After leaving school I worked for Channel 5 fitting aerials on their behalf. I then moved on to the likes of Granada and Sky before the realisation hit me that I could do this on my own and the rest, as they say, is history and 20 years later my business is still going strong!
What are the downsides to your trade?
Seasonality has a huge impact on my trade. Winter is by far the busiest time when natural forces and the weather tend to affects people’s television signals the most. Although winter is busier for me, it can also be the most dangerous as bad weather conditions can cause health and safety issues. For example, I cannot get up on a roof safely when the wind speed is nearing 60mph, or if it’s lashing down with rain. Booking annual leave when you own your own business can also be tricky, and in some instances costly. I always try to plan holidays around the times when I am the quietest, but as soon as you book that flight; all of a sudden you get an influx of work, it’s always the way! I do think that taking time out is important though, so the break is always worth the monetary sacrifice.
What three things couldn’t you live without in order to do your job and own your own?
I couldn’t do my job without my tools! It’s always important to ensure your tools are safe, in fact, it’s my number one priority. As soon as I get home, I put my bigger and more expensive tools in the house.
With the amount of materials I need as well as the fact that I have to travel so much, I couldn’t do any of it if I didn’t have my big van!
Lots and lots of espressos!!
If you were to give one piece of advice to someone wanting to start their own business what would it be?
Before you embark upon owning your own business, do your research first. Call around or visit the websites of those companies who will be your competitors. Check out their prices and what services they offer to ensure that you can compete.