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A1 Glass Pool Fencing

Name: Cody Smith

Location: Sydney, Australia

Type of Business:
Glass Fence Contractor

What does your business do?
We sell and install high quality glass pool fences and balustrading to home owners throughout Penrith and the surrounding region.

When and why did you start the biz?
We opened 12 years ago in 2006 years. We opened our business as we found that we would be significantly cheaper than our competitors and deliver higher quality products and services.

How Many People are in your Company?
2 people

Where's your office?
Our office location is a home where administrative tasks are undertaken but for the most part we are mobile, as we are quoting or completing projects.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
I would say the difficult thing about our business is the seasonal changes. Not everyone sees the need for pools all year-round, let alone, the thought of installing a glass fence around their pool. This would mean that we don't always get steady business all year round.

What's the most fun part?
The best part is when the job is finished and seeing customer's reactions. The glass finish takes the pool to new levels of aesthetics.

Anything you would have done differently?
I suppose the only thing I would have done differently early on is to be open to other areas of the pool industry. My industry is such a niche market that it was difficult at first to get people to see the need for glass fences. I probably should have been more open to other areas.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
The plan is to continue to gain new customers. We don't want to expand into anything bigger than a sole trader but the plan is to get more customers to provide on going work over the next 5 years.

What advice do you have for others?
One thing that I wish I could do is to get reviews and have people post it to Google, social media, trust pilot and my website. Word-of-mouth is the best form of advertisement - it's free and from genuine sources. Don't be afraid to ask! You need to get your business out there.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I would use Idea Cafe to garner new leads for potential work in the future. I suppose I'm yet to see what else is offered on this site but I thought at first to add my business as a starting place. Plus I heard it is good for my business to be on as many sites as I can be on.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
Tafe - Apprenticship

Prior jobs or business?

Favorite Food?

What are your pets' names?

Do any of these pets help with your biz?

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I would say my wife and her support has meant that I could pursue this business and maintain it over the years we've been open.

Contact Info:
Cody Smith
3/53-55 Regentville Rd
Sydney, 2750



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