James Hartley’s Story

“Working alongside Plumbs does not infringe on my private work in any way.”

Find out more about how working with Plumbs has benefited James…

If you are looking to expand your upholstery or loose cover making business, or maybe you are starting your self-employed journey, take a look at what other people think about working with Plumbs. Watch the video below to see what James and his Father George have to say…

Read further into James Hartley’s story in his own words on how he set up his career and the benefits of working in partnership with Plumbs…

“Like many in this industry, I served an apprenticeship. My father was, and still is, an upholsterer. He has always been an inspiration. He welcomed me into the industry with open arms from a young age but he still made sure I learnt the trade through plenty of hard graft and through the old fashioned way of learning from my many mistakes – arguably the best way to learn. As soon as it was an option after my apprenticeship, I set myself up as a self-employed upholsterer and I have never looked back.

Already established as a re-upholstery business in my own right, and a successful one at that, why did I choose to get in contact with Plumbs? They were offering to pay me for each piece of reupholstery I did on their behalf and I guess it was my curiosity of what other ways I could make money that got the better of me. The initial call to Plumbs was informal and friendly and I found out how Plumbs obtain orders from customers and how my business would work alongside Plumbs. I was impressed with the professional set up and how there was no pressure to rush into any decision about agreeing to produce their orders. There was no financial investment to make so it seemed like a no-brainer, as the work was just the same as my private re-upholstery work. The main differences being that Plumbs carry out all advertising and sales generation activities, and they provide me with fabric and other main sundry items needed for each order.

Working alongside Plumbs does not infringe on my private work in any way. In fact, its peace of mind knowing that I haven’t placed all my eggs in one basket. Should my private work ever tail off, I know that I can turn to Plumbs and ask for additional orders.”

 

 

 

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