I finally decided to get out of the hosting business. The industry has been consolidating for a number of years now and it is getting harder and harder to compete. The big boys are getting too cheap to compete with and make it worth doing and the inflow of new rules and regulations are making it harder for the smaller provider to survive. It is doable but at some point you have to decide that the work load and hours are not worth the return. In addition to that being on call 24/7 for the last 18 years has taken it’s toll on me and I would like to have a job that doesn’t require me to be on call any more.
I sold my business at the start of the month and got a reasonable price for it. It has been enough to get a load of new toys and finish the work off on the van that has been outstanding for quite some time now.
I now have to decide what I want to do for my next career and have decided that driving is something that is always in demand. Having spoken to one of the motorhomefun members who owns a training school I have decided that HGV work is a good choice for me.
The beauty of fulltiming in a panel van is that it is a very cheap way to live. With that in mind if I can find a job that pays £10+ an hour I can get by on a 20 hour week. Or I can work for 4 months of the year. Or variations of this. I will probably do agency work on short term contracts as and when I need to top up my bank account.
I will also be spending some time on the projects I have wanted to do for quite some time. I will be attempting to write a book, create my motorhome hardware project, write my Android App for motorhomers. In addition I have some software projects to write. If the programming business takes off I will be delighted, however having the HGV driving as a backup seemed very sensible.
So heading out of the bad weather I will be back on the road again and doing some travelling prior to taking my HGV test. I am booked into 3 shows/rallies between now and June. I have my MOT to do in March and my CPC course also in March.
Over the next couple of weeks I have a huge bunch of articles planned. Half of these are reviews of new products I have purchased. There are a few on jobs I will be doing on the van including a big one where I am replacing half the inside of my van and doing a full rewire. There is a couple of sprucing up the outside of the van and hopefully a few travel articles.
I am in the process of looking for a guitar at the moment so hopefully I will be able to upset a few neighbours in the near future (just kidding of course).
The next few months should be exciting for me and I am looking forward to having a bit of fun….