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THEBLOGGER MEETTHE BLOGGER


YOUWORK IN THE DOUBLE GLAZING INDUSTRY – WHAT IS YOUR JOB?


My day job is being a double glazing sales


representative. My blog has now become my second job!


WHY DID YOU GO INTOTHIS SECTOR? Our family got the opportunity to run our


own business, something which my parents had always wanted to do. Until then I was unsure as to what I wanted to do. I left 6th Form after one year aged 17 to go into selling full time. It was big risk at the time for someone my age with no previous sales experience, but I learned quick and it’s been the best decision I’ve made so far!


WAS THIS YOUR FIRST JOB OR HAVE


YOUWORKED IN OTHER SECTORS? This has been my first and only job. I thank


myself lucky to have had such a stable job over the past 6 years. I know many of my friends who went to University are now struggling to find work in the industry they studied in.


WHATYOULIKE MOSTABOUTYOURJOB? I’m a people person. I like interacting with


my customers and meeting new people on a daily basis. I’m ideal for selling really. No good if you’re too shy to talk openly to people. That’s why I like Twitter so much. Interaction and conversation on there can be brilliant.


WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT IT?


Paperwork. I hate writing! My handwriting is appalling so I prefer to type everything if I can get away with it. Sometime I can’t, I do have to handwrite paperwork at time and I bloody hate it!


DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THE INDUSTRY HAS A STRONG FUTURE FOR, SAY, THE NEXT 15-20 YEARS?


On a 15-20 year basis yes. The current


downturn simply can’t last that long (well, it could, but it probably won’t!) and should pick up strongly at the end of this decade. We have all seen the recent reports suggesting that the industry won’t see any positive upwards movement until after 2015, which unfortunately I agree with. However, when the economy picks up, I believe that the industry had positioned itself well enough to take advantage of growth when it returns.


DO YOU THINK THAT THE PUBLIC’S


PERCEPTION OF THE INDUSTRY HAS IMPROVED IN RECENT YEARS?


Yes, but partly due to actions of other industries giving them a very negative view in the public eye. Things like the NOTW hacking scandal, bankers bonuses and MP’s expenses rows have meant that those industries and personalities have taken the focus of our industry a little. However, I know that there some very active blogs and people on Twitter working very hard to improve the image of our industry, including myself. We will get there, sooner rather than later in my opinion.


DO YOU FEEL THAT THE GREEN


DEAL WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY?


I do, when all the creases have been ironed


out! The deal is still positioned too much towards the bigger companies and to those who have entered the double glazing industry just to take advantage of the upcoming scheme i.e. Tesco and Homebase. I don’t


PERSONAL HOWOLD ARE YOU? 23


ARE YOU MARRIED (OR WITH PARTNER)/SINGLE?


Not married, but have a girlfriend called Sophie! @SophiiMaria – if anyone wants to follow her on Twitter!


WHERE DO YOU LIVE (AREA)? Wakefield


YOU ARE CLEARLY INTO ALL THINGS IT – WHAT GOT YOU SO KEEN ON SOCIAL NETWORKING?


All started with the blog really. I saw


RCG’s years ago and thought “hmm, I could do this, I always have something to say!” So I started that back on March 2009, and I joined Twitter in August 2009. I like the idea of Twitter because you can move up the social ladder by getting more followers. You also get to interact and sometimes meet brand new brilliant people you wouldn’t have otherwise. Still to get into Klout, Google+ and LinkedIn though!


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think it will be fully ready by October of this year, but maybe Spring of 2013. But once the Green Deal has been tweaked to make sure everyone is able to benefit and makes sure the public takes a high level interest, I think it will have a very positive impact on the industry.


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WITH THE DEMANDS OF YOUR


WORK, SOCIAL NETWORKING AND OTHER WRITING, DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR OTHER HOBBIES/ INTERESTS? IF SO, WHAT?


I try and go to the gym 4/5 times a week.


Even then I’m on Twitter during breaks! I try and get on the Playstation when I can, so I can take out my frustration on some aliens! While Sophie is back from Uni we go to the cinema so I can take myself completely out of the work environment. I do want to start playing tennis and badminton again, but it’s finding the time! Oh, and drumming! I want to learn to play the drums again – I’m a massive heavy metal fan!


HAVE YOU ANY AMBITION THAT YOU HAVE YET TO FULFIL?


Well, I want to own and run the family business at some point. But for now I’ll be happy settling for having the most influential double glazing blog and Twitter account on the internet!


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