Farewell chaps and chapesses, I'm throwing in the towel.
My insurance renewal quote arrived the other day, and because I'm still 24 until 2014, I've been quoted £250 per month (not including GIT or pub liability). That's what I've been paying all year, but I thought that once I was through my first year the insurance would come down. At that rate it's just not practical for me to go on.
Very sad to leave the game. Over the last few months I felt I was getting the hang of it. Business has been gradually on the up, repeat customers are building in number, I've got more confident with pricing, and I've been learning the tricks of the trade. Sadly though it's just not enough.
The last year has been a great learning curve and I don't regret it for a moment. Most of what I've learned has been through this forum, so thanks everyone for being such an opinionated bunch - in the best sense!
I've been working quite a bit for The Courier Company Cambridge lately, who are now short a back up subbie. They're decent guys with a can-do attitude and a growing portfolio, so do keep them on your radar (they're on mtvan). Based in Foxton just south west of Cambridge.