Friday, 14 December 2012

5 Years in Business

I'm just reflecting on 5 years of being in business, just looking at what I have achieved and wondering what I can do in another 5 years. It's been a lot of hard work, a lot more than I thought. These are list of my achievements in the last five years; (Steel Beam Calculator iPhone app)
@beamcalcs (twitter account)
@steelbeamcalc (twitter account) (YouTube)
Completed nearly 2,000 projects mostly house extensions, knock throughs and loft conversions. - free standard beam to beam connection details - free padstone calculator
100% record on my professional indemnity insurance (no claims in 5 years of trading)
Year on year growth for each of the five years in a very challenging market

Looking forward to the next 5 years........

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Friday, 26 October 2012

YouTube Video showing

Link to video on YouTube showing being used to design a steel beam

Structural Calculations Resource

For information regarding all of our products and structural calculations, please visit this website


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

2 Free Products and 4 Great Paid Products from Steel Beam Calculator Ltd and Beam Calcs Ltd

Free products for your benefit;

Free standard Beam to Beam Connection Details can be downloaded at;

 Free Padstone Calculator can be downloaded at;

4 Great Paid Products;

Online Steel Beam Calculator

Instant Structural Calculations

Online Steel Beam Calculator (US version)

Online Steel Beam Calculator (EU version)

Link to my CV

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Latest version of Steel Beam Calculator UK now out

Latest version of our online steel beam calculator now live costs just £60 annual subscription

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Marketing Part 1 - Twitter

This is a tough one, I joined twitter about a year ago and did 2 tweets and then left it well alone. About 6 months ago I started to use Twitter again both for Beam Calcs and Steel Beam Calculator. For both accounts I have done in excess of 300 tweets some were inane tweets about what’s for dinner and others were tweets about the business, there have been plenty of links to both websites.

In all the hours I have spent on twitter I think I have got possibly £120 worth of work, which frankly speaking is a piss poor performance.

This is an excellent article about twitter; it mentions how twitter has a pathetically low click through rate and an even smaller conversion percentage. My favourite quote from the article is;

“Twitter is for social interaction and using it to sell feels as intrusive and unwelcoming as hawking roses in a pub"

The author details how watching your account gain followers can inflate your ego, well what happens when some of these followers turn nasty. We all remember the case of Tom Daley at the Olympics, where a young man gained notoriety by insulting Tom after his dive. What did he gain from this? – Well about 100,000 followers. Would he have said these insults to Tom’s face? All of these faceless people hide behind the anonymity of the internet.

I have had my fair share of snide comments on twitter, nothing on par with Tom, people putting snide comments about online businesses. Another thing on twitter is the idea of over analysing everything, 140 characters can lead to a lot of different interpretations.

My motto with twitter is don’t type anything that you would not actually say to someone face to face. It’s only the internet, these people are not your friends, and you won’t have even met 98% of them.

Remember the telephone or talking face to face is actually called SOCIALISING!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

My Business Timeline

This is a time line of my entrepreneurial journey so far, I made some good decisions along the way as well as some bad ones. The most important lesson I learnt is that a business should be planned around the business owners personal objectives and that the business should serve the business owner and not the other way round.

2008 January - Beam Calcs Ltd founded

2009 August - Instant Calculations Web App

2010 November - Steel Beam Calculator Ltd founded

2011 January - Steel Beam Calculator UK Web App

2011 November - Steel Beam Calculator US Web App

2012 June - Steel Beam Calculator UK iPhone App

2012 August - Steel Beam calculator EU Web App

Monday, 5 March 2012

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Our Products

If your requirements are outside the scope of the templates shown on the website, you can use our new Steel Beam Calculator at

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Join us on Twitter

We have just joined the modern age and starting using Twitter, so look out for us at Kevin Taylor @BeamCalcs and @SteelBeamCalc we will providing tweets on all our latest products.

Happy Tweeting

Friday, 17 February 2012

How to annoy Yahoo

Just had a woman from Yahoo telephone me to ask me if they could update my details, when she couldn't find my website I told her to google it, that suggestion didn't go down to well!!!



Saturday, 14 January 2012

Are you a Building Surveyor, Building Designer, Architectural Technician, Architect or Engineer that needs a more efficient way to design steel beams? Our online steel beam calculator will enable you to design steel beams quickly and easily.

Benefits of our steel beam calculator
·         Great value for money, an annual subscription costs just £50 and the steel beam calculator can be used as many times as you like during that subscription period.
·         Designs in accordance with the most advanced Eurocodes, which in some instances can reduce steel requirements by over a quarter when compared to British Standards.
·         Generates a detailed PDF report
·         Accepted by Building Control Departments
·         Quick and easy to use