"Alexa, order 14 bottles of white spirit"

Whilst I love a bit of mild DIY, painting isn't my bag.

Lauren would say it's because I'm clumsy and it's hard to argue with her, having dropped and broken several things in the last week along.

So when you take a liquid that's virtually impossible to remove from carpets, pictures, and animals, it's easy to see why I avoid the stuff.

But, having recently had the whole house redecorated, we decided the brass door handles - a choice made by the elderly couple who I assume had some sort of vision, or at least taste, impairment - had to go.

Thanks to Amazon we had new handles here the next day.

Problem is, they were too small.

Now, we're not talking a big difference in size. Maybe 5 or 6mm either side.

So rather than send them back, we decided to simply whack a tiny bit of gloss white on the doors.

"No biggie", I thought.

"It's only a few cm². What's the worst that could happen?"

And it turns out the painting part was easy. I had it done in under 10 minutes and started to wonder what I'd been worried about.

And then it came to cleaning up.

At one point it seemed as though there wasn't enough white spirit in the world to clean the paint off the brush, the tray, the sink, my hands, or the dog.

It's a good job we haven't got an Alexa, as there'd likely be 14 bottles of white spirit turning up tomorrow.

It was a stark reminder of what we paid someone else to paint the house and wouldnever attempt to do it ourselves.

Working out your pricing can be a challenge in business.

But the mistake lots of business owners make when considering their pricing is to underestimate someone's desire to avoid doing something, and their subsequent willingness to pay someone else to do it.

There's a good chance that someone who paid you £500 to do something would have been willing to pay you 2 or 3 times that.

Nick Fisher