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Career Story: Owner Of A Small Building Products Company

Owner Of A Small Building Products Company

Job Title: Owner Small Business

Education: I originally went to college for social work. I started working with a non-profit organization that worked with the design community. This helped me with my people skills. I then started to work with my husband and we now own the business. We continue to work with designers and architects but we have added the contractors and builders to our list.

Previous Experience: I worked with a non-profit organization that worked with the architectural and design community. This was the first phase of a construction project. Now I deal with the construction managers and general contractors. This is the next step in the process of a construction project.

Job Tasks: My business is in commercial building products. We manufacture and sell commercial building products. I am also involved in the daily operation of invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, administrative work, and quoting prices for material. I am not limited to these duties, they are just the ones I do most of the time.

I very rarly travel. One or two times per year I will go to a sales meeting or a product information seminar. I have to keep up with industry standards and new building products coming to the market.

As a business owner, I am really responsible for overseeing all of the daily operations.

Customers are number one and I make sure they are getting the service they deserve and the materials they ordered.

We have 20 employees. I help manage them and help them any way I can. If we have an employee call in sick, or if they have a sick child no matter what my plans for the day were, I then must take on the duties of the employee who is absent. There are times when this is a problem.

I am not involved in the making of the materials we sell but I do order materials and keep our inventory where it should be. We want to make sure we have the inventory to sell but we do not want so much inventory in our building that we are cash poor. This means we do not want too many dollars wrapped up in the inventory that we do not have cash available to purchase other materials we may need for a job.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best: Being a business owner allows me the freedom to still be with my family.

Worst: Being a business owner is stressful because ALL of the failures land in my lap. But this also leads to the best which all the success is sweet! I enjoy coming into the office every day because it allows me the opportunity to be with people and continue to expand my mind.

Job Tips:
1. Stay in school, if you think you can make it in the business world without an education you are sadly mistaken.

2. Be strong in math, I deal with math everyday whether it is quoting a job, adding invoices or counting money.

3. As you know, computer skills are a must, I doubt anyone entering the job market these days is lacking in the computer skill area!

4. Have GREAT people, negotiation, and stress management skills.

Additional Thoughts: Enjoy the career you pick because moving from job to job will be harmful for future employment opportunities.

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