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Career Story: Owner Of A Small Environmental Consulting Business

Owner Of A Small Environmental Consulting Business

Job Title: Owner Of An Environmental Small Business Company

Type of Company: I own my own environmental company which assists general contractors/private owners with environmental, health and safety issues. My company makes it easy for the customers to tackle all the environmental issues in the industry.

Education: BS, Education •• AS, Accounting

Previous Experience: I started out part-time in an accounting department of a trucking company and moved to full-time once I graduated from college. Then I transferred to the environmental division to be a project manager. When my company was absorbed by a national corporation, I left to work for a small environmental/construction company for 3 years. I started my own company 4 1/2 years ago.

Job Tasks: I am the owner of a small environmental company. I have two full-time employees and one part-time employee. I am involved in everything the business does, anything from accounting to signing contracts to keeping old customers happy. Every day is different for me. I usually do accounting 2 days a week and go see customers in the field up to 5 days a week. If I don't get things accomplished during normal business hours, I play catch-up at night or on weekends. My phone is always on, 24 hours a day, and the computer is always with me. When a customer calls, I have to be prepared for anything. I am always upfront with them and give them alternate ways of handling any situation, stressing money-saving options, especially in this economy.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I feel the only drawback to owning my company is that I rarely take a vacation. I have to gear up to take a few days off and make sure that my customers will not need anything while I'm gone. Over all, owning my business is very rewarding. The best part of my job is seeing a project through from start to finish. With my jobs I can see a roadway, bridge or building go from nothing to something. I can say, "Wow, I saw this happen" and "I was a part of this bridge being built."

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