Interview – Beau Small
Business Owner of a Construction Company – Beau Small
What do you consider the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?
Client satisfaction and working with the team I have around me is the most rewarding. It can be challenging operating with integrity when others are not. Not everyone operates the same way, but it’s a non-negotiable when working within my brand.
If people were considering working as a construction business owner what advice would you give?
Make sure it’s your passion, be informed about all of your obligations, and try to have a positive effect in the industry.
What qualifications or experience is required to become a construction business owner?
An understanding of construction principles, whether from a trade back ground or from study.
Having the ability to communicate is a must. Being diligent in your approach.
What path did you take to become a construction business owner?
I completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter, was a sole trader as a carpenter, a builder on the tools, and then a business owner overseeing all facets of the business.
Were there any other careers you considered pursuing when you left school?
I always thought being in the police force would be good.
Is this your first career? Can you see yourself remaining in this line of work forever?
I completed 18 months as an apprentice chef, I learnt time management whilst in that role.
I’m open to all opportunities, however I will always be involved in construction in some capacity.
I like watching spaces transform and creating spaces people want to spend time in.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Successful, more than anything else. The definition of successful has evolved over time.
I had a vision of working with a team where we all get along and enjoy working as unit. Professionally this is my greatest success to date.
What are your standard hours?
Being a business owner I don’t believe there are standard hours, I was working on a task until 2 in the morning last Saturday night.
When motivation hits you, you ride the wave. Being passionate about what you do nullifies the clock in and clock out attitude.
Is there anything you can tell us about your job that people wouldn’t expect?
In a construction business, I believe the building component is approximately 30% of everything you need to do to run a successful business. The rest is communication and managing expectations.
Frustration comes about when expectations are not met. Understanding everyone’s expectations and delivering upon those expectations for an agreed financial amount can be difficult to manage at times.