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The Benefit of Hindsight | Inspiring Aspiring Entrepreneurs

If you've ever thought about starting a business, this is the show for you. Each week, host Aaron Bushell interviews entrepreneurs and small business owners who left the 9-5 and went to work for themselves and asks, looking back with the benefit of hindsight, what went right and what would they have done differently.
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Feb 10, 2016

Episode 021 | Chris Callen, Builder's Plus Construction

My guest this week is Chris Callen. Chris is the CEO of family-owned Wichita business Builder’s Plus. Builder’s Plus is a commercial real estate construction and contracting company.  If you have ever shopped in Wichita, you've probably been in a building they built - Walmart, Dillons, Target and several other big box stores here in Wichita were built by Builder's Plus.

Chris’s story is an interesting one. After spending a few years working outside of the family business, he returned to Wichita nearly two years ago to take over the family business from his parents, who founded the company more than three decades ago. Chris came in and wanted to make a splash, and in doing so, he made a business decision that nearly cost him and his family their company.  The real grit of the story comes when Chris tells what sacrifices they had to make in order to dig the family business out of the hole he put them in.

Thank you for sharing your story, Chris.

Where Can You Find Chris Callen and Builder's Plus?

Builder's Plus Construction: www.bpc.build

Facebook.com/BuildersPlus

Check him out on Twitter: @ConcreteCallen

Show Notes

6:20 Intro to Chris and how Builder’s Plus was founded.

7:20 What did Chris do at first instead of working in the family business, and what brought him back to Wichita?

10:24 How did Chris get started in Commercial Construction?

11:42 What is it like, taking over the company from his dad?

12:50 What lessons has Chris learned throughout this process? How did one bad decision go south on him?

15:28 At what point in the project did Chris realize something was wrong? What steps did he take to mitigate the fallout?

17:55 What does Chris’s daily routine look like? How does he manage to run the company, contribute to the community and do his various speaking arrangements?

22:21 What activities does Chris do that really drive the success of his business?

25:40 Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, what would Chris have done differently?

28:25 What is one thing he did right?

29:33 What is going on with Builder’s Plus today?

31:15 Where can you find Builder’s Plus?

Special Thanks This Week:

Special thanks this week go out to Patricia Hoover and Great Image Designs, for all your Wichita State Shocker fan wear,  go to www.GreatImageDesigns.com or www.Facebook.com/GreatImageDesigns.  Mention you heard about them on The Benefit of Hindsight and you'll get 10% off your purchase!

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Feb 3, 2016

Episode 020 | Joe Fairless | The Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever

My guest this week is Joe Fairless, owner of Fairless Investing, fellow podcaster and host of The Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show.  Joe and I talk about all kinds of things, from his initial foray into real estate investing, to how he manages his day.  We talk quite a bit about his podcast, why he started it and how it has helped his business grow.

Where Can You Find Joe?

His investing website is: http://www.fairlessinvesting.com/

A link to his podcast on iTunes: The Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever with Joe Fairless podcast

Check him out on Twitter: @InvestFairless

And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FairlessInvesting

Show Notes

4:00 Welcome Joe to the show!

4:40 How does Joe handle doing a new podcast episode every single day?

7:00 How did Joe get involved in real estate investing?

11:45 What is Door Devil and how is he involved with the company, in addition to his other ventures?

12:40 How did he go from investing in single-family residential properties to investing in large-scale commercial real estate?

14:50 What does his real estate portfolio consist of right now?  What was it like, buying that first large property?

16:20 What does a typical day look like for Joe?  How does he balance all of his different time commitments?

21:30 How does Joe stick to his commitment to create something every single day? How does that impact how he feels about his days?

23:35 With the benefit of hindsight, what would Joe have done differently?

27:04 What is one thing Joe did right?

31:54 What is going on with Fairless Investing and The Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever show?

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Jan 20, 2016

My guest this week is Greg Patterson, owner of GP's Photography.  Greg has been an entrepreneur for more than a decade, and has done family's pictures for my family, many of our mutual friends, families, coworkers and more.  I have known Greg for nearly twenty years and have been interested in the entrepreneurial route his life has taken.  Greg never took the safe route. He has always known his career path would follow a different route, but how he got to where he is now is the really interesting part of his story.

One of the things I have always appreciated about Greg is that he never sugar coats what his life is really like as a business owner.  He tells the good things, like having the flexibility to have lunch at home with his family whenever he wants.  But he always mentions the difficult side of owning a business as well.  The late nights and long weekends.  Being booked solid every weekend from April through August during the wedding season.  Not knowing where his next paycheck would be coming from.  These are the challenges and sacrifices and trade offs that every business owner makes, and Greg is brutally honest about how they challenge him.  It's refreshing to hear this kind of honesty from someone who faces these challenges every day and still decides that entrepreneurship is the path for him.

Greg says in this interview that as a photographer, he captures life.  I'm glad I captured this little piece of his life and I'm happy to share it with you now.

Where Can You Find GP's Photography?

You can find Greg online at GP's Photography, www.gpsphotography.biz and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gpsphotographyinc.

Or drop by his studio!  Located in the Delano District near downtown Wichita, KS.

1504 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 201-6262

Show Notes

 

4:30 Introduction to Greg and GP's Photography
5:40 Why did Greg decide to pursue entrepreneurship?
8:00 What was Greg's first professional job and how did he get his big break?
14:30 What was it like when you left your full time job to be an entrepreneur full time?
17:40 How does Greg handle the uncertainty of not knowing what he will get paid?
20:50 What does Greg's daily schedule look like?
22:45 What is one thing he wishes he had done differently?
24:20 What is one thing he did right?

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