A Day in the Life of a Small Business Owner: Part 1

This month we thought it would be fun to talk about the trials and tribulations of being a business owner. Here is a day in the life of Teya.

5.30 am – My alarm wakes me abruptly. Shocked, I look around my room wondering where the beautiful beach I was just laying on has gone.

5:31 am – Reality sets in and my inner dialogue begins “successful people don’t hit snooze, you want to be successful don’t you?” “get out of bed,  it’s time to face another day.”

5:40 am – My back up alarm sounds “BEEP BEEP BEEP”

I fantasize about smashing it with a hammer, as I rub the sleep out of my eyes.

5.45 am – I come to terms with being awake and begin my morning ritual of motivational reading.

As I delve into the pages of powerful words,written for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, I begin to feel ambitious, empowered, MOTIVATED  and ready to face the day.

6.30 am – My new found vitality is flattened by over abundance of emails.

6.45 am– I begin to get into a serious email groove. Self-high-fives are being given every two minutes. The sun begins to shine I can feel this is going to be a very productive day.

7:00 am– My son wakes up and yells for me. I try to pretend I can’t hear him so I can squeeze in a few more email responses.

7.05 am– This kid is relentless. Once he gets sick of yelling “MOM” on repeat he begins requesting breakfast burritos.

I go into his room and pretend that I am surprised that he is awake.

His smile melts my heart.

7:15 am – I finish making him breakfast and he tells me he wants cuddles.

Cuddles with a tiny human are the best so I eagerly accept.

7:16 am– I barely sit myself down on the couch and cuddle time is over.

Now he is showing me planes, trains and wanting his favorite music played.

7:30 am– I begin to have serious regrets about introducing my son to Sharon, Lois and Bram.  I start to reminisce about the good old days when I was child free and could listen to adult music in the morning.

9:30 am– I finally arrive at the office after completing what has already felt like an 8 hour day.

Now the real fun begins.

Homeroom Client of the Month: G.H. Street Development Ltd.

Greg Street G.H. Street LtdThis month’s client of the month is Greg Street owner of G.H. Street Development Ltd a family run construction and project management company primarily based in Vancouver.

G.H. Street Development Ltd has been serving the Vancouver area for close to 30 years. During that time they have completed many large and small scale projects including: renovations, new homes, custom homes, multi-family homes and spec. developments. Which has allowed them the pleasure of working closely with a variety of industry professionals, architects, interior designers, engineers, environmental specialists, surveyors, and of course valued clients.   

G.H. Street Ltd. is a construction company that has built its reputation on quality, accountability and integrity

How many years have you been in business?

Our family business has been doing Quality Plus General Contracting in Vancouver since 1981 and while I have been involved in different capacities for the past 10 years, I recently took ownership of the business last year.
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What do you enjoy the most about being a business owner?

I spent many years working for other people before I realized that I really wanted to work for myself. Although you put a lot more time and energy into running a business, the rewards and freedom it provides make it worthwhile.

What motivated you to start your own business?

Growing up with entrepreneurial parents is what really drove me to want to run my own business and to know that it was possible. Also, knowing that I had the freedom to determine my work/life balance.

What advice do you have for other people who would like to start their own business?

photo 2Starting your own business can be scary. I have been very lucky to have great support from my parents who have helped ease the transition. My advice would be to believe in what you are doing and make sure you have the drive to get up everyday and do what you love, whatever that may be.

How do you achieve a work life balance?

One of the biggest benefits of working for yourself is having the ability to take time off when you need it. So if I have had a busy week or month at work I make sure to take time for myself to do the other things I enjoy whether it be traveling, playing sports or spending time with friends and family.

And finally who could benefit from your services?

As a general contractor we have focused on providing Quality Plus renovations, heritage restorations, new homes and project photo 3management for over 32 years. We work with many different types of homeowners and developers on a daily basis. Anyone looking to build a new home, renovate their existing home, or to redevelop property could benefit from our services.
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