Into the World of Small Business.....The Dos and Don'ts

Into the World of Small Business;

 The dos and don'ts ,Interview of Alcon Construction by Juan Manuel Guajardo

May 22, 2017

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Small Businesses, they make the economy go round.  Some will say that to own one is the American Dream, but what is it really like to own and operate one?  The following is based on an a personal interview of different aspects of owning your own business.  The interview is of Mr. Alfred Guajardo of Alcon Construction; Alcon Construction was a general contractor’s business based in Sacramento, CA around the 1970’s.  With just his tools, a contractor’s license, and his knowledge of construction, Alfred was ready to make his contributions to his hometown.

What was the inspiration for Alcon Construction?

Alfred comes from a family of construction workers, it was what his grandfather, father, and brothers did for a living.  Therefore feeling as if he should follow the Guajardo legacy, he started by becoming a Journeyman Carpenter.  He explained that a Journeyman Carpenter was one who worked as an apprentice for about four years in order to gain experience out in the field of construction.  After doing his time as an apprentice, he decided he wanted to get his license, and that he did.   “And that’s how it really started, it’s nothing that I had planned” stated Alfred.

The average day at Alcon

The average day for Alfred was, “Getting up early in the morning, trying to have a good breakfast because you know you’re going to have a long day, then just going out and getting to the job at hand, whatever that may be.”  Some days when he did not have  a
construction project at the time he would be out in the city or the county looking at bid sheets in order to find out where the work was or maybe catch up on some paperwork.  Then if he did have a construction project to work on, they would be the long days because he knew he would have to be hands on and then later work on paperwork.

Why start a small business?

There are a number of reasons to start a small business, but Alfred’s main reason was because he could do things the way he felt that they should be done.  “You’re not going to have a boss over your shoulder telling you to do it this way or that way...the boss might have you do it a different way, and he’ll come up with the same product, it’s just that you’re doing it your way” said Alfred.  When it comes to construction there are some different ways to do the same job and still produce the same quality, therefore being your own boss allows you to do it the way you prefer.  At the same time, this does not just apply to construction, being your own boss is probably the best part of owning any small business.

The downside of a small business

The disadvantage of owning your own business, according to Alfred, is that even after you put in your eight hours, you still have to work.  He says, “It might be paperwork, or it might be going out into the field doing some work that you have to catch up on.”  Either way, your work is never really done, and sometimes you tend to bring it home with you, which might not always be a good thing.  When you become to entangled in the work world you tend to put aside some things that may not affect you now, but could change things in the long run; this goes for any small business owner.

What was the dream for Alcon?

To Alfred, Alcon Construction was like building a large nest egg for his future along with being a part of building Sacramento.  “That says a lot to a particular person, that you helped get it to where it’s going and you are a constructive person of the city as it gets bigger and better, and you know that you’re a part of it”  His dream was to leave his mark on the city, knowing that his hands were one of many that helped bring it to life.  He had actually achieved his goal by later being part of a construction team that restored Old Sacramento.  Their job was difficult, but he was up for the challenge; the team had to restore the town in order to look as it did back in the 1800’s.

Alfred’s words of wisdom

Some advice that Alfred would give to someone who is considering becoming an owner of a small business would be to have a plan.  “You should definitely have plan B, if plan A doesn’t work  that's something to fall back to; now if you feel like you’ve got to have plan C, D, E, and F etc. you’re better off not having a business… If you’ve got to have more than just two plans, you better double or triple think about what you’re doing” explains Alfred.  You want to put all of your time and planning into something that you feel confident doing so you can focus all of your attention on that.  Another bit of advice  from him would be to find and interview someone who has , or had a business. “Find out why this business is successful, find out why this business faltered and didn’t make it, there’s obviously a reason.”

To sum up Alfred’s experiences and journey through owning a small business, if you do start a company, you would be “above and beyond just a productive person.”  At the end of the day, you are going to help the economy by putting people to work along with giving back to your community.  Not only is it beneficial to society, but it also makes you feel good like you have meaning and purpose.
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 "Al the Green Rain Train" at Sunnyside Elementary School


Strathmore Middle School (Strathmore California) Career Day, "Believe to A.....Mrs. Gail Grasmick

"Career Day At Strathmore Middle School"
I'd Like to Thank Mrs. Gail Grasmick and faculty For Inviting "Al the
Green Rain Train" (Author)  to Career Day, a Day That I can share
My positive experience in publishing a children's picture book, and that
they are able to write and publish their book about their experiences in life
as I let them know that they have to believe in yourself like others believe
In you, as one must "Believe to Achieve" a corner stone to your foundation
of success regardless of the profession or trade  that you choose in life, I also
felt a natural euphoric feeling in life knowing that I was part of  a meaningful,
positive, and productive Day.  
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Strathmore Middle School such an enjoyable and positive Day
talking to our younger generation, our future leaders of  TOMORROW  !!
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A shout for the Sacramento Police Department, a humanitarian gesture on K......

As I was taking my daily stroll, I noticed two Police Officers helping a
 temporary displaced persona fix his bike, such a positive and  humanitarian gesture
 On K street  ,  I wish all three a Great Day and a shout to the Sacramento Police
department (Author, Alfred Guajardo)

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I'd like to Thank Jody Gunderman, Miguel M. Guajardo, and  Joe Lopez for arranging my presentation at Sunnyside #Elementary School  #Strathmore California,  as It was a unique presentation to the Students and Parents alike on Open House Day, (4-20-17) and what made It go so smooth and unique  is that Isabel Lopez was my translator (Spanish) and Lupe Garfield  was my assistant helping me hand out  drawn string tote bags, last but not least Irma Pedraza Guajardo for her Blue Cab Transportation Company  
  Being  the #Author of "Al the Green Rain Train" (an environmental book for children) I try to deliver a positive message about our environment , hopefully It was an environmental learning experience to be remembered and #appreciated and I also touched on the Idea that the parents were able to publish a book themselves with the help of their local library If need be, at the end of the presentation I left with a natural euphoric feeling knowing that I touched the students and parents alike in a positive way which made the presentation #Priceless
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or to make purchase Thank You and have a Great Day  
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