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Etudes

03.03 Who is the Boss? 
I have interviewed Mr. Josh A. Brian, owner and President of Brian Signs on the Southside of Jacksonville, Fl. His number is (101) 555-4585.

 
Me: Mr. Brian, I would like to thank you for your time and let you know that this will help me understand business more. So, what inspired you to start a business?
Mr. Brian: Well, first of all, that’s a good question. It’s already a running family business so called the ‘Brian Alarm’. I had a few extra supplies to start up with which helped me to form and gather an idea of starting my own sign business.
Me: That is very interesting, what exactly are the goods your company offers?
Mr. Brian: Our company offer our major products, which are the signs, decals, and banners.

Me: And how do you organize your business?
Mr. Brian: My company is a Limited Liability Company.

Me: Great, could you tell me what the advantages are to the way you organize your business?
Mr. Brian: Well, the nature of my business is really flexible and there isn’t a set of way or process I have to do things. This is the best part of my business that I personally like, having flexibility and freedom in what you love doing is the best first step towards success.

Me: I surely agree but are there any disadvantages?
Mr. Brian: There isn’t much disadvantages but there are some physical responsibilities that I have to take care of, such taxes and providing health care for my employees, but this is not a hurdle for me and I personally don’t take it as a disadvantage.

Me: I see. Would you ever seek to sell stock in your company? Why or why not?
Mr. Brian: No, since my company is LLC and it is very small in size, I wouldn’t, unless my business was in a high-tech field. Either that or having an excess of 3000 employees.

Me: Well Mr. Brian, what would you say was the greatest challenge in starting your company?
Mr. Brian: I have had faced number of challenges throughout my journey, first of all it wasn’t easy for me to even think about the business as I was involved in running a family owned business, but since I had enough experience in this field, I decided to go for it anyway. The second challenge for me was finding the right location and making that correlate with my target market.

Me: Ok, last question. What advice would you give a young person who wants to start his or her own company?
Mr. Brian: Oh, that’s an easy one. I would say “Just go for it”. You know what that means?
Me: Not really, could you please explain it to me?
Mr. Brian: It means just go for your dreams but first, get enough education which is your parachute so if you land up falling you have a safe way of landing.

Me: Thank you so much Mr. Brian for your time, it was really a pleasure talking to you, thank you again for your time!
Mr. Brian: Pleasure is all mine, I hope you learned something from me. All the best for future!
Reflection
Full name: Mr. Josh A. Brian
Job title: Owner – President
Contact information: (101)555-4585
It was a nice experience interviewing Mr. Josh A. Brian, I learned a lot from him. Such as: at first it is always hard to take the first step. And to me, the first step is generating an idea, if I love doing something and I want to convert it into business, I will have to think and brainstorm to make that idea feasible. As Mr. Brian mentioned he was firstly involved in a family owned business and he had enough experience about the mechanics of the it, which in my case this is different. I have never been involved in running any kind of business before. If I were to start a business, it would be selling products online through different websites and social media. I really think that this is the best thing that I can do. Although it requires me to invest some fair amount to start. I want to start this business because this is the era of technology and people do not often like to physically go to some shop or store to buy a single product. They would much likely prefer to order that product online and receive it at their doorstep in no time. This is going to be very profitable for me as I already am into technology, it wouldn’t be so hard for me to learn and adapt the techniques behind this business.