Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal and business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tony Alexander, CEO of SGI Consulting, located in Houston, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is an HR Consulting Firm that focuses on developing methods for trimming the costs associated with workforce management by implementing and coaching performance/talent management plans. This includes all aspects of employee engagement and retention. We cater to not only small and mid-size businesses, but we have programs for individuals seeking assistance in developing their brand within their industry and assisting individuals in diversifying their skill level to become a choice talent.
Tell us about yourself
I was working for a large company and always knew I wanted to enter HR. Time after time, things would occur, and I found myself going nowhere and what I would call blackballed by the organization, so I began to educate myself on the multi-disciplines of HR. I actually started my business while still employed by the organization but having done so gave me a voice at the table and, in addition, equipped me with knowledge so that I could navigate spaces to ensure equity and inclusion were a principle and practice and not just the latest buzzword. I love what I do. By no means is it easy. Daily, I contact individuals who are lost with nowhere to turn or resources to get to where they want to go. Getting up daily and knowing I have assisted in helping individuals and companies achieve their goals helps me sleep better at night.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The biggest accomplishment for me as a business owner was when I acquired one of the most significant contracts for a major company to help maneuver the organization through acquisition. At this time, I was just a three-person team, and I was competing with major giants with way more resources than I had, but it was at that moment I was glad that I bet on myself.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
For me, it is on 24/7. As they say, everything rises and falls on leadership; you must remember that leader is you, so you have to be organized and willing to make sacrifices if you plan on being successful.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't just up and quit your 9-5 until you have a good grasp on the revenue you are/can generate with your organization.
- Make sure there is a market for your product or services.
- Invest as much capital upfront as you can to limit carrying long-term debt.
Where can people find you and your business?
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