The Benefit of Hindsight | Inspiring Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Benefit of Hindsight | Inspiring Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Aaron Bushell
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.
Episode 019 | Greg Patterson, GP’s Photography
http://traffic.libsyn.com/aaronbushell/E019_Greg_Patterson.mp3 Episode 019 | Greg Patterson, GP's Photography 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 Download Link
Feb 13, 2018
30 min
Episode 020 | Joe Fairless, The Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever
http://traffic.libsyn.com/aaronbushell/E020_Joe_Fairless.mp3 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.  Joe’s a pretty impressive guy- he was a top level advertising executive earning six figures before his 28th birthday.  He left all that behind and tried his hand at a bunch of different things before settling on real estate investing. Now, he manages his own $21 million investment portfolio while teaching others how to build their own real estate business on his daily show.   Where Can You Find Joe Fairless? 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? Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Follow Aaron on Twitter! @AaronBushell Or check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebenefitofhindsight
Feb 13, 2018
35 min
Episode 021 | Chris Callen | Builder's Plus
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! Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS If you need help finding or rating the show on iTunes, click here: www.aaronbushell.com/itunesTo get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to my mailing list.  
Feb 10, 2016
35 min
Episode 018.5 | A Brief Update from Aaron
Just a quick update this week since I don't have a new interview, but I didn't want to go two weeks without uploading something.  Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS If you need help finding or rating the show on iTunes, click here: www.aaronbushell.com/itunes To get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to my mailing list at www.TheBenefitOfHindsight.com.
Sep 30, 2015
7 min
Episode 018 | Janelle King | JK Design and The Workroom
Janelle King | JK Design and The Workroom My guest this week is Janelle King, Wichita interior designer and owner of JK Design and The Workroom, both located in Wichita, KS. Janelle is an interior designer with a special eye for creating unique decorations, but she is also a serial entrepreneur with an incredible talent for recognizing business opportunities and taking advantage of them.  She is also passionate about living and working in Wichita, KS and has made Wichita one of the unique selling propositions that makes her business so successful in the Air Capital.  When it comes to interior design, you can't do any better than Janelle King and JK Design. The really neat part of Janelle's business, however, is how she recognized an opportunity to create a new business when her own needs were not being met. As an interior designer, she often found herself in need of custom designs for her customers. However, there were not enough talented seamstresses in the area and the ones who were in business were overworked and could not take on more work.  Never one to throw her hands up, Janelle got to work and created The Workroom, a custom design sewing shop for any home decoration you might need- pillows, draperies, bedding, upholstery and much more.  Her shop is an eclectic mix of tastes, and the proof of her skill is easy to see in the decorations she has completed. I sat down with Janelle to talk about her businesses, how and why she got started and why she always seems to be in the right place at the right time.  She also had one more surprise for me- she's starting ANOTHER business!  This time, Janelle purchased a 1969 Volkswagon Bus, painted it to look like the Wichita Flag and she plans to drive it around town to sell great, unique Wichita gear.  Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whAx4__hzBI Thanks to you, Janelle, for your commitment to the city of Wichita. Your drive and passion are an inspiration to us all. Where To Find Janelle If you want to check out Janelle's storefront, The Workroom is located at: 150 N ClevelandWichita, KS 67214(316) 295-4520 Follow her on Twitter at @TheWorkroomICT check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theworkroomICT and https://www.facebook.com/JKDesignICT.  Be sure to check out her 1969 VW Bus as it rolls around town starting September 25th.  Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/813969132054256/. Show Notes 4:05 Why did Janelle decide to start JK Design?7:58 How did her work as an interior designer lead her to open The Workroom?11:00 Janelle defines her success as luck and momentum.11:48 What was it like when she first opened her doors for business?14:50 What challenges did she face in the beginning?16:07 What is the difference between managing people in a large company versus a small business?18:01 What has been Janelle's most effective method of showing her employees they are valued?20:30 What was the single best thing she did in her first year?21:36 What does a typical day at The Workroom look like?24:58 With the benefit of hindsight, what is one thing Janelle wishes she had donedifferently?29:04 With the benefit of hindsight, what is one thing Janelle really did right?29:42 How did her side idea become one of the driving forces behind her business?31:20 How has Wichita pride factored into her business success?32:20 What is the Flag Swag 1969 VW Bus and where can you find it?33:10 What is going on with JK Design, The Workroom and Flag Swag?34:35 Where can you find The Workroom?35:15 Janelle shares some parting advice.   Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS If you need help finding or rating the show on iTunes, click here: www.aaronbushell.com/itunes To get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to my mailing list.
Sep 16, 2015
38 min
Episode 017 | Roger Smeltzer | Vision Commercial Real Estate
My interview this week is with Roger Smeltzer, owner of Vision Commercial Real Estate. Roger and I went to college together and I have known him for nearly two decades now. Roger was the Recruitment person for our fraternity and I do not think I can remember a time when Roger wasn't calling someone to try to get them out to see if they would join our fraternity. His tenacity was legendary. Of course, this was back before cell phones were ubiquitous, so he carried around a wireless land line in his pocket or in his hand- everywhere. He had it in the kitchen, he had it in the bathroom, he had it when we were drinking on the back porch. The greatest invention of Roger's life had to have been the cell phone with unlimited minutes. After college, Roger started down a different career path before realizing that was not what he wanted to do and then he took a BIG leap of faith, leaving a comfortable high paying sales job to move into a completely different industry, and eventually founding Vision Commercial.   NOTES FROM THE SHOW  5:00 How did Roger start Vision Commercial, what was the story behind him leaving his comfortable salaried sales position to go into a completely different industry?10:36 What was it like, going from a successful career to becoming a sole proprietor, with all of the weight on your shoulders?14:00 What does the day to day operation of the business look like now?20:20 What is important about the relationships he has built and why is the relationship less important than being great at executing?29:40 What is one thing he wishes he had done differently?35:41 What is one thing he did right? 38:35 What is going on with Vision today, where can we find them and one last piece of advice. Thank you for sharing your story with Hindsight Nation, Roger! Check out Vision Commercial at www.visioncommercial.com or check out the Vision Commercial Facebook Page.  Please leave the show a review on iTunes. Don't know how? Check this out: www.aaronbushell.com/iTunes Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS
Sep 9, 2015
44 min
Episode 016 | Jake Williams, Fireshark Gaming | An Immersive Video Game Experience
Episode 016 | Jake Williams, Fireshark Gaming | Immersive Video Game What Is An Immersive Video Game Experience? Jake Williams is one of the owners of Fireshark Gaming, which can only be described as an immersive video game experience.  In other words, you are IN the game, walking around, controlling your character and battling against your friends.  If you are like me and you grew up watching movies like Tron or War Games, then this is like a dream come true.  I can hardly do it justice by writing about it.  Instead, here is a video showing some scenes from inside the game. Youtube link Cool, right?  I have been there myself and it's pretty amazing to walk into a room and see a game going on all around you.  When I say it is an immersive video game, I mean that the game is being played on the walls and floor of the room you are in, projected by 18 high-powered projectors suspended from the ceiling.  You are literally walking around in the game.   This week, I got to sit down with Jake Williams. Jake has been with Fireshark from the beginning, helping inventor and co-owner Kent Johnson with design and testing of the protoype, picking a location, working with a contractor to build out the building and then taking over the day to day operations of the business as General Manager.  Not a thing goes on at the business that Jake is not aware of. Even more interesting, Jake left a pretty comfortable job on a trading desk at Koch Industries to step out on a limb and try his hand at entrepreneurship. But Jake isn't thinking about what he left behind.  His focus is on growing Fireshark into a world-wide phenomenon.  He's starting on the right foot.   Show Notes: 7:20 What is an immersive video game? 10:02 Why did you quit your day job to try your hand at running a business? 12:03 What challenges have you faced in starting a business like this? 15:06 What was the first day of business like? 17:34 What does the day to day operation of the business look like? 20:00 What is something you wish you had done differently? 21:04 What is something you really did right? 22:35 How long does it take to develop a new video game from start to finish? 24:15 What is the biggest expense for the business? 28:33 What is going on with Fireshark Gaming right now?   Where Can You Find Fireshark Gaming? The storefront is located in northeast Wichita, KS near the intersection of 21st and Greenwich.  If you drop in and try it out, let Jake know and he will get you your first game for FREE. 11310 E 21st St, Wichita, KS 67206 (316) 260-2711 Twitter: @Firesharkgaming Facebook: Fireshark Gaming Youtube: Wichita East Fireshark Gaming Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS   If you need help finding or rating the show on iTunes, click here: www.aaronbushell.com/itunes To get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to my mailing list.
Aug 26, 2015
34 min
Episode 015 | Aman Mann, Procurify | Cloud-Based Procurement Software
Episode 015 | Aman Mann, Procurify | Procurement Software My guest this week is Aman Mann, Co-Founder and CEO of Procurify, a Canadian technology startup that is a fully featured cloud-based procurement software purchasing platform for managing direct and indirect spending of a company’s supply chain.  Behind the title is a man who strives to constantly improve, not just himself but those around him. Aman is very involved in the tech and startup community and is often a coach/mentor/speaker for events such as Startup Weekend, BCTIA, Startup NEXT, post secondary and their affiliate organizations and more. Recently Aman drove Procurify to raise a $4 million seed round from Nexus Ventures, Point Nine Capital, BDC of Canada, Ryan Holmes, and Steve Johnson. His unique personality coupled with a philosophy of living life with good intentions and helping others before himself is the reason behind his success. Like the values Procurify is built upon, Aman believes a successful business begins, above all else, with a supportive and dedicated team. Aman’s goals with Procurify are to support a great company with a strong team, provide an excellent product experience and always be achieving outstanding customer success.  Show Notes: 4:30 What is Procurify? 7:32 What did Aman do before he founded Procurify? 12:35 What was the biggest challenge he faced in getting the business off the ground? 15:20 What was it like pitching venture capital investors to get funding for the business? 19:00 What are the Core Values at Procurify and how do they effect the way the team runs the company?22:48 What does the day to day operation of the business look like?25:40 What does he wish he had done differently?27:26 What is one thing that he did right?28:32 What is going on with Procurify right now, where can you find the company online and a special discount offer for new Procurify listeners. Thank you for sharing your story with Hindsight Nation, Aman. Where Can You Find Procurify? Online at www.Procurify.com On Twitter @Procurify One Facebook www.facebook.com/procurify And if you are interested in their procurement software, let them know you heard about it on The Benefit of Hindsight and you will get a 20% discount. Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS To get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to my mailing list.
Aug 19, 2015
34 min
Episode 014 | Brent Bressler, Bressler Ventures | Buy and Sell a Business
Episode 014 | Brent Bressler, Bressler Ventures | Buy and Sell a Business My guest this week is Brent Bressler, owner of Bressler Ventures.  Brent is a Primary Business Consultant and a Certified Estate Planning Professional, what he does with Bressler Ventures is help people buy and sell a business. Throughout his fifteen year career owning Bressler Ventures, Brent has worked with hundreds of business owners which gives him unique insight into life as a small business owner and solopreneur.  He has seen first hand what happens when someone tries to sell their business and has helped both buyers and sellers get a fair deal when they want to buy and sell a business. I wanted to talk to Brent today to get his advice on something that many startup businesses might be thinking in the back of their mind, but few put any effort into.  What is the end game?  It's easy to focus all of your attention on starting the business, growing the business and managing the business, but what about the eventuality of selling the business?  That is where Brent comes in.  Brent is able to bring an independent outside perspective to a business deal, which makes him and his advice incredibly valuable. Between Brent's advice on how to buy and sell a business and Russell Carswell's advice on how to manage the finances of your business, potential small business owners should have all of the information they need to both start and sell their company. Show Notes: 3:35 What is Bressler Ventures and what does Brent do?
 5:22 What was it like to start Bressler Ventures? 6:43 What was the number one challenge he faced when starting his business?
 9:20 What does the day to day operation of Bressler Ventures look like?
 14:48 What is one thing he wishes he would have done differently?
 17:36 What is one thing he got right? 
20:01 What is going on with Bressler Ventures right now? Where Can You Find Bressler Ventures? If you want to buy and sell a business, call Brent for a free consultation.  You can check out his website at www.BresslerVentures.com or call his office at (316) 744-8020. Check out and subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS To get new episodes delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to my mailing list.
Aug 12, 2015
25 min
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