How resilient are you?
Reckon CEO, Sam Allert, says that the findings were timely given the recent challenges experienced by small business across Australia. ‘Being a tradie and running your own small business can be extremely rewarding, but success can come with a bumpy road,’ he says. ‘Things have been tough, and it is even tougher under the current conditions, with Australia enduring drought, bushfires, a pandemic, and a global economic slump. It has never been more important to talk about resilience and what it means for tradies.’
Referring to the report’s findings on how Australian small businesses build resilience, Sam emphasises that resilience can be developed. ‘Anyone who has ever faced a challenge and come out stronger will know exactly why the experts say resilience can be developed. Resilience is a skill and – like any skill – it can be learned and improved,’ he adds.
Phillip Spackman, owner of Pyree Civil, a Sydney-based trades business, understands the importance of managing setbacks. He had nearly seven months’ worth of work lined up, but when the bushfires hit in late 2019, it all just disappeared.
‘Earlier this year, we started to come out of it and get more and more jobs,’ Philip reveals. ‘In February and March, we were flat out again, and then in April the COVID-19 restrictions came into force.’ But within the tough times it was his resilience that made all the difference.
‘My dream has always been to run the family business,’ Philip says. ‘It’s been a lot to deal with but, for me, resilience is about sticking it out no matter what happens. It’s never letting go and not giving up on your dream.’
Tony Bundock, founding owner of Genesis Horticultural Solutions, would agree that COVID-19 tested his strength in opportunity.
‘The lockdown was really the start of everything grinding to a halt. But before the lockdown, I signed up to a popular videoconferencing software which is a really good platform for training. I’d been meaning to put the basic training I perform on the internet. Suddenly, this was the golden opportunity for us.’