Birendra Bhandari | Entrepreneur
Be lean and mean is his business mantra, says Birendra J Bhandari (BJ). No pun intended, he quips, referencing to his first job in a slaughter-house. “It’s a philosophy that has stood in good stead when I became an entrepreneur in the building sector,” says BJ, whose experience spans construction, manufacturing, engineering, project management and industrial sectors. “Maximise income and minimise costs. Relentlessly seek out wasteful activities in all its forms. Embrace a culture of continuous improvement and involve everyone in its deployment. That leads to success.”
Lured by the quality of life in Australia, BJ made the move to the country on 15 August 2006, his family joining him the year after.
In addition to being a qualified builder (Victoria & South Australia) with a full builders licence, BJ also has a Master’s Degree in Management Science and diplomas in Business Management and Mechanical Design & Drafting, B.Com and a Cert IV Building & Construction (Building & Site management).
Before embarking on his own business venture, SAI (Aust) Co Pty Ltd, in 2015, BJ was working with a renowned engineering consultancy based in Adelaide, providing online engineering certification services to clients based in Australia and New Zealand.
In early 2015, BJ started his own building inspections and project management company under trading name ”BJ Building Inspections—Residential & Commercial Sites”. The following year he became a franchisee for Jim’s Building Inspections. “I am passionate about helping people fulfil their dream of owning a home,” says BJ, who in 2017, started a construction company in Melbourne, which specialises in developing/subdivision of lands and build custom homes.
“To be an Indian Australian businessman is a matter of pride and responsibility because I am in a way representing the business ethics and culture I have inherited from my homeland and my ancestors,” says BJ.
The way I see it
A book I recommend… Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Advice to budding entrepreneurs… Do the most difficult thing right; listen to your clients or customers
Favourite quote… We don’t plan to fail, but fail to plan
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