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CHANGE-UP: Former high-level accountant and business consultant Steve Carre now runs a successful small business. Photo: Bohdan Warchomij

From spreadsheets to supermarkets

STEVE Carre has walked both sides of the business street - in big and small firms - and believes there’s a touch of arrogance about the former’s failure to recognise the value of the latter.

Five years ago Mr Carre was a ‘go-to guy’ for those seeking advice on turning struggling small businesses into profitable operations.

He had more than 20 years’ experience working in big corporations in the banking and finance sectors and was using his wealth of knowledge as a business consultant - a job he took after leaving his role as director of personal finance at Bankwest in a bid to reduce his workload.

The move to consulting failed to provide enough relief from the strain of corporate life, however, and Mr Carre dramatically changed career and bought his own small business.

“As a consultant all you’re doing is selling time and when those minutes run out, what do you do?” Mr Carre said.

“I wasn’t really creating anything that had sustainable value for me.”

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