It was my daughter’s last day of work today. She is returning to Clemson in about two weeks and we have a little vacation planned first. She has worked with us for four summers now, during high school and now after her first two years of college. Her major is in entrenpenuerialship and her goal is to have her own business some day, but probably not this business. She needs to leave her own mark first.
I had an uncle who was a farmer. He had 5 sons and probably would have loved to have one of them take over the family farm when they grew up, but all of them chose different paths. Was he disappointed? I don’t know, I need to ask my mother some day (it was her brother). I also worked for Bissell, Inc. in a previous life and I remember that they had a rule about Bissell family members had to first work somewhere else and meet certain educational requirements before they could join the management ranks in the family business.
Is a family business a good thing? It’s been wonderful to be able to spend time with my daughter and see her start to connect the dots about how a business operates, but I worry that I’m too hard on her or not hard enough. She hopes to have a business internship next summer somewhere and I think it will be great for her to see how other businesses run.
We didn’t get into business to have something for our kids to do and I can’t say that I’m disappointed that they want to do their own thing. What’s that about “if you love something set it free”? If someday she (or her brother) finds what I do intriguing, I might enjoy working with them again, but I think that exposure to other ways of thinking will do them a world of good.
So, is this a family business? We love our family and have had a number of them wander through over the years, but I think they all need to find something they are passionate about and charge into it. “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”.
Michelle has been the voice on the phone over the summer and you may have talked with her, so you may miss her. But she is blazing her own path and looks to create something that only she could do. Yes, I think this is a family business, because we love families and, even if none of our family works here, they are still one of the biggest reasons that we get up in the morning and come in.