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It Takes a Family

Apr 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I recently read a post by a girl who is the daughter from a small, family-owned towing business. She’s now in college, and she reflected on how being involved in a small family business was one of the greatest gifts she’d ever received. As a mother of two, I often wonder what my kids would say about growing up in this business.

The author of the post stated that basically, her life was shaped while being around the shop, listening and watching her parents struggle to keep the business going and be successful. She said through their stress of managing financials, employees and so much more, somewhere along the way her parents taught her what it’s like to be a true leader and not just a boss. Other characteristics she developed from her parents’ work ethic were determination and a strong will.

She acknowledged that she often wished her parents would sell the business because it affected so many things in her life. Sometimes she wanted just five minutes of conversation without the words work, employees, schedule or anything related to the business. I’m sure my kids could relate to that, because even though you say you’re not going to talk “business” when you get home, it’s hard not to when your business runs 24/7. It really is your life — day in and day out.

But she ended with: “I know that at the end of the day, I wouldn’t trade having a small family business for anything.” How proud her parents must be to see that their daughter has become such a remarkable young woman.

I think if you talked to family members in any small, family-run towing and recovery business they will attest to the fact it takes a family – whether working in the business or not — to help it become a success and stay a success.