Family business...good or bad???
Updated: Feb 8
As many of you know, Living Doors Real Estate grew out of my parents business, B&S Enterprises. I grew up watching my parents buy run down houses, fix them up, and then turn around and rent them to people who lived there. Many lived there for years and years. My childhood taught me a lot. It taught me a lot about life and about business. Especially about the real estate industry. At young ages I was going to showings, shingling a roof, using power tools, mowing lawns, and watching my parents create spaces for other people to live!
My childhood taught me a lot. It taught me a lot about life and about business. Especially about the real estate industry. At young ages I was going to showings, shingling a roof, using power tools, mowing lawns, and watching my parents create spaces for other people to live! I did not stay at home during the summers, I went to work with my dad. No TV or video games all day for me.
In fact, I have lots of pictures that prove I was a product of a carpenter.
See...I was a newborn in a toilet??? What parents do that to their kids???
I played with door knobs?? Cool toy, I know. And my brother and I's Halloween backdrop was some plywood??? Is this normal for anyone else?
So my question for you is: Do you like doing business from a family ran business? And do you think it is okay for that business to be passed on to children?
I ask this for a few reasons:
(each of these reasons I have heard at least once (if not more) in my life)
-I am spoiled.
-Everything is handed to me.
-Your parents worked so you don't have to.
-You are young and don't have enough experience.
Not only do some of these comments hurt a persons ego, they are just rude!
Let me just address each of these issues.
Yes, I was spoiled. Spoiled with love and an example of how hard work pays off.
I was handed a "play book" on how to treat people. Especially when those people are your customers, residents in your buildings that are trusting you with a place that they call home. I learned how to serve our residents.
My parents worked...so I could work even HARDER. I am striving to grow this business for the better of my owners and residents families and lively hood. I am working now so my parents can enjoy their lives. And so can my owners who trust me with their huge real estate investments.
I am young. True, I am 25 years old. I got my real estate license when I was 23. I, also, was in a rental property for the first time as a newborn. I gained experience throughout my childhood. I didn't know it at the time, but I was preparing for my career every time I stepped foot in my dad's van to go to work.
Family business has changed my life and the lives of all of our residents and owners, as well.
I will always take with me the lessons I have learned from my family to make sure all my customers and clients are enjoying their lives.
A lot of life enjoyment comes from where you lay your head at night. You choose the place to live just like you choose how to live your life.
As for my home...we live.