A friend and I were talking about her new business plan. I wanted to help with her brainstorming session and possibly get some business tips. She purchased property to create an outdoor eating area. Several independent food trailers will supply delicious lunches to customers.
I was on board with the idea until she wanted to charge the small business owners an unreasonable monthly fee. I asked why would she charge so much.
Her response was, “I’m in business to make money.”
It made me wonder how many other businesses are taking advantage of their customers for the love of money.
I know it takes money to run a successful business. Unfortunately It takes money to do almost everything. However, is it worth stepping on others for money?
I did some soul searching to find out why we have a small business. We know our business is FOR helping former inmates, disabled veterans, the homeless and others who need a second chance. However, it was necessary for me to find out WHY we started one.
Initially we had to use a contract manufacturer. It was difficult, but rewarding because we still call Fairlight Bakery (now Bake Works) our friends.
When a commercial kitchen opened in our area we were finally able to make our own products. There were a lot of hard days at YourProKitchen in Panama City, but the bond we made with Jeff Lawrence was priceless.
Now we have our own private bakery. There are countless stories of Loving, Kind, and Joyful moments with many people despite the difficulties of business.
I’ll admit there are many times we’ve considered giving up. Looking back, I now see giving up is not an option. There are too many people who do not realize Loving others is important. No one is perfect. If we would think about reasons why we do things, a simple random act of Kindness could brighten someone’s day.
Sooner or later eventually we’ll need that Kindness too. For us, it’s all about relationships. I hope it is for you too.