Owning a business. It’s not all Ferrari’s and swilling Champagne (I prefer Brewdog anyway). What you don’t see are them late nights, them tough decisions and life choices, which most are completely oblivious to. That’s fundamentally the difference between being an employee and owning a business. It’s what you don’t see, which is what actually makes the difference, gets things done and ensure there are jobs on offer in the future.
I’m sat at home, on my own writing this. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to paint a sad picture here. The stark reality is, that we’re (as in my business, Lucid Computer Solutions) short staffed at present due to holidays, training and waiting for a new starter to join us. A short family break for myself was booked for this week, which I’ve not been able to attend. It would simply leave the business too short, it would be a bad customer service move and put an extraordinary amount of pressure on the rest of the team. So off my partner and little girl have gone on holiday, whilst I stay at home to man the fort. Like I said, this is nothing to do with sympathy, I’m not after any and I don’t need it. I’m just pointing out this is one of many, many acts which millions of business owners make up and down the country, every day. People don’t see it, they don’t know about it – it just happens.
The actual point of this article though, isn’t for me to harp on about what you don’t see, it’s to point out what good has come from this. On the face of it, there shouldn’t be anything good. I’m home alone, whilst my family enjoy a break. However, given this situation, I’ve actually noticed a couple of small changes, which make a huge difference. I’m not sure I fully understand them, but we’ll give it a go anyway…
So there we go, a few thoughts on business ownership and life choices. Deep. Real deep.
Gavin Moorhouse is the owner of Lucid Computer Solutions, based in Worcestershire, they provide IT Services to businesses in the surrounding areas. He doesn’t actually like Champagne anyway.