My son came to me one day and said, “let’s start a business selling UTV parts.” Now we have talked about other businesses in the past, but as I listened to his reasoning I could hear the passion in his voice. He gave me reasons like “we can help people and there is a need, and somebody needs to do it!” He came up with some good reasons why and some really good ideas of how, but as I was listening I realized the best reason for doing it was this was something we could do together. A real father/son business, doing all the things we really enjoy doing. “They will have access to the parts they need and in the shop, we can install these parts, as well as do maintenance and repair,” he went on to say.
Then it struck me, of all his reasons for doing this he didn’t talk once about making money, profit margins, startup cost, you know business stuff. Of course we had that talk later, but I was so proud of him for that because it wasn’t all just about money. He wanted to help people enjoy the hobby a little more and get more people out riding.