Untitled design-5by Trish Benedik

Back in 2012, when President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” (Slate Article by Rachael Larimore), I was extremely offended by his remarks which were an insult to hard working small business owners everywhere. I still haven’t forgotten it.

Let me explain:

Family Business

I grew up surrounded by our family business. My dad grew up on a farm and worked hard all his life. Before my parents were married, my dad and his three brothers built my parents home (yes, they built that). After the first house, the brothers proceeded to build homes for each other until they each had a home for their families. Due to a “booming” population after World War II; new homes were in demand and the brothers opened a small business as homebuilders.

They bought some land in town and proceeded to build homes one street at a time. Their business grew; and before long they were building commercial buildings, banks, shopping centers, churches, nursing homes, stores, and doctors’ offices. That is why, when we are driving in the area, we often point out buildings that – the brothers built (yes, they built that).

Building a Business is hard work

Little did I know what went in to building this business. My father worked long hours, he was in charge of running the business side of things, coordinating the supplies, talking with customers, making sure they complied with permits, licensing, and building codes. Yet, I very rarely heard him complain. I believe he loved his work, seeing the progress, taking an open space and building homes, making his customers happy, and growing the business.

The American Dream

My dad had a very keen mind. He had a high school education and he was very successful. He lived the American dream. Our family lived the American dream. My father instilled in me the American dream. You can start from nothing and build a successful business. Nowhere else in the world do you have the opportunities that you do in the U.S.A.

My father died at a young age – 59. Too young, yet I marvel at what he accomplished in his short life. I miss him, his wit, and his wisdom.

Small Business is Empowering

This is why I like to help people find a business that is a good fit for them, because I have experienced the feeling of success through business ownership, I saw it in my father everyday, the feeling of accomplishment, building something, hard work paying off, using your skills and mind to grow a business. In my own life, I have owned a few small businesses and the feeling of empowerment that comes from owning a business is very rewarding. There are many reasons to own your own small business the following article from Entrepreneur Magazine lists a few: 20 Reasons to Start Your Own Business.

Are you contemplating owning a business but not sure where to start? Take a look at franchising. With the help of a franchise, you too can own a business and follow your dreams. You will still need to work hard – but the feeling of accomplishment you can get from being successful and having a say in your destiny is worth the effort. Then you can say, “I built that”.

Check out our website at Select Franchise Consulting for more information on how we can create a profile that will leverage your skills and find a business that is a great match for you.