Ahh, I still remember when my son got his first job as a teenager at “Mickey D’s.”
The smile on his face when he was actually hired still resonates with me. He was seeking employment for several months so when he finally received a “yes” we were excited!
He began and worked nights and weekends. On several occasions would be released early due to the “revenue/sales per hour vs. wages paid per hour” rule. Basically, if the restaurant made less in an hour than the hourly rate paid to the number of employees per hour, the Manager would start sending employees home. I know, that’s just business, right?
His tenure there lasted about 6 months. He accepted an offer to work for a Mongolian Grill that a friend referred him to because it paid more.
The staff and Manager absolutely loved him. He enjoyed working there because he bonded with the team. He worked as a host and earned more because of tip percentages he was entitled to from the servers he assisted.
The Manager would always say good things to me about him when I visited the grill. She would make promises to him by saying things like, I’m going to promote you to a Server when you turn 18.
He continued to work there and things went well until the end of 2013. He would show up for work and be sent back home if business was slow. It became so frequent that I began to tell him to call first before leaving on the days he was scheduled because there was no need to waste gas if they were going to just send him back home.
In late December of that year, the Owner of the business held a Christmas party for the employees giving them gifts and raffled prizes. My son returned home with a lot of gifts. He was so happy.
Then on the following Friday of that party, he was called and asked to attend a team meeting.
At the meeting the Managers announced that the grill was closing effective immediately. The Manager offered the employees an opportunity to work on the next day assisting them with packing the chairs, tables and cleaning the restaurant.
My son’s spirits were crushed. He said that being laid-off made him feel like he was being fired. I explained to him the difference but he was still upset.
He really bonded and cultivated relationships with the team. He even gave each of them Christmas cards before they vacated the building permanently and still kept in touch with his former teammate, Veronica for a while.
He continued to work for several other companies and would experience similar experiences with the earning vs. “wages paid per hour.”
The most recent experience was with a a popular retailer. He would experience going a week or almost two without being put on the schedule. He would also experience being put on the schedule and receive a text the day before from Management taking the hours away from him. This went on for months…Deep sigh.
This was when I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue the vision I had a few years ago to “create a business” for my son to work while finishing college. An additional stream of income with something that he can own, operate and extend opportunities to those in need.
This was when ABJ Legacy Enterprises LLC was birthed.
My purpose for starting this business is multi-fold. However, the main goal is to leave a legacy by creating something that goes far beyond just me.
Business is going very well and I’m grateful for that. He has the freedom to set his own hours and takes a great deal of pride in his work and operates in excellence.
He now knows the difference between being an employee and an owner and I can see the difference.
I encourage all parents to teach their children Entrepreneurship it’s benefits and encourage them to by creating businesses for them even if they decide to work in the Marketplace.
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Meet Brandon Johnson, Vice President of ABJ Legacy Enterprises LLC.