Wed, 14 July 2021
OFI 1123: The Stages Of Transition From Employee To Business Owner | FFA SAE Edition | Dawson Boys | Stewardson-Strasburg High School FFA
I've been talking about entrepreneurship and the transition from being an employee to a full-time entrepreneur on this show for almost seven years now. From personal experience, I knew that the process I was explaining was correct. However, nothing really brings it home like somebody else talking about experiencing the exact thing I have been explaining. That is exactly what happens in today's interview with Dawson Boys.
Dawson just won a proficiency award in the State Of Illinois for agricultural mechanics & repair entrepreneurship because of the car detailing business that he began while in the FFA. He is now a full-time entrepreneur with no job other than his business. However, it did not start out that way.
Dawson's business got started because his first customer noticed how clean and polished he kept his own car, told him that he should detail cars for a living and then hired him to details theirs! After that seed of an idea was planted, Dawson took off with it. Today, the word of mouth has spread and he has lots of business. Dawson understands the competition in his area, and he understands what his competitive advantages are. Therefore, he is knocking it out of the park with his business.
As Dawson tells the story of growing his business, he talks about the fact that he was working two jobs when he started this. And, as his business grew he entered what I refer to as the "crazy time" in which he was not ready to leave either of his jobs but the demands of his new business became larger and larger. Eventually, Dawson left his first job, then his second and he found himself as a full-time entrepreneur. He had to go through the "crazy time" first, and then things gradually mellowed out.
Dawson also had to convince his parents that his business would really work and that leaving his steady jobs would not be a mistake. He did it just as I prescribe. He worked a ton of hours to demonstrate his commitment, and he made good money to demonstrate the viability of the business. Once he did that, there was no need for words to convince his parents. He had proved the concept, and they gave him their blessing.
Direct download: Off_Farm_Income--Episode_1123_Dawson_Boys-062821.mp3
Category:FFA -- posted at: 12:30am MST