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  1. #1
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    Business owners and sons?

    I know this is way too early but my son is only 2 1/2 and we will be having another boy at the end of may and I'm only 30 and have only owned a business for a few months but i still daydream that my son (s) will want to help me, will stick by my side and learn the business and want to take over someday so i can retire and they can support me if god willing my business is successful. I'm just curious of business owners experience with this? How did you get your son or daughters to like the trade or not. Did they ride along with you at a young age? Just everybody's overall experience with it.

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    My boss had one of his sons work for about 6 years , then after the son got tired of fighting with the ol man he finally told him shove it. Now the younger son is 18 and just began working with his dad , and probly wont be long .... the boss is a real ass at times , especially to his sons.

    I know a guy owns an electric company and his son loves working for his dad , all commercial work.

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    Thumbs up It can work

    When I started my business 16 years ago I hired my 22 year old son. He worked part time for 6 months and then came on full time. I made him a partner 2 years ago. He's my right hand man. He said if someone had told him 5 years before that he'd be working with me he'd have laughed at the thought.
    Our youngest son (13 years younger that the other) worked for me during high school and learned well. But after high school it wasn't cool to work for Dad so he worked at a fast food place for about 4 years. After a while he decided that fast food is not a good career path. He came back to work for me full time 5 years ago. He continues to learn and we have sent him for further training.

    As with any employee, treat them with respect. Make sure they know what is expected and how to do it. If they make a mistake, help them fix it and make it a teaching opportunity. Give them good training and commend them for what they do well.

    My sons enjoy learning and enjoy the sense of accomplishment. Our customers compliment me on their work. I tell them with a smile they've been trained by the best. I'm very happy to have them working with me. When I decide to slow down and eventually retire that they will continue the business. But I still enjoy working so I don't know how soon that will be.
    Last edited by kdean1; 03-01-2013 at 04:51 PM. Reason: clarification

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    If your smart you will encourage them and teach them everything you can about the trade, so they have something to fall back on if med School doesn't pan out. Which should be every parents first choice if their kid is up to it. HVAC, while an honorable profession and certainly right for many, should be some where down the list.

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    I started working for my dad at 17 when he opened the company. I am 38 now and he works for me. Lol.

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    Kdean1 did you ever take your son with you on service calls? if so how old was he when he actually started to become interested?

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    ok so i grew up working with my dad, holding his flashlight while sitting on his bucket, I worked summers all through jr high and when i got into high school i wanted nothing to do with this! It was a year out of high school that i decided to go to work for him, and i love it now. Ive been doing this for about 12 years now, we learn from each other every day. He's 50 now and maybe has 10 years left, he would retire now if i would let him, but Im not ready yet. We do butt heads, we are both stubborn. We get along by staying out of each other's way. I run three techs, and they answer to me, and I answer to him. Mostly these days he's in the office he signs the checks, and helps me with ideas and I help hime in the same sense. He hasn't been an employee in a long time so he sometimes thinks like a boss and not an employee, which can be good and bad so that is where we balance each other out. I have the most respect for my dad now, I do understand why he has done the things he has done! The one thing i wish now is that I would have gone to school and gotten a degree before I started working, because it sure has been a pain doing it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricky82g View Post
    Kdean1 did you ever take your son with you on service calls? if so how old was he when he actually started to become interested?

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    He was 15 or so, not much younger, when I took him on service calls. At first he just carried the tool box or gauges. He was attentive when I explained what I was doing and why. I was very pleased when we checked pressures and superheat and he said:"I'll go get the refrigerant. The pressures are low and the superheat is too high."
    He had worked with me when I was an installer with another company. He was only 8 or so then. For him it was a big deal to go to work with me.
    I enjoy working with my children so I try to make it a pleasant experience for them. A few years ago we both had a great time when I taught him how to lay out stairs when we were building new storage space in our building. He learns best when it is a "hands-on" lesson. He likes to work on his motorcycle and his Honda 2000 so I guess I managed to convey the satisfaction I feel from fixing or making things.
    Now both boys (men really) will suggest a change in what I have in mind for a job. Their suggestions often are improvements on what I planned. I tell them so. If I don't agree I explain why and we reach a conclusion together. Its no wonder we all enjoy our work.

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    I think it's all going to be based on how you raise him.....
    And your relationship with one another.
    From my personal experience(me and my father) encourage him as much as possible and DO NOT make him feel like everything can be done better. Let him find his own ways and give advice.

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    I work with a father and son. Its a small company just us three. The best advice I can give is if your sons end up being a part of the company be willing to let go and change. Don't get stuck it the way you think the company should be ran. They may have good ideas about growing the company. Stay open minded

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    I took my 30 YO daughter out with me yesterday for the first time. We were changing a heat exchanger in a 2 ton Trane RTU. We knocked it out in 2 hrs. I found even though she is petite, she is stronger then I thought, and I told her what to do and she did most of the work. She was top of the class in mechanical aptitude when the US Army gave the class a test in high school. We will have to see how she does next week? Maybe I finally found a tech that is at my same caliber?

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    Though all of my three boys worked with me, none of them wanted to continue in the HVAC industry. After decades of building a decent following, I walked away from the contracting side of the industry and went to the dark side of manufacturing/distribution of HVAC. My boys all have other careers, but two of them do fall back on HVAC once in a while.

    If you are actually building a business, there is more of a chance your sons will want to be part of it because they can use business schooling to make your business better than you have. If what you really own is a job, a small company name that you are the reason for it's existance, then it is unlikely your sons are going to want to do what you have done to provide for them.
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    Thanks for all the great replys and insight on this, there is nothing like having a bunch of seasoned vets of the trade giving there 2 cents to a young pup! Even though my son is only 2 1/2. He so much wants to be involved in everything I do, could be just a phase haven't crossed that bridge yet but I know I'm never going to pressure him in doing what I love. I just hope he does

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