Leaving a Legacy Through a Family Business
Written by: Akua Hinds
May 18, 2017
I remember years ago when I was at a networking event in Mississauga and I told the group I was meeting with how much I liked family businesses. Over the years, my passion for family businesses has grown. There’s something so powerful and moving about working together as a family. I have worked with my mother and for my mother, and I have come to appreciate those experiences more and more over the years. There was a time when I didn’t work together with my parents at all because they had teaching jobs educating students about business subjects, and I was too young and inexperienced to help them teach their students. Now that I’m older and an adult myself, I’ve been blessed to be my mom’s assistant with her independent Steeped Tea business, and I truly enjoy working with her. I’ve also worked for my mom during the provincial elections because she is the Returning Officer for our area in Mississauga.
As an entrepreneur, I enjoy working in the tea business with my mom. I am a huge tea lover, and I truly enjoy the customer service and knowledge aspect of having a direct sales tea business. I could join the business myself, but I’d rather serve as my mother’s assistant instead of starting the business on my own. Besides, I already have my own independent direct sales business through Pure Romance, and I’d rather focus on representing only one direct sales business at a time because I also have my other businesses to focus on. When my parents moved to Canada from Barbados, my mom had originally planned to teach home economics subjects here, but she ended up teaching business subjects instead. I think it’s neat how her independent Steeped Tea business has combined her experience and interest in home products and business, almost like it’s the perfect marriage!
Speaking of marriage, my recent article published in SMJ Magazine features two friends of mine who are married to each other and work together. My friends Christine and Richard have created a writing business together, and they’ve done quite well with it so far and they have plans to do even more with it. What a wonderful legacy they are building for themselves and for their family! Christine and Richard each have their own independent businesses, but they also enjoy working with each other. Not everyone would be happy working with their families, but I think it’s truly a joy to create a business where the entire family can get involved if they want to. The strength and the legacy of the business could impact future generations for years to come. Whose dreams are tied to your dreams? If you ask yourself this question, you might begin to realize that by accomplishing your career goals, you are equipping and motivating the people who are closest to you. Think about that when you give your best effort to every task that you need to complete.
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Akua Hinds works as a journalist, actress, music performer & instructor, owner of 3 dating sites www.InterracialDesires.net, www.RichSinglesDate.net, www.ChristianPartner.co, and independent business owner at www.PureRomance.ca/AkuaHinds & www.PureRomance.com/AkuaHinds selling passion products. Please visit www.AkuaHinds.com for more information.
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