Small businesses constitute 99.7% of all employer firms in the United States. These businesses make up over 66% percent of all newly created jobs. These businesses are run by passionate people who decided to pursue the things in life that they care the most about. Greg Aanes did exactly that in 1981 when he founded Greg Aanes Furniture.
I’ve only worked here for two months, and in that time I’ve seen and learned more about the reality of running a small business than I could have possibly imagined. Yes, once you choose to strike out and start your own business much of your time will be taken up with the actual running of the company; but there will still be time to pursue the passion which got you to this point in the first place.
For at least an hour every day Greg makes sure to go down into the shop and work on making the furniture he loves. It isn’t all fun and games of course. Without going into the shop and keeping everything running in the shop, the business simply wouldn’t operate as smoothly. He loves to do it, but it’s also necessary.
Most successful businesses aren’t run by people who sit in a high-rise office building disconnected from the roots of their business. Most businesses are run by people who still go into the shop and put together a rocking chair. Because it’s necessary, because they love it. These are the people who run the country. People like Greg, people like you, who have a passion and chose to pursue it. Chase after your passions, it worked for Greg, and it can work for you.