When my partner said he wanted to take ownership of the HVAC company, I thought he was kidding.
I knew the owner was getting older, and he was ready to retire.
He had asked two of his best HVAC techs if they wanted to buy the company from him. Brandon and I discussed him taking ownership, but I didn’t like the idea. He was already gone more than he was home, and I knew it would be worse if he owned the company. He took my hand and reminded me that this was his dream, and he looked into my eyes. I had gone to college for web design and he said he had a job in the company for me, that would keep me close to his side all the time. He wanted a full-time employee that could work on the computer, keep the books straight, and design a beautiful website for the company. I really didn’t like the idea of him taking ownership of an HVAC company and I continued trying to talk him out of it. After a week of his pleading with me, he told me he had already started the paperwork to take over. He hoped he could convince me to be happy for him, but he didn’t think it was going to happen. If I wasn’t happy with him following his dream, he thought he had found the wrong person to spend his life with. After dinner, I found him in the basement, looking at his paperwork. I gave him a hug and asked him how much he was going to pay me for his web design, and if I was going to be salary or hourly?