a reply to: mOjOm
Can it be former business owners?
I used to own my own business and I employed at minimum wage.. who I hired were mom's looking for a bit of cash while their kids were in school (those
all had husbands who provided the main income for the household) and teenagers after school.
To me, those are the one's who look for the minimum wage type jobs, they have either parents who provide the main income, or a spouse..
Anyone with a family to support, usually tries for higher paying jobs. I owned a laundry and dry cleaning business, and there was no one in my employ
who was the main bread winner of their house..
I think in those types of jobs, the minimum wage we have now is sufficient to start, and ALL employers, myself included, gives pay raises to people
who stay any amount of time and is a good employee.. one of the ladies who worked for me made 3 dollars an hour above the minimum wage even though I
hired her at minimum, because she was reliable and indispensable to me..
But quite frankly, the small businesses aren't rich.. the owner makes enough to support themselves, and the rest has to go into the business for
equipment repairs and upgrades, insurance, taxes, supplies and much more.. most small business owners just don't make that much.. I ended up as
freinds with most of my employees who stayed around (the kids did a lot of quitting after a month or two.. but the women who worked while their kids
were in school usually stuck around..)
I lived on about the same as the manager of a business makes..the rest went into the business, and if I had to raise wages or pay additional taxes I
could not have stayed in business.. I made just enough, and that was it.
I used to take my daughter to work with me, to avoid so much cost in day care and to spend time with her, since I was at the business from open to
close, 7 days a week most weeks..
(which is why I don't own my own business today.. the hours were hell..)
edit on 6-5-2015 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)