Once we made a roll using makeshift supplies, we began researching where to buy the real deal. The last time I tried looking for a machine like this, I had no such luck. But again, that was a few years ago. We looked on kitchen and restaurant supply websites, eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon. No luck. Just as we questioning if it was being made on a mass scale yet, Cam found it on Alibaba from a place in China! With that in mind, it was time for the talk.
Starting a business with a family member can be the best thing to ever happen to you or it can be the worst thing to ever happen to you. It can cause tension and fights, it can create animosity, it can even ruin relationships. But the good thing about starting a business with a relative is that you know who they are. You know their tendencies, their strengths and weaknesses, and their best and worst qualities.
If we were really going to start a business together, we needed to make sure we were on the same page. I am not an entrepreneur, I am a wanna-be entrepreneur. I have done my homework, studied entrepreneurial life, and dreamt of becoming one. Going into this, I knew would be giving up a lot.
The entrepreneurial life comes with all kinds of sacrifices. This is what I needed to drill into my brother’s head. Many people think that starting a business means you get all the money and are your own boss and everything is just dandy. But no, it’s not like that at all. There are blood, sweat, and tears (literally). There is stress, anger, sadness, frustration, and stupidity. It is a terribly difficult journey which is why it’s not meant for everyone.
You go through all of this just for a small chance at success. Most don’t make. But I wasn’t in it to get rich or fame. I was in it for the journey.
My brother and I are similar in many ways. We both love sports, technology, and food. We enjoy being adventurous and hanging out with friends and family. We are both creative, funny, and outgoing. But all siblings have their differences. I don’t like to spend my money on every little thing, whereas my brother will buy something whenever. I don’t mind sacrificing fun to work on something or learn a new skill while Cam will go out with his friends or to a ball game. I am more athletic and he is smarter (spoiler alert, he edits my posts so I don’t look that stupider). All in all, we had a lot to discuss. We both were in serious relationships so it wouldn’t just be a two man game. Our significant others were bound to feel the effects of this sooner or later.
We thought we were ready for this. I thought I was ready to start a business. He thought he was ready to endear the inevitable stress.
We had never used Alibaba before, and we had never spent that kind of money on something so we hesitated for a bit. Cam went to the Coachella Music Festival in California a week later. Though drunk off his mind, he made the purchase of about $5000, and we had no idea what would happen next.