He pays for all of his waitresses. He doesn’t have to do that. In the cheap hotel that I worked for, my boss paid for my buddy Chewy’s tuition to become a programmer.
What small businesses do is incredible. They make money and they can be great employers.
Things are different now than they used to be, James.
This really surprised me about blue collar work - When I was a janitor, many of us were far more educated than the teachers at the schools. We had to take rigorous exams because boilers are dangerous and operating a building is like operating a ship - think of how much mopping there is (its very physical), you need to make sure people don’t get Legionnaires disease from the air conditioning systems and that the boilers dont explode and kill everyone. I worked almost exclusively with marines and navy guys. Custodians make WAY more than teachers. People don’t realize that. They have old world stereotypes that aren’t valid anymore.
Younger people listen to what older people say because they dont have much else to go on. Boomers gave me a very backwards understanding of how the economy operates, so I want to be careful about that because disabilities can represent profound difficulty and expense for young people who are trying to support themselves. They deserve full information.
It is not the case that blue collar work pays less than white collar work, today. That is a very 1950s perspective. So, I just want to balance that out. There are programmers who will not hire people with college educations. I’ve been denied a lot of jobs because I was college educated. You need to know when you should not reveal that. There are also people who will not talk to you without a college education, so it goes both ways and its valuable to know who’s doing the hiring.
The restaurant owner who I refer to, majored in math in Ethiopia. So, he is very supportive of young people getting education. But, he’s also very upfront in telling students that we will never make the kind of money that he makes, unless we become surgeons. Its a practical reality. I’ve never worked for a restaurant owner who didn’t own multiple homes. I’m not sure how much restaurant work you have done, but restaurants typically make it and everyone makes a lot of money, or they flop immediately - its high risk, high reward. You get off like a fat rat if you get in somewhere established (meaning that the owner shows up everyday and has been in biz for more than around 3 years…the longer the better).
Teenagers have not been able to get those good jobs since I was a kid. If they can get in the door, now is the time. Those are the types of jobs that put you through college because they are part time and you make a lot of money. Tip jobs are an extraordinary backbone of the economy. People pay mortgages with tip money. I’ve worked with teenagers who supported their parents on tip money.