Exciting News in 2016! – Rentacheapie welcomes a new Co-owner.
I have often asked myself, “What do I really want to achieve with Rentacheapie?”
Initially, the passion to “make something work” was the driving force, though seeing the cash was an encouragement. Making a business out of Chico Golfs that meets a need in the market, and seeing this grow healthily is an incredible wonder, almost a mystery, and fills me with a sense of well being.
I probably have a real need to do something that is worthwhile and that I am proud of. This need still leads me, at times drives me and keeps me on the long road through the mundane. So, “making something work” and continuing to do this through the different risk barriers and challenges I find to be so satisfying.
In spite of our success, I was at a serious crossroads a year ago. My will to manage a bigger team of staff, to carry the weight of a growing organization, day in and day out, was weakening.
My capacity to produce stronger foundations and manage more and more became a challenge. Foundations in business are the values of “what we are to do”, “why we do these things,” “how we are to do these things” and “who should do them”. All of this needs to be implemented or managed into chewable daily activities that require constant forming and accountability, and with that producing desirable results. A great business always has a good balance between leadership and management.
I stopped enjoying this vital part of MANAGEMENT. It is really hard work for me to manage. I have done it and will keep on doing it, but managing more and more sounds like hard work, without the fun.
Besides this, it is not my primary strength and I am very dependent upon the fun that comes from creative work. I can work all day and have fun. But for me, management is a necessary evil.
So, a year ago, at the crossroad, my dilemma was that I could not keep on doing this, growing and growing and having more to manage. Could I keep doing this for five more years? After many months of pondering, my painful answer to that question was a clear NO!
So then came the hard questions to answer – Should I sell? Should I stop pioneering and just settle? Or hire big gun managers with big pay packages of R100k? I was really wrestling. Praying. Thinking. Occasionally talking.
What do I do? I cannot say that I really strategized the solution, I think it just emerged, or just seemed to find me.
My friend Nick Sophos had reached his own crossroad, he had spent over 20 years in the world of Big Corporate and was ready for a change. He was tired of the corporate animal and wanted to move on. I was honestly not thinking of him as a partner in business, in fact the thought of partnership scared me. However, as we talked, I realized Nick is so different from me, yet so the same in how we see things, how he thinks about both life and work.
So as we spent more time together and I saw how he lived his life, I realised that I could work with him and that I trusted him.
Nick and I were chatting one day about his house, and I discovered that he had built his own – in fact he did this twice. Building a house might not seem like a big deal to you but trust me, I have renovated 3 homes in the last 15 years and this is a massive task!
It was so stressful that my wife would sit in the car in the garage just to have a clean, quiet space, while I would spend hours trying to reconcile the budget after a long day of juggling the different contractors and constant curve balls.
To say that we were stretched is an understatement. I think we even needed marriage counselling after our second renovation and my wife is a psychologist!
To manage the building of a house within budget, on time, with good quality materials, superior workmanship and overseeing numerous labourers and craftsmen requires a huge skill set. This is nothing short of miraculous! Well, Nick pulled it off! As an amateur, his last home took him only 4 months to build from start to finish. He obviously had a gift.
So to cut a long story short, Nick has resigned from his Corporate job and has joined us to oversee our team and manage all of our daily Operations. As a co-owner he will imprint the business with the needed A-level management and together we will “make this thing work”, taking it from one level to the next.
I am totally excited about the possibilities of partnership and believe together we will do something special.
Founder and co-owner
Rentacheapie Car Hire