We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaydean Bott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaydean, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
RV Specialists has grown from a part-time, home-based business to a full-time business with a shop and multiple service vans over a 12 year period. Our involvement has increased dramatically over time because the business has grown, but the biggest changes to work life balance for me occurred as we raised our children from elementary school through high school. We had to “divide and conquer” until the children left home and then we had to rearrange those systems and come back together. It has been important to be willing to look at what we must do versus what we’d like to do and realize that some things would have to wait. Now, we have set new goals that are exciting for both of us and we are committed to working toward them together. I try to remember that because both my husband and I are working in the business together, work life balance is a team sport or vision.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
RV Specialists is a mobile recreational vehicle repair business. My husband started it because he saw a “niche” in the RV repair business for people who could not take their RVs into a shop. I think the two main things that have always set us apart from other mobile RV repair businesses are 1) we return phone calls and communicate with our clients, and 2) we did not treat our business profit as ours, we left it in the business and took regular paychecks. We’ve learned a lot along the way, mostly about people, learning how to work with clients and employees. Now we’re developing a management team and learning how to let go. Letting go of responsibility for different areas of a business you have started from nothing is definitely the hardest thing we’ve come up against so far.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Central Texas is a great place to visit, especially in an RV. I’d recommend any of the Corps of Engineer parks on any of our beautiful lakes, we’ve got great State parks, and locally owned private parks, too. For a week long visit, I’d go south of Austin and stay at Huaco Springs, rent some tubes, float the river, and visit all the little towns like New Braunfels and Gruene for dinner. Then I’d head over to Fredericksburg and visit Prospective Cellars, plan a winery tour and do a little shopping. Calais Winery, Kuhlman Winery or really any of the amazing wineries for a wine tasting, maybe stop in at one of the breweries or distilleries. I’d visit Enchanted Rock, the working farm at LBJ’s Ranch, and if it’s the right time of year hit the Lavendar Festival. My husband loves to mountain bike, so I think we’d wrap it up over near Kerrville at Flatrock Ranch working off some of the wine and food!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We have an incredible team that are helping us further develop the business. Our technicians and office staff are self-motivated, hard-working, good people with whom we want to build and share the success of the business. We’ve also got clients that have been with us for over 12 years and our business has been built on positive word of mouth recommendations. So, we owe a giant thank you to our great team and our fabulous clients!