Parents sacrifice a lot just to make sure that their kids are raised right. Sometimes, they even have to be stuck in one job for many years and give up on their passion. Jhai Dhillon and his brother Simmy did not want their mom to spend all her life working in one place and so, they devised an incredible plan to help her “retire”.
We all dream of what we wish to accomplish in the next few years of our life. The goals might not be concrete but if the thought is established, it is the first step towards reaching them. Jhai and Simmi Dhillon had a wonderful thought behind starting a business that they dreamed of. They wanted their mom to take retirement and have a taste of freedom after all these years of struggle!
The 16-year-old Jhai had started to build an idea in his mind with his brother for their dream company. Seven years later, the two guys are now the owner of Rice n Spice Meals, a business focusing on preparing healthy and nutritious meals that are delivered on Sunday convenient for an entire week.
This business led to their mum, Kal Dhillon retiring from her Tesco job. How amazing is that!
Jhai, 24 and Simmy, 23 have taken their business to a great level after its launch. Their mother no longer needs to push herself to work every day as her sons are earning well enough to support the family.
The client base made by the genius boys even has a few celebrities on board. They include Leicester City midfielder Demarai Gray, Love Island contestant Molly-Mae Hague and striker for Wycombe Wanderers Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Jhai Dhillon was once a professional football player but when this business took off, he quit the game and engaged in making this company grow stronger and better. In an interview, he said, “When my brother and I got to around 16/18 years old, we realised that mum had essentially given up her chance of a career, as her ‘job’ was raising my brother and I when we were younger.”
He admitted that they got to know about all the sacrifices made by their mum for keeping them happy and content. He said, “So when we were old enough to not need her looking after us, it was really difficult for her to essentially start a career again, so she had to take part-time jobs in supermarkets.”
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Mum’s worked in the same job since before I was born. It’s unglamorous yet it provided her with the flexibility to spend time with us growing up 😇👋🏾👦🏽👦🏽 – When I turned 18, I became aware that we’d prevented Mum from having a career. I felt guilty so I promised Mum that I’d find her a new career. I quickly realised that the world doesn’t make it easy for a woman to spend 20 years prioritising her kids, and then start a ‘career’ 😕 – There were options available, yet I knew none would improve Mum’s quality of life. Jobs would pay more, yet they’d be unfulfilling. Courses promised development, yet weren’t designed for someone who hadn’t seen a classroom in 2 decades 🙄 – Failing to accept defeat, I had one last idea – I told mum that the best way for her to learn & develop would be to work in a business which I created, so that I could teach her 🤗 – Fast forward 5 years and this week, Mum turns 49. She’s been helping us with RNS for 3 years whilst reducing hours in her current job. We challenge her to solve problems. We give her responsibility to lead. We encourage her to innovate 💭 – Today, Mum visited Bristol & I was able to give her the green light: “Hand in your notice Mum, you’ll never work for anyone else again.” 💚🤗 – It’s incredible what impact you can have on people when you invest time into their development. It’s what we seek to do with all of our clients & staff, not just with Mum, and that will never change 🤗 – Visit RNSMEALS.COM and we’ll treat you the way we treat our Mum 👋🏾🤗💚
Jhai continued, “When we started the business we realised that we could essentially build something that would provide her with a role that she’d enjoy doing and she’d essentially become a manager rather than being a general staff member at Tesco. As the business grew, we gradually reduced the days she was working at Tesco as we could support her financially in return for her helping out at the business.”
Kal left her job at Tesco in December 2019 and manages Rice n Spice now. She attends meetings and even contributes to the marketing strategies for the company. Jhai revealed, “She spends the rest of her week, reading, going to the gym or doing yoga now.”
He spoke about the company and said, “It was just me and my mum in the Hitchin branch and Simmy would help when back from uni over summer. He decided to take a gap year from uni last year and I decided to stop playing football. During that 12 month period we went from just us three, to having 16 staff.”
This story takes us back to our parents and reminds us that there’s a lot that we need to do for them!