Yesterday, I alluded to a business Bret is starting…..
He is starting a personal training business!!! It’s a little different than most personal training businesses out there, but it’s really exciting! I’ll let him describe that for you. He’s still working on getting his Twitter/Facebook/Website together, so you’ll have to wait to learn more. BUT! I thought I would give some advice on working with your spouse!
As you know, I’ve worked with Bret as a business partner/consultant/second shooter/etc for the past 3 years. We believe that the husband is the leader in the marriage and household. It has been a big adjustment and large learning curve over the years. I learned that I am VERY independent, stubborn and prideful. These traits served me well as a single woman/business owner, but I really had to grow when I married Bret. I had to learn to say, you know what, I don’t know it all and Bret has some great points.
So advice for women business owners who are transitioning from being a single to being a married:
- Pray. Ask God to be glorified in your business and keep you at peace!
(That second part is SO important!)
- Be humble.
- Listen to what he has to say about your business. It’s always good to have a fresh set of eyes.
- Don’t make changes right away that he suggests. Talk through them, use the knowledge that you have about your business to get on the same page.
- See him as a partner.
Now, this next part, I don’t have “seasoned” advice, but I’m still going to take a shot!
Bonus advice for couples who have two different businesses:
- Your business is NOT going to be exactly the same as your spouses. I am a wedding photographer, Bret is a personal trainer. Our target client is different. We can certainly help each other out, but some aspects will be different.
- When they’re talking about their business, don’t be thinking about your business. (This was Bret’s advice!)
- See it as an adventure to take together.
So there you go! That’s where we’re at right now and some advice! It can be a really awesome and fun thing! Today was great, we sat and watched a few hours of videos about marketing/branding/etc. It was a great refresher for me and an awesome start for him. I can’t wait to share how this goes for us.
Do you work with your spouse in a small business? What do you struggle with? What joys do you have?
And what better way to leave you than with a picture of us being joyful in our work!
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