New business means growth
Know your job description, love what you do and know why you do it.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would be running a property restoration company with my husband, I would have laughed—right in your face! I have learned a lot from being married to a man who has been in the construction industry for more than half of his life.
At the beginning, I just used to smile and nod, ohing and ahing at the appropriate breaks in conversation, but now that I am more and more involved in the industry, I actually find myself caring. (Not that I didn’t care about what my husband was saying before, it just interests me more now.) I assume that it is because it is my livelihood.
When we started our business, I promised my husband that I would support him. Originally that meant some minor accounting here and there. However, that changed— quickly.
I wake up every day and I am thankful that I have a place to come to and stretch my experience and knowledge. New businesses and experiences mean growth. I try to leave the office every day knowing something new. If I don’t have an answer for a client, I will ask anyone and everyone until I find it. Growth used to scare me, but now I search for it.
Along with starting a new business, moving to a new area and learning an entirely foreign industry, my husband and I have had to learn to deal with each other professionally. I’ll be honest—it isn’t easy. Luckily (and it helps), we are best friends and know each other very well. But in order for any couple to be successful when working together, you need a few key elements.
There are going to be times when you need advice or the assistance of the other person, but if you are not both on the same page, disaster can strike. There is nothing worse than a power struggle between co-workers (not to mention a co-worker you are married to).
Another key element to having a successful business is passion. You have to love what you do. To wake up every morning and be excited to go into work makes it more fun and the days go by a lot faster.
Another piece of advice for the puzzle of operating a sustainable business is simple: Why do you do it? Find the why. And the why isn’t to make money. That is a result of your efforts and the efforts of your team. Once you find your why, write it down. Formulate it for anyone to understand and then find a way to share it with your clients.
Lastly, do not be afraid to ask for help. Surround yourself with advisors. Find the best in your field and constantly ask how they would do it. I surround myself with likeminded individuals and mentors who love to share their stories and give me tidbits on what it means to succeed in today’s markets.
We live in a city full of possibilities and opportunities—get out there and find yours!
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