This year we are on track to close over 7 figures in our businesses.
But it didn't start out that way.
When we first got married only one of us was a full-time entrepreneur while the other worked a 9-5. But we believe, if one of is called to entrepreneurship, the marriage is called to entrepreneurship...
We used to think that once we got married, we would get to spend much more time together. However, the reality wasn't so glam. Being that we were both SUPER driven in whatever we put our hands to, we actually spent less and less time together as husband and wife (but more and more time like roommates instead.)
We didn't really talk much.
When we did, it was surface...
We knew we were at a cross roads with pretty much everything when sudden job loss hit our home. You see, we'd been speaking about this transition for about a solid 6 months, but fear stopped us from moving forward...
We would pray and ask God about His real plan for our marriage and business goals because what we were experiencing was NOT what we envisioned. The thing was we were willing to work at it. We just didn't know where to start. We took this layoff as a sign to not look back and go forward in building another business together. It started off better than expected. We actually started talking more but then it happened.
The business took over...everything.
All we did was think, talk eat about our businesses.
In fact we knew we were putting the marriage on the back-burner but we were O.K. with it because we knew what we 'had' to do. The thing is, at the sound of being noble and responsible, we allowed a compulsive disorder to set in and the business-takeover became the norm. It was vortex that we could literally not see the way out.
It became dark.
We had been at a similar place before and the big distraction was the job loss. But now, we didn't have a distraction. We were stuck with figuring out a way to make it work...like really work...or...
Having another heart to heart convo was the only thing we knew to do next. THIS time it was different though. Our discussion really focused on key things we envisioned for our marriage and business together. We sought help by going to marriage conferences and hiring coaches but no one confronted what we needed as married entrepreneurs. So, we went to marriage counseling sessions but we didn't get strategies on how to be married and run a business.
The real issue was that neither guided us through tapping into our sweet spots and working together, supporting each other and building a life that was based around the vision for their lives. We were forced to create our own systems by combining what we learned and use our experiences as the foundation to build these systems.
Even though we were still bumping our heads through this learning process, we began to see the light!
We know the challenges of scaling a legacy business together... it requires a UNIQUE skill set to win at both marriage and entrepreneurship!