Episode 10 - Q&A: In Business Together
This is the Wake To Make podcast where we support you, the maker, so your making can support you. We’re a husband and wife team inspiring, empowering and equipping makers, just like you, to show you how to design your lives in such a way that your art works as hard as you do and to come along side you to build a thriving creative business.
EPISODE 10: WHEN YOU'RE MARRIED TO YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER + IT'S ACTUALLY FUN
We’ve been asked many times what it’s like to be business partners and be married. Today we’re taking you the behind the scenes to see: how we made the decision to work together, how we divide up tasks in the business, which one of us is “The Boss”, the best parts about being business partners and the struggles we faced during the first week of working together. If you’re deciding whether to join forces with your partner, this episode will help shed light on what works, what doesn’t work and how to make it work!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking of working with your spouse. We chat about in these in today’s episode:
Delegation is the key to moving your business forward when you’re working together. There are tasks that need to get done, and they won’t get done if you both think the other person will do them. Delegation applies both to business tasks and home tasks (like laundry, dishes and looking after kids). You won’t feel like you’re trying to do it all on your own if you’ve delegated the tasks properly.
Setting realistic expectations for what needs to happen both on the home side and business side, is extremely important. Improperly set expectations is the primary source of conflict in most areas of life, which is why when you’re starting out make sure you’re taking the time to talk about your expectations and then give yourselves some time to work on it and ease into the flow of your new lifestyle.
3. Strengths and Weaknesses
You need to know your strengths and weaknesses and then make sure you’re playing on each other’s strengths so that you can go further in your business. For example, in our situation, Zac’s strength is in automation, systematization and tech which help increase the billable hours for The Higgins Creative through Lilah’s strength which is client acquisition and design work.
You need to respect the roles that each of you play in the home and work environment. There is a lot of value in each person’s role and the work they do, so acknowledge that and respect their process. It’s easy to work together when you respect each other and constantly want to uplift one another.
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DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF:
The only way for me to have my art bring an income for me and let me stay home was to figure out how to digitize it – Lilah
I hated having a day job – Zac
I’ve never been a good employee – Lilah
I’m kind of born and raised and it’s in my blood to be an entrepreneur – Lilah
I’m bad at implementation and so I’ve helped shape the course of The Higgins Creative, the path of it. – Zac
I am 100 times a better dad than I’ve ever been - Zac
Who is the boss:
I am – Lilah
The Dog – Zac
We mutually respect each other in our roles – Lilah
There is so much collaboration and team work going on all the time – Zac
Delegation is super important both in home and in the office – Zac
We have a planning meeting weekly, to plan out our calendars - Zac
You’re a lot cuter than my other boss was – Zac
I think your (old) boss might be sad about that – Lilah
The best part about working together: Always having that constant support – Lilah
I don’t have time to waste emotional energy on people who are going to be negative and not constructive – Zac
Zac is the king of ending conversations that aren’t important – Lilah
Respond to people who are offended by what you have to share, with grace – lilah
It’s designing your life in a way that you actually love it and meeting the goals you have for yourself which is a weird thing in today’s culture for people to understand. – Lilah
The first week was awful because I had been in a quiet office for years, and now trying to be in the living room without a desk, I was having a meltdown. – Zac
Zac is always right – Lilah
When you’re not right you just gotta own it – Zac
We love our work – Lilah
About the Wake to Make Movement: The Wake to Make Movement was created to inspire and empower makers and artists like you, to design your lives in such a way that your art works as hard as you do and to come alongside you to build your thriving creative business.