With five years in small business together, Iain and Stacey have developed their own secret sauce that makes it work seamlessly - all in pursuit of the most inspiring 'big picture' goal. We think you'll really enjoy this episode!
Some highlights from this episode:
"I don’t think there’s a ‘worst thing’ about being a business couple. When I’ve had a bad day, he knows what I’m going through, so when we come home and talk about it he can understand where I’m coming from.” Stacey
“The best thing about being a business couple is working together. When we didn’t work together, I use to call him a hundred times a day!” Stacey
“Our relationship is like best friends. We know everything there is to know. There are no secrets, we know if something’s not right.” Ian
“I’d rather work with him than anyone else. I know he has my back and would never hang me out to dry.” Stacey
“In a big business where there’s lots of people, you’re probably more secure to a degree, but I think small business is a lot easier - yes, you’re doing it all yourself, but you know what’s going on and have control over what’s happening.” Ian
“We’ve thought about leaving the business many times. I think it’s common to get to that point where you want to pack it all up. It’s the big picture that keeps us going.” Iain
“Our secret sauce for couples in business together is lots of laughter, lots of taking the piss out of each other - and, if you need to, being able to say how you feel without any repercussions.” Stacey
“I find it really helpful listening to other people who are in small business. We’ve all got similar ways, but it’s an opportunity to keep learning.” Iain
“Trust your gut, and trust your partner. Just know you can.” Stacey
“When it comes to running your own small business, you should always be learning. It’s not just the pretty stuff, it’s the stuff behind the scenes too.” Iain
“When you register your ABN, people will come out of the woodwork trying to sell you things. It can be overwhelming - take a break, let them know they can email you the details, and take a look at it later with your partner.” Iain
“Never go to bed angry at each other, because the very next day, you wake up right next to them.” Iain
A bit more about Iain & Stacey:
Iain and Stacey have been married for 17 years. Iain did his apprenticeship at Bridge Mowers with the previous owner, he then went on & worked with other companies & eventually came back to Bridge Mowers in 2014 with the vision to at some stage purchase the shop when Steve was ready to retire. Stacey’s background is 30 years of dentistry which was a job she loved. She loved the patients, caring for people and the surgical aspect of what she did but after 30 years her body couldn't do it anymore. Her back, neck & shoulders just couldn't do it anymore. Once Iain returned to Bridge Mowers, Steve was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Steve wanted Iain to take on the shop as he knew that together, Iain & Stacey would nurture it as he had. On January 23rd 2015, they officially took over Bridge Mowers. Stacey worked both jobs until such time that it was clear she needed to be at Bridge full time, 1st May 2015.