Ever since I got married I wanted to work with my husband. So many couples get up in the morning, go their separate ways during the day then wake up years later not even knowing who their mate is anymore. I was bound and determined that would not happen to my husband and myself or our marriage. I really like my husband and I love spending as much time with him as I can.
When I started Fresh Perspectives Property Merchandising Services about 3 years ago I saw that as a perfect opportunity to make that dream a reality. After my first year in business I needed to hire someone in order to grow. It just so happened my husband, Cory, was the perfect candidate. He is a former home builder and handles all the logistics of the business from the invoicing to even staging vacants with me. His strengths are a perfect compliment to mine. We work extremely well together. That is why our company is a family-owned and operated business.
Cory and I have a wonderful 4-year old, Riley, and as any parent can relate, children bring so much joy. Riley is full of life, very social, extremely curious, and a little staging queen. Sometimes when we stage vacant properties Riley comes along.
Because we are adamant about teaching Riley the value of hard work and accomplishing goals. We have a short window of opportunity before she starts school to be the only people who have influence on her on a daily basis. We want her to understand we work for everything we have and how we make our money.
It can certainly be challenging at times to bring her along. It takes us longer to get a property done since sometimes she thinks things should be in a different place then we do. I have learned to let her do her thing and rearrange everything in my final tweaking.
Riley has actually had a few good ideas though. We had staged a vacant with 3 bar stools at the counter. Riley didn't like the way I had put the chairs and decided to arrange the chairs on a perfect 45 degree angle. Neither Cory nor myself had seen her do that and before we were through Cory asked me if I had changed the stools. We quickly discovered who the culprit was.
So now, instead of being frustrated that my 4-year old is moving things around we use those moments to teach and engage her in what we are doing and why. Who knows if she will ever have the desire to take over the company, but at least until she goes away to college I will have my sweet little staging queen contributing to the family business.