An Unlikely Business Partner

Research and Development

We spent a year doing heads down research, writing content, operating manuals, and lots of code. At that time, I was part part time on the business. My full time development job kept me extremely busy. Still, I did not have enough confidence in the project to unlock the golden handcuffs.

Unlocking the Golden Handcuffs

I ultimately made the observation that approximately 90% of the code base of the client portal would need to be refactored. You have to understand that we were building something that did not exist, and I wanted it to be amazing. In reality, I knew I would need to work on it full time.

Establishing a Hierarchy

Running a business with your spouse is not easy. However, there are ways to minimize friction and ensure the focus is on delivering outstanding customer service. One simple solution to minimize chaos is to clearly establish a reporting structure. Someone has to be the boss, and someone has to be the employee. However, it is important that both spouses behave like leaders, in their own right.

Reaping the Rewards

We just finished out a very profitable and successful year. We’ve been working tirelessly for 2 years straight, but at least we don’t have to leave the house. We live in a small town nestled at the base of a mountain. We can wake up, stay in our pajamas, and have coffee together. We can enjoy the snow, rather than coming up with an excuse for the “boss” on why it might be dangerous to drive in a snow storm.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Its infinitely important to realize your strengths and the strengths of your spouse, especially when it comes to business. Its also necessary to have a clear, open line of communication. My wife is very good at sales and doing the accounting and bookkeeping work. I am a very talented developer and cloud architect. We each bring something valuable to the table. After almost 20 years of marriage, we were so stuck in the rat race, we failed to see what was right in front of us.

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Matt Pitts

Matt Pitts

Ex Amazon Engineer and Founder of @AdonousTech. A technology company focused on #VoiceFirst #Serverless and #Cloud applications for small businesses