What would you give to be in a place where the only handbrake on your growth was your desire to do so?
A place where your business gives you everything you need and the only reason you are not bigger – despite a demand for what you offer – is that you don’t want to put more pressure on your family and team?
That’s the situation for today’s generous, smart, opportunity-seeing high-school sweethearts, Dan and Janelle Bridges, of Wooshka Photobooths.
Eight years ago, Janelle began working as a marriage celebrant. She recognised that she would one day have children and wanted a career that was flexible around her role as a mother. Dan was working full-time but gigging with his band at weekends.
This was OK for a while, but soon enough, Dan was aching to leave his job. So they sat down and used Janelle’s knowledge of the wedding game to find the gap in the market.
Long story short, one very broad business turned in to one very niched business and a growth of 1100% in 2.5 years. And they list some of their clients as Melbourne Storm, AFL, Myer and Masterchef. So good!
I loved chatting with these two, which for a short time became one, as Dan rushed out the door to pick up one of their sick little people.
It’s a conversation marked by all the things that couples in business with kids have to deal with every day… the juggle of being a parent and a business person. I could totally hear their connected spirits as they honoured each other’s strengths.
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Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Institute for Couples in Business. Bec is also trusty wife to husband and business partner Ed, and mum to Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Bec has been working with business owners, and her Super Powers include making complex problems simple, creating strong connections, and motivating teams by building kick-arse culture. Bec is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and hosts popular podcast Boardrooms & Bedrooms.