A business built on passion

By Edward Plant

Working With Your Partner

When Kerry Anne Nelson arrived home from work one day to find her husband of 12 years laying face down on the kitchen floor, life as she knew it changed at that moment.

Losing her husband suddenly to a heart attack forced her to consider where her life went next and to make major decisions for herself and her children.

That journey of self-discovery inspired her to write a book, Creating Your Infinite Self, and to establish her own speaking and events venue, Our Place, in Melbourne.

But the story doesn’t end there.

The discovery of one passion led to another for Kerry Anne who, as a 17-year-old, had dated Rod Turner, then 21. Both went on to marry and have children to other people.

When depression led to the demise of Rod’s marriage, a mutual friend led the pair to reconnect via Facebook and eventually rekindle their relationship before going into business together.

In today’s episode, Kerry Anne and Rod explain how their complementary styles and skills make them ideal business-life partners and how they overcome some of the major challenges that all couples in business face.

In this episode we chat about:

  • Kerry’s backstory and journey as a business owner.
  • Rod’s background before going into business with Kerry.
  • The depression that led to his first marriage breaking down.
  • How Facebook brought them back together.
  • Kerry’s mission to be a “professional encourager”.
  • The experiences and values that inspired Our Place.
  • How Rod came to join the business.
  • Rod’s role in supporting Kerry behind the scenes.
  • Moving from honeymooning to business partners.
  • The daily challenges of running a business together.
  • Taking turns at throwing in the towel!
  • How they manage the lack of time.
  • The key change they made to make the business more sustainable.
  • How Kerry ‘gifted’ Rod three hours per week.
  • Using boundaries to nurture the spark in their relationship.
  • Why they started taking #freedomgetaways
  • Their no work on Sundays rule.
  • Tips for saving time, workflow, great communication.
  • The importance of Systems in their business.
  • Kerry’s strategy for avoiding emotional conversations at work.
  • How their skills and styles complement one another.
  • What do you know now that you wished you knew earlier.

Episode resources:

Our Place http://our-place-melbourne.business.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourplacemelbourne/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ourplacemelbourne/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourplacemelbourne/

Kerry Anne’s book: Creating Your Infinite Self – How to Find and Follow Your Passion


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About the Author

Edward is the Co-Founder and Lead Strategist at the Institute for Couples in Business. When he’s not nutting out smart strategies you’ll find him hanging out with wife and business partner Rebecca and his sons Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Ed has been working with business owners to double profits, halve hours and build self-sustaining business that thrives with or without you. Ed is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and a sought-after guest speaker who often gets mistaken for Prince Harry.