It’s really weird. You would think that giving raises boosts morale, but when it's an expected raise that is not offered, you talk about really killing somebody's drive and passion to continue working hard.
Where do you find the support you need as leaders? Do you have peers who can relate to your experience?
Beth: There are other husband-and-wife owner couples we connect with. They’re in different industries, such as cryptocurrency and printing. It’s fun. There's obviously camaraderie with other entrepreneurs, other founders, but then there's this extra dynamic of not only do Joe and I have to work together, but we have to live and raise a family together.
Joe: And it does not have to be in the same industry. We have found great value in spending time and developing some of these relationships with others to discuss commonality, common problems with staff and pricing, and what to do with money.
Have you tried formal entrepreneur groups?
Joe: I've tried, yeah, I've tried to be a part of some like CEO groups, but for the most part, I'm just now in my personal life getting things settled where I can have time for a structured meeting or get togethers. It was really hard for me before. I probably could reinsert myself into some and find value now.
Whenever we've been able to travel and spend time with friends that happen to be business owners, it's just worked out better. But none of this is by design. Beth and I are both just lucky to be with one another, to have found a little business that we could run together.
Right now, we’re on this whole other level. Our growth is exponential. It's like the proverbial snowball on top of the mountain. We're already halfway down the mountain and have gathered steam and critical mass that our snowball has got big. But it's just through the care that Beth and I have given to create the culture that the snowball can hold itself together in the momentum coming down the mountain, and not fall apart.