CoupleCo: Working With Your Spouse For Fun & Profit

CoupleCo: Working With Your Spouse For Fun & Profit

Is building a business with your spouse the best thing ever--or the craziest? Or both? How do other couples do it? We interview successful couples who are crushing it and ask them everything from how they met to how they do it to how they argue. Whether you're working with your significant other, just thinking about it, or just like modeling other successful business owners, welcome to CoupleCo: Working With Your Spouse For Fun & Profit.... Show More

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October 21, 2020 29 min

We’re talking to Chuck, a veteran real estate developer, and Colleen, who comes from PR and corporate sales. We’ve been talking to their partners in launching a high-end butcher shop with a limited menu and delivery. Of the three couples involved, only one has food experience. This is daunting, especially when COVID is in the mix. They’re counting on the culinary leadership of Paige and John Courtney (episodes 135 & 136). But n...

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October 14, 2020 25 min

Welcome to the CoupleCo resentment episode. This is the one where we pretend to argue! But seriously, folks: How can you work with your significant other if you harbor resentments? We have no idea. We may not be a model couple, but we seem to have it nailed when it comes to cooperating with each, celebrating one another, and doing what it takes to make it all work for each other.

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Suzanne has been quoted in the news stating a belief in miracles—and she has good reason. We’re back with one of our favorite Napa winery couples. Last week, we revisited a 2019 interview with Shane Pavitt and Suzanne Phifer-Pavitt of Phifer Pavitt Winery. Since the Napa fires, their family is fine, their winery is safe, but their home is damaged. They’ve also lost a vineyard of cabernet sauvignon--but two weeks before, it had give...

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We are revisiting these two winemakers because they’re an inspirational pairing. Shane Pavitt and Suzanne Phifer-Pavitt moved to Calistoga with some serious business chops and a fondness for libations. Their Phifer Pavitt Winery makes the nationally famous and hard to get Date Night wines. As CFO, Shane had to come to grips with the idea of pouring capital into a business with no product to sell for years. He was also influential i...

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Want to start your own business together? These two left New York and Los Angeles behind, moved to the country, built a miniature empire, picked up national business, raised a family, and have avoided many of the stumbling blocks faced by a married couple in business together. Here in part two of our first CoupleCo convo, hard-charging A-types Robin and Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising tell their story—including what it’s like ru...

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They’ve built a little local empire of their own. They’ve picked up national business from a virtual cow town. In the middle of it all, they’ve raised a family. And in the process, they have vaulted over many of the hurdles faced by a married couple in business together. Would you consider moving your family and going into business with your spouse? It’s happening all over, so it seemed like a good time to revisit an important conv...

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September 9, 2020 32 min

When should you push your partner out of the comfort zone? How do you tell the difference between basic nerves and real dread? Want to learn how to deal with fear and get past it? And where does improv comedy fit in all this? Especially today, in times like these, the conversation about fear is an important one. Dr. Rachna Jain is a listener favorite. We are revisiting dealing with fear and finding the courage for CoupleCos. For th...

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September 2, 2020 24 min

What happens to your business if life gets in the way? Who owns the business? Who runs the business? Could you suddenly find yourself in business with an in-law you don’t like? What if you wanted to just take off six months to recover from the grief of losing a partner? There are all kinds of issues that CoupleCos might not think about because they’re deep in the day-to-day of running the business. But sometimes life smacks you in ...

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Chop Shop is a high-end butcher shop with table service. It’s also a passion project for the three couples doing it together. We’re talking to each couple separately about the journey. Dan and Courtnay have an unusual story. They knew they’d be getting married by the end of the first date. And Dan was part of a small military unit. He was often leaving home for months at a time, which created stress. But these two don’t mess around...

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We are revisiting the danger of working around fire and knives—this time with people who have never before done it. But she trains enormous and potentially dangerous animals, and he is good with firearms. Daniel Ibach and Courtnay Scott Gray are part of the team of couples opening gourmet butcher business Chop Shop Park City. They’re working with Paige and John Courtney. John’s a Chopped Champion, and she’s been a front-of-house ma...

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You’d think it might be a battle of wills. Who sees this coming? But a Julliard-trained ballerina and pageant queen marries an MBA with entrepreneurial tendencies, and they start a family farm. This is the story of Hannah and Daniel Neeleman, who moved from New York to rural Utah. They now raise Angus cattle and Berkshire pigs, and send their pastured products to meat lovers nationwide. We start this episode where we left off last ...

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She’s a Julliard-trained ballerina who has worn the crown of Miss New York City. He’s a history major with an MBA and an entrepreneur bent. Hannah and Daniel Neeleman are former inhabitants of New York and Connecticut, respectively. Now they live in rural Utah, where they raise Angus cattle and Berkshire pigs. If you like meat, this is a big deal. If you’re vegan, we’re sorry. At least you get to know that these are pastured animal...

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If you're a couple in business together, chances are good you haven’t done any of these things. They’re simple, useful, can cover your butt and save your bacon. What happens to the business if something happens to one of you? With luck, very little—if you have laid some simple groundwork. But, without paying attention to these simple tips, you could lose everything…

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This is the conversation for anyone who’s ever fantasized about crushing it by opening a food business—and considered going into business with a spouse in a high-stress, all-consuming career. We’re back with Chop Shop “power couple” Paige and John Courtney. With careers spent in big restaurants, they’re now in the resort town of Park City, Utah, preparing to open a nose-to-tail butcher shop. Besides dry-aged beef and the meat of lo...

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Ever fantasize about having a restaurant? Or starting a business in which you have no experience? Or wonder, “Are we just crazy?” Here's your show. Like food and cooking? Even better. Chop Shop Park City is not yet open. Bonus: launching during a pandemic. The Las Vegas Review Journal called Paige and John Courtney a “power couple.” With careers in big restaurants, they're now dancing with danger. John is a Chopped Champion...

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With US Independence Day just past, we thought we’d talk about the idea of independence as a couple in business together. We talk about how independence is often born of conflict, and how it lead to our own business. One couple we know chose independence from an oppressive industry business models for both themselves and their employees. Another couple chose independence for working mothers by hiring them whenever possible. A coupl...

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This week, we are back in Kamas, everyone’s favorite Utah cow town, to resume our conversation with Tera and Byron Ames of the law firm Ames & Ames. These two are one of the most dynamic couples we’ve spoken to in over 100 episodes. They are delightful, candid, fun, funny and revealing. In this episode, we get some of the most important advice ever for a couple considering being in business together. And we get some of the best...

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This episode, we are in Kamas, Utah. Population 2,234. The cattle in Kamas may outnumber people. It's also a surprising and delightful rural hotspot. We are sitting down with Tera and Byron Ames, who unpack all kinds of great intel about being in business together. From learning how to understand each other’s moods and not take them personally, to dealing with the pay cut that comes from suddenly leaving a fat job and being in ...

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If you’re in business with your significant other, does your business need a prenup? That’s not the legal name for it, but it is a legal document that could save your business should something happen to one of you. And the time to start planning for it is when things are good. If you wait until things go bad, it could be too late. Join us as we speak with the LawyerHumans at the law firm Lay Roots, CoupleCo partners Shreya and Coli...

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How well do you and your spouse argue? (Hint: It’s not about winning.) This is an important conversation with clinical psychologist Dr. Rachna Jain about how to have a productive argument. We are revisiting this interview because Dr. Jain offers tips for making things better. And in a time of high stress like COVID-19, especially if you’re locked in the house with your significant other, this is a good one to listen to. You’ll get ...

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