“In this economy?!” my wife and I thought to ourselves as we debated whether or not to open her new business in 2008.
After having our second child, my wife wanted to go back to work. But not to just another job. She wanted work that allowed her to have time with our kids and contribute her skills of being an Optometrist while building some equity. We also wanted a Plan B…in case my career would encounter chaos.
Weighing all the pros and cons of starting a new business, we were stuck for a while, over thinking, over analyzing, writing a business plan in between sleepless nights with the kids and my travel schedule at work.
Then one day, she just did it! She signed the lease to open her new business, an Optometry Eye Care practice with an Optical. Six months of over thinking vanished just like that…poof!
That was the summer of 2008. Despite having a newborn in our lap, we moved forward with starting a new business in an uncertain economy. Construction in Oct. 2008 and opened the doors in February 2009.
After 4 years, I realized that starting a new business in an uncertain economy has taught us both a lot about life…not just about how to start a new business but how to move forward in life despite not knowing how things will turn out especially when things look gloomy.
Here are 4 life lessons I learned helping my wife in starting a new business in an uncertain economy: [Read more…]