Building a Family Business

Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself owning two family businesses. My husband and I opened Bed and Biscuit Boarding  two years ago. In March of this year, my son and I opened Faultline Athletics, a baseball training facility.  

We found a building and opened Faultline Athletics, in 45 days.  We have laughed, cried, prayed, argued and learned about working together as a family.

Did you know: Family businesses account for two-thirds of all companies worldwide and create 50 to 80 percent of jobs in most countries, according to the Family firm Institute, a global association of family business professionals.
As I think about the last few months – there are  a few things I want to share with you about owning a family business.

  • Roles and responsibilities should be clarified.
    Boundaries are essential when working with family. The more clearly defined everyone’s job description, the less room you’ll have for workplace conflict.
  • Everyone should be on the same page.
    For a company to succeed, relatives who take leadership or support roles need to respect and abide by the overriding business goals.
  • You should separate work and home life.
    Leaving work at work is a challenge. But try living with your cofounder or direct reports — or spending holidays, birthdays and summer barbecues with them. To avoid feeling like you are on the job 24/7, maintain a “no shop talk”at family gatherings.
  • Always enjoy your time together
    We are blessed to be able to talk daily, watch each other grow, and build a future together.
    (Pictured is Faultline Baseball 14U USSSA World Champions).

I would love to hear your tips for owning a family business.
~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.

Tools I Use to Organize My Busy Life

Crazy busy describes my life for the last 17 days.  I have been on call for 17 days, covering extra patient office visits, hospital and nursery rounds, learning new teaching software, and trying to do the normal everyday stuff that is involved with owning a boarding kennel and a athletic training facility – this is one tired girl.

But I wanted to take a minute to share with your some of the tools I use to keep myself organized.

Cozi app – the Cozi app allows me to manage a menu, grocery list, and schedules with my family.  I put together a menu on Sunday and a grocery list for the week.

Kennel Booker – this is the most amazing software for managing our boarding facility.  I am able to set up reservations for family pets and the kennel staff then has real time access.

I also use aNote (Awesome Note). This is an app on my iphone that allows me to keep notes, to-do-list, and create check off list.  This is where I keep notes about topics to write about or research,  thoughts about business plans and even list of my hospital rounds.

I go off call officially at 7 AM tomorrow – this is one tired but happy girl, there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully sleep.

I would love to hear what tools you use to mange your life.
Have a great week
~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life