Next week I'll be posting the first draft of a personal narrative I am writing about Positive Note Network. For today, I'm just showing you a small scene:
Owning a company with your mom is an interesting experience, but we make it work. We divide and conquer. Joanie, my mom and business partner, is in charge of all things magazine related. I am in charge of the video content. We split the duties on the radio. Then there's the website, which you could say we're both in charge of.
You may be able to tell that we just completely redid our website. I was in charge of the technical side. She gave me free reign to do whatever I thought necessary to make the website better. When I thought I had it figured out, we came together."
"I took the outdated banner off the home page," I began. "And replaced it with this picture."
"The flower says spring." She pointed to the daisy on our new home screen.
"So maybe fall leaves?"
"Try that. And then add a button so they can get to the about page."
We moved from the homepage and went through each section of the website. She would click the buttons and make sure it went to an appropriate page. She scrutinized the ease of use and once everything seemed in order she added,
"What about a sponsors tab? That way we can display who is sponsoring us and give a way for new people to join."
It was something I hadn't thought of.
Owning a business with someone who thinks identically to you makes it easy to collaborate, but does it really generate enough ideas? With my mom, we don't think in the same way. I can see the technical and she can see the usability. When I'm blinded by timing everything to the music on a video, she sees that, maybe, that shot isn't the best choice.
This blog is a glimpse into my crazy life as a twenty-something female entrepreneur navigating life as the co-owner of a mother-daughter business. Things get pretty insane, but we make it all work.