In the past, I had bemoaned about the lack of having someone share the ups and downs of doing business with. In the last decade, I had made the lonely journey of deciding what business to go into, chosen the name and location, devised marketing strategics, hobnobbed with industry players, dealt with customers and vendors, as well as traveled across the world to attend meetings and conventions.
I made all the decisions, big or small. It didn't matter they were right or wrong because time will reveal everything. If there were problems to be solved, I racked my brain to come up with the solutions I knew how. There were times when I felt overwhelmed but things usually sorted out by themselves somehow.
Now don't get me wrong. I enjoy being on my own but there were times I wished I had someone to brainstorm or bounce off ideas with. Suddenly it is happening right before my eyes. Now that I have a partner, we're constantly bouncing ideas off each other and refining them as we delve deeper. Her husband's role is to play the devil's advocate, feeding the two excited ladies with his two-cents worth and fuelling us with thought provoking questions to keep us in check.
Each of us would wake up with a new idea every morning and after a flurry of email exchanges, we had to be reined in by her husband before we go haywire. It helps to have him around and we appreciate the feedback. He's a business consultant afterall and we're lucky to receive free advice.
At this stage, we are working on several product lines but everything is still at prototype stage. I can't wait to start selling something soon.