The Warwick partners in work and love
A SUCCESSFUL marriage is an accomplishment in itself so being able to share a bed and a business with your spouse must be how arguing was invented.
The constant interaction, the strain of juggling work and personal goals, and the risk of entrepreneurship can seem like living on the frontline with your loved one 24/7.
But Warwick couple-preneur Josh and Sarah Grant wouldn't have it any other way.
"Having a business together was something we both wanted and aimed for," said Sarah.
The Grants opened Stand Fast Electrical two years ago with Josh, an electrician of 10 years, out on the road and Sarah balancing the books.
Sarah, who also works as a nurse and interior designer, said their complementary personalities that brought them together as a couple made them logical business partners.
"We have very similar design ideas so I often call on Josh for input into the interior business Story House Design."
Josh admitted he struggled handing over some responsibility of the electrical arm to Sarah.
"Initially it was hard to give up control of the business because I saw it as my baby," Josh said.
"But now we realise, there's no point checking up on each other's work as we are both good at what we do," Sarah said.
It's essential to hand over areas of the business and feel comfortable with it, she said.
They succeeded as business partners because they brought trust, communication and commitment to the table, Josh said.
"Our marriage and family are the priority because if you don't have that first, you can't be successful in a business together," Josh said.
"Very occasionally we argue but we always wake up the next day with a clean slate."
Sarah adds technology devices means they don't need to be together stepping on one another's toes throughout the day.
"Once I am out the door
in the morning, we are
in contact with devices," Josh said.
They regularly take time out from the businesses.
"Our work can be so busy and if it becomes too chaotic, we have a rule to leave Warwick and spend time together as a family.
"It doesn't have to cost a lot of money, just something simple."
And what will they be doing this Valentine's Day?
"What we enjoy most, working and then relaxing together with our three children," Sarah said.