Valor Coffee Podcast Ep #108: Running a Business As a Parent – 06/19/2024

By: Valor Team

Published On: June 21, 2024

Category: Podcast

Starting a business is no small feat, and doing so while starting a family adds an extra layer of complexity and challenge. At Valor Coffee, our journey began in 2016 when we were fresh out of high school, engaged, and eager to make our mark in the coffee industry. Today, we’re sharing our experiences of juggling entrepreneurship and fatherhood, offering insights and advice for those on a similar path.

The Early Days: A Shared Vision

In 2016, we were just three young guys, engaged to our high school sweethearts, with a dream of creating something special. Valor Coffee was born out of our passion for coffee and our desire to build a community around it. Our early days were filled with excitement and endless brainstorming sessions, often at our parents' houses. We worked tirelessly, planning every detail of our business while navigating the responsibilities of impending marriage.

Starting a Business While Starting a Family

Starting a business while planning weddings and building families was a whirlwind. We had to learn quickly how to balance our personal and professional lives. The support of our wives was crucial during this time. They believed in our vision and stood by us, even when the future seemed uncertain. This unwavering support was a foundation upon which Valor Coffee was built.

How Our Spouses Shaped Valor

Our wives played an integral role in our journey. They were our biggest cheerleaders, providing emotional and practical support. Whether it was taking care of things at home after a long day or offering words of encouragement when we doubted ourselves, their support was invaluable. This partnership and shared vision were essential in overcoming the challenges we faced.

The Impact of Parenthood

Fatherhood brought new challenges and rewards. The arrival of our children made us reevaluate our priorities and find new ways to balance work and family. We wanted to be present fathers and provide for our families, which required us to work smarter and more efficiently. The love and support from our families gave us the strength to persevere and grow Valor Coffee into what it is today.

Lessons Learned

  1. Communication is Key: Open and honest communication with our partners was crucial. We made sure to keep them in the loop about our business decisions and listened to their concerns.
  2. Time Management: Balancing family and business required excellent time management skills. We learned to prioritize tasks and make the most of our time.
  3. Support Systems: Building a support system of family and friends helped us navigate the challenges. Their encouragement and assistance were vital.
  4. Flexibility: Being flexible and adapting to changes was essential. Whether it was adjusting our schedules or rethinking our strategies, flexibility helped us stay resilient.
  5. Self-Care: Taking care of ourselves was important to maintain our well-being. We made time for rest and relaxation to recharge and stay motivated.

Looking Forward

As we continue to grow Valor Coffee, we remain committed to our vision and values. The journey of balancing family and business has taught us invaluable lessons and strengthened our resolve. We hope our story inspires others to pursue their dreams, no matter the challenges they may face.

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