Working After Hours

posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”

This weekend, Adam and I had another one of our famous talks. Granted, they are famous only to the two of us, but famous nonetheless. This time, we worked to get to a point where we could see the big picture of what we wanted life to look like and then worked our way backwards on how to get there. I say “we”, but this round it was really I who needed to get there.

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I haven’t posted too many specifics on here about our business, but (in a tiny little nutshell) we’re in the process of starting an online wine shop focused on small batch Italian wineries. Right now, time is precious and we came to the conclusion that there are morning hours, evening hours and weekend hours and we need to utilize them. So, last night, we had our first Monday-evening work sesh.

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The thing about owning a business is that 9-5 doesn’t really exist. You can work all kinds of hours trying to get everything done to get the business up and running. I need my partner in crime business by my side for many projects that need to be accomplished at this stage. The actual business side of things is not in my wheelhouse, but Adam has been working with startups for almost as long as we’ve been dating. Me? I fall on the creative side of things which is absolutely necessary, but definitely not where 100% of our focus needs to be at this point.

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Adam is the director of a co-working space here in Charlotte, which means instant office! Yesterday afternoon I made dinner, packaged it up, picked up some large iced coffees (thank you, Dunkin’ Donuts happy hour) and headed on over to his building where we set up shop in one of the offices.

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The enthusiasm may wax and wane as we go, but at the end of a long work day we were both so happy about what we accomplished. A new normal is emerging, that’s for sure. We’ll be having a few nights like this a week with some weekend hours thrown in there as well. It’s going to be interesting as we learn to balance everything, but hopefully all the extra hours we put in now will lead to a life and business that we love.

  • alwaysjoy

    Congrats and good luck!!

  • Nicole

    Hi Katy! I’ve been reading your blog(s) off and on for several years and I just wanted to let you know how much I always enjoy reading. I love reading about your triumphs as well as your struggles. My husband and I have those famous talks as well, and they always seem to happen on road trips or drives home from visiting family! Good luck on your exciting adventure, I know God has great things in store for you and Adam.

  • Hey Nicole! Wow! Thank you so much for this sweet comment and thank you for following all of these years. It really means a lot that you keep coming back and reading. I really, really appreciate the encouragement and must say that I really needed it today! I trust God has us on the right path, as tough as it can get, and I can’t wait to see His plan for us unfold. Thank you again for your sweet words and kind heart!

  • Thank you!

  • Laura B

    I’m so excited that you’re starting to share some of your business venture with us. I’m also in love with ALLLL the light in Adams office.

  • Whitney

    I LOVE this business idea! If you need someone to head down to Italia and try some wines…um…I’m your girl! :-) We’ve got another year and a half left here in Europe!