VitalCare PT - February 2020




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Being in Business With Your Spouse THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 GIFT CARD! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. together. In the beginning, we thought we’d work less if we owned our own business — but, of course, that’s not how it works. At the beginning, I went from working 8–10 hours per day as an employee to 12 hours per day plus weekends as the business owner. However, David and I have been able to work our business in a way that lets us accommodate our family. My husband David does what I like to call “all the yucky stuff” associated with running Vital Care PT. While I am out taking care of patients, he’s behind the scenes doing all the administration and marketing. Sometimes I like to joke that we keep him hidden away in the dungeon, but here’s the truth: If it weren’t for David, I wouldn’t have any patients to treat. Before we opened Vital Care PT, David was a real estate agent. But after riding out the 2008 housing crash, he was ready to try something new, and it was his idea to run Vital Care

I’m the early riser of the family, so I have always left the house while everyone else is still sleeping to start working with my first patient at 6 a.m., which has recently changed to 7 a.m. David sleeps in later and takes care of getting the kids up, fed, and ready for school before arriving to work at 9 a.m. Then I leave earlier to be with the kids after school, helping with homework and getting dinner ready. He comes home later just in time to have dinner together as a family. This arrangement is great. It lets us balance kids and work, but we’ve had to negotiate some boundaries. Running a business with my spouse hasn’t always been smooth sailing due to the natural tendency to talk about business all the time. We have had to set rules: No talking about the business after 9 p.m. And when we sit down to dinner with the kids, that’s family time — no business talk. It is much harder to abide by these rules than one would think. To run a business with your husband and still have a husband, not just a business partner, you have to set clear boundaries. When we are planning

on having a meal out, we have to decide and verbalize beforehand if our outing is a business meeting or a date. Otherwise, the business takes over. As a result of establishing and following these guidelines, sharing the management of our business has actually deepened our relationship. I see exactly how hard David is working on both the business and the family side of things, and it makes me appreciate him more. And when the business is going through a tough time and I’m stressed, he’s stressed, too, and we can share that burden together. We get to do everything together — work through the hard times and celebrate our successes. It feels good to pull in the same direction and aim toward the same goals. This year, on Valentine’s Day, I’m grateful to David for being the inspiration for this business, for sharing the work of raising our children, and for rolling up his sleeves and taking care of all the yucky stuff associated with running Vital Care PT. He keeps me right where I want to be — with my patients. –Andrea McWhorter | 1

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