CoupleCo: Working With Your Spouse For Fun & Profit
  • Blaine & Honey Parker
137 episodes
Is building a business with your spouse the best thing ever--or the craziest? Or both? How do other couples do it? We interview successful couples who are crushing it and ask them everything from how they met to how they do it to how they argue. Whether you're working with your significant other, just thinking about it, or just like modeling other successful business owners, welcome to CoupleCo: Working With Your Spouse For Fun & Profit.


Taking The Leap: Robin And Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising (Redux) Part 2
2020 Sep 2339m 17s
Want to start your own business together? These two left New York and Los Angeles behind, moved to the country, built a miniature empire, picked up national business, raised a family, and have avoided many of the stumbling blocks faced by a married couple in business together. Here in part two of our first CoupleCo convo, hard-charging A-types Robin and Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising tell their story—including what it’s like running an all-consuming business while raising two kids...
Taking The Leap: Robin And Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising (Redux) Part 1
2020 Sep 1635m 30s
They’ve built a little local empire of their own. They’ve picked up national business from a virtual cow town. In the middle of it all, they’ve raised a family. And in the process, they have vaulted over many of the hurdles faced by a married couple in business together. Would you consider moving your family and going into business with your spouse? It’s happening all over, so it seemed like a good time to revisit an important conversation. This the first-ever CoupleCo interview newly improved, and it is one of the most significant. Hard-charging A-types Robin & Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising left the big city for rural living—and have lived to tel the story...
Feel The Fear And Go Make Money
2020 Sep 0932m 13s
When should you push your partner out of the comfort zone? How do you tell the difference between basic nerves and real dread? Want to learn how to deal with fear and get past it? And where does improv comedy fit in all this? Especially today, in times like these, the conversation about fear is an important one. Dr. Rachna Jain is a listener favorite. We are revisiting dealing with fear and finding the courage for CoupleCos. For the married couple in business, fear can run amok. It can even prevent you from starting a business together. It can prevent you from taking necessary risks. But fear is also informative. Where are you flexible and what your deal-breakers?
What If Life Brings A Hammer?
2020 Sep 0224m 48s
What happens to your business if life gets in the way? Who owns the business? Who runs the business? Could you suddenly find yourself in business with an in-law you don’t like? What if you wanted to just take off six months to recover from the grief of losing a partner? There are all kinds of issues that CoupleCos might not think about because they’re deep in the day-to-day of running the business. But sometimes life smacks you in the face. And life-planning with legal insights is smart. Shreya and Colin Ley, the Lawyer Humans at Lay Roots in Seattle, talk to us about putting these things down on paper and getting them off your mind.
More Fire And Knives: Dan Ibach & Courtnay Scott Gray of Chop Shop Park City, Part 2
2020 Aug 2625m 28s
Chop Shop is a high-end butcher shop with table service. It’s also a passion project for the three couples doing it together. We’re talking to each couple separately about the journey. Dan and Courtnay have an unusual story. They knew they’d be getting married by the end of the first date. And Dan was part of a small military unit. He was often leaving home for months at a time, which created stress. But these two don’t mess around. They get down to business and call ‘em like they see ‘em. So, what’s it like plunging headlong into a new business during COVID 19? It could be a dangerous dream filled with fire and knives—but probably no live fire with automatic weapons. Life or death experience leads to perspective. It also makes complaints about the meal pale by comparison.
More Fire And Knives: Dan Ibach & Courtnay Scott Gray of Chop Shop Park City, Part 1
2020 Aug 1933m 16s
We are revisiting the danger of working around fire and knives—this time with people who have never before done it. But she trains enormous and potentially dangerous animals, and he is good with firearms. Daniel Ibach and Courtnay Scott Gray are part of the team of couples opening gourmet butcher business Chop Shop Park City. They’re working with Paige and John Courtney. John’s a Chopped Champion, and she’s been a front-of-house manager and sommelier for some amazing restaurants. Dan and Courtnay have no food service experience, and are launching a gourmet food business in a big-money resort town during COVID. Maybe we mark this down as crazy? Dunno. You’re going to find these two no-nonsense, quick-as-lightning decision makers…
Ballerina & Business Guy Go Whole Hog: Hannah and Daniel Neeleman of Ballerina Farm, Kamas UT, Part 2
2020 Aug 1230m 1s
You’d think it might be a battle of wills. Who sees this coming? But a Julliard-trained ballerina and pageant queen marries an MBA with entrepreneurial tendencies, and they start a family farm. This is the story of Hannah and Daniel Neeleman, who moved from New York to rural Utah. They now raise Angus cattle and Berkshire pigs, and send their pastured products to meat lovers nationwide. We start this episode where we left off last time, about to find out how having agricultural entrepreneur parents affects their five young kids (soon to be six).
Ballerina & Business Guy Go Whole Hog: Hannah and Daniel Neeleman of Ballerina Farm, Kamas UT, Part 1
2020 Aug 0534m 18s
She’s a Julliard-trained ballerina who has worn the crown of Miss New York City. He’s a history major with an MBA and an entrepreneur bent. Hannah and Daniel Neeleman are former inhabitants of New York and Connecticut, respectively. Now they live in rural Utah, where they raise Angus cattle and Berkshire pigs. If you like meat, this is a big deal. If you’re vegan, we’re sorry. At least you get to know that these are pastured animals who lead a lovely life until the day of reckoning. And they taste amazing. This is the episode with happy pigs and cows, the MBA and the Ballerina, and some seriously tasty meat. (It’s safe to say that after you hear this, you may want to sign up for their home meat delivery club.)
Docs To Save Your Bacon with Shreya & Colin Ley
2020 Jul 2921m 38s
If you're a couple in business together, chances are good you haven’t done any of these things. They’re simple, useful, can cover your butt and save your bacon. What happens to the business if something happens to one of you? With luck, very little—if you have laid some simple groundwork. But, without paying attention to these simple tips, you could lose everything…
Fun With Fire & Knives: Paige & John Courtney of Chop Shop Park City, Part 2
2020 Jul 2245m 20s
This is the conversation for anyone who’s ever fantasized about crushing it by opening a food business—and considered going into business with a spouse in a high-stress, all-consuming career. We’re back with Chop Shop “power couple” Paige and John Courtney. With careers spent in big restaurants, they’re now in the resort town of Park City, Utah, preparing to open a nose-to-tail butcher shop. Besides dry-aged beef and the meat of lovingly raised animals, they’re planning to sell and deliver prepared foods and serve a limited menu. They’re also launching during a pandemic, and they’re in business with two other couples who’ve never been in food service. Not awe inspiring enough? John is also a Chopped Champion. His career working with fire and knives has been crowned with the $10,000 grand prize of Food Network throwdown shows. Paige jokes that her fame is in being John Courtney’s wife. But she has had her own stellar career as a front-of-house manager and a sommelier for some amazing restaurants.