Apr
04
2011

Living Life to the Fullest in a Family Business

The Jeub children enjoy working on projects that require "all hands on deck."

Here’s something I’m passionate about: Helping families start their own business. Or at least start pursuing the idea. We’ve been building our family business since 2004, and we love it!

I’ve engaged in niche markets over the years and supply a decent living for my family of 16 children. Several years ago, I felt I should get my MBA, so I accomplished it. I did it to become a “master of business administration.” I needed to learn the skills of the trade.

I’m not trying to pat myself on the back here. I say these things to make a point: This is a fanstastic way to live! I desire other families the same joy as I have with our family business.

You know the status quo: Both Dad and Mom work, kids learn good employee skills at school, and life is lived to get a raise and spend the money on family vacations. So much of our family life is at odds with this standard. We’re swimming against the current in several ways, and you know what? It is a great swim.

1. Dad & Mom work…on the family business.

There are several models in how a family business works, but the best models plug Dad and Mom into specific roles. This doesn’t look the same for every family, but for ideas, here’s how Wendy and I manage the family business.

I take care of product and content management, which is the crux of our publishing company. I’m also the debate coach, which is the cash cow of our business (the products that make the most money). We have an office of which I spend about 50-55 hours per week. Wendy is content creator and social marketer for our family products. She maintains our Jeub Family Facebook page and writes content for products we develop and sell (cookbooks, diet book).

We’ve divvied up responsibilities based on our family responsibilities. Wendy manages the home and focuses mainly on the little children. I manage the office and focus on the older children. The business moves in sync with our homeschool. As the teens get older, they come into the office more and more to get their school work finished. Wendy, likewise, comes into the office once a week to get stuff done.

Together our family business produces products that we prepare for the market. It’s all hands on deck to help build a living.

2. Kids learn at…the family business.

The children are in on this, too. Cynthia and Lydia get paid hourly for their duties. If you were to call our office, there’s a good chance that Cynthia would answer the phone. Lydia is Product Development Manager, a project manager of sorts who makes sure the materials get put into stock. Littler teens and pre-teens (i.e. Isaiah on down) come in on an as-needed basis.

While their peers are learning “new math” and taught how to conform to the status quo, my children learn skills that took me a $35K MBA program. Working in the trenches of a family business cultivates work ethic, camaraderie, ingenuity, critical thinking, fiscal responsibility…the pedagogy is the absolute best. I learned most of these things–like most businessmen–after graduation, some after I became a business owner.

My point is simply this: My children are learning great things that are difficult to find in a formal school setting.

3. Life is lived…at the family business.

As mentioned, the typical family is expected to save up money all year long, then they take a vacation in the summer. This template works for some families, and you may think we’re deprived: We haven’t saved up for a family vacation in nearly a decade.

But that doesn’t mean we haven’t “vacationed.” We’ve traveled the country, much more than I ever did as a child. Since we’ve lived in Colorado, we’ve taken 10 trips to Minnesota, been to both ocean coasts, flown all over the country meeting and befriending people of all backgrounds–we haven’t been deprived of anything. How do we do this? Because wherever business calls us, we roll it into a family trip. Traveling is part of doing business.

Do you know what we do? We publish curriculum for homeschool speakers and debaters who compete in academic forensics leagues. My children, naturally, compete in the same events. I serve as president to its sister nonprofit organization that hosts debate camps and underwrites tournaments. We participate in the events we love, events that our homeschool is build upon.

This is a good life. We’re not monetarily rich, but we are living life to the fullest. To tell you the truth, if I were offered a 6-figure income to return to the status quo most families live, I’d turn it down.

Question: Have you built a family business? Even if your business doesn’t provide for the family full time, use the comment fields below to share your story. We’d love to hear from you!

Note: Tournament season suck up the Jeubs time, so we republish some older posts for you to enjoy. This blog post was republished from October 2010.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Mindy

    I would love the book. If it’s from the Jeubs it has to be good!

  • Hutchinson Family

    We would love a copy of your book on how to start a family business. THANKS! Blessings!

  • http://allaregiftsfromgod.blogspot.com Melissa

    I’ve been reading your blog since you guys were first on TLC. Thanks for a great blog full of encourgement! May God continue to bless your family! We too are trying to start a home/family business. Landscaping and Lawncare.

  • http://bethany.preciousinfants.com Bethany

    I would love to have a copy of this book…Thank you so much for the opportunity! :)

  • Alicia

    I too would love this book…thanks for the chance!

  • http://www.wolfpackmama.blogspot.com TERA WOLF

    Thanks for this offer of a FREE book. We have the entreprenurial spirit and just need some direction.

  • http://mommysblessings.blogspot.com Holly

    Thank you so much for this chance! I have been dying to read it. Your family is such an encouragement!

    I have posted about this on my blog as well!

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    This is the first time we’ve ever done a give away like this. If anyone runs into glitches, let me know right away! chris@jeubfamily.com

  • http://candle-by-night.blogspot.com LadySnow

    How generous of you to offer a free book. Also…we have always wanted to start a family business, but are just at a loss on what we should do. After reading this post…maybe we will be inspired by something. :-)

  • REUBEN N YUTZY

    we would love to start a home business my husband love be home with us and me the childern love having him around thank you for offering this book for free

  • http://creatingtreasures.blogspot.com tereza crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    My husband is self employed and his business happens as God provides. Right now, he is at home waiting on his next assignment. In the meantime, we are running the family and enjoying this time of rest. No worries! God is good. :)

    Thanks for the book. I have been interested in the debate and speech subject but didn’t know where to start. I think your book will be helpful.

    I have blogged about your book giveaway and your family website.

    Blessings, :)
    tereza

  • http://www.organicallyinclined.org Michelle Hogan

    Thank you so much for your offer. It comes just at the right time – our homeschool co-op is looking to start a speech and debate team! As always, love your site and posts. I look forward to them each day!

    Thanks!
    Mish
    Organically Inclined

  • Jessica

    Cool!

  • Chris Schaefer

    We’ve been desirous to start a home-based, family business since we got married! Thank You Jeubs!

  • Bantner family

    We have 6 boys. My husband purchased a nice lawn mower in hopes of starting a family business. They have done a few lawns , but we are not sure this is the way we should go. It is wonderful to see them work together. We appriciate your ministry.

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  • http://sobystuff.blogspot.com Sabrina

    I would love for us to start a family business…just haven’t figured out what to do or how to make it work. I’m sure God will provide the answer in His timing! Would love a copy of the book.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wewinnow Tammy R

    You are such a blessing! I pray your business ventures will continue to bless your family and others.

  • JAC

    A nice article. We have tried our hand at a family photography business, without much success. Looking forward to reading your speech & debate book, if we are able to get one, and it will be a nice homeschooling resource for us later on. Thanks!

  • Jolene

    I love your books! Plus my husbands been wanting me to look into debate for our children! Perfect timing!

  • mollie

    Heck yeah! I have been wanting to know more about this debate stuff! What a great opportunity. Thank you Jeubs! :)I could add it into my homeschooling…

  • Caleb

    Thanks a whole bunch! I look forward to reading it!

  • Noele

    This is our first year in speech and debate club, although it’s been a lot of new information and we are still learning, I know it is going to benefit my kids. We are very excited to be apart of the club and look forward to many years of participation and learning. Thanks for the great resources.

  • Nancy

    Thank you!! Your family and ministry have been a blessing to ours. Would love to find out more about this great resource.

    May God bless you!
    Nancy

  • Laura

    Wow, looks like fun. I give it a try.

  • Donna Plummer

    I am very excited about doing this wonderful process with our boys. I can’t wait to read the book and praise God for all your work. Thank you. And bless your family for their efforts. Donna

  • Peggy

    I would love to receive a copy of your book!! God bless!

  • Christina

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  • Leslie

    I would love this book!

  • http://chatterandclatter.blogspot.com/ Heidi

    Speech and debate is something I’d like to get my oldest involved in as soon as next year. I’d love a copy! Thank you!

    I’m off to blog around it right now.

  • http://childrenchoresandchocolate.blogspot.com Johanna

    I’d love to have this book! This is something my husband and I have talked about doing with our kids someday! Thanks for the opportunity! :-)

  • Ellen

    We are a homeschool family of 4 watching our oldest daughter light up with a passion for speech and debate. We are so thankful for the freedom to homeschool and hence the freedom to allow her to devote several hours a day to writing and researching in preparation for her upcoming competitions.
    We could use that book!
    God bless you!

  • http://ourbusyhomeschool.blogspot.com Tristan

    I’m brand new to your website and thrilled to find it! I would love to have this book.

  • Maleesa

    I would love to get one of your books.Thanks.

  • Marjorie

    I recently changed my position so that I can work from my home. I have not worked as hard ever, and love the independence the challenge and the notion that what I do is for my family…my kids get to learn all about advertising, creating campaigns, managing ad budgets and the like, while we all wear our slippers, not sure it gets better than that!

  • Stacey

    I would love to have this. My husband is terminally ill & not practical for me to work outside the home. Thank you so much for the offer. Thanks Chris & Wendy. Coming from you I trust it.

  • http://thelegacyofhome.blogspot.com Mrs. White

    This sounds great. I’d love to have the book.

    blessings
    Mrs. White

  • http://eclectic-homeschool-journey.blogspot.com Kim Monaco

    I’d love a copy of this book! Thank you.

  • http://homeschoolheartandmind.blogspot.com Susan

    Would love to have the book, thank you for the offer:-)

  • http://raisingolives.com Kimberly @ Raising Olives

    We were just helping our children with public speaking this afternoon. What a great opportunity thank you.

  • http://blessing-farm.blogspot.com/ Heather@BlessingsPourOut

    I’d love a copy of this book. I will be posting this link on facebook and on my blog. I have a thirteen year old and several of his friends who would love to learn more about speech and debate. We have a small group over at our place twice a month for the Bookmobile, and adding speech into it once a month would be a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for the offer!!

    Blessings,

    Heather

  • sandra

    Is this a book that would be helpful in debating on online message boards? My kids are in college,and no longer doing debate,so this is what I am looking for,for myself;thought I would ask first. :)

  • http://www.homeschoolblogger.com Terri

    We have been praying about a family business. This offer is wonderful, thank you!

  • http://freelancehomeschoolmom.com Lynnae

    I’d love to have a copy of the book. We’re always looking for new ventures!

  • Pam

    We have had a family business since we were married. As the children have grown we have been able to include them more and more and like you, we love the life that this is. Our oldest (14 years old )is starting debate class/club this year. Look forward to seeing what you have to say!

  • Jessica

    I have an Etsy.com store and I also sell books through BarefootBooks.com. I have my pages linked on my blog so people can find them. I haven’t been very successful, but I do get a few dollars here and there from them…maybe if I were better at marketing? :)

    I’ve thought of various businesses I’d like to have. If I didn’t have my baby to tend to I’d like to open either a knitting store or a cloth diaper & baby accessory store. I’d also like to be a doula someday.

  • Angela Arbogast

    Thank you so much for making your book on Speech & Debate available. Our oldest daughter (age 12) seems to have a quite a knack when it comes to debating…especially with her parents…LOL. I would love to see those skills directed into a wholesome, educational activity.

  • Amy n Reid Hall

    Annie started debate this year. We’d love any book you guys have that could help!

  • Sherral Floyd

    Thank you! I think my son will be a “natural” at debate. LOL Thanks to the Halls for “introducing” me to the Jeubs. 😉

  • Dana

    Hi, I am sharing this on my FB. We do not have a family business (yet) but my dh has been listening to Entrepreneurial Bootcamp as we pray for the Lord’s direction on this. I look forward to learning more about Speech and Debate :-)

    Lord Bless,
    Dana

  • http://www.ordinaryhappilyeverafter.com Courtney

    Thanks :) I shared on my facebook :) We have an at home business that is failing miserably.

    I’d love to learn how to debate. I’m horrible at it right now.

  • Daqurie

    Hi Wendy! Thanks for offering this we are excited to get the free book and start learning

  • Rena

    I will post it on my blog. My eldest is in debate right now–we could use some help on time management!

  • Jeanette anteola

    You know I love you and your family, Wendy! I am going to share this on FB too!

  • http://laughingburnsmorecaloriesthancrying.blogspot.com/ Denise

    This is so timely for us. Thank you so much!!

    Denise

  • Pam

    Thanks for the book and all you do. We enjoyed our first LD debate camp with you this summer in CA. God bless!

  • http://facebook.com/sweetandlovelyrose Rose Pomplun

    I would love the book. I enjoy learning more about the Jeub family, especially with Speech and Debate. My sister is on Parli Pro and I’d love to show it to her!

  • andrea vanmiddendorp

    i would love the book! i would love hubby to be able to stay home and work with me! what a dream you guys are living :)

  • Kathy Wooten

    I linked your article to my facebook page. Thanks!

  • Gem

    Love it. It’s so inspiring!

  • Amy Pederson

    We would love to find out how you get so many of your kids involved in Speech & Debate. We are getting our feet wet with just one this year. Thanks for the offer of a free book!

  • Jackie Ware

    Hey guys! We really enjoy everything you guys put out on families and children. Thank you for trying to educate others and being a like minded family to be our advocates! Children truly are a blessing from the Lord! Blessings, T.J., Jackie, Asher, Isaac, Ethan, Shiloh, Seth, and ‘one more on the way’!

  • http://www.treasuresfromashoebox.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Hope I’m not too late! Our homeschoolers would love this book! I’m posting this on my Treasures from a Shoebox FB page. Thanks!

  • Shawn

    A friend of mine sent me a link to your website and I am just getting started in looking it over. I noticed an offer for the free book, thank you for that.

  • http://finallyhomeschooling.blogspot.com/ Melanie

    I would love to get my youngest involved in Speech and Debate. Public speaking/thinking is not my “thing” and I would love for our daughters not to have the same handicap. Thank you for the offer.

  • Jean

    Our family would love a copy of your book!

  • http://blessednationranch.blogspot.com Janelle

    I’d love to read this, thanks :)

  • Cindy Nieswender

    I am so excited about this book!!!! This is also a passion of mine, Thanks Jeub’s!!!

  • Maciek

    Hello! Greetings from Poland to all large families! :)

  • http://frommeandmyhouse.com Lisa @ Me & My House

    Hi Wendy. Thanks for this offer. Posting on my FB. I’ve known of you and your family for quite a while, but found we have another mutual friend, through your Speech and Debate and family biz.

  • samantha

    I’d love to learn to communicate more effectively and maybe start a business of my own at home.

  • http://UsborneForKids.com Tracey

    I’d love a copy! Thanks!

  • Laura

    I am interested in learning more about your family business. : – )

  • Amy

    Ohh, my 15 yo son would love this book. He loves to debate, loves to take a side he does not agree with.

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    We have about 50 orders so far, but over 70 comments. I hope everyone is following directions. The email at the end is important, for it has an automated reply that explains how to get the book.

    • Michelle

      Is the book still available? I do a couple of things, but my husband;s health isn’t the best and he doesn’t listen to his doctors, so I feel the need to have something that could support us and still allow me to school my children at home. My 9 year old is my main helper (helps me at my shows, set up, packing up, etc).
      Thanks!

  • April

    Wow, I just found your website. I’m excited to look around and read this book!

  • Aggie

    Wow! What a great offer!

    Thanks!

    Aggie

  • Mrs.Garcia

    We love to also have a Copy of this Book if we may!
    We want to start our own business.

  • Ira

    It’s really great what you and your family are doing. Skills in speech for our children is increasingly important since they will give a reason for what they believe (I Peter 3:15). God bless you all.

  • http://createdforwork.housefullofblessings.com Ralph Cabrera

    We’re here in Elbert, CO, not too far from you guys. We’d really like to get a family business going – we have eight children (seven sons and one daughter) and could learn a lot from you. We also have a few who are showing interest in speech and debate, so we’d appreciate reading your book on the subject. Thanks!

  • Sherry D.

    How exciting! Sounds like a great book. I can’t wait to read it.

  • Nanette Schow

    Delighted to read about your offer. I have really enjoyed reading about the way God has challenged and blessed your family through the years. Each of you are a blessing. Thanks.

  • Pamela Roy

    Thank you so much! Posted on Facebook.

  • Sarah Lownsbery

    Hi Jeub Family!
    I saw your show a few years ago on tv and just recently found your blog. My husband is considering getting out of the Army and we would like to possibly start up a family business so I would be interested in getting a free copy of your book. I have facebook so I will hit the share button on this post to share with my friends.

    Sarah Lownsbery

  • Lisa Burkhart

    You sound like a wonderful family and encourager. I’d love to have your book on speech and debate! Thank you for the kind offer!

  • Kimberly Banov

    I love your family and visit your blog and websites a few times each week because I am encouraged to live a life knowing that children are blessings. We are 8 months pregnant with our first! He’s due in December! Your testimony and faith has inspired my husband and I to start a family and truly rely on God in family planning! I would absolutely love a copy of one of your books!

  • Rebekah

    What an incredible offer!!! Thank you so much!! I already purchased the Red Book for this year, and I can’t wait to read your guide to speech and debate!!

    May the Lord richly bless your family!!
    Rebekah Jorgensen (NCFCA speaker/debater ;D)

  • Misty

    Would love a copy of the book. Thanks so much for offering it.

  • Gaertners

    We are enjoying the Red Book… it has been helpful for our son’s first year of LD. May the Lord bless your family, marriage, business and ministry.

  • Misty

    Posted this to my fb and twitter :)

  • Gaertners

    We are enjoying the Red Book … it has helped our son in his first year of LD. We look forward to your speech tips.
    May the Lord bless your marriage, work, ministry and family.

  • http://lingley.blogspot.com/ Nicole Lingley

    I would love a copy of this book! It’s such a wonderful offer. I’m posting to facebook, twitter, and my blog right now. :)

    Thank you!

  • http://www.heartsforhomeschooling.blogspot.com Myra

    Great post about family business. As a homeschooling family, your book will be very useful. Thanks so much!

  • Debbie A-T

    just getting started on this journey. Thanks for this opportunity. It will really help us

  • Carissa

    I would LOVE to have one of your books! We are working on starting our own business too! :-)

  • Chrissy

    Chris and wendy
    I enjoy reading your blog and facebook updates daily.

    Thank you for sharing what God is doing in your lives..
    Its awesome to see how God works in different ways..

    Would love to read your book – sounds so amazing.

    Chrissy

  • Jessica Payne

    I would also love this book! We have been wanting to buy some of your books so a free one would be GREAT! We also live in Colorado and hope to meet you someday. Thank you for your testimony and Ministry. Blessings to your family.

  • Kimberly Simko

    I would love to read this book, and hope to be one of the hundred who recieve it free!! Even if I don’t get picked for the free book, I think it’s awesome that you are doing this!! God bless you and your family.

    Kimberly

  • Carrie Lopez

    I cant wait to read this book . You are amazing

  • Laura Zimmerman

    You are such an inspiration to me! I really enjoy reading what you’ve written, you always have such great ideas. I really enjoy your blog and your Facebook updates! Thanks for everything you do :)
    ~Laura

  • david moyer

    Excited to review as we are looking at a corporate exit strategy!

  • http://losingtheworld.com Evan Brammer | Losing the World

    Ah man, #102! Well, that just shows to go ya that you can’t procrastinate because you’ll forget.

    My wife and I thoroughly enjoy learning from your experiences as a large family and applying some of the principles to our own family.

    God bless.

  • Seelys

    Well, what a blessing to be introduced to this website. We are looking forward to learning more and getting to know your family through this blog. God bless you all!

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    Not everyone is following through with the instructions, and there has been some jabbering back and forth. Evan, still order the free book. I would love to send you one!

  • Cassie

    Awesome! This idea has been on my heart lately :)

  • Beth

    I can’t wait to read it. We are doing speech right now and I’m sure it will be a blessing to all of us. Can’t wait to receive it.

  • Darla

    We’d love to get a copy of your book, Chris and Wendy — if you have anymore. I realize I may be too late, though! No worries! :)

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

      Darla (and anyone else who thinks they may be too late), we’re going to send you your book if you complete instructions by Friday. Great to hear from you!

  • Alicia

    Wow! Super fast shipping!!! You guys and gals are awesome!!!

  • Carol Nypaver

    Cool……What an offer! LOVE the family photo! We have 9 children. When I saw your picture, I felt like, “Wow! We should have had more children!” Darn menopause!

  • http://facebook Bridgett Donald

    It is exciting to hear your story, and so many others who are on the same endeavor of family business! Thank you for your offer. My husband and I would love a book if you have any more to spare…

  • Angie

    I would like this book! :)

  • Sarah Griffin

    I love your posts and look forward to your book!

  • Kimberly

    I would love a copy. I have 4 children and we struggle I am very interested in starting up a family business and would love to read your book.

  • Janette

    We’d love a book :)

  • Helen Berg

    This book would be a great asset to us. We are in the planning of starting a family business.

  • http://homeschoolmummyx3.xanga.com Regina

    Thank you for such a generous offer! I would love to read your book!

  • Helen Berg

    why do I have to pay $20 shipping?

  • http://www.frugalnavywife.blogspot.com amanda

    I’ve linked this to my blog. I would love a copy of the book.

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    Helen: if you live in the US, you don’t have to pay any shipping.

  • http://nancybeth.com Nancy B

    I’d love to know what your book has to say. My husband is a very low paid pastor and we have 6 children. We’ve talked for a long time about what he and I could do to supplement his income but can’t seem to come up with anything that won’t take him away from us too much. He’s facing a possible cut to part time in the near future if the church doesn’t see some significant growth soon.

  • Kelly

    With 9 kids so far this would be a wonderful book for our family!

  • Stephanie

    We would love your book. My husband is so tried of the rat race and we are so close to being out of debt. With three three years and under and as many more the Lord will provide we are open to new ideas. Thank you.

  • http://www.gearygang.blogspot.com Leah

    We have four children and would be a wonderful book for our family!

  • Jill Farris

    It sounds wonderful and inspiring. We were self-employed for a number of years and really struggled…but we loved having dad home!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Jill F. mom of 8

  • http://www.thegapgirl.blogspot.com Amy Wyler

    I would just LOVE a copy of this free book if any are still available. I have been reading your blog and following your family since your show on TLC in 2006 and I just love you all. Thank you so much xoxo

  • Brandi G.

    I have enjoyed all of your books and I know I would love to read this one. I am sure, as with all the others, I will learn much from it.

  • http://je Jennifer Miner

    I would love to read this book!

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  • Bardsanddog

    Is this book for sale?

  • Pawsaw12

    I am so interested in this. We have 3 still at home 2 of which are special needs. Would love for all three children learn skills this way. Also my husband has been laid off and now works at a job that is a temp. job. We have been looking into starting a home business. Any info is much appreciated. Have you written a book on this subject ?

    • Anonymous

      No book on the subject per se, but we do talk a lot about our business in our existing books.

  • TAMMIE :)

    OK.. I dont know where else to put this at so I will put it in both places … but traveling would be MY optimum dream way of making a living, I LOVE it !…Errr, although not very lucrative when you have no idea how to go about making money doing it …. there is always truck driving and well, that is great and all but usually for the big, burly, hairy, scary dudes and NOT a chick … and traveling is great also if you can take everyone with you as a family and you don’t have to remortgage your home (if you have one) or spend your life savings and what is left of it for what is now the so called price of greed.. oops, I mean Gas …. so what do you do, when you have nothing left as a way to start a buisness, no knowledge thereof, and cant even afford to get your family a new vehicle because the one you have as main transport has children hanging out of every window and tied to the roof and the spare tire is having to be pulled behind on the basis that you just do not know if you will even make it to town and one of the kids is having to sit in the spot the time should call home ???? Totally though, a bit of seriousness is needed here, we have lost pretty much everything we were striving for here… how does one start anew ???? As we currently are without ANY job, I do suppose any advice would be considered helpful … I dont want the spare tire to have to become dinner.. poor thing already gets enough torture. :)

  • Peggy

    My significant other and I have really been looking into opening our own thrift shop. Start up costs are low and it’s really easy to find good stuff at garage sales and such to stock a thrift store with. Just kind of nervous about the risk involved. We both have fairly decent jobs and my job has good insurance. Of course, we have to get married first so we have a little time yet to figure out the details. I plan on drawing up a business plan and trying to see what kind of cost we are looking at to start. We love working together and have done it delivering phone books the past couple years and love sharing the same dream and working hard to achieve it.
    Hopefully someday we can make our dream job a reality!

  • Miguelshelpmeet

    My husband is a professional painter. When he gets ‘side work’ we ALL get in on the action. My toddler knows how to ‘demask’ and the oldest (who’s only 9) loves telling everyone that he can mask a room!

    He learns SO MUCH working along his father, that I have been known to redo his whole school chart to allow him the time with dad! :-)

    We also pass out cards together as a family!

    I can’t wait until they are older and their ‘help’ becomes HELP! haha