You decide to start a business on your own and your spouse agrees with the idea. After much consideration, you think that it’s a great step to handle the business with your spouse and thus, able to earn more and provide better for your family. Your continuous effort to support your spouse’s growing business will always be appreciated. In this article, we highlighted how these powerful Malaysian duos support each other in business.
1. Give them ample quality time
It’s not about the quantity of time allocated for work but increased productivity levels instead. Your spouse’s best interest is to get as much disruption-free time as possible so that they can focus on their work. In order doing so, you can try to minimise any distraction or non-urgent matters, whether it’s personal or business related. For instance, you can keep the children away for a few hours if your spouse works from home.
Example powerful duo: Vivy Yusof and Fadza Anuar
They set the benchmark as a powerful business duo. Knowing for their fast-growing FashionValet and best-selling dUCk Scarves, Vivy Yusof and Fadza Anuar know how to let each other have time between work and catching up with friends and family. For instance, whenever Vivy has to attend any personal matter, Fadza will handle the important meeting with clients and keeping the company’s operation runs smoothly.
Fadza’s sharp business judgment and Vivy’s strong social media influence are just like two perfectly-fitted jigsaw pieces, making this enterprising and stylish couple a powerful pair.
2. Work on networking
A big challenge for growing businesses is attracting new clients and customers. So, whenever you meet new people, make meaningful connections and let them know about your spouse’s growing business. Keep in mind for not being too pushy that will earn you no favours. Your good impression will encourage them to do word-of-mouth marketing on your behalf.
Example powerful duo: Jovian Mandagie and Nina Ismail Sabri
The friendship between renowned fashion designer Jovian Mandagie and Nina Ismail Sabri, blossomed into love from their conversation during a flight. They both have a strong connection with local celebrities and VIP clients which then help them both in growing businesses. Nina keeps on building networking with new people when attending any social events thus helping her spouse doing marketing for his fashion label.
4. Optimise opportunities
In this current world, technology is considered as everything. It’s mind-blowingly fast-paced and practically impossible to keep up with. There are lots of ways to automate, shorten or outsource business processes that can scale the business even faster. For instance, graphics and video tools help a lot in making content creation easier and faster, making them appear higher in the newsfeed and encourage it being shared and seen.
Example powerful duo: Giden Lim and Penny Choo
Giden Lim along with Penny Choo started an online subscription-based flower delivery service, BloomThis that specialises in sending handpicked fresh and luxurious flowers. They both keep on finding new ideas or innovative ways on how to grow their business.
Their business has been doubling the subscribers every month since they utilise the new experience of sending and delivering flowers. Instead of a regular flower delivery service, they now have a subscription plan where subscribers will get surprised flower every week deliver right in front of their door.
4. Share new and fresh ideas
Always share the knowledge with your spouse. Open up discussions about what you learned from a recent book that you’ve been reading or during a chatting session at the dinner table. A great gesture you may apply is to study the industry that is related to your spouse’s business and cross-share any useful information with your spouse to help them with their work.
Example powerful duo: Kimberly Ho and Huang
Founder and co-founder of a groundbreaking line of non-toxic skincare products for children called Evereden. This idea came out when they found out most of the major brand on the market are not safe and harmful for the children. These duos know the market demand and keep on exchanging knowledge on how to grow the business. To date, their products received accolades from Bobbi Brown and Vogue, among others.
5. Encourage shared parenting
Even though your spouse might be busy with work, that does not mean they want to stop being a parent. No one wants to miss opportunities to bond with their children, so encourage them to have their ‘mummy-time or ‘daddy-time’ as often as their schedule allows it. Distribute housework duties fairly and ensure both have enough time with family. Prioritise fairness and efficiency and always encourage your spouse to do things that they love.
Example powerful duo: Carl Samsudin and Belle Al-Yahya
Fashion brand Bella Ammara was founded by former chemist Carl Samsudin and his beautiful wife, Belle Al-Yahya. The brand is famous for the trendy but Shariah-compliant garments. Carl and Belle know how to handle their business efficiently. Carl is the mastermind behind the marketing and business strategy who knows how to grow the brand while Belle is a Muslimah model and also a source of style inspiration.
They both know how to take care of their small family besides having various businesses under their belt, namely Bella Ammara, Sugarbelle Cosmetic and Naarabelle Facespa.