It’s absolutely true. I love being all three.
It’s only recently though, that I’ve looked back through the ‘archives’ – so to speak, at how much I’ve grown during eight years in the business. I’ve gone from working part-time supporting Jordan with admin and accounts – to working full-time as an equal partner running the business. But it’s much more than that to me. I’ve gone from being deliberately invisible to centre-stage and I’ve settled very nicely into that role. It didn’t happen overnight – most things don’t. In truth, I had to put on my big girl brave pants and take a one step forward.
Here’s my story…
I’d just had Charlie, our first son, when I started working in the business, so everything had to fit around him. No-one would have known I worked in the office doing the admin or accounts – it was very much Shhh, I don’t want anyone to know I’m here! Gradually though, I started to take on more of a role, but it was still very much me working in the wings with Jordan being the face of the business.
Then three years ago, we moved into some beautiful rented offices in Ednaston, Ashbourne. Stepping inside, seemed to make my role all the more real and I started getting more involved in the day-to-day running of the business; and supporting Jordan to make strategic decisions – I’d never done that before. And then… came the baptism of fire. We began working with a business Coach. That was November 2019. In the space of 15-months came unbelievable change. My confidence soared, my mindset switched to a positive setting, I embraced our values and I opened up to gratitude.
I’m not just working in the business; I’m working on the business. Our business. Not Jordan’s business, but ours. There’s a massive difference. I can see the difference. I can feel the difference. People on the outside looking in, can see it too and that means so much. It’s now an equal partnership where we’re playing to our strengths. We’ve both realised, that I’ve brought new skills to the business. On a day-to-day basis I lead on developing new relationships, marketing, social media and accounts – while Jordan is in charge of project developments and operations. We’re like the Yin and Yang – it’s a complementary combination.
I’m more confident and more capable than I ever gave myself credit for. I feel as though my input is now valid. I know much more about construction (and it shows!) – sometimes I’ll say something and think ‘where did that come from’. Before, if I ever went on a site visit, I’d go along as Jordan’s wife, and I was happy about that. Being in the background felt safe. But now, I go along as Laura.
I used to wrestle with being part of a husband-and-wife team, thinking we were perceived as a small business, not taken seriously – as if it was a weakness. Now I fully embrace it. I know without a shred of doubt that we’re a solid team playing to our strengths – that’s why our clients work with us. We’re passionate about what we do – and we’re good at it. Before, I felt like we had to put on a show – but all that’s gone. If I have a wobble, I read our client testimonials; or open a packet of Hob Nobs.
Funnily enough, someone asked me very recently if I had a Career Plan B. Well, I always wanted to be private detective or researcher. Probably because I’m a naturally curious person. If I’m about to invest in something, say a new iPad or fridge freezer, then I’ll research it to the point where I know more than the manufacturers. I think I’d probably be very good on the TV show Hunted… on the panel of expert hunters. I don’t think it’d take me long to locate someone on the run…!
But seriously though, when my boys ask me ‘what did you want to be mummy when you grew up’ – I tell them I always wanted to be a mum, because it’s true and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I also happen to be Jordan’s wife and a director of a family business. And I wouldn’t change that either. We still enjoy working together and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.