Being a business owner is tough. Always having an unpredictable schedule, worrying 24/7 about your operations, and getting endless calls and messages make it seem like work-love balance is impossible. How do other couples make time for each other if they’re always busy? Fortunately, according to these couples, it can be done!
Check out how these successful restaurateurs behind some of the metro’s most popular spots manage to juggle business and love, all in a day’s work.
Share your work calendar with your partner.
Walrus and Tortuga co-owners Paola Betita and Emilio Tan have been together for six years. Aside from managing the bars, Emilio works as a researcher. Paola, on the other hand, works for an online crowdfunding company. When the growing operations for their restaurants became more difficult to juggle with their full time jobs, it also became more challenging to find time for each other. It also doesn’t help that one lives from the north, and ther resides in the south of Manila.
Their solution? Constant communication. Always updating each other what their schedules are like makes it more manageable to plan things ahead. Paola makes sure to send a picture of her schedule to Emilio so they can see when they can visit each other or plan their next date.
Let them embrace your entrepreneurial side.
RJ Ledesma, co-owner of Mercato Centrale, manages the food bazaar with his wife Vanessa. Being married for almost nine years, Vanessa admitted that it took her a while to get used to her husband's routine to manage business operations, but she knew it was necessary for the business to thrive.
To make up for lost quality time, RJ occasionally takes his family to work for them to know more about the things he does. On his free time, he puts extra effort in helping Vanessa take care of the kids. “RJ is a great dad” Vanessa says, he makes it a point to spend time with his children and even tutor them whenever possible.
Keep things exciting by trying new restaurants together
Anna and Charles Paw of Hole In The Wall, Wrong Ramen, and Digital Walker to name a few, have been married for 11 years. Handling several restaurants, Charles' schedules can sometimes get hectic managing his staff and attending to his guests. Dinners with Anna then get missed. Because of this, he makes it a point to dedicate time for them to enjoy. Both food lovers, they always try new restaurants and schedule trips together to discover new things together.
Work-love balance is possible as long as you compromise and equip yourself with the right tools to keep your business running without having to spend your entire waking moment worrying about it.
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