This week, our super business woman is Morgan Molitor, co-owner of construction2style, a husband and wife remodeling team based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Read about the advice she’d give to a younger version of herself, how she balances work and home life, and much more!
When and how did you start your company?
In 2012, Jamie bought his first home to flip. He started DIY’ing and I was blown away by his talents so started a blog, construction2style, to show off his work. With our blog, people starting coming to us to see if they could hire us to help remodel their homes. That was never the purpose or intent of our blog but with so many requests, we were flattered and thought why not? So Jamie pursued his contractors license. In 2015, we launched our home remodeling business with a design and build mentality.
Oh man, owning your own business you run into obstacles on a daily basis especially within the home improvement industry. You just never know what you’re going to find when you take out a wall. But we love a good challenge! That is after all what makes you grow in yourself and business.
However, the business and numbers side is the hardest. When we were getting our business setup someone told us to hire an accountant to manage all of our book work and we did. If we wouldn’t have, I already know that would have definitely been our biggest obstacle. I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Getting your taxes, insurance, and all the things that you need to have with the state and government when owning a business. Ufda! So I am so thankful for the person that told me that and that I actually listened to them.
So I’d have to say currently our biggest obstacle is giving bids. Giving estimates is hard. It sounds easy, just time and materials- right? But you also have to think about the overhead like taxes, insurance, workers comp, subs, and situations that you “might” run into on the job that might make your 3 week project 3 months. Luckily for us we met our good friends, JKath Design + Build, within the industry and they have been freaking amazing! They have guided us, and mentored us on things they have had to face and overcome and lucky for us we have been able to lean on them for guidance when we need some. I would highly recommend reaching out to people within the industry. Buy them coffee or a bottle of wine and pick their brains. It took Jamie and I awhile to do that…instead just figuring it out as we went…and it’s something I wish we would have been more reluctant to do earlier on…probably would have saved us a lot of money and headaches.
How do you juggle your work and home life?
Take one day at a time. Seriously. We are crazy planners. We sit down every Sunday night and go over jobs, meetings, events, dinner, who’s picking up Greyson (our son) from daycare, everything we’re doing in our life…even or highs and lows. We literally schedule everything in. So each day when we wake up, we know exactly what we need to get done that day. We don’t think about the following or next day, we think about today. That also helps keep our minds at ease and relieves a lot of anxiety. If I looked at my full week ahead and all we had to get done in work and play, I would probably just quit. haha! We also don’t schedule anything in the evenings more than 2 nights away from one another. If we have obligations locked in for 2 nights (that we can’t bring the 3 of us to), we will say no to anything else that pops up. Those other 5 nights are important to us to have family time and keep that time safe. We also try to remember that every-time we say “yes” to something work related we are saying “no” to our family. So we really, really weigh the pros and cons of what we’re committing to and always try to use our best yes.
Being the industry that you work in, how do you handle the sexism that you’ve been faced with?
haha, oh this is a good one! Sexism and ageism. To be honest, I don’t get sexism as much as ageism. It might be because all of our clients are referrals so they know who they are dealing with. However, I can’t count how many times we have been to professional events within the industry and we’ve had things said to us that implies we are so young and that we have no experience. It might be the backwards hat Jamie’s wearing or the neon dress I’m wearing…haha…but hey, that’s our vibe. So we can’t after all blame them! But how do we deal? I usually just laugh and it pushes me to kick some more ass! haha! Jamie on the other hand gets a little irritated and stares at them with a blank face and then those lines that get told to us usually become his go-to punching bag lines when we’re killing it at a job. And then we really laugh, haha!
What words of advice would you say to a younger version of yourself?
Get your ass moving! Stop over analyzing, over thinking, wondering what your family or friends are going to think and just do it. Because you know what? You’re going to kill it.