Jennifer Hess

Obstacle Advice

Advice on coping with a co-founder leaving the company


I started FLY with a business partner, and we complimented each other nicely in terms of our strengths in running a business. Our company grew very organically and we have become quite busy with one-day events and retreats. However, this summer my business partner decided that for family reasons she needed to pull out.


At first I was very surprised, and I needed to take some time to reflect on my situation and decide if I still wanted to go forward. I had to really focus on self care—practicing yoga, going for runs and having quiet time to reflect and feel whatever was surfacing so that I didn’t make hasty decisions based on fear of the unknown. Finding a great team and collaborating with others was really important to keep the energy high and the enthusiasm building. Lastly, finding ways to streamline the business processes was needed so that I had the time needed to take over what two people were accomplishing previously. I was able to find great project management sites and estimating sites that helped me do things more skillfully and quickly.

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