On March 22nd, creators of the digital platform Bean & Cream Brittany Giles and Channing Beumer joined subscribers of the Her Agenda Insider community how their 11-year friendship has served as the foundation for them working together as business partners.
For over an hour, Brittany and Channing shared lessons on what they’ve learned as owners of their own businesses, and how their friendship and faith has sustained them both through the many plot twists that life has thrown their way.
Here’s one piece of advice they both shared about working on a business with a close friend that resonated with Her Agenda Insiders:
“Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, make sure you are on the same page. Also, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Be ready to support and be ready to ask for help.”
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On their favorite part of the process of building Bean & Cream:
Brittany: “My favorite part is definitely our planning sessions. It feels good to work on a common goal with your friend. We have a blast curating content, speaking about the future, and focusing on ways to help others.”
Channing: “Definitely. One thing I’ve noticed is how much more accountable that has made us to one another and to the responsibilities we hold in this endeavor. We both know how to give each other slack (because LIFE happens) but, we’re also very committed to seeing each other be better people so, we push one another.”
On balancing their full-time jobs with their businesses:
Channing: “Honestly, it’s not easy AT ALL. I don’t really think we balance as much as we’ve started to understand the importance of prioritizing. Some things will just have to get done tomorrow and we’re finally at a place where we’re okay with that.”
Brittany: “I am really big on keeping a post-it note with 3 business goals for the day, 3 teacher goals for the day, and 3 mommy goals. I don’t want to be overwhelmed. I refuse to be a zombie because I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. I also put my phone up for a period of time because I don’t want my daughter not knowing how important our time is together.”
To keep up with Brittany and Channing, you can follow them on Instagram.