Couples in Business: Kathy and John Bartnick

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kathy and john - 20150817-IMG_2810Kathy and John’s business is a result of their desire to live a more fit, healthier lifestyle. Their personal weight-loss success story inspired them to help others achieve the same. As a result, Shape Your Life Studios was born in 2010. Their 15-year relationship and 11-year marriage allows them to effectively balance their personalities in business and relate to a wide variety of clients as they provide personal training for men, women, kids and families in West Michigan.

WLM: Do you intentionally separate your business from your personal life?
Kathy and John: Yes, we do. There is some cross over because of the nature of what we do. We get to know people very well and we do socialize some. It is hard to eat and drink with someone Friday night and have to weigh him or her in Monday morning! We have to be careful to be the trainer first to help them get healthy.

Is there anything about your particular line of business that makes working with your partner more or less difficult?
It is less difficult. We provide personal training classes and spinning, so there is not much to get worked up over. We just need to be able to help others and pay our bill at the end of each month.

What are the two most important qualities to embody when running a business with your partner?
Listen to each other and respect each other’s opinions. At the end of day, let it all go and live your life together! There is more to our marriage then running our Studio. We have fun together!

What advice do you have for couples that are in or are prospecting a business together?
Define who is doing what and talk about major expenses or major problems together. Be honest and don’t hold stuff in and explode with a month’s worth of complaints all at once!

“Listen to each other and respect each other’s opinions. At the end of the day, let it all go and live your life together.”

Shape Your Life Studios
1290 36th St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509


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