How to Have a Successful Business and a Happy Marriage | Justin & Kristen Deese

Spouses Justin and Kristen Deese join us on today’s episode of Live with Bottleneck. They are successful owners of four home service businesses. They also work as business coaches and authors. Justin and Kristen share tips on how to successfully manage a business with your spouse while maintaining a happy marriage. 

Make Working With Each Other Work

Justin and Kristen share that one of their early struggles as a married couple is appreciating their differences. They discuss that they owned up to their differences instead of trying to be good in something that they are not.  

“Working together in complementing areas is a challenge. Once we figured it out, we saw a quick difference in our business that’s amazing.” – Justin Deese

Define Your Own Lane     

The couple says that they structured their lanes according to their different geniuses. Kristen adds that if there are things that they both cannot do, they outsource it. However, Justin shares that they also try to do other things outside their lanes to maintain their own genius.   

“If I can spend my time doing the things that I love to do in the business and he can spend the time doing the things that he loves to do, then we’re both happier which is good for the business and the marriage.” – Kristen Deese

Look Into Different Perspective

Kristen shares that whenever other couples who do not see things eye to eye come to them for advice, she often tells them to look into a different perspective. Justin also adds that communication also plays a big role. He explains that couples are often not far off from what each other wants. They just have a hard time knowing because nobody is listening. Justin and Kristen emphasizes that spouses that are working together have the same goal for the most part. 

“Seek to understand before being understood. Just the whole concept of we’re not trying to figure out who’s right or who’s wrong. Let’s just see if we can understand why the other person is feeling the way that they’re feeling.” – Justin Deese

To know more about having a successful business and happy marriage with your spouse, and for more information about Justin and Kristen Deese, watch this episode. 


Kristen Deese is a Business Coach and Certified Behavioral Consultant who helps businesses grow by strengthening the ‘behind the scenes’ framework and communication strategies within the organization. All too often business owners are investing countless hours in their business but can’t quite seem to reap the rewards they imagined when dreaming of owning their own business in the first place. ⁣

⁣Justin Deese is a business strategist, visionary, and self-made entrepreneur. He simultaneously built three flourishing in-home service companies in multiple states, is a certified E-Myth Business Coach, and is an expert at helping fellow business owners structure and manage their companies for maximum profitability. Justin has extensive working knowledge regarding all aspects of operating a successful business and has helped numerous business owners revitalize their companies. 

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About Jaime Jay

Meet Jaime Jay – a man who wears many hats, and wears them all admirably. He's a master connector, an entrepreneur extraordinaire, and a published author who knows how to get things done.

Before he found his way to the business world, Jaime served his country as a brave paratrooper in the U.S. Army. But that's just the beginning of his many accomplishments.

He's the founder of the renowned Bottleneck Distant Assistant Services firm, and his book "Quit Repeating Yourself" has become a must-read for entrepreneurs everywhere.

When he's not busy building his empire, you can find him on his beloved Harley Davidson, cruising through the countryside and taking in the invigorating effects of Uitwaaien – a Dutch practice that involves facing the wind to boost health and relieve stress.

He enjoys spending his free time outside building stuff with his wife, Nikita the dog and their two kittens (for now at least) Tommy and Tater.

He is ‘over-the-moon’ happily married to his wonderful wife Sara, his amazing daughter, Jessica, who is serving our country as a United States Army soldier. Jaime and Sara are the proud grand parents of two beautiful little girls.


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