Some of the best business ideas have started with conversations between good friends or partners. It’s easy to understand why; it’s someone you trust and someone you’re creatively compatible with.
With effective communication (and a host of other factors), best friends/partners can work well together. Now, let’s take a look at some successful examples.
Aisha Pandor and Alen Ribi – SweepSouth
Known as the ‘Uber of cleaning services’, SweepSouth is raking in the millions. This all started when co-founders, Aisha Pandor and Alen Ribi – a couple from Cape Town – were struggling to find a cleaner. They used their savings and launched the platform that thousands of South Africans are using to find reputable cleaners.
Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, and Joe Gebbia – Airbnb
Some business ideas are born during excessive brainstorming. Other ideas happen ‘by accident’ when you’re trying to solve a problem. This may be the case for Airbnb co-founders Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, and Joe Gebbia. The three met as roommates in San Francisco in 2007. Gebbia first met Blecharczyk through Craigslist. Blecharczyk was an engineer for a startup and Gebbia was a designer for another startup.
After Blecharczyk moved out, Gebbia’s college friend Brian Chesky moved in. All three became close friends and worked in the same industry. During 2008, there was a design conference in San Francisco and a shortage of hotels for those attending. The three built a website that would rent out space in people’s apartments. Thus, Airbnb was born.
Ben Lerer and Adam Rich – Thrillist
Before Thrillist was born, there was a time where the internet lacked reputable online city guides and restaurant recommendations. The idea of Thrillist was established because the two complained about how difficult it was to find an online guide to restaurants. The two began visiting restaurants and reviewing them and the popularity of their site grew. Today, it’s one of the most reputable media groups in the U.S.
Vicki and Rich Fulop – Brooklinen
The husband and wife duo have found their niche – selling high-quality linen at a fraction of the usual cost.
Vicki and Rich Fulop started Brooklinen after trying to buy a set of sheets they liked at a hotel in Las Vegas. The linen cost $800, an amount that was out of their budget. While searching for alternatives, they concluded that a) many people were facing a similar dilemma and b) they only had two purchasing options: high-quality and pricey, or low-quality and cheap.
Since the establishment of their business in 2014, they have amassed over $30 million in sales.
Milan and Sylvia Milosevic
Our very own Milan and Sylvia Milosevic is also proof that great partnerships between spouses can work if your goals aligned. Milan and Sylvia Milosevic, are two real-estate entrepreneurs and the co-founders of Wealth Alliance – the wealth education organisation.
Their goal was to achieve financial independence and establish multimillion-rand property portfolios. After many lessons learned and hard work, they achieved their dream. However, their work was not done. The husband and wife duo decided to share their knowledge and expertise, thus Wealth Alliance was born. Today, they’ve educated over 20 000 students on profitable property investment strategies.
If you were ever uncertain about starting a business with a friend or partner, these examples may ease your troubles.