We had a business partner who was having a number of personal issues for 7 years from 2001 until we parted ways at the end of 2008. His demons proved disruptive not just for our staff at the time, but it had also started to affect our reputation/relationship with our clients and eventually, it became the nemesis that destroyed our business partnership.
The building we were occupying at the time belonged to his family, he changed the locks and we were basically locked out as a result of his paranoia setting in, thinking that we were trying to take control of the company and oust him – which was not true. During this time, I was a stay at home mum to our 2yr old son, while my husband handled the work situation and trying his best to make it work under the circumstances.
My husband had always been in Sales – and had been in the Photocopier industry for over 20 years and he was very good at what he did, winning many accolades and awards within his own Sales team as well as being recognised nationwide in the companies he worked for, prior to taking on a business partner. During all the problems he encountered during the business partnership, he never lost sight of where he wanted to be and why he went into business to begin with which at the time of signing the deal, we had no inclination that there was trouble brewing behind the scenes.
When things turned pear shaped, he was faced with the possibility of returning to work for someone else in a Sales force environment, and having to report to a Sales Manager just didn’t cut the mustard anymore as that would be a step backwards for him as well as our family, so we mulled over what to do next. It was unsettling times with a young family and losing something he’s worked hard to build. Luckily for us, my in laws saw the dilemma we were in and took that as an opportunity to invest in the future of their son and his family, so they offered us a loan and encouraged us to take the bull by the horns and start our own business and BOOM! – NZ Copier Systems was born – March 2009.