In-Depth Wraps…a husband and wife team

by indepthwraps on June 3, 2009

Husband and wife team, huh? So, why haven’t you killed each other yet?

We get this question a lot. Did I say a lot? I mean ALL the time, seriously. Seems like as soon as people find out that we’re married AND in business together, we get that knowing smirk…then they ask.

We’ve been together for 16 years, married 11 years, and we’ve been business partners in In-Depth Signs & Designs a.k.a. In-Depth Wraps for 8. (OK, now that I’ve typed that…wow do we sound old!)

Anyway, maybe it’s the fact that we were friends before we dated, dated awhile before we married, were married a little while before we embarked on this journey we call “the business”…maybe that’s the reason we haven’t killed each other yet.

Baby steps, right? Well, yes and no. You see, there was this other small event in our lives right about the time we decided to start our own business…oh, nothing major, just a BABY! Yes, I was eight months pregnant when In-Depth was born. Our daughter has literally grown up in our business. She wants to learn Illustrator to help us design vehicle wraps. And then our son was born four years ago…he looks at green cars (why green cars?) and says “Mommy, we need to wrap that car!”

So…perhaps we’re just such a sweet and perfect couple? Umm, sadly no. That’s not it. We are sweet…well, wait…the female part of we is sweet.:) But like other couples, we do drive each other crazy on occasion, and we are FAR from perfect.

Maybe it’s the fact that we are so different, we can respect each other’s unique abilities. He’s incredible at business and big picture concepts (like how to manage large fleet graphic projects, which I still can’t get my arms around) and I’m great at marketing and creative stuff like designing vehicle wraps and tiny detail-oriented things like trimming graphics perfectly. (though he’s catching up to me on both accounts…) I’ve always thought that was why we’re still having fun in the midst of all of this craziness (and why we’re both still living). Don’t get me wrong. We still argue…over the normal stuff…and then the business stuff. Hopefully, the funny bits of those arguments will find their way into our blog.

Welcome to our blog. We’re gonna blog about what we know best…running a business together, running a family together…enjoying our crazy life.

  • Charity Jackson

    Hi, I just had to drop you a note…I stumbled across your website while doing some research for an article I’m writing for Sign & Digital Graphics magazine, and enjoyed both your blog posts as well as your wonderful work. My husband and I also own a sign company out in California. We started the business before having kids, and actually before we got married…we were engaged, but didn’t have enough money for a wedding yet. Being together 24/7 and not having killed each other yet, means we’re doing pretty good so far too!

    Your work is really impressive. The clarity of your photos is fantastic too. I enjoy talking with other sign shop owners and as I mentioned I write for Sign & Digital Graphics magazine. I do a lot of articles on wraps. If you would be interested I would love to be able to contact you in the future regarding any topics that come up. I like to include photos and quotes from other experienced sign shops. If you’re interested feel free to contact me anytime. Happy wrapping! Charity

    • indepthwraps

      Thanks Charity! John and I were together for 8 years before we started our business…so, if you can handle it BEFORE you were married, you’re golden! I used to write for a few trade pubs too…when it was just us and one child. Two children changes some things. ;) Actually, I was doing research on husband and wife teams, but never did anything with it. You’re absolutely welcome to call on us as a resource anytime. My background is in PR, so I’m happy to “craft” my comments in a certain direction if needed. Glad to connect!

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