In 2015, after my daughter was born, I decided that the long hours of the corporate life were no longer sustainable as I wanted to spend more time with my family and raising our new baby girl. Walking away from a good paying corporate position with a newborn child and no plan in place wasn’t an option so I sat with my wife, Kristi, to come up with a plan that would eventually result in the time and freedom we wanted with our new family.
The plan started with Kristi and I renting out our little garden cottage on our property as a self-catering guesthouse unit. The guesthouse provided enough of an income for Kristi during her maternity leave to not have to return to her corporate job. Part 1 of the plan was in place and working.
After almost 2 years of our single unit doing really well, we approached our next-door neighbor about selling his property so that we could expand our guesthouse to include more units. This was Part 2 of the plan and the start of Little Rose Self-Catering which would ultimately provide us with the income required to fund the early stages of running Innova.
Shortly before our second child was born, I started setting Part 3 of the plan into motion - starting my own IT and digital marketing company.
In September 2017, I left my corporate job to officially start Innova and 8 months later I invited Rick to join the team.