We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikole Goebig and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikole, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding work life balance is a constant battle, that sometimes I feel I am losing. I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years and now owning and operating an auction house selling 1000 items per week, Life has changed! It has been very trying to find balance with my kids, our social lives, marriage, chores, appointments and of course our business. Being a stay-at-home mom, I was 100% involved with our kids, volunteering at school and participating in the PTA, always had a clean house, hosted many parties, always made time for date nights and outings. Now ensuring customer satisfaction, hiring quality employees, legal compliance and deadlines, my husband and I are here from open to close putting in 50-60 hours a week on location, not including the administrative work we do at home. Our kids now take the bus to and from school, I am convinced the laundry and dishes multiply when I am gone, any free time and energy we use to have feels almost nonexistent. We found out very quickly to have work life balance we were going to have to rely on each other and our kids for help. We found a routine that works for everyone. Kids have daily chores to help maintain a clean house, certain days of the week my husband or I will leave early to help with homework, cook a healthy dinner and create some quality family time that we used to have so much of. Even our dogs go to work with me every day so they are socialized and around loved ones. My favorite “rule” is Work hard play hard! We make sure chores on the weekends are done by 1pm, the rest of the day is used for each other, kids, friends, shopping, going out to eat and swimming/ enjoying the life we worked so hard to create. Is it challenging to balance our new life, of course, but I feel it’s totally worth it knowing we are creating a legacy for our kids and one day maybe they will want to take over the family business.
What should our readers know about your business?
As an owner of Mesa Public Auction it was important to me to not just offer huge discounts on general merchandise but to be honest with our customers. I want people to feel confident bidding in our auction, excited to receive their favorite big box stores merchandise for a large discount and feel like family when they come pick up their items. This is a family owned and operated business, our reputation is the most important thing for me. We plan on being here for a very long time. My husband and I were more excited than scared of the risk of opening a large business and uprooting our lives, but it definitely wasn’t easy. I think if it was easy we are doing something wrong. This should be challenging, we should experience growing pains in the business, and never getting too comfortable. We are always trying new things with our business, always coming up with different ideas on what we can add to our auction to be successful and to make our customers happy. We work very hard at keeping a great reputation and we plan on proving that to our new costumers every week. Where else can you shop greatly discounted merchandise and support a family business all while being treated with great customer service and becoming part of our auction family?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being from out of state we have a lot of family and friends who visit us! So this is easy! We always do brunch at The Olive Mill, it’s probably my favorite place to go. Tacos and a pitcher of margaritas at Creekside Taco Shack is a must do. Top Golf and Fat Cats are nice especially for the families that visit. We recently discovered downtown Tempe and the amazing food at Pedalhouse Brewery. We even took the dogs and rented a donut boat for a relaxing afternoon down the salt river. Everyone who visits also loves to stop at Level One in downtown Gilbert for some fun, competitive retro arcade game time!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Owning this business with my husband means he’s my number 1 shoutout. The only way we could do this together is with a strong foundation and strong values in our marriage. He’s my best friend and favorite co-worker! And definitely our kids is another huge shoutout! They have supported us since day 1. Uprooting our lives to a new state and opening our family business was not easy but they did it with a positive outlook and have become very independent and mature in the process. Their support means the world to me! Last but not least, would be our family and friends who not just participate in bidding in the auction but who celebrate our success, who help with the kids when we need it and share our business with others.
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