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Profitability Systems vs Productivity Systems, Why You Need Both!

New Jersey

By: O.L./Sway Buckley

Did you ever play on the seesaw as a kid?

Team JacksonCan you remember how exhilarating it was to be pushed to the top by your play buddy, and then you do the same for them? Either you were up, or you were down.

It wasn't made for you BOTH to be in the air equidistant from the ground. 

That's the picture that comes to mind when thinking about the common hurdles for marriedpreneurs. Either there is a big focus on profitability, which is necessary to be in business.

Or the focus is on productivity systems, which are also needed for sustainability and scaling. 

Depending on where you are on your marriedpreneur journey determines where your focus is. 

Success-Mapping CallHowever, we've learned that the tricky part is being 'equidistant' from the ground with a focus on both productivity and profitability systems. Many are unaware that there are two primary areas to focus on regardless of market, model, or messaging: you NEED profitability and productivity systems. 

Let's first define what each of these are:

Profitability System: An organized framework or method that produces revenue in business

Productivity System: An organized framework or method that produces more time, freedom, and mental space in the workday.

The mistake is often thinking there's one primary or BEST profit model to use and likewise with productivity. As marriedpreneurs, it's critical to understand what works best for you both in this season with your capacity and skillset. 

Operating Systems ChecklistTaking inventory to determine what works may be something different from what worked best before. It's kind of like using a fax when it was THE way to send a document quickly. But we cannot scan and 'fax' a document from our phones. 

Taking inventory is key.   

If you need help with this, start with our free Marriedpreneur Checklist. You can learn more about it here.

Here's to living purposefully, powerfully, and profitably in sync, 

O.L. & Sway

O.L. is a former banker turned real estate consultant and entrepreneur. Sway is a former CEO of a staffing firm she started on her dorm room floor to pay for college. Together, they co-own Marriedpreneur Life Consultancy, equipping faith-based married entrepreneur couples with high-level systems to scale (without strain). They're the creators of the Marriedpreneur Operating Systems and the co-hosts of The Marriedprenuer Life Podcast, which was praised as one of Wedding Wire's top relationship podcasts. Learn more at