Ep. 20 - Mike and Alyssa Kaeding - A Better Way to Live

Today’s guests, Mike & Alyssa Kaeding are married entrepreneurs who run a thriving apartment management company, Norhart, located right here in Minnesota. They are also parents to two young children. This pair of childhood friends have known each other their whole lives, but didn’t start dating until near the end of college. Soon after graduating, they began working together in Mike’s parent’s business before they even got married. Eventually, Mike & Alyssa completely took over the business from his parents after losing his father suddenly in 2015.

Today’s guests, Mike & Alyssa Kaeding are married entrepreneurs who run a thriving apartment management company, Norhart, located right here in Minnesota. They are also parents to two young children. 


This pair of childhood friends have known each other their whole lives, but didn’t start dating until near the end of college. Soon after graduating, they began working together in Mike’s parent’s business before they even got married. Eventually, Mike & Alyssa completely took over the business from his parents after losing his father suddenly in 2015. 


Today, they’re teaming up to create a better way for people to live through Norhart—which has grown over 500% in the last decade! They’ve also been recognized for being one of the first in Minnesota to provide smart apartments to their tenants. 


In addition to their success as business owners, this couple highly values giving back to their community as a way to honor Mike’s father’s legacy. Their ultimate goal in all they do is to create a better way for people to live. 


We know you’re going to love this conversation with Alyssa & Mike as we talk about their journey in marriage and business. Here are just a few of the valuable tips behind the secrets of their success:


  • Sometimes you have to get past your own ego to see the opportunities that are right in front of you.
  • Your work-life balance will always be a work in progress...and that’s okay! Just make sure you continue to strive to find a better balance.
  • Hire help sooner rather than later. Don’t run yourself into the ground trying to wear more hats than you can.
  • Find your why, but also find out how to make it operational. Your why needs to tie into your purpose, mission, values, strategy, goals and habits. 
  • Give back to your local community whenever and however you can. Also, find ways to get your staff involved in these efforts.
  • Let your partner be involved in the business at the level that is right for them. Your roles can be whatever works best for the two of you. 
  • Compromise. In your marriage and in your business, there has to be give and take. Make sure both of you are heard.
  • Go deep, not wide. Be the best at what you do. Focus on what you do well and double down on that. 
  • Be clear about your expectations, but also be willing to adjust them.


We know you’re going to love this heart-felt, jam-packed episode and you’re sure to adore this pair as much as we do! Tune in now.


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