6 Things I’ve Learned from My Mom, My Business Partner

While every mother-daughter dynamic is different and special in its own way, my mother and I have an especially unique relationship. When your mother is your business partner, the mother-daughter relationship is at a heightened level. My mother and I work together, and therefore we spend a lot of time together. I often get asked how we do it—how we manage work, life, family, and our mother-daughter bond while running a thriving business. The answer is that we each know our place in business, and we each play our strengths. In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share some of Phyllis’s strengths, tricks of the trade, and things I’ve learned from her along the way:

  • Work hard! Give your clients 110 percent—always.
  • If you feel you cannot give a client 110 percent, refer them to someone who can. Everyone we come into contact with deserves the best.
  • Brighten someone’s day!
  • Never, ever, for any reason, lie. The truth may be hard at first, but you will never regret telling the truth.
  • People need to be heard and feel as those they were heard well. Hear them out before responding. Listening and relating will take you far.
  • When said with a sweet southern accent, even not-so-great information comes across sweeter.

Happy Mother’s Day from The Patterson Group to all the fabulous moms! As I grow up and see my friends becoming parents, I realize more and more that motherhood is genuinely the hardest job a person can have. Keep up the good work, ladies! Alexandria is full of moms raising wonderful children!!

  • The latest from Britt
Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.


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