Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Barbi Holdeman migrated to Phoenix in 1977 in an old station wagon with her mother, grandmother, six cats and two gerbils. She attended Central High School, obtaining her GED so that she could strike out on her own at the ripe old age of 16. She's a bit on the independent and rebellious side. Barbi has completed the Maricopa County Master Gardener training courses and has an Associate's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture & Landscape Design, a Paralegal Certificate and an Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Apparel Construction. She also speaks fluent sarcasm. As co-owner and administrator of The Pond Gnome, Barbi concentrates her energies on promotion, administration and comic relief.
Sleeping with the Enemy

How to Run a Business with Your Spouse

By Barbi Holdeman / June 25, 2023 / 6 Comments

If you have a perfect relationship with your spouse in your personal life and in running your business without any animosity, resentment, conflict or issues, you can stop reading now. But if you run a “ma-and-pa” business working with your spouse or significant other, can we talk? When my husband Paul and I launched The […]

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Using QuickBooks for your Pond Business

By Barbi Holdeman / December 28, 2015 / 0 Comments

Accounting is a necessary evil for all business owners. Unless you can afford to hire someone —“ and don’t get me started on where that can go wrong —“ you need to know how to at least do the basics. Enter QuickBooks, a pretty user-friendly bookkeeping program that doesn’t require you to go back and […]

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