(7/26/2017) Starting a new business can be a real adventure. When couples decide to start a business together, they need to know what they are getting into. It may seem like a glamorous thing to own your own business, but in reality, there is very little that can be considered glamorous.
Running A Business As A Couple Is Hard Work
When a couple decided to go into business together, they are not just risking their financial future, but their future as a couple. But, when it works, it is a thing of beauty.
Some couples can build a business and a marriage together. It helps when a couple is able to communicate with each other, both verbally and non-verbally. It also helps when they have similar goals and desires in life.
Along with solid communication, couples who build businesses have a few other necessities:
- They need to know good people who have useful skills
- They need to have a solid work ethic
- They need to have some money to work with
- They need to have a support system of family and friends
But, those things do not guarantee that a business and marriage will work. Sometimes, the business and marriage do not work well together. Especially if the two intersect too much.
Couples That Run Businesses Together Need Certain Skills
Couples that want both need to keep both separate, at least to a degree that will work for them. There will be times when marriage and family life can get in the way of the business. And, there will be times when the business needs special care.
Married couples who make it through starting a business together often develop skills that help them get through difficulties in their relationships. Business owners and married couples often need to use the same skills
to get along. They include:
- Quality time
Without these skills, marriages and businesses will fall apart. Businesses take time to build, just like good marriages. And, without patience and flexibility, neither will last very long.
Five Useful Tips For Running A Business And A Marriage
Couples need to work as a team to stay strong for each other and for their businesses. They should also strive to treat each other with kindness, just like they would any other employee or business partner.
Couples also need to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses at work. This way couples can apply those strengths to keep the business afloat.
When couples are in business together, there will be work-related conflicts. It is important to understand that conflict can help a business grow, especially if they draw attention to things that are not working properly.
The marriage will need its time, so couples who work together should be sure to spend quality time together away from the business. They should set a rule that no one talks about the business during this time.
It is useful to plan for disagreements and the final word. If there are only two people in the business, there will be ties. But, those ties will need to be decided - so someone has to be the final decider.