Wondering if starting or running a business with your significant other is the right thing to do? The first step is to take a cold, hard look at your personality and at your relationship. Running a business is far from easy, and running one with the one you love can prove even tougher. But the hope of building a business and being the best people you can be to each other is always rewarding.
So, let’s pass along some crucial advice for running a business with your boo or bae, as the case may be.
Donʼt take the stress out on each other
The importance of ﬂexibility and staying calm can not be overemphasized. Stuff is going to happen that’s outside of your control. And you’re going to have to ﬁgure out how to solve problems without adding bad attitudes and pouting to the mix—or worse, blaming each other for the ills of the business. When you feel an attitude coming on, use codes to let each other know when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out—it should be kind of like a “proceed with caution” sign.
Most close-knit couples would tell you that communication is the top component in their relationship, and the same applies to businesses, too. After sitting down and really talking through your strengths and expectations, it gets much easier to define your roles and make sure nothing else fell through the cracks. Talk honestly about all of your expectations, roles, and concerns, from the very beginning—it will make your business life much, much easier.
Never forget you are a couple
When you start a business with your partner, it’s vital to make time for dates and intimacy. Reconnecting with each other outside of the business is so important—remember, at the end of the day, you’re not just business partners , you’re a couple. Keeping that in mind is critical if you’re going to keep the chaos in check (and your relationship intact).
Maintain your independence
Just because you’re working at a business together doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to carve out some space for yourself. Take a walk at lunch break, find a quiet place to work, or even take a divide-and-conquer approach to tasks. By the time you meet up for lunch or dinner, you’re both refreshed and ready to spend the rest of the day together.