Marriage is a lot of work, and so is business. So what would happen if you decide to make the best of both worlds at the same time? Most people dread the mere idea of going into business with their spouse because it is not every day that one hears of such a business and marriage succeeding at the same time. However, this is not to say that it doesn’t or can’t happen. You just need the right recipe to make both your marriage and business work.
Here are some tips both you and your spouse can follow to succeed in business, while being in a happy marriage:
Discuss the visions of your future in business:
Sit down with your husband and discuss what you want with your business and see to it, that the business will in no way, come in between your married life. Make two separate lists of your goals, and compare them afterwards. If the targets are more or less similar, well, you’re already halfway there. But don’t panic if they’re not. Learn to compromise and create shared objectives. Take as much time as you need to paint a clear vision and mission for your business. Seek the advice of a professional if you can’t come to a final decision.
Define your responsibilities:
At home, you probably have certain responsibilities that are different from your husband’s responsibilities. It works the same way in the field of business as well. So make a list of your top 5 strengths as well as your top 5 weaknesses. This way, it will be easier and clearer to determine who will be in charge of what. Try to balance out each other’s expertise. There is a good chance that there could be overlappings of strengths or weaknesses. In this case, seek out to outsource or delegate the tasks that don’t fall under either of your supervision. It will be relatively stress-free. Once business takes off, remember that you have separate duties and steer away from your partner’s responsibilities, unless they ask you for your help.
Keep work and home matters separate:
Given that you live and work together, it will be difficult to keep the two halves of your life separate. So don’t hold on to grudges, work and home alike. Do not discuss work at home and vice versa. Another tip you can follow is to pretend you don’t work together. Ask your spouse how their day went. Just because you work together, it does not mean you know everything that goes on in their life. If you know the incident that’s troubling them, pay attention to how they feel about it and try to make them feel better.
Set definitive money roles:
Financial and monetary problems are one of the top reasons people get divorced. And you did not step into business with your partner to lose your marriage because of it. So it is important to have a clear idea about how to manage money at home and at work. Make sure the final agreement is something you both are honestly comfortable with. You will be able to stop future arguments about money of all things and save your marriage as well as the business.