How Couples Can Run a Business from Home Without Straining the Relationship by Elena Stewart


Working together when you’re a couple might sound like a dream to some and just an impossibility to others. Suppose though that you have always dreamt of building a successful business with your significant other, but you never dreamed that it would be possible. Here are some helpful tips on how to live together and work together harmoniously, courtesy of Own Your Power.

Brainstorm a Business Idea as a Couple

Suppose you are thinking of starting your business together, but you are unsure of where to put in all of your efforts because you both have many talents that are equally feasible. Then it may be better to take a step back and pause for a moment instead of rushing ahead and jumping into the first idea that comes to you. Your brainstorming session won’t be the same as it would be if you were thinking up business ideas on your own. 

Consider a Franchise

The advantages of a franchise are numerous. All the marketing, branding, and supply chains have been worked out and made efficient ahead of time. Similarly, you could choose to become real estate agents and then partner with a brokerage. This is a great way to have the independence of operating your own business while accessing resources to help you succeed.

Have Your Own Workspace

As much as you’ll be working together, you also require your own separate workspace for deep work when you are working on your own. Furthermore, you’ll probably need all the functional elements that make up a traditional workspace such as your own computer, desk, chair, filing cabinet, etc. 

If you don’t have the space for both of you to have a dedicated office, it may be time for a home renovation. Check refinance loan rates and calculate monthly payments to see how much the remodel will cost down the road. If the business grows you’ll need more space sooner rather than later. 

Strive for an Optimum Work-Life Balance

If you plan on working together, don’t let work take over. Compartmentalize your free time at home and try not to make too many exceptions to the separation. For example, you might make it a goal to have dinner together each night, even if it’s late, and to keep business-talk tabled until the next workday. Take time out as a couple as well as individually if you want to be as attentive to each of your roles and responsibilities as can be. 

Know Your Partner

If you don’t think you can pull it off, then don’t rush into it, because if the business fails it could affect the marriage. Likewise, if the relationship fails, it could ruin the business. It may be worth checking in at couples therapy before it ever comes to that. Having an outsider’s objective view of how you communicate can be extremely helpful in keeping the lines open, honest, and kind.

Communication is a Necessity

Open communication is a necessity if you want to promote a harmonious and transparent relationship with each other. Moreover, it’s about learning how to communicate with each other according to each other’s communication styles so that both parties feel heard and understood. Again, it’s also important to take note of what your verbal and nonverbal messages are so that communication is not misconstrued in any way to help minimize any misunderstandings and disagreements along the way. 

Working together and maintaining a strong relationship as a couple is indeed possible if you are committed to keeping the lines of communication open. And you prioritize your partner above all else in order to ensure the long-term success of your relationship AND your business. 

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