Marrying your long-term partner is one of the biggest decision you will ever make as an adult. Starting your career is another big step that will affect your life. So, what happens when you blend these two life-altering decision together?
Just like your romantic relationship, working together as married entrepreneurs can be exciting, infuriating, and deeply satisfying as long as it’s done right. But, in order to be successful, you need to learn how to work with your wife and communicate with her in the most effective way possible. If you screw up as couples in business you’re not only messing up your career, you’re disappointing your wife.
Thinking about going into business with your spouse? Here are 6 tips that will keep your marriage strong and your business booming.
Knowing Your Business Model
You can’t build a better marriage if you don’t know your wife’s needs and desires. Similarly, you can’t grow your business or learn to help one another unless you know your business.
One of the best ways you can help support one another is to get on the same page regarding your business plan. Create a shared vision for how your venture will begin.
Discuss every topic under the sun from the fun conversations regarding where you see your business in 10 years to what you’ll do with your first million (dream big!) to the more difficult issues of supporting yourself during any unprofitable years.
As you become acquainted with your business plan and communicate openly with your partner about your goals, and fears, the more prepared you will feel to handle any trials along the way.
Don’t Make a Habit of Taking Work Home
When your goals are aligned as married entrepreneurs and stepping back into the work-world is as easy as swiping your smartphone or flipping open a laptop, it can be difficult not to take it home with you.
The occasional answered email isn’t going to doom your marriage, but constantly tending to your work-life when you should be focusing on your romantic life is a big marriage no-no.
When you’re at home, be present with your wife. Focus on your emotional and intimate connection. You’ve spent enough time tending to work matters for the day. Now is the time to enjoy one another without talking about work.
Be Honest With One Another… The Right Way
Being married business partners means being honest about your thoughts and feelings. Just as you would in your romantic relationship, any form of criticism or disagreements need to be handled with care. You can’t burst into an argument just because you don’t agree on a matter.
If there is anyone’s opinion you should value more than anyone else, it is your spouses. As loving partners, you have the unique opportunity to be both the biggest support system and the toughest critics for one another. I go to my wife with my ideas, drafts, and professional objectives knowing that she will be fiercely honest with her thoughts. It may sting a little, but I trust her more than anyone. She makes me better.
That’s how you must think of your romantic business partner – they love you, they know you, their honesty makes you better.
Trusting your partner allows you to take their (sometimes not so) constructive criticism and roll with it because you know they know your potential and only want the best for you.
Support One Another
Married entrepreneurs know that just like relationships, businesses aren’t always easy to manage. This makes supporting one another essential, especially in the beginning stages of the startup.
Becoming married business partners is a brave challenge. As the husband, you want your wife to feel safe and secure in a partnership with you. Going into business together can make you feel helpless sometimes, as it comes with its fair share of sleepless nights, stress, anxiety, and financial risk.
You can show support by giving your partner your strength when they are anxious or stressed and reminding them that they will never be alone – you will get through any trials you face together as a team.
Showing support also means bringing your A-game to the office every single day. You want to show your spouse you are all-in by being mentally and physically present and participating in every aspect of the business that you can.
Your Partner – Your Confidant
If you can’t rely on your wife, who can you rely on? Married entrepreneurs know that when they took on partnership in business, they jumped in body and soul. This means using your partnership to the full. Bounce ideas off your partner, talk about your worries, goals and dreams.
Don’t feel like you have to be Superman all the time. Husbands worry, too. And sometimes (secretly) we let our wives console us. So when you’re stressed out, worried, or need time off, don’t shut your wife out. Talk to her.
Adapt to One Another
Being married business partners is all about learning to adapt. You adapt to new strategies, new clients, and new opportunities.
In both marriage and in business, no two partners are going to have the same thoughts and methods for tackling issues or accomplishing tasks. Therefore, it’s important to adapt to one another and learn to grow from each other.
Your wife should be your partner in all respects. She’s your partner in life and love and your partner in entrepreneurship. Not only can she help you run your business, but you can also learn from her methods.
If your wife is good at communications and social media marketing, while your areas of expertise are in consulting and numbers, don’t be afraid to bounce off one another as well as fill in the gaps where your partner is lacking and vice-versa.
Marriage is a monumental commitment and so is your business. If you want to be successful as married entrepreneurs remember to work with your spouse, not against them, and to strive to adapt to one another’s work ethic, offer support when needed, and to celebrate your achievements as couples in business.
Author Bio:- Rachel Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. Her mission is to provide inspiration, support and empowerment to everyone on their journey to a great marriage. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.