“CouplePreneur”; Can You Start A Business With Bae? Here’s How To Do It!
Written by Smooth FM on August 28, 2019
Power couples like Melinda and Bill Gates — who met on the job at Microsoft in 1989 — are proof of the synergies that can come from working with your soulmate.
For the past 19 years, the couple has jointly headed a string of multi-billion-dollar philanthropic ventures via their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
As amazing as their story is, the fact is making a business partner of your real life partner is no easy ride.
Here are some tips from couples who are business partners:
Separate work from home
First up, it’s important to draw clear boundaries so that work does not interfere with a healthy home life. Work is exciting, especially when you’re the founders of the business, so it’s naturally tempting to spend 24/7 working on the journey together. But there’s more to your relationship than that.
Carving out sacred home time creates space to remember all the other reasons you love each other.
Own individual successes
When working as a pair it can be easy to lose sight of your individual achievements. It’s therefore vital to celebrate your own success, too, notes Trout.
Everyone needs their own wins.
Sharing everything all the time can erode an important sense of self. Partner wins are great, but working in your own space in your own way is also an important puzzle piece in developing as a manager and leader.
Agree to disagree Regardless of whether or not you work with your partner, Brinkman says that all couples should develop a healthy way of handling conflict.
Trust each other
Running a business requires a great deal of faith, both in your own abilities and those of your business partner, notes Reidel. Make sure that fundamental trust is there at the outset, she says, so that you’re able to equally balance the load.