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Working Together As A Couple?

By Heidi Shimberg

We have been working together on our entrepreneurial businesses for the past 15 years. We continuously hear from people “I could NEVER work with my spouse.” How can this be so often the response people have? When we dig deeper to try to understand why this is the frequent reaction from the majority, there are certain themes which come up and we have answers:

“I could never work for my husband.” – Alter your frame of reference. For productive entrepreneurial couples, neither spouse should work FOR the other. They ought to work TOGETHER on almost all biggest decisions for the business.

“We are too competitive.” – Harness that competitive nature. Each partner probably has unique strengths, so create goals that are specific to the strengths and celebrate the accomplishments. Celebrate wins for the business together, but also personal accomplishments will help to boost the ego of the individual too!

“I can’t be with my spouse ALL day long.” – Make time which is separate. Find your unique treats, it could be reading or exercising and do that alone. Don’t eat lunch together daily. When you do share lunch have it be a business meeting, that will make the lunches that are not together social only for you and a friend, or maybe you want to eat alone.

We have spoken to a lot of successful entrepreneurial couples and when we ask what makes it successful, the convincing answer is that “We each have unique strengths.” This is true for us as well, Scott is the visionary and I am the logistic, “How do we make it happen” one. A successful attorney couple we know, the wife quickly stated, “He is the business one, not me.” And he chimed in, “She always does the jury selection, she is so good at.” Not only do they understand one another’s strengths, but additionally they acknowledge and commend it.

We all know the old adage, “Never say never.” This is true as it relates to couples working together. Don’t just assume it can’t happen, consider it and discuss it. Couples might realize they are stronger together than they are separately. Also, why give all of your talents to another company or business? – build it for yourself and relish in the success together as a family.

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