marriage and business

How to Be Business Partners and Stay Married


Married life isn’t easy. Whether you like to admit it or not, there are just some aspects of your married relationship that are tough to navigate. Imagine how much harder things can get if you happen to be business partners with your spouse. There’s just so much to watch out for that it might just seem impossible to do. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be done though. There are just a lot more things that you need to keep in mind if you do find yourself in that situation.

Communication is Key

As with every relationship, the best way to make things work would be to communicate. Whether it’s something about your marriage or something about your business, the best way to make sure that things don’t go terribly awry would be to talk about it with your spouse. By communicating with them, allow them to know what it is your feeling and what’s going on your mind. Telling them gives them a chance to understand where you’re coming from and gives them a chance to do something about it so that things can continue to go smoothly. Communication is always key.

Divide the Responsibilities

In any workplace, there is always a chance for conflict. Sometimes you might feel like you could do a certain task better, sometimes you feel like you’re doing what you shouldn’t be doing. In order to avoid this, or at least lessen the chances of conflict from happening, it’s best that you divide the work responsibilities between you two. Keep in mind what your strengths and weaknesses are and use those to help figure out who does what. That way you maximize productivity for both of you and avoid any possible conflict that can arise.

Don’t Mix Work with Home Life

Even if you’re working with your spouse, you can never allow your work life to mix with your life at home. There has to be a clear boundary between the two. If you allow work and life at home to mix, any problems from work might just carry over to your life at home just cause trouble. You both don’t need that. Leave work at your “office”. It won’t go anywhere.

Know When to Take a Break

Working with your spouse can definitely get stressful. That’s why you both need to make sure you take some time off. Just like at a regular job, there are going to be some days where you’ll feel like you need to rest. Take that break and use it to focus on your relationship with your spouse. Even if you are working with your spouse, your marriage should still come first.

Having your spouse as a business partner is going to put a lot of stress on your marriage. If ever you find yourself in that situation, make sure you take some extra steps to take care of your marriage despite the business.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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