In theory, working with a significant other may sound like a great idea. Who wouldn’t enjoy spending extra time with their loved one? For those seeking greater balance in life and to spend more time with a spouse, working together may seem like a perfect solution.
Over the past 25 years, I’ve mentored many entrepreneurial couples that have launched and operated successful businesses together from the ground up. Many of these couples made it seem easy, but they’d be the first to tell you that like all relationships and business endeavors, it took a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication to work alongside their life partner in a business setting.
When it comes to successfully working alongside a significant other, it’s often much easier said than done, and it’s certainly not a pathway paved for all. It can be high risk but also high reward.
Based on my experience, there are a handful of commandments that must be followed for those considering a professional pursuit with their partners.
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