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5 Questions to Ask Before You Work with Your Spouse

By Bigg Success Staff
06-15-08

Work – Life Balance

spouse 

Here’s a way to integrate your personal and professional lives – work with your spouse. It’s a great way to spend time together while building a business and your careers.

Of course, just because you have a happy marriage doesn’t mean you’ll have a successful partnership. Not all couples can or should work together.

So how do you know if it might work for you? Sit down with your spouse and have a frank discussion about the following questions about your personal dynamic.

How did previous projects go?

Look at projects you have done together in the past. Two common ones are building a house or tackling a major home remodeling. These projects can be very stressful so they make a good test of how you will handle the rigors of business. 

Was it a smooth process?

If things went smoothly, that may be a good sign that you are cut out to work together. Business partners have to be able to get along to get ahead. You need a large degree of harmony if two people are going to work well together.

Do you agree too much?
If you agree about everything, one of you isn’t needed! Disagreement on how to proceed often leads to a better strategy than either partner originally imagined. It’s good to disagree; it’s bad to be disagreeable. That leads to our next question.

Was it rife with conflict?
As we just said, a certain level of conflict is good. However, if you fight each other every step of the way, it won’t work. Don’t even try to go into business together. You may consider each starting your own business, but you shouldn’t work together.

How did you handle conflict?

If you had a little conflict, that’s good. Now think about how you handled it. Were you able to discuss issues rationally? Did you reach an agreement on how to proceed? Were you both able to move on once you did? If so, you may be a good fit.

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